Meetings Rescheduled for Review of Cardinal Hickory Creek EIS Draft

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By: 
Michelle Phillips

MIDDLETON–After canceling meetings for public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line (CHC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has now rescheduled the Middleton meeting for March 20.

The meetings were slated for January, but due to the partial, Federal government shutdown, RUS expanded the public input period to April 1 and moved the January meeting to March.

In November 2018, the Wisconsin Public Service board held meetings to gather input for the draft. Citizens shared historical site locations, Native American sites and concerns about the impact to their property at that time. Maps and documents detailing the project were also available.

Now that the draft document is complete it will be available for review at the meeting along with a scoping report and other documents involving the CHC. They can be viewed on RUS’s website at: rd.usda.gov/publications/environmental-studies/impact-statements. 

The information collected during the draft EIS public review period will be used to prepare the final EIS. Public comments become part of the project’s official administrative record.

RUS is hosting the meetings to obtain feedback from the public, as part of the federal environmental review process required by National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. 

Area meetings are scheduled are as follows:

• March 14–Deer Valley Lodge at 401 W. Industrial Dr. in Barneveld

• March 20–Madison Marriott West at 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr. in Middleton

The meetings are from 5-7 p.m., and a court reporter will be available. 

Meetings were also conducted in Iowa towns, the origin of 125 miles CHC line that connects Dubuque County, IA and Dane County.

Utilities participating in the C-HC Project are Dairyland Power Cooperative, ITC Midwest LLC and American Transmission Company LLC. Additional information about the project can be found on the Utilities’ website: cardinal-hickorycreek.com.

For further information about the draft EIS, contact: Dennis Rankin Rural Utilities Service Co-Project Manager, at 202-720-1953 or dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov or Lauren Cusick Rural Utilities Service Co-Project Manager, at 202-720-1414 or lauren.cusick@wdc.usda.gov.

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