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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 07/01/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo (951) 697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-49

BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Major Transmission Line in California Desert

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a Notice of Intent to conduct an environmental review on the impacts of the West of Devers Upgrade Project in Riverside and San Bernardino County, Calif.

The proponent, Southern California Edison (SCE), is proposing to upgrade and remove existing 220 kV transmission lines and other infrastructure upgrades within SCE's existing West of Devers right-of way corridor. Of the overall 45-mile length of the transmission corridor, approximately 6 miles would cross the reservation of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and approximately 1 mile is on BLM-administered public lands. The BLM lands are located east of Banning and west of Desert Hot Springs in Riverside County.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed action. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will analyze the project in support of required state permits and development of the Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience.

The notice published in today's Federal Register initiates a 30-day public scoping period, ending July 30, 2014. During the scoping period, the BLM and the CPUC are soliciting public comments on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. A joint BLM/CPUC public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Banning City Hall Council Chambers, 99 E. Ramsey Street, Banning, CA 92220.

Details about the project can be found on the BLM web page:
For further information contact Frank McMenimen, BLM Project Manager, at (760) 833-7150, or e-mail


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Last updated: 07-01-2014