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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-MN)

In Minnesota, bulk transmission projects must comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (“MEPA”). MEPA requires state agencies to consider the impact of governmental actions on the environment, by using “all practicable means and measures, including financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which human beings and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of the state’s people.” Minn. Stat. § 116D.02

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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

Minnesota Federal

Environmental Review: Any governmental entity that has the discretion to permit, assist, finance, regulate or approve an activity must consider the environmental impacts of their actions to comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.
Environmental Review Agency: Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Applicable MOU with FERC: No