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Trump administration pledges to speed up permits for Mid-Barataria sediment diversion

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WASHINGTON -

The Trump administration has agreed to lop about three years off the permitting process for Louisiana's proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project.

A memorandum of understanding signed Friday morning sets an August 2019 deadline for a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a litany of other federal agencies on permits for the massive project, designed to build new land along Louisiana's coast by sending sediment-rich water from the Mississippi River flowing into the Barataria Basin in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes, north of Grand Isle.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers had previously told state officials that an environmental study of the proposal and decisions on whether to issue permits could take until 2022, a prospect that state coastal officials called "unacceptable."

Louisiana's congressional delegation and state leaders have lobbied furiously to speed up the process. State officials hope to begin construction on the Mid-Barataria diversion in 2020.

Read the full story at The Advocate.

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