As it is required to do under Minn. Stat. § 116.03, subd. 2d, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), on August 1, 2014, published a Semi-annual Permitting Efficiency Report. The permitting efficiency statute, which went into effect in March 2011, establishes the goal that Minnesota environmental and resource management permits be issued or denied within 150 days of a permit application. For permit applications that have not met the goal, MPCA must explain the reasons why in semi-annual efficiency reports.

The current report includes data for the 2,983 permit applications MPCA received between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. During that period, MPCA issued 2,705 permits, 54 of which took more than 150 days. Of the 278 pending permit application, 107 had already exceeded the 150-day goal. The report lists the delayed permits and provides seven categories of reasons for the delays.  Among the most frequent reasons for the delay were “lack of staff,” “waiting for information from permittee,” and “no significant external reasons for delay.”

Minnesota passed several laws in recent years in an attempt to streamline the issuance of environmental permits. (Source: www.noln.net)

Minnesota passed several laws in recent years in an attempt to streamline the issuance of environmental permits. (Source: http://www.noln.net)

 

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