Invasive Plant Management Environmental Assessment
An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared for the ISEC West Project to disclose and analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the following activities in the Proposed Action:
- Manual removal of weeds within a transmission line corridor on land managed by the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) consistent with the Weed Management Plan included in the Final Plan of Development (December 2012; on file at BLM El Centro Field Office) for the Imperial Solar Energy Center (ISEC) West project.
- Manual removal of tamarisk trees along the boundary between BLM land west and south of the property boundary for the solar farm site (on private property) to reduce shading effects on the solar panels.
The purpose of this EA is to assist the BLM in project planning, ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and making a determination as to whether any significant environmental effects could result from the Proposed Action. As used in this EA, “significance” is defined by NEPA and in 40 Code of Federal Regulations 1508.27. An EA provides evidence for determining whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a statement of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a Proposed Action. If the decision-maker determines this Proposed Action has significant impacts following the analysis in this EA, then an EIS would be prepared for the Proposed Action. If not, a Decision Record (DR) may be signed for the EA approving the selected alternative, whether the Proposed Action or another alternative. A DR, including a FONSI statement, documents the reasons why the selected alternative would not result in significant effects under NEPA.
All comments should be directed to Nicollee Gaddis, BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address below by close of business on April 23, 2014 .