PA DEP reorganizes to improve efficiency
A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will refocus the
agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while
improving efficiency and regulatory consistency.
“These organizational changes will enhance the department’s ability
to protect Pennsylvania’s air, water and land, and also will
result in a consistent and predictable regulatory system,” DEP
secretary Mike Krancer said.
Krancer said DEP will make decisions based on facts and sound
science by providing enhanced, unified oversight to the natural
gas industry; emphasizing the revitalization of brownfields;
providing consistent, predictable decision-making; and delivering
compliance assistance and pollution prevention education.
The reorganization will improve internal communication and coordination
and will create new channels as well. It will also boost the
interdisciplinary and cross-media approach to environmental regulation
that Krancer has emphasized.
“I am directing agency management to analyze their operations
and practices, so we can move to improve in that area, too,”
Some of the specific highlights of the changes that will happen
With the projected growth of the Marcellus Shale and other shale
formations and as a reflection of the administration’s emphasis
on proper oversight of the Marcellus Shale industry, the Bureau
of Oil and Gas Management will elevate to becoming a deputate,
which will unify oversight of this industry by Harrisburg-based
and regional staff. This will give DEP the ability to better
coordinate its permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts.
A new bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields will be
created under the Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation.
This new bureau will house all aspects of site cleanup and will
more closely mirror the structure used in environmental cleanup
A new Bureau of Conservation and Reclamation will be created
to better align the Office of Water Management’s core functions,
and others will be realigned. The new bureau will incorporate
staff assigned to restoring streams affected by acid mine drainage.
By aligning staff assigned to stream restoration, DEP will further
improve the Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations’ focus.
A new Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance will
be formed, so that the agency can enhance its efforts to communicate
and educate these values and provide know-how, tools and partnering.
The reorganization will also create the Office of Program Integration
to develop and coordinate the implementation of initiatives,
as well as examine and improve program efficiency across the
The department will begin implementing the new organizational
structure immediately and will make additional details available
in coming months.