Since the late 1980s, permit-by-rule laws have allowed for a more streamlined ap
Since the late 1980s, permit-by-rule laws have allowed for a more streamlined application process for outdoor development. Instead of applying for permits from the Maine departments of Environmental Protection, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Conservation or Marine Resources, applicants obtain a set of rules from the DEP and tell the agency how those rules will be met. A 1993 study by Woodlot Alternatives of Topsham showed that compliance with the Maine Natural Resources Protection Act is high, but that permit by rule should not be expanded to large projects. The $40 million Topsham bypass project will be a testing ground for expanding permit-by-rule to larger projects. Details.
Environment Laws and legislation
Chutchian, Kenneth Z., "Since the late 1980s, permit-by-rule laws have allowed for a more streamlined ap" (1995). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1149.