Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency - CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric
On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of August 8, 2022 to August 19, 2022. As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies. Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, August 26, 2022. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric
Location: The project site is located in wetlands near Oyster Creek, at 4346 Farm-to-Market (FM) 523, in Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas.
Latitude & Longitude (NAD 83): 29.0403, -95.3403
Project Description: The applicant proposes to permanently discharge fill into 6.81 acres of palustrine forested (PFO) wetlands and 9.19 acre of palustrine emergent (PEM) wetlands, permanently convert 1.93 acres of PFO wetlands to PEM or palustrine scrub shrub wetlands, and temporarily discharge fill into 3.94 acres of PEM wetlands to construct new 138 kilovolt (kV) and 345 kV substations. Construction of the substations will also include attendant infrastructure consisting of two stormwater detention ponds and outfalls, and high voltage transmission interconnect lines supported by bi-level concrete poles, double circuit steel poles, and lattice towers. The bi-level concrete poles, double circuit steel poles, and lattice towers will have bases constructed of poured concrete, and these discharge impacts have been incorporated into the totals above.
The applicant stated that the purpose of the project is to construct a new substation facility along existing transmission lines that will provide radial 138 kV service to DOW to improve reliability, support future expansion at DOW Stratton Ridge facility, and support 237.5 megawatts (MW) of new load from projects currently under development, which CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric is required to serve. The proposed project is not water dependent.
Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit application # SWG-2022-00432. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Note: The consistency review for this project may be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of its certification under §401 of the Clean Water Act.
CMP Project No: 22-1387-F1
Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from the Texas General Land Office Public Information Officer at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, or via email at email@example.com. Comments should be sent to the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program Coordinator at the above address or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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