Northern Illinois Hydropower, LLC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment, 40719-40720 [2011-17289]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices Currently Identified Environmental Issues We have already identified several issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the planned facilities and the environmental information provided by Transco. This preliminary list of issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis: • Construction and operational impacts on nearby residences; • Impacts on wetlands and waterbodies; • Impacts on air quality and noise; • Impacts on threatened and endangered species; and • Safety. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Public Participation You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the Project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before August 15, 2011. For your convenience, there are four methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the Project docket number (PF11–4–000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert eFiling staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or efiling@ferc.gov. A brochure prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘Your Guide to Electronic Information at FERC’’ is included on the enclosed CD–ROM and is available for viewing on the FERC Web site (http://www.ferc.gov). This brochure provides additional details regarding the electronic information services available for the Project at the FERC. 1. You may file your comments electronically by using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. An eComment is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project; 2. You may file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on ‘‘eRegister.’’ You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making. A comment on a particular project is considered a ‘‘Comment on a Filing’’; 3. You may attend and provide either oral or written comments at a public scoping meeting. A transcript of each meeting will be made so that your comments will be accurately recorded and included in the public record; or 4. You may file a paper copy of your comments at the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Environmental Mailing List The environmental mailing list includes Federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for Project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the Project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the planned Project. If the EA is published for distribution, copies will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version, or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (Appendix 3). Becoming an Intervenor Once Transco files its application with the Commission, you may want to become an ‘‘intervenor’’ which is an official party to the Commission’s proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission’s final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are included in the User’s PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40719 Guide under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. Please note that the Commission will not accept requests for intervenor status at this time. You must wait until a formal application for the Project is filed with the Commission. Additional Information Additional information about the Project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208–FERC, or on the FERC Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., PF11–4). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the text of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to http://www.ferc.gov/ esubscribenow.htm. Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at http://www.ferc.gov/ EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Dated: July 1, 2011. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–17251 Filed 7–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project Nos. 12626–002; 12717–002] Northern Illinois Hydropower, LLC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) regulations, 18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed the applications for original E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 40720 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices licenses for the Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 12717–002) and the Dresden Island Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 12626–002). The Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project is proposed to be located on the Des Plaines River, near the City of Joliet, Will County, Illinois, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Brandon Road Lock and Dam. The Dresden Island Hydroelectric Project is proposed to be located on the Illinois River, in the Town of Morris, Grundy County, Illinois, at the Corps’ Dresden Island Lock and Dam. Staff prepared a multi-project environmental assessment (EA), which analyzes the potential environmental effects of licensing the projects, and concludes that licensing the projects, with appropriate environmental protection measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. A copy of the EA 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, excluding the last three digits for each docket number, in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov; toll-free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, 202– 502–8659. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via e-mail of new filings and issuances related to these or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the date of this notice. Comments may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site http:// www.ferc.gov/doc-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please affix Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project, P–12717–002 and Dresden VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 Island Hydroelectric Project, P–12626– 002 to all comments. For further information, contact Janet Hutzel at (202) 502–8675 or by e-mail at janet.hutzel@ferc.gov. Dated: July 5, 2011. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–17289 Filed 7–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP11–78–000] CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Line AM–46 Replacement Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Line AM–46 Replacement Project proposed by CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company, LLC (CEGT) in the above-referenced docket. CEGT requests authorization to construct, operate, and abandon pipeline facilities in Howard, Hempstead, Sevier, and Little River Counties, Arkansas. The proposed project would replace a segment of CEGT’s existing natural gas system to ensure a reliable natural gas supply of 50 million cubic feet per day to Ashdown, Arkansas. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Line AM–46 Replacement Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by the proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis. The project would require a permit from the USACE pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 United States Code 1344). The proposed Line AM–46 Replacement Project involves the abandonment of a total of 16.2 miles of CEGT’s Line AM–46 and associated PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 segments; the construction of 16.7 miles of Line AM–204, a new 10-inchdiameter pipeline in Howard, Hempstead, and Sevier Counties, Arkansas; and the installation of a pig 1 launcher at the beginning of the new pipeline (MP 0.0) and a pig receiver at its terminus (MP 16.7). The EA has been placed in the public files of the FERC and is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. Copies of the EA have been mailed to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding. Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are properly recorded and considered prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that the FERC receives your comments in Washington, DC on or before August 1, 2011. For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (CP11–78–000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has dedicated eFiling expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or efiling@ferc.gov. (1) You may file your comments electronically by using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. An eComment is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You may file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission’s Web site at http:// 1 A ‘‘pig’’ is a tool that is inserted into and moves through the pipeline, and is used for cleaning the pipeline, internal inspections, or other purposes. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40719-40720]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17289]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 [Project Nos. 12626-002; 12717-002]


Northern Illinois Hydropower, LLC; Notice of Availability of 
Environmental Assessment

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) regulations, 
18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy 
Projects has reviewed the applications for original

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licenses for the Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 
12717-002) and the Dresden Island Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project 
No. 12626-002). The Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project is proposed to 
be located on the Des Plaines River, near the City of Joliet, Will 
County, Illinois, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Brandon 
Road Lock and Dam. The Dresden Island Hydroelectric Project is proposed 
to be located on the Illinois River, in the Town of Morris, Grundy 
County, Illinois, at the Corps' Dresden Island Lock and Dam.
    Staff prepared a multi-project environmental assessment (EA), which 
analyzes the potential environmental effects of licensing the projects, 
and concludes that licensing the projects, with appropriate 
environmental protection measures, would not constitute a major federal 
action that would significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment.
    A copy of the EA 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, 
excluding the last three digits for each docket number, in the docket 
number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov; toll-free at 1-866-208-
3676, or for TTY, 202-502-8659.
    You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via e-mail of new filings and 
issuances related to these or other pending projects. For assistance, 
contact FERC Online Support.
    Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the date of this 
notice. Comments may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 
CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web 
site http://www.ferc.gov/doc-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit 
brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, 
using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the 
end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online 
Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, 
documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and 
seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please affix 
Brandon Road Hydroelectric Project, P-12717-002 and Dresden Island 
Hydroelectric Project, P-12626-002 to all comments.
    For further information, contact Janet Hutzel at (202) 502-8675 or 
by e-mail at janet.hutzel@ferc.gov.

    Dated: July 5, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-17289 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]
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