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Corbett nominates acting secretaries to head DEP, DCNR

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Gov. Tom Corbett today nominated the acting secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to head up the agencies.

Acting DCNR Secretary Ellen M. Ferretti, 56, of Luzerne County is nominated to take over that department, according to the governor. DCNR manages state parks and forests, including oversight of logging, mining and gas drilling operations on state forest lands.

Ferretti has 20 years of experience in natural resources, including serving as director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s northeast regional office, director of environmental resources at Borton-Lawson Engineering, a land-protection specialist for The Nature Conservancy and project manager at Westinghouse Environment and Geotechnical Services Inc.

Acting DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo, 46, of Derry Township, Dauphin County, will head up the department tasked with environmental regulation.

Abruzzo previously was Corbett’s deputy chief of staff with 20 years of public service, including in the state Attorney General’s office as a prosecutor of white collar crime, drug investigations and Medicaid fraud. He also served six years with the Derry Township supervisors and its municipal authority, which oversees wastewater systems.

“Christopher and Ellen have served several months in the capacity of acting secretary of their respective departments, and in both cases we have seen each of them earn the respect of people both inside and outside of the agencies,” Corbett said in a statement.

Abruzzo and Ferretti will have to be confirmed by the state Senate before taking office.


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