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Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Terms and Conditions, and Prescriptions

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Start Preamble September 13, 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.: 469-013.

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 Town of Ely, in Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota. 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, 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802, jpaulson@mnpower.com, 218-722-5642, ext. 3569.

i. FERC Contact: Tom Dean, thomas.dean@ferc.gov, 202-502-6041.

j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions: 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 Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

The Commission's Rules of Practice require all intervenors 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 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.

Comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) under the “e-Filing” link.

k. This application has been accepted, and is now ready for environmental analysis at this time.

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. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “FERRIS” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call (202) 502-8222 or for TTY, (202) 208-1659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

n. The Commission directs, pursuant to section 4.34(b) of the Regulations (see Order No. 533 issued May 8, 1991, 56 FR 23108, May 20, 1991) that all comments, recommendations, terms and conditions and prescriptions concerning the application 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.

All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “REPLY COMMENTS”, “RECOMMENDATIONS,” “TERMS AND CONDITIONS,” or “PRESCRIPTIONS;” (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application 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 their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. 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.

o. Procedural schedule: The application will be processed according to the following Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate.

Notice of availability of the draft EA—March 2003Start Printed Page 59283

Notice of availability of the final EA—May 2003

Ready for Commission's decision on the application—May 2003

Start Signature

Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

End Signature End Preamble

[FR Doc. 02-23866 Filed 9-19-02; 8:45 am]

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