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Washington Hydropower Environmental Review(9-WA)

In Washington, a hydropower developer must comply with the State’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). SEPA governs Washington’s environmental protection issues within the state. SEPA environmental review is required for any state or local agency decision that meets the definition of an “action” and is not categorically or statutorily exempt. To determine if SEPA review is required, the developer should accurately define the proposal, identifying all related and interdependent pieces of the project, including all permits that the project will require. WAC 197-11-060.

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Environmental Review Process: The Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requires all governmental agencies to consider the environmental impacts of a proposal before making decisions. Washington uses an Environmental Checklist and Environmental Review to provide information to help government agencies identify impacts from their proposals and determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary. [1]
Environmental Review Process Agency: Washington Department of Ecology
Environmental Review Threshold: Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) governs Washington’s environmental protection issues within the state. SEPA environmental review is required for any state or local agency decision that meets the definition of an “action” and is not categorically or statutorily exempt. To determine if SEPA review is required, the developer should accurately define the proposal, identifying all related and interdependent pieces of the project, including all permits that the project will require."Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) governs Washington’s environmental protection issues within the state. SEPA environmental review is required for any state or local agency decision that meets the definition of an “action” and is not categorically or statutorily exempt. To determine if SEPA review is required, the developer should accurately define the proposal, identifying all related and interdependent pieces of the project, including all permits that the project will require." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki. [2][1]
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

Contact Information

Edit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Regional Office Hydropower Contacts


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Edit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Section 404 Regulatory Contacts


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Edit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Section 408 Regulatory Contacts


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Edit Bureau of Reclamation
Hydropower Program: Power Resources Office Directory


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Edit BLM
Resource Advisory Councils


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Edit BLM
Division of Lands, Realty, and Cadastral Survey Directory
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Edit USFS
Forest Service Organizational Directory


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List of Reference Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington State Environmental Policy Act WAC 197-11-060

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