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Los Padres National Forest is preparing to reissue power line permits to Southern California Edison Co. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that serve communities adjacent to and within the national forest and is soliciting public comments on the proposal.

The existing special use authorizations have expired, and updated authorizations are needed for the utilities to continue using national forest lands, a Los Padres spokesman said.

Both utilities are required to maintain the grid to standards and in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations while mitigating effects on plants, animals and the environment, including aquatic features, endangered species habitats and natural resources, the spokesman said.

The facilities have been previously authorized with special use permits, easements and statutory rights and are eligible for continuance.

Permits do not authorize any facilities changes, realignments or increases or reductions in the electric grid capacity, the spokesman said.

To comment during the scoping period, email comments-pacificsouthwest-los-padres@fs.fed.us by April 20 with the words “SCE and PGE Renewal” in the subject line.

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Those unable to send comments by email can mail them to LPNF Supervisor’s Office, Attn: Kyle Kinports, 6750 Navigator Way, Suite 150, Goleta CA 93117.

For more information about the authorizations, contact Jason Collier at jpcollier@fs.fed.us or 909-382-2869.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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