Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs was established by the Legislature in 1975. The General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 21A Section 2 outlines the overall duties and functions of the office. The overall mission of the Executive Office is to safeguard public health from environmental threats and to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Commonwealth. On April 11, 2007, the Cabinet reorganization took effect, creating the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and adding to the Executive Office the Commonwealth's two energy-related agencies: the Department of Public Utilities and the Division (now Department) of Energy Resources. To meet its mandate, the Secretariat oversees six departments.