8.2.317 JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS AND EA'S
(1) Whenever the agency and one or more other state agencies have
jurisdiction over an applicant's proposal or major state actions that
individually, collectively, or cumulatively require an EIS and another agency
is clearly the lead agency, the agency shall cooperate with the lead agency in
the preparation of a joint EIS. Whenever it is clearly the lead agency, the
agency shall coordinate the preparation of the EIS as required by this rule.
Whenever the agency and one or more agencies have jurisdiction over an
applicant's proposal or major state actions and lead agency status cannot be
resolved, the agency shall request a determination from the governor.
(2)The agency shall cooperate with federal
and local agencies in preparing EISs when the jurisdiction of the agency is
involved. This cooperation may include, but is not limited
joint environmental research studies, a joint process to determine the scope of
an EIS, joint public hearings, joint EISs, and, whenever appropriate, joint
issuance of a record of decision.
(3) Whenever the agency proposes or participates in an action that requires
preparation of an EIS under both the National Environmental Policy Act and
MEPA, the EIS must be prepared in compliance with both statutes and associated
rules and regulations. The agency may, if required by a cooperating federal
agency, accede to and follow more stringent requirements, such as additional
content or public review periods, but in no case may it accede to less than is
provided for in these rules.
(4) The same general provisions for cooperation and joint issuance of
documents provided for in this rule in connection with EISs also apply to EAs.
History: Sec. 2-3-103, 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-3-104, 75-1-201, MCA; NEW, 1988 MAR p. 2692, Eff. 12/23/88.