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Environmental Assistance Office


The Environmental Assistance Office is a partnership of staff focused primarily on non-regulatory programs. The Office provides guidance to permit applicants, offers environmental compliance assistance to Vermont businesses and municipalities, provides recognition programs for green businesses in Vermont, and provides assistance to municipal household hazardous waste programs. Staff assists businesses, communities, state agencies, and others to identify effective and economical ways to reduce waste at the source in order to avoid waste treatment and disposal costs and to safeguard human health and the environment.  Regional staff provide permit assistance with DEC programs and others.


  Permit Assistance
Do You Need A State Permit? The Environmental Assistance Office has Permit Specialists located in the Agency of Natural Resources - Regional Environmental Offices who can help you answer that question. more >>
Business Compliance Assistance
Does your business have environmental compliance questions? The Small Business Compliance Assistance Program (SBCAP) has the answers. The SBCAP provides no-cost, confidential compliance assistance to Vermont businesses. Contact the SBCAP to ask a question or to arrange an on-site compliance review. more >>
Municipal Compliance Assistance

Is your Town in compliance with environmental regulations? Most towns have limited resources available to deal with environmental compliance issues. The Municipal Compliance Assistance Program (MCAP) provides no-cost, confidential compliance assistance to Vermont municipalities. Contact the MCAP to ask a question or to arrange an on-site compliance review. more >>
Pollution Prevention Planning & Assistance
For businesses subject to Vermont’s Pollution Prevention Planning Law, the Planning Guidance and Worksheets for the three year period, July 1, 2014 – July 1, 2017 are available as electronic versions . Also available electronically is the 2013 Annual Progress report form. Progress Reports and fees are due every March 31st. more >>
School Science Lab Assistance Program
The Vermont School Science Lab Safety Team (VSSLST) was established to help schools reduce their risk by helping them to work towards better chemical management and overall science lab safety. This webpage is designed to provide schools with the tools needed to manage their chemicals, maintain safe labs and create a Chemical Hygiene Plan. more >>



2014 Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
The application period for the 2014 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence is closed.  The annual awards honor the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote sustainability. more >>
Business Environmental Partnership
The Vermont Business Environmental Partnership is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. The goals of the Partnership are to achieve greater environmental and economic performance and to promote public recognition of environmental excellence. more >>
Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State
Vermont's Green Hotels are using sound environmental management practices to reduce their impacts on the environment, improve their bottom line and satisfy customer demand for environmentally conscious lodging establishments. The Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State program provides assistance to all lodgings, from major chains to bed and breakfasts. more >>




Do you have an environmental compliance question? Send it to one of EAD's Compliance Assistance Specialists.


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VT DEC Environmental Assistance Office 1 National Life Dr. - Davis 1   Montpelier, VT  05620-3704   Tele: 1-800-974-9559   Fax: 802-828-1011

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