Environmental Assessment Released on Construction of a Bypass Road Near Hazen, Nevada

Media Contact: Lynnette Wirth, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 12, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the impacts of construction of a bypass road northwest of Hazen, Nevada.

Vulcan Power Company (Vulcan) is requesting authorization to construct the bypass road to allow Vulcan to explore the potential for the geothermal resources in privately held portions of the Hazen-Patua lease area.

The new road would be parallel to an existing road for a total length of 1,550 feet and would allow access for large trucks and heavy equipment to the lease area.

The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available for public review. Please send written comments to Ms. Andrea Minor, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015, by close of business Friday, January 2, 2009. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Minor at 775-882-7592 or e-mailed to aminor@mp.usbr.gov.

The EA is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3495. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or lwirth@mp.usbr.gov. The document is also available at the Fernley Branch of the Lyon County Library, 575 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley.

For detailed information on the specific location of the road or for other information, please contact Ms. Minor at 775-884-8366.

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