Public Lands News.com
E Ridgecrest Boulevard
June 27, 2013
Mathew Hall, Kern County Planning and Community
2700 M Street, Suite, 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Reg Oro Verde Solar Project by Sun Edison, LLC (pp12205)
Dear Mr. Hall and Ms Andrea Brewer-Anderson
Since 1999 National Public Lands News, a non-profit
organization dedicated to informing citizens about their public lands, has
provided comments to BLM and Kern/Inyo and San Bernardino Counties regarding
NEPA and CEQA documents.
I have personally provided comments to Kern County planning
since 1980 and our organization would like to be added to your list of
We were just notified by the BLM at one of our citizens
Round Table Meetings that comments were due on this subject. We realize that we are late in the input of
our scoping comments to Kern County, but hope that you will address our items
in the EIS/EIR to follow, as they will be submitted under the time limit for
Edwards Air Force.
the Proposed Action (2) the lease will be on federal lands. Our question is are
they fee lands or does it involve surface and subsurface lands. After looking through the document I was
unclear. This needs to be legally
the Proposed Action (2), it goes on to say that it will be from 150 to 450
MW. The area involved between the
acreage involved leaves one deficient in implication and scope of the
project. By saying it will be 150,
and then saying it will be 450 MW (area) it is segmenting NEPA by piece
#5 Scope of the EIS/EIR Analysis it states that Cultural Resources will be
analyzed. However this area is
within the CDCA and one more value needs to be looked at, i.e. Native
Alternative B is states that it will be
“decommissioning” a solar facility that already includes 1500 acres. While looking through the document,
again it is not specific on the difference in acreage. So will the facility be the possible
4000 acres plus the 1500 acres.
Again, after looking through the document, we were very unclear.
looking at Alternatives A and B, it is quite logical to deduce that the
footprint will be over 6000 acres which is not represented at the initial
analysis of the proposed actions.
have some concerns that the unincorporated areas are being overlooked in
conjunction to cumulative impacts.
Joshua Tree Mitigation measure needs to be tied in the analysis and more
concern should be looked at in regards to grading of more desert
lands. This year the air quality
has been detrimental to the towns of Mojave, Rosamond and California City
due to the denudement of the desert landscape.
would like to see more mitigation measures for the tortoise, Mojave Ground Squirrel,
raptors, vegetation and water.
Again, we are sorry we are late with our comments, however
better notification to the public is called for under the California Desert
Thank you in advance for allowing our comments to at least
be heard, although we understand the comment period ended on the 24th
for Kern County.
Sophia Anne Merk, Director
National Public Lands News.com
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