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Rachel McDevitt, Reporter / StateImpact Pennsylvania

I report on energy and the environment for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

My work focuses on responses and solutions to climate change in the state legislature and communities around the state. I trace my interest in these issues back to my time as a Girl Scout and this episode of Rocko’s Modern Life.

I look forward to winter just for the chance to ski a few times each season. I try to keep myself from doom-scrolling on my phone by keeping my hands busy knitting and learning to play the piano.

I grew up in Cambria County, Pa. and graduated from Temple University. I started at WITF just after Christmas in 2014.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt


Pa. House effort seeks to ban spreading drilling wastewater on roads

State regulators have not permitted the practice since 2017. But it still continues in rural areas, without the required permits.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Advocates call for better flood relief policies for Appalachian communities

Since 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Pennsylvania more than $375 million in relief for severe storms and flooding.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pa. environmental education programs get $1 million from state

This year’s projects range from running summer camps to helping people protect their homes from stormwater.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Harrisburg’s Paxton Creek flooding problem is target of $1.25M in grants

Federal money is going toward projects to help fix an ‘overwhelmed’ sewer system.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Biden administration visits central Pa. glass plant to tout clean manufacturing standards

The Vitro Glass plant in Cumberland County uses oxy-fuel technology to reduce its natural gas use by 20%.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Heaviest Pa. storms drop 60% more rain than they used to, report says

A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which can fuel heavy rain events and flash floods.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Updated: May 14, 2024 | 11:28 am

PPL to pay into assistance fund, not collect owed bills in proposed settlement

PPL estimated more than 860,000 bills between December 2022 and May 2023.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pa. House bill sets efficiency standards for new water fixtures, commercial appliances

Environmentalists hailed the bill as a conservation effort that could help address climate change, while opponents argued it is an example of government overreach that will drive up costs.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pa. Senate passes bill to change permit reviews for energy projects

It’s the latest attempt by Republican state lawmakers to speed up permitting by allowing outside parties to review applications.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

York pilot program prepares students for green energy jobs

Graduates leave prepared to do home energy audits, seal air leaks, and install insulation.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania
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