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Slatersville Hydro, LLC; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, Terms and Conditions, Recommendations, and Prescriptions and Waiving Scoping

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Start Preamble January 20, 2010.

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

a. Type of Application: Exemption From Licensing.

b. Project No.: P-13356-000.

c. Date Filed: January 15, 2009.

d. Applicant: Slatersville Hydro, LLC.

e. Name of Project: Slatersville Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: On the Branch River in Providence County, Rhode Island. The project would not occupy any land of the United States.

g. Filed Pursuant to: Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, 16 U.S.C. 2705, 2708.

h. Applicant Contact: Michael P. DeFrancesco, 87 Hall Road, Exeter, RI 02822, (401) 742-1968.

i. FERC Contact: Tom Dean, (202) 502-6041.

j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice; reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice.

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 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 “eFiling” link.

k. A notice of intent to waive scoping was issued on October 22, 2009, establishing November 23, 2009 as the deadline for filing comments. No comments were filed. With this notice we are waiving scoping for the proposed Slatersville Project.

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

m. Description of Project: The Slatersville Project would consist of: (1) The existing 13-foot-high RI Dam No. 43 consisting of: (a) a 175-foot-long spillway with a spillway elevation of 250.7 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum 1988 (NGVD); and (b) a westerly abutment equipped with two 3.5-foot-wide, 5.7-foot-high sluice gates impounding; (2) the existing 172-acre Upper Slatersville reservoir leading to; (3) two new 150-foot-long, 4.5-foot-diameter penstocks connecting to; (4) a new powerhouse containing two generating units with a total installed capacity of 360 kilowatts; (5) a new 25-foot-long tailrace discharging water into the Lower Slatersville reservoir; (6) a new 200-foot-long, 13.8 kilovolt transmission line; (7) new eel and fish passage facilities; and (8) appurtenant facilities. The project would have an average annual generation of about 1,250 megawatt-hours.

Project facilities would also include: (1) The existing 6-foot-high RI Dam No. 45 with a 105-foot-long spillway; and (2) the existing 0.3-acre reservoir with a normal water surface elevation of 231.9 feet NGVD located in the bypassed reach between RI Dam No. 43 and the new tailrace.

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

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. 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.

p. Procedural schedule and final amendments: The application will be processed according to the following Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate. The Commission staff proposes to issue one environmental assessment rather than issue a draft and final EA. Comments, terms and conditions, recommendations, prescriptions, and reply comments, if any, will be addressed in an EA. Staff intends to give at least 30 days for entities to comment on the EA, and will take into consideration all comments received on the EA before final action is taken on the license application.

Notice of the availability of the EA: June 2010.

Final amendments to the application must be filed with the Commission no later than 30 days from the issuance Start Printed Page 4365date of the notice of ready for environmental analysis.

Start Signature

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2010-1532 Filed 1-26-10; 8:45 am]

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