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Release Date: 09/02/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  

BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meeting for Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project in Riverside County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled a public scoping meeting on September 20, 2011 for the proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project in Riverside County.  The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive, University Building B, Auditorium 1, Palm Desert, Calif. 

The BLM published a notice of intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the McCoy Solar Project on August 29, 2011 which initiated a public scoping period of 30 days, ending Sept. 28, 2011.  The scheduled scoping meeting will allow the BLM and the county to solicit public comments on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. 

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. 

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: 09-02-2011