Volume 25, Number 1 ● January 6, 2017
INDUSTRY NOTICE: Revised Nationwide Permits Announced
Today the new Nationwide Permit Final Rule was published in the Federal Register. The new Nationwide Permits (NWPs) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) are intended to take effect on March 19, 2017.However, the NWPs will not be valid until individual COE District regional conditions, Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification (WQC) and Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency determinations are published. Publication of the NWPs in the Federal Register begins the 60-day regional condition and WQC process, as well as the 90-day CZMA process. Therefore, it is possible that the NWPs will not in fact be available for use on March 19, 2017 - and there could be a small gap with no NWPs.