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Federal Register: December 10, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 237)]
[Page 69262-69263]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Federal Energy Regulation Commission

Notice of Application and Applicant Prepared Environmental
Assessment Accepted for Filing; Requesting Interventions and Protests;
Establishing Procedural Schedule and Final Amendment Deadline;
Requesting Comments, Final Terms and Conditions, Recommendations and
Prescriptions; Requesting Reply Comments

December 6, 1999.
     Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been
filed with the Commission. An Applicant-Prepared Environment Assessment
(APEA) for the Upper Menominee River Basin Projects, which includes the
project below, has been filed with the Commission. Both documents are
available for public inspection.
     a. Type of Application: Major New License.
     b. Project No.: 2074-007.
     c. Date filed: October 1, 1999.
     d. Applicant: Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE).
     e. Name of Project: Hemlock Falls Hydroelectric Project.
     f. Location: The project is located on the Michigamme River, near
Crystal Falls, in Iron County, Michigan. The project would not utilize
Federal lands or facilities.
     g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
     h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Rita L. Hayen, P.E., Wisconsin Electric
Power Company, 231 West Michigan Street, P.O. Box 2046, Milwaukee, WI
     i. FERC Contact: Any questions on this notice should be addressed
to Patti Leppert-Slack, E-mail address
particia.lepperslack@ferc.fed.us, or telephone (202) 219-2767.
     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 St. NE., Washington, DC 20426.
     The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all
intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of
that document on each person whose name appears 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, the
intervenor must also serve a copy of the document on that resource
     k. 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 license application and APEA were distributed by the applicant
for comment on October 20, 1998.
     The Commission staff has reviewed the license 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 will have 45
days following the end of this period to respond to those comments, or
may elect to seek a waiver of this deadline.
     l. Description of Project: The project consists of the following:
(1) A 17.5-foot-long concrete gravity left abutment; (2) a 101.5-foot-
long, 40.5-foot-high gated spillway; (3) a 15-foot-long, 15-foot-high
non-overflow left gravity dam; (4) a 98-foot-long, 23-foot-high non-
overflow right gravity dam; (5) a 120-foot-long, 17.5-foot-high
uncontrolled spillway; (6) a 17.5-foot-long right abutment; (7) an
impoundment with a 75-acre surface area at normal pool elevation
1,335.5 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum; (8) an 88-foot-long, 47-
foot-side powerhouse, containing a single generating unit rated at
2,8000 kilowatts; (9) a step-up transformer; and (10) appurtenant
     m. Locations 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

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(202) 208-1371. The application may be viewed on the web at
www.ferc.fed.us. Call (202) 208-2222 for assistance. A copy is also
available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h
     n. Protests or Motions to Intervene--Anyone may submit a protest or
a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Rules
of Practice and Procedures, 18 CFR Sections 385.210, .211, .214. In
determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will
consider all protests 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 protests or motions to intervene must be
received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular
application and APEA.
     0. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents--The Commission is
requesting comments, recommendations, terms and conditions,
prescriptions, and reply comments.
     The Commission directs, pursuant to 18 CFR section 4.34(b) of the
regulations, that all comments, recommendations, terms and conditions,
and prescriptions concerning the application and APEA be filed with the
Commission within 60 days from the issuance date of this notice. All
reply comments must be filed with the Commission within 105 days from
the date of this notice.
     Anyone may obtain an extension of time for these deadlines from the
Commission only upon a showing of good cause or extraordinary
circumstances in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2008.
     p. All filings must: (1) bear in all capital letters the title
``REPLY COMMENTS''; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the
applicant and the project number of the application and APEA to which
the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone
number of the person submitting the filing; and (4) otherwise comply
with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All
comments, recommendations, terms and conditions or prescriptions must
set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the
requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). Agencies may obtain copies of the
application and APEA directly from the applicant. Any of these
documents must be filed by providing the original and the number of
copies required by the Commission's regulations to: Secretary, Federal
Energy Regulation Commission, 888 First St. NE., Washington, DC 20426.
An additional copy must be sent to: Director, Division of Licensing and
Compliance, Office of Hydropower Licensing, Federal Energy Regulation
Commission, at the above address. Each filing must be accompanied by
proof of service on all persons listed on the service list prepared by
the Commission in this processing, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b)
and 385.2010.
David P. Boergers,
[FR Doc. 99-32049 Filed 12-9-99; 8:45 am]

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