On November 16, 2015, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) advertised proposed modifications to the issued Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification for the Department ofthe Army 2012 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) described in the February 21, 2012, Federal Register (77 FR 10184). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, representing the Huntington, Louisville, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh Districts, is considering this request and providing an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed changes to the Corps 2012 Regional General Conditions 4, 4(3), 5( e ), 5(±), 6(b ), 6( e) and 6(±) for the State of Ohio (see enclosure). These changes are under consideration in order to achieve consistency with the proposed Ohio EPA 401 water quality certification modifications.
INITIAL PUBLIC NOTICE
NATIONWIDE PERMIT REISSUANCE REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register its proposal to reissue the 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and issue two new NWPs.
Nationwide permits are general permits issued on a nationwide basis to streamline the authorization of activities that result in no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. Many of the proposed NWPs require notification to the district engineer before commencing those activities, to ensure that the activities authorized by those NWPs cause no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects.