The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is a state agency charged with protecting Georgia's air, land, and water resources through the authority of state and federal environmental statutes. These laws regulate public and private facilities in the areas of air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks, and others. EPD issues and enforces all state permits in these areas and has full delegation for federal environmental permits except Section 404 (wetland) permits.
The EPD Director is Jeff Cown.
The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) protects and restores Georgia’s environment. We take the lead in ensuring clean air, water and land. With our partners, we pursue a sustainable environment that provides a foundation for a vibrant economy and healthy communities.
Georgia’s environment is healthy and sustainable. Natural resources are protected and managed to meet the needs of current and future generations.
All Georgians understand the importance of a healthy and sustainable environment and act to protect and restore it.
EPD is responsive, effective and efficient. Associates are valued and empowered to use their expertise and creativity as leaders in protecting Georgia’s environment.
Read the EPD’s full Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles.