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Albany-Eugene Transmission Line Rebuild (DOE/EIS-0457)
Linn and Lane counties, Oregon


    BPA proposes to rebuild a 32-mile section of the Albany-Eugene 115-kilovolt No. 1 Transmission Line. No major work has been done on the line since it was originally built in 1940. Many of the structures, the electric wire (conductor), and associated structural components (cross arms, insulators, and dampers) are physically worn and structurally unsound in places. These wood transmission poles have lasted beyond the expected 55 to 60 years, and now need to be replaced due to age, rot, and deterioration. Based on the deteriorated condition of this line, there is a need to rebuild the line to maintain reliable electrical service and to avoid risks to the safety of the public and maintenance crews.

    Proposed activities would include establishing temporary access to the line, improving some access roads developing staging areas for storage of materials, removing some vegetation, removing and replacing existing wood pole structures and associated structural components and conductor, and revegetating areas disturbed by construction activities. The existing structures would be replaced with structures of similar design within or near to their existing locations. The line would continue to operate at 115-kilovolts.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Two alternatives were studied in the EIS: to rebuild the line or not to rebuild, continuing with current operation and maintenance practices. The EIS described anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would enable BPA to avoid or minimize impacts.


    BPA issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) March 2012. The BPA Administrator signed a Record of Decision (ROD) on June 1, 2012 deciding to construct the project. Construction began in June 2012 and will continue through fall
    of 2013.


    For environmental-related information, contact:
    Doug Corkran, Environmental Lead
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    For project-related information, contact:
    Erich Orth, Project Manager
    Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
    P.O. Box 61409
    Vancouver, WA 98666-1409

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    (All documents are in pdf format)

    Public Letter (26 KB pff) (06/01/2012)
    ROD with Mitigation Action Plan (152 KB) (06/01/2012)

    Public Letter (32 KB) (04/12/2012)
    Final EIS (6.1 MB) (March 2012)

    Comments received on Draft EIS
    Public Letter (33 KB pdf) (01/18/2012)
    Draft EIS (5.2 MB) (January 2012)
    Comment Form (50 KB) (01/18/2012)

    Comments received on Scoping
    Public Letter (32 KB) (02/25/2010)
    Project Map (602 KB) (02/22/2010)
    Comment Form (35 KB) (02/25/2010)

    Notice of Intent: (17 KB) (10/21/2010)

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