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Home arrowNews arrowCape Wind Project Formal Comments Conveyed to Secretary Salazar on April 2

Cape Wind Project Formal Comments Conveyed to Secretary Salazar on April 2

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) provided final comments on historic preservation issues relating to the proposed Cape Wind project to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) on April 2, 2010. The ACHP recommended that the Secretary not approve the project. It also provided a number of recommendations to improve the planning process for alternative energy projects. Click here to read the ACHP comments.

Secretary Salazar must now take into account the ACHP's comments in reaching a final decision on the undertaking. In keeping with Section 36 CFR 800.7(c) (4) of the Section 106 regulations and Section 110(l) of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Secretary must document this decision and may not delegate his responsibilities pursuant to Section 106. The ACHP will share the Secretary's response with the public via its Web site, www.achp.gov, upon receipt.

Background

The Minerals Management Service, the federal agency that reviews alternative energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf, is reviewing a permit application from Cape Wind Associates, LLC. This permit is to construct a wind farm project, which includes 130 wind turbine generators, on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound, off the Massachusetts shoreline. As part of the review process, MMS must comply with Section 106 of the NHPA and its implementing regulations, "Protection of Historic Properties" (36 CFR 800). This complex undertaking has elicited widespread public interest since its inception because of its potential to have an adverse effect on Nantucket Sound, a property determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as a place of significance to Indian tribes. In addition the undertaking will adversely affect 33 other identified historic properties and districts, including the Nantucket Historic District and the Kennedy Compound National Historic Landmarks.

After concluding that further consultation would not result in agreement, on March 1, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior requested the ACHP's formal comments to conclude the Section 106 review. In cases where an agency has terminated consultation, the ACHP is required to provide advisory comments to the agency on the proposed undertaking and its effects on historic properties. In order to prepare its comments, the ACHP collected information, which included convening a public meeting in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and receiving spoken testimony from numerous stakeholders and written comments from hundreds more.

Click here to read the ACHP comments.

Updated April 2, 2010

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