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Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345 kV Transmission Line Project

Project Information
Sector: Electricity Transmission
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

Dairyland Power Cooperative ("Dairyland"), a cooperative organized under the
laws of Wisconsin, American Transmission Company LLC by its corporate
manager, ATC Management Inc., (together, "ATC"), and ITC Midwest LLC ("ITC
Midwest") (all collectively, "Utilities") propose to construct and own the Cardinal—
Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project ("Project"), a 345 kilovolt ("kV")
transmission line connecting northeast Iowa and south-central Wisconsin.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is currently the lead
federal agency for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the
Project. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers are Cooperating Agencies. The Notice of Intent was published on
October 18, 2016. The Scoping Report was released around June 23, 2017.
The RUS's consultant is currently drafting the Preliminary Draft Environmental
Impact Statement (PDEIS).

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-FWS)
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Target: 09/13/2019
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Target: 06/12/2020
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41) 06/12/2020 Planned
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Target: 05/13/2019
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
05/13/2019
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Target: 05/13/2019
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Rural Development 05/13/2019 Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Target: 07/16/2018
Consultation Initiation Date
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under NEPA) 07/16/2018 Planned
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