NEWPORT, Maine — Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill freshwater wetlands and allow for expansion of its storage yard.
The corps is seeking comments from the public on the proposed project.
In exchange for affecting just more than 3 acres, the company is proposing to preserve 75 acres of upland and wetland on a parcel of land adjacent to its Newport facility.
According to NIF’s application, the company researched several other locations and several different configurations for its expansion before submitting the USACE permit.
NIF, which specializes in custom metal fabrications, was incorporated in 1997 but has been a Newport fixture for decades. The company has grown from a handful of employees to a three-shift operation, according to its Web site, and the facility also has grown from 8,000 square feet to more than 35,000 square feet.
According to the application, the company will fill 2.941 acres of freshwater wetlands off Elm Street, Route 2, as it constructs a 6.62-acre storage and lay-down yard. In 2007, the company obtained a permit to authorize filling 19,894 square feet of wetlands.
The Army Corps said the application was filed in compliance with the Clean Water Act, and the full application may be viewed at www.nae.usace.army.mil/reg/2190_001.pdf.
Public comments should be forwarded no later than April 30 to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office, Attn: Shawn Mahaney, 675 Western Ave. No. 3, Manchester 04351.