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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 04/02/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-51

Calico Solar (SES Solar One) Project Comment Period, Workshop and Informational Meeting Set


The notice of availability for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and California Energy Commission (CEC) staff assessment (SA) for the Calico Solar Project, formerly known as Stirling Energy Systems (SES) Solar One published in the Federal Register today, initiating a 90-day public comment period ending July 1, 2010. The proposed project site is located just north of Interstate 40, in San Bernardino County, Calif. about 37 miles east of Barstow and about 17 miles east of Newberry Springs.

A CEC staff workshop is scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Friday, April 16 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2710 Lenwood Road, Barstow. The BLM has scheduled an open house/public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Newberry Springs Community Services Building, 30884 Newberry Road, Newberry Springs. The BLM will announce any future meetings at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases and/or mailings.

The draft EIS/SA was jointly prepared by BLM and CEC in response to Calico Solar, LLC’s  application to the BLM for a right-of-way authorization and an application for certification to the CEC to construct and operate a solar power plant on 8,230 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert. The BLM may amend the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) land use plan if the project is approved.

The document was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

A copy of the draft EIS has been sent to affected federal, state and local government agencies, local libraries and interested parties. It is also available to view on the CEC project website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/documents/index.html and at the following agency locations: BLM, Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311; BLM, California Desert District, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; BLM, California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825; and CEC, Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street; MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Written comments on the draft EIS/SA may be sent to Jim Stobaugh, BLM Project Manager by e-mail: Jim_Stobaugh@blm.gov. You may also send written comments to Christopher Meyer, CEC Project Manager by e-mail: cmeyer@energy.state.ca.us; by mail: Christopher Meyer, Project Manager, Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street; MS-15, Sacramento, CA95814; or by fax: 916-654-3882.

Additional information about the Calico Solar Project may be found on the CEC project web site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/index.html. You may also call Jim Stobaugh: (775) 861-6478 or Christopher Meyer: (916) 653-1639.




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Last updated: 04-02-2010