Memorandum of Understanding Among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Advisory Council On Historic Preservation, and Department of the Interior, Regarding Coordination in Federal Agency Review of Electric Transmission Facilities on Federal Land   [open pdf - 147KB]

"Transmission siting involves many different authorities governing the use of federal, state, tribal, and county lands, as well as private lands that make up the landscape. As a result, projects involving multiple federal land management agencies are subject to a wide array of processes and procedural requirements for compliance with legal mandates and multiple authorizations. The intent of this MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] is the coordination of these various requirements and designation of a single federal point-of -contact. On non-federal lands, project applicants must adhere to the processes and comply with the requirements of each land owner and state. The Participating Agencies have a significant interest in working with constituents and stakeholders to assess impacts from transmission projects and to site these facilities appropriately. Pursuant to statute, the Participating Agencies play different roles in the federal review, authorization and siting process."

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