​On August 2, NRECA filed comments regarding a potential Army Corps rulemaking to revise its National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) regulations.  Prior to issuing a permit for a project that crosses a water of the United States, the Army Corps must consider the effect the permit may have on historic properties.  Cooperatives depend on Army Corps permits to construct new power lines; conduct routine line maintenance and repair; and manage vegetation.  The Army Corps had solicited input on whether it should rely on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation NHPA regulations and rescind its existing regulations.  Rescinding the Corps’ NHPA regulations that are tailored to its permitting program is likely to cause confusion and uncertainty and create inefficiencies.  NRECA recommended that the Army Corps maintain its existing regulations and only make necessary revisions to align with NHPA amendments, incorporate Corps guidance, and increase clarity.​

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