The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine’s natural resources and enforcing the state’s environmental laws.
Legislative mandate directs DEP to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the air, water and land. The charge is to preserve, improve and prevent diminution of the natural environment of the State. The Department is also directed to protect and enhance the public’s right to use and enjoy the State’s natural resources. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.