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Army Corps of Engineers furloughs Baltimore District employees, suspends permit reviews

The Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers furloughed 45 employees, closed its regulatory offices and suspended the review of pending permit applications after running out of funds, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Spokesman Chris Augsburger said the district, which makes permit decisions on projects that affect wetlands and waters, had enough funding to continue operations until Tuesday. Now, he said, its review of permit applications has been suspended until new funding becomes available.

The Baltimore District has closed its main branch in Baltimore and field offices in Easton, Carlisle, Pa., State College, Pa., and Tioga, Pa., Augsburger said. Regulatory staff will refrain from attending any meetings, presentations or outreach opportunities.

The Baltimore District made more than 7,500 permit decisions and jurisdictional determinations in 2013, Augsburger said. Projects the district typically reviews include road crossings, subdivisions, dredging, shoreline stabilization, wetland creation, oyster restoration and aquaculture.

Headquartered next to the Inner Harbor, the Baltimore District employs 1,200 workers.

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