Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division-2021 Power Marketing Initiative Proposal, 12104-12106 [2011-4605]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 12104 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices (CEQ) regulations that implement the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and DOE regulations implementing NEPA (10 CFR part 1021). NNSA’s Preferred Alternative for Y–12, as identified in the Draft and Final SWEIS, is the Capability-sized UPF Alternative. DATES: NNSA will not issue any Record of Decision (ROD) based on the SWEIS before 30 days have passed from the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of availability. ADDRESSES: Requests for additional information on the Final Y–12 SWEIS, including requests for copies of the document, should be directed to: Ms. Pam Gorman, Y–12 SWEIS Document Manager, Y–12 Site Office, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite A–500, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, or by telephone: 865– 576–9903. Additional information on the Y–12 SWEIS may be found at http://www.y12sweis.com. For general information regarding the DOE NEPA process, contact: Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance, GC–54, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone 202–586–4600, or leave a message at 1–800–472–2756. Additional information regarding DOE NEPA activities and access to many of DOE’s NEPA documents are available on the Internet through the DOE NEPA Web site at http://www.nepa.energy.gov/ . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The continued operation of Y–12 is critical to DOE NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program and to preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons worldwide. However, continued operation of Y–12 is made more difficult by the fact that most of the facilities at Y–12 are old, oversized, and inefficient. Because NNSA is required to maintain the safety and security of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, and Y–12 is an important part of this effort, all alternatives assumed that NNSA will continue to operate Y–12 as part of the Nation’s nuclear security enterprise for the foreseeable future. A brief description of the SWEIS alternatives follows. Alternative 1: The No Action Alternative reflects the current nuclear weapons program missions at Y–12. Under the No Action Alternative, operations at Y–12 would continue to support the programs described in the SWEIS. The No Action Alternative includes certain construction projects that are underway or planned for the future. These projects include VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 refurbishments or upgrades to plant systems, such as those for potable water, which have been analyzed in separate NEPA documentation. Alternative 2: Under the UPF Alternative, NNSA would construct and operate a new UPF, (approximately 388,000 sq. ft.) which would consolidate enriched uranium operations into an integrated manufacturing facility; Alternative 3: Under the Upgrade- inPlace Alternative, NNSA would upgrade existing facilities to contemporary environmental, safety, and security standards to the extent possible within the limitations of the existing structures and without prolonged interruptions of manufacturing operations. Alternative 4: Under the Capabilitysized UPF Alternative, NNSA would build a smaller UPF, (approximately 350,000 sq. ft.) compared to the UPF described under Alternative 2. A smaller UPF would maintain all capabilities, but would support a reduced production level. Alternative 5: Under the No Net Production/Capability-sized UPF Alternative, NNSA would build a smaller UPF (approximately 350,000 sq. ft.) compared to the UPF described under Alternative 2. This smaller UPF would maintain all capabilities, but would support an even further reduced production level than Alternative 4. A Complex Command Center (CCC), which would house equipment and personnel for the plant shift superintendent, Fire Department, and Emergency Operations Center, is also analyzed as a proposed action in all action alternatives (alternatives 2, 3, 4, and 5). The Draft SWEIS was issued in October 2009 for public review and comment over a 90-day period. NNSA considered all comments received on the Draft SWEIS in preparing the Final SWEIS. The Final SWEIS includes: (1) A detailed wetlands assessment related to construction of a proposed Haul Road extension corridor that would affect wetlands; and (2) NNSA’s responses to all comments received, including those received on the wetlands assessment. Subsequent Document Preparation: NNSA will consider the environmental impact analysis presented in the Final Y–12 SWEIS, along with other information, in making decisions regarding the continued operation of Y– 12. NNSA will not issue any RODs for at least 30 days following publication in the Federal Register of the Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of availability. NNSA will publish all RODs in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Signed in Washington, DC on February 25, 2011. Thomas P. D’Agostino, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–4987 Filed 3–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program— Eastern Division—2021 Power Marketing Initiative Proposal Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative. AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration (Western), Upper Great Plains Region, a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments on this proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative (2021 PMI). Western’s Firm Electric Service (FES) contracts associated with the current marketing plan will expire on December 31, 2020. This proposed 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long-term firm hydroelectric resources of the PickSloan Missouri Basin Program—Eastern Division (P–SMBP—ED) beyond the year 2020. The 2021 PMI proposes to extend the current marketing plan, with amendments, to key marketing plan principles. This Federal Register notice initiates Western’s public process for the proposed 2021 PMI and requests public comments. Western will prepare and publish the final 2021 PMI in the Federal Register after all public comments on the proposed 2021 PMI are considered. DATES: Entities interested in commenting on the proposed 2021 PMI must submit written comments to Western’s Upper Great Plains Regional Office. Western must receive written comments by 4 p.m., MDT, on May 4, 2011. Western reserves the right to not consider any comments that are received after the prescribed date and time. Western will hold public information forums (not to exceed 2 hours) and public comment forums (immediately following the information forums) on this proposed 2021 PMI. The public information and public comment forum dates and times are: 1. April 13, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Lincoln, Nebraska. 2. April 14, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices 3. April 20, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Bismarck, North Dakota. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments regarding this proposed 2021 PMI to Robert J. Harris, Regional Manager, Upper Great Plains Region, Western Area Power Administration, 2900 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101– 1266. Comments may also be faxed to (406) 255–2900 or e-mailed to UGP2021@wapa.gov. The public information and comment forum locations are: 1. Lincoln—Holiday Inn, 141 North 9th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. 2. Sioux Falls—Holiday Inn, 100 West 8th Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 3. Bismarck—Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 800 South 3rd Street, Bismarck, North Dakota. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John A. Pankratz, Public Utilities Specialist, Upper Great Plains Region, Western Area Power Administration, 2900 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101– 1266, telephone (406) 255–2932, e-mail UGP2021@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Current Marketing Plan Background The 1985 P–SMBP—ED Marketing Plan (1985 Plan) was published in the Federal Register (45 FR 71860, October 30, 1980) and provided the marketing plan principles used to market P– SMBP—ED firm hydropower resources. The FES contracts associated with the 1985 Plan were initially set to expire December 31, 2000. The Energy Planning and Management Program (EPAMP) final rule published in the Federal Register (60 FR 54151, October 20, 1995) Subpart C extended and amended the 1985 Plan. EPAMP extended the FES contracts associated with the 1985 Plan through December 31, 2020, and established the Post-2000, Post-2005, and the Post-2010 power marketing initiatives. The current Marketing Plan is inclusive of the 1985 Plan as extended and amended by EPAMP and the Post-2000, Post-2005, and Post-2010 power marketing initiatives. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 2021 PMI Proposal Background Western initiated 2021 PMI discussions with P–SMBP—ED firm power customers in November of 2010, by hosting meetings throughout the Upper Great Plains Region. In addition, Western hosted Native Americanfocused meetings throughout the Upper Great Plains Region to initiate government-to-government consultation with tribal firm power customers. The meetings provided customers the opportunity to review current Marketing VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 Plan principles and provide informal input to Western for consideration in this 2021 PMI proposal. Key Marketing Plan principles discussed with firm power customers included: Contract Term; Resource Pools; Marketable Resource; Marketing Area; Load Factor Limit and Withdrawal Provisions; and Marketing Future Resources. Western requested informal input from firm power customers for consideration in this 2021 PMI proposal. Customer input for the 2021 PMI supported Western extending the current Marketing Plan with amendments to the Contract Term and Resource Pools principles. 2021 PMI Proposal Western’s 2021 PMI proposes to extend the current Marketing Plan with amendments to the Contract Term and Resource Pools principles. The Marketing Plan principles that are proposed to be amended as well as the Marketing Plan principles that are proposed to be extended are as follows: Amended Marketing Plan Principles: 1. Contract Term: A 30-year term contract term would be used for FES contracts. The FES contract term would begin January 1, 2021, and expire December 31, 2050. 2. Resource Pools: The 2021 PMI would provide for resource pools of up to 1 percent of the marketable resource under contract at the time for eligible new preference entities at the beginning of the contract term (January 1, 2021) and again every 10 years (January 1, 2031, and January 1, 2041). Extended Marketing Plan Principles: Extension of the current Marketing Plan includes all provisions and principles not specifically addressed in the preceding section (Amended Marketing Plan Principles). The following key principles were discussed with the firm power customers during the informal customer input phase of this process and are included below for reference purposes. 1. Marketable Resource: Based on adverse condition modeling to determine future marketable resource capability and median annual energy forecasting to determine future annual energy, the proposed 2021 PMI supports extending the existing contract rates of delivery commitments, with associated energy, to existing long-term firm power customers reduced by up to 1 percent for each new resource pool in 2021, 2031, and 2041. 2. Marketing Area: The marketing area of the P–SMBP—ED is Montana (east of the Continental Divide), all of North Dakota and South Dakota, Nebraska east of the 101ß meridian, Iowa west of the PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12105 941⁄2° meridian, and Minnesota west of a line on the 941⁄2° meridian from the southern boundary of the state to the 46ß parallel and then northwesterly to the northern boundary of the state at the 961⁄2° meridian. 3. Load Factor Limit and Withdrawal Provisions: a. Load Factor Limit: Western would market firm power at its customers’ monthly system load factor for as long as possible. Western would reserve the right to limit monthly load factors to 70 percent if necessary during the 2021 PMI contract term. A 3-year notice would be given prior to requiring such limitation. b. Project Use Withdrawal Provision: Western would reserve the right to reduce a customer’s summer season contract rate of delivery by up to 5 percent for new project use requirements, by giving a minimum of 5 years’ written notice in advance of such action. c. Hydrology and River Operations Withdrawal Provision: Western, at its discretion and sole determination, would reserve the right to adjust the contract rate of delivery on 5 years’ written notice in response to changes in hydrology and river operations. Any such adjustments would only take place after a public process by Western. 4. Marketing Future Resources: Additional power resources may become available for various reasons. Any additional available resources would be used in accordance with EPAMP as specified in 10 CFR 905.32 (e). Availability of Information Documents developed or retained by Western in the 2021 PMI formal public process will be available for inspection and copying at the Upper Great Plains Regional Office, located at 2900 4th Avenue North, Billings, Montana. Western will post information about the 2021 PMI on its Web site at http:// www.wapa.gov/ugp/powermarketing/ 2021PMI.htm. Written comments received as part of the 2021 PMI formal public process will be available for viewing on the Web site. 2021 PMI Procedures Requirements Environmental Compliance Western’s 2021 PMI will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and DOE NEPA implementing procedures (10 CFR 1021). E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12106 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 43 / Friday, March 4, 2011 / Notices Dated: February 23, 2011. Timothy J. Meeks, Administrator. Toxics and Pesticides Branch, Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101, telephone number: (913) 551–7261; e-mail address: mcintyre.crystal@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2011–4605 Filed 3–3–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY I. General Information [EPA–R07–OW–2011–0112; FRL–9275–5] Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities in Target Housing and Child Occupied Facilities; State of Kansas; Notice of SelfCertification Program Authorization, Request for Public Comment, Opportunity for Public Hearing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces that on April 19, 2010, the State of Kansas was deemed authorized under section 404(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), to administer and enforce requirements for a renovation, repair and painting program in accordance with section 402(c)(3) of TSCA. This notice also announces that EPA is seeking comment during a 45-day public comment period, and is providing an opportunity to request a public hearing within the first 15 days of this comment period, on whether Kansas’s program is at least as protective as the Federal program and provides for adequate enforcement. This notice also announces that the authorization of the Kansas 402(c)(3) program, which was deemed authorized by regulation and statute on April 19, 2010, will continue without further notice unless EPA, based on its own review and/or comments received during the comment period, disapproves the Kansas program application. DATES: Comments, identified by docket control number EPA–R07–OW–2011– 0112, must be received on or before April 18, 2011. In addition, a public hearing request must be submitted on or before March 21, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments and requests for a public hearing may be submitted by mail, electronically, or in person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method as provided in Section I of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket control number EPA–R07–OW–2011–0112 in the subject line on the first page of your response. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crystal McIntyre, Technical Contact, jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:16 Mar 03, 2011 Jkt 223001 A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general, to entities offering Lead Safe Renovation courses, and to firms and individuals engaged in renovation and remodeling activities of pre-1978 housing in the State of Kansas. Individuals and firms falling under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes 231118, 238210, 238220, 238320, 531120, 531210, 53131, e.g., General Building Contractors/Operative Builders, Renovation Firms, Individual Contractors, and Special Trade Contractors like Carpenters, Painters, Drywall workers and Plumbers, ‘‘Home Improvement’’ Contractors, as well as Property Management Firms and some Landlords are also affected by these rules. This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this action. Other types of entities not listed in this notice could also be affected. The NAICS codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining whether this action might apply to certain entities. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How can I get additional information, including copies of this document or other related documents? 1. Electronically: EPA has established an official record for this action under docket control number EPA–R07–OW– 2011–0112. This docket may be accessed through http:// www.regulations.gov. The official record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, this notice, the State of Kansas 402(c)(3) program authorization application, any public comments received during an applicable comment period, and other information related to this action, including any information claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI). 2. In person: You may read this document, and certain other related documents, by visiting Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 330, Topeka, KS PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66612–1365; contact person, Shannon Steinbauer, telephone number (866) 865–3233. You may also read this document, and certain other related documents, by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101. You should arrange your visit to the EPA office by contacting the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. C. How and to whom do I submit comments? 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 43 (Friday, March 4, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12104-12106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-4605]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program--Eastern Division--2021 Power 
Marketing Initiative Proposal

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative.

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SUMMARY: Western Area Power Administration (Western), Upper Great 
Plains Region, a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of 
Energy (DOE) is seeking comments on this proposed 2021 Power Marketing 
Initiative (2021 PMI). Western's Firm Electric Service (FES) contracts 
associated with the current marketing plan will expire on December 31, 
2020. This proposed 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long-
term firm hydroelectric resources of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin 
Program--Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED) beyond the year 2020. The 2021 
PMI proposes to extend the current marketing plan, with amendments, to 
key marketing plan principles. This Federal Register notice initiates 
Western's public process for the proposed 2021 PMI and requests public 
comments. Western will prepare and publish the final 2021 PMI in the 
Federal Register after all public comments on the proposed 2021 PMI are 
considered.

DATES: Entities interested in commenting on the proposed 2021 PMI must 
submit written comments to Western's Upper Great Plains Regional 
Office. Western must receive written comments by 4 p.m., MDT, on May 4, 
2011. Western reserves the right to not consider any comments that are 
received after the prescribed date and time.
    Western will hold public information forums (not to exceed 2 hours) 
and public comment forums (immediately following the information 
forums) on this proposed 2021 PMI.
    The public information and public comment forum dates and times 
are:
    1. April 13, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Lincoln, Nebraska.
    2. April 14, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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    3. April 20, 2011, 8:30 a.m., CDT, Bismarck, North Dakota.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments regarding this proposed 2021 PMI to 
Robert J. Harris, Regional Manager, Upper Great Plains Region, Western 
Area Power Administration, 2900 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101-
1266. Comments may also be faxed to (406) 255-2900 or e-mailed to 
UGP2021@wapa.gov.
    The public information and comment forum locations are:
    1. Lincoln--Holiday Inn, 141 North 9th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
    2. Sioux Falls--Holiday Inn, 100 West 8th Street, Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota.
    3. Bismarck--Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 800 South 3rd Street, 
Bismarck, North Dakota.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John A. Pankratz, Public Utilities 
Specialist, Upper Great Plains Region, Western Area Power 
Administration, 2900 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101-1266, 
telephone (406) 255-2932, e-mail UGP2021@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Current Marketing Plan Background

    The 1985 P-SMBP--ED Marketing Plan (1985 Plan) was published in the 
Federal Register (45 FR 71860, October 30, 1980) and provided the 
marketing plan principles used to market P-SMBP--ED firm hydropower 
resources. The FES contracts associated with the 1985 Plan were 
initially set to expire December 31, 2000. The Energy Planning and 
Management Program (EPAMP) final rule published in the Federal Register 
(60 FR 54151, October 20, 1995) Subpart C extended and amended the 1985 
Plan. EPAMP extended the FES contracts associated with the 1985 Plan 
through December 31, 2020, and established the Post-2000, Post-2005, 
and the Post-2010 power marketing initiatives. The current Marketing 
Plan is inclusive of the 1985 Plan as extended and amended by EPAMP and 
the Post-2000, Post-2005, and Post-2010 power marketing initiatives.

2021 PMI Proposal Background

    Western initiated 2021 PMI discussions with P-SMBP--ED firm power 
customers in November of 2010, by hosting meetings throughout the Upper 
Great Plains Region. In addition, Western hosted Native American-
focused meetings throughout the Upper Great Plains Region to initiate 
government-to-government consultation with tribal firm power customers. 
The meetings provided customers the opportunity to review current 
Marketing Plan principles and provide informal input to Western for 
consideration in this 2021 PMI proposal. Key Marketing Plan principles 
discussed with firm power customers included: Contract Term; Resource 
Pools; Marketable Resource; Marketing Area; Load Factor Limit and 
Withdrawal Provisions; and Marketing Future Resources.
    Western requested informal input from firm power customers for 
consideration in this 2021 PMI proposal. Customer input for the 2021 
PMI supported Western extending the current Marketing Plan with 
amendments to the Contract Term and Resource Pools principles.

2021 PMI Proposal

    Western's 2021 PMI proposes to extend the current Marketing Plan 
with amendments to the Contract Term and Resource Pools principles. The 
Marketing Plan principles that are proposed to be amended as well as 
the Marketing Plan principles that are proposed to be extended are as 
follows:
    Amended Marketing Plan Principles:
    1. Contract Term: A 30-year term contract term would be used for 
FES contracts. The FES contract term would begin January 1, 2021, and 
expire December 31, 2050.
    2. Resource Pools: The 2021 PMI would provide for resource pools of 
up to 1 percent of the marketable resource under contract at the time 
for eligible new preference entities at the beginning of the contract 
term (January 1, 2021) and again every 10 years (January 1, 2031, and 
January 1, 2041).
    Extended Marketing Plan Principles:
    Extension of the current Marketing Plan includes all provisions and 
principles not specifically addressed in the preceding section (Amended 
Marketing Plan Principles). The following key principles were discussed 
with the firm power customers during the informal customer input phase 
of this process and are included below for reference purposes.
    1. Marketable Resource: Based on adverse condition modeling to 
determine future marketable resource capability and median annual 
energy forecasting to determine future annual energy, the proposed 2021 
PMI supports extending the existing contract rates of delivery 
commitments, with associated energy, to existing long-term firm power 
customers reduced by up to 1 percent for each new resource pool in 
2021, 2031, and 2041.
    2. Marketing Area: The marketing area of the P-SMBP--ED is Montana 
(east of the Continental Divide), all of North Dakota and South Dakota, 
Nebraska east of the 101[ordm] meridian, Iowa west of the 94\1/2\[deg] 
meridian, and Minnesota west of a line on the 94\1/2\[deg] meridian 
from the southern boundary of the state to the 46[ordm] parallel and 
then northwesterly to the northern boundary of the state at the 96\1/
2\[deg] meridian.
    3. Load Factor Limit and Withdrawal Provisions:
    a. Load Factor Limit: Western would market firm power at its 
customers' monthly system load factor for as long as possible. Western 
would reserve the right to limit monthly load factors to 70 percent if 
necessary during the 2021 PMI contract term. A 3-year notice would be 
given prior to requiring such limitation.
    b. Project Use Withdrawal Provision: Western would reserve the 
right to reduce a customer's summer season contract rate of delivery by 
up to 5 percent for new project use requirements, by giving a minimum 
of 5 years' written notice in advance of such action.
    c. Hydrology and River Operations Withdrawal Provision: Western, at 
its discretion and sole determination, would reserve the right to 
adjust the contract rate of delivery on 5 years' written notice in 
response to changes in hydrology and river operations. Any such 
adjustments would only take place after a public process by Western.
    4. Marketing Future Resources: Additional power resources may 
become available for various reasons. Any additional available 
resources would be used in accordance with EPAMP as specified in 10 CFR 
905.32 (e).

Availability of Information

    Documents developed or retained by Western in the 2021 PMI formal 
public process will be available for inspection and copying at the 
Upper Great Plains Regional Office, located at 2900 4th Avenue North, 
Billings, Montana. Western will post information about the 2021 PMI on 
its Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/ugp/powermarketing/2021PMI.htm. 
Written comments received as part of the 2021 PMI formal public process 
will be available for viewing on the Web site.

2021 PMI Procedures Requirements

Environmental Compliance

    Western's 2021 PMI will comply with the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347), the Council on 
Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural 
provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and DOE NEPA implementing 
procedures (10 CFR 1021).


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    Dated: February 23, 2011.
Timothy J. Meeks,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2011-4605 Filed 3-3-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6450-01-P