The author points out that some violence has been done to the aquatic environment by dredging and filling operations. True, dredging of navigable water of the U.S. has required a Corps permit under the River and Harbor Act of 1899, but such permits were generally granted when it was deemed that no impairment of navigation would ensue. In 1958, the Corps began to examine dredging permit applications with somewhat more environmental scrutiny. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA, 1969), 1972 water pollution laws (P.L. 92-500) and 1973 ocean dumping laws (P.L. 92-532) provide that the Corps must carefully weigh environmental, as well as eonomic and navigational factors in any decision to grant, delay, or deny a dredging permit. The Corps' power to deny a dredging permit has also been established in the courts. A landmark case (1969), involving a proposed mobile home park on Boca Ciega Bay, Fla., known as the Zabel v. Tabb case, helped to establish this power.

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    American Chemical Society

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  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Accession Number: 00149769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM