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EA-1581: Draft Environmental Assessment

Sand Hills Wind Energy Facility Albany County, Wyoming

WindEnergy, Inc. (SWE or applicant) submitted a request to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rawlins Field Office for a right-of-way (ROW) on BLM-administered lands (Proposed Action). SWE proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Sand Hills Wind Energy Facility (Facility) in Albany County, Wyoming. The Facility, which would be located approximately 30 miles west of Laramie, would have an aggregate nominal nameplate generating capacity of up to 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity and would include up to 25, 2.0-MW wind turbines.This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze the environmental consequences of the Proposed Action. The EA is a site-specific analysis of potential impacts that could result from the implementation of the Proposed Action. This EA is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 United States Code [USC] 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations found in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1500–1508. This EA assesses the environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, two project alternatives and a No Action alternative, and guides the decisionmaking process. The BLM is the federal lead agency responsible for conducting the environmental review under NEPA, and Western is a federal cooperating agency on the EA.