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Pennsylvania's top environmental regulator is stepping down after less than two years on the job.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced yesterday that he had accepted the resignation of John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Wolf did not give a reason for Quigley's departure, but media reports say it came following revelations of a controversial private email in which the former secretary expressed frustration over regulatory progress.

Quigley, who has been DEP chief since January 2015, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Wolf named Patrick McDonnell, the DEP's policy director, as the department's acting secretary.

“I thank John Quigley for his service to the commonwealth, and I look forward to working with Patrick McDonnell while he serves as acting secretary,” said Governor Wolf.

The change comes as the DEP is working to finalize rules for limiting carbon emissions from the state's power industry, among other environmental efforts.

As policy director, McDonnell oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. He previously ran the state energy office where he was responsible for coordinating renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.

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Joel Berg

Joel Berg

Joel Berg is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Northern Virginia and now living in York, he's a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Maryland. Have a question or story idea? Email him at Follow him on Twitter, @JoelBYorkPa.

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