The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is issuing a renewal of existing nationwide permits, which are general permits allowing the placement of fill material in public waterways under the Clean Water Act. Nationwide Permit 21 covers coal mining activities in public waterways. In 2012, the Corps greatly improved NWP 21 by disallowing its use for mines that use destructive valley filling.
The 2017 permit could be strengthened to better protect rivers and streams from destructive surface coal mining. Our headwater streams are critical to the health of our waterways and communities. Because this is a blanket permit for many mines, it should be used only in cases where stream impacts are minimal.
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that you support a strong and protective Nationwide Permit 21.