Vitali named Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Greg Vitali was recently named Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for the 2019-20 session.

“We must address the serious threats facing our environment,” said Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery. “My focus in the legislature has been on environmental policy, and I look forward to the challenge of chairing this committee.”

The committee majority chairman is state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler.

Vitali said his priorities include increasing funding for the Department of Environmental Protection, reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, and dealing with the climate change impacts of the threatened closing of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

Vitali previously served as a member of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for 24 years, spending the last four of those years as chairman.