Montana Major Facility Siting Act (Montana)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Montana

Applies to States or Provinces Montana
Name Montana Major Facility Siting Act (Montana)
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, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Montana Major Facility Siting Act aims to protect the environment from unreasonable degradation caused by irresponsible siting of electric transmission, pipeline, and geothermal facilities. The Act encourages upgrades within existing corridors, when possible, versus the creation of new corridors for the transmission of electricity, pipelines, and geothermal resources. The Board of Environmental Review is authorized to adopt additional regulations to further the goals of this Act. Entities issued a certificate to construct or alter major facilities per this chapter may invoke eminent domain to acquire property to aid in that task.

The remainder of chapter (parts 2-12) contains provisions for acquiring certifications for the construction or alteration of major facilities, legal responsibilities attached to such certifications, required notification prior to exploration for geothermal resources, and additional requirements for nuclear power facilities.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Department Board of Environmental Review


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 75-20
Date Effective 1973

Authority 2: ARM 17.20.101 through 1902