ALTAMONT LANDOWNERS AGAINST RUAL MISMANAGEMENT
3290 DYER RD.
LIVERMORE, CA 94550


U.S. DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR FISH AND WILD LIFE SERVICE
1002 N.E.. HOLLADAY STREET
PORTLAND, OREGON, 97232-4181
1-503-231-6122

MARCH 30, 1993
SUBJECT; STAFF REPORT & RE-HEARING OF CUP'S C-6205, C-6206, C-6207, C-6208, C-6209, C-6210 AND THE MODIFICATION OF C-4421, C-4321, C-4327, C-4326, C-4424, C-4426 AND C-4494.

DEAR MR. MARVIN PLANNER REGIONAL DIRECTOR,
    THE PROBLEM OF RAPTOR MORTALITY HAS NOT BEEN STOPPED,  DUE TO NON-ENFORCEMENT. YOU CAN STOP IT,  YOU DO HAVE THE POWER, AND SO DOES THE FEDERAL ATTORNEY TO ENFORCE THESE LAWS THAT PROTECT RAPTORS.
    YOUR GOING ALONG  WITH U.S. WINDPOWER AND ALAMEDA COUNTY IS GREAT POLITICALLY, BUT THIS PROPOSAL WILL STILL RESULT IN RAPTOR MORTALITY. PLEASE RECONSIDER, THE PAST HISTORY OF KISS AND THE ATTRITION, THE CLOSED CIRCLE OF ENVIRONMENTALIST, THE CLOSE INVOLVEMENT U.S.W. HAS WITH THE KILL COUNT AND THERE IS THE PROBABILITY THAT A FIGURE OF 61 GOLDEN EAGLE IS VERY CONSERVATIVE AND A MUCH HIGHER COUNT IS PROBABLE.
    ALAMEDA COUNTY'S STAFF REPORT, DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH AND, DID NOT EVEN REQUIRE THE MITIGATION MEASURES AS A REQUIREMENT. THE RECOMMENDATION LEAVES THIS UP TO THE ADMINISTRATOR IF THERE IS A NEEDED,  FOR THE MEASURES TO BE ADDED.
    THERE IS A NEED NOW, THERE HAS BEEN A NEED IN THE PAST, AND THE PROBLEM IS BEING NOT BEING HANDLED IN ANY FASHION THAT ARE GOING TO END THE INCIDENTS.
WHAT ARE WE DOING MORE STUDIES FOR, IF THE RESULTS OF PAST STUDIES ARE NOT REQUIRED.
1. THE PROPOSED TRUSS (LATTICE) TOWER.
2. THE PROPOSED (CELERY) COLOR BLADES.
3. THE PROPOSED (UP WIND) ROTOR.
THIS SHOWS A LACK OF CONCERN FOR FOLLOWING SUGGESTED MITIGATION MEASURES OF THE FINAL REPORT. THE FINAL REPORT '92 SAID THESE HAD A HIGHER MORTALITY RATES.
IF ALAMEDA CO. & U.S.W. ARE INTERESTED IN CUTTING RAPTOR LOSS THESE THREE ITEMS WOULD BE, 1. A SOLID TOWER, 2. YELLOW SPIRAL BLADES, 3. DOWN WIND ROTOR.
    REPORTS OF RAPTOR KILLS AND INJURY ALONG WITH GOING TO U.S. FISH AND WILD LIFE. I'M REQUESTING A COPY OF THE SAME REPORTS.
    WINDMILLS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SAME SITES, ONLY  C-6206, C-6208, & C-6210.  THE FACT OF VERIFYING THE NON-OPERATION OF DECOMMISSIONED WINDMILLS IS AT FAULT BY PUBLIC INSPECTION. INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO;  RESTRICTED ACCESS,  AND THE POSSIBLE USE OF REPAIRING WINDMILLS WHILE IN A STATE OF DECOMMISSION,  AND DECOMMISSIONING BROKEN UNITS. THIS  COULD HAPPEN AS WRITTEN IN THE STAFF REPORT. I  WOULD BE AN AGREEMENT WITH DECOMMISSIONING WINDMILLS THAT ARE IN CLEAR VIEW OF A RAPTOR SENSITIVE, AND INTERESTED PERSON LIKE MYSELF.
    I HOPE YOU WILL ARISE TO CALLING AND ASSERT YOURSELF TO PROBLEM, THAT STUDIES CAN NOT PROVIDE MITIGATION MEASURES AND THAT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION CAN' T BE ISSUED.
YOUR TRULY,

DARRYL MUELLER