About DEQ

As public servants, our responsibilities and authorities are derived from the laws of the state of Oklahoma.

As our customers, we owe it to you to provide clear and courteous service, and to always exhibit professionalism and integrity. We call this standard PEAK Performance. It is a reflection of our commitment to making decisions based on common sense, good science and fiscal responsibility, while performing our work in a timely, effective and respectful manner.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is to protect people through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land on which we thrive, helping to make Oklahoma an even better place to live.
Our vision is to eliminate the effects of unintended consequences of historic development, to prevent new adverse environmental impacts and to provide significant input into national decision making, all the while enhancing both the environment and the economy of Oklahoma.

OUR GOALS

GOAL ONE:
Place SERVICE at the forefront of agency planning and execution, internal communications, and interactions with citizens, businesses, and our local, state, and federal counterparts.

GOAL TWO:
Establish efficient and transparent permitting processes to produce timely, cost effective, and enforceable permits.

GOAL THREE:
Maintain a responsive, equitable and timely environmental complaints process and emergency response system.

GOAL FOUR:
Ensure agency rules and compliance monitoring/enforcement processes are transparent, easy to understand, and fairly administered.

GOAL FIVE:
Use technology to improve agency transparency, customer compliance with environmental laws, and information dissemination.