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§ 3002.
Program to improve eligible project permit coordination
(a)
Establishment

The Secretary shall establish a national Renewable Energy Coordination Office and State, district, or field offices, as appropriate, with responsibility to establish and implement a program to improve Federal permit coordination with respect to eligible projects on covered land and such other activities as the Secretary determines necessary. In carrying out the program, the Secretary may temporarily assign qualified staff to Renewable Energy Coordination Offices to expedite the permitting of eligible projects.

(b)
Memorandum of understanding
(1)
In general
Not later than 180 days after December 27, 2020, the Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for purposes of this section with—
(A)
the Secretary of Agriculture;
(B)
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and
(C)
the Secretary of Defense.
(2)
State and tribal participation

The Secretary may request the Governor of any interested State or any Tribal leader of any interested Indian Tribe (as defined in section 5304 of title 25) to be a signatory to the memorandum of understanding under paragraph (1).

(c)
Designation of qualified staff
(1)
In general
Not later than 30 days after the date on which the memorandum of understanding under subsection (b) is executed, all Federal signatories, as appropriate, shall identify for each of the Bureau of Land Management Renewable Energy Coordination Offices one or more employees who have expertise in the regulatory issues relating to the office in which the employee is employed, including, as applicable, particular expertise in—
(A)
consultation regarding, and preparation of, biological opinions under section 1536 of title 16;
(B)
permits under section 1344 of title 33;
(C)
regulatory matters under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.);
(D)
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.);
(E)
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.);
(F)
the preparation of analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
(G)
implementation of the requirements of section 306108 of title 54 (formerly known as section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act);
(H)
planning under section 472a of title 16;
(I)
developing geothermal resources under the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.);
(J)
the Act of June 8, 1940 (16 U.S.C. 668 et seq., popularly known as the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act); and
(K)
section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753 and 102101 of title 54 (previously known as the National Park Service Organic Act).
(2)
Duties
Each employee assigned under paragraph (1) shall—
(A)
be responsible for addressing all issues relating to the jurisdiction of the home office or agency of the employee; and
(B)
participate as part of the team of personnel working on proposed energy projects, planning, monitoring, inspection, enforcement, and environmental analyses.
(d)
Additional personnel

The Secretary may assign such additional personnel for the Bureau of Land Management Renewable Energy Coordination Offices as are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of any programs administered by the offices in accordance with the multiple use mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).

(e)
Transfer of funds
To facilitate the coordination and processing of eligible project permits on Federal land under the Renewable Energy Coordination Offices, the Secretary may authorize the expenditure or transfer of any funds that are necessary to—
(1)
the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;
(2)
the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
(3)
the Forest Service;
(4)
the Corps of Engineers;
(5)
the National Park Service;
(6)
the Environmental Protection Agency; or
(7)
the Department of Defense.
(f)
Report to Congress
(1)
In general

Not later than February 1 of the first fiscal year beginning after December 27, 2020, and each February 1 thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing the progress made under the program established under subsection (a) during the preceding year.

(2)
Inclusions
Each report under this subsection shall include—
(A)
projections for renewable energy production and capacity installations; and
(B)
a description of any problems relating to leasing, permitting, siting, or production.
(Pub. L. 116–260, div. Z, title III, § 3102, Dec. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 2514.)
cite as: 43 USC 3002