Montana Environmental Policy Act (Montana)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Montana|
|Name||Montana Environmental Policy Act (Montana)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy|
The Montana Environmental Policy Act aims to provide for the consideration of environmental impacts by the legislature when enacting laws, and for public transparency regarding the possible environmental impacts of potential state actions. The policy of the state is to support harmony between humans and their environment as well as efforts to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate environmental damage and to gain a greater understanding of the environment, without imposing undue government regulation on private property.
The Act specifies that the planning and decision-making process for state-sponsored projects will include the creation and consideration of Environmental Impact Statements, which will address the potential environmental impacts and adverse effects of the proposed action, as well as reasonable alternatives. The Environmental Quality Council is tasked with monitoring environmental quality, reviewing and appraising state environmental programs, and making recommendations to the legislature regarding environmental policy.
|Department||Montana Environmental Quality Council|
|Division||Legislative Environmental Policy Office|
|Address||P.O. Box 201704|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||75-1 MCA, Parts 1-3|
|Date Enacted||1995, 2003, 2011|
|Authority 2:||ARM 17.4.601 through 725|