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Corps of Engineers provides status update on New England General Permits for six New England states

Published Oct. 9, 2014

CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, had proposed to replace the existing general permits in each of the six New England states with New England General Permits (NE GPs) to authorize certain activities that require Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and/or Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. 


Subsequent to the Public Notice of July 30, 2014, the Corps of Engineers in New England has decided to discontinue the regional approach of the NE GP proposal and instead pursue general permits on a state-by-state basis. The Corps is now working to expedite the issuance of new general permits in Massachusetts prior to the expiration of the existing Massachusetts General Permit on Jan. 20, 2015. 


The Corps will continue coordination with stakeholders in the other New England states subsequent to the issuance of the new general permits in Massachusetts.


The public notice, with more specifics on this topic, can be viewed on the Corps website at:  http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. Also available at that website is the Public Notice from July 30, 2014.


For more information on the New England General Permits proposal go to this link: www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/StateGeneralPermits/NewEnglandGeneralPermit.aspx.


Questions on this notice or on the New England General Permits (file # NAE-2013-00714) can be addressed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Greg Penta), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by calling Senior Project Manager Greg Penta at 978-318-8862 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts).


Tim Dugan

Release no. 2014-130