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The FCC has specific responsibilities pursuant to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other related statutes to evaluate the impact of its actions on the quality of the human environment. NEPA requires agencies of the Federal Government to evaluate the effects of their major federal actions on the quality of the human environment. The Commission has found that these requirements apply to a wide range of communications facilities, including broadcast and cellular antenna structures, fiber optic lines, undersea cables, and other communications facilities. NHPA requires agencies of the Federal Government to take into account the effect of their federal undertakings on any district, site, building, structure, or object that is included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

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FCC to Receive Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation from Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
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FCC Seeks Comment on Possible Measures to Reduce Migratory Bird Collisions with Communications Towers.
NPRM: Word | PDF
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Copps Statement:
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Adelstein Statement:
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McDowell Statement:
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Changes And Enhancements To The FCC's Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS). Public Demonstration & Live Web Cast March 30, 2006.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

Clarification of Procedures for Participation of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations Under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement.
News Release: Word | PDF
Declaratory Ruling:
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Martin & Abernathy Joint Statement: Word | PDF
Copps Statement:
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Adelstein Statement:
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WTB and Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Announce Enhancement and Provide Clarifications Regarding Use of Tower Construction Notification System.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

WTB and Media Bureau Announce New E-mail Address and Procedures for Electronic and Non-electronic Submissions of Section 106 Information to the Commission under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

WTB Seeks Comment on Avatar Environmental LLC Report Regarding Migratory Bird Collisions With Communications Towers.
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FCC and United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Adopt Voluntary "Best Practices" Concerning Protection of Historic Properties of Religious and Cultural Significance to Tribes in Tower Siting Process.
News Release: Word | PDF
Voluntary Best Practices:
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Appendix A: Word | PDF


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Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Regarding the Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act Review Process.
Report and Order:
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Appendix A: Word | PDF
Appendix B (Nationwide Programmatic Agreement):
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Attachment 1: Word | PDF
Attachment 2: Word | PDF
Attachment 3: Word | PDF
Attachment 4: Word | PDF
Appendix C: Word | PDF
Appendix D: Word | PDF
Powell and Adelstein Joint Statement: Word | PDF
Abernathy Statement:
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Copps Statement:
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Martin Statement:
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News Release (9/10/2004): Word | PDF

FCC Signs Historic Tower Siting Agreement With Tribes and Streamlines Tower Review.
News Release: Word | PDF
MOU: Word | PDF
Public Notice: Word | PDF

Wireless Bureau Announces the State of Michigan to Initiate a Study Assessing the Impact of Communications Towers on Migratory Birds. Study Will Be Conducted in Connection with Construction of Michigan's Statewide 800 MHz Public Safety System.
News Release:  Word| PDF

Effects of Communications Towers on Migratory Birds, Notice of Inquiry, FCC 03-205, released August 20, 2003  PDF

Designation Letter for non-federal representatives seeking consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  PDF

FCC Establishes Inter-Agency Liaison Program For Environmental, Historic Preservation, And Tribal Coordination Issues.
News Release: Word | PDF

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Mass Media Bureau announce the Release of a Fact Sheet Regarding the March 16, 2001 Antenna Collocation
Public Notice: Word | PDF
FactSheet: Word | PDF

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Execution of Programmatic Agreement with respect to Collocating Wireless Antennas on Existing Structures:
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Wireless Tower and Antenna Siting Issues

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Indian Telecommunications Initiatives (ITI)

FCC Mandates under NEPA and NHPA

Radio Frequency (RF) Safety

Designation Letter for non-federal representatives seeking consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. PDF


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