Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company; Notice of Intent to File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document (Pad), Intent To Waive Certain Procedural Matters, Commencement of Pre-Filing Process, and Scoping; Request for Comments on the Pad and Scoping Document, and Identification of Issues and Associated Study Requests, 28646-28648 [2017-13092]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 28646 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 120 / Friday, June 23, 2017 / Notices requesting participation in the pilot program have been filed, and 9 patents have been granted under the pilot program. Various stakeholders from around the world have filed petitions to participate in the pilot program—they are independent inventors, universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, government agencies, and large and small companies. The pilot program was originally scheduled to end on June 28, 2017. In view of the continued interest in the pilot program, the USPTO is extending the pilot program until December 31, 2018. All pilot parameters will remain the same as the original pilot. DATES: Effective Date: June 23, 2017. Duration: The Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program will continue to run until December 31, 2018. Therefore, petitions to make special under the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program must be filed on or before December 31, 2018. The USPTO may further extend the pilot program (with or without modifications) or terminate it depending on feedback received, continued interest and the effectiveness of the pilot program. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pinchus M. Laufer, Patent Attorney (telephone (571) 272–7726; electronic mail at pinchus.laufer@uspto.gov) or Susy Tsang-Foster, Senior Legal Advisor (telephone (571) 272–7711; electronic mail at susy.tsang-foster@uspto.gov), of the Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. For questions relating to a specific petition, please contact Gary B. Nickol, Supervisory Patent Examiner (telephone (571) 272–0835; electronic mail at gary.nickol@uspto.gov) or Brandon J. Fetterolf, Supervisory Patent Examiner (telephone (571) 272–2919; electronic mail at brandon.fetterolf@uspto.gov), of Technology Center 1600. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USPTO published a notice for the implementation of the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program on June 29, 2016. See Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program, 81 FR 42328 (June 29, 2016), 1428 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 253 (July 26, 2016) (Cancer Immunotherapy Notice). The pilot program was designed to support the global fight against cancer. The Cancer Immunotherapy Notice indicated that an applicant may have an application advanced out of turn (accorded special status) for examination without meeting all of the current requirements of the accelerated examination program set forth in item VIII of MPEP section 708.02(a), if the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Jun 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 application contained at least one claim to a method of treating cancer using immunotherapy and met other requirements specified in the Cancer Immunotherapy Notice. The Cancer Immunotherapy Notice established that the pilot program would run for twelve months from June 29, 2016. The USPTO is hereby extending the pilot program through December 31, 2018 in view of the continued interest in the pilot program. The extension also will allow the USPTO to continue its evaluation of the pilot program. The requirements of the pilot program have not been modified. Various stakeholders from around the world have filed petitions to participate in the pilot program—they are independent inventors, universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, government agencies, and large and small companies. To date, over 80 petitions requesting participation in the pilot program have been filed, and 9 patents have been granted under the pilot program. The USPTO may again extend the pilot program (with or without modifications) depending on the feedback from the participants, continued interest, and the effectiveness of the pilot program. Dated: June 19, 2017. Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2017–13122 Filed 6–22–17; 8:45 am] protests must be filed on or before the comment date. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant and all the parties in this proceeding. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 26, 2017. Dated: June 19, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–13111 Filed 6–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BILLING CODE 3510–16–P Federal Energy Regulatory Commission DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [Project No. 2368–056] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company; Notice of Intent to File License Application, Filing of PreApplication Document (Pad), Intent To Waive Certain Procedural Matters, Commencement of Pre-Filing Process, and Scoping; Request for Comments on the Pad and Scoping Document, and Identification of Issues and Associated Study Requests [Docket No. NJ17–10–001] Notice of Filing; City of Dover, Delaware Take notice that on June 15, 2017, City of Dover, Delaware submitted its Supplement to the May 16, 2017 tariff filing (Deficiency Filing). Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application for a New License and Commencing Pre-filing Process. b. Project No.: 2368–056. c. Dated Filed: May 1, 2017. d. Submitted By: Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company (Algonquin). e. Name of Project: Squa Pan Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On Scopan Stream near the town of Masardis in Aroostook E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 120 / Friday, June 23, 2017 / Notices County, Maine. The project does not occupy federal land. g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR part 5 of the Commission’s Regulations. h. Potential Applicant Contact: Alain Basakay, Project Manager, Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company, 84 Water Street, Caribou, Maine 04736, Alain.Basakay@algonquinpower.com or 905–465–7059 i. FERC Contact: John Baummer at (202) 502–6837 or email at john.baummer@ferc.gov. j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item o below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with: (a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR, part 402 and (b) the State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2. l. With this notice, we are designating Algonquin as the Commission’s nonfederal representative for carrying out informal consultation, pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. m. The current license for the Squa Pan Project was issued with an effective date of December 4, 1991, for a term of 30 years and expires on December 3, 2021. Section 5.5(d) of the Commission’s regulations provides that an existing licensee must file its Notice of Intent (NOI) no later than five years before the expiration of the license; therefore the date for Algonquin to file its NOI was December 3, 2016. Algonquin filed a Notice of Intent to File License Application (NOI) on December 8, 2016, along with a request for an extension until August 2017 to file a Pre-Application Document (PAD). No other entity filed an NOI or PAD. On January 5, 2017 the Commission issued a Notice of Existing Licensee’s Failure to File Notice of Intent to File a New License Application. The notice set a deadline of 120 days from the issuance date for Algonquin and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Jun 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 competing applicants to file NOIs, PADs and requests to use an alternative licensing process. The notice also denied Algonquin’s request for an extension until August 2017 to file a PAD because it would unreasonably shorten the time available for preparation of a license application and/ or conducting necessary studies. On May 1, 2017, Algonquin filed an updated NOI and PAD, pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission’s regulations. No other entity filed an NOI, PAD or request to use an alternative licensing process. Because the licensee states its unequivocal intent to submit an application for a new license for Project No. 2368, and no other entity has filed an NOI, PAD, or request for an alternative licensing process, the Commission intends to waive section 16.24(a) of the Commission’s regulations, and allow Algonquin to file an application for a new license for the project. The Commission’s process plan and schedule for relicensing Project No. 2368 can be found in Appendix B of Scoping Document 1, issued concurrently with this notice. n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site (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, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h. Register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. o. With this notice we are soliciting comments on the PAD and Commission’s staff Scoping Document 1 (SD1), as well as study requests. All comments on the PAD and SD1, and study requests should be sent to the address above in paragraph h. In addition, all comments on the PAD and SD1, study requests, requests for cooperating agency status, and all communications to and from Commission staff related to the merits of the potential application must be filed with the Commission. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file all documents using the Commission’s PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28647 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. 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–2368–056. All filings with the Commission must bear the appropriate heading: Comments on Pre-Application Document, Study Requests, Comments on Scoping Document 1,’’Request for Cooperating Agency Status, or Communications to and from Commission Staff. Any individual or entity interested in submitting study requests, commenting on the PAD or SD1, and any agency requesting cooperating status must do so by August 29, 2017. p. Although our current 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. Scoping Meetings Commission staff will hold two scoping meetings in the vicinity of the project at the time and place noted below. The daytime meeting will focus on resource agency, Indian tribes, and non-governmental organization concerns, while the evening meeting is primarily for receiving input from the public. We invite all interested individuals, organizations, and agencies to attend one or both of the meetings, and to assist staff in identifying particular study needs, as well as the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental document. The times and locations of these meetings are as follows: Daytime Scoping Meeting Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Hampton Inn, 768 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04736. Phone: (207) 760–9292. Evening Scoping Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Hampton Inn, 768 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04736. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 28648 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 120 / Friday, June 23, 2017 / Notices Phone: (207) 760–9292. Scoping Document 1 (SD1), which outlines the subject areas to be addressed in the environmental document, was mailed to the individuals and entities on the Commission’s mailing list. Copies of SD1 will be available at the scoping meetings, or may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Follow the directions for accessing information in paragraph n. Based on all oral and written comments, a Scoping Document 2 (SD2) may be issued. SD2 may include a revised process plan and schedule, as well as a list of issues, identified through the scoping process. Environmental Site Review The potential applicant and Commission staff will conduct an Environmental Site Review of the project on Thursday, July 27, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. All participants should meet at the Squa Pan Dam, located at Squapan Hydro Road, Masardis, Maine 04732. All participants are responsible for their own transportation. Anyone with questions about the site visit should contact Mr. James Veil of Algonquin at (207–551– 9881) on or before July 13, 2017. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Meeting Objectives At the scoping meetings, staff will: (1) Initiate scoping of the issues; (2) review and discuss existing conditions and resource management objectives; (3) review and discuss existing information and identify preliminary information and study needs; (4) review and discuss the process plan and schedule for prefiling activity that incorporates the time frames provided for in Part 5 of the Commission’s regulations and, to the extent possible, maximizes coordination of federal, state, and tribal permitting and certification processes; and (5) discuss the appropriateness of any federal or state agency or Indian tribe acting as a cooperating agency for development of an environmental document. Meeting participants should come prepared to discuss their issues and/or concerns. Please review the PAD in preparation for the scoping meetings. Directions on how to obtain a copy of the PAD and SD1 are included in item n. of this document. Dated: June 16, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–13092 Filed 6–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. OR17–14–000] Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC v. Frontier Aspen LLC; Notice of Complaint Take notice that on June 15, 2017, pursuant to Rule 206 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure,1 section 343.2 of the Procedural Rules Applicable to Oil Pipeline Proceedings,2 and sections 1(4), 1(6), 2, 3(1), 6, 9, 13(1) and 15(1) of the Interstate Commerce Act,3 Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC (Complainant) filed a formal complaint against Frontier Aspen LLC (Respondent) alleging that Respondent’s pro rata walk-up prorationing policy and lack of an equalization factor are unjust, unreasonable and unduly discriminatory, all as more fully explained in the complaint. Complainant states that a copy of the complaint was served on Respondent. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. The Respondent’s answer and all interventions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. The Respondent’s answer, motions to intervene, and protests must be served on the Complainant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Meeting Procedures The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will be placed in the public records of the project. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Jun 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 1 18 CFR 385.206. CFR 343.2. 3 49 App. U.S.C. 1(4), 1(6), 3(1), 6(1), 6(3), 6(7), 9, 13(1), and 15(1) (1988). 2 18 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 17, 2017. Dated: June 16, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–13091 Filed 6–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP17–464–000] Rover Pipeline LLC; Notice of Amendment On May 17, 2017, Rover Pipeline LLC (Rover), 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, filed a variance request in Docket No. CP15–93–000. The Commission is treating the variance request as an application to amend its Rover Pipeline Project under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157 of the Commission’s regulations, and hereby gives notice of the proposed amendment. Specifically, Rover requests authorization to install a third 3,550 horsepower natural gas compressor unit at the Majorsville Compressor Station and a new equipment run at the Majorsville Meter Station in Marshall County, West Virginia. The proposal would increase the point capacity of the Majorsville Compressor Station and the Majorsville Meter Station from 300 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) to 400 MMcf/d, all as more fully set forth in the request which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may be viewed on the web 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 at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 120 (Friday, June 23, 2017)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2368-056]


Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company; Notice of Intent to 
File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document (Pad), 
Intent To Waive Certain Procedural Matters, Commencement of Pre-Filing 
Process, and Scoping; Request for Comments on the Pad and Scoping 
Document, and Identification of Issues and Associated Study Requests

    a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application for 
a New License and Commencing Pre-filing Process.
    b. Project No.: 2368-056.
    c. Dated Filed: May 1, 2017.
    d. Submitted By: Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company 
(Algonquin).
    e. Name of Project: Squa Pan Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: On Scopan Stream near the town of Masardis in 
Aroostook

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County, Maine. The project does not occupy federal land.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR part 5 of the Commission's 
Regulations.
    h. Potential Applicant Contact: Alain Basakay, Project Manager, 
Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company, 84 Water Street, Caribou, 
Maine 04736, Alain.Basakay@algonquinpower.com or 905-465-7059
    i. FERC Contact: John Baummer at (202) 502-6837 or email at 
john.baummer@ferc.gov.
    j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies 
with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to 
environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the 
environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such 
requests described in item o below. Cooperating agencies should note 
the Commission's policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation 
of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See 94 FERC ] 
61,076 (2001).
    k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with: 
(a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries under 
section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency 
regulations thereunder at 50 CFR, part 402 and (b) the State Historic 
Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic 
Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory 
Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2.
    l. With this notice, we are designating Algonquin as the 
Commission's non-federal representative for carrying out informal 
consultation, pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and 
section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
    m. The current license for the Squa Pan Project was issued with an 
effective date of December 4, 1991, for a term of 30 years and expires 
on December 3, 2021. Section 5.5(d) of the Commission's regulations 
provides that an existing licensee must file its Notice of Intent (NOI) 
no later than five years before the expiration of the license; 
therefore the date for Algonquin to file its NOI was December 3, 2016. 
Algonquin filed a Notice of Intent to File License Application (NOI) on 
December 8, 2016, along with a request for an extension until August 
2017 to file a Pre-Application Document (PAD). No other entity filed an 
NOI or PAD.
    On January 5, 2017 the Commission issued a Notice of Existing 
Licensee's Failure to File Notice of Intent to File a New License 
Application. The notice set a deadline of 120 days from the issuance 
date for Algonquin and competing applicants to file NOIs, PADs and 
requests to use an alternative licensing process. The notice also 
denied Algonquin's request for an extension until August 2017 to file a 
PAD because it would unreasonably shorten the time available for 
preparation of a license application and/or conducting necessary 
studies.
    On May 1, 2017, Algonquin filed an updated NOI and PAD, pursuant to 
18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission's regulations. No other entity filed an 
NOI, PAD or request to use an alternative licensing process.
    Because the licensee states its unequivocal intent to submit an 
application for a new license for Project No. 2368, and no other entity 
has filed an NOI, PAD, or request for an alternative licensing process, 
the Commission intends to waive section 16.24(a) of the Commission's 
regulations, and allow Algonquin to file an application for a new 
license for the project. The Commission's process plan and schedule for 
relicensing Project No. 2368 can be found in Appendix B of Scoping 
Document 1, issued concurrently with this notice.
    n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in 
the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 
(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, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at 
the address in paragraph h.
    Register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    o. With this notice we are soliciting comments on the PAD and 
Commission's staff Scoping Document 1 (SD1), as well as study requests. 
All comments on the PAD and SD1, and study requests should be sent to 
the address above in paragraph h. In addition, all comments on the PAD 
and SD1, study requests, requests for cooperating agency status, and 
all communications to and from Commission staff related to the merits 
of the potential application must be filed with the Commission.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
all documents 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. 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-2368-056.
    All filings with the Commission must bear the appropriate heading: 
Comments on Pre-Application Document, Study Requests, Comments on 
Scoping Document 1,''Request for Cooperating Agency Status, or 
Communications to and from Commission Staff. Any individual or entity 
interested in submitting study requests, commenting on the PAD or SD1, 
and any agency requesting cooperating status must do so by August 29, 
2017.
    p. Although our current 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.

Scoping Meetings

    Commission staff will hold two scoping meetings in the vicinity of 
the project at the time and place noted below. The daytime meeting will 
focus on resource agency, Indian tribes, and non-governmental 
organization concerns, while the evening meeting is primarily for 
receiving input from the public. We invite all interested individuals, 
organizations, and agencies to attend one or both of the meetings, and 
to assist staff in identifying particular study needs, as well as the 
scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental 
document. The times and locations of these meetings are as follows:

Daytime Scoping Meeting

    Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017.
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Hampton Inn, 768 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04736.
    Phone: (207) 760-9292.

Evening Scoping Meeting

    Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Hampton Inn, 768 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04736.

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    Phone: (207) 760-9292.
    Scoping Document 1 (SD1), which outlines the subject areas to be 
addressed in the environmental document, was mailed to the individuals 
and entities on the Commission's mailing list. Copies of SD1 will be 
available at the scoping meetings, or may be viewed on the web at 
http://www.ferc.gov, using the ``eLibrary'' link. Follow the directions 
for accessing information in paragraph n. Based on all oral and written 
comments, a Scoping Document 2 (SD2) may be issued. SD2 may include a 
revised process plan and schedule, as well as a list of issues, 
identified through the scoping process.

Environmental Site Review

    The potential applicant and Commission staff will conduct an 
Environmental Site Review of the project on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 
starting at 9:00 a.m. All participants should meet at the Squa Pan Dam, 
located at Squapan Hydro Road, Masardis, Maine 04732. All participants 
are responsible for their own transportation. Anyone with questions 
about the site visit should contact Mr. James Veil of Algonquin at 
(207-551-9881) on or before July 13, 2017.

Meeting Objectives

    At the scoping meetings, staff will: (1) Initiate scoping of the 
issues; (2) review and discuss existing conditions and resource 
management objectives; (3) review and discuss existing information and 
identify preliminary information and study needs; (4) review and 
discuss the process plan and schedule for pre-filing activity that 
incorporates the time frames provided for in Part 5 of the Commission's 
regulations and, to the extent possible, maximizes coordination of 
federal, state, and tribal permitting and certification processes; and 
(5) discuss the appropriateness of any federal or state agency or 
Indian tribe acting as a cooperating agency for development of an 
environmental document.
    Meeting participants should come prepared to discuss their issues 
and/or concerns. Please review the PAD in preparation for the scoping 
meetings. Directions on how to obtain a copy of the PAD and SD1 are 
included in item n. of this document.

Meeting Procedures

    The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will be placed 
in the public records of the project.

    Dated: June 16, 2017.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
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