PG&E Northeast San Jose Transmission Reinforcement Project

Notice of Release of Supplemental Draft EIR

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prepared the attached Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for consideration of changes to alternatives and additional new information related to Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E Co.) application for the proposed Northeast San Jose Transmission Reinforcement Project.  A 600-page Draft EIR was released in June 2000, followed by a 50-day comment period.  Comments submitted on the Draft EIR led to the changes evaluated in this Supplemental Draft EIR.  There will be an additional 45-day comment period on the information contained in this Supplemental Draft EIR; comments submitted at this time should be limited to the specific issues addressed in the Supplemental Draft EIR.  Responses to comments submitted on both documents will be presented in the Final EIR.

PG&E Co.’s proposed project consists of the construction and operation of a new approximately 7.3-mile-long transmission line, distribution line upgrades, a new 24-acre substation, and minor modifications to the existing Newark Substation. This Supplemental Draft EIR evaluates and describes the environmental impacts associated with changes to several alternatives considered in the Draft EIR, and also presents additional discussion of other topics.  This Supplemental Draft EIR also presents new mitigation measures, which, if adopted by the CPUC or other responsible agencies, could avoid or minimize the impacts identified.

The Supplemental DEIR was released for public review on October 11, 2000.  Written comments on the Supplemental Draft EIR must be postmarked no later than November 27, 2000.  Both the Supplemental Draft EIR and the Draft EIR are available for review at several area libraries and on the Internet (addresses listed on page two of this notice). 

Written comments on the Supplemental DEIR should be mailed to:

Brad Wetstone, CPUC
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA  94104

Comments may also be submitted via fax or e-mail to the following addresses:

         Fax comments: (408) 351-8858
         E-mail comments to:
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