CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On Friday, July 8th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, issued a public notice for the proposed Interstate 73 due to the project being revised to include modifications to the previously advertised work and the proposed mitigation plan. The public notice initiated a 30 day comment period in which the public can submit their comments or concerns to the Corps. Public participation is an important part of the process and this an opportunity for those interested to do so. The comment period closes on August 8th.
The District Engineer has concluded that the discharges associated with this project, both direct and indirect, should be reviewed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in accordance with provisions of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The work shown on this application must also be certified as consistent with applicable provisions of the Coastal Zone Management Program. This activity may also require evaluation for compliance with the S. C. Construction in Navigable Waters Permit Program. State review, permitting and certification is conducted by the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The District Engineer will not process this application to a conclusion until such certifications are received.
The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this project. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments will be used in the preparation of the Corps’ Record of Decision related to the Corps’ issuance or denial of the Department of Army permit. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the activity.
Please either click on the following link or copy or paste it into your web browser to access the public notice:
Release no. 16-0701