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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pahrump Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/07/09
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton , 702-515-5046 , hillerie_c_patton@nv.blm.gov

BLM to hold Scoping Meetings on Solar Energy Proposal near Primm, Nevada


LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pahrump Field Office is seeking public input on issues to address in the development of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for two solar energy generating facilities proposed near Primm, Nevada by NextLight Renewable Power, LLC. Three public meetings are scheduled in southern Nevada. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 18.

The scoping meetings are scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. on the following dates, at the following locations:
• Wednesday, August 12, 2009: Primm Valley Casino located at 31900 South Las Vegas Blvd., I-15 S, Primm, NV
• Thursday, August 13, 2009: M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Henderson, NV
• Tuesday, August 18, 2009: Gold Strike Hotel and Casino, 1 Main Street, Jean, NV

The scoping meetings will be held in an open house format with the first half hour to allow the public to view the project poster boards, followed by a public comment and question and answer session.

The two projects are identified as NVN–085077 Silver State South Solar Project, and NVN–085801 Silver State North Solar Project. A copy of the plans of development for the two projects is located on the internet at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy.html

The BLM published Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. A notice of intent advises the public of the preparation of an EIS to evaluate any potential impacts, which could occur from the construction and operation of the project. These public meetings are the first step in the EIS study process. The solar energy generating facility would be located on approximately 7,840 acres of public lands east of Primm and would produce approximately 400 megawatts of electricity. In addition to the solar panels that would be constructed, the project would require new access roads, an overhead transmission line, substations, and other related facilities.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments on or before August 18, 2009. Comments may be submitted in writing to: BLM Las Vegas Field Office, Attention: Gregory Helseth, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301, by email: Nextlight_Primm_NV_SEP@blm.gov, or fax 702-515-5023.



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: 08-12-2009