Welcome to the Environmental and Construction Compliance Monitoring Program website for the Stateline Solar Project. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) approving the project on February 18, 2014 and issued the right-of-way (ROW) grant on March 21, 2014. This site has been established to track construction and monitor progress and completion of the mitigation goals established in the project's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and stipulations in the ROW grant. Additional project information can be found here.
The BLM requires holders of ROW grants to prepare and fund an environmental and construction compliance monitoring program and adhere to an environmental and construction compliance monitoring plan (ECCMP) developed by the BLM. The purpose of the ECCMP is to provide an on-the-ground approach to compliance during project construction which is designed to facilitate successful implementation. This, in part, includes ensuring the developer complies with the following:
- Required mitigation approved in the Record of Decision (ROD), designated to minimize undue and unnecessary degradation to public lands, and offset impacts to the human, environmental, and cultural environment
- Implementation plans based on mitigation requirements
- Terms, conditions, and stipulations in the ROW grant
- Conditions in Notices to Proceed (NTPs)
- Approved methodologies and construction plans within the Plan of Development (POD), which mirror the action approved in the ROD
The BLM drafted an ECCMP to ensure compliance with mitigation measures approved in the Final EIS, as well as with the terms and conditions associated with the BLM ROW. Although changes may be made to the document as construction progresses, a current version of the ECCMP document and attachments is found as Attachment 5 of the ROD.
Desert Stateline, LLC was issued a BLM ROW Grant to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 300 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation project (Stateline Solar Farm Project) and its ancillary facilities on 1,999 acres of public land. The project includes the PV generating facility, a 220-kilovolt (kV) generation interconnection (gen-tie) transmission line, operations and maintenance facilities, and a site access road. The regional vicinity map and project location map depict the location of the project.
Notice to Proceeds (NTPs)
Issuance of NTPs will be contingent upon Desert Stateline, LLC’s compliance with pre-construction requirements as specified by the approved mitigation measures and responsible agency permitting requirements. Approved pre-compliance reports, permit applications, and other documents are available in their final form here. NTPs that have been issued to Desert Stateline, LLC are noted in the table below.
|Notice to Proceed||Construction Activities||NTP issued||Documents|
|Full Notice to Proceed||All Remaining Construction Activities – with the exception of activities north of Open Route 699226||2014-11-03|
|Limited Notice to Proceed||Initial Construction Activities – fence installation, species relocation, geotechnical evaluation, and well drilling||2014-04-10|
|Limited Notice to Proceed #3||Construction of temporary desert tortoise fencing around locations to be used excavation of debris basins within a portion of the right-of-way (ROW), north of the BLM Open Route #699226.||2015-04-24|
|Limited Notice to Proceed #4||Permitting the Holder to resume vault excavations in compliance with the Project's Cultural Resources Monitoring Plan and the Research Design and Work Plan for the ARPA Permit Application submitted by ECORP Consultants on April 21, 2015.||2015-05-19|
|Limited Notice to Proceed #5||For the construction of three debris basins and associated permanent desert tortoise fencing, gates , and desert tortoise crossing guards within a portion of the previously approved right-of-way, north of the BLM Open Route #699226. The area closed north of the Open Route will decrease to 11.1 acres from 122 acres as a result.||2015-07-07|
BLM-approved third party Environmental Compliance Monitors (ECMs) will be on the project site to monitor all construction activities to ensure that they are conducted in accordance with various permit conditions, approvals, and mitigation measures. Weekly reports documenting project compliance will be posted here.
As defined by the ECCMP, at various times throughout project construction, the need for extra workspace or additional access roads may be identified. Similarly, changes to the project requirements (e.g., mitigation measures, specifications, etc.) may be needed to facilitate construction or provide more effective protection of resources. The BLM Project Manager, along with the ECMs, will implement the variance procedures defined in the ECCMP to evaluate each proposed project variance for its potential for creating adverse environmental effects to determine whether supplemental NEPA review is required. Variance requests will be provided in the table below.
|Variance Request||Date Requested||Date Issued||Project Component||Description||Documents|
|1||2014-04-07||2014-04-14||VR-3: Minimize Visual Contrast||Request that the “acid etched/washed” option be applied to all chain link or functionally equivalent exterior fencing, including desert tortoise fencing.|
|2||2014-04-14||2014-04-16||MM-AIR-3: Operations Emissions Reduction||DENIED - Requesting that the main access road be constructed of graded, compacted decomposed granite and limestone with the ability to sustain construction traffic instead of the required pavement.|
|3||2014-04-14||2014-09-17||MM-Veg-3, 5, and 8||The Applicant has prepared an updated Vegetation Resources Management Plan (VRMP) that provides a stepwise approach to implementing the conditions the MM-Veg-3, 5, and 8, which contain conditions related to restoration of disturbance areas through decompaction; salvage and redistribution of topsoil, cryptobiotic crust, and succulents; and seeding.|
|4||2014-09-18||2014-10-10||ROW||This variance request is to move the location of the monitoring wells to new locations further away from the secondary production well. The secondary production well location, on which the groundwater modeling simulations were based, would not change. Temporary impacts would be revegetated as per the FEIS/FEIR.|
|5||2014-09-08||2014-10-10||ROD||The variance rescinds the requirement to reconstruct Open Route 699198 due to the remaining portions of the route already being accessible from alternate access points and to limit impacts to occupied desert tortoise habitat.|
|6||2015-04-20||2015-05-11||ROW||The Applicant, Desert Stateline Solar, LLC, is requesting to limit the installation of tortoise exclosure fence north of Primm Pipeline Road (Open Route 69926) to areas needed for flood control features instead of fencing the entire 122 acre area, which is no longer needed for solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays.|
|7||2015-06-03||2015-07-07||POD||The Applicant, Desert Stateline Solar, LLC is requesting to move the location of three flood control features (originally planned to be located in the northwest of the project) to an adjacent area north of Primm Pipeline Road (Open Route 69926), which is no longer needed for solar photovoltaic arrays. In addition, the Applicant would install permanent desert tortoise fencing around the basins.|