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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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is available for public inspection:

a. Type of Application: Non-project use of project lands.

b. Project No: 2310-230.

c. Date Filed: April 4, 2019 and supplemented May 7, 2019.

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

e. Name of Project: Drum-Spaulding Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: South Canal in Placer County, California.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Brian Madigan, Senior Hydro License Coordinator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mail Code N11D, P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, California 94177; phone (415) 973-3059.

i. FERC Contact: Ms. Joy Kurtz at 202-502-6760, or

j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests is 30 days from the issuance of this notice by the Commission. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at​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, (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. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-2310-230.

k. Description of Request: The licensee requests Commission approval to grant Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) permission to use project lands within the project boundary to construct and operate a raw water intake on South Canal in order to meet PCWA's water supply demands for western Placer County. The water withdrawn from the project would be done in accordance with an existing water supply agreement between the licensee and PCWA, which obligates the licensee to provide a certain volume of water to PCWA for purchase. The raw water intake on South Canal would withdraw a maximum of 62 million gallons of water per day and serve as a redundant withdrawal location to other withdrawal points within the project that are operated by PCWA. Because of this redundancy, water withdrawn via the intake would not increase the amount of water currently withdrawn from the project area. Construction activities within the project boundary would include installation of the intake structure, which would be recessed into the canal, and outfitted with an inclined trash rack and three five- foot slide gates. The velocity through the trash rack on the intake structure would not exceed 0.8 feet per second. The intake structure would connect to three existing 60-inch steel pipes. Additionally, storm drain facilities located near one of PCWA's transfer basins, located on the bank side of South Canal, would be restored following construction of the intake. This work would entail repairs to the concrete walls and restoration of an existing drainage inlet and manhole.

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 website at using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online Start Printed Page 24776at​docs-filing/​esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 866-208-3676 or email, 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: 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 the non-project use application. 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: May 21, 2019.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2019-11177 Filed 5-28-19; 8:45 am]