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PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT MODIFICATION AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT MODIFICATION
AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

Huntington Ingalls Industries has filed a request for modification with the Department of Marine Resources requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.

The applicant is seeking a modification to the existing 10-year maintenance dredging permit to increase the depth of the existing launch pit from 71 feet below Mean Low Water (MLW) to 74 feet below MLW.  The applicant is currently authorized to continually maintenance dredge the existing ship berth to a depth of 38 feet below Mean Low Water, the launch pit to a depth of 71 feet below Mean Low Water and the sonar pit to a depth of 50 feet below Mean Low Water as needed over a 10-year period for the purpose of maintaining shipyard activities. The projected total amount of material to be dredged is 2,166,000 cubic yards. The applicant is proposing that the dredged material will be disposed of at an approved onsite upland location or a beneficial use site, if one becomes available.  The applicant was previously granted a variance to Chapter VIII, Section 2, Part III.G.4. of the MCP, which states, “Access canals shall be of uniform depth or become gradually shallower proceeding from the receiving body of water and they shall be no deeper than the parent body of water.”  The project is located on the Pascagoula Bay and Pascagoula River at 1000 Jerry St. Pe’ Highway, Pascagoula, Jackson County, MS.   

In compliance with Section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251, 1341), as amended by PL 95-217, the applicant will request certification from the Office of Pollution Control that the above mentioned activity will be in compliance with applicable provisions of Section 301 (33 U.S.C. 1311), Section 302 (33 U.S.C. 1312), Section 303 (U.S.C. 1313), Section 306 (U.S.C. 1316), and Section 307 (U.S.C. 1317) of the Act and appropriate requirements of the State Law.

Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed regulated activity must submit those comments in writing to the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day April 3, 2017.

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