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Notice of Application and Applicant Prepared Draft Environmental Assessment Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Motions To Intervene and Protests

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Start Preamble February 27, 2002.

Take notice that the following hydroelectric application, including an applicant prepared draft environmental assessment, have been filed with the Commission and are available for public inspection.

a. Type of Application: New Major License.

b. Project No.: 469-013. Start Printed Page 9968

c. Date Filed: October 30, 2001.

d. Applicant: ALLETE, Inc., d.b.a. Minnesota Power Inc.

e. Name of Project: Winton Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: On the Kawishiwi River near the City of Ely, in Lake and St. Louis Counties, MN. The project occupies federal lands within the Superior National Forest.

g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).

h. Applicant Contact: John Paulson, Minnesota Power, Inc., 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802, jpaulson@mnpower.com, 218-722-5642, ext. 3569.

i. FERC Contact: Tom Dean, thomas.dean@ferc.fed.us, 202-219-2778.

j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice.

All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions, 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 require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person that is 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. The license application has been accepted for filing, but is not ready for environmental analysis. When the license application is ready for environmental analysis, a public notice will be issued soliciting comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions.

l. Description of the Project: The project consists of the following two developments:

The Winton Development consists of the following existing facilities: (1) The Winton Dam comprising: (a) A 227-foot-long earth dike; (b) a 29-foot-high, 176-foot-long spillway section; (c) an 84-foot-long Taintor gate and log sluice section; (d) an 80-foot-long stop-log gate section; (e) an 111-foot-long and a 120-foot-long non-over-flow section; (f) a 176-foot-long forebay; and (g) a 1,250-foot-long earth dike; (3) a 2,982-acre reservoir comprising the Garden, Farm, South Farm, and Friday Lakes at a normal water surface elevation of 1,385.67 feet USGS; (4) two 215-foot-long, 9-foot-diameter underground penstocks extending to; (5) a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total installed capacity of 4,000 kW; and (6) other appurtenances.

The Birch Lake Reservoir Development consists of: (1) A 7-foot high, 227-foot-long dam comprising; (a) a 72-foot-long Taintor gate section; and (b) an 85-foot-long sluice gate section; and (2) the 7,624-acre Birch Lake reservoir at normal water surface elevation of 1,420.5 feet USGS. This development provides water storage for the Winton Development.

m. Copies of this filing are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This filing may also be viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov 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 by contacting the applicant identified in item h above.

n. Anyone may submit a protest or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 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 at the Commission on or before the specified deadline date.

All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “PROTEST” or “MOTION TO INTERVENE;” (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing pertains; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application.

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Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-5172 Filed 3-4-02; 8:45 am]

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