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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 08/04/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-11-64

BLM Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Stateline Solar Farm in San Bernardino County


The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposed 300-megawatt solar energy project near the California-Nevada border in San Bernardino County.

The BLM today published a notice of intent (NOI) to review the environmental impacts of the proposed Stateline Solar Farm in San Bernardino County.  The NOI also includes the possibility of amending the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan based on the suitability of the site for solar development, as well as possibly amending both the CDCA Plan and the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan for potential cumulative effects from this project and other projects in the larger Ivanpah Valley watershed in California and Nevada.

First Solar Development, Inc. applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on public lands to construct the photovoltaic solar energy generation power plant facility about two miles south of the Nevada-California border on approximately 2,000 acres of public lands.

The BLM Environmental Impact Statement and possible Draft Plan Amendments will analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project.  The analysis will include impacts on special-status species, cultural resources, route designation, social and economic impacts, traffic, water, and visual resources.

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending Sept. 6, 2011.  During the scoping period, the BLM will solicit public comment on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. 

A public scoping meeting will be announced at least 15 days prior to its occurrence.  In order for comments to be fully considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.  The BLM will use the public scoping comments to prepare the draft environmental documents and plan amendment.  There will be additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. 

Further details on the proposed solar energy project can be found at the following website: http://blm.gov/lsjd. For information, contact Jeff Childers at (951) 697-5308, or e-mail: jchilders@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 08-04-2011