Washington, D.C.--Due to the size and scope of the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project and the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), as well as continued stakeholder concerns, Idaho’s Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period for the DEIS.
“In January, the BLM released the Lava Ridge DEIS for a 60-day public comment period, which runs to March 21, 2023. Because of the size and scope of the Lava Ridge project, Volume I of the DEIS exceeds 500 pages,” the delegation wrote. “The DEIS also includes multiple volumes and appendixes, along with visual models, that cover dozens of technical topics. Because of the complexity of the DEIS, the public needs additional time to review the DEIS and prepare substantive comments.”
The letter requests an extension of the public comment period by 30 days, for a total of 90 days, and additional printed copies of the DEIS for public review. Read the full letter HERE.
In February, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Representative Mike Simpson, Governor Brad Little and Lieutenant Governor Scott Bedke jointly communicated deep concerns to Idaho’s head of the BLM about the proposed project.