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Release Date: 09/01/11
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton , 702-515-5046 ,

BLM Opens Scoping for Proposed First Solar South Project Near Primm

Las Vegas –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office is initiating a 60-day scoping period to solicit public comments, to identify issues and concerns that should be analyzed in the development of a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS), for a proposed solar energy project east of Primm, Nev. The proposal includes 13,043 acres of Federal land managed by the BLM. The scoping period will close October 31.
In addition to the SEIS, the Las Vegas Field Office will prepare a proposed amendment to the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan (LVRMP). Publication of the notice in the September 1 Federal Register initiates the scoping process to identify issues. Scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media and on the BLM website at
On publication of the notice, the lands identified for the proposal are temporarily closed to location under the Mining Law, but not the Mineral Leasing Act or the Materials Act, subject to valid existing rights for up to two years.
The public is being asked to identify issues associated with the First Solar proposal to construct photovoltaic panels, and related right-of-way appurtenances, including a substation and switchyard facilities.  The proposed project would produce approximately 400 megawatts of electricity. The scoping comments will be used to develop a draft environmental impact statement and draft proposed plan amendment. 

 Only written comments will be accepted and may be mailed to the BLM, Southern Nevada District, Renewable Energy Project Manager, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, or emailed to Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please call Greg Helseth at 702-515-5173.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-12-2011