Commissioner Aho: Creating a Customer-Friendly DEP
Editor's Note: This is an interesting news report citing several "gee whiz" facts about Maine's DEP under the LePage administration.
Maine DEP commissioner cites permit improvements
Gives overview of environmental measures taken in state
By Suzanne Laurent
June 16, 2012 2:00 AM
YORK, Maine — "We issue 6,000 permits each year, for air, plants, water.., waste," she said.
...the key issue for DEP is timeliness in issuing permits. One department was backed up to 2006, ...a committee was formed to have the issue cleared up 100% this year....
...DEP's assistance hotline was relaunched as well as the department's Web site.
"We...had thousands upon thousands...of pages...never viewed," she said. "...now we have more views and page hits."