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‚ÄčPalisades Goshen Transmission Line Reconstruction Project (DOE/EA-1591)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to rebuild the Palisades-Goshen line to ensure continued safe and reliable transmission service. The line's condition has gradually deteriorated due to exposure to the elements and normal wear and tear. BPA has performed routine maintenance on the line as required, but the majority of the wood poles and cross arms are part of the original structure built in 1949. If nothing is done, the existing poles will continue to deteriorate until they fail and collapse.

In addition, there is a need to address load growth in the area served by the Palisades-Goshen line. Due to expected future growth, BPA needs to rebuild the line using a 230-kV structure so that the line could be operated at a voltage higher than 115-kilvolt (kV) in the future. Although BPA studies have indicated that loads requiring a higher voltage may not materialize until 2027, BPA believes that it is more cost-effective to rebuild now using a 230-kV structure to accommodate these future loads.

CURRENT STATUS:

A Revision Sheet for the EA is available that, with the Preliminary EA, constitutes the Final EA. On May 30, 2008, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued. It includes a Mitigation Action Plan. BPA has decided to proceed with the Proposed Action.

Construction will start in June 2008 and continue during the summer construction season until 2010 or until the entire line is replaced.

CONTACT:

Nancy Wittpenn, Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, Oregon 97208-3621; toll-free telephone 800-622-4519; direct phone number 503-230-3297; email nawittpenn@bpa.gov.

DOCUMENTS:

FINAL EA / FONSI:
Public Letter                    (05/28/2008)
FONSI                            (05/30/2008)
Revision Sheet                (05/30/2008)
Revised Project Maps       (04/07/2008)
Mitigation Action Plan        (05/30/2008)

PRELIMINARY EA: 
Preliminary EA comments received 
Public Letter                     (04/23/2008)
Comment Form                (04/21/2008)
Preliminary EA                 (April 2008)
     Figure 1-1                       
     Figure 2-1                      
     Appendix B - Project Maps 


New Public Letter             (10/29/2007)
Public Postcard                (05/14/2007)

SCOPING:
Public Letter                     (05/14/2007)
Comment Form                (05/14/2007)
Project Map                      (05/14/2007)