A Salt Lake session Thursday, May 9, will wrap up a three-city public meeting process for the Western Area Power Administration's information effort as it begins developing an environmental impact statement for its power marketing process.

Western, based in Salt Lake City, operates various hydroelectric plants on the Colorado, Rio Grande, Green River and others within the Colorado River drainage area for the U.S. Department of Energy. The federal projects generate more than 1,800 megawatts annually for utilities in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming.The Salt Lake meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Skyline High School, 3251 E. 3760 South. Hearings are scheduled Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., in Phoenix.

The EIS will determine future operating guidelines for the federal projects and could affect both the amount of power available in the future and the cost to purchasers.

Western recently completed a series of scoping meetings to determine issues to be considered in the environmental study. Concerns include the possible impact on environmental and recreation activities, power delivery scheduling and power costs.

This study is separate from another EIS that will study operations at Glen Canyon Dam in southern Utah.

Further information is available from Dave Sabo, EIS Coordinator, Salt Lake Area Office, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 11606, Salt Lake City, UT 84147 or by calling (801) 524-5493.