New MOU to Provide for Streamlined Review Of Wind Energy Projects In Great Lakes

 By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block

On March 30, 2012, the White House announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with five states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania) that is intended to streamline environmental and other reviews for wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The federal agencies that are part of this MOU are the Department of Energy, U.S. EPA, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The MOU requires these federal agencies and the Great Lake States to work collaboratively to create a roadmap for streamlining regulatory reviews of wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The MOU envisions development of this roadmap within 15 months. Please click here to see a copy of the MOU.

Steven M. Siros is a partner at Jenner & Block and focuses his practice primarily on environmental and toxic tort matters.  Corporations seek his counsel on complex CERCLA and RCRA matters and cases involving toxic tort and natural resource damages.  He counsels policyholders in insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental issues, advises on regulatory compliance issues, and assists clients on a variety of climate change and sustainability issues.  He also manages the environmental aspects of numerous real estate and corporate transactions and helps clients perform environmental compliance audits at facilities around the world.

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