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Federal Permitting Process

The Port of New Orleans has begun a detailed impact analysis for the proposed terminal, which is required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process will help the Army Corps of Engineers decide if it will issue the three permits necessary for construction.

Environmental Review Process

What is Involved?

NEPA requires federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers to consider how a project could impact the natural and human environments before issuing permits for construction. The Army Corps of Engineers has asked Port NOLA to move forward with the environmental review process. Port NOLA has hired an outside consultant to conduct a range of studies that cover topics like traffic, quality of life near the terminal, natural habitat and wildlife, the economy, and more.

We are going above and beyond the federal requirements by engaging in early and meaningful public involvement throughout the permitting process. Sign up to receive email updates on upcoming community meetings and input opportunities.

When the studies are complete, the results will be provided to the Army Corps of Engineers to review and utilize as they see fit in their permit decision.

What will be studied:

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Community
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Economy

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Traffic

 

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Drainage

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Wildlife

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Wetlands

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Air Quality

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Other Issues Identified by the Public

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Key Milestones

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To renovate a house or build an addition, a person would need to apply for a permit with finished plans in hand. The federal permitting procedure for the Louisiana International Terminal is different. The terminal will be designed in the course of the environmental study process. 

Contact the Army Corps of Engineers

If you have questions about this project's docket, contact the Army Corps of Engineers.

Reference Permit Number MVN-2021-00270-EG

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United States Army Corps of Engineers
New Orleans District, Regulatory Division (RGE)
Angelle Greer
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Required Permits

The Louisiana International Terminal will need federal permits because its proposed footprint overlaps with the Mississippi River, Mississippi River levee, and wetlands.

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

A Wetlands permit is required since the project will be built where there are currently wetlands.

 

 

Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act

A Navigable Waterways permit is required since the project will be built along the Mississippi River.

Section 408 of the Rivers and Harbors Act

A Civil Works Projects permit is required since the project will overlap with the Mississippi River Levee.

Recent Updates

Gov. Edwards Announces Port NOLA's Private-Public Partnership for LIT

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a historic public-private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans and two global maritime industry leaders to build a $1.8 billion state-of-the-art container facility on the Lower Mississippi River. The Port of New Orleans is proud to partner with Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) on the new Louisiana International Terminal in Violet. 

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A Terminal Layout Based on Community Feedback

In October 2022, Port NOLA announced a revised layout proposal for the Louisiana International Terminal. Guided by community feedback, our engineering team worked hard to design a layout that keeps St. Bernard Highway along the river without compromising terminal operations. 

We aim to go above and beyond the federal requirements for public involvement throughout the permitting process. Sign up for email updates on upcoming community meetings and input opportunities. 

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Port NOLA to Begin Environmental Study Process

As we make progress on the planned Louisiana International Terminal in St. Bernard Parish, the Port of New Orleans has hired an outside consultant to conduct additional studies.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires a range of environmental studies covering topics like traffic, quality of life near the terminal, natural habitat and wildlife, the economy, and more. The outside consultant will conduct those studies and will submit findings to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed terminal project. 

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