The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Northern Pass last week entered into a memorandum of understanding with a new team of environmental consultants to lead the environmental impact statement process for the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act .
The SE Group will lead an expert team of consultants. The SE Group has been involved in the preparation of hundreds of NEPA documents over a period of more than 30 years. Supporting the SE Group will be Ecology and Environment, Inc and Lucinda Low Swartz.
Ecology and Environment, Inc. brings 40 years of experience in the environmental review of transmission and other large, linear projects. Lucinda Low Swartz is a former Deputy General Counsel of the Counsel on Environmental Quality and is a nationally recognized expert on NEPA compliance.
The SE Group was selected as part of a through search process that included identifying candidates with no current or prior activity that might be deemed a conflict of interest. The SE Group and its team are expected to commence work promptly.