Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Draft Application, Request for Waivers of Integrated Licensing Process Regulations Necessary for Expedited Processing of a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project License Application, and Soliciting Comments, 53046-53047 [2021-20776]

Download as PDF 53046 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices • vegetation and wildlife; • protected species; • cultural resources; • land use; • air quality and noise; and • reliability and safety. 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. Your comments will help Commission staff identify and focus on the issues that might have an effect on the human environment and potentially eliminate others from further study and discussion in the environmental document. Following this scoping period, Commission staff will determine whether to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EA or the EIS will present Commission staff’s independent analysis of the issues. If Commission staff prepares an EA, a Notice of Schedule for the Preparation of an Environmental Assessment will be issued. The EA may be issued for an allotted public comment period. The Commission would consider timely comments on the EA before making its decision regarding the proposed project. If Commission staff prepares an EIS, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS/ Notice of Schedule will be issued, which will open up an additional comment period. Staff will then prepare a draft EIS which will be issued for public comment. Commission staff will consider all timely comments received during the comment period on the draft EIS and revise the document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. Any EA or draft and final EIS will be available in electronic format in the public record through eLibrary 2 and the Commission’s natural gas environmental documents web page (https://www.ferc.gov/industries-data/ natural-gas/environment/ environmental-documents). If eSubscribed, you will receive instant email notification when the environmental document is issued. 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 environmental document.3 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow 2 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1501.8. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 Office(s), 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 environmental document 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 and includes a mailing address with their comments. Commission staff will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that Commission notices related to this environmental review are sent to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project. If you need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please complete one of the following steps: (1) Send an email to GasProjectAddressChange@ferc.gov stating your request. You must include the docket number CP21–113–000 in your request. If you are requesting a change to your address, please be sure 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 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to include your name and the correct address. If you are requesting to delete your address from the mailing list, please include your name and address as it appeared on this notice. This email address is unable to accept comments. OR (2) 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. 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 https://www.ferc.gov/newsevents/events along with other related information. Dated: September 20, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–20771 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14775–004] Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Draft Application, Request for Waivers of Integrated Licensing Process Regulations Necessary for Expedited Processing of a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project License Application, and Soliciting Comments a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File a License Application for an Original License for a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project. b. Project No.: 14775–004. c. Date Filed: September 7, 2021. d. Submitted By: Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England (MRECo). e. Name of Project: Bourne Tidal Test Site Project. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 53047 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices f. Location: In the Cape Cod Canal near the Town of Bourne, in Barnstable County, MA. The project would be located on approximately one acre of federal land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission’s regulations. h. Applicant Contact: John Miller, Executive Director, Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, P.O. Box 479, Marion, MA 02738; Phone at (508) 728–5825; email at mrecnewengland@gmail.com. i. FERC Contact: Robert Haltner at (202) 502–8612, or email at robert.haltner@ferc.gov. j. MRECo has filed with the Commission: (1) A notice of intent (NOI) to file an application for an original license for a hydrokinetic pilot project and a draft license application with monitoring plans; (2) a request for waivers of the integrated licensing process regulations necessary for expedited processing of a hydrokinetic pilot project license application; (3) a proposed process plan and schedule; (4) a request to be designated as the nonfederal representative for section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation; and (5) a request to be designated as the non-federal representative for section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act (collectively, the prefiling materials). k. With this notice, we are soliciting comments on the pre-filing materials listed in paragraph j above, including the draft license application and monitoring plans. All comments should be sent to the address above in paragraph h. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at https:// ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/ QuickComment.aspx. 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, you may submit a paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The first page of any filing should include docket number P– 14775–004. Any individual or entity interested in submitting comments on the pre-filing materials must do so by October 20, 2021. l. With this notice, we are approving MRECo’s request to be designated as the non-federal representative for section 7 of the ESA and its request to initiate consultation under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act; and recommending that it begin informal consultation with: (a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service as required by section 7 of ESA; and (b) the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2. m. With this notice, we also are asking federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or expertise with respect to environmental issues to cooperate with us in the preparation of the environmental document. Agencies who would like to request cooperating status should follow the instructions for filing comments described in paragraph k above. n. This notice does not constitute the Commission’s approval of MRECo’s request to use the Pilot Project Licensing Procedures. Upon its review of the project’s overall characteristics relative to the pilot project criteria, the draft license application contents, and any comments filed, the Commission will determine whether there is adequate information to conclude the pre-filing process. o. The proposed Bourne Tidal Test Site Project would consist of: (1) An existing 56.2-foot-high, 23-foot-wide support structure; (2) a proposed horizontal axis, open-bladed, 50kilowatt turbine-generator unit (other in-stream turbine-generators would also be tested at the site) having a 3-meterdiameter sweep area; (3) a proposed 13.2-kilovolt overhead transmission line connecting the turbine-generator unit to the regional grid; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The hydrokinetic project would have an estimated average annual generation of 175-megawatt hours. p. A copy of the draft license application and all pre-filing materials can be viewed on the Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number (P–14775), excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 q. Pre-filing Process Schedule. The pre-filing process will be conducted pursuant to the following tentative schedule. Revisions to the schedule below may be made based on staff’s review of the draft application and any comments received. Milestone Comments on pre-filing materials due. Issuance of additional information request. Issuance of meeting notice (if needed). Public meeting/technical conference (if needed). Date October 20, 2021. November 4, 2021. November 4, 2021. December 4, 2021. r. Register online at https:// ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: September 20, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–20776 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 3253–015] Mad River Power Associates; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment On November 3, 2020, Mad River Power Associates filed an application for a subsequent license to continue operating the existing 639-kilowatt Campton Hydroelectric Project No. 3253 (project). The project is located on the Mad River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, and occupies approximately 0.08 acre of federal land administered by the U.S. Forest Service. In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, on July 7, 2021, Commission staff issued a notice that the project was ready for environmental analysis (REA notice). Based on the information in the record, including comments filed on the REA notice, staff does not anticipate that licensing the project would constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Therefore, staff intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the application to license the project. The EA will be issued and circulated for review by all interested parties. All comments filed on the EA will be E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 183 (Friday, September 24, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14775-004]


Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England; Notice of 
Intent To File License Application, Filing of Draft Application, 
Request for Waivers of Integrated Licensing Process Regulations 
Necessary for Expedited Processing of a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project 
License Application, and Soliciting Comments

    a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File a License Application 
for an Original License for a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project.
    b. Project No.: 14775-004.
    c. Date Filed: September 7, 2021.
    d. Submitted By: Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New 
England (MRECo).
    e. Name of Project: Bourne Tidal Test Site Project.

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    f. Location: In the Cape Cod Canal near the Town of Bourne, in 
Barnstable County, MA. The project would be located on approximately 
one acre of federal land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission's regulations.
    h. Applicant Contact: John Miller, Executive Director, Marine 
Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, P.O. Box 479, Marion, MA 
02738; Phone at (508) 728-5825; email at [email protected].
    i. FERC Contact: Robert Haltner at (202) 502-8612, or email at 
[email protected].
    j. MRECo has filed with the Commission: (1) A notice of intent 
(NOI) to file an application for an original license for a hydrokinetic 
pilot project and a draft license application with monitoring plans; 
(2) a request for waivers of the integrated licensing process 
regulations necessary for expedited processing of a hydrokinetic pilot 
project license application; (3) a proposed process plan and schedule; 
(4) a request to be designated as the non-federal representative for 
section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation; and (5) a 
request to be designated as the non-federal representative for section 
106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act 
(collectively, the pre-filing materials).
    k. With this notice, we are soliciting comments on the pre-filing 
materials listed in paragraph j above, including the draft license 
application and monitoring plans. All comments should be sent to the 
address above in paragraph h. The Commission strongly encourages 
electronic filing. Please file comments using the Commission's eFiling 
system at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx. Commenters can 
submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior 
registration, using the eComment system at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx. 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, you may submit a 
paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be 
addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. 
Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly 
D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins 
Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The first page of any filing should 
include docket number P-14775-004. Any individual or entity interested 
in submitting comments on the pre-filing materials must do so by 
October 20, 2021.
    l. With this notice, we are approving MRECo's request to be 
designated as the non-federal representative for section 7 of the ESA 
and its request to initiate consultation under section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act; and recommending that it begin 
informal consultation with: (a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 
the National Marine Fisheries Service as required by section 7 of ESA; 
and (b) the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Officer, as 
required by section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act, 
and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2.
    m. With this notice, we also are asking federal, state, local, and 
tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or expertise with respect to 
environmental issues to cooperate with us in the preparation of the 
environmental document. Agencies who would like to request cooperating 
status should follow the instructions for filing comments described in 
paragraph k above.
    n. This notice does not constitute the Commission's approval of 
MRECo's request to use the Pilot Project Licensing Procedures. Upon its 
review of the project's overall characteristics relative to the pilot 
project criteria, the draft license application contents, and any 
comments filed, the Commission will determine whether there is adequate 
information to conclude the pre-filing process.
    o. The proposed Bourne Tidal Test Site Project would consist of: 
(1) An existing 56.2-foot-high, 23-foot-wide support structure; (2) a 
proposed horizontal axis, open-bladed, 50-kilowatt turbine-generator 
unit (other in-stream turbine-generators would also be tested at the 
site) having a 3-meter-diameter sweep area; (3) a proposed 13.2-
kilovolt overhead transmission line connecting the turbine-generator 
unit to the regional grid; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The 
hydrokinetic project would have an estimated average annual generation 
of 175-megawatt hours.
    p. A copy of the draft license application and all pre-filing 
materials can be viewed on the Commission's website at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number (P-
14775), excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to 
access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.
    q. Pre-filing Process Schedule. The pre-filing process will be 
conducted pursuant to the following tentative schedule. Revisions to 
the schedule below may be made based on staff's review of the draft 
application and any comments received.

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                 Milestone                              Date
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Comments on pre-filing materials due......  October 20, 2021.
Issuance of additional information request  November 4, 2021.
Issuance of meeting notice (if needed)....  November 4, 2021.
Public meeting/technical conference (if     December 4, 2021.
 needed).
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    r. Register online at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx 
to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or 
other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: September 20, 2021.
Debbie-Anne A. Reese,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-20776 Filed 9-23-21; 8:45 am]
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