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Spar Canyon-Round Valley Service Road Project and Right-of-Way Amendment (DOE/EA-1980)
Custer County, Idaho

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the Spar Canyon-Round Valley Service Road Project and Right-of-Way Amendment and has made a decision to proceed with the project. BPA will construct a service road along about 5 miles of its existing Spar Canyon-Round Valley transmission line located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Custer County, Idaho. The project will provide BPA with continued safe and reliable access for operation and maintenance of the BPA transmission system.


ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA and BLM prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA considered constructing the service road and a no-action alternative under which no road construction would occur. The EA describes anticipated impacts to the natural and human environment and includes mitigation measures that would enable BPA to avoid or minimize impacts. The EA was released for public review and comment in July 2018; and two comments were received.

The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:

​Scoping comment period
EA comment period
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
If decision to build, construction start
​August 1, 2014 - September 2, 2014
July 24, 2018 - August 9, 2018
September 24, 2018
Summer 2019
 

CURRENT STATUS:
BPA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI includes a Mitigation Action Plan to help avoid or lessen potential impacts.  Separately, BLM plans to make available its environmental findings and a decision notice through the BLM ePlanning website: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do. Project construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019 and continue through early fall 2019.

​Mail: ​Bonneville Power Administration
Public Affairs - DKE - 7
P.O. Box 14428
Portland, OR 97291-4428
Toll-Free:
Online:
FAX:
​800-622-4519
www.bpa.gov/comment
503-230-4019

Information is also available on the Idaho BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do.


CONTACT:

For environmental-related information, contact:
Jeffrey J. Maslow
Environmental Protection Specialist

Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
Toll-free:
Direct line:
Email:
800-622-4519
503-230-3928
jjmaslow@bpa.gov

For project information, contact:
Todd Wehner
Transmission Project Manager
Adecco
Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409


Toll-free:
Direct line:
Email:

800-622-4519
360-619-6234
tawehner@bpa.gov

For project information, contact:
Becky Lazdauskas
BLM Realty Specialist
U.S. Dept of Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Idaho Falls District BLM
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401 


Direct line:
Email:

208-524-7521
rlazdauskas@blm.gov

DOCUMENTS:

FONSI:
Public letter             (10/5/2018)
FONSI                    (09/24/2018)
MAP                       (09/24/2018)
EA Errata Sheet       (09/24/2018)

EA:
EA comments received
Environmental Assessment     (07/24/2018)
Public Letter              (07/24/2018)
Comment Form          (07/24/2018)

SCOPING:
Scoping comments received
Public Letter              (08/01/2014)
Project Map               (07/10/2014)
Comment Form         (08/01/2014)