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City of Hamilton, Ohio; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments

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Start Preamble September 18, 2007.

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

a. Type of Application: Original Major License.

b. Project No.: 12667-003.

c. Date filed: October 6, 2006.

d. Applicant: City of Hamilton, Ohio.

e. Name of Project: Meldahl Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: On the Ohio River, near the City of Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky. The existing dam is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The project would occupy approximately 81 acres of United States lands administered by the Corps.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Michael Perry, Director of Electric, City of Hamilton, Ohio, 345 High Street, Hamilton, OH 45011, (513) 785-7229.

i. FERC Contact: Peter Leitzke at (202) 502-6059, or peter.leitzke@ferc.gov.

j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: October 18, 2007.

All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures 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.

Scoping comments 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 “eFiling” link.

k. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time.

l. The proposed run-of-river project would utilize the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Captain Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam, and would consist of: (1) An intake approach channel; (2) an intake structure, (3) a 248-foot-long by 210-foot-wide powerhouse containing three generating units having a total installed capacity of 105 megawatts, (4) a tailrace channel; (5) a 5-mile-long, 138-kilovolt transmission line; and (6) appurtenant facilities. The City of Hamilton (Hamilton) is a municipal entity that owns and operates an electrical system. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 489 gigawatt-hours, which would be used to serve the needs of the customers of Hamilton's electric system.

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 “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

n. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov.esubscribenow.htm to be notified via e-mail of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

o. Scoping Process: The Commission staff intends to prepare a single Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Meldahl Hydropower 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.

Commission staff does not propose to conduct any on-site scoping meetings at this time. Instead, we are soliciting comments, recommendations, and information on the Scoping Document (SD) issued on September 18, 2007.

Copies of the SD outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission's mailing list and the applicant's service list.

Copies of the SD may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or for TTY, (202) 502-8659.

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Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E7-18837 Filed 9-24-07; 8:45 am]

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