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Release Date: 02/06/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-25

BLM Releases Draft Environmental Review for Blythe Solar Power Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed right-of-way amendment for the Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, California, for public review.

The BLM approved the Blythe project in 2010. The proponent, NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, LLC, has requested to change the project to solar photovoltaic technology from the previously approved solar thermal parabolic trough technology.

The modified project, approximately eight miles west of Blythe, California, and three miles north of Interstate 10, would be reduced in size from the originally approved 6,831 acres to approximately 4,138 acres. The modified project would produce 485 megawatts of power, down from the 1,000 megawatts the original project would have produced. The project would connect to the existing Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation.

The Draft EIS has been prepared by the BLM in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The document analyzes the site-specific impacts of the modified project on a full suite of resources and issues. The Draft EIS describes two alternatives: 1) the Modified Project and; 2) Alternative 2, Denial of the modified project.

The publication by the Environmental Protection Agency in today’s Federal Register initiates a 45-day public review and comment period. The BLM will soon publish a more detailed Federal Register Notice for the Draft EIS. The public comment period will end March 24, 2014.

Further details on the proposed modification, including public participation procedures and mailing addresses, can be found at

For further information contact: Frank McMenimen, BLM Project Manager, at (760) 833-7150 or at


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Last updated: 02-18-2014