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Legal Notice of Proposed Action Opportunity to Comment Energy Gateway South 500kV Single Circuit, Alternating Current Transmission Line DEIS


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Legal Notice of Proposed Action
Opportunity to Comment
Energy Gateway South 500kV Single 
Circuit, Alternating Current 
Transmission Line DEIS

	The National Forests in Utah (Forest Service) are responding to a
request from PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power (the
applicants)for a special use authorization to construct, operate, and
maintain an extra high voltage (500kV) Single Circuit, Alternating
Current, overhead transmission line. The proposed alignment and
alternative alignments would cross lands administered by the Ashley,
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, and Manti-La Sal National Forests, as well as
other federal, state, and private lands. The proposed Project would
provide the transmission infrastructure and capacity to deliver
approximately 1,500 megawatts of electric power from existing and
future renewable and other energy sources in south-central Wyoming to
a substation hub near Mona, Utah. 

	The Forest Service is a cooperating agency with the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
for the transmission Line. The EIS analyzes, in part, the potential
effects of the Forest Service granting a special use permit (SUP) to
Rocky Mountain Power, and of any Forest Land Management Plan
amendments that may be adopted in conjunction with this decision.  

	The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published on April 1,
2011. Subsequently, regulations at 36 CFR 215 and 36 CFR 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.  
The Forest Service's Notice of Availability (NOA) of the DEIS was
published on Feb. 21, 2014. Comments on the DEIS will be accepted for
90 days from the date of publication of the NOA (36 CFR
218.(a)(1)(ii). The BLM also published an NOA on the same day, with
additional information about this project.  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=42534. 
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 February 25, 2014.
    
    

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