Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments: Turners Falls Hydro, LLC, 37270-37271 [2019-16274]

Download as PDF 37270 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 147 / Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / Notices • approximately 4 miles of new 36inch-diameter pipeline with increased wall thickness in Mobile County; • new metering equipment at Gulfstream’s existing Compressor Station 420 located in Manatee County; and • related auxiliary facilities and appurtenances in Manatee County. Gulfstream also plans to request a special permit from The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration to increase their maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) for approximately 59 miles of its 36-inch-dameter offshore pipeline. The increase in MAOP would require no construction offshore. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.1 Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 50 acres of land. Following construction, Gulfstream would maintain about 1.5 acres for permanent operation of the project’s facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. One hundred percent of the proposed pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rights-of-way. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES The EA Process The EA will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings: • Geology and soils; • water resources and wetlands; • vegetation and wildlife; • threatened and endangered species; • cultural resources; • land use; • air quality and noise; • public safety; and • cumulative impacts Commission staff will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. The EA will present Commission staffs’ independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in electronic format in the public record through eLibrary 2 and the Commission’s website (https:// www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/ eis.asp). If eSubscribed, you will receive instant email notification when the EA is issued. The EA may be issued for an allotted public comment period. 2 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:09 Jul 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 Commission staff will consider all comments on the EA before making recommendations to the Commission. To ensure Commission staff have the opportunity to address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2. With this notice, the Commission is asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate in the preparation of the EA.3 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. Consultation Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Commission is using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Offices, and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project’s potential effects on historic properties.4 The EA for this project will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. 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. Commission staff will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that Commission notices related 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. 4 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to this environmental review are sent to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project. If the Commission issues the EA for an allotted public comment period, a Notice of Availability of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list and will provide instructions to access the electronic document on the FERC’s website (www.ferc.gov). If you need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached ‘‘Mailing List Update Form’’ (appendix 2). 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 website at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number in the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field, excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP19–475). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. Public sessions or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/ EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Dated: July 25, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–16276 Filed 7–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2622–013] Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments: Turners Falls Hydro, LLC Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License. b. Project No.: 2622–013. c. Date filed: February 4, 2019. d. Applicant: Turners Falls Hydro, LLC (Turners Falls Hydro). E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 147 / Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / Notices e. Name of Project: Turners Falls Project. f. Location: On the Connecticut River, in the power canal of the Turners Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 1889, in Franklin County, Massachusetts. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located within the project boundary. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Michael Scarzello, Director, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC, 65 Madison Avenue, Suite 500, Morristown, NJ 07960; Phone at (973) 998–8400, or email at michael.scarzello@ eaglecreekre.com. i. FERC Contact: Amanda Gill, (202) 502–6773 or amanda.gill@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: August 24, 2019. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file scoping 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–2622–013. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. l. Project Description: The Turners Falls Project consists of: (1) An existing 10-foot-long, 20-foot-wide, 12- to 22foot-high forebay; (2) a 20-foot-wide, 22foot-high trashrack with 1.5-inch clearbar spacing; (3) two 9.75-foot-wide, 10.3-foot-high headgates; (4) an 8.5-footdiameter, 50-foot-long steel penstock; (5) a 77-foot-long, 42-foot-wide powerhouse containing one 937kilowatt vertical Francis-type turbinegenerator unit; (6) a 50-foot-long, 10- VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:09 Jul 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 foot-diameter draft tube; (7) an 80-footlong, 10-foot-wide tailrace; (8) a 280foot-long, 2.3-kilovolt generator lead line that connects the generator to a step-up transformer; (9) and appurtenant facilities. When generating, the project withdraws up to 289 cubic feet per second from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company’s (FirstLight) power canal for the Turners Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 1889, and discharges directly into the Connecticut River. Turners Falls Hydro coordinates project operation with FirstLight via an off-license Water Use Agreement, which allows Turners Falls Hydro to generate only when flows within the power canal are greater than 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the needs of FirstLight’s Turners Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 1889 are met. When operating the project, Turners Falls Hydro uses the 289-cfs maximum hydraulic capacity of the turbine for hydroelectric generation and does not fluctuate its water use. The average annual generation of the project is approximately 1,512 megawatt-hours. Turners Falls Hydro proposes to operate the project either: (1) On a continuous basis between the project’s minimum and maximum hydraulic capacities (60 cfs and 289 cfs, respectively), without the operating constraints of the off-license Water Use Agreement with FirstLight; (2) pursuant to the same provisions of the existing Water Use Agreement with FirstLight; or (3) pursuant to a modified Water Use Agreement with FirstLight. m. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is available for inspection and reproduction at the Montague Public Library, Carnegie Library Branch located at 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376. n. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. o. Scoping Process. Commission staff intend to prepare a single Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA will consider both site-specific and cumulative environmental impacts and PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37271 reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. At this time, we do not anticipate holding on-site public or agency scoping meetings. Instead, we are soliciting your comments and suggestions on the preliminary list of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EA, as described in scoping document 1 (SD1), issued July 25, 2019. Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission’s mailing list and the applicant’s distribution list. Copies of SD1 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, call 1–866– 208–3676 or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 25, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–16274 Filed 7–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric corporate filings: Docket Numbers: EC19–116–000. Applicants: Black River Hydroelectric, LLC, Cube Yadkin Generation LLC, Cube Yadkin Transmission LLC, Lake Lynn Generation, LLC, PE Hydro Generation, LLC, OPG Eagle Creek Holdings LLC. Description: Joint Application for Authorization Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act, et al. of Black River Hydroelectric, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 7/24/19. Accession Number: 20190724–5145. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/14/19. Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER10–1836–015; ER10–2005–014; ER11–26–014; ER10– 1841–014; ER10–1845–014; ER10–1852– 028; ER10–1897–014; ER10–1905–014; ER10–1907–013; ER10–1918–014; ER10–1925–014; ER10–1927–014; ER10–1950–014; ER10–2006–015; ER18–2246–003; ER10–1964–014; ER18–1771–004; ER16–1872–005; ER10–1970–014; ER10–1972–014; ER16–2506–006; ER10–1983–014; ER10–1984–014; ER18–2224–004; E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-16274]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2622-013]


Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments: Turners Falls Hydro, LLC

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License.
    b. Project No.: 2622-013.
    c. Date filed: February 4, 2019.
    d. Applicant: Turners Falls Hydro, LLC (Turners Falls Hydro).

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    e. Name of Project: Turners Falls Project.
    f. Location: On the Connecticut River, in the power canal of the 
Turners Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 1889, in Franklin County, 
Massachusetts. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or 
located within the project boundary.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Michael Scarzello, Director, Eagle Creek 
Renewable Energy, LLC, 65 Madison Avenue, Suite 500, Morristown, NJ 
07960; Phone at (973) 998-8400, or email at 
[email protected].
    i. FERC Contact: Amanda Gill, (202) 502-6773 or 
[email protected].
    j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: August 24, 2019.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
scoping 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 
[email protected], (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-2622-013.
    The Commission's Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing 
documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each 
person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an 
intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to 
the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a 
particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document 
on that resource agency.
    k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.
    l. Project Description: The Turners Falls Project consists of: (1) 
An existing 10-foot-long, 20-foot-wide, 12- to 22-foot-high forebay; 
(2) a 20-foot-wide, 22-foot-high trashrack with 1.5-inch clear-bar 
spacing; (3) two 9.75-foot-wide, 10.3-foot-high headgates; (4) an 8.5-
foot-diameter, 50-foot-long steel penstock; (5) a 77-foot-long, 42-
foot-wide powerhouse containing one 937-kilowatt vertical Francis-type 
turbine- generator unit; (6) a 50-foot-long, 10-foot-diameter draft 
tube; (7) an 80-foot-long, 10-foot-wide tailrace; (8) a 280-foot-long, 
2.3-kilovolt generator lead line that connects the generator to a step-
up transformer; (9) and appurtenant facilities.
    When generating, the project withdraws up to 289 cubic feet per 
second from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company's (FirstLight) power 
canal for the Turners Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 1889, and 
discharges directly into the Connecticut River. Turners Falls Hydro 
coordinates project operation with FirstLight via an off-license Water 
Use Agreement, which allows Turners Falls Hydro to generate only when 
flows within the power canal are greater than 15,000 cubic feet per 
second (cfs) and the needs of FirstLight's Turners Falls Hydroelectric 
Project No. 1889 are met. When operating the project, Turners Falls 
Hydro uses the 289-cfs maximum hydraulic capacity of the turbine for 
hydroelectric generation and does not fluctuate its water use. The 
average annual generation of the project is approximately 1,512 
megawatt-hours.
    Turners Falls Hydro proposes to operate the project either: (1) On 
a continuous basis between the project's minimum and maximum hydraulic 
capacities (60 cfs and 289 cfs, respectively), without the operating 
constraints of the off-license Water Use Agreement with FirstLight; (2) 
pursuant to the same provisions of the existing Water Use Agreement 
with FirstLight; or (3) pursuant to a modified Water Use Agreement with 
FirstLight.
    m. A copy of the application is available for review at the 
Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the 
Commission's website at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' 
link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the 
docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact 
FERC Online Support. A copy is available for inspection and 
reproduction at the Montague Public Library, Carnegie Library Branch 
located at 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
    n. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    o. Scoping Process.
    Commission staff intend to prepare a single Environmental 
Assessment (EA) for the project in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act. The EA will consider both site-specific and 
cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives to the 
proposed action.
    At this time, we do not anticipate holding on-site public or agency 
scoping meetings. Instead, we are soliciting your comments and 
suggestions on the preliminary list of issues and alternatives to be 
addressed in the EA, as described in scoping document 1 (SD1), issued 
July 25, 2019.
    Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in 
the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission's mailing list 
and the applicant's distribution list. Copies of SD1 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, call 1-866-208-3676 or 
for TTY, (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: July 25, 2019.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-16274 Filed 7-30-19; 8:45 am]
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