Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Rio Mesa Gen-Tie Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment, Riverside County, CA, 52352-52353 [2012-21272]

Download as PDF 52352 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices Deadline Submit nominations on or before October 1, 2012. Address Please submit nominations to Sue Bement, Designated Federal Officer, Bureau of Indian Education, Albuquerque Service Center, Division of Performance and Accountability, 1011 Indian School Road NW., Albuquerque, NM 87104–1088, telephone 505–563– 5274 or fax to 505–563–5281. Contact For further information, contact Sue Bement, Education Specialist, Albuquerque Service Center, Division of Performance and Accountability, at the above listed address and telephone number. Dated: August 23, 2012. Donald E. Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–21247 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–6W–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD06000 L51010000.ER0000.LVRWB12B4840] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Rio Mesa Gen-Tie Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment, Riverside County, CA Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, (NEPA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, Palm Springs, California, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rio Mesa GenTie Project. The proposed project would require an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan (1980 as amended), which would be evaluated in this EIS. By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues related to the EIS/plan amendment (PA). DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS/PA. Comments on issues related to the EIS/ PA may be submitted in writing until September 28, 2012. The date(s) and TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ palmsprings/Solar_Projects.html. In order to be included in the analysis, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. ADDRESSES: You may submit scoping comments for the proposed Rio Mesa Gen-Tie Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/ en.html; • Email: CARioMesa@blm.gov; • Fax: 951–697–5299; or • Mail: Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 or at the BLM California Desert District Office. For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; telephone 951–697–5233; address 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; email lelser@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, Rio Mesa Solar Holdings, LLC, has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission an approximately 8-mile generation interconnection transmission (gen-tie) line, an approximately 3-mile emergency power line and an approximately 1.6 miles of access roads on BLM-managed land. Through an application with the California Energy Commission, the applicant proposes to construct an approximately 3805-acre, 500-MW solar generation facility on nearby private lands. The aboveidentified components proposed on BLM-managed lands in Riverside County approximately 13 miles PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 southwest of Blythe, California, would support this thermal power plant project. The Project’s 230-kilovolt (kV) gen-tie line is proposed to parallel the existing Imperial Irrigation District F Line from where it crosses the Rio Mesa generation site north to the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation where it could connect the Project to the regional transmission grid. Due to the number of transmission lines in this location, the BLM will consider whether the CDCA Plan should be amended by designating this area as a utility corridor. Additionally two pathways for 33-kV lines providing electrical service to the Project and two pathways for roads providing access to the Project are proposed on BLMadministered lands. If approved, project construction would begin in 2013 and would take approximately 24 months to complete. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the Draft EIS/PA. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: Air quality, biological resources, recreation, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources, special management areas, land use, noise, paleontological resources, public health, socioeconomic, soils, and traffic and transportation, visual resources. It should be noted that the BLM has determined that the proposed solar facility on private property is a connected action, and the BLM plans to analyze the potential effects of the solar facility in the EIS. Pursuant to the BLM’s CDCA Plan, sites associated with transmission above 161kV not identified in the CDCA Plan will be considered through the plan amendment process to determine the suitability of the site for energy transmission. Since a portion of the gentie route was not previously identified as a designated utility corridor, its authorization would require amendment of the CDCA Plan. By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to CDCA Plan predicated on the findings in the EIS. If a land use plan amendment is necessary, the BLM will integrate the land use planning process with the NEPA process for the Project. A preliminary list of the potential planning criteria that will be used to help guide and define the scope of the plan amendment process includes: 1. The plan amendments will be completed in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant Federal E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices laws, executive orders, and BLM policies; 2. Existing, valid plan decisions will not be changed and any new plan decisions will not conflict with existing plan decisions; and 3. The plan amendment(s) will recognize valid existing rights. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed Rio Mesa Project and potential CDCA Plan amendment will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the proposed action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment; VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment. The BLM will provide an explanation in the EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan amendment. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Rangeland management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, and sociology and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director, California. [FR Doc. 2012–21272 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WYW 163447] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Wyoming; Correction Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Correction. AGENCY: This action corrects the acreage referenced in the SUMMARY and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections of a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 1, 2006 (71 FR 52144). On page 52144, column 1, line 24 of the notice, which reads ‘‘approximately 427 acres of public land,’’ is hereby corrected to read, ‘‘approximately 504 acres of public land.’’ On page 52144, column 2, line 20 of the notice, which reads ‘‘The area described contains 427 acres,’’ is hereby corrected to read, ‘‘The area described contains 504 acres.’’ SUMMARY: Donald A. Simpson, State Director, Wyoming. [FR Doc. 2012–21273 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52353 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [BOEM–2011–0082] Right-of-Way Grant of Submerged Lands on the Outer Continental Shelf to Support Renewable Energy Development Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Request for comment. AGENCY: BOEM Form 0009 would be used to issue Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy right-of-way (ROW) grants in order to streamline this process and increase efficiency and consistency for applicants. As defined by BOEM regulations at 30 CFR Part 585, an ROW grant is an authorization issued for use of a portion of the OCS for the construction and use of a cable or pipeline for the purpose of gathering, transmitting, distributing, or otherwise transporting electricity or other energy product generated or produced from renewable energy, but does not constitute a project easement. The ability of an ROW grantee to install such a cable or pipeline and operate such activities would be subject to the applicable approvals specified in 30 CFR Part 585. BOEM has developed the form included in this notice and invites comments on the draft form. Following the 30-day comment period, BOEM will review all submitted comments, and publish a final version of the form in the Federal Register. DATES: Submit written comments by September 28, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen A. Bornholdt, Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy Programs at (703) 787–1300. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below. • Electronically: go to http:// www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter docket BOEM–2011–0082 then click ‘‘search.’’ Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials. All comments will be posted on www.regulations.gov. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Attention: Jennifer Golladay; 381 Elden Street, HM 1328; Herndon, Virginia 20170. Please reference the docket number and title in your comment and include your name and return address. Public Comment Procedures: Before including your address, phone number, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCAD06000 L51010000.ER0000.LVRWB12B4840]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Rio Mesa Gen-Tie Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment, 
Riverside County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, (NEPA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm 
Springs South Coast Field Office, Palm Springs, California, intends to 
prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rio Mesa Gen-
Tie Project. The proposed project would require an amendment to the 
California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan (1980 as amended), 
which would be evaluated in this EIS. By this notice, the BLM is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues related to the EIS/plan amendment (PA).

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS/PA. 
Comments on issues related to the EIS/PA may be submitted in writing 
until September 28, 2012. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping 
meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local 
media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/Solar_Projects.html. In order to be included in the 
analysis, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-
day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever 
is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public 
participation as appropriate.

ADDRESSES: You may submit scoping comments for the proposed Rio Mesa 
Gen-Tie Project by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en.html;
     Email: CARioMesa@blm.gov;
     Fax: 951-697-5299; or
     Mail: Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental 
Coordinator, BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San 
Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM 
Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm 
Springs, CA 92262 or at the BLM California Desert District Office.
    For further information and/or to have your name added to our 
mailing list, contact Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental 
Coordinator; telephone 951-697-5233; address 22835 Calle San Juan de 
Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; email lelser@blm.gov. Persons who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, Rio Mesa Solar Holdings, LLC, 
has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, 
maintain, and decommission an approximately 8-mile generation 
interconnection transmission (gen-tie) line, an approximately 3-mile 
emergency power line and an approximately 1.6 miles of access roads on 
BLM-managed land. Through an application with the California Energy 
Commission, the applicant proposes to construct an approximately 3805-
acre, 500-MW solar generation facility on nearby private lands. The 
above-identified components proposed on BLM-managed lands in Riverside 
County approximately 13 miles southwest of Blythe, California, would 
support this thermal power plant project. The Project's 230-kilovolt 
(kV) gen-tie line is proposed to parallel the existing Imperial 
Irrigation District F Line from where it crosses the Rio Mesa 
generation site north to the Southern California Edison Colorado River 
Substation where it could connect the Project to the regional 
transmission grid. Due to the number of transmission lines in this 
location, the BLM will consider whether the CDCA Plan should be amended 
by designating this area as a utility corridor. Additionally two 
pathways for 33-kV lines providing electrical service to the Project 
and two pathways for roads providing access to the Project are proposed 
on BLM-administered lands. If approved, project construction would 
begin in 2013 and would take approximately 24 months to complete.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the Draft 
EIS/PA. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: Air 
quality, biological resources, recreation, cultural resources, water 
resources, geological resources, special management areas, land use, 
noise, paleontological resources, public health, socioeconomic, soils, 
and traffic and transportation, visual resources. It should be noted 
that the BLM has determined that the proposed solar facility on private 
property is a connected action, and the BLM plans to analyze the 
potential effects of the solar facility in the EIS.
    Pursuant to the BLM's CDCA Plan, sites associated with transmission 
above 161kV not identified in the CDCA Plan will be considered through 
the plan amendment process to determine the suitability of the site for 
energy transmission. Since a portion of the gen-tie route was not 
previously identified as a designated utility corridor, its 
authorization would require amendment of the CDCA Plan. By this notice, 
the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify 
the public of potential amendments to CDCA Plan predicated on the 
findings in the EIS. If a land use plan amendment is necessary, the BLM 
will integrate the land use planning process with the NEPA process for 
the Project. A preliminary list of the potential planning criteria that 
will be used to help guide and define the scope of the plan amendment 
process includes:
    1. The plan amendments will be completed in compliance with FLPMA, 
NEPA, and all other relevant Federal

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laws, executive orders, and BLM policies;
    2. Existing, valid plan decisions will not be changed and any new 
plan decisions will not conflict with existing plan decisions; and
    3. The plan amendment(s) will recognize valid existing rights.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the 
BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To 
be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day 
scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later.
    Before including your address, phone number, email 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.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA public participation 
requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement 
requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). 
Information about historic and cultural resources within the area 
potentially affected by the proposed Rio Mesa Project and potential 
CDCA Plan amendment will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating 
impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 
of the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, 
will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, 
along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested or 
affected by the proposed action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited 
to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or 
be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the 
environmental analysis as a cooperating agency.
    The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the 
plan, and will place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the EIS as to why an issue 
was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to 
identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed 
in the plan amendment. The BLM will work collaboratively with 
interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best 
suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and 
concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following 
disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Rangeland 
management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, 
paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, 
soils, and sociology and economics.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2.

Thomas Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director, California.
[FR Doc. 2012-21272 Filed 8-28-12; 8:45 am]
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