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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
 
Release Date: 07/19/13
Contacts: Joe Incardine, 801-539-4118, jincardi@blm.gov    
  Dennis Godfrey, 602-417-9499, dgodfrey@blm.gov    

BLM Completes Study on Proposed Electrical Transmission Line in Northern Maricopa County


PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 38-mile-long overhead electrical transmission line proposed to be built by the Arizona Public Service Company (APS).

The 500/230-kilovolt line would connect two APS substations in northern Maricopa County:  Sun Valley Substation, which is northwest of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park; and the Morgan Substation, which is south of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

The proposed route includes about 7 miles of BLM-managed lands along State Route 74 and about 2 miles of BLM-managed lands near the Sun Valley Substation.  Private and Arizona State Trust lands make up the remainder of the proposed route.

The BLM is required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to assess the impacts when its lands would be affected.

The EIS evaluated APS’s proposed action, three additional alternatives, a sub-alternative proposed by the Arizona State Land Department, and a no action alternative.  The BLM’s Preferred Alternative, as identified in the EIS, is APS’s proposal.

The proposed transmission line project also would require an amendment to the BLM’s Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan (RMP), which governs the area’s land use.  An amendment to the Bradshaw-Harquahala RMP, adopted in 2010, was considered in conjunction with the preparation of the EIS.

The proposed amendment would establish a multiple-use utility corridor along State Route 74. The affected area is designated in the plan now as a transportation corridor, but not as a utility corridor.  The amended plan would also change the area’s Visual Resource Management classification from Class III to Class IV.  Class IV is less restrictive and would allow changes to the landscape associated with the construction of transmission lines.

The BLM’s Preferred Alternative for the route coincides with an Arizona Corporation Commission approved route.

Copies of the Final EIS are available online at www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/aps-sunvalley.html.  They are also available at these locations:

BLM Arizona State Office
One North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, Arizona  85004
 
BLM Phoenix District Office
21605 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85027
 
Copies on CD are available by calling 1-800-578-4133 or by sending an email to blm_az_sunvalley_morgan@blm.gov.
 
For more information on this proposed project, go to www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/aps-sunvalley.html.

Federal law establishes a 30-day period for filing protests to the land use plan decisions. The 30 days begin with the release of the Final EIS. Protests must be postmarked by August 19, 2013.

All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C.  20024
Overnight Mail:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams
20 M Street, SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C.  20024

Details of who may protest and what a protest must contain can be found on the internet at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/protest_resolution/filinginstructions.html  
 
For further information, contact Joe Incardine, BLM National Project Manager for the
Sun Valley to Morgan 500/230-kilovolt 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: 07-19-2013