The Baker-Polito Administration today launched the first phase of a transformative environmental data and public information access system. The new system will deliver online permitting, greater data accessibility, and provide increased transparency in state government operations for businesses and stakeholder groups across the Commonwealth and the public at-large. The Energy and Environmental Information and Public Access System (EIPAS) will provide the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and its agencies with a modern, digital platform to more efficiently and effectively execute its mission of protecting the Commonwealth\u2019s environmental and energy resources. The first phase establishes online permitting for 30 permits, which includes many for air quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, Toxic Use Reduction, water supply, special use permits and pesticides.\n\n\u201cProviding timely environmental and energy permitting options for businesses and immediate public access to relevant state data and documents are important and responsive services for state government to provide,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThis new, innovative system will bolster those processes and make the public-private dynamic more interactive.\u201d\n\n\u201cWith technology rapidly evolving and improving, it is essential that governmental agencies keep up with the needs of the public,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cImportantly, the Energy and Environmental Information and Public Access System will enable finding environmental and energy information online in real time.\u201d\n\nEEA has implemented online permitting for some permits through EIPAS for three agencies: the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Pesticide Applicator Licenses; and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Special Use Permits (coming soon for the 2018 season). As part of the first phase, virtually all of MassDEP\u2019s air quality permits can now be submitted online.\n\n\u201cThe EIPAS initiative will update EEA\u2019s existing legacy systems by replacing them with a highly functional and integrated online system,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cThis is just the beginning of the process, as we plan to implement additional phases and agency permits over the next year that will continue to increase automation, improve citizen experiences, and increase governmental transparency.\u201d\n\nThrough EIPAS, EEA and its agencies have also activated two public-facing online portals:\n\nThe Public Comment Portal allows citizens to access information on EEA and agency permit applications and final decisions, as well as to submit and view public comments pertaining to permit applications; and\n\tThe Information Data Portal\u2019s initial release includes 20 years of MassDEP\u2019s permit, inspection, facility and enforcement data, providing both data query and analytical dashboard capabilities.\n\u201cThe online data portal is a ground-breaking initiative that provides a way to search MassDEP permitting, facility, inspection and enforcement data all at once,\u201d said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. \u201cThe portal allows traditional search capabilities and enables the user to link a specific permit back to a regulated facility and then to inspections or enforcement actions associated with that facility.\u201d\n\n\u201cEIPAS is a tremendous, positive game-changer for one of MDAR\u0027s largest customer groups: licensed pesticide applicators,\u201d said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. \u201cWith this system\u0027s introduction, our customers may now quickly and conveniently process essential licensing and examination transactions on-line, a vast improvement over the previous method.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Energy and Environmental Information and Public Access System will truly benefit those seeking permits from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and other agencies by streamlining and simplifying the process,\u201d said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. \u201cThis new system is an excellent example of the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s priority to make state government more user friendly for businesses, the public, and other stakeholders.\u201d\n\nThe initial phases of EIPAS are permitting and the online data portals. The permitting component of EIPAS is part of a larger Commonwealth-wide online permitting initiative, \u201cePLACE,\u201d which stands for Permitting, Licensing, Authorizations, Certifications and Eligibility. When fully implemented, EIPAS will include features that support key regulatory business processes, including permitting, compliance and enforcement tracking, and online reporting.\n\nThe fully implemented EIPAS platform will provide benefits and value to citizens and the regulated community by growing the Commonwealth\u2019s ability to:\n\nFacilitate transparent sharing of data with citizens, regulated entities, energy and environmental professionals, and other public agencies;\nAutomate transactions with the regulated community through expanded online permitting and environmental reporting, resulting in streamlined interactions with EEA and its agencies;\u00a0\n\tEnhance and streamline EEA agencies\u2019 compliance and enforcement efforts through data-driven compliance strategies \u2013 automating manual compliance and enforcement processes; and\n\tEnable EEA and its agencies to more quickly adapt their processes to evolving environmental issues.\nThe ePermitting \u201cePLACE\u201d portal can be found here.\n\nThe Information Data portal can be found here.