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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/14/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , srazo@ca.blm.gov
  David Briery , 951.697-5220 , dbriery@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-56

BLM and CPUC Schedule Public Scoping Meetings for the Southern California Edison Eldorado – Ivanpah Transmission Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold public scoping meetings as part of a joint environmental review on the impacts of the proposed Southern California Edison Eldorado – Ivanpah Transmission Project in San Bernardino County, Calif. and Clark County, Nev.

Southern California Edison has applied for a right-of-way authorization to upgrade and replace approximately 36 miles of an existing 115 kV transmission line on public lands with a new double circuit 220-kV transmission line. 

The proposed transmission line would handle projected electricity produced from several renewable energy project proposals in and around the Ivanpah Valley including the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generation System planned by Solar Partners, LLC. The proposed transmission line and new substation would be constructed within an existing designated utility corridor.

The public scoping meetings will be held at the Primm Valley Golf Course, 1 Yates Well Road (last Calif. Exit on I-15), near Primm, Nev. on July 28, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, and at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas. NV 89183 on July 29, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The meetings will be part of a 30-day public scoping period that will begin later this week with publication in the Federal Register of the Notice of Intent to conduct the environmental review.   During the scoping period, BLM and the CPUC solicit public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  BLM and the CPUC will use the public scoping comments received to prepare the draft environmental documents to be available for public review later this year.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, and CPUC as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, will jointly prepare an environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for public review. 

Further details can be found at the BLM web page: http://www.ca.blm.gov/needles and the CPUC web page at:  http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/ene/ivanpah/ivanpah.html.  For information contact Tom Hurshman at 970-240-5345, or email: caeitp@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 07-14-2009