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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 27, 2023 04:22 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Department of Environmental Protection Name Change
In the near future, I will introduce legislation that will change the name of the “Department of Environmental Protection” to the “Department of Environmental Services”.   The word “protection” carries a law enforcement or security connotation rather than that of an environmental resource and partner to the citizens of Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, enforcer has become the prevalent view of the department, overshadowing other work which is detrimental to an open relationship between the citizenry and their government regarding environmental issues.   Emphasizing that this department is focused on “services” will be a huge step forward in instituting a needed culture change.  This name change will have no effect on the jurisdiction or enforcement obligations of the department.  Please join me in establishing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Services.

Introduced as SB691