DEP Begins to Process Permit Applications under New Streamlined Policy
On Nov. 14, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection began processing permit applications under new streamlined policies. The department’s final Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee and Permit Coordination policies were published in the November 3
edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
The new policies are a result of the department’s review of existing permitting procedures. Under Executive Order 2012-11 issued by Gov. Corbett this summer, DEP was required to implement a Permit Decision Guarantee that assesses permitting decisions, provides clear expectations for applicants, establishes performance measures for review staff, and develops electronic permitting tools. Executive Order 2012-11 rescinded a 1995 Executive Order establishing the Money Back Guarantee and replaced it with the Permit Decision Guarantee.
This new policy provides how DEP will review projects in need of multiple permits. The department made several improvements to permit reviews in an effort to provide regulatory certainty to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses applying for permits. DEP’s focus was to consistently receive complete and adequate applications and reduce the amount of time it should take to review them.
In an effort to go paperless, DEP will no longer send hard-copy completeness letters to applicants, except in cases required by statute or regulation. Instead, DEP will provide application tracking updates through eFACTS (which stands for Environmental Facility Activity
Compliance Tracking System). To make applicants aware of the new system and to help them easily navigate it, the department will hold webinar training sessions on eFACTS on the dates and times listed below:
- November 27, 10 a.m.
- December 4, 1:30 p.m.
- December 19, 10 a.m.
- January 16, 1:30 p.m.
- February 20, 10 a.m.
- March 13, 1:30 p.m.
- April 10, 10 a.m.
- May 8, 1:30 p.m.
- June 5, 10 a.m.
Click here to learn more or to register for these seminars.