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Draft RMPA EIS Out for Public Comment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office will host two public meetings to seek input on the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gemini Solar Project. The proposed solar facility would be located on 7,100 acres of public lands 33 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada along Interstate-15. The Project Site is in close proximity to Apex Industrial Park and south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The associated RMPA/EIS identifies the needs for the construction, operation and eventual decommissioning of a solar system and associated facilities necessary to generate up to 690 megawatts of electricity.
Public meetings will be held on July 23 at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (Madrid Room A, 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145) and July 24 at the Moapa Community Center (1340 East State Highway 168, Moapa, NV 89025).  

Las Vegas schedule:
• 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. Open House Format* 
• 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. Formal Presentation
• 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Open House Format*
• 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Repeat of Formal Presentation
• 6:30 to 7 p.m. Open House Format*
• 7 to 8:00 p.m. Public Comment 

Moapa schedule:
• 5:30 to 5:45 pm  Open House Format*
• 5:45 to 6:00 pm  Formal Presentation
• 6:00 to 6:45 pm Open House Format*
• 6:45 to 7:00 pm Repeat Formal Presentation
• 7:00 to 7:30 pm Open House Format*
• 7:30 to 8:30 pm Public Comment

* - Ask questions to BLM staff, visit various resource stations, and provide individual input to court reporter.

The public comment period opened on June 7, 2019 and will close September 5, 2019. The purpose of the public review of the Draft EIS is to allow the public to review and comment on the environmental analysis, including alternatives. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: biological resources, visual resources, cultural resources, impacts to the congressionally designated Old Spanish National Historic Trail, tribal interests, recreation, and cumulative impacts.
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