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:old: Release Date: 03/11/14 Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov News Release No. CA-CDD-14-28

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Solar Project in San Bernardino County

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the BLM will conduct a public meeting to solicit comments from public agencies and the general public about their concerns and interests on the proposed Silurian Valley solar project.

To comply with the Record of Decision (ROD) for the BLM Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), a public meeting is being held to provide the public and other interested parties an opportunity to participate in the variance process determination prior to acceptance of an application. Comment forms will be made available during the meeting.

The BLM, in early coordination with other Federal, State and local government agencies, will rely on your comments when considering its determination whether or not to process the application. In accordance with the BLM Solar PEIS ROD, the California State Director will make a variance determination as to if the application is deemed appropriate for processing.

Representatives from Aurora Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., will be present for general questions. The meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2710 Lenwood Road, Barstow, California from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The proposed project would be a 200 megawatt solar facility consisting of multiple arrays of photovoltaic panels, 44 miles of service roads, a project substation, an operation & maintenance facilities including an aerial generation transmission line and impact 7,219 acres of public lands administered by the BLM approximately 10 miles north of Baker, San Bernardino County, along State Highway 127.

Should the application be accepted and forwarded for processing, BLM will develop an Environmental Impact Statement to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. This would include public scoping meetings and in-depth environmental analysis to address the following but not limited to; visual resources, air quality, recreation, biological and cultural resources.

Comments should be submitted within 30 days following the meeting by email or U.S. Mail. Send your comments to: Katrina Symons, BLM Barstow Field Manager, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311 or by email at Silurian_Valley_Solar@blm.gov.

Questions regarding this public meeting should be directed to, Joan Patrovsky, BLM Realty Specialist at (760) 252-6032.

--BLM--

California Desert District Office 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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Not good news for the birds. They either get whacked by propellers or get fried by the heat from the mirrors.

Can you imagine if conservatives were trying to push this stuff through?

Why are PETA and the rest of the tweety birds silent on all of this?

Just a thought: Why not require the wind farms to put tiny cables with reflective material between the propellers? I don't think it would hurt the performance very much and it would probably save the birds.

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