U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: November 3, 2006
Final Environmental Review for Devers-Palo Verde Powerline Available
A final environmental impact statement (EIS) and final environmental impact report (EIR) analyzing the proposed Devers-Palo Verde electrical transmission line projects between Southern California and Arizona has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and is available to the public.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is proposing to construct a new 230-mile long, 500-kilovolt (kV) electrical transmission line between SCE's Devers substation near Palm Springs, California and the Harquahala generating station switchyard, near the Palo Verde nuclear generating station west of Phoenix, Arizona. SCE is also proposing to upgrade 48.2 miles of existing 230 kV transmission lines between the Devers substation west to the San Bernardino and Vista substations in the vicinity of San Bernardino, California.
Construction of the projects, known as Devers-Palo Verde 2 (DPV2), would add 1,200 megawatts of transmission capacity from the southwestern U.S. to California and according to SCE would reduce energy costs throughout California and enhance the reliability of California's energy supply through increased transmission infrastructure.
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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If approved, both federal agencies would issue right-of-way grants to SCE.
Public hearings and workshops on the draft EIS/EIR were held in June 2006. Issues identified by the public and analyzed in the final EIS/EIR include the projects' potential impacts on visual resources, agricultural lands, air quality, plant and animal species, cultural resources, and watersheds. Other issues analyzed include noise, traffic, accidental release of hazardous materials, and impacts to urban, residential, and recreational areas.
The document is available for public review online at www.blm.gov/ca/palmsprings. Copies 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, for more information, contact Greg Hill, BLM planning and environmental coordinator, at (760) 251-4840.