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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
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$500,000,000
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
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 10/18/2016
Target: 10/07/2016
Scoping
Complete 01/06/2017
Target: 12/07/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Target: 08/19/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Target: 06/07/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Target: 09/13/2019
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Rural Development 10/25/2019 In Progress
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Target: 05/16/2019
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Target: 05/16/2019
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Target: 06/15/2019
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 12/12/2019
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 12/12/2019 Planned
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Cancelled
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Cancelled
Publication of Public Notice
Cancelled
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Cancelled
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Cancelled
Authorization and Certification
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Target: 06/07/2019
Completed application received
Target: 09/13/2019
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Target: 06/12/2020
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 06/12/2020 Planned
State, Local, Tribal, or Other Non-Federal Action
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Target: 04/06/2018
Completed application received
Planned
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Target: 04/23/2019
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Wisconsin 04/23/2019 Planned
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned 09/28/2017
Target: 03/30/2018
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Iowa 07/08/2019 Planned
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned 09/28/2017
Target: 03/30/2018
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Wisconsin 07/08/2019 Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Target: 04/15/2018
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Target: 04/15/2018
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
Target: 08/16/2018
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 08/16/2018 Planned
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Target: 05/16/2019
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Target: 05/16/2019
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Target: 06/15/2019
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 12/12/2019
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 12/12/2019 Planned
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