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Federal Register: May 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 104)]
[Page 34464-34465]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Notice of Scoping Meetings and Site Visit and Soliciting Scoping
May 24, 2000.
Take notice that the Commission intends to hold scoping meetings
for the following hydroelectric application which has been filed with
the Commission:
a. Type of Application: New Major License.
b. Project No.: 2589024.
c. Date filed: July 29, 1999.
d. Applicant: Marquette Board of Light and Power.
e. Name of Project: Marquette Hydroelectric Project.
f. Location: On the Dead River, near the City of Marquette,
Marquette County, Michigan. The project would not utilize federal
g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 USC 791(a)825(r).
h. Applicant Contact: Mr. David E. Hickey, Marquette Board of Light
and Power, 2200 Wright Street, Marquette, MI 49855, (906) 2280322.
i. FERC Contact: Lee Emery, (202) 2192779.
j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: July 6, 2000.
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.
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, they
must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency.
k. Status of environmental analysis: This application is not ready
for environmental analysis at this time.
l. Description of Project: The Marquette Project consists of two
separate developments: the No. 2 (Forestville) development and the No.
3 (Tourist Park) development. The No. 2 development, which is
immediately downstream of the Dead River Project's McClure facility,
consists of the following existing facilities: (1) a 202-foot-long, 62-
foot-high concrete-capped Cyclopean masonry dam comprising: (a) a 197-
foot-long concrete retaining wall, (b) a 75-foot-long training wall,
and (c) a 33-foot-wide intake for the penstock. The masonry dam, which
functions as an uncontrolled spillway during extremely high flows, has
a spillway crest elevation of 771.0 feet NGVD. It is founded on, and
anchored to, the bedrock; (2) one 90-inch-diameter, wood-stave penstock
that is approximately 4,200 feet long and conveys water from the intake
structure to a concrete surge tank; (3) two 440-foot-long, 78-inch-
diameter steel penstocks that convey water from the surge tank to
Powerhouse No. 2; (4) Powerhouse No. 2, a 40-foot by 96-foot reinforced
concrete and brick structure that contains two turbines, with a
combined capacity of 3.2 MW; (5) a 110-acre reservoir; and (6)
appurtenant facilities.
The No. 3 development consists of the following existing
facilities: (1) a dam that includes (looking from left to right
downstream): (a) a 37-foot-long spillway left dike that has a crest
elevation of 642.82 feet and a reinforced concrete core wall with a top
elevation of 641.84; (b) a concrete ogee uncontrolled spillway that is
80 feet long and has a crest elevation of 638.84 feet (its maximum
height is 21 feet above the streambed); (c) a spillway section that
contains two 10-foot-high by 10-foot-wide Taintor gates (rollway crest
beneath gates is at elevation 629.84) and electric hoists; (d) a 758-
foot-long spillway right dike that has a crest elevation of 642.84 feet
and a reinforced concrete wall (crest width 13.5 feet); and (e) a
reinforced concrete intake structure that has a single 20-foot-wide by
17-foot-high bay, inclined trash racks, and a horizontally hinged gate
with a dedicated electric hoist; (2) one 8-foot-diameter, 150-foot-long
steel penstock that is supported on 9 reinforced-concrete pedestals and
conveys water from the intake to the No. 3 Powerhouse; (3) Powerhouse
No. 3, a 28-foot by 40-foot reinforced-concrete and brick structure
containing one 700 kW vertical generating unit; (4) a 100-acre
reservoir; and (5) appurtenant facilities.
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 (202) 2081371. The application may be viewed on
the web at http://www.ferc.fed.us/online/rims.htm (call 2022082222 for
assistance). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction
at the address in item h above.
n. Scoping Process
The Commission staff held public scoping meetings for the Dead
River Project (P10855), located upstream of the Marquette Project, on
October 29 and 30, 1996. Based on the stuff's preliminary analysis of
the issues, the staff is proposing to prepare a Multiple Project
Environmental Assessment (MPEA) for the Marquette Project and the Dead
River Project. The staff believes that combining both the projects into
one environmental document would provide the best approach for
analyzing potential cumulative environmental effects associated with
both projects located relatively close to one another on the Dead
Scoping Meetings
The Commission will hold scoping meetings, one in the daytime and
one in the evening, to identify the scope of issues to be addressed in
the MPEA.
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The daytime scoping meeting will focus on resource agency concerns,
while the evening scoping meeting is primarily for public input. All
interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to
attend one or both of the meetings, and to assist the staff in
identifying the scope of the environmental issues that should be
analyzed in the MPEA. The times and locations of these meetings are as
Daytime Meeting
Date: June 6, 2000
Time: 9 a.m.12 p.m.
Place: Cadillac/Brule Room
Don H. Bottum University Center
Northern Michigan University
540 West K Avenue
Marquette, MI 24855
Evening Meeting
Date: June 6, 2000
Time: 7 p.m.10 p.m.
Place: Brule Room
Don H. Bottom University Center
Northern Michigan University
540 West K Avenue
Marquette, MI 24855
To help focus discussions, we will distribute a Scoping Document
(SDI) outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the MPEA to the
parties on the Commission's distribution list. Copies of the SDI also
will be available at the scoping meetings.
Site Visit
The applicant and Commission staff will conduct a project site
visit on Tuesday, June 6, 2000 starting at 1:30 p.m. We will meet in
the Board Room of Marquette Board of Light and Power, located at 2200
Wright Street in Marquettte, MI. Those who wish to attend the site
visit should contact Lee Emery of FERC at (202) 2192779 or Mike
Headrick of Harza Engineering Company at (312) 8313038 on or before
June 1, 2000.
At the scoping meetings, the staff will: (1) Summarize the
environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the MPEA;
(2) solicit from the meeting participants all available information,
especially quantifiable data, on the resources at issue; (3) encourage
statements from experts and the public on issues that should be
analyzed in the MPEA, including viewpoints in opposition to, or in
support of, the staff's preliminary views; (4) determine the resource
issues to be addressed in the MPEA; and (5) identify those issues that
require a detail analysis, as well as those issues that do not require
a detailed analysis.
The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will become
part of the formal record of the Commission's proceeding on the
project. Individuals presenting statements at the meetings will be
asked to sign in before the meeting starts and to identify themselves
clearly for the record.
Individuals, organizations, and agencies with environmental
expertise and concerns are encouraged to attend the meetings and to
assist the staff in defining and clarifying the issues to be addressed
in this MPEA.
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 0013410 Filed 52600; 8:45 am]

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