Our mission at the Division of Environmental Protection is to conserve our natural resources through permitting in the developing U.S. Virgin Islands and to further foster community involvement in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) as a whole.
To that end, we are have numerous environmental programs which include Air, Water, Land and relates issues. Specific programs “permit, inspect, enforce” and provide educational outreach in these areas of concern: Air Pollution, Air Quality Management, Brownfields, Solid and Hazardous Waste, Groundwater, Underground Storage Tanks, Terminal Facility License, Pesticides, Public Water Systems, Small Business Assistance, Water Pollution and Water Quality Management.
Each area of particular concern to the division is also delegated and receives funding through grants from the USEPA. Our goal each year is to insure that these funds are used to improve the division’s ability to perform all work plan commitments. This year however we will also endeavor to exceed expectations though a process of re-engineering our division.
We as the Division of Environmental Protection, within the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, envision a future where the environment and development coexist, each replenishing the other. The future of the division rests in our initiatives and the vision to recognize windows of opportunity during any administration. The diversity of functions and expectations demand a new outlook to better pool our resources in the protection of the environment.
GOAL AND STRATEGIC PLAN -- The key goal of this division is to enlarge the number of facilities that continue to come into compliance with environmental permits through increased follow-up inspections and enforcement actions. -- The strategic plan is to implement a re-engineering process within the division to include staff re-assignments and... Read More