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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.
Scoping Summary Report Available for Download
The public scoping period ended on March 21, 2013, and the Scoping Summary Report is now available for download.
The scoping summary report describes the public scoping process for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project (DOE/EIS-0486) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). According to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, scoping is an open and early process required to determine the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS and to identify significant issues related to the proposed action (see 40 CFR 1501.7). These issues include the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and its alternatives.
The purpose of the Scoping Summary Report is to describe the scoping process that DOE used to fulfill its obligation to conduct this portion of its environmental review under NEPA in accordance with federal agency regulations, policies, and procedures. This report describes the manner in which DOE notified the public about the scoping process, held scoping meetings, and solicited comments, and includes a summary of scoping comments. DOE is publishing this Scoping Summary Report for the reader’s information.
The scoping period ended on March 21, 2013. DOE is considering the comments received during the scoping period in preparing the Draft EIS. The next public comment opportunity will begin when DOE issues the Draft EIS.
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 the EIS website and 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 (both written and verbal 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 the EIS Website and the DOE NEPA Website.