DEEP: 20 by 20

20 BY '20
20 Goals Aimed at Increasing Predictability, Efficiency, and Transparency
of DEEP's Regulatory Processes to Meet in 2020
{A Clean and Healthy Environment }
Message from Commissioner Dykes (June 13, 2019):
{Commissioner Katie Dykes} I believe that a clean and healthy environment is the foundation for a thriving economy. We have made tremendous strides over the past decade:
  • DEEP’s Remediation Division completed 421 cleanups and put 3,624 acres back to productive use.
  • We reduced air pollution from major facilities by 50 percent.
  • We achieved required nitrogen reductions in the Long Island Sound ahead of schedule.
  • We acquired 5,000 acres of open space and worked with other organizations to support the preservation of 10,000 additional acres.
  • We supported habitats for 84 species of mammals, 335 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, 169 species of fish, and an estimated 20,000 species of invertebrates, including through the management of 34,000 acres of public land specifically maintained to enhance wildlife sustainability.
Governor Lamont has made environmental protection, climate, and clean energy development top priorities for his administration. He has called for DEEP to meet these priorities while ensuring that we are delivering on our mission with predictability, efficiency, and transparency.
I am pleased to present the 20 by ’20 initiative – 20 measurable process improvements between today and December 31, 2020 aimed at increasing predictability, efficiency, and transparency of DEEP’s regulatory processes, with accountability provided through a public dashboard of key indicators.
We hope you will send us recommendations to add to this initiative – please send your suggestions for the remaining three goals to
-Commissioner Katie Dykes

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{20 by 20 - Predictability, Efficiency and Transparency}
Goal 1: Make Permitting Timeframes More Transparent
Because businesses need to know what to expect
Goal 2: Enhance Pre-Application Assistance
Because more information at start leads to a smoother permitting process
Goal 3: Reduce Number of Legacy Permits Pending
Because closing out long-pending permits enhances environmental protection and regulatory certainty
Goal 4: Reduce Time for Transfer Act Audits
Because property owners need certainty that remediation is complete
Goal 5: Finalize RSR and EUR regulations  
Because clear standards are needed for environmental cleanups
Goal 6: Fast Track Same-Same Renewal Time  
Because renewals without changes should take shorter time to process
Goal 7: Change Individual Permits to General Permits 
Because general permits are a better fit for some activities
Goal 8: Eliminate Some Permits and Move to "Permit By Rule"
Because for some programs, regulations can take the place of permits, setting clear environmental standards while reducing administrative burden
Goal 9: Simplify Natural Diversity Database Determinations
Because automation of the process can save businesses time and resources 
Goal 10: Increase Efficiency of Grant Administration
Because grant funds can’t make positive impact until they hit the street
Goal 11: Agency-Wide Attrition Planning
Because DEEP faces increased levels of attrition over the next 3 years that will reshape the agency
Goal 12: Establish Permitting Concierge Approach
Because businesses should never have to wait too long for follow-up
Goal 13:  Accelerate E-Governance Integration
Because technology can create easier processes
Goal 14:  Enhance Data Transparency
Because businesses, academics, and the public need greater access to information for research, planning, and accountability
Goal 15:  Develop Predictable Regulation Adoption Timeline 
Because stakeholders should know when key milestones for regulation adoption will be completed
Goal 16:  Increase Stakeholder Engagement in Process Improvement Efforts
Because input from stakeholders reveals new approaches
Goals 17 – 20: Reserved for Your Suggestions
Check this page often for updates on this initiative and the addition of a dashboard of key indicators for each goal.