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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Statement on WV v. EPA Supreme Court of the United States Decision


Harrisburg, PA – The following statement may be attributed to Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Ramez Ziadeh in response to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in the case West Virginia v. United States Environmental Protection Agency:

“Governor Tom Wolf and DEP have been at the forefront of protecting the air we breathe and ensuring that communities are not bearing unfair burdens from regulations protecting air quality. Cost-effective actions like reducing methane leaks from gas wells and participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will continue to improve Pennsylvania’s air for years to come. 

“Today’s ruling undercuts good-faith efforts to fight climate change and protect clean air but that does not mean we will stop fighting. Pennsylvanians strongly favor strong protections for the air we all breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live, work, and play on. This administration will continue to uphold our constitutional responsibility to conserve and maintain clean air and pure water for all people, including generations yet to come.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader,, 717-787-1323
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