Bill Impacts Conservation Permitting For Ag Projects

HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Rep. Dave Zimmerman has introduced a measure designed to condense the process for conservation permitting for agriculture projects. House Bill 1256 would move the responsibility for farm permitting from DEP to the Conservation Commission, consolidating the responsibilities of permitting, inspection, and enforcement under one roof. He added that this should speed up the process of farm permitting and also have folks that understand farming do the permitting for farmers. The bill is currently before the state House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee for consideration.


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