EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act
On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced availability of draft guidance (76 FR 24479) that describes how the agencies will identify waters protected by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act or CWA or Act) and implement the Supreme Court's decisions on this topic (i.e., Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (531 U.S. 159 (2001)) and Rapanos v. United States (547 U.S. 715 (2006)) (Rapanos)). The comment period was originally set to expire on July 1, 2011, and the agencies are extending the public comment period by 30 days.
Process To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Foothills West Transportation Access Project
In the May 20, 2011 issue of the Federal Register (76 FR 98:29218-29219), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published its intent to prepare a DEIS to identify and analyze the potential impacts associated with the proposed Foothills West Transportation Access Project (Foothills Project). In that notice, the Corps stated the scoping comment period was to end on July 5, 2011. Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the May 20, 2011, Federal Register notice. In response to several requests, the Corps has decided to extend the initial scoping comment period to July 26, 2011.