Public Notice Announcing the Availability of an Environmental Assessment

Public Notice Announcing the Availability of an Environmental Assessment US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business Services (RBS) SP Solar 1, LLC: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Rural Business Services, USDA ACTION: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Business Services, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by the SP Solar 1, LLC (Applicant). The proposal is for construction of a 3.08 megawatt DC solar facility on a 40.0 acre parcel of property located in Woodburn, Oregon, Marion County. The project consists of construction and operation of ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar arrays and associated electrical support equipment. The applicant has submitted an application to Rural Business Services for funding of the proposal. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: If implemented, the proposed project will permanently impact wetlands by placement of approximately 9 cubic yards of material in 0.01 acres (435 square-feet) of Wetland A. Impacts include placing up to 972 steel I-beam posts within wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that evaluated areas of Wetland A are not considered waters of the United States. Oregon Department of State Lands has determined the project does not require a State removal-fill permit because it involves less than 50 cubic yards of removal and/or fill. In accordance with Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, and USDA Departmental Regulation 9500-3, Land Use Policy, the purpose of this notice is to inform the public of this proposed conversion or effect and request comments concerning the proposal, alternative sites or actions that would avoid these impacts, and methods that could be used to minimize these impacts. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Beyer, State Environmental Coordinator at (503) 414-3368, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 1801, Portland, Oregon 97204 michael.beyer@or.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Applicant’s proposed project is to utilize only 12.0 acres of the total 40.0 acre tract producing 4,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy per year. When constructed, the electrical energy would be sold to Portland General Electric under a long-term fixed power purchase agreement. Each ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar array would be approximately fifteen-feet in height over the 12.0 acre site and be surrounded by a six-foot tall chain link security fence. The facility will be located on privately-owned property in Woodburn, Oregon, Marion County. Pilot Environmental Inc., an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assessment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project’s environmental impacts, and summarizes, as applicable, any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects. RBS has conducted an independent evaluation of the environmental assessment and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project. Questions and comments should be sent to RBS at the address provided. RBS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 14 days from the date of publication of this notice. Any final action by RBS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. A general location map of the proposal is shown below. Dated: July 25, 2017 Michael Beyer, State Environmental Coordinator Published Aug. 1 & 8, 2017. BT/WI15910596

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Publication: Misc.

Section: Misc.

Start Date: 08/01/2017

End Date: 08/08/2017

Owner: Pine Gate Renewables, LLC