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Environmental Group Praises Corbett DEP Pick

Governor-elect Corbett earned praise from an unexpected corner this week. Environmental advocacy group Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) congratulated Corbett on his nominee for Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Judge Michael Krancer

DEP Secretary is an increasingly high-profile position, charged with enforcing the state’s regulations on Marcellus shale drilling. PennFuture has been critical of Corbett in the past over the issue of Marcellus.

“Judge Krancer brings an unparalleled knowledge of environment laws and regulations, and can be the “cop on the beat” that Pennsylvania citizens need, and Tom Corbett promised, in the job of environmental protection and enforcement,” said Jan Jarrett, PennFuture’s president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to working with him as Secretary.”

Michael Krancer is a judge on the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, a statewide trial and appellate court for environmental cases. Krancer was nominated to serve on the EHB by former Gov. Tom Ridge in 1999 and was named chief judge and chairman by Gov. Ed Rendell four years later, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

PennFuture also praised Corbett’s number two pick for DEP, John Hines, the current Deputy Secretary for Water Management.

“We are very pleased that John Hines, a long-time DEP employee, will be serving as in the number two position at the agency,” continued Jarrett. “Hines led the way for cleaner water through Pennsylvania’s participation in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and the streams that lead to it.”

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