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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Henry Darwin testifies to a House committee on efficiency of regulators. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said the Arizona DEQ has cut permit wait time by 60 percent through such efficiencies, while still protecting the environment. (Cronkite News Service photo by Matthew Seeman)

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ADEQ: Focus on modernization, private-sector practices boosts efficiency

The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told a House committee Wednesday that his agency has improved efficiency by using private-sector practices and embracing modern technology.