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Mission Statement and Guiding Principles

DEQ MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Environmental Quality's mission is to protect, sustain, and improve a clean and healthful environment to benefit present and future generations.

DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

DEQ GUIDING PRINCIPLES

These guiding principles are the legal guidelines, values and core beliefs of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). They guide the choices and decisions made within DEQ and give all employees direction, a philosophy, and a basis for everything they do. The principles state DEQ's values and how these values support the Mission Statement.

UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION

We will uphold, in a consistent manner, the Montana Constitution - Article IX, and all other statutes, regulations, and legal policies that are applicable to DEQ.

Within the bounds of these laws and regulations, DEQ will strive to make decisions that balance public and private costs and benefits for the greatest public benefit.

WORKING FOR A CLEAN AND HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENT

We recognize that most environmental regulations and standards are intended to protect the public health by preventing serious injury or illness.

We recognize that the people of Montana value a quality environment and encourage everyone to share responsibility to protect its quality.

We will encourage innovative thinking and seek practical, long-term solutions that serve the public interest and minimize the environmental effects of proposed actions.

We will seek cost-effective ways to minimize impacts to the environment and will identify for decision makers and the public any legal or institutional barriers that keep them from being used.

WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC

We respect the public and recognize the value it places on the environment and its interest in the work of DEQ. Therefore, we encourage public input to our analyses, decision making and all other aspects of DEQ's work. We will provide the public with our analyses and the implications of DEQ's decisions and any other information the citizens want within legal constraints. We will encourage and consider public input in our decision making processes and make open decisions that are clear, understandable, and accessible to the public.

IMPROVING COOPERATION AND COORDINATION

The various bureaus and divisions of DEQ will cooperate and coordinate among themselves and with federal, state, and local agencies, and other interested parties.

REACHING POTENTIAL WITH OUR EMPLOYEES

DEQ employees are an important asset. We will empower them to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. We will provide them with a safe work place and the training and tools necessary to achieve DEQ's mission.

We encourage team efforts and use of the expertise of DEQ's employees to find solutions that meet the challenges we face.

We will seek a diversity of individuals and professions within DEQ.

ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE DEQ ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • fully support the DEQ Mission Statement and work within these Guiding Principles;
  • be service-oriented, providing helpful assistance to the public and continually seeking better ways to improve long-term customer relations;
  • be solutions-oriented;
  • utilize and contribute to team efforts and keep colleagues and affected others informed of progress and events;
  • make timely decisions and maintain objectivity in making decisions;
  • act with honesty and integrity, strive for quality, be productive and innovative, and responsible for their actions; and
  • be fiscally responsible and consistently apply the State Constitution, applicable statutes, regulations and legal policies.