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Senator Chas VincentThis bill would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact a Water of the United States must apply for a 404 permit. Unfortunately, the Montana DEQ does not have adequate resources to effectively implement the program. This bill will also require Montana to assume an additional $1.6 million in costs associated with administering the program.

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  1. […] assume jurisdiction over the Federal Clean Water Act’s section 404 permitting program. However, SB 48 (Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby) would direct the Department of Environmental Quality to assume the […]

  2. […] SB 48 (Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby) would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact “Waters of the United States” must apply for a 404 permit. Unfortunately, the Montana DEQ does not have adequate resources to effectively implement the program. This bill will also require Montana to assume an additional $1.6 million in costs associated with administering the program. This bill has a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee on Fri., March 10th. […]

  3. […] SB 48 (Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby) would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact a Water of the United States must apply for a 404 permit. Unfortunately, the Montana DEQ does not have adequate resources to effectively implement the program. This bill will also require Montana to assume an additional $1.6 million in costs associated with administering the program. […]

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