Minnesota Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited Partnership; Notice of Scoping Meeting, Initial Information Meeting, and Soliciting Scoping Comments for an Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment Using the Alternative Licensing Process, 69453-69454 [2014-27554]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 225 / Friday, November 21, 2014 / Notices (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to 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 proposed project. If we publish and distribute the EA, 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 2). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Becoming an Intervenor In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, 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 in the User’s Guide under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. 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 at 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., CP14–545). Be sure you have VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Nov 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 selected an appropriate date range. 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[FR Doc. 2014–27611 Filed 11–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14628–000] Minnesota Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited Partnership; Notice of Scoping Meeting, Initial Information Meeting, and Soliciting Scoping Comments for an Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment Using the Alternative Licensing Process a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and PreApplication Document for an Original License. b. Project No.: 14628–000. c. Applicant: Minnesota Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited Partnership (Minnesota Housing Associates). d. Name of Project: A-Mill Artists Loft Hydroelectric Project (A-Mill Project). e. Location: On the Mississippi River, in the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. f. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r). g. Applicant Contact: Owen Metz, 2905 Northwest Blvd., Suite 150, Plymouth, MN 55441; (763) 354–5618; email ometz@dominiuminc.com. h. FERC Contact: Janet Hutzel at (202) 502–8675; or email at janet.hutzel@ ferc.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69453 i. Deadline for filing scoping comments: January 3, 2015. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-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 at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–14628–000. j. The proposed project would consist of: (1) Removal of the existing concrete bulkhead blocking the existing intake structure and installation of a new trash rack at the intake; (2) an existing headrace tunnel that would be rehabilitated and sleeved with a new horizontal 600-foot-long, 5-footdiameter steel penstock; (3) a new vertical 50-foot-long, 5-foot diameter steel pipe installed in an existing downstream drop-shaft; (4) a new sluice gate; (5) a new 650-kilowatt turbine/ generator set and related control system; (6) a new outlet structure consisting of a 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide concrete box culvert installed on the invert of the existing downstream tailrace; and (7) appurtenant facilities. k. Scoping Process: Minnesota Housing Associates intends to utilize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) alternative licensing process (ALP). Under the ALP, Minnesota Housing Associates will prepare an Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment (APEA) and license application for the A-Mill Project. Minnesota Housing Associates expects to file with the Commission, the APEA and the license application for the A-Mill Project by January 2015. Although the Commission’s intent is to prepare an environmental assessment (EA), there is the possibility that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be required. Nevertheless, this meeting will satisfy the NEPA scoping requirements, irrespective of whether an EA or EIS is issued by the Commission. The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the opportunity to participate in the upcoming scoping meetings and environmental site review identified E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 69454 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 225 / Friday, November 21, 2014 / Notices below, and to solicit your scoping comments. Scoping Meetings, Initial Information Meeting (also known as a Joint Meeting), and Environmental Site Review 1 Minnesota Housing Associates will hold two scoping meetings, one in the daytime and one in the evening, to help us identify the scope of issues to be addressed in the APEA. The initial information meeting will be held at the same time as the daytime scoping meeting. The daytime scoping meeting will focus on resource agency concerns, while the evening scoping meeting is primarily for public input. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend one or both of the meetings, and to assist the staff in identifying the environmental issues that should be analyzed in the APEA. The times and locations of these meetings and environmental site review are as follows: Daytime Meeting Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12 p.m. (CST), 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Room 202 of the Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Evening Meeting Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. (CST), 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Room 202 of the Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Environmental Site Review Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. (CST), Xcel Energy Water Power Park, 206 Main Street SE., Minneapolis, MN 55414. Please notify Neal Route at (763) 354– 5500, or email: nroute@ dominiuminc.com if you plan to attend the environmental site review. To help focus discussions, Minnesota Housing Associates will mail the Scoping Document 1 (SD1), outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the APEA, to the parties on the mailing and distribution list. Copies of the SD1 also will be available at the scoping meetings. Minnesota Housing Associates will file SD1 with the Commission and the document will be available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at 1 With this notice, 18 CFR 4.38(b)(3)(ii), the requirement to hold an initial information meeting, also known as a joint meeting, no earlier than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the Alternative Licensing Process is approved, is waived. Holding the initial information meeting outside the required timeframe will result in greater participation from the licensing participants. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Nov 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits (P–14628) in the docket number field to access the document. 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 FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov. Based on all written comments received, a Scoping Document 2 (SD2) may be issued. SD2 will include a revised list of issues, based on the scoping sessions. Meeting Objectives At the scoping meetings, Minnesota Housing Associates will: (1) Summarize the environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the APEA; (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 APEA, including viewpoints in opposition to, or in support of, Minnesota Housing Associates’ preliminary views; (4) determine the resource issues to be addressed in the APEA; and (5) identify those issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as those issues that do not require a detailed analysis. Meeting Procedures The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will become part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project. Dated: November 14, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–27554 Filed 11–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–504–000] Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Rock Springs Expansion Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Rock Springs Expansion Project (Project), proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the above referenced docket. Transco requests authorization to construct and operate natural gas pipeline facilities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Cecil County, Maryland. The Project would provide 192,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the Wildcat Point Generating Facility in Cecil County, Maryland. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the proposed Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (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 Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 National Environmental Policy Act analysis. Transco proposes to: (1) Construct and operate a 11.2-mile-long pipeline lateral from Transco’s Mainline Systems ‘‘A’’ and ‘‘B’’ in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s Wildcat Point Generating Facility; (2) a new 4,000horsepower electric compressor station at the terminus of the lateral, and appurtenant facilities; and (3) modify piping and valves at its existing Compressor Station 200 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA 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. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (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. 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 E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14628-000]


Minnesota Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited Partnership; 
Notice of Scoping Meeting, Initial Information Meeting, and Soliciting 
Scoping Comments for an Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment 
Using the Alternative Licensing Process

    a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and 
Pre-Application Document for an Original License.
    b. Project No.: 14628-000.
    c. Applicant: Minnesota Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited 
Partnership (Minnesota Housing Associates).
    d. Name of Project: A-Mill Artists Loft Hydroelectric Project (A-
Mill Project).
    e. Location: On the Mississippi River, in the city of Minneapolis, 
Hennepin County, Minnesota.
    f. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    g. Applicant Contact: Owen Metz, 2905 Northwest Blvd., Suite 150, 
Plymouth, MN 55441; (763) 354-5618; email ometz@dominiuminc.com.
    h. FERC Contact: Janet Hutzel at (202) 502-8675; or email at 
janet.hutzel@ferc.gov.
    i. Deadline for filing scoping comments: January 3, 2015.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-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 at 
FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: 
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include 
docket number P-14628-000.
    j. The proposed project would consist of: (1) Removal of the 
existing concrete bulkhead blocking the existing intake structure and 
installation of a new trash rack at the intake; (2) an existing 
headrace tunnel that would be rehabilitated and sleeved with a new 
horizontal 600-foot-long, 5-foot-diameter steel penstock; (3) a new 
vertical 50-foot-long, 5-foot diameter steel pipe installed in an 
existing downstream drop-shaft; (4) a new sluice gate; (5) a new 650-
kilowatt turbine/generator set and related control system; (6) a new 
outlet structure consisting of a 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide concrete 
box culvert installed on the invert of the existing downstream 
tailrace; and (7) appurtenant facilities.
    k. Scoping Process: Minnesota Housing Associates intends to utilize 
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) alternative 
licensing process (ALP). Under the ALP, Minnesota Housing Associates 
will prepare an Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment (APEA) and 
license application for the A-Mill Project.
    Minnesota Housing Associates expects to file with the Commission, 
the APEA and the license application for the A-Mill Project by January 
2015. Although the Commission's intent is to prepare an environmental 
assessment (EA), there is the possibility that an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) will be required. Nevertheless, this meeting will 
satisfy the NEPA scoping requirements, irrespective of whether an EA or 
EIS is issued by the Commission.
    The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the opportunity to 
participate in the upcoming scoping meetings and environmental site 
review identified

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    \1\ With this notice, 18 CFR 4.38(b)(3)(ii), the requirement to 
hold an initial information meeting, also known as a joint meeting, 
no earlier than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the 
Alternative Licensing Process is approved, is waived. Holding the 
initial information meeting outside the required timeframe will 
result in greater participation from the licensing participants.
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    Minnesota Housing Associates will hold two scoping meetings, one in 
the daytime and one in the evening, to help us identify the scope of 
issues to be addressed in the APEA. The initial information meeting 
will be held at the same time as the daytime scoping meeting.
    The daytime scoping meeting will focus on resource agency concerns, 
while the evening scoping meeting is primarily for public input. All 
interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to 
attend one or both of the meetings, and to assist the staff in 
identifying the environmental issues that should be analyzed in the 
APEA. The times and locations of these meetings and environmental site 
review are as follows:

Daytime Meeting

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12 p.m. (CST), 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Room 
202 of the Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Evening Meeting

    Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. (CST), 1000 LaSalle Avenue, 
Room 202 of the Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Environmental Site Review

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. (CST), Xcel Energy Water Power 
Park, 206 Main Street SE., Minneapolis, MN 55414.
    Please notify Neal Route at (763) 354-5500, or email: 
nroute@dominiuminc.com if you plan to attend the environmental site 
review.
    To help focus discussions, Minnesota Housing Associates will mail 
the Scoping Document 1 (SD1), outlining the subject areas to be 
addressed in the APEA, to the parties on the mailing and distribution 
list. Copies of the SD1 also will be available at the scoping meetings. 
Minnesota Housing Associates will file SD1 with the Commission and the 
document will be 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 (P-14628) in the docket number field to 
access the document.
    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 
FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov.
    Based on all written comments received, a Scoping Document 2 (SD2) 
may be issued. SD2 will include a revised list of issues, based on the 
scoping sessions.

Meeting Objectives

    At the scoping meetings, Minnesota Housing Associates will: (1) 
Summarize the environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis 
in the APEA; (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 APEA, including viewpoints in opposition to, 
or in support of, Minnesota Housing Associates' preliminary views; (4) 
determine the resource issues to be addressed in the APEA; and (5) 
identify those issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as 
those issues that do not require a detailed analysis.

Meeting Procedures

    The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will become 
part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project.

    Dated: November 14, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-27554 Filed 11-20-14; 8:45 am]
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