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Black Canyon Hydro, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications

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On March 14, 2011, Black Canyon Hydro, LLC filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Black Canyon Hydroelectric Project (project) to be located on the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River, near North Bend, King County, Washington. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express permission.

The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) An approximately 35-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall inflatable dam; (2) a 90-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall diversion intake structure; (3) a 9-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall fish ladder; (4) a 7,300-foot-long, 12-foot-diameter penstock; (5) a 60-foot-long, 100-foot-wide metal powerhouse with two Francis turbine units, one rated at 16-megawatts (MW), the other rated at 9 MW; (6) a 150-foot-long, 40-foot-wide tailrace; (7) a 0.75-mile extension of the existing logging road; (8) a 4.2-mile-long, 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line; and (9) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 90,000 megawatt-hours.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Chris Spens, Licensing Manager, Black Canyon Hydro, LLC, 3633 Alderwood Avenue, Bellingham, Washington 98225; phone: (360) 738-9999.Start Printed Page 28767

FERC Contact: Kelly Wolcott; phone: (202) 502-6480.

Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at​docs-filing/​ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of Commission's Web site at​docs-filing/​elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P-14110-000) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

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Dated: May 11, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2011-12116 Filed 5-17-11; 8:45 am]