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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 11/23/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , email srazo@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-13

BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Wind Energy Generation Project in California Desert


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review on the impacts of a proposed wind generation energy project, Daggett Ridge Wind Farm Wind Generation Project, in San Bernardino County.

AES Wind Generation has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on public lands to construct a 82.5 megawatt (MW) wind generation power plant facility on approximately 1,957 acres.  Approximately 1,577 acres would be on public land managed by the BLM.  Approximately 380 acres would be on private land owned by AES Wind Generation.  The project site is southeast of Barstow and southwest of the town of Daggett.

The BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, and San Bernardino County, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, will jointly prepare an environmental impact statement/environmental impact report to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project including a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.   The document will analyze air quality; biological, cultural, water, geological, and visual resources; hazardous material handling; noise; transmission system engineering and transmission line safety.

Publication of the NOI starts a public scoping period of 30 days, ending December 23, 2009.  During the scoping period, the public is invited to identify and comment on concerns, issues, potential impacts, alternatives and mitigation measures that should be considered. A scoping meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the Barstow Unified School District Staff Development Center, 551 South Avenue H, Barstow, CA from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. BLM will use the comments received to prepare the draft environmental documents to be available for public review at a later date.

Further details on the proposed wind energy project can be found at: http://www.ca.blm.gov/barstow .  For information contact Lynnette Elser at 951-697-5233, or email cadaggettridge@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 11-23-2009