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Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line

Project Information
Sector: Electricity Transmission
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

PacifiCorp, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and Idaho Power jointly propose to design, construct, operate and maintain a new 500 kilovolt, single-circuit electric transmission line from a proposed substation near Boardman, Oregon to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho. The 500kV line will span approximately 300 miles total, 88 miles on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The project would provide additional capacity for exchanging energy between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West, depending on which region is experiencing the highest demand.

BLM received Idaho Power Company’s Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project application and Plan of Development (POD) on Dec. 19, 2007.

In keeping with its mission and NEPA, BLM has established collaborative relationships with many Federal, State and local organizations to facilitate cooperative government reviews, ensure science-based decision-making, and prevent duplicative efforts. As part of this approach, BLM incorporates input from the public and affected local governments into the review process. BLM relies on this input to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (as required by 30 CFR 550.269) to support its decision-making process.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published December 2014. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published on November 25, 2016.  Additional information, including NEPA documentation, can be found on the Boardman to Hemingway project page, http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/blm.aspx.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 07/26/2010
Target: 07/26/2010
Scoping
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 12/18/2014
Target: 12/18/2014
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 11/25/2016
Target: 03/29/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Planned
Target: 03/31/2017
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
N/A
Optional Milestones:
Record of Decision (Department of the Navy)
In Progress
Bureau of Land Management 09/30/2017 In Progress
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/29/2010
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Bureau of Land Management Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Complete
Target: 08/06/2015
Consultation Initiation Date
Complete
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Complete 01/18/2017
Target: 02/29/2016
02/29/2016 Complete 01/18/2017
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory 12/31/2019 Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - NOAA-NMFS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Complete 11/16/2016
Target: 11/16/2016
Consultation Initiation Date
Complete 11/16/2106
Target: 11/16/2016
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Complete 02/28/2017
Target: 02/28/2017
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA) 02/28/2017 Complete
Right-of-Way Authorization (BOR)
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Bureau of Reclamation (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
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