I’ve read the excellent and clear analysis provided by Timothy J. Horstmann, an associate of McNees Wallace & Nurick, here:
Nothing being required is more onerous than what is typically done to procure municipal grants and low-interest loans worth a whole lot less to the taxpayer should something go south. In fact, nothing sounds like it is more arduous or voluminous than what is required of a municipal permit.
If DCED is only required to maintain records for four months now, that is recklessly inadequate. I keep my personal IRS and PA Dept of Rev filings for 5 years, and I believe I am required to do so. Even if I were “freed” of this requirement I would surely do so for more than four months. I keep my credit card and ATM withdrawal slips longer than four months!
The additional approval may prohibit the bizarre spectacle I witnessed at the Hburg Incinerator hearings the PA Senate held last year. Expert after well-paid expert – private and public sector – put hand up and swore he or she had no liability for anything that went wrong. If preliminary review and approval prevents a similar circus (or at least makes said more difficult) in the future, it is worth the very reasonable added requirements.