In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) regulations, 18 CFR Part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed an application submitted by Portland General Electric Company (licensee) to construct, operate and maintain minimum flow turbines at its 136.6-MW Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project. The new Start Printed Page 17528minimum flow turbines would increase the capacity of the project by 3.89 MW. The project is located on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River and the mainstem of the Clackamas River in Clackamas County, Oregon. The project occupies federal lands within the Mt. Hood National Forest, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, and a reservation of the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management.
An environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared as part of staff's review of the proposal. In the application the licensee proposes to construct, operate and maintain: (1) A powerhouse at the base of Timothy Lake Dam housing two 0.95-MW turbines, (2) a powerhouse at Crack-in-the-Ground located downstream of Lake Harriet housing a 1 MW turbine, (3) a powerhouse housing a 135-kW turbine utilizing return flows from the juvenile downstream migrant collection systems and the North Fork fishway adult fish trap, and (4) a turbine and an 850-kW turbine and induction generator utilizing North Fork fishway attraction flows. The EA contains Commission staff's analysis of the probable environmental impacts of the proposed action and concludes that approval of the proposal would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
The EA is available for review and reproduction at the Commission's Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. The EA may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “elibrary” link. Enter the docket number (P-2195) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at 1-866-208-3372, or for TTY, (202) 502-865.
Dated: March 20, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-06877 Filed 3-27-14; 8:45 am]
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