Nationwide Permits Scheduled To Expire On March 19, 2007

By Robert Uram and Keith Garner

Pursuant to its authority under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued general permits, called Nationwide Permits, for activities that have minimal effect on the environment. Discharges of dredged or fill material in wetlands and other waters of the U.S. are permitted in connection with these activities upon verification by the Corps that an activity qualifies under a Nationwide Permit. The current Nationwide Permits were issued in January of 2002 and are scheduled to expire on March 19, 2007. The Corps has not yet commenced the rulemaking process that is required to reissue Nationwide Permits, and no announcements have been made concerning the Corps' intention or schedule for doing so. Although activities authorized under Nationwide Permits are supposed to finish before the expiration date, verifications are generally issued with a "grandfather" provision that gives activities that have commenced or are under contract to commence before the expiration date an additional year to be completed.

For more information please contact Robert Uram and Keith Garner.  Robert J. Uram is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.  Keith Garner, AICP, is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

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