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For Release: July 27, 2006
Contact: Stephen Razo (951) 697-5217; E-mail: srazo@ca.blm.gov

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Electric Transmission Line Available for Public Review

A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing a proposed electrical transmission line between Southern California and Arizona, has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for public review and comment. The public has until August 11, 2006 to review and comment on the draft EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of availability of the document on May 19, which started the comment period.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is proposing to construct a new 230-mile long, 500-kilovolt (kV) electrical transmission line between SCE's Devers substation located near Palm Springs, California and the Harquahala generating station switchyard, located near the Palo Verde nuclear generating station west of Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, SCE is proposing to upgrade 48.2 miles of existing 230 kV transmission lines between the Devers substation west to the San Bernardino and Vista substations, located in the San Bernardino, California vicinity. Together, the proposed 500 kV line and the 230 kV transmission facility upgrades are known as "DPV2." The proposed route crosses public and private lands in Arizona and California. Portions of the proposed route cross public lands managed by the BLM and the Fish and Wildlife Service. If approved, both federal agencies would issue right-of-way grants to SCE.

Construction of DPV2 would add 1,200 megawatts (MW) of transmission import capacity from the southwestern United States to California, which would reduce energy costs throughout California and enhance the reliability of California's energy supply through increased transmission infrastructure. The BLM identified a list of issues that are addressed in this analysis including the impacts of the proposed project on visual resources, agricultural lands, air quality, plant and animal species including special status species, cultural resources, and watersheds. Other issues identified by the BLM are impacts to the public in the form of noise, traffic, accidental release of hazardous materials, and impacts to urban, residential, and recreational areas.

The document is available online at the BLM web site: www.blm.gov/ca/palmsprings. Copies of the document can also be viewed at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 690 West Garnet Ave., North Palm Springs, Calif. 92258, and at public libraries in Buckeye and Quartzite, Arizona, and Redlands, Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Loma Linda, Riverside, Coachella, Colton, Desert Hot Springs, Grand Terrace, Indio, Mentone, Palm Desert, Palo Verde, Rancho Mirage, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa, California. To obtain a printed copy or, or for more information, contact Greg Hill, planning and environmental coordinator, at (760) 251-4840.

Submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office; Attention: Greg Hill, P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, Calif. 92258. All comments must be postmarked by August 11, 2006 and will be incorporated into the final EIS that will be used to make a final decision on the access road proposals.


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