The Corps of Engineers’ renewed focus on risk-based decision making

Last June, James Dalton, Director of Civil Works with the Army Corps of Engineers, issued a memorandum designed to help the Corps of Engineers streamline several processes.  The focus of this memo was to encourage greater reliance on risk-based decision making and more focus on proper areas of decision making at levels within USACE...

Environmental permitting: Will recent Federal actions speed up infrastructure permitting?

The recent unprecedented storm season has focused attention on infrastructure permitting, particularly in hardest hit areas. It has also led to two important Federal actions designed to accelerate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process that is often seen as the major cause for permitting delay...

Dawson members teach at Chamber of Commerce “Environmental Permitting School”

Each year, the Florida Chamber of Commerce hosts an “Environmental Permitting School” for professionals looking to work more effectively with federal, state and local officials on environmental permitting issues. This year’s school was July 19th-22nd and Dawson & Associates was pleased to have two of our colleagues serve on the faculty...

Tribal Rights and development: Understanding Corps of Engineers’ requirements

This week, the Seattle District of the Army Corps of Engineers rejected a bid by Pacific International Holdings to build a coal-export terminal near Bellingham, WA. The Corps upheld a claim by the local Lummi Tribe that the $700 million project would have a greater than de minimis impact on its Cherry Point treaty fishing rights, which the Tribe reserved in an 1855 treaty with the U.S...

Sens. Portman, McCaskill step forward on environmental permitting

In recent years, federal and state environmental permitting procedures have grown increasingly complex.  This not only results in needless delays, it also hobbles the nation’s infrastructure repair and improvement at a time when these projects are increasingly important. Having done significant state and federal permitting work through the years (see here and here), we’re especially glad to see that U.S...