Streamlined Permitting Promotes Job Creation While Protecting Environment
MADISON – Wetland regulation reforms that passed the state Senate early today will protect the environment, foster expanded wetlands, and promote job creation, WMC said Wednesday.
“The wetland reforms are common sense legislation that will protect our environment while promoting job creation,” said Scott Manley, WMC director of environmental policy.
Senate Bill 368 passed the upper house early today.
The bill was authored by Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn).
“Senator Kedzie deserves tremendous credit for his visionary leadership on this important issue,” Manley said. “He did a tremendous job developing a policy that promotes job creation while protecting the environment and even expanding wetlands in Wisconsin.”
The wetland reform legislation will:
- Streamline the wetland permitting process by utilizing new permitting tools like general permits for very small wetland impacts. It also levels the regulatory playing field by making Wisconsin’s wetland regulations more consistent with federal law and other states.
- Promote economic development and job creation projects in Wisconsin by making approval processes less cumbersome and time consuming.
- Increase wetland acreage in Wisconsin by increasing wetland compensation and mitigation opportunities.
For Further Information Contact:
Scott Manley, (608) 258-3400