HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today commended the Pennsylvania Senate for confirming Kathleen A. McGinty as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. She is the first woman ever to hold the state's top environmental post. "Secretary McGinty has the creativity, drive and spirit to reinvent environmental regulation and build with the people of Pennsylvania a very bright and promising future," Governor Edward G. Rendell said. "With her experience at the federal level and in the private sector, we have someone who not only has a realistic view of what needs to be done but also knows how to do it." The vote showed strong support for the Governor's plan of making DEP an active partner to ensure environmental benefits that can help Pennsylvania achieve lasting economic growth. "DEP can and should be an engine for economic revitalization in Pennsylvania. Where others see environmental challenges, I see economic opportunities," Secretary McGinty said. "This department will play an integral role in sustained growth by encouraging technological innovations that make the state more competitive and ensure a cleaner environment." DEP also will continue its focus on protecting the health and well-being of residents and ensuring a healthy, livable environment, Secretary McGinty said. Secretary McGinty has already put together a $5 million initiative, Pennsylvania Energy Harvest, to finance the development of clean and renewable energy technologies that use biomass, wind, solar, small-scale hydroelectric, landfill methane, coal-bed methane and waste-coal-sources that offer environmental benefits that are in some respects unique and especially important to Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia native, McGinty served as a top counselor and senior advisor on environmental, natural resources and sustainable development issues for the federal government. In 1995, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. As vice president for asset management at Natsource LLC, a financial services firm specializing in energy and environment-related transactions, she launched a new company division offering risk assessment, risk management, capital formation and investment strategies related to clean energy. Previously, she was director of Proton Energy Systems Inc., a leading fuel cells infrastructure company. CONTACT: Kurt Knaus, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, +1-717-787-1323.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection