The New Environmental Requirements of ECPA

by Peter C. Kissel, O'Connor & Hannan, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986 ('ECPA') has imposed significant new environmental criteria on the hydroelectric licensing process under Part I of the Federal Power Act. These requirements apply with full force to the original licensing process, as well as to relicensing proceedings. The FERC has undertaken a major effort, including the institution of various rulemaking proceedings, to implement the new statutory provisions. This paper reviews ECPA's environmental provisions.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Electric power | Hydro power | Federal government | Energy consumption | Power plants | Fish management | Legislation

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