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The proposed Plains & Eastern Project (the proposed project) would include an overhead ± 600 kilovolt (kV) high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission system and associated facilities with the capacity to deliver approximately 3,500 megawatts (MW) from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to load-serving entities in the Mid-South and Southeast. The proposed project would traverse Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, a distance of approximately 700 miles. The western portion of the proposed project would interconnect to the transmission system operated by the Southwest Power Pool in Texas County, Oklahoma. The eastern portion of the proposed project would interconnect to the transmission system operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Since the end of the scoping period in March 2013, DOE has been reviewing the 664 public scoping documents, many containing multiple comments, received on the Plains & Eastern EIS. DOE is using the information received during scoping along with additional technical information (provided by the applicant and verified by DOE) to refine and modify the alternatives (including converter station locations and transmission line routes) to be analyzed in the Draft EIS. In addition, DOE and the applicant are undertaking fieldwork such as field verification of public comments, and threatened and endangered species and habitat surveys, to facilitate full evaluation of potential impacts. As a result of these efforts, the alternative routes presented in the Draft EIS may include some deviations from the potential routes described during the scoping process.
The next public comment opportunity will begin when DOE issues the Draft EIS (expected to be late fall 2014). The Draft EIS will present the potential environmental impacts of a No Action Alternative, the proposed route, and reasonable alternatives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will publish a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register, which will begin the minimum 45-day public comment period. DOE will also provide notice that the Draft EIS is available for public review through a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, an announcement on this EIS website and the DOE NEPA Website, and through other media. These notices will describe how to comment on the Draft EIS and provide the date, time, and location of public hearings on the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will be posted on this website and the DOE NEPA Website.
DOE will consider comments received on the Draft EIS and respond to those comments in the Final EIS. The availability of the Final EIS will be announced in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Final EIS will be posted on this website and the DOE NEPA Website. DOE will not decide whether to participate in the proposed project or select any route until at least 30 days after issuing the Final EIS.