16 U.S. Code § 838c - Acquisition by condemnation of transmission facilities
(a) Approval by Congress; exceptions
Unless specifically authorized by Act of Congress, the Administrator shall not expend funds made available under this chapter, other than funds specifically appropriated by the Congress for such purpose, to acquire any operating transmission facility by condemnation: Provided, That this provision shall not restrict the acquisition of the right to cross such a facility by condemnation.
(b) Notice of request for approval for construction or condemnation to contracting or interconnected entities in Pacific Northwest
At least sixty days prior to the time a request for approval or authority under this section or section 838b of this title is sent to Congress, the Administrator shall give notice of such request to entities in the Pacific Northwest with which the Administrator has power sales or exchange contracts or transmission contracts or which have a transmission interconnection with the Federal transmission system.
Source(Pub. L. 93–454, § 5,Oct. 18, 1974, 88 Stat. 1377.)
Transfer of Functions
Functions of Secretary of the Interior with respect to Bonneville Power Administration transferred to Secretary of Energy by section 7152 (a)(1)(D), (2) of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, with Bonneville Power Administration to be preserved as a distinct organizational entity within Department of Energy and headed by an Administrator.