PADEP REORGANIZES TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY
A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) will refocus the agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while improving efficiency and regulatory consistency.
“These organizational changes will enhance the PADEP’s ability to protect Pennsylvania’s air, water and land, and also will result in a consistent and predictable regulatory system,” PADEP Secretary Mike Krancer said.
Krancer said PADEP will make decisions based on facts and sound science by providing enhanced, unified oversight to the natural gas industry; emphasizing the revitalization of brownfields; providing consistent, predictable decision-making; and delivering compliance assistance and pollution prevention education.
“This is an installment of delivering what Governor Corbett promised during the campaign; and I, along with the governor, am committed to protecting the environment and public health for the future of all Pennsylvanians by strictly and vigorously enforcing our environmental laws,” he added. “Our commitment to protecting our state’s environment remains as strong as ever.”
The reorganization will improve internal communication and coordination and will create new channels as well. It will also boost the interdisciplinary and cross-media approach to environmental regulation that Krancer has emphasized.
“I am directing agency management to analyze their operations and practices, so we can move to improve in that area, too,” Krancer said.
Some of the specific highlights of the changes that will happen are:
The PADEP will begin implementing the new organizational structure immediately and will make additional details available in coming months.
For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us.