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Lean and Green Initiative for the Biotech Industry

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs' (EOEA) Lean and Green Initiative is designed to streamline environmental regulations while ensuring continued environmental protection. Enforcement focuses on high-risk activities and "bad actors." In addition, the initiative promotes the adoption of new and local environmental technologies. Efforts are underway to identify business sectors where a new and innovative approach to permitting could prove effective. The Environmental Results Program (ERP) provides alternative compliance strategies for certain sectors and environmental issues, keeping with the Lean and Green agenda. The MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) has identified the biotechnology industry as one of the sectors for the new ERP, which ties into the state's overall Biotechnology Economic Development Initiative. A central component of the biotech initiative relies on a robust education and technical assistance program that will increase communities' knowledge of and ability to work with the biotechnology sector; identify appropriate sites for biotechnology facilities; and assist municipalities in becoming "Biotech Ready." As part of this effort, EOEA is charging the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) with a lead role working with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Department of Business and Technology, and such organizations as the Regional Competitiveness Councils to develop and deliver a technical assistance program for municipal boards and officials.

More Info www.mass.gov/ota
Project Contact
Name Paul Richard
Phone 617-727-3260
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Biotechnology Industry
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 2, Fall 2004


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