The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has launched a suite of new online services and tools to advance DEEP’s 20BY20 Initiative, a list of 20 measurable process improvements aimed at increasing predictability, efficiency, and transparency of DEEP’s regulatory processes. Though the initiative formally concluded at the end of 2020, it laid the foundation for process improvements the agency continues to make, including the new web-based tools announced today.
Requests for Natural Diversity Database reviews may now be submitted online, via DEEP’s ezFile website. In addition, now live are new regulatory and permitting dashboard webpages that track the progress of and provide transparency into permit processing, permit assistance, and rulemaking. They deliver on the following 20BY20 goals:
- Goal #1: Make Permitting Timeframes More Transparent
- Goal #3: Reduce Number of Legacy Permit Applications Pending
- Goal #9: Simplify Natural Diversity Database Determinations
- Goal #15: Develop Predictable Regulation Adoption Timeline
- Goal #16: Increase Stakeholder Engagement in Process Improvement Efforts
“Achieving the goals identified through our 20BY20 Initiative to make the agency more nimble, transparent, and responsive continue to be a priority for us at DEEP, and I’m pleased to share these latest examples of our progress and continued commitment,” says DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes.