CONCORD, N.H. — A federal agency has tentatively approved allowing a controversial transmission project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says it supports plans to bury part of the Northern Pass project between Sugar Hill and Woodstock, New Hampshire. It also approves of powerlines being built along a two-mile stretch of existing transmission route east of Northumberland.

The decision follows the Department of Energy’s recommended approval of a key permit for the Eversource project, which seeks to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield. It would carry hydropower from Canada to southern New England markets, providing power for about a million homes.

State regulators are expected to announce their final written decision on the project by March 31, 2018.

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