Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A 1,932-Day Permit Process

I wrote a blog in November about a 45-day permit process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that was already into Day 1,731.

The 45-day permit process is the stated timeframe for a wetlands permit under the 404 process.

Though we expected to stop counting on that day, it wasn't actually until Monday of this week--201 days later--when our Port Authority received a formal letter stating that our permit process was completed.  The letter concluded, "We have determined the obligations of the MOA have been satisfied."

We had entered into a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) in order to "expedite" the process, if you can believe it.

It wasn't until the letter was received that the cloud of uncertainty created by an unconcluded permit process could be lifted.

That means it was 1,932 days.

That's more than 14 months longer than the Civil War and almost two full years longer than World War II.

There's no planet in our solar system where 1,932 days matches 45 days.  Even on Pluto, 1,932 earth days still translate to more than 300 days.

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