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The proposed Plains & Eastern Project (the proposed project) would include an overhead ± 600 kilovolt (kV) high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission system and associated facilities with the capacity to deliver approximately 3,500 megawatts (MW) from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to load-serving entities in the Mid-South and Southeast. The proposed project would traverse Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, a distance of approximately 700 miles. The western portion of the proposed project would interconnect to the transmission system operated by the Southwest Power Pool in Texas County, Oklahoma. The eastern portion of the proposed project would interconnect to the transmission system operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Since the close of the scoping comment period in March, 2013, DOE has reviewed and considered comments received from the public, agencies, and tribes. Based on the review and consideration of these comments to the extent practicable, and an independent evaluation of the routes proposed by Clean Line, DOE has developed the alternatives (including converter station locations and the high voltage direct current [HVDC] transmission line routes) to be analyzed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The next public comment opportunity will begin when DOE issues the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS is currently expected to be released in fall 2014.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will publish a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register, which will begin the public comment period on the Draft EIS. DOE will also provide notice that the Draft EIS is available for public review through a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, an announcement on the EIS website, and through other media. These notices will include an announcement of how to comment on the Draft EIS and provide the date, time, and location of public hearings on the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will be posted on this website and the DOE NEPA Website.
DOE will provide a minimum of 45 days for public comment on the Draft EIS, during which time DOE will also hold public hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS. After the close of the public comment period on the Draft EIS, DOE will consider the comments received and prepare a Final EIS. In the Final EIS, DOE will consider and respond to comments that it received on the Draft EIS. The availability of the Final EIS will be announced in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Final EIS will be posted on this website and the DOE NEPA Website.