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Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit

New Mexico Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-NM)

For projects subject to the state-administered siting act (transmission lines 230kV or greater), an applicant must apply to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for a Location Permit. The NMPRC considers the following environmental concerns prior to approving the location of the transmission line:

  • Existing land use plans for other developments near the project area
  • Fish, wildlife and plant life
  • Noise emissions level and communication facility interference
  • Public recreation and safety
  • Existing scenic, religious, cultural and historic sites
  • Additional factors that require consideration under applicable federal and state laws pertaining to the location [1]

    Local Process
    In the state of New Mexico, no Location Permit may be approved by the NMPRC that violates an existing state, county, or municipal land use statutory or administrative regulation unless NMPRC finds that the regulation is "unreasonably restrictive and not in the interest of the public convenience and necessity. [2] Because each local government entity (county, town, city, etc.) has a unique process for regulating land use within their respective jurisdictions, it is recommended that transmission line developers learn about all permitting requirements, including environmental reviews that may apply early in the planning phase.

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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

New Mexico Federal

Environmental Review Process: Location Permit Application
Environmental Review Process Agency: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

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List of Reference Sources

  1. N.M.S. 62-9-3 (2013).
  2. N.M.S. 62-9-3 (2013). G
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