Take notice that the following hydroelectric proceeding has been initiated by the Commission:
a. Type of Proceeding: Termination of license by implied surrender.
b. Project No.: 10881-007.
c. Date Initiated: February 12, 2014.
d. Licensee: Daniel Nelson Evans, Jr.
e. Name and Location of Project: The Whitney Mills Hydroelectric Project is located on Lawsons Fork Creek, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
f. Filed Pursuant to: Standard Article 16.
g. Licensee Contact Information: Daniel N. Evans, 212 Range Road Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086, (704) 739-9710.
h. FERC Contact: Krista Sakallaris, (202) 502-6302, Krista.Sakallaris@ferc.gov.
i. Deadline for filing comments and protests is 30 days from the issuance of this notice by the Commission. Please file your submittal electronically via the Internet (eFiling) in lieu of paper. Please refer to the instructions on the Commission's Web site under http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp and filing instructions in the Commission's Regulations at 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii). To assist you with eFilings you should refer to the submission guidelines document at http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide/user-guide.pdf. In addition, certain filing requirements have Start Printed Page 9738statutory or regulatory formatting and other instructions. You should refer to a list of these “qualified documents” at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling/filing.pdf. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. Please include the project number (10881-007) on any documents or motions filed. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings; otherwise, you should submit an original and seven copies of any submittal to the following address: The Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Mail Code: DHAC, PJ-12, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.
j. Description of Project Facilities: (1) An existing 296-foot-long, 23-foot-high (including flashboards) stone masonry dam containing (a) a 221-foot-long uncontrolled overflow spillway with 3-foot-high flashboards mounted on its crest and (b) two low-level, 3- by 5-foot vertical slide gates near the right abutment; (2) a reservoir with a surface area of about 2 to 4 acres, a gross storage capacity of about 30 acre-feet (AF), and a normal water surface elevation of 703 feet mean sea level (m.s.l.); (3) two buried steel penstocks, each with a length of 60 feet and a diameter of 4 feet; (4) a concrete and brick powerhouse measuring 14.5 feet by 26.5 feet and containing a single generating unit rated at 225 kilowatts (kW); (5) a tailrace separated from the river by a 30-foot-long concrete tailrace wing wall; and (6) appurtenant equipment and facilities.
k. Description of Proceeding: The licensee is in violation of Article 16 of its license, which was granted June 8, 1993 (63 FERC ¶ 62,243). Article 16 states in part: If the Licensee shall abandon or discontinue good faith operation of the project or refuse or neglect to comply with the terms of the license and the lawful orders of the Commission, the Commission will deem it to be the intent of the Licensee to surrender the license.
Commission records indicate that the project stopped operating in July 2005. Since that time, the licensee has attempted to sell the project and/or acquire a favorable rate contract to determine if it is economically feasible to generate power at the project. On December 5, 2013, staff sent the licensee a letter requiring either an application to surrender the project or a plan and schedule to restore operation. On February 6, 2014, the licensee filed a response indicating its desire to surrender the project. The filing did not meet the requirements of a surrender application.
l. This notice is available for review and reproduction at the Commission in the Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the Docket number (P-10881-007) excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the notice. 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 toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.
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 and Protests—Anyone may submit comments or protests in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.211. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests filed. Any protests must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.
o. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents— Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS or “PROTEST,” as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the project number of the proceeding to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting or protesting; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments or protests should relate to project works which are the subject of the termination of license. A copy of any protest must be served upon each representative of the licensee specified in item g above. A copy of all other filings in reference to this notice 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.
p. Agency Comments—Federal, state, and local agencies are invited to file comments on the described proceeding. If any agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments.
Dated: February 12, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-03650 Filed 2-19-14; 8:45 am]
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