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Citizen Input Sought for APS Transmission Line Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting a public meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on December 11 at Centennial High School to gather input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA).
Arizona Public Service (APS) is proposing the construction of a 38-mile
overhead electric transmission line (500/230kV) connecting the APS Sun Valley
Substation near Surprise/Buckeye with the Morgan Substation in the City of
Peoria (near SR-74 and Lake Pleasant Parkway). In March 2009, the Arizona
Corporation Commission (ACC) certificated a route that within Peoria largely
extends along the north side of State Route 74.
The proposed project would be located on a combination of BLM-managed public
lands, Arizona State Trust Lands and private lands. Accordingly, APS has filed
an application with the BLM for a right-of-way grant to construct the overhead
transmission lines over BLM lands. Management decisions for these Federal public
lands are subject to the 2010 BLM Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan (RMP).
Therefore, BLM has initiated a public process to make two separate decisions:
(1) whether to amend its RMP to create a utility corridor in the vicinity of
SR-74; and (2) whether to approve the APS application and any adjustments to the
proposed transmission location or design. The process is subject to the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) wherein decisions are analyzed with
public input through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and include the
assessment of multiple route alternatives.
The Draft EIS/Draft RMPA was released on November 9, 2012 to inform the public
and interested parties of potential impacts associated with implementation of
the proposal, along with alternatives, identified through public scoping and
Accordingly, the BLM will be hosting three (3) public hearings scheduled between
December 11-13, 2012 in Peoria, Wittmann and Phoenix respectively. The Peoria
public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 between 5:30-8:00 PM
at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria AZ 85381.
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