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Alvey-Fairview Transmission Line (DOE/EA-1891)
Lane, Douglas and Coos counties, Oregon


    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will rebuild its Alvey-Fairview 230-kilovolt Transmission Line between Eugene and Coquille, Oregon. The existing line was constructed in 1957 and most of the wood-pole structures are now physically worn. Based on its deteriorated condition, the line needs to be rebuilt in order to maintain reliable electrical service, avoid risks to the public, and ensure worker safety.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA). Two alternatives were studied in the EA: to rebuild the line or to not rebuild the line, continue on with current operation and maintenance practices. The EA described anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and included mitigation measures that will help avoid or minimize impacts. BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment on February 7, 2014 and received comments from 21 entities.


    BPA has issued the final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact for the project and has decided to proceed with the Proposed Action. BPA will rebuild the Alvey-Fairview 230-kV transmission line as described in the final EA. The final EA provides responses to comments received on the draft EA and includes revisions to the EA text. Based on the EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, BPA has found that the Proposed Action will not cause any significant impacts, and, therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.

    Project construction is expected to begin in June 2014 and continue through December 2015, with breaks in construction during the winter.


    Scoping comment period:
    Scoping public meeting:
    Scoping public meeting:
    Draft EA comment period:
    Final EA:
    Finding of No Significant Impact:  
    Construction start:
    November 15, 2011 through December 28, 2011
    November 30, 2011 in Sutherlin, Oregon
    December 7, 2011 in Cottage Grove, Oregon
    February 7, 2014 through March 3, 2014
    April 21, 2014
    April 21, 2014
    Summer 2014/2015

    For environmental information, contact:    
    Doug Corkran
    Environmental Protection Specialist

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:

    For project information, contact:
    James Semrau
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
    P.O. Box 61409
    Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
    Direct line:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    Public Letter - Notice of Construction (89 Kb) (03/31/2015)

    Public Letter (29 Kb) (05/02/2014)
    FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan (245 Kb) (04/21/2014)
    Final EA (3.5 Mb) (04/21/2014)

    Comments received on draft EA
    Public Letter (51 Kb) (02/07/2014)
    Draft EA (7 Mb) (February 2014)
    Comment Form (20 Kb) (02/07/2014)

    Comments received on scoping
    Public Letter (31 KB pdf) (11/15/2011)
    Project Map (5.1 KB pdf) (06/15/2011)
    Comment Form (13 KB pdf) (11/15/2011)

    EA Determination Memo (52 KB pdf) (08/05/2011)

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