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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-MN)

In Minnesota, bulk transmission projects must comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (“MEPA”). MEPA requires state agencies to consider the impact of governmental actions on the environment, by using “all practicable means and measures, including financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which human beings and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of the state’s people.” Minn. Stat. § 116D.02

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Environmental Review Process: Bulk transmission projects must comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act. The scope of the environmental review depends on the size of the project and the lead agency in charge. Depending on the type of project the lead agency may issue either an Environmental Report, Environmental Assessment, or an Environmental Impact Statement to assist in the decision to issue a Certificate of Need or Route Permit. Minnesota Department of Commerce; Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the local governmental unit.
Environmental Review Threshold: "Any governmental action or project the results of which would cause physical manipulation of the environment, directly or indirectly...." Minn. Stat. § 116D.04, Minnesota – Minn. Admin. R. §§ 4410 et seq., Environmental Review.
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

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