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Sept. 27 Comment Deadline On Boardman To Hemingway Transmission Line
9/22/2010
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:
 Kathy Shinn
 (503) 373-1033
10-54In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
 
 
Public must request comments made in 2008 be applied to 2010 proposal
 
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reminds citizens that public comments on Idaho Power’s proposed Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Transmission Line Project must be received by Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at 5 p.m. The 2010 proposal includes changes in the proposed project route.
 
This initial public comment period on the Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit an Application for a Site Certificate to the Energy Facility Siting Council provides information for the developer to modify their proposal based on issues or concerns raised prior to submitting their application.
 
“We really value the public’s input and want to make sure that they meet the September 27 deadline,” says Sue Oliver, ODOE siting officer.
 
Members of the public who commented on the 2008 proposal should either resubmit their comments or ask in writing that their 2008 comments, if relevant, be applied to the 2010 proposal. An additional public comment opportunity will take place later in the process after the Idaho Power’s application is submitted for review.
 
Comments must be received by Monday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. through one of the following:
 
Background on Process
Idaho Power first filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) in 2008 to the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council (Council). Because the project changed substantially, the company withdrew the 2008 NOI and submitted a new one on July 6, 2010.
 
The proposed transmission project would include construction, operation and maintenance of a new single-circuit, 500 kilovolt transmission line from a proposed substation in Boardman, Oregon to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho.
 
ODOE co-hosted public informational meetings in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service from Aug. 2 through Aug. 12 in eight communities.
 
To learn more about the project and view documents and maps, visit www.boardmantohemingway.com.