The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the public commenting period for the Notice of Intent to conduct an environmental review on the impacts of the proposed Soda Mountain PV project.
The deadline for the public to submit comments on the proposed 350MW Soda Mountain project, in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California, was originally November 23. It has now been extended until December 14.
Such comments may include issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives and mitigation measures which should be considered in the analysis of the proposed project. The submitted comments will also be used to help the BLM and San Bernardino County to prepare a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed project.
The EIS will analyse the impact of the proposed project on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, visual resources, transmission-system engineering and transmission line safety.
Initiated by Entek Power Services in 2007, the Soda Mountain project is expected to cover a site area of 1,779 hectares, of which the PV array will occupy 1,089 hectares. Implementation of the project will include constructing a project substation, an access road, and operations and maintenance buildings.