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Shumlin: Vermont's permitting process 'easy'

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A new slaughterhouse that is set to open in North Springfield is already talking about possible expansion.  

Black River Meats will begin slaughtering animals on site in North Springfield this June.  They say they will be able to process about 40 beef cattle a day -- and with an expanded cooler they could double that number.  But owners say expansion will mean once again going through Act 250, which regulates land use and development.  Some developers say Act 250 can be a headache.  But Governor Shumlin, who recently toured the facility, disagrees.  

"Vermont's permitting process is easy compared to a lot of other states.  I was talking to the Dealer.com guys recently and they said they were expanding in both Vermont and California and they said, you know the California guys come in and count the screws in your sheet rock and if it is not right they make you take the sheet rock down and start again.  So you know, we do have Act 250, it helps preserve Vermont, but we also get folks through Act 250," Shumlin said.

Shumlin says the good thing about Vermont is that the state is small enough where business can call the governor's office directly if they are having issues securing permits. 

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