USACE-HD teaches American Samoans how to navigate, decode DA regulations

| July 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

FORT SHAFTER — In a continuing effort to help the people of American Samoa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District recently held two outreach workshops, in American Samoa, on the Corps’ Regulatory Program and how to work with regulators.

The Regulatory Permit Program protects both the environment and property owners’ rights by making fair, timely decisions on development plans in areas where the Corps has jurisdiction.

The workshops for the territorial government, held July 13-14, and coordinated through the American Samoa departments of Commerce and Public Works, were designed to inform American Samoa government officials about the Corps’ Regulatory Program and how the Corps processes permit applications, according to George Young, chief, Regulatory Branch, USACE-HD.

The focus of the first workshop was to provide an overview of the reissuing of 2012 Department of the Army nationwide permits, according to Young. The workshop also covered issuance of two new nationwide permits and a discussion of proposed regional conditions and comments from other reviewing agencies.

The workshop generated discussion and interest from board members, and USACE-HD expects to begin receiving comments on the nationwide permits from the board.

The second workshop presented general information on DA permit requirements, processes, types of permits and information needed to process the permits.

The workshop was followed by a question-and-answer period that focused on project-specific questions.

Based on the participation and input received during the course of the workshops and visit in American Samoa, USACE-HD believes that there is now a better understanding of the regulatory process and required information that applicants need to provide to help streamline the processing of permit applications.

For more information on the district or the Regulatory Program, visit www.poh.usace.army.mil or call 438-9258/2039.

 

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