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CX-007169: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Saguaro-Oracle Vegetation Removal
CX(s) Applied: B1.3
Date: 04/07/2011
Location(s): Pinal County, Arizona
Office(s): Western Area Power Administration-Desert Southwest Region

Western proposes to conduct vegetation removal between structures 0/3 and 0/4, 1/5 and 1/6, 3/1 and 3/2, 4/2 and 4/3, around structure 4/8, between structures 5/1 and 5/2 and around structure 5/4 of its Saguaro-Oracle 115- kilovolt transmission line, within Western's existing right-of-way. Western will access the vegetation removal areas using crew trucks along the existing access roads. Western will use a front end loader with a cut shredder attachment to knock down and chip wood vegetation. The debris will be left in the right-of-way as protective ground cover. This work is necessary to maintain the safety and reliability of the bulk electrical system.