DNR Meets Permit Approval Benchmark 09 Feb 12

The Department of Natural Resources says it is meeting a new 150-day target for approving or rejecting permit applications 99.6% of the time. The 150-day benchmark was set by Governor Dayton a year ago. It also applies to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. DNR officials say that the agency’s performance shows it’s responsive to companies and other entities that require speedy review of their permit requests, while still safeguarding Minnesota’s natural resources. In many cases, DNR staffers were able to decide on permits in less than two weeks. The DNR says missed the 150-day goal on only three permits during the reporting period – all because of a combination of lack of staff and the state government shutdown last summer. All three have since been issued.