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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 05/07/10
Contacts: Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
  David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-69

BLM and CPUC Announce Availability of Draft Joint Environmental Review of Transmission Project in Mojave Desert


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today published a Notice of Availability of a draft joint environmental review on the impacts of a proposed electric transmission line in San Bernardino County, Calif. and Clark County, Nev.

Southern California Edison has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to upgrade and replace approximately 35 miles of an existing 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on public lands with a new double circuit 230-kV transmission line.  The proposed Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project (EITP) would handle 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.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed grant of the ROW.  The CPUC is the lead California agency for the licensing of electric transmission lines and for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, including preparation of and environmental impact report (EIR).  The BLM and CPUC have melded the two environmental documents into one joint environmental analysis for the project. The proposed upgrade to the transmission line, if approved by the agencies, would begin in 2011.

The joint DEIS/DEIR is now open to a 45-day public-comment period ending on June 21, 2010.  BLM and the CPUC will conduct two public comment meetings for the project.  Both meetings will be held on May 26, 2010.  The first will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Primm Valley Golf Course club house located at One Yates Well Road, Nipton, CA.  The second meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jean Sport Aviation Center, 23600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Jean, NV (0.3 miles from Exit 12 on I-15 for NV 161).  The BLM and the CPUC will use public comments received to prepare a final EIS, with a decision expected later in the year.

Information about the proposed EITP, including an electronic copy of the Draft EIR/EIS, will be posted on the CPUC website at: www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/ene/ivanpah/ivanpah.html.  Please include your name and mailing address at the bottom of written comments for mailed, faxed, and emailed comments and note the “EITP.” A telephone hotline for project information has been established at (877) 478-4686. Faxes may be sent to (415) 981-0801. Email queries and comments may be sent to ivanpah@ene.com. Written comments may be sent to:
  Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project
  130 Battery Street, Suite 400
  San Francisco, CA 94111

For further information contact Tom Hurshman at 970-240-5345, or email Tom_Hurshman@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 05-07-2010