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Department of Environmental Protection

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-06

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


  • 1972 -

Biographical / Historical

PURPOSE: The Department of Environmental Protection is charged by statute with protecting and improving the quality of our natural environment and the resources which constitute it, and with enhancing the public's opportunity to enjoy the environment by directing growth and development in a sustainable fashion. The Department, through authority vested in the Commissioner and the Board of Environmental Protection, exercises the policy powers of the State to prevent the pollution of the natural environment. It recommends to the Legislature measures for the improvement of environmental protection, administers grants, issues licenses and initiates enforcement actions. The department negotiates agreements with federal, state and municipal agencies, administer laws relating to the environment and educates the public and regulated community on environmental issues and obligations.

ORGANIZATION: On July 1, 1972, the Department was formally created with a broad mandate of responsibilities extending to air, land, water, waste and other environmental areas of concern.

Maine State Government Annual Report 2013-2014


4322.0 Linear Feet (4335 containers)

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State Agency Schedules
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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333