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Boardman to Hemingway
Applicant Idaho Power Co +
ApprovalConditions Final EIS anticipated release is Summer 2016; no ROD issued yet.  +
CompletionNotes A complete record of project files can be found on the Project website at: http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/default.aspx NEPA Resource Analysis chart updated May 2016.  +
EnergyTechnology Transmission  +
EnvironmentalAnalysisType EIS +
LeadAgency BLM +
ManagingDistrictOffice BLM Oregon State Office + , BLM Idaho State Office +
NEPA-Name Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Plan Amendments for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project  +
NEPA Application Type NOI  + , POD  + , ROW  +
NEPA Completion Notes A complete record of project files can be found on the Project website at: http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/default.aspx NEPA Resource Analysis chart updated May 2016.  +
NEPA Consultant Logan Simpson Design +
NEPA EA EIS Report Media:B2H DraftEIS Volume I.pdf + , Media:B2H DraftEIS Volume II.pdf +
NEPA EA EIS Report Url http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/documents.aspx  +
NEPA EISFederalRegisterDate 2008/09/12 +
NEPA LeadAgencyDocNumber DOI-BLM-OR-V000-2012-016-EIS  +
NEPA PreliminaryEA-EISDate December 19, 2014  +
NEPA Proposed Action Idaho Power Company proposes to construct,
Idaho Power Company proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (the B2H Project), that is approximately 305 miles long. The line would be a single-circuit alternating-current, 500-kilovolt (kV) overhead electric transmission line with ancillary facilities. The transmission line would be constructed to connect the Grassland Substation, that is under construction by Portland General Electric Company (PGE), near the near the city of Boardman, Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. The proposed B2H Project would include relocating approximately 4.5 miles of existing 138-kV transmission line to a newly constructed double circuit 138/69-kV transmission line in the existing right-of-way in the vicinity of Weatherby, Oregon. The B2H Project is proposed to cross federal, state, and private lands in five counties in Oregon and one county in Idaho. Approximately 93 miles (33 percent) of the lands the proposed B2H Project would cross are administered by federal agencies, including the BLM, USFS, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The B2H Project may also affect lands and military Special Use Airspace administered by the U.S. Department of the Navy.
stered by the U.S. Department of the Navy.  +
NEPA Resource Analysis - Present, Potentially Affected Geothermal/Access and Transportation + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Fisheries Resources + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Migratory Birds + , Geothermal/Native American Concerns + , Geothermal/Paleontological Resources + , Geothermal/Public Health and Safety + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Threatened and Endangered Species + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Special Status Species +
NEPA Resource Applicant Mitigation Periodic access to the transmission line r
Periodic access to the transmission line right-of-way is required to maintain its operating function. Thus, access roads would be kept open, at least at a two-track level, which increases the potential for vandalism and illicit artifact collection. Continued use of access roads for maintenance may also promote erosion, which could impact cultural resources located along the margins of roads. Other maintenance activities, such as vegetation removal, bear the potential to create ground disturbance, which may in turn, impact both previously identified and unidentified resources.
sly identified and unidentified resources.  +
, CULT 1—All cultural resources work conduct
CULT 1—All cultural resources work conducted for the Project would be performed by qualified archaeologists CULT-2—Where needed, cultural and historic sites would be flagged for avoidance prior to start of construction activities. Flagging would be removed once construction is completed in an area. CULT-3—To minimize unauthorized collecting of archaeological material or vandalism to known archaeological sites, all workers would attend mandatory training on the significance of cultural resources and the relevant federal regulations intended to protect them. Additional Mitigation: *Modification of the Project and associated elements through micrositing and relocation to avoid identified cultural resources *Erection of fencing around areas known to possess cultural resources or considered likely to possess buried cultural resources Monitoring of construction activities in order to ensure avoidance of identified cultural resources and to prevent disturbance in areas considered likely to possess buried cultural resource *The following design features are proposed to avoid, reduce, or minimize visual impacts on cultural resources: Conductors for the 500-kV and 230-kV lines that are made of aluminum/steel stranding with a nonspecular or diffuse finish *A surface finish for each galvanized steel lattice tower (single or double circuit) to produce a dulled finish that reduces surface reflectivity *A surface finish for each single circuit weathered steel pole H-frame, which forms a rust-like appearance that can blend into some land *Preparation of National Register nominations *Interpretive and/or education materials in a variety of media formats *Partnerships and funding for public programs geared at preservation and interpretation of resources *Partnerships and funding for public archaeology projects Conservation easements *Purchase of land for long-term protection of historic properties
ong-term protection of historic properties  +
, 1. Avoidance areas would be flagged prior
1. Avoidance areas would be flagged prior to construction activities. Flagging would be removed once construction is completed in an area. 2. If a subsurface fossil is discovered during construction, including stopping construction in the vicinity of the find, notification of the appropriate land management agency, contacting a qualified paleontologist to conduct an evaluation of the find, and the development of an approved data recovery program or other mitigation measures. 3. All surface-disturbing activities in the vicinity of the find would cease until notification to proceed is given by the authorized officer. The site would be protected to reduce the risk of damage to fossils and context. To minimize unauthorized collecting of paleontological resources, all workers would attend mandatory training on the importance of paleontological resources and the relevant federal regulations that protect them.
ant federal regulations that protect them.  +
, In addition to the construction and operat
In addition to the construction and operation standards, other mitigation measures would be included that reduce the potential for stray voltage. For example, perceived currents or potentials on vehicles or farm equipment can be mitigated if they occur by using a ground strap on the vehicle or equipment, or by avoiding stopping the vehicle or equipment while under the lines. Since a spark and current may occur between objects under the line if the objects are not properly connected and grounded, refueling a vehicle while it is under the line should also be avoided.
is under the line should also be avoided.  +
, The Proposed Plan will implement land use allocations, infrastructure development buffers and limitations, and areal disturbance caps that are intended to conserve and enhance Greater Sage-Grouse populations in Oregon into the foreseeable future.  + , Assess land features to limit visual impacts from highways, towns, reservations, and trails.  + , The Proposed Plan will implement land use allocations, infrastructure development buffers and limitations, and areal disturbance caps that are intended to conserve and enhance listed special status species habitats.  +
NEPA Resource Comment Native American Reservations are not crossed, however, there are 45 tribes within 2 miles of the proposed project's pathway.  + , Native American Reservations are not crossed, however, there are 45 tribes within 2 miles of the proposed project's pathway. Burial sites, cultural practices, and artifacts commonly occur off of the indian reservation.  + , "Buzzing" disturbances may interfere with "wildness" feeling. The noise generated from this project will not exceed allowable decibels.  + , The Sage Grouse habitat will be heavily disturbed.  +
NEPA Resource Imposed Mitigation Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 345-022-0
Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 345-022-0020 (Structural Standard) and OAR 345- 29 021-0010(1)(h) (Contents of an Application, Exhibit H) outline EFSC facility standards and application 30 requirements related to geological and soil stability. To issue a site certificate, the EFSC “must find that the applicant can design, engineer, and construct the facility to avoid dangers to human safety presented by seismic hazards” (OAR 345-022-0020(1)(b))
seismic hazards” (OAR 345-022-0020(1)(b))  +
NEPA Resources Geothermal/Access and Transportation + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Fisheries Resources + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Migratory Birds + , Geothermal/Native American Concerns + , Geothermal/Noise + , Geothermal/Paleontological Resources + , Geothermal/Public Health and Safety + , Geothermal/Recreation + , Geothermal/Threatened and Endangered Species + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Special Status Species +
NEPA ScopingInitiatedDate September 12, 2008  +
Name Boardman to Hemingway  +
OpenEI/PageDescription : NEPA document related to geothermal resource areas   +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Geothermal  + , Idaho  + , Oregon  +
Place Idaho + , Oregon +
ProposedAction Idaho Power Company proposes to construct,
Idaho Power Company proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (the B2H Project), that is approximately 305 miles long. The line would be a single-circuit alternating-current, 500-kilovolt (kV) overhead electric transmission line with ancillary facilities. The transmission line would be constructed to connect the Grassland Substation, that is under construction by Portland General Electric Company (PGE), near the near the city of Boardman, Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. The proposed B2H Project would include relocating approximately 4.5 miles of existing 138-kV transmission line to a newly constructed double circuit 138/69-kV transmission line in the existing right-of-way in the vicinity of Weatherby, Oregon. The B2H Project is proposed to cross federal, state, and private lands in five counties in Oregon and one county in Idaho. Approximately 93 miles (33 percent) of the lands the proposed B2H Project would cross are administered by federal agencies, including the BLM, USFS, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The B2H Project may also affect lands and military Special Use Airspace administered by the U.S. Department of the Navy.
stered by the U.S. Department of the Navy.  +
SurfaceManager BLM + , USFS +
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