33 U.S. Code § 1416 - Relationship to other laws
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(a) Voiding of preexisting licenses
After the effective date of this subchapter, all licenses, permits, and authorizations other than those issued pursuant to this subchapter shall be void and of no legal effect, to the extent that they purport to authorize any activity regulated by this subchapter, and whether issued before or after the effective date of this subchapter.
(b) Actions under authority of Rivers and Harbors Act
(c) Impairment of navigation
Prior to issuing any permit under this subchapter, if it appears to the Administrator that the disposition of material, other than dredged material, may adversely affect navigation in the territorial sea of the United States, or in the approaches to any harbor of the United States, or may create an artificial island on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Administrator shall consult with the Secretary and no permit shall be issued if the Secretary determines that navigation will be unreasonably impaired.
(d) State programs
(1) State rights preserved
Except as expressly provided in this subsection, nothing in this subchapter shall preclude or deny the right of any State to adopt or enforce any requirements respecting dumping of materials into ocean waters within the jurisdiction of the State.
(2) Federal projects
In the case of a Federal project, a State may not adopt or enforce a requirement that is more stringent than a requirement under this subchapter if the Administrator finds that such requirement—
(A) is not supported by relevant scientific evidence showing the requirement to be protective of human health, aquatic resources, or the environment;
(3) Exemption from State requirements
The President may exempt a Federal project from any State requirement respecting dumping of materials into ocean waters if it is in the paramount interest of the United States to do so.
(e) Existing conservation programs not affected
Nothing in this subchapter shall be deemed to affect in any manner or to any extent any provision of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act as amended (16 U.S.C. 661–666c).
(f) Dumping of dredged material in Long Island Sound from any Federal, etc., project
In addition to other provisions of law and not withstanding the specific exclusion relating to dredged material in the first sentence in section 1412 (a) of this title, the dumping of dredged material in Long Island Sound from any Federal project (or pursuant to Federal authorization) or from a dredging project by a non-Federal applicant exceeding 25,000 cubic yards shall comply with the requirements of this subchapter.
(g) Savings clause
Nothing in this Act shall restrict, affect or modify the rights of any person
(1) to seek damages or enforcement of any standard or limitation under State law, including State common law, or
(2) to seek damages under other Federal law, including maritime tort law, resulting from noncompliance with any requirement of this Act or any permit under this Act.
Source(Pub. L. 92–532, title I, § 106,Oct. 23, 1972, 86 Stat. 1058; Pub. L. 96–572, § 4,Dec. 22, 1980, 94 Stat. 3345; Pub. L. 99–499, title I, § 127(d),Oct. 17, 1986, 100 Stat. 1693; Pub. L. 101–596, title II, § 203,Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3006; Pub. L. 102–580, title V, § 505,Oct. 31, 1992, 106 Stat. 4867.)
References in Text
The effective date of this subchapter, referred to in subsecs. (a) and (b), means the effective date of title I of Pub. L. 92–532, which is six months after Oct. 23, 1972. See section 110(a) ofPub. L. 92–532, set out as an Effective Date note under section 1411 of this title.
The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, referred to in subsec. (b), is act Mar. 3, 1899, ch. 425, 30 Stat. 1151, as amended, which enacted sections 401, 403, 404, 406 to 409, 411 to 416, 418, 502, 549, 686, and 687 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables.
The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act referred to in subsec. (e), is act Mar. 10, 1934, ch. 55, 48 Stat. 401, as amended, which is classified generally to sections 661 to 666c of Title 16, Conservation. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 661 of Title 16 and Tables.
This Act, referred to in subsec. (g), means Pub. L. 92–532, which is classified generally to this chapter, chapter 41 (§ 2801 et seq.) of this title, and chapters 32 (§ 1431 et seq.) and 32A (§ 1447 et seq.) of Title 16.
1992—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102–580amended subsec. (d) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (d) read as follows: “After the effective date of this subchapter, no State shall adopt or enforce any rule or regulation relating to any activity regulated by this subchapter. Any State may, however, propose to the Administrator criteria relating to the dumping of materials into ocean waters within its jurisdiction, or into other ocean waters to the extent that such dumping may affect waters within the jurisdiction of such State, and if the Administrator determines, after notice and opportunity for hearing, that the proposed criteria are not inconsistent with the purposes of this subchapter, may adopt those criteria and may issue regulations to implement such criteria. Such determination shall be made by the Administrator within one hundred and twenty days of receipt of the proposed criteria. For the purposes of this subsection, the term ‘State’ means any State, interstate or regional authority, Federal territory or Commonwealth or the District of Columbia.”
1990—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 101–596, which directed the substitution of “the requirements of this subchapter” for all after “shall comply with” in “subsection 116(g) of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act (33 U.S.C. 1416 (g))”, was executed by making the substitution for “the criteria established pursuant to the second sentence of section 1412 (a) of this title relating to the effects of dumping. Subsection (d) of this section shall not apply to this subsection.” which followed “shall comply with” in section 106(f) of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, which is classified to subsec. (f) of this section, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
1986—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 99–499added subsec. (g).
1980—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 96–572added subsec. (f).
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