Eastern Plains Transmission Project, Colorado and Kansas, 2507-2509 [E7-703]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 12 / Friday, January 19, 2007 / Notices accepting Initial Tariff, Waiving Regulations and Granting Blanket Approvals. Filed Date: 01/05/2007. Accession Number: 20070108–0252. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 26, 2007. Docket Numbers: ER07–413–000. Applicants: Tampa Electric Company. Description: Tampa Electric Co submits Second Revised Sheet No. 6 to FERC Electric Tariff, Original Volume No. 6, to be effective 1/2/07. Filed Date: 01/05/2007. Accession Number: 20070108–0253. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 26, 2007. Docket Numbers: ER07–414–000. Applicants: Caledonia Power I, L.L.C. Description: Caledonia Power I, LLC submits notice of cancellation of its market-based rate tariff, FERC Electric Tariff, First Revised Volume No. 1. Filed Date: 01/05/2007. Accession Number: 20070108–0258. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 26, 2007. 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Applicants: Western Systems Power Pool, Inc. Description: Western Systems Power Pool, Inc submits its request to amend the WSPP Agreement to include Alcoa Power Marketing, LLC et al as members. Filed Date: 01/08/2007. Accession Number: 20070109–0098. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Jan 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 29, 2007. Docket Numbers: ER07–419–000. Applicants: PPL Electric Utilities Corporation. Description: Metropolitan Edison Co submits a revised Interconnection Agreement with PPL Electric Utilities Corp. Filed Date: 01/08/2007. Accession Number: 20070109–0099. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 29, 2007. Docket Numbers: ER07–420–000. Applicants: American Electric Power Service Corporation. Description: American Electric Power Service Corporation as agent for Kentucky Power Co submits an interconnection agreement with East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Filed Date: 01/09/2007. Accession Number: 20070110–0143. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 30, 2007. Docket Numbers: ER07–421–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: Wisconsin Power and Light Co submits the First Revised Power Supply Agreement with Wisconsin Public Power Inc. Filed Date: 01/05/2007. Accession Number: 20070108–0256. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 26, 2007. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the specified comment date. It is not necessary to separately intervene again in a subdocket related to a compliance filing if you have previously intervened in the same docket. Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. In reference to filings initiating a new proceeding, interventions or protests submitted on or before the comment deadline need not be served on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2507 eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above proceedings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed dockets(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–667 Filed 1–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Eastern Plains Transmission Project, Colorado and Kansas Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public meetings and additional opportunity for public review and comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) issued a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on August 2, 2006, for the Eastern Plains Transmission Project (EPTP or Transmission Project). This notice announces additional public meetings to provide the public opportunity to review and comment on additional transmission line routes and revised routes; the scope of the EIS; and review comments previously received during the scoping meetings held in August and September 2006. Western is proposing to participate with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Incorporated (Tri-State) in the construction of the EPTP. Western’s participation would be in exchange for 275 megawatts (MW) of capacity rights on the proposed transmission lines. The EIS will address E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 2508 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 12 / Friday, January 19, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES the construction, operation, and maintenance of approximately 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and ancillary facilities, which include substations, fiber optic installation, access roads, and construction staging areas. The EIS will discuss alternatives such as Western’s system alternatives and the no action alternative (no Federal action). The EIS will analyze and present environmental impacts compared to the existing baseline condition in which no Transmission Project facilities exist. The EIS also will include analyses of the environmental impacts of Tri-State’s proposed generation projects, and other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects in the EPTP area. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting dates and locations. The comment period will close March 9, 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments, questions, and information on the scope of the EIS may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Mr. Jim Hartman, Environmental Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Rocky Mountain Region, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539; fax (970) 461–7213; or e-mail eptp@wapa.gov. For persons wishing to leave voice messages, the toll-free number is (888) 826–4710. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to request copies of the EIS, contact Mr. Hartman at the addresses provided or telephone the Transmission Project hotline toll-free at (888) 826–4710. For general information on DOE’s NEPA review procedures or the status of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0119; telephone (202) 586–4600 or (800) 472–2756; or fax (202) 586–7031. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Need for Agency Action Western, a power marketing administration within DOE, markets Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by law. They include municipalities, cooperatives, public utility and irrigation districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American Tribes in 15 western States, including Colorado and Kansas. Western’s proposal is to participate with Tri-State in the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Jan 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 construction of the Transmission Project in exchange for approximately 275 MW of capacity rights on the proposed transmission lines. Tri-State is a wholesale electric power supplier, owned by the 44 electric cooperatives it serves. Tri-State and the member utilities serve customers throughout Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Tri-State’s Board of Directors approved a Resource Development Plan that includes the Transmission Project. Western needs to provide more economical, reliable, diverse, and flexible power delivery to its customers by expanding the capability and geographic reach of Western’s existing transmission system. The Transmission Project would provide Western’s customers with more economical service by allowing customers to purchase transmission service directly from Western rather than through other companies’ transmission lines. Also, during low water times, the Transmission Project would provide Western increased access to other options for satisfying Western’s Federal hydropower contractual allocations. In addition, the Transmission Project would provide a direct interconnection at the Midway Substation which would facilitate power transfer between two of Western’s Federal projects, the Colorado River Storage Project and the Loveland Area Projects. Enhancing and expanding transmission pathways also would contribute to ensuring reliability of the Federal transmission system. Proposed Action and Alternatives Western is preparing the EIS on its proposal to participate with Tri-State in the construction of the Transmission Project. Western’s proposed activities include construction planning and management for approximately 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, and acquiring rights-of-way for transmission lines, access roads, and communication facilities. In addition to the transmission lines, access roads, and construction staging areas, the EIS will address environmental effects of four new substations; expansions of approximately eight existing substations; and installing a fiber optic communications system for control of the transmission lines. Western issued a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for the Transmission Project, on August 2, 2006, (71 FR 43733) which included dates, times, and locations of public scoping meetings, and opportunities available for the public to comment. Since the NOI was published, 10 public scoping meetings were conducted between August 28 and September 14, PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2006, throughout eastern Colorado and western Kansas. This notice announces additional public meetings in February 2007 to provide the public opportunity to review and comment on additional transmission line routes and revised routes; the scope of the EIS; and review comments previously received during the scoping meetings held in August and September 2006. Alternative Transmission Line Routes During the August and September 2006 scoping meetings, Western presented preliminary locations of transmission line corridors and new substations. As a result of comments received, Western gathered additional data, made several route refinements, added additional routes, and considered alternatives, all of which will be made available to the public at the February 2007, meetings. At the February meetings, Western seeks comments on the alternative routes. In the draft EIS, Western will consider those additional comments in its analysis of the alternative routes. Western will address other alternatives in the EIS, including the no action alternative. Under the no action alternative, Western would not participate with Tri-State in the construction of the Transmission Project. The EIS will also evaluate the environmental effects of all the alternatives and compare them to the existing baseline condition, in which no Transmission Project facilities are present. Alternative transmission line routes and substation locations will be refined as part of the EIS public process and addressed in the EIS. Western will consider additional reasonable alternatives that are technically and economically viable and that would meet Western’s purpose and need. Impacts Associated With Tri-State’s Generation Projects Tri-State, in its Resource Development Plan, proposes to develop a two-unit expansion of a coal-based power plant in Holcomb, Kansas, and is planning an additional generation project in southeastern Colorado (referred to as Tri-State’s Colorado Power Project). Western is not a participant in, is not involved in, and does not have control over Tri-State’s generation projects. The EIS will evaluate the environmental impacts of Tri-State’s generation projects as well as other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects. E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 12 / Friday, January 19, 2007 / Notices Summary of Comments Received During First Round Scoping Western prepared a summary of the comments received during the first round of scoping meetings and will make the summary available at http:// www.wapa.gov/transmission/eptp.htm prior to the public meetings in February 2007. Copies also are available upon request. EIS. The location of public hearings on the draft EIS will be provided in the Federal Register and to local media at a later date. Dated: January 11, 2007. Timothy J. Meeks, Administrator. [FR Doc. E7–703 Filed 1–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P Meetings The dates and meeting locations are: 1. February 12, 2007, Carroll Building, 418 Edison Street, Brush, CO 80723. 2. February 13, 2007, Limon Community Building, South Room, 477 D Avenue, Limon, CO 80828. 3. February 14, 2007, Burlington Education and Community Center, 420 S. 14th Street, Old Town, Burlington, CO 80807. 4. February 15, 2007, City Hall, Community Room, 245 W. 4th Street, Wray, CO 80758. 5. February 16, 2007, Byers High School, Meeting Rooms 537/538, 444 E. Front Street, Byers, CO 80103. 6. February 19, 2007, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 207 North Main Street, Lakin, KS 67860. 7. February 20, 2007, Community Activity Building (CAB Building), Wallace County Fairgrounds, Sharon Springs, KS 67758. 8. February 21, 2007, Lamar Community Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 610 South 6th Street, Lamar, CO 81052. 9. February 22, 2007, Hanover Junior/ Senior High School, 17050 South Peyton Highway, Colorado Springs (Hanover), CO 80928. 10. February 23, 2007, McHarg Park Community Center, 405 Second Street, Avondale, CO 81022. Each meeting will be held between 3 and 7 p.m., except for the meeting on February 22 at the Hanover School, which will be held between 4 and 8 p.m. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Participation in the NEPA Process Persons interested in receiving future notices, Transmission Project information, copies of the EIS, and other information on the NEPA review process should contact Mr. Hartman as described under ADDRESSES. The EIS (choice of summary or full document) will be available in printed and electronic (compact disc) formats. Western anticipates the draft EIS will be available summer 2007, with a final EIS available spring 2008. A Record of Decision is expected to be issued spring 2008. The public will be provided an opportunity to comment on the draft VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Jan 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OECA–2006–0430; FRL–8270–9] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Taconite Iron Ore Processing (Renewal) EPA ICR Number 2050.03, OMB Control Number 2060–0538 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2007. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before February 20, 2007. Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number EPA–HQ– OECA–2006–0430, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by e-mail to docket.oeca@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, Mail Code 2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB at: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Learia Williams, Compliance Assessment and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2509 Code 2223A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–4113; fax number: (202) 564–0050; e-mail address: williams.learia@epa.gov. EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 1320.12. On June 21, 2006 (71 FR 35652), EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID Number EPA–HQ–OECA–2006–0430, which is available for online viewing at http:// www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/ DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 12 (Friday, January 19, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2507-2509]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-703]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Eastern Plains Transmission Project, Colorado and Kansas

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings and additional opportunity for public 
review and comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) issued a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on August 2, 2006, for the Eastern 
Plains Transmission Project (EPTP or Transmission Project). This notice 
announces additional public meetings to provide the public opportunity 
to review and comment on additional transmission line routes and 
revised routes; the scope of the EIS; and review comments previously 
received during the scoping meetings held in August and September 2006.
    Western is proposing to participate with Tri-State Generation and 
Transmission Association, Incorporated (Tri-State) in the construction 
of the EPTP. Western's participation would be in exchange for 275 
megawatts (MW) of capacity rights on the proposed transmission lines. 
The EIS will address

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the construction, operation, and maintenance of approximately 1,000 
miles of high-voltage transmission lines and ancillary facilities, 
which include substations, fiber optic installation, access roads, and 
construction staging areas. The EIS will discuss alternatives such as 
Western's system alternatives and the no action alternative (no Federal 
action). The EIS will analyze and present environmental impacts 
compared to the existing baseline condition in which no Transmission 
Project facilities exist. The EIS also will include analyses of the 
environmental impacts of Tri-State's proposed generation projects, and 
other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects in the EPTP 
area. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures.

DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting dates and 
locations. The comment period will close March 9, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments, questions, and information on the scope of 
the EIS may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to Mr. Jim Hartman, 
Environmental Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Rocky 
Mountain Region, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539; fax (970) 461-7213; 
or e-mail eptp@wapa.gov. For persons wishing to leave voice messages, 
the toll-free number is (888) 826-4710.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to request 
copies of the EIS, contact Mr. Hartman at the addresses provided or 
telephone the Transmission Project hotline toll-free at (888) 826-4710. 
For general information on DOE's NEPA review procedures or the status 
of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of 
NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0119; telephone (202) 
586-4600 or (800) 472-2756; or fax (202) 586-7031.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Need for Agency Action

    Western, a power marketing administration within DOE, markets 
Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by 
law. They include municipalities, cooperatives, public utility and 
irrigation districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American 
Tribes in 15 western States, including Colorado and Kansas. Western's 
proposal is to participate with Tri-State in the construction of the 
Transmission Project in exchange for approximately 275 MW of capacity 
rights on the proposed transmission lines. Tri-State is a wholesale 
electric power supplier, owned by the 44 electric cooperatives it 
serves. Tri-State and the member utilities serve customers throughout 
Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Tri-State's Board of 
Directors approved a Resource Development Plan that includes the 
Transmission Project.
    Western needs to provide more economical, reliable, diverse, and 
flexible power delivery to its customers by expanding the capability 
and geographic reach of Western's existing transmission system. The 
Transmission Project would provide Western's customers with more 
economical service by allowing customers to purchase transmission 
service directly from Western rather than through other companies' 
transmission lines. Also, during low water times, the Transmission 
Project would provide Western increased access to other options for 
satisfying Western's Federal hydropower contractual allocations. In 
addition, the Transmission Project would provide a direct 
interconnection at the Midway Substation which would facilitate power 
transfer between two of Western's Federal projects, the Colorado River 
Storage Project and the Loveland Area Projects. Enhancing and expanding 
transmission pathways also would contribute to ensuring reliability of 
the Federal transmission system.

Proposed Action and Alternatives

    Western is preparing the EIS on its proposal to participate with 
Tri-State in the construction of the Transmission Project. Western's 
proposed activities include construction planning and management for 
approximately 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, and 
acquiring rights-of-way for transmission lines, access roads, and 
communication facilities. In addition to the transmission lines, access 
roads, and construction staging areas, the EIS will address 
environmental effects of four new substations; expansions of 
approximately eight existing substations; and installing a fiber optic 
communications system for control of the transmission lines.
    Western issued a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for the 
Transmission Project, on August 2, 2006, (71 FR 43733) which included 
dates, times, and locations of public scoping meetings, and 
opportunities available for the public to comment. Since the NOI was 
published, 10 public scoping meetings were conducted between August 28 
and September 14, 2006, throughout eastern Colorado and western Kansas. 
This notice announces additional public meetings in February 2007 to 
provide the public opportunity to review and comment on additional 
transmission line routes and revised routes; the scope of the EIS; and 
review comments previously received during the scoping meetings held in 
August and September 2006.

Alternative Transmission Line Routes

    During the August and September 2006 scoping meetings, Western 
presented preliminary locations of transmission line corridors and new 
substations. As a result of comments received, Western gathered 
additional data, made several route refinements, added additional 
routes, and considered alternatives, all of which will be made 
available to the public at the February 2007, meetings. At the February 
meetings, Western seeks comments on the alternative routes. In the 
draft EIS, Western will consider those additional comments in its 
analysis of the alternative routes.
    Western will address other alternatives in the EIS, including the 
no action alternative. Under the no action alternative, Western would 
not participate with Tri-State in the construction of the Transmission 
Project. The EIS will also evaluate the environmental effects of all 
the alternatives and compare them to the existing baseline condition, 
in which no Transmission Project facilities are present. Alternative 
transmission line routes and substation locations will be refined as 
part of the EIS public process and addressed in the EIS. Western will 
consider additional reasonable alternatives that are technically and 
economically viable and that would meet Western's purpose and need.

Impacts Associated With Tri-State's Generation Projects

    Tri-State, in its Resource Development Plan, proposes to develop a 
two-unit expansion of a coal-based power plant in Holcomb, Kansas, and 
is planning an additional generation project in southeastern Colorado 
(referred to as Tri-State's Colorado Power Project). Western is not a 
participant in, is not involved in, and does not have control over Tri-
State's generation projects. The EIS will evaluate the environmental 
impacts of Tri-State's generation projects as well as other past, 
present, and reasonably foreseeable projects.

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Summary of Comments Received During First Round Scoping

    Western prepared a summary of the comments received during the 
first round of scoping meetings and will make the summary available at 
http://www.wapa.gov/transmission/eptp.htm prior to the public meetings 
in February 2007. Copies also are available upon request.

Meetings

    The dates and meeting locations are:
    1. February 12, 2007, Carroll Building, 418 Edison Street, Brush, 
CO 80723.
    2. February 13, 2007, Limon Community Building, South Room, 477 D 
Avenue, Limon, CO 80828.
    3. February 14, 2007, Burlington Education and Community Center, 
420 S. 14th Street, Old Town, Burlington, CO 80807.
    4. February 15, 2007, City Hall, Community Room, 245 W. 4th Street, 
Wray, CO 80758.
    5. February 16, 2007, Byers High School, Meeting Rooms 537/538, 444 
E. Front Street, Byers, CO 80103.
    6. February 19, 2007, Veteran's Memorial Building, 207 North Main 
Street, Lakin, KS 67860.
    7. February 20, 2007, Community Activity Building (CAB Building), 
Wallace County Fairgrounds, Sharon Springs, KS 67758.
    8. February 21, 2007, Lamar Community Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 
610 South 6th Street, Lamar, CO 81052.
    9. February 22, 2007, Hanover Junior/Senior High School, 17050 
South Peyton Highway, Colorado Springs (Hanover), CO 80928.
    10. February 23, 2007, McHarg Park Community Center, 405 Second 
Street, Avondale, CO 81022.

Each meeting will be held between 3 and 7 p.m., except for the meeting 
on February 22 at the Hanover School, which will be held between 4 and 
8 p.m.

Participation in the NEPA Process

    Persons interested in receiving future notices, Transmission 
Project information, copies of the EIS, and other information on the 
NEPA review process should contact Mr. Hartman as described under 
ADDRESSES. The EIS (choice of summary or full document) will be 
available in printed and electronic (compact disc) formats.
    Western anticipates the draft EIS will be available summer 2007, 
with a final EIS available spring 2008. A Record of Decision is 
expected to be issued spring 2008. The public will be provided an 
opportunity to comment on the draft EIS. The location of public 
hearings on the draft EIS will be provided in the Federal Register and 
to local media at a later date.

    Dated: January 11, 2007.
Timothy J. Meeks,
Administrator.
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