Vantage Pomona Heights

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NEPA Document Collection for: Vantage Pomona Heights
EIS

Environmental Impact Statement for the Vanage to Pomona Heights 230kV Transmission Line Project

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Transmission

Environmental
Analysis Type

EIS

Applicant

Pacific Power and Light
Consultant Power Engineers Inc.; Economic Planning Resources

Geothermal Area

Project Location

Project Phase

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

Funding Agency

none provided

Managing District Office

Managing Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

BLM

Mineral Manager

none provided
Selected Dates
Pre-Application
Meeting Date
2010/01/05
Application
Document Type
NOI
EID Federal Register Date 2010/01/05
Revised Application Date 2015/01/02
Scoping Initiated Date 2010/01/05
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2013/01/03
NEPA Schedule Comments
When the BLM issued its draft EIS in early January 2013, it included a preferred route for the line based on its preliminary impact studies. The BLM received 66 letters and emails containing more than 250 comments during the comment period, ending March 8, 2013. Based on these comments, the BLM, Pacific Power and the Yakima Training Center identified a new northern route that is located largely on YTC land. A supplemental review is now required to evaluate the new alternative route, with BLM again managing the process. A public comment period will follow, likely in late summer or early fall of 2013. The Supplemental Draft EIS was released for public comment on January 2, 2015.
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
2850 (ORW020); WAOR 65753

Proposed Action

Pacific Power proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a new 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Pacific Power's Pomona Heights substation located just east of Selah, Washington, in Yakima County, to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Vantage Substation located just east of the Wanapum Dam in Grant County, Washington. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the lead federal agency responsible for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will address the potential effects of the Vantage to Pomona Heights 230-kV Transmission Project. BPA is a cooperating agency on the EIS, and our decision is whether or not to interconnect the line. The project would cross private lands, and federal lands managed by the BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army - Joint Base Lewis McChord-Yakima Training Center (JBLM-YTC), as well as State of Washington land administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The existing Pacific Power Pomona Heights substation and the BPA Vantage substation would be upgraded with installation of new equipment to interconnect the new 230-kV transmission line to the regional electric grid. As proposed by Pacific Power, most of the transmission line would be constructed on H-Frame wood structures between 65 and 90 feet tall. In developed or agricultural areas, single-wood or steel monopole structures between 80 and 110 feet tall would be used. Route alternatives for the proposed transmission line cross lands in Benton, Grant, Kittitas, and Yakima counties in Washington State.

Conditions of Approval

Final EIS not yet released; ROD not issued.

Data Completion Notes

Resource Analysis Chart Updated May 2016.

A complete record of project files can be found on the BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/plans/vph230/

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Resource Analysis

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Mitigation
Vegetation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Wildlife Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Access and Transportation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Recreation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Visual Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Environmental Justice
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Social Values
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Cultural Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Native American Concerns
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Fire Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Water Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Geology and Minerals
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

   
Soils
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.