Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on the Lahontan Substation Rebuild and Upgrade Project in Nevada

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100

For Release: May 15, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the effects of the proposed federal action to authorize the Lahontan Substation Rebuild and Upgrade Project.

NV Energy has applied to Reclamation for a right-of-way to rebuild the Lahontan Substation on a new site approximately one-half mile northeast of Lahontan Dam and approximately 200 feet to the northeast of the existing substation, on land under Reclamation jurisdiction in Churchill County, Nev.

Upon project approval and once the new substation is constructed, the existing Lahontan Substation would be abandoned and the infrastructure removed from Reclamation lands. The EA assesses the potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed project and forms the basis for Reclamation’s proposed decision to issue the use authorization requested by NV Energy.

Public comments on the project will help identify any potential environmental issues, concerns and alternatives that should be addressed in the EA.

The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email The Draft EA is also available for public review at the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV 89406.

Please send written comments to Julia Long, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, NV 89701, by close of business Wednesday, May 28. Comments may also be faxed to 775-882-7592 or emailed to For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Long at 775-884-8372.

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