Department of Natural Resources recognized for online permitting process


Department of Natural Resources recognized for online permitting process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is being recognized for a program designed to streamline and simplify the permitting process for businesses in Missouri.

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has selected DNR’s ePermitting program as one of three State Program Innovation Award winners for 2013. The award will be presented at the organization’s annual meeting later this month.

“We had high hopes for ePermitting when it started last year,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley, “and it has met every one of those expectations.”

This summer the Department of Natural Resources issued its 1,000th online permit through ePermitting, a milestone that represents time and cost-savings for the state and its citizens. Land disturbance permits are required by law before a company can begin construction on projects in excess of one acre, and ePermitting cuts the wait time by as much as several weeks when compared with the previous, paper-based permitting system.

Building on the success of ePermitting, the department has recently implemented eDMR to streamline reporting for wastewater plants. The goal of the system is to improve accuracy and efficiency over the earlier hard-copy reporting process.

“Our goal is to use the technology available to us to simplify processes for users while continuing to protect the environment and Missouri’s citizens,” Pauley said.

ECOS is a national non-profit association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the capability of state environmental agencies to protect and improve human health and the environment.