Pa. DEP Finalizes Rule On Permit Timetables Over Objections

Law360, Philadelphia (November 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT) -- Despite concerns from environmental groups, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday it had finalized a new permit guarantee program that sets timetables for department reviewers to respond to permit applications.

The so-called permit decision guarantee program, which not only sets deadlines for environmental permit reviews but also outlines detailed criteria that applications must meet in order to win approval, raised concerns from area EPA officials, who said it could lead to fast-tracking of highly publicized or politically motivated projects.

“The goals noted in the...
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