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The EPCU NEPA roadmap provides a summary of the NEPA process for this specific project.


A Public Scoping Period was held during spring 2021 and concluded on May 21, 2021. The Public Scoping Period is Now Closed.

EPCU EA Scoping Meeting Presentation (pdf)

Second public meeting details announced for proposed LANL transmission line upgrade project

The draft EA is now available at this link.

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and cooperating agencies will hold a second public meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, from 4-7 pm, regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Draft Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA-2199) (EA).

The public meeting will take place at Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508. The meeting will start with a poster information session at 4 p.m., followed at 4:30 pm by a presentation on the draft EA and a comment period.

A hybrid option is available for the meeting and will start at 4:30 pm. The link to the virtual meeting is: http://tinyurl.com/LANLEPCUEA2

Meeting ID: 216 364 231 301      Passcode: KWf2M2

To join the meeting by telephone, call: 719-283-1404      Phone Conference ID: 660 740 035#

The first official comment period opened on Dec. 19, 2023, and ended Jan. 17, 2024. The cooperating agencies determined a second 30-day comment period is warranted based on multiple factors, including community concerns recently raised about the timing of the current comment period. The second comment period opened on January 22, 2024  and will close February 20, 2024.

This second comment period will allow for greater public involvement and meaningful participation by interested parties. All written comments submitted during the official comment periods will be considered. Comments submitted during the first comment period do not need to be submitted again in the second comment period. Interested parties must submit specific comments during an official comment period in order to have standing to object as part of the Forest Service’s pre-decisional administrative review process (objection) 36 CFR 218 and 219.

The draft EA was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office. NNSA announced on Nov. 16, 2023, the availability and comment period for the draft EA.  

The draft EA includes proposed amendments to the 2022 Forest Plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that would allow for the designation of a utility corridor. The draft EA analyzes the construction and operation of a new 115 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line and upgrading LANL’s existing electrical infrastructure. LANL requires a reliable and redundant electrical power supply to support mission programs and other activities conducted at LANL facilities. Electrical power supply forecasts project that existing transmission lines that serve LANL and Los Alamos County will reach capacity before 2030, jeopardizing DOE/NNSA’s electrical power supply to meet mission requirements.  

The draft EA provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the project or to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact, in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) authorities. 

The document is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: /nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room or directly at /nepa/doeea-2199-los-alamos-national-laboratory-electrical-power-capacity-upgrade-project

Questions, EA and Forest Plan amendment comments, and/or requests for a paper copy of the draft EA may be submitted via U.S. mail to:  

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office
3747 West Jemez Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544   

 or emailed to: EPCUEA@nnsa.doe.gov   

Comments may be submitted to the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office via mail or through the email address listed above. Comments will not be accepted over the telephone. All comments must be received during the official comment periods. 


Previous Meeting Resources

PowerPoint Presentation from the January 11, 2024 Public Meeting (pdf)

Posters from the January 11. 2024 Public Meeting (pdf) 


The draft EA will be available for public comments from December 19, 2023 through January 17, 2024, and from Jan. 22, 2024 through Feb. 20, 2024. Stay tuned!

The USFS NEPA website describes Forest Service NEPA procedures, policy and guidance.

The DOE NEPA Policy and Compliance website provides links to DOE NEPA documents, DOE NEPA guidance and requirements.

Santa Fe National Forest Planning webpage provides access to the Santa Fe National Forest Plan and associated NEPA documents.

NNSA NEPA Reading Room webpage is the public repository for NNSA NNSA-published NEPA documents.

USFS Special Use Permits webpage describes the USFS process of obtaining a special use permit.

USDA Forest Service Objection Process document describes the project-level pre-decisional administrative review process.

BLM Rights-Of-Way webpage describes the BLM process for obtaining a right-of-way for a special use permit.

NPS National Historic Trail - El Camino real de Tierra Adentro webpage provides information of the NPS managed historic trail near the project location.

PNM Environment webpage provides an overview of the PNM efforts and commitment towards the environment.