The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) proposes to develop, build and manage a light industrial and commercial business park known as the Coyote Business Park. The proposed Coyote Business Park would be located on a 520-acre site south of Interstate 84 at Exit 216, and west of South Market Road, approximately seven miles east of Pendleton, Oregon on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The first phase of the proposed development would be construction of infrastructure for the Coyote Business Park, and would also involve the replacement of power support structures of the high-voltage Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) line that crosses the site. The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the lead agency, with Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR, a cooperating agency.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) completed an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this project (DOE/EIS-0371, September 2006). BPA was a cooperating agency on the EIS. The BIA completed and distributed its Record of Decision (ROD) (February 16, 2007).
Bonneville Power Administration prepared its Record of Decision for the project. Its ROD only covers the BPA portion of the project related to its specific responsibilities. BPA decided to implement its portion of the proposed action identified in the EIS. BPA will replace 10-12 wooden "H-frame" structures, each about 60 feet tall, on the portion of its Roundup-LaGrande transmission line that crosses the business park site. BPA will replace these structures with 7 to 9 steel poles and one lattice steel structure each about 110 feet tall. BPA will use its existing access road system to remove the old structures and install the new steel poles.
For further information contact Jerry Lauer, BIA, (541) 278-3786 or cooperating agency at ECAdmin@bpa.gov or
RECORD of DECISION