Comments for Comment Cards Due by May 31 , 2009 These comments have been gathered from a range of people interested in stopping this project. Why has TANC chosen to ignore the governmental organizations in local

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Comments for Comment Cards

Due by May 31
st
, 2009


These comments have been gathered from a range of people interested in stopping
this project.


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Why has TANC chosen to ignore the governmental organizations in local
communities and keep them ignorant about
their plan to surge into the lives of
their constituents and community?


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The environmental injustice the project will cause to Round Mountain who
already has 3 major towers going through the area and 1 substation. Another 2
500kv lines and another substati
on would devastate our small town.


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In rural areas of the TANC project did TANC and WAPA only submit
notification to physical addresses or did TANC submit to PO Boxes and if PO
Box notification wasn’t used why?


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Why is our president and WAPA, who are suppo
sed to be all about green power,
allowing agencies like TANC and PG&E to devastate small communities, forests,
ranches, local hunting areas, migratory birds, animals, etc. if they are about
green power?


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This is not a renewable energy project. The areas th
at TANC and WAPA have
identified on their map as RETI areas are known to not be feasible. An example
is the Big Bend area, which was tested, in the late 1970’s that are not hot enough
for renewable resources. The Medicine Lake area who’s project has been
s
topped due to Tribal sacred grounds. The Lassen area, which has less wind
then, projected by TANC and would not serve for wind power.


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Why is Redding Electric Utility not looking at other resources for local
renewable resources? Davis California produces
a high amount of their own
power with solar panels on homeowner’s roofs. Why not look at rebating
homeowners for such a project in Redding to make up the small 2% it will get
from the TANC project, which will be archaic by the time it is done.


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There are a
lternatives to helping the grid that are close to being ready to use.
Homeowners, in the near future, will be able to help store energy in their own
basements or garages that can be given back to the grid when needed. The
ability to plug in hybrid cars and

put energy back onto the grid is coming. It has
been proven that the grid only needs 15
-
30 minutes when it is overloaded to keep
the grid running smoothly.


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TANC and WAPA have not denied that they will use dirty coal fired plants, on
the other side of the

state line, to tie into this transmission project. They are
manipulating the system to get stimulus money, through their proposal and then
do what they want later.


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TANC and WAPA have admitted that they can come within 30
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50 feet of the
6800 property own
ers who are affected by this project. The property owners will
not only have land that is no longer livable but will not be able to refinance their
property or sell it.


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TANC and WAPA have already devalued property just by suggesting that this
project wil
l go through.


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The ground around Round Mountain has already been proven to be unstable.
PG & E spends a lot of money each year trying to restablize towers that are
already in the area due to landslides. Clear
-
cutting the forest is already wrong
but we are

then faced with landslides.


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This project will affect sacred tribal grounds. What about cultural preservation
for the tribes. One of the TANC officials were heard, at the Redding Scoping
Meeting, stating that, “if we just give the Indians a few bucks and

a couple of
jobs they will let us through.”


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A short list of the environmental impacts includes clear
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cutting and devastating
a forest that is still healing from the Fountain Fire in 1992. Many of our trees are
still only an average of 6
-
7 feet tall. Man
y of the animals are still returning to the
area. We have Western Pond turtles throughout the Round Mountain and
Montgomery Creek areas. We have the Elderberry beetle. We have migratory
birds, elk, deer, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, bald eagles, endanger
ed newts
and salamanders, a vast variety of frogs, a vast variety of endangered species of
bees and pollinators. We have bear that need a large territory to roam and
closely watched insects that are important to the environment. We have native
wildflowers
and other plants that are protected or closely watched. Our small
creeks and waterways would be affected by run off. The wildlife in those streams
would be heavily affected. Barriers to protect during construction have been
proven to be useless.


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Why are w
e not looking to eliminate waste and begin building a smart grid?


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Europe and Japan are putting lines underground and have developed the ability
to keep lines insulated. Why are we so behind every other country that we
cannot keep up with new technology?


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Why are TANC and PG&E not willing to work to together to lessen the impact
of bringing lines through? Is the decision based on sole ownership or is this a
pure money grab for stimulus money.


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The REU Director and Asst Director make the argument that Reddin
g did have
renewable energy but with the new bill they are required to add another 33% of
renewable energy. Why are they not looking within their own community to do
this? Why do they think they have the right to try and devastate Weed CA with
a biomass pr
oject or Trinity County with a biomass project or the
Intermountain area with huge lines and a substation?


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There is absolutely nothing in this project for the intermountain area. We do not
benefit from power from this project. We get a few temporary jobs
that will be
gone. Our communities, forests, ranches, and hunting land will be finally
devastated forever. They will have to stop the project or buy out the whole
Intermountain area, and especially Round Mountain unless they want to face a
lawsuit from us
.


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Why are TANC and WAPA ignoring a potential partnership with PG&E to
supply the same electrical transmission to its desired sources since it already
maintains a similar contractual relationship from its COTP?


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We are told that lines cannot co
-
exist due

to wildfire threat, terrorism threat and
issues if the grid went down. However, they have no problem with inidating the
Round Mountain with lines, which makes it a target for terrorism to bring down
the whole Western Grid. There are better ways to help th
e grid.


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It is a lie to say that the grid system is over loaded. There are small times that
the grid is over loaded. The rest of the time it is under used. Why are we not
offering rebates to homeowners to use power more effectively? The summer is
the bigg
est time the grid gets tied up. Why are we not working to make homes
more efficient, why are we not using solar in areas like Redding where there is a
ton of sun during the summer? They can build their own DC converter
substation in their own community.


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Dozens of private wetlands and habitat conservation easements would be
affected. Sacred sites would be violated.


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It is stated in the project proposal that TANC and WAPA are going to work
with BLM, the Dept of Forestry, AG Dept and other to try and change
existing
land use and management plans to get this project through. They do not have
the right to change the rules and devastate land that belongs to the taxpayers to
get their stimulus money grab project through.


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TANC will not have to pay any property t
axes on the substation in Round
Mountain. They do not have to give anything back to the community they intend
to ruin.


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The do not have to reimburse property owners for the devaluation of their
property in the Intermountain area. The need to answer for how

the community
will be reimbursed if this project went through. Will the buy out each property
owner.


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TANC and WAPA need to prove that there is no correlation between cancer and
the EMF’s that are sent out from the power lines. The citizens of the
Intermo
untain area already have a high rate of cancer. TANC and WAPA are
will be held accountable financially for any future increase in cancer in our
communities.


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Aspen Environmental is known for pushing big projects through for agencies
like TANC and WAPA. If
TANC and WAPA want to be fair they will allow the
6800 property owners who will be affected by this project to pick the company
that does the EIR. Aspen will manipulate the report to make sure that the
project goes through.


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Only 5 of the 15 members of TA
NC are for this project. We are asking the other
10 members to stand up and put a stop to this project. The other 5 members are
only funded through the proposal phase. We ask the president and the energy
commissioner to stop this project from being funded
(1.5 billion dollars) by
stimulus money that we as taxpayers are paying for; to have our communities
devastated.


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TANC refused to have a meeting with the Round Mountain and Intermountain
area people because they refuse to talk to the residents. Bryan Grie
ss, Assistant
Director, made this denial to TANC.


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Paul Hauser and the SMUD representative on the TANC Board have stated that
Round Mountain has an X on it and they are not willing to negotiate alternatives
for a substation.


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The flawed environmental revi
ew process has just started but it is already
known by 6800 property owners that this project should not go through.


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PG&E is already getting ready to start the scoping process for another project
coming down from Oregon. They want Round Mountain also. Wh
o do these
companies think they are that they can just come in and take our land?


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TANC has admitted that they can come within 30
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50 feet of property owner’s
home. This is an injustice to property owners.


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TANC has also admitted that they want a 50
-
acre s
ubstation in Round Mountain
and plan to expand in the future.


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TANC made offers to buy property as early as March 2
nd
, 2009 when they just
filed in the Federal Register on February 23
rd
, 2009. This is illegal. It shows the
manipulation that TANC and WAPA a
re using to get this project through.

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Will TANC be monitoring the voltage leakage at the edge of each corridor that is

near a house? How will TANC mitigate for any voltage leakage that exceeds the
levels known to increase childhood cancer (based on one
or more articles)? and How
will TANC mitigate for voltage peaks when they occur?


As the corridors of Round Mountain and the surrounding community are already
concentrated with overlapping EMF and OTHER electrical fields (because of ALL
the lines we alread
y have), will TANC finance a study of the already existing cancer
in the community? This should have been completed before the project was even
considered.


In Round Mountain, to one mile out from the substation, will TANK be monitoring
and publicly report
ing the EMF levels? Will they fund an ongoing health study
through Hill Country Community Clinic measuring impact to local residents living
within the 1 mile radius of the Substation? Since there are existing lines it would be
prudent for TANC to begin mo
nitoring during the construction pahse in order to
gather pre
-
use data. Will TANC do this type of study and monitoring?


There is the issue of ongoing vegetation management. Right now PGE is using
herbicide and mechanically and manually removing trees and
brush. Will TANC be
using herbicides? Will TANC be monitoring all aspects of the damage caused by
those herbiceds, both inside and outside of any easements or right
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of ways? Does
TANC have a plan to keep maintenance activities out of spring source water ar
eas,
etc.


In the last two decades, cancer, leukemia, alzheimers, depression, stress, allergies,
asthma have all been linked to some degree, to powerlines. Will TANC be
monitoring for these diseases as well as any future revealed disease, and
compensate,
as well as be liable to the members of the community and the
community as a whole? Will TANC agree beforehand to fair and compassionate
acknowledgement of the medical issues stated as well as any future revealed
diseases, and compensate accordingly?