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News and Events

Every day, DEP works to ensure greater engagement by citizens and other stakeholders in carrying out the department's mission. The agency promotes public involvement in the shaping of environmental regulations and policies, fosters environmental justice and equality, and conducts outreach and education.

 DEP Newsletter

Subscribe to DEP's newsletter! It's the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information from the Department of Environmental Protection. The biweekly newsletter features information about hot topics, recent department actions, regulatory updates, webinars and upcoming events.

DEP Newsroom

DEP's Newsroom houses DEP's official news releases and media advisories.

The newsroom is also where you can:

  • Sign up for advisories on issues as West Nile virus or air quality alerts
  • Sign up for notices on permit application statuses
  • View news clippings from media outlets from across Pennsylvania
  • Contact central office and regional communications staff
  • Find archived news releases and media advisories back to 2005


Calendar of Events

DEP's Calendar of Events lists all of DEP's official public meetings, hearings, advisory committee meetings or regional roundtable meetings taking place throughout the state. Events can be viewed in a calendar format or list view, or by county.

DEP YouTube Channel

Learn more about many of DEP's programs and success stories like how cleaning up brownfields sites is making a real difference in the quality of life in communities across Pennsylvania.

DEP Speakers' Bureau

DEP's Speakers' Bureau connects the department's professional staff with groups that need speakers with environmental expertise for meetings, conferences and other events. If you need a speaker for your event or meeting, fill out the Speaker Request Form (PDF). DEP will make every effort to accommodate your request. Requests for speakers must be made a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the event. Filling out the form does not guarantee a speaker. This form should not be used to request public meetings and/or hearings. Completed forms should be sent to the Community Relations Coordinator in your area listed on the back of the form. Please note that if you already use DEP employees in informal meetings, without the public and/or media being invited, a Speaker Request Form is not needed.

Useful Tools

DEP's electronic toolbox makes use of the latest technology to more effectively involve the public in its decision-making process. Tools such as eNotice, an electronic notification system, allow users to track permit applications, check the status of environmental regulations and notify users of technical guidance document postings. The department's eLibrary provides online access to key documents in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats, and mapping and GIS tools allow DEP to display environmentally relevant data to contractors and the public.

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