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Blythe Solar Project Draft EIS Released

(Mar 12, 2010) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a staff assessment (SA) for the proposed Chevron Energy Solutions/Solar Millennium (CESSM) Blythe Solar Power Project in eastern Riverside County, Calif.

Read more: Blythe Solar Project Draft EIS Released

BLM to Prepare EIS for West Chocolate Mountain Reneable Energy Evaluation Area

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area, Imperial County, CA, and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment

SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El Centro Field Office, El Centro, California, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan to identify whether lands within the West Chocolate Mountains area should be made available for geothermal, solar, or wind energy development. By this notice the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

Read more: BLM to Prepare EIS for West Chocolate Mountain Reneable Energy Evaluation Area

NOI for First Solar Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed First Solar Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project, Riverside County, CA and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment

Agency: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management
Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, Palm Springs, California, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for First Solar Inc.'s application for a right-of-way authorization to develop a solar photovoltaic generating facility. The EIS may also support an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan (1980), as amended; by this notice the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

Read more: NOI for First Solar Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Project

NOI for Restoration Design Energy Project - Arizona

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Restoration Design Energy Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment in Arizona

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona State Office intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to support possible amendments to several BLM-Arizona Resource Management Plans (RMP) to identify sites and/or areas managed by the BLM that may be suitable for the development of renewable energy and to establish appropriate design criteria for such projects. By this notice, BLM-Arizona State Office is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

Read more: NOI for Restoration Design Energy Project - Arizona

BLM Announces Routes for Proposed Transmission Line Project

(Jan 3, 2010) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the proposed and alternate routes which will be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Gateway West Transmission Line Project. The BLM identified these routes using information from the scoping period in the summer 2008, comments received, cooperating agency input, and by applying evaluation criteria which examined opportunities and constraints of various routes.   Cooperating agencies participated in an additional alternative formulation period this past July and August.

The next opportunity for formal public comment will be the 90-day public comment period following the release of the draft EIS in the summer of 2010. The BLM will hold public meetings during the draft EIS comment period across Idaho and Wyoming.

The BLM Wyoming is preparing the draft EIS. The BLM is the lead federal agency in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for this project, and is working with cooperating agencies including the U.S. Forest Service (USFS); National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Wyoming; State of Idaho; Cassia, Twin Falls and Power Counties, Idaho; the City of Kuna, Idaho; Carbon, Lincoln and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming; and the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District and Medicine Bow Conservation District in Wyoming. In addition, tribal consultation is ongoing.

“The BLM listened to public comments and cooperating agencies to ensure that communities and groups shared their ideas to help us make better decisions,” said Don Simpson, Wyoming State Director and the BLM’s decision maker for the project. “This effort is consistent with BLM’s responsibility under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act to coordinate with state and local governments.”

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