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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Legal Unit

The Legal Unit of the DES Commissioner’s Office provides legal and administrative support for all enforcement and rulemaking undertaken by DES, and provides legal guidance to DES staff on interpretations of statutes and rules and proposed legislation. The Legal Unit does not serve as general counsel to DES; that role remains with the NH Attorney General’s Office.

As part of DES's statutory obligation to provide clerical and technical support to the N.H. Environmental Councils, the Legal Unit also houses the Appeals Clerk for the Councils.

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    On January 5, 2017, Governor Sununu issued a directive requiring state agencies to pause any proposed rulemaking, except in limited circumstances, until March 31, 2017. The directive also requires state agencies to evaluate all of their rules to determine whether the rules are mandated by law or are essential to the public health, safety, or welfare.

    NHDES is cooperating fully with Governor Sununu’s directive for state agencies to review their rules. In conjunction with this review, it has been determined that certain rules already in the formal rulemaking progress when the directive was issued for which a final proposal is due prior to March 31, 2017 will continue in the process, subject to further review per the directive. Also, NHDES is discussing with the Governor’s office initiating rulemaking for the rules that are scheduled to expire prior to March 31, 2017, specifically hazardous waste, water works operator certification & permit to operate, and youth camps.

    Any questions regarding the status of a particular rulemaking should be directed to the contact person identified on the Proposed and Recently Adopted Rules page for that rule or to

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  • NHDES Legal Unit
    29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
    Concord, NH 03302-0095
    (603) 271-6072
    (603) 271-8805 (fax)
    For matters OTHER THAN appeals:



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