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BLM Schedules Additional Meeting on Solar Changes Due to Public Interest

Due to substantial public interest, the Bureau of Land Management has added one more virtual session to its series of public scoping meetings seeking input on potential changes to its solar energy program.

In total the BLM will have hosted fifteen meetings, both virtual and in person, to solicit feedback on its recently announced intent to update the programmatic environmental impact statement for the BLM’s utility-scale solar energy planning. BLM also welcomes written comments.

While feedback is welcome on all aspects of the Notice of Intent, the BLM is especially interested to hear comments related to solar energy development in southern California and southern Nevada, given specific expressed interest in the program in those areas.

The newly added virtual session will be held via Zoom on February 14th, 2023, from 9:00 until 11:30a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Pre-registration is required. Click here.

The BLM is considering updates to its 2012 Western Solar Plan that included six southwestern states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – and is seeking comment regarding expanding its solar planning to include five additional states: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Notice of Intent to update the BLM’s 2012 solar programmatic environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2022, with interested parties invited to submit written feedback or to participate in one of the in-person or virtual public scoping meetings.

The public comment period opened on December 8th, 2022 and will remain open until March 1st, 2023, which is 15 days after the last public scoping meeting. Click here for the most recent information on these meetings.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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