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EA-1391: Final Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment for Presidential Permit Applications for Baja California, Inc. and Sempra Energy Resources

In separate actions, Sempra Energy Resources (SER) and Baja California Power, Inc (BCP) have applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for Presidential permits pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 10485, as amended by EO 12038, and 10 CFR section 205.320 et seq. (2000), to construct, operate, maintain, and connect electric power transmission facilities crossing the international border between the United States (U.S.) and Mexico. SER and BCP each propose constructing separate new double-circuit, 230,000 volt (230 kV) transmission lines extending about six miles south from the Imperial Valley Substation (IV Substation), owned and operated by San Diego Gas and Electric Company, to the U.S./Mexico border. In each case the objective is to connect the proposed transmission lines to natural gas fueled electric generating plants being constructed in Mexico for the purpose of importing electrical power into the U.S. onto the southern California electrical grid. The proposed transmission lines would traverse about six miles of Federal land administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.