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Corps solicits public comment on NWP-21 proposals
July 22, 2009

According to information available from the US Army Corps of EngineersĀ® Norfolk District, it is soliciting public comments on two proposals related to the use of Nationwide Permit 21 in the nation’s Appalachian region. NWP 21 authorizes discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States for surface coal mining activities. The proposals would affect only the Appalachian region of the following states: Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The use of NWP 21 for surface coal mining activities in other regions of the country would not be affected.

The Corps’ decision to issue these proposals is a result of the interagency action plan agreed to on June 11th, 2009, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Corps, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agencies agreed to work together to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of surface coal mining activities in the Appalachian region. A copy of the MOU is available on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.

A public notice on the proposals was published in the July 15, 2009 Federal Register. Written comments should be submitted at the federal eRulemaking portal under docket number COE-2009-0032; or mailed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-CO (Attn: Ms. Desiree Hann), 441 G. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20314. Comments must be submitted on or before August 14th, 2009. E-mail or faxed comments will not be accepted.

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