I did try the PerlPassEnv just to see if things worked, and they did.
I did manage to get the values from the %ENV.
The thing is, I would rather not have the VAR on the environment, since every once in a while someone dumps the environment thus leaving things less safe.
Thought PerlSetVar would be a better approach.
I don't understand what you mean when you say 'someone dumps the environment'. You could use 'SetHandler modperl' instead of 'SetHandler perl-script' in httpd.conf, it keeps %ENV from being reset between requests IIRC