HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation authored by Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) to create a consolidated permit in order to encourage the cleanup and reuse of abandoned sites previously contaminated by industrial activity.
“This bill is another way to signal Pennsylvania is open to businesses,” Nelson said. “Since 1994, Ohio has been using this best practice of a combined permit. We should be removing barriers to redevelop previously used land too. Businesses have expressed concerns about the time needed to secure numerous permits. This legislation will streamline the process and give companies a timeline to expect approval or denial in order to plan better.”
House Bill 1105
would create one permit to allow remediation work to be done under the Clean Streams Law, Air Pollution Control Act, Solid Waste Management Act, Infectious and Chemotherapeutic Waste Law, and the Storage Tank and Spill Prevent Act. The Department of Environmental Protection would have 120 calendar days to review the permit request.
“My legislation would create a pathway for individual departments within DEP to work together in order to promote new investment and environmental cleanup,” Nelson added. “When parties collaborate the results are always exponentially enhanced.”
The bill is part of a pro-growth, pro-jobs package of legislation unveiled in March to attract businesses, create family-sustaining jobs and provide economic benefits to underserved regions without creating any new fees or taxes.
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Representative Eric Nelson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives