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Wind Energy Development Programmatic EIS news, events, and announcements.

January 7, 2009

Revised BLM Wind Energy Policy Instruction Memorandum Available

The full text of the revised BLM Wind Energy Policy Instruction Memorandum is now available for viewing and downloading via this web site.

January 30, 2006

Biological Opinion Available

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion on the Likely Effects of the Proposed Wind Energy Development Program is now available for viewing and downloading via this web site.



January 11, 2006

NOA for Record of Decision Available

The Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Wind Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Associated Land Use Plan Amendments (52 KB) published in Federal Register.



December 16, 2005

Notice of Availability of Record of Decision Available

The Record of Decision to implement a Wind Energy Development Program and amend land use plans is now available for viewing and downloading via this web site.



June 24, 2005

Notice of Availability for Final PEIS Published in Federal Register

PDF Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) on Wind Energy Development on BLM-Administered Lands in the Western United States (59 KB) published in Federal Register.



June 21, 2005

Wind Energy Final Programmatic EIS Documents Available

The Wind Energy Development Final Programmatic EIS is available for downloading or online browsing in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

The Final PEIS includes proposed amendments to 52 BLM land use plans in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as described in Appendix C of the Final Programmatic EIS. BLM land use planning regulations (43 CFR 1610.5-2) state that any person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest that may be adversely affected, may protest. The protest must be filed within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing of protests are described in the “Dear Reader” letter in the front of Volume 1 of the Final PEIS.



January 19, 2005

Wind Energy Draft Programmatic EIS Comments Available

Please note that the Draft Programmatic EIS comments have been incorporated into Volume 3 of the Final Programmatic EIS, and the comment documents are no longer available on this Web site. This news item is retained for archival purposes.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the public comment phase for the Draft Wind Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Public comments were accepted from September 10, 2004 through December 10, 2004. More than 690 comments were received.

Comment documents received during the draft phase are available for review on this Web site.



September 10, 2004

Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) Available

Please note that the Draft Programmatic EIS has been replaced with the Final Programmatic EIS. The Draft Programmatic EIS is no longer available on this Web site, and the comment period has closed. This news item is retained for archival purposes.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) on Wind Energy Development on BLM-Administered Lands in the Western United States. The BLM has prepared this DPEIS to (1) assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with wind energy development on public lands in 11 western states (excluding Alaska) and (2) evaluate a number of alternatives to determine the best management approach to mitigating potential impacts and facilitating wind energy development.

The DPEIS is available for review on this Web site in a searchable and downloadable format. The DPEIS also is available for review during normal business hours at BLM State Offices located in Arizona (222 N. Central Ave., Phoenix); California (2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1834, Sacramento); Colorado (2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood); Idaho (1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise); Montana (5001 Southgate Dr., Billings); Nevada (1340 Financial Blvd., Reno); New Mexico (1474 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe); Oregon (333 SW 1st Ave., Portland); Utah (324 South State St., Salt Lake City); and Wyoming (5353 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne).

The public has 90 days to review and comment on the DPEIS following publication of the required EPA Notice of Availability.

Comments can be submitted electronically via a comment form available on this web site or by mail to:

BLM Wind Energy Programmatic EIS
Argonne National Laboratory, EAD/900
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439



February 2, 2004

Wind Energy Development EIS Scoping Phase Completed; Summary and Comments Available Online

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the scoping phase for the Wind Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). Public scoping comments were accepted from October 17 through December 19, 2003. Over 800 comments were received during five public meetings, by mail and facsimile, and via this Web site.

The Summary of Public Scoping Comments reflects all comments received during the scoping phase and will be used to assist the BLM in developing the scope of analysis to be conducted in the PEIS. Specific comments are not provided in the report; however, written documents received during the scoping phase are available for review on this Web site.



October 24, 2003

Wind Energy Development EIS Public Scoping Meetings in November

The BLM will hold public scoping meetings to obtain comments for the Programmatic EIS at the following locations on the dates specified below.

  • Sacramento, California
    Monday, November 3, 2003
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
    Wednesday, November 5, 2003
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
    Wednesday, November 12, 2003
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
    Tuesday, November 18, 2003
  • Boise, Idaho
    Thursday, November 20, 2003

See Getting Involved for information on public participation in the EIS process.



October 17, 2003

Notice of Intent Published in Federal Register

PDF Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to Evaluate Wind Energy Development on Western Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management (39 KB) published in Federal Register