About Us - Who We Are
The Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) is a tri-state air and water pollution control agency—that is, a joint agency—serving the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The Commission and its area of jurisdiction—the Commission’s District—were established in 1936 under a Compact between New York and New Jersey, with the consent of Congress. The state of Connecticut ratified in 1941. The Commission’s overall responsibility is to protect the environment and assure compliance with and enforcement of its Water Quality Regulations.

When the Commission was originally formed in 1936, it was given the name Interstate Sanitation Commission. But on October 27, 2000, the President of the United States signed the federal legislation, officially changing the name of the Commission from Interstate Sanitation Commission to Interstate Environmental Commission. The name change was necessary to reflect more accurately the nature of the Commission’s mandates, mission and responsibilities.
  The Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC)

The Interstate Environmental Commission envisions an ecosystem plentiful of diversified inhabitants, District waters that are litter free, easily reached and capable of supporting a wide spectrum of commercial and recreational activities, and a balance between the needs of the ecosystem and the demands of citizens which may, at times, be in conflict.

Activities at the Commission’s District

The Commission has been assigned jurisdiction over a tri-state region where water use impairments have upsetting social and economic impacts. In addition to the Interstate Environmental Commission, the environmental and health departments of its member states are charged with the overall protection and remediation of District waterways. What distinguishes though the Commission from the agencies of its member states is the fact that the Commission is not only an intrastate regulatory and enforcement agency, but also, an interstate agency, one that can and does cross state lines. While out-of-state dischargers for example can adversely affect the waters of an IEC member state, they are beyond the reach of the agencies in the affected state, but not out of the jurisdiction of the Commission, which does not hesitate—whenever necessary, and in coordination with its member states and the US EPA—to use its enforcement and regulatory powers on both an interstate and intrastate basis.

The Commission’s mandates are governed by the Tri-State Compact, Statutes, and the IEC’s Water Quality Regulations. Nevertheless, its broad range of programs and activities reach far beyond its environmental mandates and date back to a time before the creation of state and national environmental entities, and before national standards were established. The Interstate Environmental Commission is the oldest regulatory and enforcement agency in the region, and clearly, year in and year out, the Commission’s track record of accomplishments benefitting New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut speaks for itself. In every essential area of activity, the IEC has carried the ball and saved its member states literally millions of dollars over the past decade alone. The Commission continues to prove its worth as a guardian of the environment—maintaining the integrity of our waterways and improving air quality on behalf of all citizens throughout its environmentally fragile region.

Execution Lighthouse in Long Island Sound, in operation since 1850

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