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New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC)

On May 11, 2020, the Commissioner of the Department conditionally approved the permit applications Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to construct the NECEC project (NECEC Order). On December 4, 2020, the Commissioner approved the application of CMP and NECEC Transmission LLC to partially transfer to NECEC Transmission LLC the NECEC Order.

Three appeals of the NECEC Order were timely filed with the Board of Environmental Protection by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, and the West Forks Group, a group of persons who intervened in the Department licensing proceeding. NRCM also filed a timely appeal of the December 2020 Transfer Order. The Board decided the appeals on July 21, 2022.

 2022-07-21 NECEC Final Board Order

Record materials for the NECEC project may be viewed on re available on the Department's web page

Appeal of Hiram Hydropower Water Quality Certification

In March 2022, the Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited filed with the Board a timely appeal of the Water Quality Certification issued by the DEP Commissioner for Brookfield White Pine, LLC’s Hiram Hydroelectric Project.

Hiram Hydro Water Quality Certification

TU appeal of Hiram Water Quality Certification (Redacted Version)

Brookfield Response to Appeal

Appeal of Pejepscot Hydropower Water Quality Certification

In July 2022, the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay; Grow L+A; Downeast Salmon Federation; Native Fish Coalition, Maine Chapter; Friends of Sebago Lake; and the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, jointly, filed with the Board a timely appeal of the Water Quality Certification issued by the DEP Commissioner for Topsham Hydro Partners Limited Partnership’s Pejepscot Hydroelectric Project.

Pejepscot Hydro Water Quality Certification

Joint appeal of Hydro Water Quality Certification

Licensee's Response to Merits of Appeal

Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4)

The MS4 General Permit describes permit coverage and limitations, definitions, authorization and notice requirements, stormwater program management plan requirements, and standard conditions for municipalities, transportation MS4 and state federally-owned MS4. See the Department’s MS4 website for more information. On December 14, 2022, the Department approved Low Impact Development (LID) ordinances submitted by municipalities that are subject to the MS4 General Permit, specifically to Part IV.C.5.a.i. of the MS4 General Permit Modification issued on November 23, 2022. On January 17, 2023, Friends of Casco Bay filed with the Board an appeal of the separate approvals issued to the City of Biddeford, Town of Cape Elizabeth, Town of Cumberland, Town of Falmouth, Town of Freeport, Town of Gorham, City of Portland, City of Saco, Town of Scarborough, City of South Portland, City of Westbrook, Town of Windham, and Town of Yarmouth.

Friends of Casco Bay's Appeal

BEP Discussion on Chapter 171 (May 5, 2022)

5/5/22 Meeting Video