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EA-1697: Finding of No Significant Impact

Right-of-Way Maintenance in the San Joaquin Valley, California

This decision document announces the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Western's proposal to revise its operation and maintenance (O&M) activities for its existing San Joaquin Valley area electrical transmission line infrastructure, rights-of-\:vay (ROW), substations, a maintenance facility, and access roads. The project area includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Santa Clara, and Merced counties. Proposed O&M activities include, but are not limited to, facility inspection/repair, vegetation management, and equipment upgrades Western is the lead agency under the National Enviromnental Policy Act (NEPA); there are no cooperating agencies. Western has determined that the Proposed Action is not a Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, within the context ofNEP A. Therefore, the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required and Western is issuing this FONSI.