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Posted 12/11/2012

Release no. 13-004


CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has reissued the
statewide Vermont General Permit (GP) for minimal-impact activities in U.S. waters within the state
of Vermont.

The prior General Permit expired on Dec. 5, 2012. The Vermont GP continues the expedited review
process for activities in Corps jurisdiction under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10
of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. A public notice has been issued in accordance with 33 CFR
325.10 to ensure potential applicants for permits are informed of the requirements and of the steps
required to obtain permits for activities in waters of the U.S.

General Permits are encouraged under the President’s plan to streamline state and Federal
regulatory programs. This GP is designed to authorize activities formerly covered under the
previous GP program and the prior GP that expired on Dec. 5, 2012. This reissued GP became
effective on Dec. 6, 2012. Continued use of the GP process in place of the nationwide permits
(NWPs) provides important benefits to the public, including simplifying the process, expediting
decisions and providing necessary environmental protection.

Projects with minimal individual and cumulative effects on the aquatic environment will be approved
administratively under this GP. Projects not meeting the GP’s terms and general conditions, of
which General Condition 3 requires projects authorized by the GP to have minimal effects and
secondary (indirect) and cumulative adverse environmental impacts, are subjected to an Individual
Permit review.

Federal exemptions, which are not necessarily the same as the state of Vermont’s exemptions, are
also not altered by the GP. In addition, for projects authorized pursuant to this GP, project
proponents must obtain the appropriate or state approvals when required in order for this GP
authorization to be valid.

Projects that the Corps authorized under the previous Vermont GP prior to issuance of this GP shall
remain authorized as specified in each authorization.

Corps reissues Vermont General Permit/2-2-2-2-2-2

The Vermont GP is located at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Regulatory/SGP/vt.htm.
The public notice with additional information is available for review at:
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Regulatory/Public%20Notices/.

For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Vermont
Project Office (ATTN: Marty Abair), 8 Carmichael Street, Suite 205, Essex Junction, Vermont
05452; or call Permit Project Manager Marty Abair at 978-318-8484 or by email to
martha.a.abair@usace.army.mil.

New England District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vermont General Permit