MPCA Issues Report On Permitting Activities

By KBJR News 1

MPCA Issues Report On Permitting Activities

August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently issued a report on permitting activities at the agency.

The “Environmental Permitting: MPCA’s Semiannual Permitting Efficiency Report” shows that the agency issued 90 percent, or 841, of the construction-focused permits received between March 4 and June 30, 2011.

Legislation passed in March requires the agency to establish a goal to:

• finalize permit decisions within 150 days of receiving completed applications;

• notify applicants of incomplete applications within 30 days;

• submit permitting efficiency reports in August and February of each year.

In addition to permitting timeliness data, the report includes administrative and program-enhancement efforts underway aimed at improving the overall process.

The MPCA has initiated a number of process-improvement efforts including:

• increased coordination with the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Employee and Economic Development, and the Department of Agriculture;

• increased communication with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and various business groups to improve responsiveness and encourage open feedback;

• development of permit managers teams that implement process changes, resolve issues and ensure consistency;

• evaluation of the current permit application review process to find communication, consistency and efficiency improvements.

The report is available on the MPCA website at www.pca.state.mn.us/legislative/reports

Written for the web by Melissa Burlaga

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.