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Forest Service requests comments on Bordertown-to-California transmission line


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The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, is seeking comments on the upcoming Bordertown-to-California 120-kilovolt transmission line through the National Environmental Policy Act process.  An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared to determine and analyze the effects of a proposed 120-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on people and the environment.  The U.S. Forest Service is the lead agency.

The project area is located approximately 15 miles west of Reno, Nevada.  The project would consist of the construction and operation of approximately 10 miles of new 120-kV overhead transmission line between NV Energy’s Bordertown and California substations.  To accommodate the new transmission line, the project would also include improvements to both substations.

The existing substations are located in Sierra County, California, although the transmission line route generally follows the Nevada side of the California-and-Nevada state line. The majority of the route would cross National Forest System lands managed by the Forest Service, with shorter segments crossing private land and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Two open houses will include displays stations about the project and a station to provide comments on the project.  Meetings are currently planned for Bordertown/Cold Springs and Verdi, Nevada, at the below dates and locations:

December 6, 2011 from 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Cold Springs Regional Park, Grand Room

3355 White Lake Parkway, Cold Springs, NV

December 8, 2011, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Verdi Elementary School

250 Bridge Street, Verdi, NV


Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by January 31, 2012.  The draft EIS is expected in April of 2013 and the final EIS is expected in December of 2014.

Send written comments to 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks NV 89431.  Comments may also be sent via e-mail to [email protected] or via facsimile to 775-355-5399.  Please contact Marnie Bonesteel at 775-352-1240 or [email protected] with questions about this project.

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