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City of Seattle, Washington; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Ready for Environmental Analysis, Soliciting Comments, Motions to Intervene, Protests, Recommendations, Terms and Conditions, and Fishway Prescriptions

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

a. Type of Application: Amendment of License.

b. Project No.: 553-221.

c. Date Filed: July 12, 2011.

d. Applicant: City of Seattle, Washington.

e. Name of Project: Skagit River Project.

f. Location: The project is located on the Skagit River in Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties, Washington and occupies federal lands within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Seattle City Light, P.O. Box 34023, Seattle, WA 98124-4023, (206) 684-3974.

i. FERC Contact: Mr. Steven Sachs (202) 502-8666 or Steven.Sachs@ferc.gov.

j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests, comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and fishway prescriptions is November 7, 2011; reply comments are due December 20, 2011.

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 at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. If unable to be filed electronically, documents may be paper-filed. To paper-file, an original and seven copies should be mailed to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://Start Printed Page 56427www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments.

Please include the project number (P-553-221) on any comments, motions, recommendations, or terms and conditions filed.

k. Description of Request: The applicant proposes to bore a second 22-foot-diameter, 11,000-foot-long power tunnel immediately adjacent to the existing one at it's Gorge Development in order to reduce frictional head losses. An additional 1.21 acres of federal land would need to be included within the project boundary for tunnel construction. The proposed tunnel would not change the development's hydraulic or authorized installed capacity but would increase energy generation by about 56 gigawatt-hours annually due to efficiency improvements. The applicant also intends to incorporate into the license four fish protection measures that were developed by the applicant, agencies, and tribes which it has been voluntarily implementing since 1995. These measures are: (1) Limit downramping rates to < 3,000 cfs/hr from October 16 to December 31 each year; (2) begin salmon fry stranding protection January 1 instead of February 1; (3) change the chum salmon spawning default start date to November 1 rather than November 15; and (4) increase November/December chum salmon minimum incubation flows in Table C-3 of the Fisheries Settlement Agreement.

l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application 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://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. 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, 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. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) Bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “PROTEST”, “MOTION TO INTERVENE”, “TERMS AND CONDITIONS” or “FISHWAY PRESCRIPTIONS” as applicable; (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. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments, motions to intervene, or protests should relate to project works which are the subject of the amendment. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. If an intervener 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 all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

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Dated: September 7, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2011-23318 Filed 9-12-11; 8:45 am]

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