Pennsylvania Senate Confirms Kathleen A. McGinty as Secretary of Environmental Protection

Jun 03, 2003, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    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
     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,

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection