Please Attend New E.O. 562 Regulatory Review Listening Sessions


ACTION ALERT

Dear MLTC Members and Friends,

I am writing to urge you to attend one of the listening sessions held by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR),  Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR).

What's at stake:  These listening sessions are intended to give the public an opportunity to hear about regulatory reform efforts and offer feedback on agency regulations.  This is an opportunity for the new administration to see how much support there is for the regulations that form much of the basis of environmental protection in our state.  They are making strong efforts to insure that they hear from the regulated community about the burdens of regulation.  They also need to hear from us about the public benefits of protecting the state's land and water. 

It is critical for us to us to stand up and be counted in support of the state's strong protection of our land and water resources. PLEASE consider coming to one of these sessions and encourage staff, members and volunteers from your organization to attend as well.

DCR Listening Session Times/Locations:

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:30  - 8:30 pm
          Myles Standish State Forest Barn - 194 Cranberry Road, South Carver, MA

    Thursday,  October 8, 2015, 7:00  - 9:00 pm
          Community Rowing - 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA  

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 6:30  - 8:30 pm
          John Augustus Hall, DCR Watershed Division - 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston, MA

    Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30  - 8:30 pm
          Lawrence Heritage State Park - One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA

    Tuesday, October  20, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
          DCR West Region HQ, 740 South Street, Pittsfield, MA  

    If you cannot attend, please weigh in via the online portal at:
        www.mass.gov/dcr/public-comment
   
Comments also can be mailed to the DCR Office of Public Outreach
    251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) will hold two listening sessions to give the public an opportunity to hear about the secretariats' regulatory reform efforts and offer feedback on energy and environmental regulations that will be reviewed under Executive Order 562, previously announced by Governor Charlie Baker. 

EOEEA Listening Session Times/Locations:

    Monday, October 5, 2015, from 2-5 pm
        EEA's Boston Office, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms C & D, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 

    Monday, October 19, 2015, from 4-6 pm
        MassDEP's Central Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 

    If you cannot attend, please submit comments via the online portal at:
      www.mass.gov/anf/regreview.html

    We do not yet know which regulations EOEEA intends to rescind or amend.  However, please note
    that some very important environmental regulations fall under their purview, including MEPA, the
    Interbasin Transfer Act, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), the Dam and Seawall
    Repair and Removal Fund, and rules relating to toxics and coastal pollution.

DAR Listening Session Times/Locations:

    Monday, October 5, 2015, from 4-6 pm
         DFW, Richard Cronin Building; 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA  

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 4-6 pm 
         2nd Floor Conference Rooms A, B & C, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

    Monday, October 19, 2015, from 4-6 pm 
         Smith Vocational Agricultural School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 

    If you cannot attend, please submit comments via the online portal at:
           www.mass.gov/anf/regreview.html

Feel free to draw from the letter that MLTC, the MA Riverways Alliance and MACC sent to Undersecretary Madden of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance if you would like some ideas on speaking points. Letter available here. It is always most compelling when you speak from your own experience:

  • - How have the agency's regulations protected lands and rivers that are important to you and your members?
    - Why is it important to keep these regulatory environmental protections  strong?
    - What, in your opinion, should be strengthened?

Thank you for your great advocacy! 

 

Mary Griffin, Executive Director
Mass Land Trust Coalition
978-443-2233
mgriffin@massland.org