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AGENCY:

Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION:

Information collection notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with s the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Department of the Army announces a proposed revision of a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by July 2, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Management Officer, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24 Suite 08D09, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000, Attn: CECW-CO-R, or call the Department of the Army Reports clearance officer at (703) 428-6440.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Application for Department of the Army Permit; ENG 4345 and Nationwide Permit (NWP) Pre-Construction Notification form, ENG Form 6082; OMB Control Number 0710-0003.

Needs and Uses: Information collected is used to evaluate, as required by law, proposed construction or filing in waters of the United States that result in impacts to the aquatic environment and nearby properties, and to determine which type of permit would be required if one was needed. Respondents are private landowners, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Respondents also include sponsors of proposed and approved mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; farms; Federal government; state, local, or tribal government.

Annual Burden Hours: 880,000.

Number of Respondents: 80,000.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 11 hours.

Frequency: On occasion.

The Corps of Engineers is required by three federal laws, passed by Congress, to regulate construction-related activities in waters of the United States. This is accomplished through the review of applications for permits to do this work. There are five types of permits that may be used. The ENG 4345 form used for standard permit applications has been in use since the 1970s and the request to extend the expiration date is being provided in this notice. In addition, the Corps is now proposing a form specific to their nationwide permit program. Nationwide Permits (NWPs) are one type of permit authorization that involves a streamlined review process to ensure that no more than minimal individual or cumulative adverse environmental effect result from construction of the proposed activity. NWPs authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and structures or work in navigable waters under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

This form is optional, but allows the Corps to collect the information needed to evaluate the applicants' proposal to determine eligibility for authorization. The Corps will provide outreach materials to guide the public in which of the forms should be used and how using the form and providing the information requested can reduce the time it takes to review whether an application is complete.

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Dated: April 27, 2018.

Shelly E. Finke,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2018-09315 Filed 5-1-18; 8:45 am]

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