Request for EIS to “accompany” project denied…

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on August 1, 2011 @ 9:05 am

… sigh…

The EIS isn’t expected to be completed until some time in July… The ALJ’s hearing record closed June 30, 2011.

Here’s the Order filed by the ALJ the second the state closed:

Order Denying NoCapX EIS Motion – June 30, 2011

Here’s NoCapX & U-CAN’s request for the EIS to be part of the administrative process and for comments on it:

NoCapX & U-CAN Motion to Include EIS

Let me see if I understand this… MEPA says the final EIS and comments shall accompany the proposal through an administrative process, and the ALJ in denying this Motion cites her prior order stating that “[t] EIS process is conducted by the Commissioner of the Dept. of Commerce, independently of the route permitting process.”  MEPA was not cited and the specific words of the statute were ignored or disregarded, weren’t part of this order or Memorandum in any way.

OK, once more with feeling:

Prior to the preparation of a final environmental impact statement, the governmental unit responsible for the statement shall consult with and request the comments of every governmental office which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental effect involved. Copies of the drafts of such statements and the comments and views of the appropriate offices shall be made available to the public. The final detailed environmental impact statement and the comments received thereon shall precede final decisions on the proposed action and shall accompany the proposal through an administrative review process.

Minn. Stat. §116D.04, Subd. 6a.Comments (emphasis added).

This is applicable not just to the CapX 2020 Hampton-LaCrosse transmission line but EVERY transmission proceeding in the state of Minnesota.

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