Interconnection of the Grapevine Canyon Wind Project, Coconino County, AZ, 36689-36691 [E9-17700]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 141 / Friday, July 24, 2009 / Notices Description: 2009 Annual Report of Cash Out Activity of Cimarron River Pipeline, LLC. Filed Date: 07/14/2009. Accession Number: 20090714–5032. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 27, 2009. Docket Numbers: RP09–828–000. Applicants: Texas Gas Transmission, LLC. Description: Texas Gas Transmission, LLC submits Fourth Revised Sheet 99A to FERC Gas Tariff, Third Revised Volume 1. Filed Date: 07/14/2009. Accession Number: 20090714–0102. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 27, 2009. Docket Numbers: RP09–829–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC. Description: Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC submits two amendments to an existing negotiated rate Transportation Rate Schedule FTS Agreement between MEP and Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. Filed Date: 07/14/2009. Accession Number: 20090714–0101. 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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 docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E9–17664 Filed 7–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Interconnection of the Grapevine Canyon Wind Project, Coconino County, AZ AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report and Conduct Scoping Meetings; Notice of Floodplain and Wetlands Involvement. SUMMARY: The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of the DOE, intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the interconnection of the Grapevine Canyon Wind Project (Project) in Coconino County, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Foresight Flying M, LLC (Foresight) has applied to Western to interconnect the proposed Project to Western’s power transmission system on its Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak Transmission Line. Western is issuing this notice to inform the public and interested parties about Western’s intent to prepare an EIS, conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be addressed in the EIS. The EIS will address Western’s Federal action of interconnecting the proposed Project to Western’s transmission system and making any necessary modifications to Western facilities to accommodate the interconnection. The EIS will also review the potential environmental PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36689 impacts of constructing, operating, and maintaining Foresight’s wind generation facility and associated facilities, including access roads, collection and feeder lines, step-up substation, communications system, transmission tie-line, and switchyard. DATES: The public scoping period begins with the publication of this notice and closes on August 28, 2009. Public scoping meetings will be held on August 10 and 11, 2009. ADDRESSES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping meeting locations. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be addressed to Ms. Mary Barger, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest Region, P.O. Box 6457, 615 S. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85005 or GrapevineWindEIS@wapa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mary Barger, NEPA Document Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest Region, P.O. Box 6457, 615 S. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85005, telephone (602) 605–2524, fax (602) 605–2630, or e-mail GrapevineWindEIS@wapa.gov. For general information on DOE’s NEPA review procedures or status of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and Compliance, GC–20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone (202) 586–4600 or (800) 472–2756. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Western, an agency within DOE, markets Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by law. These customers include municipalities, cooperatives, irrigation districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American tribes. Western’s service territory covers 15 western states, including Arizona. Western owns and operates more than 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. Foresight has applied to Western to interconnect the proposed Project at a new switchyard on Western’s Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak Transmission Line. Western offers capacity on its transmission system to deliver electricity, when such capacity is available, under Western’s Open Access Transmission Service Tariff. Foresight also has applied to the U.S. Forest Service for a permit to build, operate, and maintain a portion of the proposed project on Coconino National Forest land. Additionally, Foresight is subject to State and local approvals prior to building the proposed Project, including the following: a Certificate of E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 36690 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 141 / Friday, July 24, 2009 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Environmental Compatibility from the Arizona Corporate Commission, right of way from the Arizona State Land Department, and a Conditional Use Permit from Coconino County. Project Description Foresight proposes to construct a wind energy generation project up to 500 megawatts (MW). It would occupy approximately 55 square miles in Coconino County, Arizona. The wind generation component of the proposed Project would be located about 22 miles southeast of Flagstaff and about18 miles south of the Twin Arrows Interstate-40 interchange. It would be located within the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Ecozone of the Colorado Plateau Semi-Desert Province in the northeastern quarter of Arizona. The area has primarily pinyonjuniper and desert scrub vegetation types. The current land use is agricultural, primarily livestock grazing. Each wind turbine would involve the disturbance of about 1.0 to 1.6 acres. The wind generation component of the proposed Project would be constructed on private lands and land administered by the Arizona State Land Department. The proposed Project would generate electricity from wind turbine generators rated at 1.5 to 3.0 MW. Final turbine selection and size is subject to further wind analysis, and will determine the number of turbines. Each turbine would have three blades that would revolve at less than approximately 18 revolutions per minute. Each blade would measure 125 to 185 feet long. The single pole structures supporting each of the turbines would be up to 325 feet high and approximately 20 feet in diameter at the base. Each turbine structure would be up to approximately 500 feet high, when a blade is in the 12 o’clock position. Each would be installed on a concrete base, and would have a padmounted transformer near the base. Lighting would be in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements. There would be an all-weather service road constructed to each turbine location. The wind turbines would be connected by an electrical collection system, power collection circuits, and a communications network. This collection system would be buried, where feasible, in areas without major subsurface obstructions. Foresight would site the wind turbine generators to optimize wind and land resources in the area while minimizing environmental impacts to the extent practicable. Foresight would comply with local zoning requirements, including setbacks from residences, VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:55 Jul 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 roads, and existing transmission and distribution lines. Foresight would begin construction on the proposed Project approximately fall 2010. The life of the proposed Project is anticipated to be a minimum of 30 years. To support delivery of the power generated by the Project, Foresight proposes to build a new 345-kV transmission tie-line, approximately 9 miles in length, to a new 345-kV switchyard, located immediately adjacent to Western’s existing Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak Transmission Line. The transmission tie-line would cross lands administered by Coconino National Forest. The right-of-way for the transmission line would be about 8.5 miles in length by 200 feet wide, for a total disturbance area of about 206 acres. The physical area affected by the new switchyard would be about 10 acres. The proposed Project area would be accessed by an existing road about 18 miles in length that would require some realignment for construction activities. Proposed Agency Action and Alternatives Western’s proposed action is to interconnect the proposed Project to Western’s transmission system. The U.S. Forest Service’s proposed action is to grant a permit for the transmission line to cross Federal lands and for associated road improvements. Any additional action alternatives identified will be analyzed in the EIS. Western will also consider the noaction alternative in the EIS. Under the no-action alternative Western would not interconnect and/or the U.S. Forest Service would not issue a permit. Agency Responsibilities Because interconnection of the proposed Project would incorporate a major new generation resource into Western’s power transmission system, Western has determined that an EIS is required under DOE NEPA implementing procedures, 10 CFR part 1021, subpart D, Appendix D, class of action D6. Western will be the lead Federal agency for preparing the EIS, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5. The proposed Project includes construction of a tieline across Coconino National Forest land, for which the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction and has agreed to be a cooperating agency for preparation of the EIS. Western will invite other Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to environmental issues to be cooperating agencies on the EIS, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.6. Such agencies may also make a request to Western to be a cooperating agency by PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contacting Ms. Barger at the address listed above in the ADDRESSES section. The proposed Project may affect floodplains or wetlands. This notice also serves as notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action, in accordance with 10 CFR part 1022. Environmental Issues This notice is to inform agencies and the public of Western’s intent to prepare an EIS and solicit comments and suggestions for consideration in the EIS. To help the public frame its comments, the following list contains potential environmental issues preliminarily identified for analysis in the EIS: 1. Impacts on protected, threatened, endangered, or sensitive species of animals or plants. 2. Impacts on avian and bat species. 3. Impacts on land use, recreation, and transportation. 4. Impacts on cultural or historic resources and tribal values. 5. Impacts on human health and safety. 6. Impacts on air, soil, and water resources (including air quality and surface water impacts). 7. Visual impacts. 8. Socioeconomic impacts and disproportionately high and adverse impacts to minority and low-income populations. This list is not intended to be allinclusive or to imply any predetermination of impacts. Western invites interested parties to suggest specific issues within these general categories, or other issues not included above, to be considered in the EIS. Public Participation The EIS process includes a public scoping period; public review and hearings on the draft EIS; publication of a final EIS; and publication of a record of decision (ROD). The public scoping period begins with publication of this notice and closes August 28, 2009. At the conclusion of the NEPA process, Western and the U.S. Forest Service will each prepare a ROD. Persons interested in receiving future notices, Project information, copies of the EIS, and other information on the NEPA review process should contact Ms. Barger at the address listed above in the ADDRESSES section. Western will hold public scoping meetings as follows: 1. August 10, 2009, Mormon Lake Fire Station, 43 Mormon Lake Road, Mormon Lake, AZ 86038. 2. August 11, 2009, Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies (NACET), 2225 N. Gemini Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 141 / Friday, July 24, 2009 / Notices Each meeting is scheduled for 6–8 p.m. with an open-house format, during which attendees are invited to speak one-on-one with agency and Project representatives. Project presentations will be given at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their convenience throughout the meeting. The purpose of the scoping meetings is to provide information about the proposed Project, review Project maps, answer questions, and take written comments from interested parties. All meeting locations are handicappedaccessible. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact Ms. Barger to make arrangements. The public will have the opportunity to provide written comments at the public scoping meetings, or send them to Western by fax, e-mail, or U.S. Postal Service mail. To help define the scope of the EIS, comments should be received by Western no later than August 28, 2009. Dated: July 15, 2009. Timothy J. Meeks, Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–17700 Filed 7–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY National Nuclear Security Administration Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Continued Operation of the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Test Site and Off-Site Locations in the State of Nevada srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and conduct public scoping meetings. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508 and 10 CFR Part 1021, respectively), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within DOE, announces its intention to prepare a site-wide environmental impact statement (SWEIS) (DOE/EIS–0426) for the continued operation of DOE/NNSA activities at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:55 Jul 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 and certain off-site locations (the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, the DOE/NNSA campus in North Las Vegas, and the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) including activities at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR)) in the State of Nevada. The purpose of this notice is to invite individuals, organizations, and government agencies and entities to participate in developing the scope of the SWEIS. The new SWEIS will consider a No Action Alternative, which is to continue current operations through implementation of the 1996 Record of Decision (ROD) (61 FR 65551; 12/13/ 96), and subsequent decisions. Three action alternatives proposed for consideration in the SWEIS would be compared to the No Action Alternative. The three action alternatives would differ by either their type or level of ongoing operations and may include proposals for new operations or the reduction or elimination of certain operations. DATES: NNSA invites comments on the scope of this SWEIS. The public scoping period starts with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue through October 16, 2009. NNSA will consider all comments defining the scope of the SWEIS received or postmarked by this date. Comments received or postmarked after this date will be considered to the extent practicable. NNSA will conduct public scoping meetings in Las Vegas, Tonopah and Pahrump, Nevada and St. George, Utah scheduled as follows: • Thursday, September 10, 2009—2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. Frank H. Rogers Science & Technology Building, Desert Research Institute, 755 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV. • Monday, September 14, 2009—5:30– 7:30 p.m. Bob Ruud Community Center, 150 North Highway 160, Pahrump, NV. • Wednesday, September 16, 2009— 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tonopah Convention Center, 301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah, NV. • Friday, September 18, 2009—5:30– 7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Conference Center, 850 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. These scoping meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to present comments, ask questions, and discuss issues with NNSA officials regarding the SWEIS. Preparation of the SWEIS will require participation of other Federal agencies. As bordering land managers, the USAF and BLM have an inherent interest in activities at the PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36691 Nevada Test Site (NTS). The DHS and DTRA are tenant organizations with ongoing and future operations at the NTS: Therefore requests for cooperating agency participation will be extended to the DOE, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM.) ADDRESSES: To submit comments on the scope of the SWEIS, questions about the document or scoping meetings, or to be included on the document distribution list, please contact: Linda M. Cohn, NNSA Nevada Site Office, SWEIS Document Manager, P.O. Box 98518, Las Vegas, Nevada 89193–8518; telephone (702) 295–0077; fax (702) 295–5300; or e-mail address: nepa@nv.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information about the DOE NEPA process, please contact: Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; e-mail: askNEPA@hq.doe.gov; telephone: 202– 586–4600, or leave a message at 1–800– 472–2756; or fax: 202–586–7031. Please note that U.S. Postal Service deliveries to the Washington, DC office may be delayed by security screening. Additional information regarding DOE NEPA activities is available on the Internet through the NEPA Web site at http://www.gc.energy.gov/nepa. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The NTS occupies about 1,375 square miles (3,561 square kilometers) in southern Nevada, and is surrounded on three sides by the U.S. Air Force Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) (formerly the Nellis Air Force Range) and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The fourth boundary is shared with the Bureau of Land Management. The Nevada Site Office (NSO) operations are managed and performed for DOE/NNSA under contract by a management and operating contractor (currently National Security Technologies, LLC) which teams with personnel from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories as well as other governmental entities to perform NTS mission-related activities. NTS is a multi-disciplinary, multi-purpose facility primarily engaged in work that supports national security, homeland security initiatives, waste management, environmental restoration, and defense E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Interconnection of the Grapevine Canyon Wind Project, Coconino 
County, AZ

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report and Conduct Scoping Meetings; Notice of 
Floodplain and Wetlands Involvement.

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SUMMARY: The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of 
the DOE, intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on 
the interconnection of the Grapevine Canyon Wind Project (Project) in 
Coconino County, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Foresight Flying M, LLC 
(Foresight) has applied to Western to interconnect the proposed Project 
to Western's power transmission system on its Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak 
Transmission Line. Western is issuing this notice to inform the public 
and interested parties about Western's intent to prepare an EIS, 
conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on 
the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be 
addressed in the EIS.
    The EIS will address Western's Federal action of interconnecting 
the proposed Project to Western's transmission system and making any 
necessary modifications to Western facilities to accommodate the 
interconnection. The EIS will also review the potential environmental 
impacts of constructing, operating, and maintaining Foresight's wind 
generation facility and associated facilities, including access roads, 
collection and feeder lines, step-up substation, communications system, 
transmission tie-line, and switchyard.

DATES: The public scoping period begins with the publication of this 
notice and closes on August 28, 2009. Public scoping meetings will be 
held on August 10 and 11, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping 
meeting locations. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be 
addressed to Ms. Mary Barger, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
Document Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest 
Region, P.O. Box 6457, 615 S. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85005 or 
GrapevineWindEIS@wapa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mary Barger, NEPA Document 
Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest Region, 
P.O. Box 6457, 615 S. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85005, telephone (602) 
605-2524, fax (602) 605-2630, or e-mail GrapevineWindEIS@wapa.gov. For 
general information on DOE's NEPA review procedures or status of a NEPA 
review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and 
Compliance, GC-20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone (202) 586-4600 or (800) 472-2756.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Western, an agency within DOE, markets 
Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by 
law. These customers include municipalities, cooperatives, irrigation 
districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American tribes. 
Western's service territory covers 15 western states, including 
Arizona. Western owns and operates more than 17,000 miles of high-
voltage transmission lines.
    Foresight has applied to Western to interconnect the proposed 
Project at a new switchyard on Western's Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak 
Transmission Line. Western offers capacity on its transmission system 
to deliver electricity, when such capacity is available, under 
Western's Open Access Transmission Service Tariff.
    Foresight also has applied to the U.S. Forest Service for a permit 
to build, operate, and maintain a portion of the proposed project on 
Coconino National Forest land. Additionally, Foresight is subject to 
State and local approvals prior to building the proposed Project, 
including the following: a Certificate of

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Environmental Compatibility from the Arizona Corporate Commission, 
right of way from the Arizona State Land Department, and a Conditional 
Use Permit from Coconino County.

Project Description

    Foresight proposes to construct a wind energy generation project up 
to 500 megawatts (MW). It would occupy approximately 55 square miles in 
Coconino County, Arizona. The wind generation component of the proposed 
Project would be located about 22 miles southeast of Flagstaff and 
about18 miles south of the Twin Arrows Interstate-40 interchange. It 
would be located within the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Ecozone of the 
Colorado Plateau Semi-Desert Province in the northeastern quarter of 
Arizona. The area has primarily pinyon-juniper and desert scrub 
vegetation types. The current land use is agricultural, primarily 
livestock grazing. Each wind turbine would involve the disturbance of 
about 1.0 to 1.6 acres.
    The wind generation component of the proposed Project would be 
constructed on private lands and land administered by the Arizona State 
Land Department. The proposed Project would generate electricity from 
wind turbine generators rated at 1.5 to 3.0 MW. Final turbine selection 
and size is subject to further wind analysis, and will determine the 
number of turbines. Each turbine would have three blades that would 
revolve at less than approximately 18 revolutions per minute. Each 
blade would measure 125 to 185 feet long. The single pole structures 
supporting each of the turbines would be up to 325 feet high and 
approximately 20 feet in diameter at the base. Each turbine structure 
would be up to approximately 500 feet high, when a blade is in the 12 
o'clock position. Each would be installed on a concrete base, and would 
have a pad-mounted transformer near the base. Lighting would be in 
accordance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
    There would be an all-weather service road constructed to each 
turbine location. The wind turbines would be connected by an electrical 
collection system, power collection circuits, and a communications 
network. This collection system would be buried, where feasible, in 
areas without major subsurface obstructions. Foresight would site the 
wind turbine generators to optimize wind and land resources in the area 
while minimizing environmental impacts to the extent practicable. 
Foresight would comply with local zoning requirements, including 
setbacks from residences, roads, and existing transmission and 
distribution lines. Foresight would begin construction on the proposed 
Project approximately fall 2010. The life of the proposed Project is 
anticipated to be a minimum of 30 years.
    To support delivery of the power generated by the Project, 
Foresight proposes to build a new 345-kV transmission tie-line, 
approximately 9 miles in length, to a new 345-kV switchyard, located 
immediately adjacent to Western's existing Glen Canyon-Pinnacle Peak 
Transmission Line. The transmission tie-line would cross lands 
administered by Coconino National Forest. The right-of-way for the 
transmission line would be about 8.5 miles in length by 200 feet wide, 
for a total disturbance area of about 206 acres. The physical area 
affected by the new switchyard would be about 10 acres. The proposed 
Project area would be accessed by an existing road about 18 miles in 
length that would require some realignment for construction activities.

Proposed Agency Action and Alternatives

    Western's proposed action is to interconnect the proposed Project 
to Western's transmission system. The U.S. Forest Service's proposed 
action is to grant a permit for the transmission line to cross Federal 
lands and for associated road improvements. Any additional action 
alternatives identified will be analyzed in the EIS.
    Western will also consider the no-action alternative in the EIS. 
Under the no-action alternative Western would not interconnect and/or 
the U.S. Forest Service would not issue a permit.

Agency Responsibilities

    Because interconnection of the proposed Project would incorporate a 
major new generation resource into Western's power transmission system, 
Western has determined that an EIS is required under DOE NEPA 
implementing procedures, 10 CFR part 1021, subpart D, Appendix D, class 
of action D6. Western will be the lead Federal agency for preparing the 
EIS, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5. The proposed Project includes 
construction of a tie-line across Coconino National Forest land, for 
which the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction and has agreed to be a 
cooperating agency for preparation of the EIS. Western will invite 
other Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction by 
law or special expertise with respect to environmental issues to be 
cooperating agencies on the EIS, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.6. Such 
agencies may also make a request to Western to be a cooperating agency 
by contacting Ms. Barger at the address listed above in the ADDRESSES 
section.
    The proposed Project may affect floodplains or wetlands. This 
notice also serves as notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action, 
in accordance with 10 CFR part 1022.

Environmental Issues

    This notice is to inform agencies and the public of Western's 
intent to prepare an EIS and solicit comments and suggestions for 
consideration in the EIS. To help the public frame its comments, the 
following list contains potential environmental issues preliminarily 
identified for analysis in the EIS:
    1. Impacts on protected, threatened, endangered, or sensitive 
species of animals or plants.
    2. Impacts on avian and bat species.
    3. Impacts on land use, recreation, and transportation.
    4. Impacts on cultural or historic resources and tribal values.
    5. Impacts on human health and safety.
    6. Impacts on air, soil, and water resources (including air quality 
and surface water impacts).
    7. Visual impacts.
    8. Socioeconomic impacts and disproportionately high and adverse 
impacts to minority and low-income populations.
    This list is not intended to be all-inclusive or to imply any 
predetermination of impacts. Western invites interested parties to 
suggest specific issues within these general categories, or other 
issues not included above, to be considered in the EIS.

Public Participation

    The EIS process includes a public scoping period; public review and 
hearings on the draft EIS; publication of a final EIS; and publication 
of a record of decision (ROD). The public scoping period begins with 
publication of this notice and closes August 28, 2009. At the 
conclusion of the NEPA process, Western and the U.S. Forest Service 
will each prepare a ROD. Persons interested in receiving future 
notices, Project information, copies of the EIS, and other information 
on the NEPA review process should contact Ms. Barger at the address 
listed above in the ADDRESSES section.
    Western will hold public scoping meetings as follows:
    1. August 10, 2009, Mormon Lake Fire Station, 43 Mormon Lake Road, 
Mormon Lake, AZ 86038.
    2. August 11, 2009, Northern Arizona Center for Emerging 
Technologies (NACET), 2225 N. Gemini Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

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    Each meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. with an open-house format, 
during which attendees are invited to speak one-on-one with agency and 
Project representatives. Project presentations will be given at 6:15 
and 7:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their convenience 
throughout the meeting.
    The purpose of the scoping meetings is to provide information about 
the proposed Project, review Project maps, answer questions, and take 
written comments from interested parties. All meeting locations are 
handicapped-accessible. Anyone needing special accommodations should 
contact Ms. Barger to make arrangements.
    The public will have the opportunity to provide written comments at 
the public scoping meetings, or send them to Western by fax, e-mail, or 
U.S. Postal Service mail. To help define the scope of the EIS, comments 
should be received by Western no later than August 28, 2009.

    Dated: July 15, 2009.
Timothy J. Meeks,
Administrator.
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