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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 12/11/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-14

Public Meetings Scheduled for Soda Mountain Solar Project in San Bernardino County


The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two public meetings for public comment on the Soda Mountain Solar Project's draft environmental documents. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Comfort Suites, 2571 Fisher Blvd., Barstow.

The public meetings are being held to aid the public's understanding of the project and to solicit written comments on planning issues and the potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.

On Nov. 29, 2013, the BLM published the Notice of Availability for the Soda Mountain Solar Project's Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment and a Draft EIS/EIR. The Draft EIS/EIR analyzes the site-specific impacts of the project on air quality, vegetation and wildlife, livestock grazing, cultural resources, water resources, recreation resources, wilderness characteristics, visual resources, and other resources and issues.

Soda Mountain Solar LLC has requested authorization to construct, operate, maintain and decommission the Soda Mountain Solar Project, a photovoltaic facility and necessary ancillary facilities, including a project substation, access road, realignment of an existing designated route (Rasor Road), operations and maintenance buildings and lay down areas. The project is proposed on 4,179 acres with the solar field and associated facilities occupying approximately 2,222 acres. The proposed site is approximately six miles south of the community of Baker and straddles both sides of Interstate 15.

Publication of the NOA initiated a 90-day public comment period which ends on March 3, 2014.

Written comments will be accepted at the public meetings. Written comments also may be sent by email to: jchilders@blm.gov, by fax to (951)697-5229, or by mail:

                        Jeffrey Childers, Project Manager
                        BLM California Desert District Office
                        22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
                        Moreno Valley, CA 92553
 
Further details about the proposed Soda Mountain Solar Project can be obtained by contacting Childers by phone (951) 697-5308, or e-mail at jchilders@blm.gov, or found on the following website: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/renewableenergy/soda_mountain/announcements.html.



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Last updated: 12-11-2013