This EBC Leadership webinar features Tori Kim, Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office and Assistant Secretary at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review process provides meaningful opportunities for public review of the potential environmental impacts of development projects and other activities that require one or more state agency actions. Such actions include granting state permits or licenses, providing state financial assistance, or transferring state land.
Join the EBC to hear from recently appointed MEPA Director Tori Kim who will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the review process, the latest on policy priorities, and proposed revisions to the MEPA regulations.
Some recent developments:
- A general announcement of the MEPA regulatory review effort was been published in the Environmental Monitor, and is available on the MEPA website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/information-about-upcoming-regulatory-updates.
- MEPA is proposing to issue two interim protocols concerning climate change adaptation and environmental justice outreach.
- Key areas for public input are outlined in a presentation, available here. MEPA is actively seeking feedback on these key areas, as well as other issues of concern to the regulated community.
Open Discussion: Following the presentation by Tori Kim, MEPA Director, Kathleen Brill, Partner at Foley Hoag LLP, will moderate an open discussion with the Director and the program attendees on issues of concern to the EBC membership and their clients.
This webinar was not recorded.
- Kathleen Brill, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
- Tori Kim, Director and Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts