MassDEP (then DEQE) opened for business in 1975, and for four decades has protected our natural resources, public health and quality of life with dedication, hard work and innovation. For 35 years, our lawyers have been privileged to work with MassDEP’s many talented and dedicated leaders and staff to permit projects, and to assist the agency in development of cutting-edge programs in waste site cleanup, solid waste and recycling, and water resources as participants on task forces, committees and stakeholder groups. Under the leadership and excellence of Commissioners from Tony Cortese to Marty Suuberg, MassDEP has tackled tough environmental problems, engendered an ethic of excellence, and built strong partnerships with municipalities, industries and environmental groups. We expect to help celebrate the golden anniversary in 2025. Congratulations and thank you MassDEP.
MassDEP’s ranks have been depleted by about 120 talented staff and leaders by Governor Baker’s budget-trimming early retirement plan. John Shea spoke at two regional retirement celebrations, and lamented the departure of dedicated environmental professionals, seasoned advisors, and many great friends. We wish the retirees well as they enjoy the fresh air, clean waters and pristine beaches they fought so hard to protect.