In a statement issued today, the BLM said it will continue to process the applications while, “continuing to identify issues during public scoping underway for the programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).
In the statement, BLM Director James Caswell said:
“We heard the concerns expressed during the scoping period about waiting to consider new applications, and we are taking action. By continuing to accept and process new applications for solar energy projects, we will aggressively help meet growing interest in renewable energy sources, while ensuring environmental protections.”
A storm of protest arose last month when the BLM said it was suspending applications pending processing of the 125 applications previously received.
Public scoping continues through July 15th, when the public has the opportunity to comment on the PEIS, either through the online comment form, or by mail to; Solar Energy PEIS Scoping, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave. – EVS/900, Argonne IL 60439.
Details about the three public scoping meetings on July 8 in Tucson, Arizona; July 9 in San Luis Obispo, California; and July 10 in El Centro, California; are available on the project website.
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