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LRL-2020-00006

CELRC-ORD-R, CELRL-RD-N
Published Jan. 15, 2021
Expiration date: 3/14/2026

 

 

Public Notice

Please address all comments and inquiries to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District

ATTN: Kimberly J. Simpson, CELRL-RD-N, Rm 752

P.O. Box 59

Louisville, Kentucky 40201-0059              

Phone: (502) 315-6691

 

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE

ANNOUNCING THE REISSUANCE OF THE NATIONWIDE PERMITS

 

On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications.  These 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026:

 

  • NWP 12 – Oil or Natural Gas Pipeline Activities
  • NWP 21 – Surface Coal Mining Activities
  • NWP 29 – Residential Developments
  • NWP 39 – Commercial and Institutional Developments
  • NWP 40 – Agricultural Activities
  • NWP 42 – Recreational Facilities
  • NWP 43 – Stormwater Management Facilities
  • NWP 44 – Mining Activities
  • NWP 48 – Commercial Shellfish Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 50 – Underground Coal Mining Activities
  • NWP 51 – Land-Based Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
  • NWP 52 – Water-Based Renewable Energy Generation Pilot Projects
  • NWP 55 – Seaweed Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 56 – Finfish Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 57 – Electric Utility Line and Telecommunications Activities
  • NWP 58 – Utility Line Activities for Water and Other Substances

 

The Corps has also issued final decision documents for the new and reissued

NWPs.  These final decision documents are available at www.regulations.gov at docket number COE-2020-0002.  Furthermore, the national NWP decision documents will be supplemented by Division Engineers to address decisions concerning the addition of Regional Conditions to the NWPs.

 

The 12 existing NWPs published in the January 13, 2021 final rule replace the 2017 versions of these NWPs.  The 2017 versions of NWPs 12, 21, 29, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 50, 51, and 52 expire on March 14, 2021. 

 

With the publication of this Federal Register notice, Corps divisions will begin finalizing Regional Conditions for these 16 NWPs.  Regional Conditions will provide additional protection for the aquatic environment and will help ensure that the NWPs authorize only those activities with no more than minimal adverse environmental effects.  Regional Conditions will help ensure protection of high value waters within the State of Indiana.

 

Corps divisions and districts will also begin determining which conditions for water quality certifications issued by states, tribes, and EPA for the issuance of these NWPs become conditions of these NWPs.  Corps divisions and districts will also begin determining which conditions for Coastal Zone Management Act consistency concurrences issued by states for the issuance of these NWPs become conditions of these NWPs.  Those Regional Conditions will be announced in a future public notice issued by the Louisville District.

 

There are 40 existing NWPs that were not reissued or modified by the January 13, 2021 final rule.  Those 40 NWPs were published in the January 6, 2017, issue of the Federal Register (82 FR 1860) and those NWPs remain in effect until the Corps issues a final rule reissuing those NWPs or March 18, 2022, whichever comes first.  The 40 2017 NWPs that remain in effect are:

 

  • NWP 1 – Aids to Navigation
  • NWP 2 – Structures in Artificial Canals
  • NWP 3 – Maintenance
  • NWP 4 – Fish and Wildlife Harvesting, Enhancement, and Attraction Devices and Activities
  • NWP 5 – Scientific Measurement Devices
  • NWP 6 – Survey Activities
  • NWP 7 – Outfall Structures and Associated Intake Structures
  • NWP 8 – Oil and Gas Structures on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • NWP 9 – Structures in Fleeting and Anchorage Areas
  • NWP 10 – Mooring Buoys
  • NWP 11 – Temporary Recreational Structures
  • NWP 13 – Bank Stabilization
  • NWP 14 – Linear Transportation Projects
  • NWP 15 – U.S. Coast Guard Approved Bridges
  • NWP 16 – Return Water From Upland Contained Disposal Areas
  • NWP 17 – Hydropower Projects
  • NWP 18 – Minor Discharges
  • NWP 19 – Minor Dredging
  • NWP 20 – Response Operations for Oil or Hazardous Substances
  • NWP 22 – Removal of Vessels
  • NWP 23 – Approved Categorical Exclusions
  • NWP 24 – Indian Tribe or State Administered Section 404 Programs
  • NWP 25 – Structural Discharges
  • NWP 27 – Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Establishment, and Enhancement Activities
  • NWP 28 – Modifications of Existing Marinas
  • NWP 30 – Moist Soil Management for Wildlife
  • NWP 31 – Maintenance of Existing Flood Control Facilities
  • NWP 32 – Completed Enforcement Actions
  • NWP 33 – Temporary Construction, Access, and Dewatering
  • NWP 34 – Cranberry Production Activities
  • NWP 35 – Maintenance Dredging of Existing Basins
  • NWP 36 – Boat Ramps
  • NWP 37 – Emergency Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation
  • NWP 38 – Cleanup of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
  • NWP 41 – Reshaping Existing Drainage Ditches
  • NWP 45 – Repair of Uplands Damaged by Discrete Events
  • NWP 46 – Discharges in Ditches
  • NWP 49 – Coal Remining Activities
  • NWP 53 – Removal of Low-Head Dams
  • NWP 54 – Living Shorelines

 

The Regional Conditions for these 40 NWPs that were approved by division engineers in 2017 remain in effect while these 2017 NWPs remain in effect.

 

The January 13, 2021, Federal Register notice is available for viewing at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/13/2021-00102/reissuance-and-modification-of-nationwide-permits.

 

As an alternative, interested parties can access the January 13, 2021, final rule and related documents at: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/Nationwide-Permits/.

 


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