Vitter blasts Corps over new wetlands mitigation

U.S. Sen. David Vitter is blasting the Army Corps of Engineers for requiring developers to spend more on compensation costs for building in wetlands.

Last year the Corps in New Orleans adopted a new calculus for how much mitigation was required. Col. Ed Fleming, the commander here, said the old rules underestimated damage.

"You talk about coastal restoration, you talk about land loss, you talk about a federal standard of no net loss of wetlands," Fleming said. "We were under-mitigating."

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, blasted the new formula at a meeting Friday of the Mississippi River Commission in New Orleans.

"This has put mitigation burden and cost for any development in the area through the roof, literally tripling that cost in many cases," Vitter said.

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