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FERC licensing of Norway's dam on the Menominee....

[Federal Register: December 8, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 235)]
[Page 68678-68679]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Notice of Application for Amendment of License and Applicant
Prepared Environmental Assessment Accepted for Filing; Requesting
Interventions and Protests; Requesting Comments, Final Terms and
Conditions; Requesting Reply Comments

December 2, 1999.
     Take notice that the following hydroelectric application and
Applicant Prepared Environmental Assessment (APEA) has been filed with
the Commission and is available for public inspection.
     a. Application Type: Application to Amend License for the Sturgeon
Falls Project.
     b. Project No: 2720-032.
     c. Date Filed: October 4, 1999.
     d. Applicant: City of Norway, Michigan.
     e. Name of Project: Sturgeon Falls Project.
     f. Location: This project is located on the Menominee River in
Dickinson County, Michigan and Marinette County, Wisconsin. The project
does not utilize lands of the United States.
     g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
     h. Applicant Contact: Mark Isackson, City Manager, City of Norway,
915 Main Street, P.O. Box 99, Norway, MI 49870, (906) 563-80115.
     i. FERC Contact: Any questions on this notice should be addressed
to Mr. Vedula Sarma at (202) 219-3273 or by e-mail at
     j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene, protests, comments,
final terms and conditions, recommendations, and prescriptions: 60 days
from the issuance date of this notice.
     All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with:
David P. Boergers, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888
First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426.
     Please include the docket number (P-2720-032) on any comments or
motions filed.

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     k. Description of Filing: The City of Norway proposes to change the
project's present run-of-river mode of operation to a reregulating
project to regulate the peaking flows released from Wisconsin
electric's hydroelectric projects located upstream of the Sturgeon
Falls project. The City of Norway proposes to raise the existing steel
slide gates to raise the operating head from elevation 101.9 feet
(Plant Datum or 830.1 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD)) to
102.8 feet (Plant Datum or 831.0 NGVD) and modify operations to release
a continuous discharge that approximates the mean daily discharge from
upstream hydropower projects, including the inflows from the Sturgeon
     Reregulation of flows at the Sturgeon Falls Project is an integral
component of the Wilderness Shores Settlement Agreement, which concerns
the following Wisconsin Electric's (WE) relicensing applications
pending before the Commission: Way Dam (P-1759), Hemlock Falls (P-
2074), Lower Paint (P-2072), Peavy Falls (P-1759), Michigamme Falls (P-
2073), Twin Falls (P-1759), Kingsford (P-2131), Big Quinesec Falls (P-
1980), and surrender of license and removal of Sturgeon Project dam (P-
2471). Therefore, this amendment request by the City of Norway will be
coordinated with these other actions.
     Status of Environmental Analysis: On March 25, 1996, the Director,
Office of Hydropower Licensing approved WE's use of the Alternative
Licensing Process. Scoping, pursuant to the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, as amended, for the project was conducted through
scoping documents issued in July 1996 and January 1997, and in public
scoping meetings on September 16 and 17, 1996. The draft amendment
application and APEA were distributed by the applicant for comment on
October 20, 1998.
     The Commission staff has reviewed the amendment application and
APEA and has determined that the application is acceptable for
processing and no additional information or studies are needed to
prepare the Commission's environmental assessment. Comments, as
indicated above, are being requested from interested parties. The
applicant must respond to those comments within 105 days from the date
of this notice or may elect to seek a waiver of this deadline.
     l. Location of the Application: A copy of the application is
available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public
Reference Room, located at 888 First Street, NE, Room 2A, Washington,
DC 20426, or by calling (202) 208-1371. This filing may be viewed on
http://www.ferc.fed.us/online/rims.htm [call (202) 208-2222 for
assistance]. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction
at the address in item h above.
     m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing
list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.
     Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene--Anyone may submit
comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the
requirements of rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211,
214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will
consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file
a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may
become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to
intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for
the particular application.
     Filing and Service of Responsive Documents--Any filings must bear
in all capital letters the title ``COMMENTS'' ``RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
applicable, and the Project Number of the particular application to
which the filing refers. Any of the above-named documents must be filed
by providing the original and the number of copies provided by the
Commission's regulations to: The Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, 888 first Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. A copy of any
motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of the
Applicant specified in the particular application.
     Agency Comments--Federal, state, and local agencies are invited to
file comments on the described application. A copy of the application
may be obtained by agencies directly from the Applicant. If an agency
does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments,
it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an agency's
comments must also be sent to the Applicant's representatives.
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-31733 Filed 12-7-99; 8:45 am]

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