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DOI-BLM-OR-V040-2009-0059-EA
Applicant US Geothermal Inc +
CompletionNotes Data entry complete 8/12; KERMIT: Need to add Public Health and Safety as a resource  +
EnergyTechnology Geothermal energy  +
EnvironmentalAnalysisType EA +
FundingAgency United States Department of Energy +
GeothermalArea Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Area +
GeothermalDevelopmentPhases Geothermal/Power Plant +
LeadAgency United States Department of Energy +
MineralManager Bureau of Land Management +
NEPA-Name Department of Energy Loan Guarantee for U.S. Geothermal's Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Facility in Vale, Oregon for Geothermal/Power Plant  +
NEPA Completion Notes Data entry complete 8/12; KERMIT: Need to add Public Health and Safety as a resource  +
NEPA DecisionDocumentDate December 2, 2009  +
NEPA EISFederalRegisterDate 2009/06/08 +
NEPA FONSI Media:EA-1676-FONSI-2009.pdf +
NEPA FundingAgencyDocNumber DOE/EA-1676  +
NEPA LeadAgencyDocNumber DOI-BLM-OR-V040-2009-0059-EA  +
NEPA PreliminaryEA-EISDate October 6, 2009  +
NEPA Proposed Action DOE’s proposed action is to issue a loan g
DOE’s proposed action is to issue a loan guarantee to U.S Geothermal for construction and startup of the Neal Hot Springs Facility 22 MW geothermal electric power facility in Vale, Oregon. Vale is a rural area nearly 75 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho consisting largely of native range for livestock and dryland pasture. U.S Geothermal would employ an innovative geothermal electricity production process which demonstrates an increase in power conversion efficiency when compared to binary cycle systems currently available on the market. The proposed facility would use a non-toxic and non-flammable refrigerant in a closed-loop system with a gas scrubber to prevent the release of gas products to the atmosphere.
release of gas products to the atmosphere.  +
NEPA Resource Analysis - Present, Potentially Affected Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Noise +
NEPA Resource Applicant Mitigation Topsoil would be salvaged in accordance with best management practices and impacted areas would be reclaimed.  +
NEPA Resource Comment The proposed action is located adjacent to an area that the BLM manages as a Class IV VRM area.  + , There would be no effect on mineral resources from drilling, testing and energy production.  + , The Neal Hot Springs project is not expected to induce seismic events because the project is designed to balance geothermal reservoir pressures, not increase pressure or induce rock fracture.  + , Injection well drilling, power plant construction, and pipeline construction associated with the proposed project would result in ground disturbance that would have limited impacts on soils.  + , Three springs or seeps occur along the north side of the Bully Creek road with a combined surface area of less than 1 acre.  + , as prepared a flood hazard map for Cotton
as prepared a flood hazard map for Cottonwood Creek in the area of the proposed action. FEMA mapping indicates the 100 year floodplain to be located south of the proposed action. The proposed power plant and transmission line would not be located in or adjacent to the 100 year floodplain.
in or adjacent to the 100 year floodplain.  +
, A professional archaeologist conducted a literature search of known cultural resources and conducted a Class III inventory at the proposed site of the plant using pedestrian transects spaced less than 30 meters apart.  + , No concerns regarding the religious or cultural significance of the site were identified by the Tribes.  + , The site does not provide vegetation or physical features that cause the site to be attractive to wildlife and the site does not provide core or critical habitat for wildlife or birds.  + , Because the area currently supports noxio
Because the area currently supports noxious or invasive species, ground disturbance within the project area would not increase overall area for weed colonization, however the diversity of invasive species could increase and additional species could become established.
ditional species could become established.  +
, Operation of the proposed power plant would require approximately 5 permanent additions to the current workforce with an annual payroll of an estimated $300,000.  + , Environmental justice impacts occur if the
Environmental justice impacts occur if there is any disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority or low-income populations. U.S. Geothermal has not identified any potential adverse impacts from the project. Therefore, no disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects would affect minority or low income populations in the project area.
w income populations in the project area.  +
, Indirect impacts would result from emissions and dust generated by vehicles traveling to the site.  + , Project operation noise would be limited to noises generated by the power plant.  + , Two sections of the river, above the Owyhee Reservoir, are designated by both the State of Oregon and the United States Congress as a Wild and Scenic River. The designated corridor located approximately 40 air miles southeast of the project.  + , The project would have little potential fo
The project would have little potential for adversely affecting the quality of surface waters in the project area because all activities are located at least 400 feet north of Cottonwood Creek and land shapes minimize or prevent sediment from being transported to surface water. The project would have little potential to affect the deep geothermal aquifer because all geothermal water is required to be returned to the source aquifer and does not contact any processing equipment.
does not contact any processing equipment.  +
NEPA Resource Imposed Mitigation The proposed action would not adversely af
The proposed action would not adversely affect any known cultural, paleontological, or archeological artifacts. If archeological or paleontological resources or artifacts are observed construction activity would cease and additional cultural evaluations must be conducted. Federal mandates and objectives to protect and conserve cultural and paleontological resources would be supported.
eontological resources would be supported.  +
, Idaho Power would construct all transmission lines in accordance with state and federal fish and wildlife standards for protection of raptors.  + , The Proposed Action would result in short term impacts to vegetation because of the road and drill pad construction on the three acre site however reclamation, weed control, and seeding would be implemented.  + , Design features included in the proposal c
Design features included in the proposal call for washing vehicles before they first enter the area, revegetation and weed spraying. Controlled access, design features, and weed management activity provide measures to control the spread of invasive and noxious plant species.
ead of invasive and noxious plant species.  +
, The project would not be located within an
The project would not be located within any non-attainment areas and would not exceed any conformity requirements as dictated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule “Determining Conformity of General Federal Actions to State or Federal Implementation Plans” (40 CFR 93,Subpart B).
lementation Plans” (40 CFR 93,Subpart B).  +
, USG and its contractors would comply with
USG and its contractors would comply with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding the use, transport, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes. A spill control and prevention plan is also maintained to prevent adverse impacts to the environment from fuel, oils, and lubricants. The Facility would not store or use hazardous or flammable materials, as a result the fire response and safety measures implemented for systems that do use hazardous and flammable materials are unnecessary.
and flammable materials are unnecessary.  +
NEPA Resources Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Induced Seismicity Impact + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Wetlands and Riparian Zones + , Geothermal/Floodplains + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Native American Concerns + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Social Values + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Noise + , Geothermal/Public Health and Safety + , Geothermal/Wild and Scenic Rivers + , Geothermal/Water Quantity +
Name DOI-BLM-OR-V040-2009-0059-EA  +
OpenEI/PageDescription : NEPA document related to geothermal resource areas   +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Geothermal  + , Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Area  +
Place Oregon: Energy Resources +
ProposedAction DOE’s proposed action is to issue a loan g
DOE’s proposed action is to issue a loan guarantee to U.S Geothermal for construction and startup of the Neal Hot Springs Facility 22 MW geothermal electric power facility in Vale, Oregon. Vale is a rural area nearly 75 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho consisting largely of native range for livestock and dryland pasture. U.S Geothermal would employ an innovative geothermal electricity production process which demonstrates an increase in power conversion efficiency when compared to binary cycle systems currently available on the market. The proposed facility would use a non-toxic and non-flammable refrigerant in a closed-loop system with a gas scrubber to prevent the release of gas products to the atmosphere.
release of gas products to the atmosphere.  +
SurfaceManager Bureau of Land Management +
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Categories NEPA Doc , Geothermal energy
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