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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell appointed Keith Salador to the position of Executive Director of DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council.

“Keith has provided outstanding legal counseling to DEP for the past four years,” said McDonnell. “His broad experience within DEP and his extensive knowledge of environmental law will serve the Council very well as they explore big-picture issue areas affecting the commonwealth.”

Salador has served as an attorney in DEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Counsel since 2014, where he advised DEP staff in the Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields, Radiation Protection, Storage Tanks, Clean Water, Compacts and Commissions, and Oil and Gas programs. He was involved in a broad range of agency activities that included the drafting of regulations, enforcement actions, litigation, and major policy decisions.

As Executive Director, Salador will coordinate the council’s research and reviews related to environmental protection, conservation, and resource management issues and its recommendations regarding policies, procedures, plans, and goals for protecting the environment and natural resources in Pennsylvania.

Before his career at DEP, Salador was an Assistant Regulatory Manager at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He also served as a Law Fellow with the Center for International Environmental Law and a Law Clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, both in Washington, D.C. He earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Delaware, where he served on the school’s Law Review, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

The Citizens Advisory Council was legislatively created in 1970 by Act 275, which also established the Department of Environmental Resources, the predecessor to DEP. The council comprises 18 citizen volunteers appointed by the governor, president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, and Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The council meets 10 times per year in meetings that are open to the public.

For more information on the Citizens Advisory Council please visit:

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