DATE: February 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-32
FOR RELEASE: February 5, 2007
ELY ENERGY CENTER MEETING REMINDER
A public scoping meeting and open house to discuss the proposed Ely Energy Center and environmental impact statement (EIS) will be held Thursday, February 8, 2007, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street in Elko. The public is encouraged to attend.
BLM is asking for the public’s input in preparation of the EIS. There will be a presentation given at 6:00 p.m. by representatives of the project team and Sierra Power.
The EIS will evaluate any potential impacts that two 750 megawatt coal-fired generating units, two 500 megawatt integrated gasification combined-cycle generating units, and other related facilities would have on human, natural and cultural resources. The EIS also will determine what measures would be necessary to mitigate or reduce any impacts.
Related facilities include, and are not limited to, a rail loop and possible new rail line which would cross Elko County from the Union Pacific rail line to the power plant in White Pine County; coal unloading, handling and storage facilities; a solid waste disposal facility, water storage, pipelines and treatment facilities; an evaporation pond; cooling towers; electric switchyard and substation, and support buildings.
The plant and facilities would be located on 2,500 acres of public land about 30-35 miles north of Ely in White Pine County which would be sold to the proponent. Ancillary facilities would include wells, water pipeline(s) and related facilities in Steptoe, Butte, and Jakes valleys, a rail spur, and access roads.
The EIS will assess the potential impacts of granting the rights-of-way (ROW), granting a conveyance, or issuing a commercial lease for a proposed power-generating facility and granting a ROW for the proposed transmission line, substation and associated facilities in White Pine County, Lincoln, Nye, and Clark counties in Nevada.
For more information, contact Project Manager Joe Incardine, at (801) 539-4118 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.