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For Release: January 3, 2008      
Contact:  BLM, Steve Razo (951) 697-5217; cell (951) 316-5996 or Lynda Kastoll (760) 337-4421
CPUC, Terrie Prosper, News and Public Information Office, (415) 703-1366 or news@cpuc.ca.gov

BLM, CPUC Release Draft EIS/EIR for Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have published a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) analyzing the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project and 27 alternatives.  The agencies are inviting public comment for 90 days.

The project proponent, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), proposes to construct a new 91-mile, 500-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line from Imperial Valley Substation, near El Centro, to a new Central East Substation in central San Diego County, and a new 59-mile 230-kV line from the proposed Central East Substation to the existing Peñasquitos Substation in San Diego.

Portions of the proposed project and alternatives could cross up to 35 miles of federal lands managed by the BLM within Imperial County, and about one mile in San Diego County.  Depending on the alternative selected, the project could require an amendment to BLM’s land use plans because the alignments deviate from designated utility corridors. The remainder of the proposed project involves lands owned by various entities, including the state of California, local governments, and private parties.

A notice of availability will be published in the Federal Register, initiating the 90-day public comment period.  The draft EIS/EIR is available online at CPUC’s website at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/aspen/sunrise/sunrise.htm.  Copies have been mailed to those requesting them and are available at BLM and CPUC offices and area public libraries.  An executive summary and DVD of the full document is available upon request to (866) 711-3106 or sunrise@aspeneg.com.

Public comments must be submitted no later than April 11, 2008.  Written comments can be mailed to Billie Blanchard, CPUC / Lynda Kastoll, BLM, c/o Aspen Environmental Group, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935, San Francisco, CA  94104-3002, or faxed to (866) 711-3106.  E-mail messages, including a name and return address, can be sent to sunrise@aspeneg.com.

Eight public workshops and three public hearings have been scheduled between January 28 and February 26.  The workshops will be held in Alpine, Borrego Springs, El Centro, Pine Valley, Ramona, San Diego, Temecula, and Warner Springs. The hearings will be held in Borrego Springs, Pine Valley and Ramona.  Times and locations are available on the CPUC’s website.

For further information concerning the draft EIS and plan amendment, contact Lynda Kastoll at the BLM El Centro Field Office, phone (760) 337-4421 or email at lkastoll@ca.blm.gov.

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Last updated: 01-28-2008