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PRE-FILING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS

* Indicates public input opportunities.

Applicant Process   FERC Process
  1. Applicant assesses market need and considers Project feasibility.    
  2. Applicant studies potential site locations.    
  3. Applicant identifies stakeholders.    
  4. Applicant requests use of the FERC’s Pre-filing Process.     1. FERC receives Applicant’s request to conduct its review of the project within the FERC’s NEPA Pre-Filing Process.
      2. FERC formally approves NEPA Pre-Filing Process, issues PF Docket No. to Applicant, and begins project review.
* 5. Applicant holds open house to discuss project.   * 3. FERC participates in Applicant’s open house.
    * 4. FERC issues Notice of Intent for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessments (EA). Opens NEPA scoping period to seek public comments on the project.
    * 5. Holds NEPA scoping meeting(s) and site visit in the project area. Consults with interested agencies.
  6. Applicant files formal application with the FERC.     6. FERC receives formal application from Applicant.
        EIS   EA
      7. FERC issues Preliminary Draft EIS to cooperating agencies for review. 7. FERC issues Preliminary Draft EA to cooperating agencies for review.
    * 8. FERC issues Draft EIS and opens comment period. 8. FERC issues EA and opens comment period.
    * 9. FERC holds meeting(s) in the project area to hear public comments on the Draft EIS. 9. Responds to comments received on EA in Commission Order.
      10. FERC responds to comments and revises the Draft EIS. 10. FERC approves or denies project.
      11. FERC issues Final EIS.    
      12. FERC approves or denies project.    
  7. If the project is approved, Applicant may construct and operate the project, only after obtaining Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Clean Air Act permits.    
     
* 8. If the project is denied, Applicant and/or Public can ask FERC to rehear case or refer to FERC Administrative Law Judge.    
* 9. Applicant and/or Parties can take FERC to Court.    

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