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Download as PDF 78424 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 250 / Friday, December 29, 2006 / Notices was invited to comment on the DEIS. Staff has reviewed and responded to comments received and have prepared a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the project. The FEIS contains staff’s analysis of the potential environmental effects of the project and concludes that licensing the project, with staff’s recommended measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Copies of the FEIS have been sent to federal, state, and local agencies; public interest groups; and individuals on the Commission’s mailing list. A copy of the FEIS is available for review at the Commission’s Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘e-Library’’ link. Enter the docket number (P–2195), to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at (866) 208–2376, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Blair at (202) 502–6092 or at john.blair@ferc.gov. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–22361 Filed 12–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project Nos.: P–2197–073 and P–2206–030] Alcoa Power Generating, Inc., Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Scoping Meetings and Site Visit and Soliciting Scoping Comments pwalker on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES December 21, 2006. Take notice that the following hydroelectric applications have been filed with Commission and are available for public inspection: a. Type of Applications: New Major Licenses. b. Project Nos.: P–2197–073 and P– 2206–030. c. Dates filed: April 25, 2006 and April 26, 2006. d. Applicants: Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. and Carolina Power and Light Company d/b/a/ Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. e. Names of Projects: Yadkin Hydroelectric Project and Yadkin-Pee Dee River Hydroelectric Project. f. Locations: The Yadkin Project is located on the Yadkin River in VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Dec 28, 2006 Jkt 211001 Davidson, Davie, Montgomery, Rowan, and Stanly Counties, North Carolina. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Project is located on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers in Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, and Stanly Counties, North Carolina. There are no federal lands affected by these projects. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)—825(r). h. Applicant Contacts: Yadkin Project-Mr. Gene Ellis, Licensing and Property Manager, Alcoa Power Generating, Inc., Yadkin Division, P.O. Box 576, NC Highway 740, Badin, NC 28009–0576. Yadkin-Pee Dee Project-E. Michael Williams, Senior Vice President Power Operations, Progress Energy, 410 S. Wilmington Street PEB 13, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602; Telephone (919) 546–6640. i. FERC Contacts: Stephen Bowler at (202) 502–6861 or stephen.bowler@ferc.gov, or Lee Emery at (202) 502–8379 or lee.emery@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: February 26, 2007. All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. Scoping comments may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) under the • I11‘‘e-Filing’’ link. k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. l. The existing Yadkin Project consists of four developments on the Yadkin River: High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls. The High Rock development is the furthest upstream development, located at river mile (RM 253, and includes the following existing facilities: (1) A dam and spillway; (2) 10 flood gates; (3) a 14,400-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 623.9 feet U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) datum and a usable storage capacity of 217,400 acre-feet; and (4) a powerhouse, PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 integral to the dam, containing three turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 32 megawatts (MW). The Tuckertown development (RM 244.3) includes the following existing facilities: (1) dam; (2) spillway with 11 gates; (3) a 2,560-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 564.7 feet USGS and a usable storage capacity of 6,700 acre-feet; and (4) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing three turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 38 MW. The Narrows development (RM 236.5) includes the following existing facilities: (1) A dam and spillway; (2) 22 flood gates and a trash gate; (3) an intake structure with four openings each with two gates; (4) four penstocks; (5) a powerhouse downstream of the dam; (6) a bypass spillway with 10 control gates and a trash gate; (7) a 5,355-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 509.8 feet USGS and a usable storage capacity of 129,100 acre-feet; and (8) four turbine-generators with a total installed capacity of 108 MW. The Falls development (RM 234) includes the following constructed facilities: (1) A dam; (2) a spillway with 12 flood gates and a trash gate; (3) a 204acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 332.8 feet USGS and a usable storage capacity of 940 acre-feet; and (4) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, and containing three turbinegenerators with a total installed capacity of 31 MW. Alcoa Generating operates the High Rock development in a store-and-release mode and the Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls developments in a run-of-river mode on a daily basis. The High Rock development provides storage for the three downstream developments. The maximum annual drawdown for High Rock is 13 feet. The existing Yadkin-Pee Dee Project consists of the Tillery development on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers and the Blewett Falls development on the Pee Dee River. The Tillery development (RM 218) includes the following existing facilities: (1) a dam and spillway; (2) 18 flood gates; (3) a trash sluice gate; (4) a 5,697-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 277.3 feet North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and a usable storage capacity of 84,150 acrefeet; (5) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing four turbine-generators with a total installed capacity of 84 MW; and (6) a small turbine powering a ‘‘house generator’’ with an installed capacity of 360 kW. The Blewett Falls development (RM 188.2) includes the following existing facilities: (1) A dam and spillway; (2) E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 pwalker on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 250 / Friday, December 29, 2006 / Notices wooden flashboards; (3) a 2,866-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 177.2 feet NAVD 88 and a usable storage capacity of 30,893 acre-feet; (4) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing six pairs of turbinegenerators, each pair with its own penstock and headgate, for a total installed capacity of 24.6 MW; and (5) a 900-foot-long tailrace channel. The Tillery development is operated as a peaking facility with a typical drawdown of not more than 4 feet under normal conditions. The Blewett Falls development is operated as a reregulating facility, smoothing out flows released from the upstream developments. Alcoa Generating and Progress Energy propose to continue operating the projects with proposed protection and enhancement measures. The proposed projects are described in detail in Scoping Document 1 (SD1). m. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above. You may also register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. n. Scoping Process. The Commission intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will consider both site-specific and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Scoping Meetings. FERC staff will conduct one agency scoping meeting and three public meetings. The agency scoping meeting will focus on resource agency and non-governmental organization (NGO) concerns, while the public scoping meetings are primarily for public input. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend one or more of the meetings, and to assist the staff in identifying the scope of the environmental issues that should be analyzed in the EIS. The times and VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:12 Dec 28, 2006 Jkt 211001 locations of these meetings are as follows: Yadkin Evening Scoping Meeting #1 Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Time: 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (EST) Place: Edward C. Smith Civic Center (Old Carolina Theatre) Address: 217 South Main St., Lexington, NC Yadkin Evening Scoping Meeting #2 Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Time: 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (EST) Place: Stanly County Agri-Civic Center Address: 26032–b Newt Road, Albemarle, NC Yadkin-Pee Dee Evening Scoping Meeting Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007 Time: 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (EST) Place: Lockhart Taylor Center At South Piedmont Community College Address: 514 North Washington Street, Wadesboro, NC Yadkin and Yadkin-Pee Dee Afternoon, Agency Scoping Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Time: 1 p.m.–5 p.m. (EST) Place: Stanly County Agri-Civic Center Address: 26032–b Newt Road, Albemarle, NC Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the EIS were distributed to the parties on the Commission’s mailing list. Copies of the SD1 will be available at the scoping meeting or may be viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link (see item m above). Site Visit. We will also conduct a tour of the project sites over a 4-day period. Those interested are invited to attend all or part of the tours. Advanced registration is required in order to allow travel logistics to be arranged. If you would like to participate in the Yadkin site visits, please contact Jody Cason at jjcason@att.net or 804–639–6278 no later than Friday, January 12, 2007. If you would like to participate in the Yadkin-Pee Dee site visits, please contact Sandie Upchurch at 910–439– 5211, ext 1201, no later than Friday, January 12, 2007. Yadkin Project Site Visits Monday, January 22* 9–9:30 Badin Boat Access Area 9:45–12 Narrows dam 12–1 Lunch 1:15–3 Falls dam 3:30–4 Old Whitney Access Area (if needed) Tuesday, January 23* 9–10:30 Salisbury pump station 10:45–11:15 Dutch Second Creek Access Area 11:30–12 Rowan County Tailrace Access below High Rock reservoir 12–1 Lunch 1:15–2:30 High Rock dam 2:45–4 Tuckertown dam Yadkin-Pee Dee Project Site Visits Wednesday, January 24* PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78425 9–11 Meet at Morrow Mountain State Park Tour Tillery Lake shore by van Thursday, January 25* 9–9:30 Meet at Tillery powerhouse, safety orientation 9:30–11 Tour Tillery powerhouse and dam 11–12 Travel to Blewett powerhouse; lunch 12–12:15 Blewett orientation 12:15–1:15 Blewett powerhouse and spillway tour 1:15–1:30 Travel to Pee Dee boat ramp (Anson County) 1:30–2:30 Blewett Lake and Grassy Islands 2:30–2:45 Take out and depart *Advanced registration is required in order to allow travel logistics to be arranged. Objectives At the scoping meetings, the staff will: (1) Summarize the environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the EIS; (2) solicit from the meeting participants all available information, especially quantifiable data, on the resources at issue; (3) encourage statements from experts and the public on issues that should be analyzed in the EIS, including viewpoints in opposition to, or in support of, the staff’s preliminary views; (4) determine the resource issues to be addressed in the EIS; and (5) identify those issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as those issues that do not require a detailed analysis. Procedures The meetings are recorded by a stenographer and become part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project. Individuals, organizations, and agencies with environmental expertise and concerns are encouraged to attend the meeting and to assist the staff in defining and clarifying the issues to be addressed in the EIS. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–22362 Filed 12–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2146–111—Alabama and Georgia] Alabama Power Company; Notice of Meeting To Conduct a Technical Conference for the Coosa River Project December 21, 2006. a. Date and Time of Meeting: Thursday, January 11, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m. (EST). E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project Nos.: P-2197-073 and P-2206-030]


Alcoa Power Generating, Inc., Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Scoping Meetings and Site 
Visit and Soliciting Scoping Comments

December 21, 2006.
    Take notice that the following hydroelectric applications have been 
filed with Commission and are available for public inspection:
    a. Type of Applications: New Major Licenses.
    b. Project Nos.: P-2197-073 and P-2206-030.
    c. Dates filed: April 25, 2006 and April 26, 2006.
    d. Applicants: Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. and Carolina Power and 
Light Company d/b/a/ Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.
    e. Names of Projects: Yadkin Hydroelectric Project and Yadkin-Pee 
Dee River Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Locations: The Yadkin Project is located on the Yadkin River in 
Davidson, Davie, Montgomery, Rowan, and Stanly Counties, North 
Carolina. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Project is located on the Yadkin and 
Pee Dee Rivers in Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, and Stanly Counties, 
North Carolina. There are no federal lands affected by these projects.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)--825(r).
    h. Applicant Contacts: Yadkin Project-Mr. Gene Ellis, Licensing and 
Property Manager, Alcoa Power Generating, Inc., Yadkin Division, P.O. 
Box 576, NC Highway 740, Badin, NC 28009-0576.
    Yadkin-Pee Dee Project-E. Michael Williams, Senior Vice President 
Power Operations, Progress Energy, 410 S. Wilmington Street PEB 13, 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602; Telephone (919) 546-6640.
    i. FERC Contacts: Stephen Bowler at (202) 502-6861 or 
stephen.bowler@ferc.gov, or Lee Emery at (202) 502-8379 or 
lee.emery@ferc.gov.
    j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: February 26, 2007.
    All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with: 
Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 
First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.
    The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all 
intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of 
that document on each person on the official service list for the 
project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the 
Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the 
responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve 
a copy of the document on that resource agency.
    Scoping comments may be filed electronically via the Internet in 
lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. 
See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's 
Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) under the
     I11``e-Filing'' link.
    k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.
    l. The existing Yadkin Project consists of four developments on the 
Yadkin River: High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls. The High Rock 
development is the furthest upstream development, located at river mile 
(RM 253, and includes the following existing facilities: (1) A dam and 
spillway; (2) 10 flood gates; (3) a 14,400-acre reservoir, with a 
normal pool elevation of 623.9 feet U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) datum 
and a usable storage capacity of 217,400 acre-feet; and (4) a 
powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing three turbine-generator 
units with a total installed capacity of 32 megawatts (MW).
    The Tuckertown development (RM 244.3) includes the following 
existing facilities: (1) dam; (2) spillway with 11 gates; (3) a 2,560-
acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 564.7 feet USGS and a 
usable storage capacity of 6,700 acre-feet; and (4) a powerhouse, 
integral to the dam, containing three turbine-generator units with a 
total installed capacity of 38 MW.
    The Narrows development (RM 236.5) includes the following existing 
facilities: (1) A dam and spillway; (2) 22 flood gates and a trash 
gate; (3) an intake structure with four openings each with two gates; 
(4) four penstocks; (5) a powerhouse downstream of the dam; (6) a 
bypass spillway with 10 control gates and a trash gate; (7) a 5,355-
acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 509.8 feet USGS and a 
usable storage capacity of 129,100 acre-feet; and (8) four turbine-
generators with a total installed capacity of 108 MW.
    The Falls development (RM 234) includes the following constructed 
facilities: (1) A dam; (2) a spillway with 12 flood gates and a trash 
gate; (3) a 204-acre reservoir, with a normal pool elevation of 332.8 
feet USGS and a usable storage capacity of 940 acre-feet; and (4) a 
powerhouse, integral to the dam, and containing three turbine-
generators with a total installed capacity of 31 MW.
    Alcoa Generating operates the High Rock development in a store-and-
release mode and the Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls developments in a 
run-of-river mode on a daily basis. The High Rock development provides 
storage for the three downstream developments. The maximum annual 
drawdown for High Rock is 13 feet.
    The existing Yadkin-Pee Dee Project consists of the Tillery 
development on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers and the Blewett Falls 
development on the Pee Dee River. The Tillery development (RM 218) 
includes the following existing facilities: (1) a dam and spillway; (2) 
18 flood gates; (3) a trash sluice gate; (4) a 5,697-acre reservoir, 
with a normal pool elevation of 277.3 feet North American Vertical 
Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and a usable storage capacity of 84,150 acre-
feet; (5) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing four turbine-
generators with a total installed capacity of 84 MW; and (6) a small 
turbine powering a ``house generator'' with an installed capacity of 
360 kW.
    The Blewett Falls development (RM 188.2) includes the following 
existing facilities: (1) A dam and spillway; (2)

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wooden flashboards; (3) a 2,866-acre reservoir, with a normal pool 
elevation of 177.2 feet NAVD 88 and a usable storage capacity of 30,893 
acre-feet; (4) a powerhouse, integral to the dam, containing six pairs 
of turbine-generators, each pair with its own penstock and headgate, 
for a total installed capacity of 24.6 MW; and (5) a 900-foot-long 
tailrace channel.
    The Tillery development is operated as a peaking facility with a 
typical drawdown of not more than 4 feet under normal conditions. The 
Blewett Falls development is operated as a re-regulating facility, 
smoothing out flows released from the upstream developments.
    Alcoa Generating and Progress Energy propose to continue operating 
the projects with proposed protection and enhancement measures.
    The proposed projects are described in detail in Scoping Document 1 
(SD1).
    m. A copy of the application is available for review at the 
Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' 
link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the 
docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact 
FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at 1-
866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for 
inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.
    You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/
esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    n. Scoping Process. The Commission intends to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project in accordance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will consider both site-
specific and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable 
alternatives to the proposed action.
    Scoping Meetings. FERC staff will conduct one agency scoping 
meeting and three public meetings. The agency scoping meeting will 
focus on resource agency and non-governmental organization (NGO) 
concerns, while the public scoping meetings are primarily for public 
input. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are 
invited to attend one or more of the meetings, and to assist the staff 
in identifying the scope of the environmental issues that should be 
analyzed in the EIS. The times and locations of these meetings are as 
follows:

Yadkin Evening Scoping Meeting 1

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (EST)
Place: Edward C. Smith Civic Center (Old Carolina Theatre)
Address: 217 South Main St., Lexington, NC

Yadkin Evening Scoping Meeting 2

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (EST)
Place: Stanly County Agri-Civic Center
Address: 26032-b Newt Road, Albemarle, NC

Yadkin-Pee Dee Evening Scoping Meeting

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (EST)
Place: Lockhart Taylor Center
At South Piedmont Community College
Address: 514 North Washington Street, Wadesboro, NC

Yadkin and Yadkin-Pee Dee Afternoon, Agency Scoping Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (EST)
Place: Stanly County Agri-Civic Center
Address: 26032-b Newt Road, Albemarle, NC

    Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in 
the EIS were distributed to the parties on the Commission's mailing 
list. Copies of the SD1 will be available at the scoping meeting or may 
be viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' link 
(see item m above).
    Site Visit. We will also conduct a tour of the project sites over a 
4-day period. Those interested are invited to attend all or part of the 
tours. Advanced registration is required in order to allow travel 
logistics to be arranged. If you would like to participate in the 
Yadkin site visits, please contact Jody Cason at jjcason@att.net or 
804-639-6278 no later than Friday, January 12, 2007. If you would like 
to participate in the Yadkin-Pee Dee site visits, please contact Sandie 
Upchurch at 910-439-5211, ext 1201, no later than Friday, January 12, 
2007.

Yadkin Project Site Visits

Monday, January 22*
    9-9:30 Badin Boat Access Area
    9:45-12 Narrows dam
    12-1 Lunch
    1:15-3 Falls dam
    3:30-4 Old Whitney Access Area (if needed)

Tuesday, January 23*
    9-10:30 Salisbury pump station
    10:45-11:15 Dutch Second Creek Access Area
    11:30-12 Rowan County Tailrace Access below High Rock reservoir
    12-1 Lunch 1:15-2:30 High Rock dam
    2:45-4 Tuckertown dam

Yadkin-Pee Dee Project Site Visits

Wednesday, January 24*
    9-11 Meet at Morrow Mountain State Park Tour Tillery Lake shore 
by van

Thursday, January 25*
    9-9:30 Meet at Tillery powerhouse, safety orientation
    9:30-11 Tour Tillery powerhouse and dam
    11-12 Travel to Blewett powerhouse; lunch
    12-12:15 Blewett orientation
    12:15-1:15 Blewett powerhouse and spillway tour
    1:15-1:30 Travel to Pee Dee boat ramp (Anson County)
    1:30-2:30 Blewett Lake and Grassy Islands
    2:30-2:45 Take out and depart
    *Advanced registration is required in order to allow travel 
logistics to be arranged.

Objectives

    At the scoping meetings, the staff will: (1) Summarize the 
environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the EIS; 
(2) solicit from the meeting participants all available information, 
especially quantifiable data, on the resources at issue;
    (3) encourage statements from experts and the public on issues that 
should be analyzed in the EIS, including viewpoints in opposition to, 
or in support of, the staff's preliminary views; (4) determine the 
resource issues to be addressed in the EIS; and (5) identify those 
issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as those issues that 
do not require a detailed analysis.

Procedures

    The meetings are recorded by a stenographer and become part of the 
formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project.
    Individuals, organizations, and agencies with environmental 
expertise and concerns are encouraged to attend the meeting and to 
assist the staff in defining and clarifying the issues to be addressed 
in the EIS.

Magalie R. Salas,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-22362 Filed 12-28-06; 8:45 am]
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