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[Federal Register: December 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 239)]
[Page 69754-69755]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
Federal Energy Regulatory 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 8, 1999.
Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been
filed with the Commission. An Applicant-Prepared Environmental
Assessment (APEA) for the Upper Menominee River Basin Project, 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.: 11830-000.\1\
\1\ Project No. 1759 currently consists of three developments,
Way Dam, Twin Falls, and Peavy Falls Hydroelectric Projects.
Wisconsin Electric requests that the Commission issue separate
licenses for these three developments. The Commission has designated
these three developments as P-1759-036 (Way Dam), P-11830-000 (Peavy
Falls), and P-11831-000 (Twin Falls).
c. Date filed: October 1, 1999.
d. Applicant: Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE).
e. Name of Project: Peavy Falls Hydroelectric Project.
f. Location: The project is located on the Michigamme River, near
Crystal Falls, Iron Mountain, and Kingsford, in Iron County, Michigan.
The project would not utilize any 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
patricia.leppertslack@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.
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 200-foot-long, 73-foot-high, multiple-arch dam; (2) an 89-foot-
high concrete gated spillway; (3) 80-foot-long, 20-foat-high right
concrete gravity dam; (4) a 42-foot-wide concrete intake section; (5) a
194-foot-long, 40-foot-high left concrete gravity dam; (6) an
impoundment (Peavy Pond) with a surface area of 2,900 acres and a
40,800 acre-feet storage capacity at summer pool elevation of 1,283.8
feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), and a surface area of 490
acres and a 6,840 acre-feet storage capacity at minimum spring pool
elevation of 1,268.8 feet NGVD; (7) a 94-foot-long, 48-foot-wide
powerhouse, containing two generating units, each rated at 7,500
kilowatts; (8) a 749-foot-long, 17-foot-diameter concrete-lined tunnel;
(9) a 46-foot-diameter concrete surge tank; (10) a substation; and (11)
appurtenant facilities.
m. Locations of the application: A copy of the application is
available for
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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. 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.
o. 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 the 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 Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC
20426. An additional copy must be sent to: Director, Division of
Licensing and Compliance, Office of Hydropower Licensing, Federal
Energy Regulatory 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 proceeding in accordance with
18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-32262 Filed 12-13-99; 8:45 am]

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