Streamlining Permits to Save Minnesotans Thousands of Dollars

By KBJR News 1

Streamlining Permits to Save Minnesotans Thousands of Dollars

June 5, 2012 Updated Jun 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Thanks to a streamlining of permits between two state agencies, thousands of Minnesotans will be saving more than $1,200 each.

More than 180 permit holders will save $1,280 up front and $345 each year thanks to a streamlining effort between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The MPCA will use the DNR's aquatic plant management permit to meet the requirements of MPCA’s Clean Water Act permit. Both agencies are working together to make certain that pesticide discharges to waters are controlled to protect aquatic communities and water quality.

“This is a win for thousands of Minnesota property owners who group together on these permits,” says Elise Doucette of the MPCA. “They’ll save money while still protecting water quality. Both agencies agree that staff time will be saved, resources will be used efficiently, and some permit fees can be eliminated.”

DNR permit holders will no longer have to apply for a separate permit from MPCA saving the state an estimated $150,000 annually.