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National Wildlife Fed'n v. Marsh

Citation: 14 ELR 20262
No. No. 82-3632, (D.D.C., 02/10/1984) General settlement approved

The court approves a settlement agreement requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to amend its May 1982 dredge and fill permit regulations under § 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The settlement requires the Corps to issue a regulatory guidance letter directing district engineers to develop criteria for determining when to require individual permit review for activities under general nationwide permits and to promulgate revised § 404 regulations in accordance with the terms of the settlement. Those terms require new restrictions on discharges under the headwaters and isolated waters general permits; new interagency consultation requirements under the surface mining, small hydropower project, and outfall structures general permits; notice and comment procedures for approving categorical exclusions; a public record of decision for future proposed general permits; tighter rein on issuance of ocean dumping permits; full consideration of the views of fish and wildlife agencies in granting, denying, or conditioning individual and general permits; denial of a permit application if the proposed discharge would not comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) § 404(b)(1) guidelines; heightened concern for preservation of wetlands of significant interstate importance; and revision of the irrigation exemption. Also, EPA and the Corps agree to promulgate a joint revised definition of "fill material." Finally, the Corps agrees to issue a revised regulatory guidance letter implementing nationwide the Fifth Circuit's holding in Avoyelles Sportsmen's League v. Marsh, 13 ELR 20942.

[Another order and settlement agreement in the same case appears at 14 ELR 20261 — Ed.]

Counsel for Plaintiffs
James T.B. Tripp
Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
444 Park Ave. S., New York NY 10016
(212) 686-4191

Jerry Jackson
National Wildlife Federation
1412 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 797-6800

Hope M. Babcock
National Audubon Society
645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington DC 20003
(202) 547-9009

Counsel for Defendants
Victoria O'Meara
Office of the General Counsel
Department of the Army, Washington DC 20310
(202) 697-5127

Catherine A. Winer
Office of the General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC 20460
(202) 382-7703

William M. Cohen, Nancy Bryson, James Spears, Robert D. Daniel
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2704

Counsel for Defendants-Intervenors
Mark G. Weisshaar, Turner T. Smith Jr., Michael B. Barr, Charles D. Ossola
Hunton & Williams
P.O. Box 19230, Washington DC 20036
(202) 955-1500