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California Desert District
Release Date: 08/29/11
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-71

BLM Initiates an Environmental Review of the Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project in Riverside County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a notice of intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review of the impacts of a proposed solar photovoltaic generating facility near Blythe in Riverside County.

McCoy Solar, LLC has requested a right-of-way authorization to construct a facility that would generate up to 750 megawatts of power.  The project would be on about 7,700 acres of public land and 470 acres of private land under the land-use authority of Riverside County.  A proposed 16-mile generation-tie line would require approximately 200 acres of public and private lands.  The proposed 20-acre switch yard would connect into the adjacent Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation. 

The BLM and Riverside County will prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project, which would also require an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.  The EIS/EIR will analyze the site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, wilderness characteristics, visual resources and transmission system engineering, and transmission-line safety. 

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending Sept. 28, 2011.  During the scoping period, the BLM and the county will solicit public comments on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. 

A joint public scoping meeting will be held with the BLM and Riverside County at a location and date to be determined.  The BLM and the county will use the public scoping comments received to prepare the draft plan amendment and EIS/EIR to be available for public review in early 2012.

Further details on the proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project can be found at:  For information, contact Jeffery Childers at (951) 697-5308, or e-mail


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Last updated: 08-29-2011