U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
|Release Date: 11/19/12|
BLM Seeks Comment on Proposed Electrical Transmission Line in
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.
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:
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
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 email@example.com.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 11-19-2012|
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