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Sep 25

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has developed this toolkit to provide information and guidance on the Section 106 process to parties who are the recipients of, or areapplying for federal licenses, permits, assistance, or approvals. Because many federal agencies require applicants to assist in complying with the initial steps of the Section 106 process, applicants will benefit from these tools and access to resources necessary to be effective in this role. Read about the toolkit here

May 09

April 16, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau of Reclamation today has awarded a $10.75 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, setting the stage for construction to begin on the major water infrastructure project this summer. When completed, the project will provide a long-term, sustainable water supply to meet the critical needs of more than 43 Navajo chapters; the city of Gallup, New Mexico; and the Teepee Junction area of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Once construction is underway, it is possible that the first water delivery to Navajo communities – where more than 40 percent of Navajo Nation households rely on hauling water to meet their daily need - could occur in two...

Jan 20

On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, the U.S. Forest Service approved the construction of a 15-turbine wind energy facility on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont today, which will provide enough electricity to power about 13,000 homes annually.  The completion of this project marks the culmination of an environmental analysis and record of decision for the proposal to construct and operate a commercially viable, utility-scale wind energy facility on the national forest in the towns of Searsburg, and Readsboro next to the Searsburg Wind Facility operated by Green Mountain Power Company on private land.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s selection of this project for expedited review in accordance with the Presidential Memorandum on “Speeding Infrastructure...

Jan 06

The U.S. Forest Service, in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has completed its expedited review of the Continental Resources’ permit to drill in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in North Dakota. This project was selected for expedited review pursuant to a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies to expedite environmental reviews and permit decisions for high priority infrastructure projects that will create a significant number of jobs.

The application was determined complete as defined by Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 1 and ready for review on October 11, 2011. The applicant utilized private environmental consultants to collect certain information required to complete the review and environmental analysis.  Although applicants may rely...

Dec 01

The Forest Service has completed its initial screening of the Cleghorn Ridge renewable energy project application by the November 30th deadline.  Prompt action was made possible by the agency’s new wind energy policy which includes the procedures and considerations for screening proposals, issuing site testing and feasibility permits, and authorizing construction and operation activities.  The Forest Service has given the Cleghorn Ridge proposal review the highest possible priority.

The initial screening raised concerns that the Cleghorn Ridge proposal would affect inventoried roadless area, a national scenic trail, a natural research area, a popular recreation trail, and a fuelbreak that is critical for fire suppression activities. The screening process...

Nov 30

On Friday, November 18th representatives of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined local leaders to announce the commencement of work on CityMarket at O Street, a one-million square-foot mixed-use development in the historic Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC. The project’s developer has said the project will create 2,400 jobs.

CityMarket is one of 14 high priority infrastructure projects the Obama Administration is expediting through the federal permitting and environmental review processes.  The expedited projects are one component of the Administration’s efforts to improve the efficiency of federal reviews needed to help job-creating infrastructure projects move as quickly as possible from the drawing board to...