DEP?names new director for District Mining Operations

William Plassio, a 32-year veteran of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s mining program, will helm the agency’s Bureau of District Mining Operations. The Westmoreland County native will oversee the state’s six district mining offices, which are responsible for the permitting, monitoring and enforcement of all the state’s active mining operations.

“I am very proud to have Bill leading our team of inspectors, engineers and permitting staff,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mine Operations John Stefanko said. “His commitment to public service and to this state is unparalleled.”

Plassio said: “I look forward to continuing to serve my fellow Pennsylvanians and working with the hardworking men and women in our district offices.”

As bureau director for district mining operations, Plassio will oversee 217 employees in offices in California, Cambria, Greensburg, Knox, Moshannon and Pottsville, as well as administer the state’s oversight of blasting and the Mine Subsidence Insurance Program.

He is a licensed professional engineer.