Harrisburg, January 30, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 226 was approved unanimously by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today. 

The resolution requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation of two of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) largest, most widely used permitting programs.  Specifically, LBFC must study the Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control and Water Obstruction and Encroachment programs and to submit a report containing an analysis and recommendations to the Senate within one year.

“Democrats and Republicans, as well as business leaders and environmental groups, can all agree that DEP’s permitting must improve if we are to continue creating jobs and protecting the environment,” said State Senator John Yudichak.  “With DEP staffing levels at historic lows and turnaround times frustratingly long, Senate Resolution 226 will provide us the necessary baseline data to improve the efficiency of DEP’s environmental permitting process.”

Senate Resolution 226 is supported by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, UGI, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and PennFuture.