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Arkansas Congressional Delegation Concerned Over Timing of Clean Line Environmental Impact Study

November 5, 2015

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman -along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman-are questioning the timing of the Department of Energy's (DOE) release of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project. In a letter sent Wednesday to DOE Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, members expressed concern because they have yet to receive answers to the questions asked in a September letter about the department's potential partnership with the Clean Line project.

"The Department should not have issued the FEIS before responding to our September 14 letter, which specifically urged that ‘in your initial response to this letter, please provide an anticipated timeline for a comprehensive response and production of requested information. If the Department can more quickly produce a complete response through a series of partial productions and responses, please provide an anticipated timeline for such productions and responses.' This request, to date, has also been disregarded," members wrote in the letter.

Read both letters in their entirety here.

Members also requested a meeting with Secretary Moniz and urged that DOE not issue a final decision on the project until the Secretary completely and thoroughly responds to the September 14, 2015 letter.

DOE is considering the use of Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) to partner in an energy transmission project in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Throughout the history of electric transmission siting, transmission projects have been reviewed and approved at the state level.