department of environmental quality

Two years ago, the Legislature created a new “Department of Environmental Quality,” taking the division of the state Health Department that deals with environmental matters and giving it its own identity.

Even though that enabling legislation was passed, the new DEQ had to jump through some bureaucratic hoops with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, so it could administer such items as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

DEQ executive director Dave Glatt said that all takes time, although he said it was a lot more complicated than he thought it would be.