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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 04/13/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-40

BLM Releases Environmental Study for Proposed Riverside County Solar Project


The Bureau of Land Management today released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed enXco Desert Harvest Solar Farm Project in Riverside County.

The proposed 150-megawatt solar photovoltaic project would be built on about 1,280 acres of public land about six miles north of the rural community of Desert Center.  If approved, construction could begin by the end of 2012. The project would take 9-12 months to complete.

The proposal includes a substation, an administration building, operations and maintenance facilities, a transmission line, and temporary construction lay-down areas.  The project's 220-kilovolt (kV) transmission would connect with Southern California Edison’s proposed Red Bluff Substation either by sharing First Solar Desert Sunlight’s 220-kV gen-tie or through one of several alternative gen-ties.

The draft EIS analyzes site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, visual resources, and transmission system engineering and transmission line safety.  It also includes a possible amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan. 

The Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in today’s Federal Register that initiates a 90-day public comment period. The BLM will publish a more detailed Federal Register Notice for the EIS and possible plan amendment next week. The public comment period ends July 13, 2012.  During the comment period, BLM will solicit public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in writing the Final EIS that will be released later this year.

BLM public workshops for the DEIS will be held on May 14 at the Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse, 26-251 Parkview Drive, Desert Center, CA 92239 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave., Joshua Tree, CA 92252 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

For further information, please visit http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Solar_Projects/Desert_Harvest_Solar_Project.html or contact Lynnette Elser, project manager, (951) 697-5233, or cadesertharvest@blm.gov.  Written comments may be sent to Lynnette Elser, Desert Harvest Project Manager, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553 or to the e-mail address provided above.




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Last updated: 04-13-2012