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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 11/21/12
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-15

BLM Releases Draft Environmental Review for Stateline Solar in San Bernardino County


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed 300-megawatt Stateline Solar Farm on public land in San Bernardino County, Calif.

First Solar Development, Inc. has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on 2,143 acres of public lands to construct a photovoltaic solar energy generation power plant facility about two miles south of the Nevada-California border.

The agency preferred alternative in the DEIS shifts the boundary of the project to reduce impacts to desert tortoise, cultural resources and other Rights of Way in the area. The preferred alternative allows for a larger home range and connectivity area for desert tortoise, including those relocated from the nearby Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System currently under construction.

The Federal Register will publish the NOA on Friday, Nov. 23, initiating a public comment period of 90 days, ending Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  During the comment 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. 

Public meetings will be held on January 9, 2013, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Primm Valley Golf Club, 1 Yates Well Road, Nipton, CA 92364.  The BLM will use the public comments received to prepare the final environmental documents and plan amendment.

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




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Last updated: 11-21-2012