A proposed 500-kilovolt power line to be built across the north end of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is incompatible with the refuge, according to an initial finding by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Fish & Wildlife’s finding is not the official final determination. Agency spokeswoman Victoria Fox said it’s only a draft and that the public has an opportunity to comment.
The line proposed by Southern California Edison would cross 24 miles of the refuge in La Paz County and run by the northern edge of Yuma Proving Ground, a military testing site.
The line would connect the Palo Verde nuclear plant, near Phoenix, to a substation northeast of Palm Springs, Calif.