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Energy Task Force

ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments
SUMMARY: On May 18, 2001, the President signed Executive Order 13212 recognizing the importance of environmentally sound production and transmission of energy to all American people. The Order established a federal interagency task force ("Task Force"), chaired by the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ"), to work with and monitor federal agencies’ efforts to expedite their review of permits or take other actions as necessary to accelerate the completion of energy-related projects, while maintaining safety, public health, and environmental protections. This task force is also charged with helping agencies create mechanisms to coordinate Federal, State, tribal and local permitting in geographic areas where increased permitting activity is expected. CEQ announces the formation of this Task Force and invites comments on the proposed nature and scope of Task Force activities, specific suggestions, and examples of permitting or other decision making processes which should be improved or streamlined.
DATES: Written comments should be submitted on or before October 1, 2001.
ADDRESSES: Direct electronic written comments to Chair, Council on Environmental
Quality, through the CEQ web site at Written comments may
also be submitted to the Chair, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of
the President, 17th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20503. Attention: Task Force.
Written comments may also be faxed to the Task Force at (202) 456-6546.
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for copies the "National Energy Policy Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group" may be directed to CEQ at the above address. The report is available on the White House web site (/energy/National-Energy-Policy.pdf) and on the Department of Energy web site (
Copies of the report (ISBN 0-16-050814-2) can also be purchased from the Superintendent
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, by calling (202) 512-1800 or mailing your request to U.S. GPO, Mail Stop SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001.
    1. Request for Information and Comments
Please submit basic information about major energy projects in the following format:
    1. Name of the project

    2. Entity proposing the project

    3. Category of the project -- Pipeline, Electricity Transmission, Electricity Generation,
      Nuclear, Hydropower, Refinery, Renewable, Conservation, or Other

    4. Brief description of the project

    5. Agency or agencies that must be consulted and agencies from which approval is needed. Please list by the following categories: Federal, State, Tribal, Local, Other
In order to further the work of this Task Force, CEQ believes that it would be beneficial
to have public input on federal agency activities to implement Executive Order 13212. Such input may include recommendations for improving agency activities, consistent with the purposes and policies of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq., 1) to accelerate the completion of energy-related projects; 2) to increase energy production and conservation; 3) to improve transmission of energy; and 4) to coordinate permitting in geographic areas where increased permitting activity is

Public comments are requested by October 1, 2001.
Dated: August 10, 2001

James L. Connaughton,
Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality

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