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Application To Transfer Presidential Permit; Westmin Resources, Inc. and Boliden Westmin (Canada) Limited

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Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.


Notice of application.


Westmin Resources, Inc. (WRI) and Boliden Westmin (Canada) Limited (BWCL) jointly applied to transfer Presidential Permit PP-85-A from WRI to BWCL.


Comments, protests, or requests to intervene must be submitted on or before April 7, 2003.


Comments, protests, or requests to intervene should be addressed as follows: Office of Coal & Power Import/Export, FE-27, Forrestal Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

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Rosalind Carter (Program Office) at 202-586-7983 or Michael T. Skinker (Program Attorney) at 202-586-2793.

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The construction, operation, maintenance, and connection of facilities at the international border of the United States for the transmission of electric energy between the United States and a foreign country is prohibited in the absence of a Presidential permit issued pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 10485, as amended by EO 12038.

Existing Presidential permits are not transferable or assignable. However, in the event of a proposed voluntary transfer of facilities, in accordance with the regulations at 10 CFR 205.323, the existing permit holder and the transferee are required to file a joint application for transfer of the permit that includes a statement of reasons for the transfer.

On October 5, 1988, DOE issued Presidential Permit PP-85 to WRI for a 35,000-volt alternating current transmission line which crosses the U.S. international border from British Columbia, Canada, passes through the State of Alaska, and re-enters British Columbia at a second point on the U.S. international border. On November 13, 1989, at the request of WRI, DOE reissued the Presidential permit (PP-85-A) in the name of Westmin Mines, Inc.

On October 22, 2002, WRI and BWCL jointly filed an application to transfer Presidential Permit PP-85-A from WRI [1] to BWCL. BWCL is a Canadian corporation and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Boliden Mineral AB, a Swedish corporation. BWCL, will own and operate the U.S. portion of the transmission facilities.

Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to become a party to this proceeding or to be heard by filing comments or protests to this application should file a petition to intervene, comment or protest at the address provided above in accordance with §§ 385.211 or 385.214 of the FERC's rules of practice and procedures (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Fifteen copies of each petition and protest should be filed with the DOE on or before the date listed above.

Additional copies of such petitions to intervene or protests also should be filed directly with: W.S. Garton AND James Lemoine, Bull, Housser & Tupper, 3000—1055 West George Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 3R3, Canada.

Before a Presidential permit may be issued or amended, the DOE must determine that the proposed action will not adversely impact on the reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system. In addition, DOE must consider the environmental impacts of the proposed action (i.e., granting the Presidential permit, with any conditions and limitations, or denying the permit) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. DOE also must obtain the concurrence of the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense before taking final action on a Presidential permit application.

Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above. In addition, the application may be reviewed or downloaded from the Fossil Energy home page at: Upon reaching the Fossil Energy home page, select “Electricity Regulation” from the options menu, and then “Pending Proceedings.”

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Issued in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2003.

Anthony J. Como,

Deputy Director, Electric Power Regulation, Office of Coal & Power Systems, Office of Coal & Power Import/Export, Office of Fossil Energy.

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1.  In the application for transfer of Presidential Permit PP-85-A, the applicants submitted information indicating that on June 14, 1993, Westmin Mines, Inc. changed its name to Westmin Resources, Inc.

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[FR Doc. 03-6788 Filed 3-20-03; 8:45 am]