URGING GOVERNOR CASEY TO APPOINT A PHILADELPHIA LAWYER TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEARING BOARD

WHEREAS, the Environmental Law Committee educates and informs its members about legislative, regulatory and judicial developments in the area of environmental law;

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established an independent quasi judicial administrative board, known as the Environmental Hearing Board, to review actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources;

WHEREAS, the Environmental Hearing Board Act of 1988 provides for five members of the Hearing Board whose salaries are equivalent to commissioners on the Public Utility Commission;

WHEREAS, as of August 1, 1994 there will be two vacancies on the Hearing Board, one of which has been vacant for more than one year;

WHEREAS, the remaining three members of the Board sit in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg;

WHEREAS, the Environmental Hearing Board Act provides that the Board, at its discretion, may locate an office in the Philadelphia region;

WHEREAS, the Act of June 23, 1993, Act 1993-30, amended the Public Official Compensation Law by increasing the annual salary of the Public Utility Commission commissioners but specifically excluded members of the Environmental Hearing Board from the raises;

WHEREAS, the Environmental Law Committee passed a resolution on Monday, June 20, 1994, calling upon Governor Robert P. Casey to fill the two vacancies on the Board and to appoint at least one member from the Philadelphia region;

WHEREAS, the Environmental Law Committee supports raising the salaries of members of the Board to be consistent with the Public Utility Commission;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association authorize the Chancellor to take whatever steps are necessary to communicate with Governor Robert P. Casey regarding the vacancies on the Board and the salary of Board members.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: June 27, 1994