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RG-43
Records of the DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES



Functions relating to the management and protection of the natural resources of the Commonwealth were centralized in the Department of Environmental Resources in 1971. Under the terms of legislation passed in the previous year, the departments of Forests and Waters and Mines and Mineral Industries were then abolished and their powers and duties assigned to Environmental Resources. In addition, specific responsibilities for the protection of environmental resources previously vested in the departments of Agriculture, Health, and Labor and Industry, and the State Planning Board were also transferred to the Department.

The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) was split into two agencies by Act 18 in 1995: the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The statute designated DEP as the renamed Department of Environmental Resources, and DEP received a blanket transfer of all DER's basic powers not specifically assigned to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DER's authority over state forests, parks, and outdoor recreational facilities was given to DCNR, so that DEP is not directly involved in administering public properties.

Related records will be found in the Records of the Department of Forests and Waters (RG-6), Records of the Department of Forestry (RG-51), Records of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) (RG-65) and the Records of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) (RG-66).

Office of the Secretary

Deputy Secretary for Environmental Protection

Deputy Secretary for Public Liaison

Deputy Secretary for Resources Management

Press Office

Bureau of Air Quality Control

Bureau of Community Environmental Control

Bureau of Deep Mining Safety

Bureau of Forestry/Bureau of State Parks

Bureau of Land and Water Conservation

Bureau of Legal Services

Bureau of Mining and Reclamation

Bureau of Occupational Health

Bureau of Sanitary Engineering

Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

Bureau of Waste Management

Bureau of Water Quality Management

Bureau of Water Resources Management

Bureau of Watershed Management

Citizen's Advisory Council

Environmental Hearing Board

Environmental Quality Board

Management Services for Environmental Protection

Solid Waste Advisory Committee



Last minimal processing update: 7/23/2013, acc. #6305 (krb)


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