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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 08/16/12
Contacts: Adrian Garcia 505.954.2199    

Comment Period and Public Meeting Update for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project


Santa Fe, NM - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received requests for an extension to the comment period and additional public meetings for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  After consideration of the requests, the BLM has determined that an extension to the comment period and additional public meetings for the DEIS will not be granted. 

The DEIS was made available for public review and comment on May 25, 2012. The BLM held ten public meetings and scheduled a 90-day public comment period that will end on August 22, 2012.  In total, the public scoping for the SunZia project has included a total of 22 public meetings and 255 days of public comment. 

A 45-day public comment period is generally the time provided for a DEIS.  The BLM’s planning regulations and guidance require a minimum 90-day public comment period for land use plan amendments.  The SunZia project may involve several BLM land use plan amendments thus the 90-day comment period was provided.  The current SunZia DEIS comment period meets BLM requirements and affords interested parties opportunity and time to review the document and submit substantive comments. In addition, the BLM regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act regulations require that all substantive comments received before reaching a decision must be considered to the extent feasible.  This means that any substantive comments received after the current 90 day comment period and before BLM issues a Final EIS will be considered as much as possible.  

The ten open-house meetings recently hosted by the BLM in New Mexico and Arizona allowed the public to learn about the proposed project, participate in the BLM’s decision-making process, and develop substantive written comments. 

The BLM encourages all concerned parties to submit written comments by August 22, 2012 via the following format by one of the following methods:

E-mail to:    NMSunZiaProject@blm.gov

Mail to:   
     Bureau of Land Management
     New Mexico State Office
     SunZia Southwest Transmission Project
     P.O. Box 27115
     Santa Fe, NM  87508-1560

Delivery:
     Bureau of Land Management
     New Mexico State Office
     301 Dinosaur Trail
     Santa Fe, NM 87505-1560

Questions concerning the project should be directed to the BLM Project Manager Adrian Garcia at (505) 954-2199.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 01-08-2013