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National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Legislation creating the framework within which historic resources are managed in the United States by establishing requirements to ensure responsible stewardship of prehistoric and historic resources for future generations. The Act (16 USC 470) established the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, and state and tribal historic preservation offices. Section 106 of the Act requires that all federal agencies take into account the effects of their actions on historic properties and provide the ACHP with an opportunity to comment on those actions. The full suite of regulations promulgated by the Advisory Council under the NHPA is available at 36 CFR 800-812.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

The entire suite of regulations issued by the Advisory Council under the NPHA may be applicable to energy development activities. In addition, the National Park Service (NPS) has issued regulations implementing the NHPA that may be applicable to energy development activities.

  • Advisory Council NHPA Regulations (36 CFR 800-812)
    Regulations issued by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation implementing NHPA requirements
  • NPS NHPA Regulations (36 CFR 60-79)
    Regulations issued by the NPS under the authority of the NHPA and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act establishing minimum standards for the long-term management and care of archeological collections, including the associated records and reports

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Specific Tribal Program(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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