Kathleen McGinty Resigns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of the state Department of Environmental Protection plans to step down next week.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kathleen McGinty has resigned and will leave office July 18.

Gov. Ed Rendell's office won't comment on the report, saying it will have an announcement about McGinty later. Her representatives didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

McGinty has led the department for five years. She has pushed for energy conservation and renewable energy sources, and worked to attract green businesses to the state.

McGinty's resignation letter does not indicate her future plans.

The environmental group Penn Future praises McGinty for helping the state pass a $625 million bond for environmental cleanup.

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