Montana Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-MT)
The state of Montana has a state-administered siting act for high voltage transmission lines, the Montana Facility Siting Act (MFSA). An applicant must file an application with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The role of the state in permitting high voltage transmission lines is to approve or deny the Certificate of Compliance (CC) and to provide environmental review. 
Montana Environmental Policy Act Review Process
If a project requires a state agency action, the agency and the developer must comply with the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) unless the activities are otherwise exempt/excluded under Rule 17-4-607(5). MEPA is a procedural statute requiring public notice/comment and the consideration of alternatives, similar to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The MDEQ and the Montana Environmental Quality Council may be consulted by either the responsible agency or the developer during the MEPA process.
Under state laws, Montana counties and municipalities are given zoning authority to regulate and restrict the use of land and require permits for buildings within their jurisdiction lines. Local government permitting requirements, including environmental review may apply and should be identified early in the planning/permitting process.
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
Permitting at a Glance
|Environmental Review Process:||If a project requires a state agency action, the agency and the developer must comply with the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) unless the activities are otherwise exempt/excluded under MEPA.|
|Environmental Review Process Agency:||Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Environmental Quality Council|
|Environmental Review Threshold:||If a state agency action is required.|
|Applicable MOU with FERC:||No.|
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List of Reference Sources
- Montana Code 75-20-201 (2014).