The 1,605-acre mine is within the White Oak River Basin in Jones County.
Corps of Engineers
The Army Corps of Engineers, citing a recent court decision in California throwing out Trump-era regulatory changes affecting water quality certifications under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, has put a hold on permitting decisions under its nationwide permit program.
The Holden Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project General Reevaluation Study is to consider feasibility and alternatives for federal participation in cost-shared management measures including beach nourishment for up to 50 years.
A federal judge has vacated the Trump administration’s rule that gutted water quality protections put in place during the Obama administration.
Coastal advocacy groups filed a legal challenge last week over the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision removing seasonal environmental restrictions on hopper dredging of the state port harbors at Wilmington and Morehead City.
Dr. Richard Hilderman of Sunset Beach, where the Corps of Engineers has recently approved permits for a terminal groin, contends that responsibility for protecting the coastal environment has been placed in the hands of engineers, rather than natural resource agencies and coastal scientists.
The Army Corps of Engineers is identifying sites and gathering data for a 20-year management plan to provide answers on where spoils from nonfederal dredge projects may be placed.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Army Corps of Engineers are partnering to increase renewable energy production and help meet the Biden administration’s commitment to offshore wind.
The Corps says eliminating the environmental limit on when hopper dredging of federal channels is allowed at North Carolina ports would save millions of dollars.
Citing COVID-19 concerns, Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District has put a moratorium on issuing any new shoreline permits, licenses and other activities requiring personnel to visit a site and placed restrictions on access at locks and dams.
The Army Corps of Engineers has withdrawn Sunset Beach’s permit application for dredging Jinks Creek because the placement area for sand removed from the channel has not been determined.
The Army Corps of Engineers is providing more than $281 million for rebuilding beaches in North Carolina communities damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
The Army Corps of Engineers is doing a more comprehensive review of a proposed project to dredge parts of Jinks Creek in Sunset Beach, triggering a 30-day public comment period.
The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association has presented a plan to the Corps of Engineers to again allow towns and businesses to place dredge spoil in federally maintained disposal sites.
A Corps of Engineers policy adopted more than a year ago could mean big costs and other challenges for coastal towns and businesses that need to dispose of dredged sand from non-federal projects.
Holden Beach officials were recently surprised by an Army Corps of Engineers requirement not previously enforced that could mean the town’s sand source for beach re-nourishment goes instead to Oak Island.