Statement Regarding Nomination of DEP and DCNR Secretaries by PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur

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On the heels of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s announcement to nominate Cindy Dunn and John Quigley to his cabinet as Secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), respectively PennEnvironment’s Executive Director David Masur issues the following statement:

“When it comes to candidates who will serve as stewards to Pennsylvania’s environment, the Wolf administration’s nominations of John Quigley and Cindy Dunn are a much-needed breath of fresh air. These candidates have extensive environmental, non-profit, regulatory and even local government experience. They are true experts who will work hard on behalf of Pennsylvania’s residents to preserve and promote stewardship of our public lands, and protect our health and environment.

Both John and Cindy have worked hard to protect and improve Pennsylvania’s environment—working hard as public servants in the commonwealth’s government in good budget years and bad, and at some of Pennsylvania’s most highly respected non-profit groups. They’ve shown that they have the mettle, gumption and tenacity to protect the environment and natural heritage that Pennsylvanians love and hold at such a high value.  Cindy and John have the experience that makes them perfectly positioned to jump in on Day One and deal with the numerous environmental issues facing the commonwealth.

We are hopeful the nomination for these candidates  are approved by the state Senate with little opposition given their clear track record of regulatory work for our environment, time-tested commitment to serve the people of Pennsylvania, and far-reaching expertise about the issues on which they’ll regulate.  There is much work to be done to protect Pennsylvania’s environment, so approving these nominations quickly is of the utmost importance. And given that John Quigley’s previous unanimous approval by the state Senate, one would hope that the process is a smooth one and not mired down the obstructionist politics that have so frustrated Pennsylvanians.”