Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bureaucracy at Work

Whoever thinks that the government and megacorporations are in cahoots should have a talk with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. They require that permit applications be signed by a high-up owner at the same address as the address in the state's official company registry. For a large company with a multitude of addresses (and a multitude of official names, for that matter) in which the owner's employee with enough clout to sign the application almost certainly does not operate out of the same building as the one listed long ago in the state's database, this is terribly cumbersome and functionally impossible. And yet they'll make you do it.

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