Notice of Availability of the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project, 39982-39983 [E8-15943]

Download as PDF 39982 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management [CACA–47658, CA–670–5101 ER B204] [F–21984, F–22876, F–22889, F–22882, F– 21914, F–21885, F–21950; AK–962–1410– HY–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Bering Straits Native Corporation for lands located in the vicinity of Council and Shaktoolik, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Nome Nugget. SUMMARY: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until August 11, 2008 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. DATES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. ADDRESSES: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dina L. Torres, Land Transfer Resolution Specialist, Resolution Branch. [FR Doc. E8–15782 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 Bureau of Land Management. Notice of availability. AGENCY: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. ACTION: BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P Notice of Availability of the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, Pub. Res. Code § 21000 et seq.), has prepared a Recirculated Draft EIR/ Supplemental Draft EIS (RDEIR/SDEIS) to augment the analysis for the Sunrise Powerlink Project proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E). DATES: In order to comply with NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), comments on the RDEIR/SDEIS must be postmarked or received within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. You may submit comments by U.S. mail, electronic mail, or fax. Only written comments may be submitted. There will be no opportunity to make oral comments. Comments on the RDEIR/SDEIS may only address the topics included in this document, not the contents of the original complete Draft EIR/EIS. In addition, an informational workshop will be held during the comment period to help the public understand the RDEIR/SDEIS and to explain how to participate in the CPUC and BLM’s decision-making processes. The workshop will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local news media, public notices, mailings, and agency Web sites. ADDRESSES: By Mail: Please use firstclass postage and be sure to include your name and return address. Send written comments to CPUC/BLM c/o Aspen Environmental Group, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935, San Francisco, CA 94104. By Electronic Mail: E-mail communications are welcome; but, please remember to include your name and return address in the e-mail message. E-mail messages PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 should be sent to sunrise@aspeneg.com. By Fax: You may fax your comments to (866) 711–3106. Please remember to include your name and return address in the fax, write legibly, and use black or blue ink. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information concerning the BLM/NEPA process may be obtained from Lynda Kastoll, Project Manager, BLM, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; telephone (760) 337–4421; e-mail lkastoll@ca.blm.gov. Information concerning the CPUC/CEQA process may be obtained from Billie Blanchard, Project Manager, CPUC, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 703–2068; e-mail at BCB@cpuc.ca.gov. The RDEIR/SDEIS will be available for review at numerous area libraries and on the project Web site: http:// www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/ aspen/sunrise/sunrise.htm. A compact disc (CD) containing the document may be requested by phone, fax at (866) 711– 3106, or by e-mail at sunrise@aspeneg.com. SDG&E proposes to construct a new 91-mile, 500-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line from the Imperial Valley Substation (in Imperial County, near the City of El Centro) to a new Central East Substation (in central San Diego County, southwest of the intersection of County Highways S22 and S2) and a new 59-mile, 230-kV line that includes both overhead and underground segments from the new Central East Substation to SDG&E’s ˜ existing Penasquitos Substation (in the City of San Diego). Portions of the proposed 500-kV transmission line would traverse approximately 35 miles of federal lands managed by the BLM within the California Desert Conservation Area in Imperial County, and approximately 1 mile of BLMadministered land in San Diego County. The remainder of the proposed project would cross lands owned by various entities including the State of California, local governments, and private parties. On January 3, 2008, the CPUC and BLM published a Draft EIR/EIS on the Sunrise Powerlink Project. The Draft EIR/EIS contained 7500+ pages in six volumes. It included an analysis of the proposed project’s effects, as well as an analysis of future possible transmission lines and ‘‘connected actions’’ that are likely to be built if the Sunrise Powerlink Project is built. The Draft EIR/EIS also identified alternatives to the proposed project (including the No Action Alternative) and evaluated their expected environmental impacts. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices A 90-day comment period on the Draft EIR/EIS ended on April 11, 2008. Nine workshops and five public participation hearings were held during the comment period, and over 2,500 pages of written comments were submitted. After the comment period, two additional public participation hearing were held on May 12, 2008. Under CEQA, recirculation is required when significant new information changes the EIR in a way that deprives the public of a meaningful opportunity to comment upon a substantial adverse environmental effect of the project or a feasible way to mitigate or avoid such an effect. New information may include changes in the project or environmental setting as well as additional data or other information. Under the regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1502.9(c)(2)(ii), a supplement to an EIS is required when there are significant new circumstances or information relevant to the environmental concerns related to the proposed project or its impacts. In this case, the new information involves changes to the ‘‘connected actions’’ analyzed in the Draft EIR/EIS and route revisions (‘‘reroutes’’) proposed by SDG&E in comments on the Draft EIR/EIS. The RDEIR/SDEIS includes the following components: 1. Revision of components of the Environmentally Superior Alternatives for northern and southern transmission lines. Because of Tribal opposition, the Interstate 8 Alternative now bypasses the Campo Reservation. Without Tribal approval it was also necessary to modify the Southern Environmentally Superior Route to avoid all tribal lands, following the BCD Alternative and BCD South Option. The Northern Environmentally Superior Route has been modified to add consideration of an additional underground segment in the Santa Ysabel Valley. 2. New and Revised Analysis of the La Rumorosa Wind Project. In December 2007, Sempra Generation submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy an Application for Presidential Permit, proposing a 1,250 megawatt (MW) wind project in Mexico that would include the construction of transmission lines into the United States, and a new substation located northeast of the town of Jacumba, California. The Draft EIR/ EIS, in its evaluation of ‘‘connected actions’’ and ‘‘indirect effects’’, analyzed a 250 MW wind project in Mexico that included the construction of a transmission line and a ‘‘Jacumba Substation.’’ However, the wind project considered in the Draft EIR/EIS was much smaller than the actual project as described by Sempra. As a result, the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 RDEIR/SDEIS presents new ‘‘connected action’’ and ‘‘indirect effects’’ analysis of the Sempra project. 3. Description and Analysis of Transmission Line Route Revisions. In comments on the Draft EIR/EIS, SDG&E proposed modifications to several segments of the Proposed and Alternative transmission line routes. Some of these reroutes would affect new landowners, change the potential effect on already-affected landowners, or otherwise change the environmental impact described in the Draft EIR/EIS. The RDEIR/SDEIS describes 13 reroutes. The CPUC and BLM evaluated all comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and determined that other requests for a recirculated/supplemental document did meet the requirements defined above. The Final EIR/EIS will respond to each comment requesting recirculation, explaining why this determination was made. An informational workshop will be held to help the public understand the RDEIR/SDEIS, and to explain how to participate in the CPUC and BLM decision-making processes. The informal workshop is an opportunity to speak with and ask questions of CPUC and BLM representatives and some of the specialists who prepared the RDEIR/ SDEIS. A brief presentation will summarize the EIR/EIS process, the information presented in the RDEIR/ SDEIS, and the decision makingprocess. Presentation notes will be available on the project Web site for those unable to attend. While written comments may be submitted during the workshop, there will be no facilities to record oral comments. Comments received may be published as part of the EIR/EIS process. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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. At the end of the 45-day comment period on the RDEIR/SDEIS, the CPUC and BLM will prepare a Final EIR/EIS. The Final EIR/EIS will respond to all comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and on the RDEIR/SDEIS. Tom Pogacnik, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. E8–15943 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39983 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–910–1310PP–ARAC] Notice of Public Meeting, BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held August 12, 2008, at the Wiseman Community Center, Wiseman, Alaska; Milepost 189 of the Dalton Highway. The meeting, which will provide an opportunity for residents of the Dalton Highway to meet Resource Advisory Council members and discuss local topics, will start at 2:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Wilson, BLM-Alaska State Office, 222 W. 7th Avenue #13, Anchorage, AK 99513. Telephone (907) 271–4418 or e-mail Sharon_Wilson@blm.gov. The 15member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Alaska. At this meeting, BLM District Managers will give updates on district activities and the status of resource management planning, discuss local issues introduced by residents of the area and receive public comment on BLM-related matters. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited, so please be prepared to submit written comments if necessary. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 134 (Friday, July 11, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39982-39983]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-15943]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CACA-47658, CA-670-5101 ER B204]


Notice of Availability of the Recirculated Draft Environmental 
Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and 
Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM), together with the California Public Utilities 
Commission (CPUC), in compliance with the California Environmental 
Quality Act (CEQA, Pub. Res. Code Sec.  21000 et seq.), has prepared a 
Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS (RDEIR/SDEIS) to augment 
the analysis for the Sunrise Powerlink Project proposed by San Diego 
Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E).

DATES: In order to comply with NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), 
comments on the RDEIR/SDEIS must be postmarked or received within 45 
days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes 
its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. You may submit 
comments by U.S. mail, electronic mail, or fax. Only written comments 
may be submitted. There will be no opportunity to make oral comments. 
Comments on the RDEIR/SDEIS may only address the topics included in 
this document, not the contents of the original complete Draft EIR/EIS.
    In addition, an informational workshop will be held during the 
comment period to help the public understand the RDEIR/SDEIS and to 
explain how to participate in the CPUC and BLM's decision-making 
processes. The workshop will be announced at least 15 days in advance 
through local news media, public notices, mailings, and agency Web 
sites.

ADDRESSES: By Mail: Please use first-class postage and be sure to 
include your name and return address. Send written comments to CPUC/BLM 
c/o Aspen Environmental Group, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935, San 
Francisco, CA 94104. By Electronic Mail: E-mail communications are 
welcome; but, please remember to include your name and return address 
in the e-mail message. E-mail messages should be sent to 
sunrise@aspeneg.com. By Fax: You may fax your comments to (866) 711-
3106. Please remember to include your name and return address in the 
fax, write legibly, and use black or blue ink.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information concerning the BLM/NEPA 
process may be obtained from Lynda Kastoll, Project Manager, BLM, 1661 
S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; telephone (760) 337-4421; e-mail 
lkastoll@ca.blm.gov. Information concerning the CPUC/CEQA process may 
be obtained from Billie Blanchard, Project Manager, CPUC, 505 Van Ness 
Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 703-2068; e-mail at 
BCB@cpuc.ca.gov.
    The RDEIR/SDEIS will be available for review at numerous area 
libraries and on the project Web site: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/
environment/info/aspen/sunrise/sunrise.htm. A compact disc (CD) 
containing the document may be requested by phone, fax at (866) 711-
3106, or by e-mail at sunrise@aspeneg.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SDG&E proposes to construct a new 91-mile, 
500-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line from the Imperial Valley 
Substation (in Imperial County, near the City of El Centro) to a new 
Central East Substation (in central San Diego County, southwest of the 
intersection of County Highways S22 and S2) and a new 59-mile, 230-kV 
line that includes both overhead and underground segments from the new 
Central East Substation to SDG&E's existing Pe[ntilde]asquitos 
Substation (in the City of San Diego). Portions of the proposed 500-kV 
transmission line would traverse approximately 35 miles of federal 
lands managed by the BLM within the California Desert Conservation Area 
in Imperial County, and approximately 1 mile of BLM-administered land 
in San Diego County. The remainder of the proposed project would cross 
lands owned by various entities including the State of California, 
local governments, and private parties.
    On January 3, 2008, the CPUC and BLM published a Draft EIR/EIS on 
the Sunrise Powerlink Project. The Draft EIR/EIS contained 7500+ pages 
in six volumes. It included an analysis of the proposed project's 
effects, as well as an analysis of future possible transmission lines 
and ``connected actions'' that are likely to be built if the Sunrise 
Powerlink Project is built. The Draft EIR/EIS also identified 
alternatives to the proposed project (including the No Action 
Alternative) and evaluated their expected environmental impacts.

[[Page 39983]]

    A 90-day comment period on the Draft EIR/EIS ended on April 11, 
2008. Nine workshops and five public participation hearings were held 
during the comment period, and over 2,500 pages of written comments 
were submitted. After the comment period, two additional public 
participation hearing were held on May 12, 2008.
    Under CEQA, recirculation is required when significant new 
information changes the EIR in a way that deprives the public of a 
meaningful opportunity to comment upon a substantial adverse 
environmental effect of the project or a feasible way to mitigate or 
avoid such an effect. New information may include changes in the 
project or environmental setting as well as additional data or other 
information. Under the regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 
1502.9(c)(2)(ii), a supplement to an EIS is required when there are 
significant new circumstances or information relevant to the 
environmental concerns related to the proposed project or its impacts. 
In this case, the new information involves changes to the ``connected 
actions'' analyzed in the Draft EIR/EIS and route revisions 
(``reroutes'') proposed by SDG&E in comments on the Draft EIR/EIS. The 
RDEIR/SDEIS includes the following components:
    1. Revision of components of the Environmentally Superior 
Alternatives for northern and southern transmission lines. Because of 
Tribal opposition, the Interstate 8 Alternative now bypasses the Campo 
Reservation. Without Tribal approval it was also necessary to modify 
the Southern Environmentally Superior Route to avoid all tribal lands, 
following the BCD Alternative and BCD South Option. The Northern 
Environmentally Superior Route has been modified to add consideration 
of an additional underground segment in the Santa Ysabel Valley.
    2. New and Revised Analysis of the La Rumorosa Wind Project. In 
December 2007, Sempra Generation submitted to the U.S. Department of 
Energy an Application for Presidential Permit, proposing a 1,250 
megawatt (MW) wind project in Mexico that would include the 
construction of transmission lines into the United States, and a new 
substation located northeast of the town of Jacumba, California. The 
Draft EIR/EIS, in its evaluation of ``connected actions'' and 
``indirect effects'', analyzed a 250 MW wind project in Mexico that 
included the construction of a transmission line and a ``Jacumba 
Substation.'' However, the wind project considered in the Draft EIR/EIS 
was much smaller than the actual project as described by Sempra. As a 
result, the RDEIR/SDEIS presents new ``connected action'' and 
``indirect effects'' analysis of the Sempra project.
    3. Description and Analysis of Transmission Line Route Revisions. 
In comments on the Draft EIR/EIS, SDG&E proposed modifications to 
several segments of the Proposed and Alternative transmission line 
routes. Some of these reroutes would affect new landowners, change the 
potential effect on already-affected landowners, or otherwise change 
the environmental impact described in the Draft EIR/EIS. The RDEIR/
SDEIS describes 13 reroutes.
    The CPUC and BLM evaluated all comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and 
determined that other requests for a recirculated/supplemental document 
did meet the requirements defined above. The Final EIR/EIS will respond 
to each comment requesting recirculation, explaining why this 
determination was made.
    An informational workshop will be held to help the public 
understand the RDEIR/SDEIS, and to explain how to participate in the 
CPUC and BLM decision-making processes. The informal workshop is an 
opportunity to speak with and ask questions of CPUC and BLM 
representatives and some of the specialists who prepared the RDEIR/
SDEIS. A brief presentation will summarize the EIR/EIS process, the 
information presented in the RDEIR/SDEIS, and the decision making-
process. Presentation notes will be available on the project Web site 
for those unable to attend. While written comments may be submitted 
during the workshop, there will be no facilities to record oral 
comments.
    Comments received may be published as part of the EIR/EIS process. 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.
    At the end of the 45-day comment period on the RDEIR/SDEIS, the 
CPUC and BLM will prepare a Final EIR/EIS. The Final EIR/EIS will 
respond to all comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and on the RDEIR/
SDEIS.

Tom Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-15943 Filed 7-10-08; 8:45 am]
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