PUBLIC NOTICE FOR FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE
ANNOUNCING THE REISSUANCE OF THE NATIONWIDE PERMITS
On February 21, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published the notice in the Federal Register announcing the reissuance of all existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions with some modifications. The Corps also issued two new NWPs, three new general conditions, and three new definitions. The NWPs will be effective on March 19, 2012, and will expire on March 18, 2017.
After publication of this Federal Register notice, Corps districts were required to finalize their regional conditions for the new and reissued NWPs. Regional conditions will provide additional protection for the aquatic environment, and will help ensure that the NWPs authorize only those activities with minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. Regional conditions will help ensure protection of high value waters within those portions of Texas overseen by the Albuquerque District.
The publication of this Federal Register notice also began the 60-day period for states, Indian Tribes, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete their water quality certification (WQC) process for the NWPs. The 60-day period for WQC will end on April 20, 2012.
While the states, Indian Tribes, and EPA complete their WQC processes, the use of an NWP to authorize a discharge into waters of the United States is contingent upon obtaining individual water quality certification or a case-specific WQC waiver.
The February 21, 2012, Federal Register notice is available for viewing at the Corps of Engineers offices for the Albuquerque, Omaha and Sacramento District Offices within Colorado (see addresses below) or on the Internet at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits/NationwidePermits.aspx . As an alternate, Internet users can access the Federal Register through the U.S.
Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR.
Albuquerque District, Las Cruces Office
505 S. Main St., Suite 142
Las Cruces, NM 88001