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Report on Minnesota’s environmental permitting process
Minnesota’s environmental permitting process has long been a topic of concern among business and local government leaders. It’s been reviewed by Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor at least twice, and efforts to streamline the process are an annual occurrence at the legislature. Businesses seek expansions outside of Minnesota due to the state’s arduous permitting process, and those that do invest here are often faced with greater uncertainty and lengthier timelines than what is experienced in other states. Site selectors have pegged Minnesota as unfriendly on the criteria of environmental permitting, taking it off the list for potential investment.
The Minnesota Chamber Foundation is conducting an in-depth, objective analysis of Minnesota’s environmental permitting system. We will dig into the experiences of businesses and local governments to uncover the facts behind the challenges and delays. This research will not focus on the current environmental regulations themselves. Minnesota has a high bar and a strong commitment to the natural environment. The business community shares that commitment. The project will produce actionable recommendations to ensure timeliness and certainty in Minnesota’s permitting process.
If you're interested in getting involved with the creation of this report, please contact Jennifer Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org.