Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt


What do you want elected officials to do about climate change?

Polls show about 70% of Pennsylvanians want the legislature to do more to address climate change. StateImpact wants to know what type of action voters are looking for.

By Rachel McDevitt

Oversight board’s approval starts next phase of Pennsylvania’s contested attempt to join regional cap-and-trade program

The board’s vote opens the next phase in the lengthy regulatory process.

By Rachel McDevitt

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania hits record high

Unconventional drillers extracted 6.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year, a more than 10 percent increase from 2018.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: September 15, 2020 | 1:55 pm

RGGI, behind the rhetoric: What we know about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Environmental Quality Board voted Tuesday to approve a draft regulation that would have Pennsylvania join RGGI. It next goes up for public comment.

By Rachel McDevitt

Bill to keep Pa. out of regional cap-and-trade program passes, but faces governor’s veto

House Bill 2025 would require legislative approval for Pennsylvania to enter a program such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Rachel McDevitt

WITF’s ‘Toward Racial Justice’ panel links environmental justice with health, human rights and self-determination

“The toxins that are being released in the air are affecting our families, are affecting our children, and that’s leading to our healthcare issues. It’s affecting our employment. It’s all interconnected,” one panelist said.

By Rachel McDevitt


State regulators settle over proposed transfer of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 reactor

State environmental regulators are withdrawing their objection to a proposed license transfer for Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 reactor, after raising concerns over an accelerated decommissioning at the site.

By Rachel McDevitt

Three Mile Island operator, surrounding communities to scale back emergency planning for shuttered site

Starting in January 2021, Exelon won’t have to maintain a 10-mile planning zone around the plant and it can end off-site radiation monitoring and regular siren tests.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. produces a lot of greenhouse gases, but its Republican-led legislature isn’t acting on climate change — even as scientists say the clock is ticking

Political observers point to a few reasons why Pennsylvania doesn’t act more aggressively: Climate change often takes a backseat to other pressing issues, the discussion remains deeply partisan, and the fossil fuel industry holds a lot of influence in the natural gas-rich state.

By Rachel McDevitt
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