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East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Motions To Intervene and Protests, and Other Agency Authorizations

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Start Preamble April 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: Original Major License—Existing Dam.

b. Project No.: P-12632-002.

c. Date filed: March 31, 2009.

d. Applicant: East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cooperative).

e. Name of Project: Lake Livingston Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: On the Trinity River, in San Jacinto, Polk, Trinity, and Walker Counties, Texas. The project would not occupy any federal lands.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Edd Hargett, East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2905 Westward Drive, P.O. Box 631623, Nacogdoches, TX 75963; (936) 560-9532; eddh@gtpower.com.

i. FERC Contact: Sarah Florentino at (202) 502-6863, or sarah.florentino@ferc.gov.

j. The deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests is 60 days from the issuance date of this notice.

k. This application has been accepted for filing, but is not ready for Start Printed Page 22124environmental analysis at this time. When the application is ready for environmental analysis, the Commission will issue a public notice requesting comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, or prescriptions.

l. The proposed project would use the following existing facilities: (1) The Trinity River Authority's (TRA) existing 14,400-foot-long (approximate) Lake Livingston dam, which has a crest elevation of 145.0 feet mean sea level (msl) and consists of (a) a basic earth embankment section, (b) outlet works, and (c) a spillway; and (2) the 83,000-acre Lake Livingston, which has a normal water surface elevation of 131.0 feet msl and gross storage capacity of 1,750,000 acre-feet.

The proposed project would consist of the following new facilities: (1) An intake structure and headrace channel approximately 300 feet long; (2) three steel penstocks, about 12 feet in diameter and 750 feet in length; (3) a powerhouse containing three generating units, having a total installed capacity of 24 megawatts; (4) an approximate 1,200-feet-long tailrace channel; (5) an approximate 2.8-mile-long, 138-kilovolt transmission line interconnecting the project with Entergy's existing Rich substation near Goodrich; and (6) an electric switchyard and other appurtenant facilities. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 124 gigawatt-hours, which the Cooperative would sell at wholesale to its constituent electric cooperatives.

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. A copy is 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.

n. Any qualified applicant desiring to file a competing application must submit to the Commission, on or before the specified intervention deadline date, a competing development application, or a notice of intent to file such an application. Submission of a timely notice of intent allows an interested person to file the competing development application no later than 120 days after the specified intervention deadline date. Applications for preliminary permits will not be accepted in response to this notice.

A notice of intent must specify the exact name, business address, and telephone number of the prospective applicant, and must include an unequivocal statement of intent to submit a development application. A notice of intent must be served on the applicant(s) named in this public notice.

o. Anyone may submit 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 filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding.

All filings must: (1) Bear in all capital letters the title “PROTEST,” or “MOTION TO INTERVENE,” “NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE COMPETING APPLICATION,” or “COMPETING APPLICATION;” (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 protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon the representative of the applicant.

All documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. 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 “eFiling” link. For a simpler method of submitting text only comments, click on “Quick Comment.” For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov; call toll-free at (866) 208-3676; or, for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and eight copies to: 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.

p. Procedural Schedule: The application will be processed according to the following Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as appropriate.

Issue Notice Soliciting Final Comments, Terms and Conditions, etc. May 2009.

Notice of Availability of the EA November 2010.

q. Other Agency Authorizations: A Texas Coastal Zone consistency certification is required for the Lake Livingston Project. The Cooperative certifies that the project is consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and would be conducted in a manner consistent with said program. In addition, a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Texas CEQ) section 401 Water Quality Certification is required. As part of its processing of the license application, the Texas CEQ is reviewing the application under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and in accordance with Title 30, Texas Administrative Code Section 279.1-13, to determine if the work would comply with State water quality standards. Based on an understanding between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Texas CEQ, this public notice is also issued for the purpose of advising all known interested persons that there is pending before the Texas CEQ a decision on the request for section 401 water quality certification for this FERC license application. Any comments concerning this certification request may be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 401 Coordinator, MSC-150, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. The public comment period extends 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. A copy of the public notice with a description of work is made available for review in the Texas CEQ's Austin office. The complete application may be reviewed at the address listed in paragraph h. The Texas CEQ may conduct a public meeting to consider all comments concerning water quality if requested in writing. A request for a public meeting must contain the following information: the name, mailing address, application number, or other recognizable reference to the application, a brief description of the interest of the requester, or of persons represented by the requester; and a brief description of how the certification, if Start Printed Page 22125granted, would adversely affect such interest.

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Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2010-9687 Filed 4-26-10; 8:45 am]

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