ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY PROCESS: DOES IT WORK? DREDGING U.S. PORTS. CONGRESSIONAL OPTIONS

This paper focuses on the national environmental regulatory program for protecting wetlands. The Section 404 Program of the Clean Water Act is our nation's principal defense against the loss of wetlands. Yet, by virtually all accounts, it is a program that is in desperate need of repair. Estimates are that we may be continuing to lose as many as 300,000 acres of wetlands a year. While the Section 404 Program has been enormously effective in the public education area (people now recognize that wetlands are worth protecting), it has yet to fulfill its promise of preserving wetlands. This is where Congress and the White House come into the issue. The Clean Water Act is up for reauthorization. Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced a bill, along with Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island, who is the ranking Republican on the committee, to make wetlands regulation more efficient, consistent and fair, and to provide incentives for the states to get involved. The Baucus-Chafee Bill (Senate Bill 1304) will establish the protection of wetlands as a function of the Clean Water Act, will establish the national goal of no net loss of wetlands, will regulate drainage of wetlands, will set deadlines for processing of permit decisions, will establish an administrative appeals process, will encourage greater state involvement in the wetlands program, and will make it easier for small land owners and farmers to comply with the Clean Water Act.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 52-53
  • Monograph Title: ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY PROCESS: DOES IT WORK? DREDGING U.S. PORTS
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  • Accession Number: 00662844
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1994 12:00AM