News: Furloughs impact corps regulatory offices
Story by Michelle Helms
PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today furloughed many regulatory personnel due to the government shutdown, leaving regulatory offices minimally staffed. Regulatory offices will be unable to evaluate individual permit applications, pre-construction notifications for nationwide permit or regional general permit authorizations, or requests for jurisdictional determinations until after funding is received.
If an emergency activity impacting waters or wetlands in Oregon requires a Department of the Army permit, please call 503-808-4380.
Those applying for nationwide permit authorizations are reminded that proposed nationwide permit activities that require pre-construction notifications must wait 45 days before beginning the activity. Please note that certain nationwide permit pre-construction notifications require a written response from the Corps before beginning the nationwide permit activity. More nationwide permit information is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Nationwide.aspx.
Prospective applicants should ensure proposed activities comply with all nationwide permit terms and conditions, including regional conditions. They must also obtain other required authorizations, such as Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification or waiver if the proposed activity involves a discharge into waters of the United States, or Coastal Zone Management Act consistency concurrence or waiver if the proposed activity occurs in the coastal zone, prior to conducting nationwide permit activities.
Regional conditions that have been imposed on the 2012 nationwide permits are available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Nationwide.aspx
For more information about the Corps regulatory program, please visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.aspx.