News Release

For Release: June 3, 2008         
Contact:  John Dearing (916) 978-4622; Steve Razo (951) 697-5217
CA-SO-08-02

Solar Energy Development PEIS Public Scoping Meetings Set in California

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, will hold three public scoping meetings in Barstow, Riverside, and Sacramento, Calif. in mid-June to seek public input on the Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) announced last week. 
 
The purpose of the PEIS is analyze the potential impacts of solar energy development in a six-state area, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  The public meetings in California will all begin at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Monday, June 16, 2008, Riverside at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1510 University Ave.;
• Tuesday, June 17, 2008, Barstow at the Barstow City Council Chambers, 220 East Mountain View; and
• Thursday, June 19, 2008, Sacramento at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St.
 
Similar meetings will be held in Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.
 
The scoping meetings begin with onsite registration at 6 pm, followed by an introductory presentation at 6:30 pm on solar energy technologies and market prospects; the proposed actions and scope of the PEIS, including proposed alternatives and environmental issues and impacts to be analyzed; and the public participation process. Oral comments from the public will begin immediately after the presentation.
 
The public is invited to preregister for scoping meetings online at http://solareis.anl.gov/  (see "Getting Involved") by following the "Register for Meeting" link under each meeting listing. The pre-registration period closes at 2 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time the day of each public meeting.  The public can also register onsite.  At each meeting, federal, tribal, state and local elected officials will be allowed to speak first, if such a request is made. Other speakers will be provided the opportunity to present their comments in the order in which their speaker card or pre-registration request is received.
 
Speakers will be allocated approximately three minutes for oral statements. Depending on the number of persons wishing to speak, longer speaking times may be allowed. Meetings will begin at the time specified and will continue until all those present who wish to participate have had an opportunity to do so. Should any speaker wish to provide further information that cannot be presented within the designated time, information may be submitted in writing or electronically according to the commenting instructions at http://solareis.anl.gov/
 
More information on solar applications in California is available from BLM at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/alternative_energy/SolarEnergy.html

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