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Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)

Legislation establishing requirements to protect archaeological resources and sites on public lands and Indian lands and to foster increased cooperation and exchange of information between governmental authorities, the professional archaeological community, and private individuals. The Act (16 USC 470aa-470mm) established civil and criminal penalties for the destruction or alteration of cultural resources. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has issued regulations under the ARPA, available at 43 CFR 7, establishing definitions, standards, and procedures to be followed by all federal land managers in providing protection for archaeological resources located on public lands and Indian lands of the United States. In addition, the National Park Service (NPS) has issued regulations under the ARPA for the curation of federally owned and administered collections; these regulations are available at 36 CFR 79.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

The entire suite of regulations issued by the DOI under the ARPA may be applicable to energy development activities.

Relevant Web Site(s)


This statute may apply to the following energy resources:
Biomass, Carbon Sequestration, Coal, Geothermal, Hydrokinetic, Low-Head Hydropower, Oil & Gas, Solar, Transmission, Wind
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