Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, Nye County, NV, 61364-61365 [E9-28188]

Download as PDF 61364 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 24, 2009 / Notices reclamation through the apportionment of funds to States and Indian tribes. Bureau Form Number: OSM–76. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Total Annual Responses: 1,800. Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,000. Description of Respondents: State governments and Indian tribes. Dated: November 17, 2009. John R. Craynon, Chief, Division of Regulatory Support. [FR Doc. E9–28089 Filed 11–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie, Alameda County, CA WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation, as the National Environmental Policy Act Federal lead agency, has prepared the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie (Intertie) Final EIS. The Intertie is a proposed action in the August 2000 CALFED Bay-Delta Program Programmatic Record of Decision. The Intertie Final EIS evaluates constructing and operating a pipeline connecting the Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC) and the California Aqueduct. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve the DMC conveyance conditions that restrict the Central Valley Project’s (CVP) Jones Pumping Plant to less than its authorized pumping capacity of 4,600 cubic feet per second. A notice of availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2009 (74 FR 34031). The written comment period on the Draft EIS ended on August 31, 2009. The Final EIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period. DATES: Reclamation will not make a decision on the Proposed Action until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIS. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all the factors leading to that decision. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final EIS may be requested from Mr. Louis Moore, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:15 Nov 23, 2009 Jkt 220001 Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; by calling 916–978–5106 (TDD 916–978–5608); or by e-mailing wmoore@usbr.gov. The Final EIS is also accessible from the following Web site: http://www.usbr. gov/mp/intertie/docs/index.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Louis Moore at the phone number or email address above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final EIS documents the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects to the physical, biological, and socioeconomic environment that may result from the construction and operation of the Intertie facilities. The Intertie Final EIS evaluates constructing and operating a pipeline connecting between the DMC and the California Aqueduct. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve the DMC conveyance conditions that restrict the CVP Jones Pumping Plant to less than its authorized pumping capacity of 4,600 cubic feet per second. The Final EIS evaluates four alternatives, including the No Action, Proposed Action (alternative previously analyzed in the Environmental Assessment), an alternative location of the same design, and a temporary structure. The Intertie would be located in an unincorporated area of the San Joaquin Valley in Alameda County, west of the city of Tracy, in a rural agricultural area that is owned by the State and Federal governments. The primary study area includes the Intertie alternative facilities and the associated transmission lines connecting to the Tracy substation, which is located at DMC Milepost 3.5. Public hearings were held on August 4, 2009 in Sacramento, California and on August 5, 2009 in Stockton, California. Copies of the Final EIS are available for public review at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. • California Bay-Delta Authority, 650 Capitol Mall, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95812. • Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Building 67, Room 167, Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Denver, CO 80225. • Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in any correspondence, you should be aware that your entire correspondence, including your personal identifying PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your correspondence to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: October 30, 2009. Pablo R. Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. E9–28138 Filed 11–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVB02000.L51010000.ER0000.F0900080; NVN–86292; 09–08807; TAS:14X5017] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, Nye County, NV AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District Office, Tonopah Field Office, Nevada intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project located on public lands in Nye County, Nevada. DATES: Submit comments on or before December 24, 2009. The BLM will announce public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through local news media and the BLM Web site, http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_ mountain_field.html, at least 15 days prior to each meeting. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed project by the following methods: • E-mail: crescent_dunes@blm.gov • Fax: (775) 482–7810 (attention: Tim Coward) • Mail or Hand Delivery: Bureau of Land Management, Tonopah Field Office, Attn: Tim Coward, Project Manager, 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049. Documents pertinent to this project may be examined at the Tonopah Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Tim Coward, (775) 482–7800, or e-mail crescent_dunes@blm.gov. E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 24, 2009 / Notices Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC has submitted a rightof-way application to the BLM to build a solar power generation facility, with a net generating capacity of up to 180 megawatts (MW) of electricity based on concentrating solar power technology (CSP). The proposed solar power plant, including the heliostat array, power tower, power block, and associated facilities would be built on about 1,600 acres of public land, northwest of Tonopah, Nevada. The project is proposed to be built entirely on lands administered by the BLM Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office. The solar facility would include a large field of heliostats or mirrors to reflect the sun’s energy onto a central solar receiver or tower; a conventional steam turbine to generate electricity; thermal storage tanks to store hot and cold liquid salt; a hybrid cooling system; associated equipment such as pumps, transformers, heat exchangers, and buildings; and associated linear facilities including an eight-mile transmission line, access road and possible water supply pipeline. The heliostat array would be a circular field with a radius of approximately 4,400 feet. The proposed array would consist of approximately 17,350 heliostats, each approximately 670 square feet in size. The heliostats would be arranged in arcs around the central solar receiver or tower. The central solar receiver or tower would be a concrete structure, approximately 538 feet high, supporting a cylindrical receiver, approximately 95 feet tall. The total height of the receiver would be approximately 633 feet. A 20-foot tall maintenance crane would be mounted on top of the receiver. The primary components of the power block include a solar steam generator system; a solar preheater; an evaporator; a steam turbine; and feedwater heaters. A hybrid cooling system would be employed at the site. The hybrid cooling system would consist of an air-cooled condenser augmented with a wet cooling system designed to minimize water consumption. The proposal includes a thermal storage system using liquid salt held in tanks to store solar heat energy for later steam generation, as well as associated pumps and piping. The bulk of the electric power produced by the facility would be transmitted to the electric grid under the control of the Sierra Pacific Power Company, doing business as NV Energy, and delivered to the Anaconda 230kilovolt (kV) Substation, located about 8 miles north of the site. A high voltage overhead transmission line would be WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:15 Nov 23, 2009 Jkt 220001 constructed to deliver power from the plant switchyard to the Anaconda substation. It is proposed that the new transmission line would parallel an existing transmission line that crosses the northwest corner of the site. Access to the site would be provided from State Route 89. Buildings and enclosures planned for the project include a steam generator area building, a steam turbine enclosure building, an electrical building, an administration and maintenance building, and a heliostat assembly building with a warehouse. On-site storage for spare components would be required for maintenance uses. In addition, on-site storage facilities for water pretreatment chemicals, cooling water treatment chemicals, and boiler water treatment chemicals would be necessary. The proposed project would be designed for a life of 30 years. The EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project on air quality, biological resources (including special status species) cultural resources, water resources, geological resources, paleontological resources, public health, socioeconomics, soils, traffic and transportation, and visual resources. It will also analyze the geological hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, waste management, and worker safety and fire protection potentially associated with the proposed project. Native American Tribal consultations will be conducted and Tribal concerns will be given due consideration. The EIS will include the consideration of any impacts on Indian trust assets. 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. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by the BLM’s decision on this project are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM, to participate as a cooperating agency. Authority: 43 CFR Part 2800. Thomas J. Seley, Field Manager, Tonopah Field Office. [FR Doc. E9–28188 Filed 11–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61365 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAZ9120000.L12200000.AL00006100 241A] Notice of Reestablishment of Arizona Resource Advisory Council AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Reestablishment of Arizona Resource Advisory Council. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) has reestablished the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Council for the state of Arizona. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Sandoval, Legislative Affairs and Correspondence (600), Bureau of Land Management, 1620 L Street, NW., MS–LS–401, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 912–7434. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, Public Law 92– 463. The BLM has re-established the Arizona Advisory Council. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT: I hereby certify that the reestablishment of the BLM Resource Advisory Councils is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the Secretary’s responsibilities to manage the lands, resources, and facilities administered by the BLM. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. E9–28186 Filed 11–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Proclaiming Certain Lands as a Reservation for the Nottawaseppi Huron and of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Reservation Proclamation; Correction. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a document in the Federal Register of November 13, 2007, concerning the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs proclaiming approximately 78.26 acres as the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian Reservation. The document contained an error in the legal description. E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVB02000.L51010000.ER0000.F0900080; NVN-86292; 09-08807; 
TAS:14X5017]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC Crescent Dunes Solar Energy 
Project, Nye County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle 
Mountain District Office, Tonopah Field Office, Nevada intends to 
prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Crescent Dunes 
Solar Energy Project located on public lands in Nye County, Nevada.

DATES: Submit comments on or before December 24, 2009. The BLM will 
announce public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through 
local news media and the BLM Web site, http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html, at least 15 days prior to each meeting. 
The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation 
upon publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues related to the proposed 
project by the following methods:
     E-mail: crescent_dunes@blm.gov
     Fax: (775) 482-7810 (attention: Tim Coward)
     Mail or Hand Delivery: Bureau of Land Management, Tonopah 
Field Office, Attn: Tim Coward, Project Manager, 1553 South Main 
Street, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049.
    Documents pertinent to this project may be examined at the Tonopah 
Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have 
your name added to the mailing list, contact Tim Coward, (775) 482-
7800, or e-mail crescent_dunes@blm.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC has submitted a 
right-of-way application to the BLM to build a solar power generation 
facility, with a net generating capacity of up to 180 megawatts (MW) of 
electricity based on concentrating solar power technology (CSP). The 
proposed solar power plant, including the heliostat array, power tower, 
power block, and associated facilities would be built on about 1,600 
acres of public land, northwest of Tonopah, Nevada. The project is 
proposed to be built entirely on lands administered by the BLM Battle 
Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office.
    The solar facility would include a large field of heliostats or 
mirrors to reflect the sun's energy onto a central solar receiver or 
tower; a conventional steam turbine to generate electricity; thermal 
storage tanks to store hot and cold liquid salt; a hybrid cooling 
system; associated equipment such as pumps, transformers, heat 
exchangers, and buildings; and associated linear facilities including 
an eight-mile transmission line, access road and possible water supply 
pipeline.
    The heliostat array would be a circular field with a radius of 
approximately 4,400 feet. The proposed array would consist of 
approximately 17,350 heliostats, each approximately 670 square feet in 
size. The heliostats would be arranged in arcs around the central solar 
receiver or tower. The central solar receiver or tower would be a 
concrete structure, approximately 538 feet high, supporting a 
cylindrical receiver, approximately 95 feet tall. The total height of 
the receiver would be approximately 633 feet. A 20-foot tall 
maintenance crane would be mounted on top of the receiver. The primary 
components of the power block include a solar steam generator system; a 
solar preheater; an evaporator; a steam turbine; and feedwater heaters. 
A hybrid cooling system would be employed at the site. The hybrid 
cooling system would consist of an air-cooled condenser augmented with 
a wet cooling system designed to minimize water consumption. The 
proposal includes a thermal storage system using liquid salt held in 
tanks to store solar heat energy for later steam generation, as well as 
associated pumps and piping.
    The bulk of the electric power produced by the facility would be 
transmitted to the electric grid under the control of the Sierra 
Pacific Power Company, doing business as NV Energy, and delivered to 
the Anaconda 230-kilovolt (kV) Substation, located about 8 miles north 
of the site. A high voltage overhead transmission line would be 
constructed to deliver power from the plant switchyard to the Anaconda 
substation. It is proposed that the new transmission line would 
parallel an existing transmission line that crosses the northwest 
corner of the site. Access to the site would be provided from State 
Route 89. Buildings and enclosures planned for the project include a 
steam generator area building, a steam turbine enclosure building, an 
electrical building, an administration and maintenance building, and a 
heliostat assembly building with a warehouse. On-site storage for spare 
components would be required for maintenance uses. In addition, on-site 
storage facilities for water pretreatment chemicals, cooling water 
treatment chemicals, and boiler water treatment chemicals would be 
necessary. The proposed project would be designed for a life of 30 
years.
    The EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed 
project on air quality, biological resources (including special status 
species) cultural resources, water resources, geological resources, 
paleontological resources, public health, socioeconomics, soils, 
traffic and transportation, and visual resources. It will also analyze 
the geological hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, waste 
management, and worker safety and fire protection potentially 
associated with the proposed project. Native American Tribal 
consultations will be conducted and Tribal concerns will be given due 
consideration. The EIS will include the consideration of any impacts on 
Indian trust assets.
    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. Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as 
individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by 
the BLM's decision on this project are invited to participate in the 
scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the 
BLM, to participate as a cooperating agency.

    Authority: 43 CFR Part 2800.

Thomas J. Seley,
Field Manager, Tonopah Field Office.
[FR Doc. E9-28188 Filed 11-23-09; 8:45 am]
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