- The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.
The DEEP is organized into three main branches and the Office of the Commissioner:
- The Energy Branchincludes the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) – formerly the Department of Public Utility Control – which reviews rates for electricity, water, cable television and other utilities as well as a Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, which develops forward-looking energy efficiency, infrastructure and alternative power programs.
- The Environmental Quality Branchis comprised of the Bureaus of Air Management, Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, and Water Protection and Land Reuse. These bureaus protect the air, land and water resources of the state by regulating air emissions, wastewater discharges and solid and hazardous wastes. Tools used include the development of regulations, policies and standards; permitting and enforcement; air and water quality monitoring; and public outreach and education.
- The Environmental Conservation Branchconsists of two bureaus. The Bureau of Natural Resources is charged with managing the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of regulation, management, research, and public education. The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation is charged with the conservation and management of statewide recreation lands and resources through the acquisition of open space and the management of resources, including state parks, to meet the outdoor recreation needs of the public.
- The Office of the Commissioner, including the Offices of Chief of Staff, Planning and Program Development, Information Management, Adjudications, Environmental Justice, and Legal Counsel, provides administrative management, staff assistance, and ancillary service to aid the Commissioner and Bureau Chiefs in their efforts to carry out the mission of the agency. In addition, the centralized Bureau of Financial and Support Services provides a wide array of services including financial management, human resource management and purchasing.
The overarching goals of the agency are to:
- Integrate energy and environmental policies and programs in a more systematic, proactive and coherent manner to provide a better structure for decision-making and to build a sustainable and prosperous economic future.
- Bring down the cost of electricity to make Connecticut more competitive, promote energy efficiency, and encourage the development and use of clean energy technologies.
- Unleash a renewed spirit of innovation for pollution control, conservation of natural resources, and management of Connecticut’s parks and forests.
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Get involved with the DEEP Advisory Groups
Commissioner's Constituent Groups
Two external constituent groups meet with the managerial staff of the Department on a periodic basis to discuss Connecticut’s environmental agenda, policy, legislative initiatives, budget and resource issues.
Connecticut Equine Advisory Council
The Connecticut Equine Advisory Council (EAC) assists the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with issues related to the preservation of equine trails in Connecticut.
Conservation Advisory Council
The Conservation Advisory Council advises and assists the DEEP in matters involving the management of natural resources and outdoor activities.
Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC)
The Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC) works closely with the Fisheries Division on issues and problems that affect all users of marine and inland fisheries resources. More Information
Forest Practices Advisory Board
The Forest Practices Advisory Board was established to provide DEEP with recommendations, advice, and guidance on implementing Connecticut's Forest Practices Act.
Release Reporting Advisory Committee
The Release Reporting Advisory Committee was established to provide recommendations to the DEEP for the development of regulations for reporting of releases of hazardous chemicals and petroleum products.
Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee (HWAC) More information
The State Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee was established to help guide the implementation of recommendations outlined in the external systems analysis report.
Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee
The State Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee was established to assist the Department in implementing the State Solid Waste Management Plan, Amended 2006 and in identifying emerging issues and solutions.
State Implementation Plan Revision Advisory Committee (SIPRAC)
SIPRAC is the Air Bureau’s standing advisory committee on Connecticut’s implementation of the Clean Air Act.
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