Salazar Responds to Inspector General Report on Cape Wind EIS
Contact: Kendra Barkoff (202) 208-6416
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today sent a letter to Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall regarding an investigative report on the previous Administration’s handling of the Cape Wind permit application process in 2008 and early 2009.
Although the Inspector General’s report found that the final Cape Wind EIS was not the subject of improper political influence or otherwise deficient, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes to work with Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins to review the report and provide recommendations to him regarding those issues that are material to the Department's upcoming Cape Wind decision.
In addition, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary Hayes and Assistant Secretary Wilma Lewis to consider how the report’s findings might further strengthen the newly established framework for offshore renewable energy development, finalized in April 2009. Although the Cape Wind EIS was completed prior to and independently of the new framework, the new regulations will bring added clarity and certainty to the permitting of future offshore renewable energy projects.
To read Secretary Salazar’s letter to Acting Inspector General Kendall, click here.