Dear MassDEP Stakeholders:
As many of you know, in April 2011 MassDEP launched a Regulatory Reform Initiative. Through the spring and summer, the agency has been soliciting input from a broad range of stakeholders on possible changes to how it conducts its programs in order to reduce staff time spent while maintaining its high standards for protection of the environment and public health. The resulting
Draft Action Plan for Regulatory Reform at MassDEP is now available for public comment until Monday, November 21, 2011.
Background: In the last nine years, MassDEP has been subject to significant cuts in both budget and workforce. In 2002, the agency had an annual budget of $62 million and 1,200 full time staff. This year, MassDEP