DEP, Space Coast Inter-agency Environmental Partnership Hold Quarterly Meeting

June 19, 2014

An alliance that was cemented more than 15 years ago continues to help the Florida Department of Environmental Protection work with strategic partners along the Space Coast to better protect the state’s environment.

The positive impact of that alliance was on display Thursday when the Space Coast Inter-Agency Environmental Partnership held its Tier II quarterly meeting at DEP’s Central District Office.

This meeting brought DEP together with representatives from NASA, Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and some of their major on-site contractors to discuss environmental concerns that may impact these military and federal agencies.

“We are very proud to be a part of this long-standing collaborative partnership,” said Jeff Prather, the director of DEP’s Central District Office. “By working together we’ve been able to find more efficient and effective ways to achieve environmental compliance and meet the mission objectives of both the Air Force and Kennedy Space Center.”

The Tier II meeting devoted time to discussing topics related to air, waste and water to ensure compliance at the highest level. DEP representatives also provided updates on rule revisions that may impact the missions of its partners.

The members of this inter-agency partnership meet quarterly to focus on mutual interest in operations, application of rules and expeditious permitting as well as potential problems and how to resolve them.

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