Environmental Reforms

Environmental Reforms

OUR GOALS
We support sensible environmental regulations that will allow Minnesota to maintain a clean environment and a healthy business climate, while fostering the economic change and growth that this will bring statewide. To this end, the state should establish regulatory systems that are structured and operated so most reviews and permits are completed and issued within months, not years. Minnesota’s regulatory program should strive to be among the premier permitting systems in the nation – quickly and efficiently completing the rigorous process to ensure environmental protection, while facilitating economic change and growth.

2017 LEGISLATIVE RESULTS
We delivered more streamlining for environmental review and permitting.

  • Streamlining process: Applicants can request agency schedule for drafting of permits and public notice; for expedited permits, will receive schedule of tasks to be performed and cost estimates.
  • Environmental Quality Board: Public membership increased from the current five to eight, one from each congressional district, for broader representation.