PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Minerals and the Environment has adopted new rules to prevent conflicts of interest.
Deputy Attorney General Roxanne Giedd drafted the rules to comply with requirements from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, although she says board members already identify conflicts and disclose them.
One of the new rules requires a board member to withdraw from a hearing if related by blood or financial ties to someone involved. Another rule requires board members to disclose other relationships that could be considered a conflict.
No members of the public testified on the policy change at a public hearing Thursday.
One board member says that the Legislature should make such a rule for all boards in the state. But Giedd says the legislative process can be long and unpredictable.
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