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Notice of Temporary Variance Request and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

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Start Preamble February 21, 2002.

Take notice that the following application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:

a. Application Type: Request for Continued Temporary Variance.

b. Project No: 2727-070.

c. Date Filed: January 30, 2002.

d. Applicant: PPL Maine, LLC.

e. Name of Project: Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: The project is located on the Union River in Hancock County, Maine.

g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 4.200.

h. Applicant Contact: Scott D. Hall, PPL Maine, LLC, Davenport Street, Milford, ME 04461-0276, (207) 827-2247.

i. FERC Contact: Any questions on this notice should be addressed to Mr. Erich Gaedeke at (202) 208-0777, or e-mail address:

j. Deadline for filing comments and or motions: March 9, 2002.

All documents (original and seven copies) should be filed with: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, N.E., Washington DC 20426. Please include the project number (P-2727-070) on any comments or motions filed.

k. Description of Request: The licensee is requesting to extend the temporary variance to the minimum flow requirements of article 401 of its license for the Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project until May 1, 2002. The licensee is concerned that as a result of the continuation of extraordinary low inflows to Graham Lake storage reservoir, releasing the current required minimum flows will jeopardize maintenance of the lake level above the lowest elevation of the Project's operating rule curve, as well as having enough water to satisfy additional flows in May and June. As a result, the licensee plans to continue minimum flow releases of 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) instead of the required minimum flow release of 105 cfs under article 401. The licensee has consulted with the various resource agencies regarding the temporary minimum flow modification.

l. 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) 208-1371. This filing may also be viewed on the web at 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 (h) above.

m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should Start Printed Page 8959so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.

n. 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, 385.211, 385.214. 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.

o. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents—Any filings must bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS”, “PROTEST”, OR “MOTION TO INTERVENE”, as applicable, and the Project Number of the particular application to which the filing refers. A copy of any motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of the Applicant specified in the particular application.

p. 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.

q. 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 at under the “e-Filing” link.

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Magalie R. Salas,


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[FR Doc. 02-4604 Filed 2-26-02; 8:45 am]