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Pennsylvania governor ousts scrap veteran from state role

Keywords: Tags  recycling, Allan Industries, Richard J. Allan, Gov. Tom Corbett, Sierra Club, Jeff Schmidt, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Scrap industry veteran Richard J. Allan has resigned as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) at the request of Gov. Tom Corbett.

No reason was given by the governor’s office and Allen couldn’t be reached for comment, but it is believed that complaints from local environmentalists might have been a contributing factor.

"We believe that ... Allan’s resignation is at least in part a result of the lack of transparency and willingness to involve the public in DCNR’s public lands management decisions," Jeff Schmidt, director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a statement.

Allan, 59, was responsible for maintaining and preserving the state’s parks and monitoring the increasing number of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells being drilled on state forestland (, March 24, 2011).

Allan was vice president and general manager of Allan Industries Inc. from 1975 to 1991. The Wilkes Barre, Pa.-based ferrous and nonferrous scrap processor was founded by his father. He also served for a time as executive/legislative director of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Ellen Ferretti, deputy secretary for parks and forestry, will serve as acting secretary of the DCNR effective immediately.

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