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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

Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Current Target Date: 05/16/2019
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Current Target Date: 05/16/2019
Publication of Public Notice
Current Target Date: 06/15/2019
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 12/12/2019
Endangered Species Act Consultation (DOI-FWS)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Complete 04/15/2018
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Complete 11/03/2018
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Current Target Date: 03/18/2019
Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
12/12/2019
Planned
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Current Target Date: 05/16/2019
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Current Target Date: 05/16/2019
Publication of Public Notice
Current Target Date: 06/15/2019
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 12/12/2019
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-FWS)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41)
06/12/2020
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Current Target Date: 09/13/2019
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 06/12/2020
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Rural Development
10/25/2019
In Progress 11/08/2019
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 10/18/2016
Scoping 
Complete 01/06/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Current Target Date: 12/07/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 08/23/2019
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 11/08/2019
Authorization and Certification
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
06/12/2020
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Current Target Date: 06/07/2019
Completed application received
Current Target Date: 09/13/2019
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 06/12/2020
Section 106 Review
Rural Development
In Progress
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 09/28/2017
Notification agency will use NEPA substitution approach [36 CFR 800.8(c)]
Complete 09/28/2017
Section 106 consultation concluded
Current Target Date: 10/25/2019
Section 106 Review
Rural Development
In Progress
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 09/28/2017
Notification agency will use NEPA substitution approach [36 CFR 800.8(c)]
Complete 09/28/2017
Section 106 consultation concluded
Current Target Date: 10/25/2019
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