For Immediate Release - September 14, 2015

MassDEP to Hold Public Listening Sessions under Executive Order 562 to Gather Input on Regulatory Reform Efforts

Sessions Scheduled for Worcester, Springfield and Boston from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold three listening sessions starting at month’s end to give the public an opportunity to hear about the agency’s regulatory reform efforts and offer feedback on environmental regulations that should be revised under Executive Order 562, which was previously announced by Governor Charlie Baker.

MassDEP has begun a thorough assessment of the agency’s regulations, and to date, has reviewed more than 95 regulations to determine whether action is required under the criteria of EO 562, including consideration of whether it was reviewed or amended during the recent regulatory reform efforts, or whether other factors warrant consideration.

“As our review process continues, we are seeking input from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including environmental advocates, the regulated community and the public in general to make sure that our regulations are fully protective of the environment and the public health, but also clear and implementable for those who operate under these regulations,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The public’s feedback will be critical to our current reform efforts.”

The listening sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – MassDEP’s Central Regional Office, Suasco Conference Room, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. – MassDEP’s Boston headquarters, Conference Rooms A, B & C, second floor, 1 Winter Street, Boston.

Gathering feedback from the public and especially those interested stakeholders affected by state regulations on a daily basis is essential to a meaningful evaluation process. The Baker-Polito Administration has established an online portal to solicit feedback on potential regulatory changes and feedback through the evaluation process. Comments and observations can be submitted here:

All comments and suggestions are welcomed and will be considered whether provided at one of the MassDEP listening sessions or through the online portal.  

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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