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Creston-Bell Rebuild Project (DOE/EA-4406)
Lincoln and Spokane Counties, Washington


    BPA proposes to rebuild the Creston-Bell 115-kilovolt transmission line. The 54-mile long, wood pole line extends from the BPA Creston substation to the BPA Bell substation in Lincoln and Spokane Counties, Washington. The project would include replacing wood poles, associated structural components, and conductor, improvements to some existing access roads, construction of 10 miles of new access roads, and some vegetation removal. The rebuild would enable BPA to maintain reliable electric service and avoid risks to the public and worker safety. The line would continue to operate at 115-kV. To understand potential impacts of the proposal, BPA conducted public meetings in March 2011, provided project information to interested parties, and accepted comments on the proposal. Since that time, BPA has conducted an environmental review of the proposal and prepared a preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA). The preliminary EA (PEA) describes the proposed rebuild project, the no action alternative, potential environmental impacts, and proposed mitigation measures that could avoid or minimize those impacts.


    BPA has decided to rebuild the Creston-Bell 115-kilovolt transmission line based on the Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The EA Revision Sheet combined with the Preliminary EA constitutes the final EA. The final EA includes a Floodplain Statement of Findings and a Mitigation Action Plan that outlines the mitigation measures that will be implemented during and after construction. Construction begins in mid May, 2012 and will be completed in the winter of 2012.


    For further information on this project, please contact:

    Erich Orth, Project Manager, Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP2, P.O. Box 61409, Vancouver, WA 98666-1409; toll-free telephone
    1-800-282-3713; direct telephone 360-619-6559; fax 360-619-6021; or e-mail

    Gene Lynard, Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, OR 97208-3621; toll-free telephone 1-800-282-3713; direct telephone 503-230-3790; fax 503-230-5699; or e-mail


    Final EA Public Letter (31Kb pdf) (05/07/12)
    FONSI (31Kb pdf) (05/07/12)
    Mitigation Action Plan (65Kb pdf) (05/07/12)
    Revision Sheet (329Kb pdf) (05/07/12)
    Preliminary EA Public Letter (32Kb pdf) (04/11/12)
    Preliminary EA Comment Form (10Kb pdf) (04/11/12)
    Preliminary EA (6.7MB pdf) (April 2012)
    Scoping Meetings Public Letter (34Kb pdf) (03/16/11)
    Scoping Comment Form (34Kb pdf) (03/16/11)
    Project Vicinity Map (1.1MB pdf) (January 2011)

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