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Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

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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: Application for Temporary Variance of License Requirement.

b. Project No.: 2130-088.

c. Date Filed: January 29, 2014.

d. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (licensee).

e. Name of Project: Spring Gap-Stanislaus Project.

f. Location: Middle and South Fork Stanislaus River in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties, California.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Rich Doble, Senior License Coordinator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mail Code: N11E, P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, CA 94177. Phone (415) 973-4480.

i. FERC Contact: Mr. John Aedo, (415) 369-3335, or john.aedo@ferc.gov.

j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, protests, and recommendations is 15 days from the issuance date of this notice by the Commission (February 22, 2014). The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, comments, or recommendations using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/​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 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please include the project number (P-2130-088) on any comments, motions to intervene, protests, or recommendations filed.

k. Description of Request: The licensee requests a temporary variance of the minimum flow and minimum reservoir storage requirements of the California State Water Resources Control Board Section 401 water quality certification and the U.S. Forest Service's Section 4(e) Conditions, as contained in appendices A and B of the project license. Specifically, the licensee requests temporary relief of the minimum flow requirements of 30 cubic feet per second (cfs) at stream gage S-52 in the Middle Fork Stanislaus River below the confluence of Kennedy Creek and Summit Creek. Because project operations have no influence on inflows from Kennedy Creek, the licensee requests that minimum flow compliance instead, be based on streamflow releases in Summit Creek from Relief Reservoir at stream gage S-2. The licensee also requests that minimum flow compliance be based on “target” streamflows, rather than “minimum” streamflows at gage S-2. Finally, the licensee requests a temporary reduction of the minimum reservoir storage requirement to 100 acre-feet at Relief Reservoir. The licensee states that the temporary variance is necessary due to extremely dry weather conditions and low reservoir storage levels. The licensee requests the temporary variance until inflow conditions meet the “dry” or “normal” inflow criteria.

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/​elibrary.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 email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or email 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 Start Printed Page 8954comments, 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: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “PROTEST”, or “MOTION TO INTERVENE” 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 license surrender. 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: February 7, 2014.

Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2014-03199 Filed 2-13-14; 8:45 am]

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