Will the Environment Committee Bail on the Economy?
With just about a week to go before its deadline, the Environment Committee still has the opportunity to help the economy and keep Connecticut’s environment protected at the same time.
Unfortunately, the committee so far has failed to act on any of the measures specifically designed to achieve those goals. Supported by CBIA, the proposals will help Connecticut’s economy recover in an environmentally sound way and do nothing to weaken DEP’s stringent standards.
So why are the DEP and environmental lobbyists against it and why do they continue to work together to thwart the initiatives? Specifically, the proposals address concerns in the business community about the responsiveness and timeliness of the DEP in approving permits.
Lawmakers should encourage state agencies to work with employers to achieve environmental goals in a sensible, balanced way. With similar bills raised by other committees likely to be sent there for approval, the Environment Committee will have a lot to say about how many, if any, of the DEP reform bills ultimately make it to the House and Senates for final votes.
Everyone involved claims they agree that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go “hand-in-hand.”
Our environment has never been healthier but our economy has rarely been worse. While the business community is seeking help to save jobs and recharge the economy, the environmental community appears content to turn away.
It’s time for the Environment Committee to demonstrate leadership and do its part to help Connecticut’s economy recover in an environmentally responsible way. Will they? We’re about to find out.
For more information, contact CBIA's Eric Brown at 860.244.1926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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