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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
 
Release Date: 11/19/12
Contacts: Joe Incardine, 801-539-4118, jincardi@blm.gov    
  Dennis Godfrey, 602-417-9499, dgodfrey@blm.gov    
     

BLM Seeks Comment on Proposed Electrical Transmission Line in
Northern Maricopa County


PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) for the proposed Sun Valley to Morgan 500/230-kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project on public lands it manages in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A 90-day comment period began on Nov. 9, 2012, with a formal notice of the Draft EIS/RMPA by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register. The comment period ends on February 8, 2013.

Public hearings on the Draft EIS and the plan amendment will be held in December. 

Public Hearing Locations and Dates
Centennial High School
14388 North 79th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona  85381
December 11, 2012
Nadaburg Elementary School
21419 West Dove Valley Road, Wittmann,
Arizona  85361
December 12, 2012
BLM National Training Center
9828 North 31st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85051
December 13, 2012
All public hearings begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.

Arizona Public Service (APS) proposes building a 38-mile-long overhead transmission line from the Morgan Substation near Peoria to the planned Sun Valley Substation near northern Buckeye.

APS’s proposal would require using private, State Trust lands, and about 9 miles of public land managed by the BLM. The BLM is required by the National Environmental Policy Act to assess the impacts when its lands would be affected. The Draft EIS/Draft RMPA is a key step in that process.

The Federal public land that would be affected by the proposed route is in two separate areas:

  • About 2 miles near the Sun Valley Substation, north of the Central Arizona Project canal and northwest of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Buckeye.
  • About 7 miles parallel to State Route (SR) 74 starting south of Lake Pleasant Regional Park in Peoria and unincorporated Maricopa County.

The Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan, adopted in 2010, governs the use of the BLM land in the area. The proposed 7-mile stretch of BLM land along SR 74 is not designated in the plan as a utility corridor. The management plan would have to be amended to establish the utility corridor and change the visual resource management class.

The Draft EIS/Draft RMPA analyzes APS’s Proposed Action, three alternative routes, and the results of taking no action. The route proposed by APS has been selected as BLM’s Preferred Action, with some modifications.

Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

·     Mail: Use first-class postage and include your name, any organization you represent, and a return address to: Sun Valley to Morgan Transmission Project, Attention:  Joe Incardine, National Project Manager, BLM Phoenix District Office, Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027

  • Fax:  623-580-5580, c/o Kathleen Depukat, BLM Phoenix District
  • Electronic Mail: Include your name, any organization you represent, and return address in the e-mail message to SunValley-Morgan@blm.gov.

Submittal of comments is voluntary and any identifying information provided will become part of the public record, and as such, must be released to any individual upon request. Requests to withhold comments and associated personal identifying information from public review cannot be guaranteed.

For further information, contact Joe Incardine, National Project Manager for the Sun Valley to Morgan 500/230 kV Transmission Line Project, at 801-539-4118, or email jincardi@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 11-19-2012