Minn. Gov. OKs Law To Cut Enviro Permit Red Tape

Law360, New York (March 4, 2011, 6:15 PM EST) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton approved legislation Thursday that will speed up the state's environmental review and permitting process and hand to private firms the responsibility for initially assessing the environmental impact of projects.

Dayton said he signed House File 1 into law because the old permitting process had unnecessarily delayed too many potential business expansions, according to a letter he sent to the bill's sponsors, Senate Environmental Chair Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau.

Dayton had already implemented most of the measures via an...
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