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Sunrise Powerlink Project Gets Forest Service Approval

The Record of Decision (ROD) approving the construction of San Diego Gas and Electric's Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project on the Cleveland National Forest has been upheld by Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore.

In a U.S. Forest Service news release, Moore said twelve appeals of the Cleveland National Forest Supervisor's ROD approving the project's Environmental Impact Statement were received by the Regional Forester.

Moore said all applicable laws, regulations and policies have been complied with and all public concerns are addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement.

The project may be implemented 15 business days after Moore's decision letter dated October 14, the news release states. This is the final administrative determination of the Department of Agriculture.

Sunrise Powerlink was proposed by San Diego Gas and Electric as a new 500 kilovolt transmission line project.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved the project on in December 2008. The Bureau of Land Management approved the project in January 2009.

SDG-and-E applied to the Forest Service for a Special Use Permit which allows the transmission line to cross about 49 miles of BLM land and 19 miles of National Forest land.

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