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Southern California Edison - Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project

(Application A.13-10-021, filed October 28, 2013)

Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of proposed construction of Southern California Edison's (SCE) Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project. An application for the project was submitted to the CPUC on October 28, 2013, and includes the Proponents Environmental Assessment (PEA) prepared pursuant to Rule 2.4 of the CPUC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA review process.

Project Update: The CPUC has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project.

See below for more information.

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Background Information

Background

In 2005, SCE initiated the Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project to address forecasted overloads on a section of the existing line and to enhance reliability and operational flexibility. The project is located in Ventura County generally between State Route 118 (Los Angeles Avenue) to the north, Highway 101 to the south, and west of State Route 23, in the City of Moorpark, City of Thousand Oaks, and in portions of unincorporated Ventura County between the two cities. The subtransmission line would extend between SCE's Moorpark Substation and Newbury Substation within a portion of SCE's existing Moorpark-Ormond Beach 220 kV Transmission Line right-of-way (ROW) and within a portion of SCE’s existing Moorpark-Newbury-Pharmacy 66 kV Subtransmission Line ROW.

In February 2009, the CPUC issued Executive Director’s Action Resolution E-4225, finding that SCE's Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project qualified for an exemption and did not have to go through a CEQA review. Construction of the project began in 2010. However, in April 2010, several individuals filed an Application for a Rehearing and in November 2011, all construction activity was halted due to issuance of CPUC Decision 11-11-019. This decision ordered SCE to cease construction activity, provide certain specified information, and to file a Permit to Construct application in order to proceed with completing construction of the project. In response to Decision 11-11-019, SCE submitted a Permit to Construct and PEA to proceed with completion of the project. SCE anticipates that future proposed construction activities of the project would take approximately 10 months to complete upon CPUC approval.

Environmental Review

The CPUC is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate SCE's proposal to complete the project, as well as to evaluate a range of alternative to the project. The table below lists the anticipated dates for milestones that are/will be associated with the review of the project.

Project Milestones as of 6/11/2015
Milestone Date*
Application deemed complete by CPUC November 27, 2013
Publish Notice of Preparation (NOP) March 26, 2014
Scoping Meeting April 10, 2014
Publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) June 11, 2015
Public Comment Period on DEIR June 11 through July 27, 2015
Public Meeting on DEIR June 24, 2015
Publication of Final EIR October 2015*
CPUC issues decision on Permit to Construct January 2016*

* All anticipated dates are approximate and subject to change.

Public Scoping & Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report

On March 26, 2014, the CPUC published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an EIR for the Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project (A.13-10-021). A Notice of Completion (NOC) of the NOP was submitted to the State Clearinghouse on the same date. In order for the public and regulatory agencies to have an opportunity to submit comments on the scope of the EIR, an educational workshop and scoping meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014 at Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School, located at 13282 Santa Rosa Road in Camarillo. The slides presented at the workshop can be viewed here.

The public scoping period ended at 5:00 p.m. on April 25, 2014. A summary of the scoping process and comments received during the scoping period is included in the Scoping Report and associated appendices, which are available from the links below:

DEIR

Public Comment on the DEIR

Environmental Impact Report

On June 11, 2015 the CPUC published a Notice of Availability (NOA) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project (A.13-10-021). A Notice of Completion (NOC) of the DEIR was submitted to the State Clearinghouse on the same date.

To view the complete DEIR, click here.

The DEIR is available for review and comment during a 45-day public comment period (June 11, 2015 through July 27, 2015). The public may present comments and concerns regarding the Proposed Project and the adequacy of the DEIR. Written comments on the DEIR must be postmarked or received by e-mail no later than July 27, 2015. Please be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number in your correspondence.

Written comments on the DEIR should be sent to:

Mr. Michael Rosauer
Moorpark-Newbury Project
c/o Environmental Science Associates
1425 N. McDowell Blvd, Ste 200
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707) 795-0926

Public Meeting

The CPUC will also hold a public comment meeting to receive oral and written comments from interested parties. Following the end of the public comment period, responses to all comments received on the DEIR and submitted within the specified 45-day review period will be prepared by the CPUC and included in a response to comments document, which together with the DEIR, will constitute the Final EIR for the Proposed Project. The public meeting will be held:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Palm Garden Hotel
495 Ventu Park Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 93120

Availability of DEIR

To view the complete DEIR, click here.

Hard copies of the DEIR are available for public review at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, Moorpark City Library, and Newbury Park Branch Library located at:

Grant R. Brimhall Library Moorpark City Library Newbury Park Library
1401 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 449-2660
699 Moorpark Avenue
Moorpark, CA 93021
Phone: (805) 517-6370
2331 Borchard Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Phone: (805) 498-2139

REMINDER: Draft EIR comments will be accepted by e-mail or mail with postmark through July 27, 2015. Please be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number.

 

Other Documents Available for Review

The SCE Application for the Permit to Construct (PTC) and PEA for the Moorpark-Newbury 66 kV Subtransmission Line Project may be viewed here:

The SCE Application for the PTC can be found here: SCE PTC Application
The Appendices (A-G) to SCE Application for the PTC can be found here: SCE PTC Application (96.8mb)
The PEA can be found here: PEA (80.4mb)
CPUC Decision 11-11-019 can be found here: Decision 11-11-019

Data Requests

The CPUC submits Data Requests to SCE when it needs specific information to support CEQA document preparation. Three data requests have been submitted. Below are links to these data requests and the responses SCE has provided to date.

Data Request Letter No. 1 (February 3, 2014)
     SCE Responses (February 14, 2014) (3.33mb)

Data Request Letter No. 2 (August 12, 2014)
     SCE Responses (August 28, 2014)
     SCE Supplemental Responses (October 7, 2014) (6.36mb)

Data Request Letter No. 3 (October 8, 2014)
     SCE Responses to Questions 1-6 (November 26, 2014)
     SCE Responses to Questions 7-9 (January 16, 2015)

Data Request Letter No. 4 (February 24, 2015)
     SCE Responses to Questions 1-4 (February 24, 2015)

Data Request Letter No. 5 (March 20, 2015)
     SCE Responses (March 26, 2015)

Data Request Letter No. 6 (May 5, 2015)
     Please note a portion of the response information for Data Request No. 6 was identified by SCE as "CONFIDENTIAL - Contains Critical Electrical Infrastructure Information." This confidential information will not be provided on this website. However, the non-confidential information is provided here in this response letter: SCE Responses (May 14, 2015)

 

For Additional Information

The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is managing the environmental review of the project. To request additional information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email or phone, as follows:

Project email:
Project phone: (707) 795-0926

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