NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Announces Public Scoping Period For LANL Electrical Upgrade Project

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Public Notice regarding its intent to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The purpose is to upgrade the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) electrical power capacity by constructing and operating a new 115 Kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and by upgrading LANL’s existing electrical infrastructure.

With this notice, DOE/NNSA and the United States Forest Service Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) as co-lead agencies are initiating the public scoping process for the Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade (EPCU) project EA and associated project-specific amendment to the SFNF 1987 Land and Resource Management Plan. The agencies are requesting comments regarding potential environmental impacts it should consider as it prepares the EA for the proposed project.

A 30-day public scoping period commencing with publication of this notice, is being established during which concerned citizens, special interest groups, local governments, and any other interested parties are invited to comment on the scope of the proposed EA.

Scoping will help ensure that a full range of issues related to this proposal are addressed in the EA, and also help identify significant or potentially significant impacts that may result from the proposed project. 

Written comments are due to the email address [EPCUEA@NNSA.DOE.GOV] or submitted online at EPCU EA Project Website no later than May 21, 2021. Comments may also be made at the virtual EA scoping meeting to be held 6-8 p.m. (MDT) May 6, 2021, at https://tinyurl.com/EPCUEA.

The Public Notice is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room.