EPA, DEP Sign Environmental Performance Agreement

Date: September 26, 2002

Source: News Room

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has signed a performance partnership agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the first such agreement for Pennsylvania. The National Environmental Performance Partnership System is designed to offer states greater flexibility in meeting EPA's requirements. Under the agreement, EPA and DEP have agreed to target three priority areas: watershed restoration, enhancing environmentally responsible development, and reducing environmental exposure to citizens, including sensitive populations. Pennsylvania's 21st Century Environment Commission determined in 1998 that land use was the top environmental priority for Pennsylvania. The DEP has instituted a policy to consider land use when making certain permitting decisions, and is providing funding for sound land-use projects. More information: www.state.pa.us, PA Keyword: "environmental protection."

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