Details for NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT:

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT:

Pacific Power Nile Spacer Cable System Project

The Naches Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF), is considering a request by Pacific Power to authorize the upgrade of approximately 28 miles of an existing 12.47 kilovolt distribution power line on the east slope of the Cascade Range approximately 20 miles northwest of Naches, within northwestern Yakima County, and primarily within the OWNF. The route generally parallels the Little Naches and American rivers and State Highway 410. There would be portions of the line that are rebuilt in place within existing Right-of-Way (ROW), portions removed entirely from poorly accessible areas, and areas of new construction (moving the line to the Highway 410 ROW for improved accessibility). The Project will promote fire mitigation, while maintaining the distribution of electric power to customers, and minimizing potential impact to power service resulting from wildfire and weather events.

The Naches Ranger District is analyzing the project through an Environmental Assessment (36 CFR 220.7) to evaluate the potential impacts from proposed activities.

You may access full project information and submit official scoping comments at the web address below. Maps, project details, public meeting dates, and instructions for subscribing to updates can also be found here:

https://data-stga.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=59210

In addition to the website provided above, Pacific Power provides the following website to view project details and maps:

https://www.pacificpower.net/nile-project

Project-specific questions may be submitted directly to Pacific Power at:

WMPYakimaNile@pacificorp.com

The Forest Service welcomes comments on issues or concerns related to this project proposal. Comments will be received and considered at any time, but they are most helpful if received by March 1, 2021. Your comments can be submitted electronically at the above address or by mail or hand delivery to the Naches Ranger Station at 10237 Hwy 12, Naches, WA 98937. All comments received, and the names and addresses of those who comment, will be placed in the project file and become a matter of public record. For further information regarding this project please contact Jamey Basye by emailing jamey.basye@usda.gov or by calling 509-852-1042.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

(969826) January 29, 2021

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