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CX-006896: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Maxwell - O'Banion Optical Ground Wire
CX(s) Applied: B1.7, B4.6, B4.7, B4.11
Date: 09/15/2011
Location(s): Sutter County, California
Office(s): Western Area Power Administration-Sierra Nevada Region, National Energy Technology Laboratory

The Western Area Power Administration (Western), Sierra Nevada Region (SNR), is responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of federally owned and operated transmission lines, Switchyards, and facilities throughout California. Western and Reclamation must comply with the National Electric Safety Code, Western States Coordinating Council (WECC), and internal directives for protecting human safety, the physical environment, and maintaining the reliable operation of the transmission system. Western is proposing to put Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) on its existing Maxwell O'Banion (MAX-OBN) transmission line. The need for OPGW installation is due to the fact that the process of marketing and delivering power through transmission facilities requires a great deal of real time information transfer between many geographically diverse locations. The need for real time data is rapidly increasing as a result of changing regulation and customer demand for overall system security and reliability.