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‚ÄčSpar Canyon-Round Valley Access Road Improvements
(DOE/EA-1980)

Custer County, Idaho

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to improve access roads for its existing Spar Canyon-Round Valley transmission line located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Custer County, Idaho.

BPA's access road improvements would involve road construction and improvement along about 5 miles of existing routes, developing fords at drainage crossings, and acquiring access rights from BLM. These improvements are needed because existing roads are in poor condition or lack a defined route of travel. Access roads are critical for continued safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the power transmission system.

CURRENT STATUS:

BPA and BLM are developing a draft environmental assessment (EA) to identify potential environmental impacts from the proposed project, which will be released for public comment in 2015. A joint letter was mailed to the public on August 1, 2014 requesting comment. The comment period closed September 2, 2014. Based on the analysis in the EA and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and decide whether to proceed with the project, or environmental impact statement (EIS) if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts.

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

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

Scoping comment period August 1 through September 2, 2014
Draft EA Summer 2015
Final EA Fall 2015
FONSI (if warranted) Fall 2015
If decision to implement, construction start    Summer 2016

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:
James Semrau
Project Manager

Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
Toll-free:
Direct line:
Email:
800-622-4519
360-619-6629
jesemrau@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:

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