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Pilot Assistance Program

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description On June 6, 2001 MA EOEA and DEP officials introduced a new pilot program, entitled "Right From the Start," at a breakfast event at DEP's Central Regional Office (CERO). The program centralizes access to a host of assistance services for companies applying for environmental permits through CERO. Joining Secretary Bob Durand and Commissioner Lauren Liss were DEP Central Regional Director Bob Golledge and Assistant Secretary Gina McCarthy. The event highlighted joint efforts by government, industry and academia to facilitate progress beyond compliance and toward sustainability and "environmental stewardship." The emphasis on partnership was received positively by industry attendees, several of whom approached OTA and EOEA staff to discuss opportunities for working together to overcome hurdles concerning financial and regulatory support for new technologies and comprehensive water conservation and protection issues. The "Right From the Start" pilot program introduced at CERO offers environmental officials an opportunity to engage companies in pollution prevention and resource conservation while projects are still in the planning stages, thereby saving businesses valuable time and resources as well as helping them reduce regulatory burdens and maximize environmental gains. It also represents an effort on the part of EOEA and DEP to augment the permit process with assistance and support services that may help improve environmental performance, efficiency and production.

Project Contact
Name Stephen George
Phone 617-626-1094
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Conference, Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 2, Summer 2001


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