FOREST SERVICE AND CPUC EXTEND SCOPING PERIOD FOR SDG&E POWERLINE PROPOSAL IN NATIONAL FORESTS LOCALLY

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Meeting set for Feb. 19 in Alpine

February 4, 2014(San Diego)—U.S. Forest Service ((USFS) officials, in conjunction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), have announced a supplemental scoping period to provide the public with an additional opportunity to comment on the topics and alternatives that should be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) being prepared for the SDG&E proposal.

The Forest Service and CPUC will hold a Supplemental Scoping Meeting for the SDG&E Master Special Use Permit and Permit to Construct Power Line Replacement Projects at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The meeting is open to all.

Forest Service and CPUC staff will be available to discuss the results of the scoping conducted from September 23 through November 7, 2013, as described in the Scoping Report released on January 16, 2014.  This report provides information about the scoping process conducted to date, a list of issues and concerns, as well as alternatives identified during the initial public scoping period.

Comments that will be most useful during this supplemental scoping period would be descriptions of additional concerns about the impacts of the proposed project and additional suggestions for alternatives that should be considered.

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is proposing to combine over 70 existing special use permits for SDG&E electric facilities within the Cleveland National Forest (CNF) into one Master Special Use Permit (MSUP) to be issued by the United States Forest Service (Forest Service). As shown in the Project Location Map, the CNF MSUP study area is located within the Trabuco Ranger District in Orange County, California and the Palomar and Descanso Ranger Districts in unincorporated areas of San Diego County, California.

In addition to requesting Forest Service authorization of the MSUP allowing for the continued operation and maintenance of SDG&E’s existing electric facilities within the CNF, SDG&E is proposing to replace certain existing 69 kV power lines and 12 kV distribution lines located within and outside of the CNF that will require a Permit to Construct (PTC) from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The proposed Power Line Replacement Projects would primarily include fire hardening along with relocation and undergrounding of certain facilities. As shown in the Project Location Map, the power line and distribution facilities proposed to be replaced are located within the central portion of San Diego County approximately 4.5 miles north of the US Mexico Border, 14 miles east of the City of El Cajon, in the vicinity of the unincorporated communities of Descanso, Campo, Pauma Valley, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs.

The Forest Service has reviewed the application and accepted the proposal with modifications to certain actions on National Forest System lands. This modified proposal is the Forest Service proposed action and modifies SDG&E’s proposed project by relocating a section of TL 626 out of the Cedar Creek publically proposed undeveloped area and into a location within the study corridor as shown in TL 626 Overview Map and USGS topographic map. The Forest Service proposed action would also relocate the section of C157 out of the Hauser Wilderness and into the area between the Hauser and Pine Creek Wilderness areas as shown in CL157 Overview Map.

More information is available on the project website at:

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/dudek/CNF/CNF.htm


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