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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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Other Issues Identified by the Public

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Key Milestones

Light bulbNot Your Typical Permitting Process

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. 

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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


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

St. Louis Region Supports LIT to Connect America's Heartland to Future Global Trade

St. Louis regional ports and the St. Louis Regional Freightway are jointly supporting the Port of New Orleans’ (Port NOLA) efforts to strengthen the flow of inland river cargo with the development of the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT).

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St. Bernard Transportation Corridor Feasibility Study Moving Forward

In June, the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) awarded a contract for the study that will formally document the need for the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, which will connect Lower St. Bernard to the interstate system. The study will determine the alignment of this new roadway and determine the need for other transportation improvements in the area near the Louisiana International Terminal.

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