ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to receive a report Thursday recommending the state fortify a languishing environmental oversight board and make it easier for the public to follow the review process.
The Environmental Quality Board includes the commissioners of nine state agencies and four citizens. It was created in 1972. But Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/UGA5HW ) that over the years its staff has shrunk and it seldom has the resources to fulfill its mandate of studying and coordinating on issues that go beyond the purview of a single state agency.
Dayton directed the board last year to make recommendations for how it could improve overall environmental governance, specifically the environmental review process.
The report recommends a revitalized EQB, with as many as 10 staffers, more than double the current level.
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