BLM to write impact statement on 300-MW solar project in California

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a notice to be published in the March 6 Federal Register that it intends to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which may include an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, for the Desert Quartzite Solar Project.

With this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues related to the EIS/EIR and Plan Amendment (PA). Comments on issues may be submitted in writing for 30 days after this notice.

Desert Quartzite Solar LLC has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, maintain and decommission a 300-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility along with the necessary ancillary facilities including a project substation, access road, transmission lines, realignment of an existing route, operations and maintenance buildings, and lay down areas. The project is proposed on 4,845 acres of public land with the solar field occupying approximately 2,453 acres on lands within the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), southwest of Blythe, California.

The BLM Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office and the County of Riverside, California intend to jointly prepare an EIS/EIR, which may include a potential CDCA Plan Amendment, for the project.

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