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DOD/COE RIN: 0710-AA83 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources--Review and Approval of Mitigation Banks and In-Lieu Fee Programs 
Abstract:

In 2008, the Corps and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule governing compensatory mitigation for losses of aquatic resources (73 FR 19593). The regulation prescribes a review and approval process for the establishment and management of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs. The regulation also includes time frames for certain steps in the mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program review and approval process. The review and approval process for mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs includes an opportunity for public and agency review and comment, as well as a second review by an interagency review team. The interagency review team consists of Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies that review documentation and provide the Corps advice on the establishment and management of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs. The Corps is reviewing the review and approval process and the interagency review team process to determine whether there may be ways to enhance the efficiency of the mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program approval time frames by generating savings to the public through shorter review times for proposed mitigation banks, in-lieu fee programs, instrument modifications, and credit release requests while also promoting conservation and wetland mitigation projects. The Corps will also consider whether there are opportunities for efficiency and clarity improvement from relying on other types of credit metrics for stream compensatory mitigation projects rather than linear metrics.

 
Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 332   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1344    33 U.S.C. 403    33 U.S.C. 1413   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Krystel Bell
Regulatory Program Manager
Department of Defense
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20314
Phone:202 761-4614
Email: krystel.l.bell@usace.army.mil