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FCC Undertakes Significant Environmental and Historic Preservation Action Plan and Compliance Initiatives

June 01, 2003

By Christine M. Crowe and Judith A. Fraser

Recent federal initiatives suggest owners of communications facilities, and those that collocate equipment on facilities owned by others, step up their environmental and historic preservation compliance programs, both in terms of day-to-day operations and as adjunct to pending transactions. The Federal Communications Commission recently announced several initiatives designed to foster compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Commission has developed an Environmental and Historic Preservation Action Plan that contemplates the initiation of FCC rulemaking proceedings, the development of agreements and memoranda of understanding governing the NEPA and NHPA consultation processes, improvement of the consultation and coordination processes, and vigorous enforcement of the mandates of the statutes.