Notification: A printer error may have occurred in some production runs of the printed version of Volume III of the EIS (Appendix A—Figures). Specifically, the maps may have been printed and placed in the binders in reverse order. Maps can be viewed in full in the correct order by opening the back binder cover and turning pages left to right. We appreciate your patience with this inconvenience. This production issue only affected early production runs of Volume III of the EIS and has since been corrected.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS–0486; Final EIS) is now available on this website under Maps and Documents and on the DOE NEPA website at http://energy.gov/nepa/environmental-impact-statements-eis. DOE has not made a decision regarding the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project.
DOE is the lead federal agency for the preparation of this EIS (or Plains & Eastern EIS), which examines the potential environmental impacts from Clean Line’s proposed Project (also referred to as the Applicant Proposed Project) and alternatives to it.
The Final EIS considers comments submitted on the Draft EIS, including those submitted during the public comment period that began on December 19, 2014, and ended on April 20, 2015. Late comments have been considered to the extent practicable. During the comment period, DOE held 15 public hearings in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Approximately 950 comment documents were received from individuals, interested groups, tribal governments, and federal, state, and local agencies. In addition to numerous comments that provided a statement of general opposition or support, the primary topics raised include, but are not limited to: concern about electric and magnetic fields from the transmission line; concern about reductions in property value; concern about impacts to agricultural resources such as crop production, irrigation, and aerial spraying; concern about the use of eminent domain; and concern about visual impacts from the transmission line. A Comment Response Document, included as Appendix Q of the Final EIS, contains the comments received on the Draft EIS and DOE's responses to these comments.
Parallel with the NEPA process, DOE is evaluating Clean Line's application under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This non-NEPA evaluation includes, but is not limited to, reviewing the application against statutory criteria and other factors listed in the 2010 request for proposals (75 Federal Register 32940). An outcome of this evaluation could be a Participation Agreement between Clean Line and DOE, which would define under what conditions DOE would participate with Clean Line and, if applicable, would include any stipulations or requirements that resulted from this environmental review under NEPA. The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability website (http://www.energy.gov/oe/services/electricity-policy-coordination-and-implementation/transmission-planning/section-1222-0) provides more information about the Section 1222 evaluation.
If DOE decides to participate in the proposed project, it will publish a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days after publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
Copies of the Final EIS are available in the public reading rooms listed here.
Brief Project Overview
The Applicant Proposed Project would include an overhead ± 600 kilovolt high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission system and associated facilities with the capacity to deliver approximately 3,500 megawatts primarily from renewable energy generation facilities in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle regions to load-serving entities in the Mid-South and southeastern United States via an interconnection with Tennessee Valley Authority in Tennessee. Major facilities associated with the Applicant Proposed Project consist of converter stations in Oklahoma and Tennessee, an approximate 720-mile HVDC transmission line, an alternating current (AC) collection system, and access roads.
Pursuant to NEPA, DOE has identified and analyzed potential environmental impacts for several alternatives in addition to the Applicant Proposed Project, including alternative routes for the HVDC transmission line and adding a converter station in Arkansas (to deliver power to the Arkansas electrical grid).