On Nov. 16, ASFPM submitted comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposals to re-issue the Nationwide Permits and General Conditions. Nationwide permits (NWP) are an important tool to streamline Clean Water Act, Section 404 and Rivers and Harbor Act, Section 10 permitting as long as it does not come at the detriment of critical ecosystems. However, ASFPM noted in its comments, the process used to solicit and evaluate comments is ill-conceived and rushed, and many of the proposed changes would weaken clean water protections and allow greater destruction and degradation of water quality and aquatic habitat.
In addition, ASFPM was among the 117 conservation, faith, and health organizations and businesses to sign on to a joint letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on this same proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits (NWPs). According to the letter, “this proposal would weaken clean water protections and fast-track greater destruction and degradation of water quality and aquatic habitat. On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we urge the Corps to make full use of the standard five-year NWP revision cycle, postponing this NWP reissuance until 2022, to ensure that activities authorized under the NWPs cause only minimal harm, as required by the Clean Water Act.”