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BLM Nevada News
ELY FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-009
FOR RELEASE:  Friday, Oct. 12, 2007
CONTACT:  Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov


BLM Seeks Public Comment on Toquop Energy Project Draft EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office has released the Toquop Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a 60-day public review and comment period for a proposed 750-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant that would be located near Toquop Wash, about 50 miles south-southeast of Caliente, Nev.  

The DEIS evaluates potential impacts and mitigation measures on human, natural and cultural resources resulting from the proposed 750-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant and associated facilities.  The electric power-generating facility, proposed by Sithe Global Power, LLC, would encompass a 640-acre parcel of BLM-managed public land.

The 60-day public comment period will end at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007.  Written comments should be submitted the Bureau of Land Management, Ely Field Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, Nev., 89301.

The BLM and URS, a third-party contractor who assisted in the development of the DEIS, have scheduled five public meetings to solicit additional public input on the proposed project.  The meetings are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Dates and locations are: Monday, Nov. 5, Caliente Youth Center, U.S. Highway 93 North, Caliente, Nev.; Tuesday, Nov. 6, Dixie Convention Center, 1835 Convention Center Dr., St. George, Utah; Wednesday, Nov. 7, Mesquite City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nev.; Thursday, Nov. 8, Cora Coleman Senior Center, 2100 Bonnie Lane, Las Vegas, Nev.; and Tuesday, Nov. 13, Airport Plaza Hotel, 1981 Terminal Way, Reno, Nev.  URS has assisted BLM with other projects in the Great Basin area and has experience with coal-fired power generation, rail lines, transmission and pipelines.  

In 2003, an EIS and other permitting requirements were completed for a 1,100-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in the same location. BLM has determined that a new EIS must be completed to evaluate the components of the proposed project that vary from previously permitted technology and facilities. These components include the reduction of plant capacity from 1,100 to 750 MW, an expanded site plan for coal and coal-handling facilities, construction of a rail spur for the coal, and the change in technology for a coal-fired facility, including air pollution control technology.  

The plant would require up to 2,500 acre-feet of water annually and would be supplied by existing water rights purchased via the Lincoln County Water District.  The water supply and pipeline were addressed in the previous EIS.  The Toquop Energy Project would interconnect with existing 345-kilovolt (kV) and 500kV transmission lines as previously studied.

For more information, contact Project Manager Bill Morrill, at (775) 225-8564.  Also see www.blm.gov/eis/nv/toquop.  The web site will be updated throughout the project.

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Last updated: 10-30-2007