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Legal Notice of Proposed Action Opportunity to Comment TransWest Express 600kV Direct Current Power Line DEIS


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Legal Notice of Proposed Action
Opportunity to Comment
TransWest Express 600kV Direct Current Power Line DEIS

	The National Forests in Utah are responding to a request for a
special use authorization to construct, operate, and maintain an extra
high voltage (600kV) Direct Current Transmission line from TransWest
Express, LLC (the applicants).  The proposed alignment and alternative
alignments would cross lands administered by the Ashley,
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, Manti-La Sal, Fishlake, and Dixie National
Forests, as well as other federal, state, and private lands.  

	The National Forests in Utah are a cooperating agency with the Bureau
of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the TransWest
Express 600 kV Direct Current Transmission Line. The EIS analyzes, in
part, the potential effects of the National Forests in Utah (hereafter
Forest Service) granting a special use permit (SUP) to TransWest
Express, LLC (TransWest) and of any Forest Land Management Plan
amendments that may be adopted in conjunction with this decision. The
proposed Project would provide the transmission infrastructure and
capacity to deliver approximately 3,000 megawatts of electric power
from existing and future renewable and other energy sources in
south-central Wyoming to a substation hub in southern Nevada.  

	The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published on January 4,
2011. Subsequently, regulations at 36 CFR 215 and 218 were modified to
change the administrative review process for proposed Forest Service
projects implementing land and resource management plans.  78 Fed.
Reg. 18481.  Under 36 CFR 218.16, for all decisions issued after
September 27, 2013 the Forest Service is required to follow the
predecisional administrative review process under 36 CFR 218, which
replaced the process for notice, comment, and appeal under 36 CFR 215
that was in effect when this project was proposed.  Further, the
amended rule requires that the Forest Service provide legal notice
that the project proposal will be subject to the predecisional review
process.  The regulation further provides that "all interested and
affected parties who provided written comment as defined in § 218.2
during scoping or the comment period will be eligible to participate
in the objections process."  36 CFR 218.16(b)(3).  The purpose of this
Legal Notice is to provide notice that the proposed decision will be
subject to the predecisional review process, and that the draft EIS
(DEIS) is available for review and comment.  

	As a cooperating agency in preparing the EIS, the Forest Service has
adopted the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land
Management and the U.S. Department of Energy's Western Area Power
Administration's Draft EIS #20130180, filed 06/19/2013. The Forest
Service's Notice of Availability (NOA) and adoption of the DEIS was
published on Dec 6, 2013. Comments on the DEIS will be accepted for 45
days from the date of publication of the NOA (36 CFR 218.(a)(1)(ii). 
The DEIS is available for review at the Dixie National Forest
Supervisor's Office, or online at
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42526. 
Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from:
Kenton Call, Utah National Forests Transmission Projects Manager,
Dixie National Forest, 1789 N Wedgewood Ln, Cedar City, UT 84721,
435-865-3730, ckcall@fs.fed.us.

How to Comment and Timeframe 
	Written comments must be submitted to: Cheryl Probert, Responsible
Official, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National
Forest, 857 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095, or via
fax at 801.253.8118.The office business hours for those submitting
hand-delivered comments are 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday through Friday,
excluding federal holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a
format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text
format (.rtf), or Word (.doc or .docx) to uwc_info@fs.fed.us .
Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of
identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as
verification on electronic comments.

	Only those who submit timely and specific written comments regarding
the proposed Project during a public comment period established by the
responsible official are eligible to file an objection. 
Published in the Sun Advocate on December 17, 2013.
    
    

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