Well, there’s a shocker! A tea party asshole ignoring the laws to benefit himself and his buddies!
From MPBN (emphasis mine):
During his confirmation hearing Darryl Brown’s ownership of Main-Land Consulting was raised by several lawmakers who politely tried to point out that as chief regulator of the DEP Brown would be the equivalent of “the fox guarding the henhouse” since even Brown acknowledged that his engineering and development consulting firm does business with the department on a regular basis. This is what Brown told members of on January 25th:
“Main-land Development, in the course of a year, probably has eight projects that go before the Department and I would say that probably 25 to 35 percent of Maine-Land’s work is DEP-related,” said Brown on January 25th, in front of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Brown retains a financial stake in his company even though he has taken steps to recuse himself from its daily operations and said he intends to put it up for sale. But until now, no one has raised a particular statute that specifically points to Brown’s possible conflict of interest. Enter attorney Steve Hinchman with the Androscoggin River Alliance. He says he had a suspicion that Brown’s appointment might be against the law.
“I happen to know the Clean Water Act,” said Hinchman. “I went looking through the books on my shelf and you know – there it is: Section 304(i) - you can’t be a permit holder or be paid by a permit holder and sit as the decision maker for these very permits.”
Specifically, Section 304(i) sets “minimum” requirements for permitting by states like Maine under the federal Clean Water Act by spelling out:
“No board or body which approves permit applications or portions thereof shall include, as a member, any person who receives, or has during the previous two years received, a significant protion of his income directly or indirectly from permit holders or applicants for a permit.”
The statute goes on to say that a significant portion of income means ten percent or more of gross personal income for a calendar year.
And to the Democrats who voted to confirm Dan Brown without doing their homework: SHAME ON YOU! Now, start voting against this phucking asshole in the Blaine House please!