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The City of Nashua, IA; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments

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Start Preamble May 29, 2009.

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

a. Type of Application: Original Minor License.

b. Project No.: 12628-002.

c. Date Filed: January 13, 2009.

d. Applicant: The City of Nashua, Iowa.

e. Name of Project: Cedar Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: The project would be located at the existing Cedar Lake Dam, on the Cedar River, in Chickasaw County, Iowa. The project would not occupy any Federal land.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Rebecca Neal, The City of Nashua, 402 Main Street, Nashua, IA 50658; (641) 435-4156.

i. FERC Contact: Michael Watts, Michael.Watts@ferc.gov, (202) 502-6123.

j. Deadline for Filing Scoping Comments: June 29, 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 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 Start Printed Page 27131merits 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/​docs-filing/​ferconline.asp) under the “e-filing” link. For a simpler method of submitting text only comments, click on “Quick Comment.”

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

l. The existing dam and integral powerhouse are owned by the City of Nashua and were constructed in 1917 and used for power generation until 1965. The City is proposing to rehabilitate the project and install new turbine generators and associated equipment. The proposed project would consist of: (1) An existing 15.5-foot-high concrete dam with a 258-foot-long spillway equipped with four 6-foot-high taintor gates, a 6-foot-high control gate, and three 4-foot-high flashboards; (2) an existing 405-acre reservoir with a normal full pond elevation of 960.1 feet above mean sea level; (3) an existing 50-foot-wide concrete intake structure connected to; (4) an existing powerhouse to contain four new turbine generating units with a total installed capacity of 800 kilowatts; (5) a new 75-foot-long, 13.8-kilovolt overhead transmission line; and (6) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would generate an estimated average annual generation of 3,285 megawatt hours. The project would operate in a run-of-river mode.

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 address 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 available for inspection and reproduction at the address in Item H above.

n. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​esubscription.asp 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 Cedar Lake Dam Hydroelectric 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 May 29, 2009.

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 distribution 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. E9-13228 Filed 6-5-09; 8:45 am]

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