WASHINGTON, DC 20426
March 30, 2016
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
Governor Margaret Wood Hassan
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Dear Governor Hassan:
Thank you for your February 10, 2016, letter regarding Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project (Docket No. CP16-21-000).
As you point out, Commission staff will identify and address the potential environmental impacts resulting from construction and operation of the project. I assure you that the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project will not be issued without the Commission having all of the information necessary to determine the potential environmental and human health impacts associated with constructing and operating the project.
Specifically, the project will have to comply with provisions of the Clean Air Act. The emissions criteria established for compliance with the Clean Air Act are designed to protect human health. Similarly, water resources potentially affected by the project are subject to the requirements of the Clean Water Act and numerous additional protective measures required by the Commission’s Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures. Commission staff will also respond to all public concerns on impacts to human health within the EIS.
The air quality and water quality impact analyses will be included within the draft EIS which will be issued for public review and sent to the Commission’s environmental mailing list for the project. After consideration of the comments received on the draft EIS, a final EIS will be issued. The final EIS will address any comments received on the draft EIS. The Commission will consider the findings of the EIS before making its decision on whether to authorize this project.
As in any Commission matter, please be assured that we strive to make our review of proposals both accessible and transparent to the public. If I can be of any further assistance in this or any other Commission matter, please let me know.
Norman C. Bay