The Environmental Protection Department was created in 1992 to provide a wide array of services for the Seneca communities, along with regulating and permitting environmentally sensitive issues within all territories of the Seneca Nation. The purpose of this department is to protect the natural environment of the Seneca territories, to take affirmative action, to restore and enhance environmental quality in areas that have been subject to degradation, and to ensure that no proposed development that might cause significant environmental degradation will be permitted prior to the completion of a thorough environmental review in which alternatives and mitigation measures are fully considered.
Environmental program activities are funded by a combination of federal grants and general funds. Defined scopes of work are carried out through grant funds and numerous other projects are directed by the Tribal Council and/or Executive Offices depending upon the urgency and detriment to human health and the natural environment.
The Environmental Protection Office is based on the Cattaraugus Territory and houses the following programs: Water and Air Quality Standards, Underground/Aboveground Storage Tanks, Wildlife Habitat, Solid Waste, NEPA, Brownfields, Pesticides and a new regulatory permit section.