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DOE Environmental Impact Statement Public Scoping Meeting on Champlain Hudson Power Express Transmission Line Project

June 30, 2010 - 3:28pm

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Washington, D.C. --The Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting seven meetings for public participation as part of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) preparation process pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to assess the potential environmental impacts from its proposed action of granting a Presidential permit to Champlain Hudson Power Express, Inc., to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a new electric transmission line across the U.S.- Canada border in northeastern New York.

The meetings will enable the public to provide comments for consideration in establishing the scope of the EIS including consideration of potential alternatives and impacts. DOE invites interested agencies, organizations, Native American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments to assist in identifying significant environmental issues.

Champlain Hudson is proposing to install and operate two 1,000-megawatt (MW) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) bipole submarine transmission cables extending from Quebec, Canada, to New York City and southwestern Connecticut, for an overall length of about 385 miles. The transmission cables will be installed in waterways including Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal system, the Hudson River, and Long Island Sound. Short sections of the cables may be buried within portions of existing railroad rights-of-way. Also, two substations are proposed for construction in Yonkers, NY, and Bridgeport, CT.

The two-part meetings include an informal discussion “workshop” period, followed by formal comment session with transcription by a court stenographer. Although the proceedings are at an early stage, DOE, Champlain Hudson, and any cooperating agency representatives will be available to answer questions and provide additional current information.

Further information on this project and the Presidential permit process is on the project EIS website at http://CHPExpressEIS.org , including the Federal Register Notice describing the project and all of the scoping meetings, or by contacting Dr. Jerry Pell at (202) 586-3362 or by e- mail at jerry.pell@hq.doe.gov.

The list of meetings and locations is attached.

Champlain Hudson Scoping Meeting Locations
Location Street Address Date and Time
Bridgeport, Connecticut Bridgeport City Hall 45 Lyon Terrace Bridgeport, CT 06604 Thursday, July 8, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm,
New York, New York

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency* 290 Broadway, Room 27A (27th floor, conference room A) New York, NY 10007

Note: * This is a secure building: all carried items, e.g., handbags and backpacks, will be X-rayed and visitors will pass through a metal detector.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Yonkers, New York Royal Regency Hotel
165 Tuckahoe Road
Yonkers, NY 10710
Monday, July 12, 2010 7:00– 9:00 pm
Kingston, New York Holiday Inn
Kingston, NY 503
Washington Avenue Kingston, NY 12401
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Albany, New York The Holiday Inn
Albany at Wolf Road
205 Wolf Road Albany, NY12205
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Glens Falls, New York Ramada
Glens Falls/Lake George Area
1 Abby Lane (exit 19 off I- 87) Queensbury, NY 12804
Thursday, July 15, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Plattsburgh, New York Plattsburgh North
Country Chamber of Commerce 7061 State Route 9 Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Friday, July 16, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

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Media contact(s):
Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
(202) 586-4940

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