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ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-C020-2019-0017-EA (Dodge Flat Utility and Road Crossing Project)  
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Background
Dodge Flat Solar LLC (DFS) is proposing to construct access roads and buried utility lines across two parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered land (public land) to serve the proposed Dodge Flat Solar Energy Center (DFSEC), and to use existing improved roads, segments of which cross public lands, as secondary access to the DFSEC (Proposed Action). The requested rights-of-way (ROWs) would provide access to private properties where the DFSEC would be developed. This Environmental Assessment has been prepared to disclose and analyze the potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action and alternatives.


The DFSEC is located west of the intersection of State Route (SR-) 447 and Olinghouse Road, approximately 3.5 miles northwest of the town of Wadsworth, in unincorporated Washoe County, Nevada.  DFS is developing the DFSEC as a 200-megawatt (MW) alternating current photovoltaic (PV) solar energy and storage facility on approximately 1,632 acres of private land located in Section 23, Township 21 North, Range 23 West; Section 25, Township 21 North, Range 23 West; Section 31, Township 21 North, Range 24 West; Mount Diablo Base and Meridian. The DFSEC is found on the Wadsworth, Nevada, U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle, at approximately latitude/longitude 39°39'31ʺN/ 119°20ʹ53ʺW.
 
 
 
COMMENT PERIOD

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Sierra Front Field Office has prepared the Dodge Flat Utility and Road Crossing Project, Preliminary Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-NV-C020-2019-0017-EA to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of authorizing the construction of  access roads and buried utility lines across two parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered land (public land) to serve the proposed Dodge Flat Solar Energy Center (DFSEC), and to use existing improved roads, segments of which cross public lands, as secondary access to the DFSEC (Proposed Action) as proposed by Dodge Flat Solar LLC (DFS).
 
Comment Period: Start date:  July 26, 2019 End date:  August 8, 2019

Send comments to: Subject: Dodge Flat Utility and Road Crossing Project, BLM, Sierra Front Field Office, attn. Gerrit Buma, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701, or by email to: gbuma@blm.gov.


How Your Comments are Considered

This is an opportunity for you to be involved in the planning process of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and to offer your thoughts on alternative ways for our agency to accomplish what is being proposed.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that federal agencies prepare an environmental assessment that provides an overview of environmental concerns.  Public involvement is a key component to the NEPA and National Historic Preservation Act process.

Comments that provide relevant, new information, and with sufficient detail are most useful and are referred to as “substantive comments.”  A substantive comment does one or more of the following:

1. question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information in the environmental     assessment;
2. question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of, methodology for, or assumptions used for the environmental analysis;
3. present reasonable alternatives other than those analyzed in the environmental assessment; and/or
4. cause changes or revisions in one or more of the alternatives.

Upon the conclusion of the comment period, the BLM reviews all comments and categorize them by topics.  As a result of substantive comments, the BLM may make changes to an alternative, the effects analysis for an alternative, or add measures to minimize potential adverse effects.

Form letters would be considered as one comment.  Personalized letters are more useful for our review.  Non-substantive comments are statements such as “I am opposed to the proposal” or conversely “I support the proposal.”  In either case, unless you describe the reason why, these types of comments are of no value during our review.

Thank you for your participation!!