Section 106 Review-
Section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) is a separate regulatory requirement and process from the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review. It requires federal agencies, including the Department of Energy (the Department), to identify and consider the potential effects of its actions on historic properties through a collaborative framework for seeking, discussing and considering the views of consulting parties on how potential adverse effects on historic properties from a proposed Federal action should be addressed.
The Department of Energy is committed to conducting a thorough and open review of Northern Pass’s permit application and is coordinating with the New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NH DHR), on the Section 106 consultation process—as required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Department is in the early stages of this process, which includes a number of initial steps such as notifying the State Historic Preservation Officer, identifying consulting parties and developing a plan to notify and engage the public. Further steps in the Section 106 consultation process include identifying historic and cultural resources and assessing and resolving potential adverse effects from a proposed project on historic and cultural resources.
While there is no predetermined length for the Section 106 consultation process, the Department is committed to ensuring that each of these steps is fully met and is coordinating closely with NH DHR throughout the process.
Further information from DOE, relevant to the Section 106 process, including consultation, will be posted to this webpage: http://www.northernpasseis.us/consultations/section106
Read REAL's blog: What is a Section 106 Review?
How You and Your Selectboard Can Participate as Consulting Parties in Considering the Effects of Northern Pass upon Historic Properties in Your Town
Visit the U.S. Dept. of Energy's website on the Section 106 Review.
Compare the transparent 106 process for the Champlain-Hudson project: http://chpexpresseis.org/library.php
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3/21/13- DOE to NHDHR
3/28/13- NHDHR response to DOE
3/26/13- Northern Pass attorney to DOE
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