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EA-1357: Finding of No Significant Impact

Presidential Permit PP-26, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Brownsville to Mexico 138 kV Transmission Line Project, Brownsville, Texas

On June 23, 2000, Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) filed an application with the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy for a Presidential permit to construct, operate, maintain and connect an electric transmission line that would cross the U.S. border with Mexico. BPUB proposes to construct a double-circuit 138,000 volt (138-kV) transmission line from its Silas Ray Power Plant, located in Brownsville, Texas, and extending approximately 3,000 feet to the U.S.-Mexico border. At the border the transmission circuits would interconnect with similar facilities of the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national electric utility of Mexico, and continue an additional 1.7 miles into Matamoros, Mexico. The facilities would be used to deliver up to 400 megawatts (MW) of electric power to Mexico’s northern region.