Rendell Nominates DEP Secretary, Appoints PUC Chairman

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Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has announced the nomination of John Hanger to be secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the appointment of James Cawley to be chairman of the public utility commission (PUC).

Hanger has served as the president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) for the past 10 years. Cawley served as a member of the PUC from 1979 to 1985, and from 2005 until the present. He was named vice chairman in 2005.

Hanger has helped to shape many of the state's prominent policy discussions while leading PennFuture, including the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Act of 2004, the governor's Growing Greener II initiative in 2005, Pennsylvania's clean vehicles program and the recently signed legislation creating alternative energy and alternative fuels investment funds.

Hanger is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Cawley is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Notre Dame Law School. He began his legal career as one of the seven original law clerks serving the Commonwealth Court judges.

‘Jim is an expert in utility regulation and utility law, and he shares my commitment to promoting and expanding our use of alternative energy and conservation measures to reduce demand,’ says Rendell.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Edward G. Rendell

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