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API supports Army Corps proposal

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has issued the following statement in response to the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) release of the proposed renewal of over 50 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) for the next five years.

“Nationwide Permits are integral to America’s infrastructure and to a broad spectrum of our nation’s industries. These permits are important to getting our economy moving and putting people back to work. Renewing NWPs is a common-sense step in the ongoing reform of our country’s outdated permitting process,” Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola said. “The NWP system ensures that projects meet the Corps’ high threshold for environmental and safety standards, while helping projects to stay on schedule and preventing costly delays. We wholeheartedly endorse the NWP renewal, and are committed to working with the Corps to finalise the rule.”

Nationwide Permits are general permits issued by the Corps on a nationwide basis to fast-track authorisation of relatively minor development activities. They serve the crucial purpose of implementing Congressional intent to create a streamlined permitting process for similar activities that result in minimal environmental impacts.

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