Restructuring Oversight of Act 250

The House Natural Resource Committee has taken testimony on a bill to shift oversight of Act 250 by creating a new Environmental Review Board. The new Board would assume the responsibilities of the Natural Resource Board, plus the appeals process, which will be removed from the Environmental Court. The new Environmental Review Board is proposed to be a professional five-member review board, with one full time Chair and four part time members. The proposed changes would also remove the interrogatory and discovery process. The purpose of the change is to strengthen the Board, make this a more citizen-friendly process, and reduce the cost associated with Act 250.