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NortHydro, LLC.; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications

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On July 29, 2011, NortHydro, LLC (NortHydro or applicant) 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 46A Wasteway Hydroelectric project (project) near Richland in Franklin County, Washington. The wasteway was constructed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Columbia Basin Project, and is situated within and operated by the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District. The wasteway functions as a diversion of surplus water from the irrigation system. 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 project would collect all excess flows below the 46A wasteway outlet structure. The following new facilities are proposed: (1) A diversion structure that would collect water from the wasteway; (2) two 63-inch-diameter, 750-foot-long underground penstocks connecting the diversion structure with a powerhouse; (3) two turbine/generator units with a combined capacity of 1,600 kilowatts; (4) a 7.5-mile-long, 115-kilovolt transmission line connecting to the existing Ringold substation; and (5) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 6.75 gigawatt-hours.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Darius Ruen, P.E., NortHydro, LLC, 3201 Huetter Road, Suite 102, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814; phone (208) 292-0820.

FERC Contact: Patrick Murphy; phone (202) 502-8755.

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 Start Printed Page 62061via 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-14237-000) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

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Dated: September 29, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2011-25837 Filed 10-5-11; 8:45 am]