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DEP bonuses based on permitting speed raise concerns with Democratic lawmaker

Rep. Mark Pafford, an LBC member, said he's concerned that the plan provides incentives for DEP employees to approve permits quickly at the expense of environmental protection. File photo by John Iarussi.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says it is awarding bonuses to employees based on factors including "customer" feedback and their ability to process permits faster.

That's raising concerns with a Democratic House member who is on the Legislative Budget Commission.

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