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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 10/23/13
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News Release No. CA-CDD-14-1

New Date for Close of Comment Period for Palen Solar Project as a Result of Federal Government Shutdown

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the new date for the close of the comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Palen Solar Electric Generating System and Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment.

The BLM initially scheduled 90 days for comment, and the original date for the close of the comment period was October 24, 2013. Due to the lapse in appropriations and the resulting Federal government shutdown, the documents were not available on the BLM website from October 1 through October 16, 2013. Accordingly, the new date for the close of the comment period for the Palen Project is November 14, 2013.

"Public involvement is an essential and required part of the planning process, and comments submitted by Nov. 14, 2013, will be considered before the BLM makes a final decision," said Frank McMenimen, project manager. Comments may be sent to McMenimen by mail: 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262; phone: (760) 833-7150; or


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Last updated: 10-23-2013