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Federal Register: June 26, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 123)]
[Page 43103-43104]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and
Notice of Paper Scoping and Soliciting Scoping Comments

June 20, 2002.
     Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
     a. Type of Application: New Major License.
     b. Project No.: 5334-019.
     c. Date filed: October 2, 2001.
     d. Applicant: Charter Township of Ypsilanti.
     e. Name of Project: Ford Lake Hydroelectric Station.
     f. Location: On the Huron River, Washtenaw County, within the
township of Ypsilanti, MI. The project does not affect Federal lands.
     g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 USC Secs. 791(a)-
     h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Joann Brinker, Administrative Services/
Human Resources Director, Charter Township of Ypsilanti, 7200 South
Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, (734) 484-0065.
     i. FERC Contact: Monte TerHaar, (202) 219-2768 or
<A HREF="mailto:monte.terhaar@ferc.gov";>monte.terhaar@ferc.gov</A>.
     j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: 30 days from issuance date
of this notice.
     All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with:
Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888
First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Comments, protests and
interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of
paper; see 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the
Commission's web site under the ``e-Filing'' link.
     The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all
interveners filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of
that document on each person on the official service list for the
project. Further, if an intervener 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.
     Scoping comments may be filed electronically via the Internet in
lieu of paper. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on
the Commission's web site (<A 
HREF="http://www.ferc.gov";>http://www.ferc.gov</A>) under the ``e-Filing''

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     k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this
     l. The existing Ford Lake Hydroelectric Project consists of: (1) A
1,050 acre reservoir; (2) a 110-foot-long earth embankment dam; (3) a
46.5-foot powerhouse with 2 hydroelectric turbines; (4) a 172-foot-long
spillway with six bays, each with a 6-foot by 8-foot sluice gate; (5) a
380-foot-long earth embankment; (6) a 175-foot-long emergency spillway;
(7) two vertical shaft turbine/generator units with an installed
capacity of 1,920 kilowatts at normal pool elevation; and (8)
appurtenant facilities. The project operates run-of-river with a normal
reservoir elevation maintained between 684.4 and 684.9 feet M.S.L.
Average annual generation between 1995 and 2000 has been 8,664
megawatthours. Generated power is sold to Detroit Power. No new
facilities are proposed.
     m. A copy of the application is on file with the Commission and is
available for public inspection. This filing may also be viewed on the
web at <A HREF="http://www.ferc.gov";>http://www.ferc.gov</A> using the 
``RIMS'' link--select ``Docket #''
and follow the instructions (call 202-208-2222 for assistance). A copy
is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in
item g above.
     n. Scoping Process--Scoping is intended to advise all parties
regarding the proposed scope of the EA and to seek additional
information pertinent to this analysis. The Commission intends to
prepare one Environmental Assessment (EA) on the project in accordance
with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA will consider both
site-specific and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable
alternatives to the proposed action. Should substantive comments
requiring reanalysis be received on the NEPA document, we would
consider preparing a subsequent NEPA document.
     At this time, the Commission staff does not anticipate holding
formal public or agency scoping meetings near the project site.
Instead, staff will conduct paper scoping.
     A Scoping Document (SD) outlining the subject areas to be addressed
in the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission's mailing
list. Copies of the SD may be viewed on the web at <A 
using the ``RIMS'' link, select ``Docket #'' and follow the
instructions (call 202-208-2222 for assistance).
     As part of scoping the staff will: (1) Summarize the environmental
issues tentatively identified for analysis in the EA; (2) solicit from
comments all available information, especially quantifiable data, on
the resources at issue; (3) encourage comments from experts and the
public on issues that should be analyzed in the EA, including
viewpoints in opposition to, or in support of, the staff's preliminary
views; (4) determine the resource issues to be addressed in the EA; and
(5) identify those issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as
those issues that do not require a detailed analysis. Consequently,
interested entities are requested to file with the Commission any data
and information concerning environmental resources and land uses in the
project area and the subject project's impacts to the aforementioned.
     o. The preliminary schedule for preparing the subject EA is as

                Milestone                           Target date
Conduct Paper Scoping..................  June/
                                          July 2002.
Additional Information (if needed).....  Aug. 2002.
Issue Notice of Ready for Environmental  Oct. 2002.
Deadline for Filing Agency               Dec. 2002.
Issue Notice of availability of EA.....  May 2003.
Public Comments on EA Due..............  July 2003.
Ready for Commission decision on the     Sept. 2003.

Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 02-16114 Filed 6-25-02; 8:45 am]

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