The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reviews permit applications and conducts inspections for regulated activities. DEP staff are constantly reviewing applications, communicating with businesses, and ensuring compliance with Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations.
For the week ending September 24, 2023, DEP has:
- Conducted 1,516 inspections
- Taken 921 actions on permits
- Processed 93% of Permit Decision Guarantee (PDG) applications on time
- Responded to 1 environmental emergency
Since January 1, 2023, DEP has:
- Conducted 75,946 inspections
- Taken 29,507 actions on permits
- Processed 94% of Permit Decision Guarantee (PDG) applications on time
- Responded to 255 environmental emergencies
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30 new positions for FY-23-24 to enhance permitting process. DEP will continue to evaluate stafﬁng needs to meet a goal of improving permit review times.
Small, select team of experienced, highly-qualiﬁed permitting specialists to work on agreed upon, identiﬁed projects.
Use new operations system and Key Performance Indicators to drive operational goals. Apply private-sector management principles to quarterly operations reviews, and make the data available to the public. Issue Annual Report that shows year over year progress.
Researching options for expedited permitting track for select projects that meet certain criteria.
Formalize pre-application meeting process to better inform potential applicants of processes and needed permits as well as drive down permit application deﬁciencies.
Engage outside permit expertise to review permit forms and processes to identify areas of improvement with a focus on user experience.
Explore and create mechanism to reduce annual backlog of permit reviews.
Update systems to modernize consolidate permit review programs and enhance security.
Ensure staff are trained on latest technology and programs to ensure efﬁciency.
Work with Governor's Ofﬁce of Transformation & Opportunity and legislature to engage stakeholders and identify opportunities for improvement and continuous learning.