Corps Permits Shouldn’t Cite Stayed Water Rule: Commenters | Bloomberg BNA
August 8, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shouldn’t incorporate or cite the Clean Water Rule in proposed revisions to nationwide permits because the regulation has been stayed by a federal appeals court, an industry group said in comments.
The Waters Advocacy Coalition was commenting on a package of 50 draft nationwide permits (NWPs) issued by the corps June 1 to authorize dredge-and-fill activities in wetlands and streams with minimal adverse impacts for a variety of projects, including mining, home building, agriculture, manufacturing and road construction. The coalition’s members include farm, mining and construction groups that would be affected by the new permits.The corps also should maintain the half-acre disturbance limits allowed in most of the nationwide permits, several commenters said. Comment was sought on whether to change these acreage limits in light of the Clean Water Rule.