The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issues permits in a variety of areas, such as air quality, hazardous waste, construction stormwater and feedlots. And we work hard to ensure that these permits effectively protect human health and the environment while supporting economic growth.
Issuing permits in a timely manner is an important part of this philosophy, and overall, a recent report to the Legislature shows that we are performing well.
In 2011, the Legislature enacted a Permitting Efficiency Law that established a 150-day goal for reaching permit decisions. Since that time, the MPCA has:
- Issued 97% of priority (construction-related) permits within 150 days
- Issued 85% of all permits within 150 days
Minnesota businesses, governmental units and citizens depend on the MPCA to issue effective permits in an efficient manner to support jobs and economic development while balancing overall environmental health. We manage more than 15,000 permits and typically receive between 3,000 and 5,000 permit applications per year. We are pleased to report that the vast majority of permits are successfully issued within the timeliness guidelines.
While the MPCA is pleased with the overall results, especially the successful issuance of more than 90% of priority permits within the 150-day timeframe, the agency continues to seek process improvements.
Specifically, the MPCA is undertaking what is known as the "Transformation Project," that focuses on the agency’s information management systems. The Transformation Project is expected to:
- Improve business operational efficiency by reducing the number of paper transactions and increasing the number of online services available
- Create flexibility to more readily integrate new technologies
- Improve access to quality data for citizens, staff and partners
Part of the project involves mapping and standardization of permitting processes across the agency. Standardizing business practices and providing more online services will allow MPCA to increase efficiency and better serve the parties it permits, regulates and partners with.
For more information on permitting efficiency at the MPCA, review the report to the Legislature: