Permitting

On September 15, 2017, Clean Power Northeast Development submitted an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the Atlantic Link project under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). This filing initiates a public review process in which state agencies will consider the Atlantic Link and its potential for environmental impacts, in advance of the issuance of applicable permits. As part of its process, the MEPA Office will hold a site visit and public consultation session on Wednesday, October 18. The Atlantic Link team looks forward to comments by interested parties and responding to information requirements identified by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

In addition, stakeholders and the public will have the opportunity to provide input regarding the Atlantic Link project during other required Massachusetts regulatory permitting processes, including review by the Energy Facilities Siting Board and under the Wetlands Protection Act. Robust review by federal agencies is also pending, which will include opportunity for comment by interested parties.

Canada

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act approval
  • National Energy Board (NEB) permit; approvals by Transport Canada and Fisheries & Ocean Canada

New Brunswick

  • Department of Environment & Local Government

United States

  • U.S. Department of Energy (Presidential Permit) – application pending (September 2017)
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Right-Of-Way Grant) – request filed September 2017
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Massachusetts State Permits:

  • Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
  • Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan
  • Coastal Zone Management Act Federal Consistency Review
  • Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
  • Chapter 91, Wetlands Protection Act
  • 401 Water Quality Certificate
  • Board of Underwater Archeological Resources
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Plymouth

  • Zoning Board of Appeals

Questions

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What approvals does Atlantic Link need from the Town of Plymouth?

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Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Old Colony Planning Council
South Shore Community Action Council
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce