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Focus on: Section 401 Water Quality Certifications

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21-06-008April 2021
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Author(s) Loree' Randall, Brenden McFarland and Curt Hart
Description In June 2020, a federal court vacated the nationwide permit that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) used to authorize shellfish farms. Under the ruling, about 900 shellfish farmers seeking to operate in the state of Washington, will now need to receive individual Corps permits and Section 401 water quality certification from the Department of Ecology. Also, in 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted a rule severely restricting state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The new rule allows federal agencies to drastically shorten the time states have to review Section 401 decisions and determine if a state has waived its Section 401 authority.
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Keywords 401 certification, Pollution Prevention Assistance, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Corps, 401, Ecology, Puget Sound, shellfish, pollution control, EPA, agriculture, Department of Ecology, Federal Clean Water Act, federal rollback, Section 401, Section 401 rule, Section 401 water quality certification, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 water quality certifications, section 401 authority, shellfish industry, U.S. Environmenatl Protection Agency
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