CHAMBER MAKES CONTINUED HEADWAY IN ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING

CHAMBER MAKES CONTINUED HEADWAY IN ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING
Minnesota employers will find additional efficiencies in the state’s environmental review and permitting processes, thanks to law changes spearheaded by the Minnesota Chamber at the 2017 Legislature.
 
“Navigating regulatory agencies is among the biggest frustrations we hear from businesses of all sizes and types,” says Tony Kwilas, Minnesota Chamber director of environmental policy. “Processes that take weeks in other states can take months and years in Minnesota – and with no certainty of the outcome.”
 
This year’s changes built on the bipartisan cooperation between the Legislature and Governor Dayton to deliver shorter timelines and to remove bureaucratic red tape, all while protecting the state’s environment and natural resources. 
 
Key measures enacted this year:
State agencies are asked to provide a schedule, upon request, for completion of a permit once an application is deemed complete.  For example, this provision will help a manufacturing company to better plan and schedule capital improvements by knowing when a permit will be finalized.
Draft permits, upon request, will be available to review by applicants before going out for public notice to ensure the permit has no mistakes.
Companies may pay a higher fee and request an expedited review, which includes a detailed cost of the permit. This option is intended to provide certainty and accountability in the process for large economic development projects, such as an agricultural processing facility or an expansion at a paper plant, so the work may proceed more quickly.
 
For more information on the law changes, contact Tony Kwilas at 651.292.4668 or tkwilas@mnchamber.com.