Governor Dayton Increases Efforts to Speed Permitting Process

By KBJR News 1

Governor Dayton Increases Efforts to Speed Permitting Process

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Governor Mark Dayton has made streamlining environmental permitting a top priority since taking his position, according to his administration.

Governor Dayton's office says ensuring necessary safeguards for the environment while making permitting faster and more predictable for Minnesota businesses is important.

96% of environmental permits for job creating projects meet the goal of being issued within 150 days, and many of those permits are issued much more quickly, in only a few days.

This week, the Dayton Administration announced new measures to redouble those efforts, establishing the goal of delivering some permits within 90 days or less.

90 day permits will typically be issued for activites such as construction storm water projects, which are relatively easy to expedite.

The 150-day permit window will be designated for more complex permits such as those issued to a mid-sized manufacturer or an ethanol producer, permits which require more back and forth information exchanges between the applicant and the regulating agency.

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