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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. Additional information, including NEPA documentation, can be found on the Boardman to Hemingway project page, http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/blm.aspx.

Permitting Timeline

Right-of-Way Authorization (DOD)
US Navy (Cooperating under FAST-41)
05/31/2018
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Current Target Date: 04/27/2018
Completed application received
Current Target Date: 05/16/2018
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 12/31/2018
Notice to proceed
Current Target Date: 05/31/2019
Optional Milestones:
National Historic Preservation Act Section106 Consultation
Current Target Date: 11/30/2018
Tribal Consultations
Current Target Date: 11/30/2018
Special Use Permit (FS)
US Forest Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA), (Participating)
02/28/2019
Paused
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 12/19/2008
Completed application received
Complete 03/11/2009
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Complete
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Complete 11/16/2016
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Complete 11/16/2016
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Complete 02/28/2017
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Bureau of Land Management
Complete 11/17/2017
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 07/26/2010
Scoping 
Complete 09/27/2010
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Complete 12/18/2014
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Complete 11/25/2016
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Complete 11/17/2017
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Bureau of Land Management
Complete 01/31/2018
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/29/2010
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Complete 01/31/2018
Use Authorization (DOI-BOR)
Bureau of Reclamation (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
03/29/2022
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Current Target Date: 11/01/2021
Completed application received
Current Target Date: 01/31/2022
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 03/29/2022
Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
09/30/2022
Planned
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Current Target Date: 04/01/2022
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Current Target Date: 04/15/2022
Publication of Public Notice
Current Target Date: 04/15/2022
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 09/30/2022
Section 106 Review
Bureau of Land Management
Complete
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 07/25/2010
Section 106 consultation concluded
Complete 02/02/2017
Endangered Species Act Consultation (DOI-FWS)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Complete
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Complete 08/06/2015
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Complete 01/18/2017
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