Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
a. Type of Application: Request for Temporary Variance of Minimum Flow Requirement.
b. Project No.: 618-182.
c. Date Filed: January 8, 2009.
d. Applicant: Alabama Power Company.
e. Name of Project: Jordan Dam.
f. Location: On the Coosa River, in Elmore, Chilton, and Coosa Counties, Alabama.
g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r.
h. Applicant Contact: Barry Lovett, Alabama Power Company, 600 N. 18th Street, P.O. Box 2641, Birmingham, AL 35291, (205) 257-1258.
i. FERC Contact: Peter Yarrington, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 502-6129.
j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene and protests: January 28, 2009.
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 Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears 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. A copy of any motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of the Applicant specified in the particular application.
k. Description of Request: Alabama Power Company (APC) is requesting a temporary variance of the Jordan Dam Project's minimum flow requirements due to continuing drought conditions in the southeast, and to ensure, to the extent possible, that there will be sufficient water available in the Coosa River to support both reservoir and downstream environmental, municipal and industrial water supply and navigation needs. The project license requires, from July 1 through March 31, a continuous minimum base flow of 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), regardless of inflow. Beginning April 1, a continuous minimum base flow of 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) is required for 18 hours per day, with a pulse flow release for 6 hours per day. During June, flows are ramped back down in daily increments to a continuous 2,000 cfs. APC is requesting a variance to release from Jordan Dam no less than a continuous flow of 2,000 cfs, ± 5 percent, from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. The licensee indicates that, in 2009, it would be its intent to provide flows as close to normal operation as possible, while maintaining flexibility to adjust to changing drought conditions. Any adjustments that were to involve reductions in flow releases would be performed by ramping down flows by no more than 66.7 cfs per day. The licensee is also proposing to facilitate conference calls with the resource agencies to discuss project flow releases and operations, to address drought-related issues, and to coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in conducting any appropriate monitoring of the federally-listed Tulotoma magnifica snail population below the dam. APC would also provide appropriate notice to the public of periods in which flows below the dam may be modified.
l. Location of the Application: The filing 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) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number (P-618) in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/esubscription.asp to be notified via e-mail of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659. 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 so 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, .211, .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. Any filings must bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “PROTEST”, or “MOTION TO INTERVENE”, as applicable, and the Project Number of the particular application to which the filing refers.
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)(I)(iii) and the Start Printed Page 4029instructions on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the “e-Filing” link.Start Signature
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. E9-1132 Filed 1-21-09; 8:45 am]
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