Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quigley To CAC: I Want To Raise The Morale Of DEP, Give It The Resources It Needs

Acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Wednesday one of his priorities is to raise the morale of the agency and get DEP the resources it needs to succeed at its mission.
Quigley stopped by the Council’s meeting on his first official day on the job.
He also said some of his other priorities were--
-- Increasing the transparency at DEP and reporting to the public more effectively;
-- Updating DEP’s oil and gas regulations to respond better to public concerns;
-- Doing a better job of communicating internally by improving management information systems;
-- Building the confidence of the public in determining what are and what aren’t significant environmental problems; and
-- Increasing collaboration with stakeholders and other agencies on issues like clean energy and the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay by not talking at people, but talking with people.
Quigley said Gov. Wolf’s “fresh start” approach means something, “it means a fresh set of eyes on issues and finding new solutions.”
He said he was proud and excited to be working with the women and men at DEP, but admitted he has a lot to learn even though he served previously as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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