CHARLESTON — The public comment period has opened for proposed changes to a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection permit.
The changes have been proposed for the department’s 401 Water Quality Certification for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits.
The permits are issued to companies to allow construction projects to cross streams. According to the department’s website, the 401 certification is meant to “ensure that projects will not violate the state’s water quality standards or stream designated uses.”
Under the proposed changes, a condition would be added to clarify permission of environmentally protective methods that take longer than 72 hours. Another condition would allow a project to use a stream crossing method that is more environmentally protective than current conditions allow.
Additionally, a modification is being made to clarify the need for mitigation for permanent stream impacts of more than 300 feet total.
The full proposal can be found on the department’s website. Comments can be submitted by email to WQSComments@wv.gov or by mail to: 401 Water Quality Certification Program, ATTN: Nancy Dickson, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304-2345.