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Proposed power lines won’t cause environmental concern

by Jeff Munson

An environmental assessment for proposed electric system improvements in the Johnson Lane area shows the project meets all federal government standards.

Concern over electromagnetic fields generated from proposed Sierra Pacific powerlines and a substation prompted the Bureau of Land Management to prepare the study, released this week.

“Based on existing studies, there would not be an electromagnetic impact from overhead or underground lines,” said Ken Nelson, a BLM field specialist.

The environmental assessment analyzes potential environmental impacts from the proposed project and offers alternatives in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The substation is to be built a half-mile east of the intersection of Stephanie Way and Romero Drive. The facility won’t be visible from adjacent residential areas. Sierra Pacific also has committed to put lines underground, Nelson said, with the exception of existing powerlines that parallel the east side of the road.

“When Sierra Pacific decided to put the lines underground, it defused a lot of concern,” Nelson said.

Tests were done and electromagnetic readings taken above and below ground. Results show the output is below federal guidelines, Nelson said.

The environmental assessment also analyzed two substation locations: one a half-mile east of the intersection of Stephanie Way and Romero Drive, and an alternate site, near the east end of Johnson Lane.

The BLM has yet to make a decision over the proposed project and will take public comments regarding findings from the environmental assessment.

Copies of the report can be obtained by writing the BLM at the Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, 89701 or by calling 775-885-6114. Written comments on the report will be accepted through March 16.

Call 775-885-6144 for information.