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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/19/12
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
  David Briery , 951-697-5220  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-62

Public Meetings Set for Proposed Alta East Wind Project in Kern County


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Kern County announce two public meetings on Aug. 1, 2012, regarding the draft environmental review for the Alta East Wind Project in Kern County.  The meetings will be held at the Mojave Veterans Building, Room 1, 15580 O Street, Mojave, CA 93501.  The first will run from 1 to 4 p.m.; the second from 6 to 9 p.m.

The proposed wind energy project about three miles northwest of Mojave could generate up to 318 megawatts, on 2,592 acres of mostly BLM land, enough to power up to 94,500 homes.  Since originally proposed, the total acreage was reduced from 3,200 to 2,592 acres by eliminating portions of the project on the north and south sides of State Route 58 and adding two new parcels.  As a result of these changes, the area of private land that would need to be rezoned by Kern County changed from 680 acres to 418 acres and the overall acreage of lands managed by the County was reduced from 1,116 acres to 568 acres (or 22 percent of the total project area).

A notice of availability for the Draft Land Use Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was published June 29, 2012, in the Federal Register.

Publication of the NOA initiated a public-comment period of 90 days, ending Sept. 27, 2012.  During the comment period, the BLM and the County will solicit public comments on the analysis described in the EIS/EIR and any relevant planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that may not have been included in the analysis of the proposed action. 

Further details on the proposed wind energy project can be found at the following website: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html.  For information, contact Jeffery Childers at (951) 697-5308, or e-mail jchilders@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 07-19-2012