In seeking new ways to save people and the state money, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will use a permit already employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) to meet the requirements of MPCA Clean Water Act permit.
The MPCA and the DNR are working together to make sure that pesticide discharges to waters are controlled in order to protect aquatic life and water quality. During the permit development process, the MPCA found it could continue to protect the environment and reduce permit fees by using the DNR’s already employed Aquatic Plant Management permit that would also meet the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and the MPCA’s Pesticide General Permit. You can read more on MPCA’s efforts to control water quality in the state here: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/index.html
The MPCA and DNR’s reform of this permit will save more than $1200 up front and another $345 annually for more than 180 permit holders representing thousands of Minnesotans. The estimated cost savings to the state are $150,000 annually.
By streamlining this permit, the two agencies will save people money by not requiring DNR permit holders to have to apply for a separate MPCA permit. This permit reform will save time and resources that show Minnesota’s dedication to creating sustainable government through saving people and the state money.
Other news sources on the MPCA and DNR permit process can be found here: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/05/environment/mpca-pesticide-permits/