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Amey Marella is pretty new to her job as Connecticut’s DEP commissioner, but it must seem like she’s been at it for a long time.
With the state continuing to hemorrhage jobs, lawmakers – spurred by the business community – are pushing for changes to her department. They say businesses have trouble working with the agency; they say the permitting process is too long and too confusing; and they say that the DEP is too much of an “advocate for the environment.”
As Mark Pazniokas reported in The Connecticut Mirror, bills aimed at changing the department range from “nuanced” to “openly hostile.” One bill would eliminate the DEP altogether and let the Department of Economic and Community Development handle the permitting.
DEP supporters like Christopher Phelps of Connecticut Environment have said that these bills are aimed at Taking the environment cops off the beat.”
Coming up, we’ll talk to Amey Marella about her vision for the DEP.