This report was prepared in response to 2005 Minnesota Session Laws, Chapter 1, Section 2, Subsection
7, requiring the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to submit a report to the
Minnesota House and Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committees
benchmarking Environmental Review and permitting laws and procedures in Minnesota with states
containing comparable forestry and mining development projects. The report consists of a review of state
environmental review programs, case studies of four forestry and four mining development projects, and
results of a focus group meeting with state environmental review and permitting project managers.
Aylesworth, Ryan J.; Becker, Dennis R.; Kilgore, Michael A..
Benchmarking Minnesota’s Environmental Review and Permitting Processes for Forestry and Mining Industries: A Comparative Assessment.
University of Minnesota.
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