Vantage-Pomona Heights 230kV Transmission Line Project
About the Project
Pacific Power proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a new 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line situated in south-central Washington, extending from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Vantage substation located just east of the Wanapum Dam in Gant County to Pacific Power's Pomona Heights substation located just east of Selah, Washington in Yakima County. The project would cross private lands and federal lands.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the lead federal agency responsible for the preparation of the Draft EIS (DEIS) in consultation with cooperating agencies to analyze the effects of granting, granting with conditions, or denying Pacific Power's (the applicant) right-of-way applications to construct, operate and maintain a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line, associated access roads, and other ancillary facilities across federal lands. The U.S. Army - Joint Base Lewis McChord Yakima Training Center (JBLM YTC), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and Yakima County are cooperating agencies and assisted with the preparation of the DEIS.
A total of eight transmission line route alternatives are considered in the DEIS, along with the "No Action" alternative. The eight end-to-end route alternatives range from 61 to 67 miles in length and cross portions of Benton, Grant, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties. The BLM has identified a preferred route for the new transmission line. The preferred route map is available in the DEIS document below.
With the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on January 4, 2013, the Draft EIS has been released to the public for comment and review. The BLM is soliciting written comments on the DEIS during the public comment period. The public comment period for the Draft EIS will close on Friday, March 8, 2013.
The Draft EIS is available in the Documents section below.
Ways to Submit Comments on the Draft EIS
Comments related to the Vantage to Pomona Heights 230kV Transmission Line Project Draft EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- By email to: BLM_OR_WN_Mail@blm.gov (please specify Vantage to Pomona Heights EIS in the subject line).
- By mail to: BLM Wenatchee Field Office, Attn: Vantage to Pomona Heights EIS, 915 Walla Walla Avenue, Wenatchee, Washington 98801-1521
- By fax: 509-665-2121, Attention Vantage to Pomona Heights EIS Project Manager.
- Written comments may also be hand delivered to the BLM Wenatchee Field Office (address listed above) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but excluding federal holidays.
- By oral and/or written comments at one of the public meetings.
- Online via the online Comments form.
Public comments on the Draft EIS must be postmarked or received online by March 8, 2013 for consideration in the Final EIS.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The Draft EIS is presented below. If you have difficulty viewing the maps or cannot download the PDF, please request a CD or view in person at one of the following locations:
|Mattawa Community Library||101 Manson Lane, Mattawa, Washington|
|Terrace Heights Library||4011 Commonwealth Rd., Yakima, Washington|
|Bureau of Land Management, Wenatchee Field Office||915 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee, Washington|
|Bureau of Land Management, Spokane District Office||1103 N. Fancher Rd., Spokane Valley, Washington|