Tuesday , 21 February 2017


Thirteen months after unveiling plans for a major reorganization of agency operations, the Department of Natural Resources told employees on Tuesday that leaders are pushing back a rollout of the changes until late fall. The reorganization has been much anticipated because of the wide-ranging duties of the DNR, its perceived tilt to a more business-friendly agency and speculation over how extensive the makeover will be. The DNR enforces air and water pollution regulations, manages state parks and forests, and oversees hunting and fishing. In February, the agency said it was closing in on a realignment of operations that officials said they had hoped to have wrapped up by July 1. The changes, they said, could send some work to other units of government. Officials also said they wanted to streamline regulatory work. One example: Allow some companies to draft their own environmental permits under oversight of regulatory staff. The goal, officials said, is to make the agency run more efficiently without weakening environmental protection. http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2016/08/23/dnr-pushes-back-reorganization/89211054/


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