Site Location of Development Act (Maine)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Name||Site Location of Development Act (Maine)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||Maine Department of Environmental Protection|
The Site Location of Development Act regulates the locations chosen for state, municipal, quasi-municipal, educational, charitable, commercial and industrial developments with respect to the natural environment. The Act seeks to protect natural and groundwater resources from pollution and other adverse impacts. The Act applies to developments which occupy land or water areas in excess of 20 acres, involve mining or oil or gas exploration, include structures or subdivisions, or are identified as offshore wind power projects with an aggregate generating capacity of at least 3 MW.
Projects will be approved if the applicant demonstrates sufficient technical and financial ability to complete the project; that the project will have none or negligible impacts on the natural environment, storm water management, groundwater resources, flood risks, and erosion and sedimentation control; that blasting will be conducted in accordance with relevant rules and regulations; that the project will not place undue stress on other infrastructure; and that the project will be built on appropriate soil types. Additional regulations apply to wind projects, quarries and excavations, and hazardous activities and transmission lines. Some exemptions apply. The regulations contain application and permit requirements for such developments, as well as procedures for reclamation. Municipalities may be authorized to perform this review on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection.
|Contact Name||Mike Mullen (Permit/License)|
|Department||Department Of Environmental Protection|
|Address||17 State House Station, Augusta, ME|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||38 M.R.S.A. 481-490|