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Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of the Traditional Licensing Process

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a. Type of Application: Notice of Intent To File License Application and Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.

b. Project No.: 15000-001.

c. Date filed: June 27, 2019.

d. Submitted by: Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. (Erie Boulevard).

e. Name of Project: Franklin Falls Hydroelectric Project (currently, one of two developments under the Saranac Hydroelectric Project).

f. Location: Located on the Saranac River in the towns of Franklin, Black Brook, and St. Armand, in Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties, New York. The project does not occupy any federal lands.

g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission's regulations.

h. Potential Applicant Contact: Mr. Thomas Uncher, Erie Boulevard Hydropower L.P., Vice President of Operations, Brookfield Renewable, 399 Big Bay Road, Queensbury, NY, 12804 (518) 743-2018.

i. FERC Contact: John Stokely, Phone: (202) 502-8534, Email: john.stokely@ferc.gov.

j. Erie Boulevard filed its request to use the Traditional Licensing Process on June 27, 2019. Erie Boulevard provided public notice of its request on June 27, 2019. In a letter dated August 13, 2019, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing approved Erie Boulevard's request to use the Traditional Licensing Process.

k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR, Part 402; and NOAA Fisheries under section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.920. We are also initiating consultation with the New York State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2.

l. With this notice, we are designating Erie Boulevard as the Commission's non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act; and consultation pursuant to section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

m. Erie Boulevard filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD; including a proposed process plan and schedule) with the Commission, pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission's regulations.

n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's website (http://www.ferc.gov), using the eLibrary link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h.

o. The licensee states its unequivocal intent to submit an application for a new license for Project No. 15000. Pursuant to 18 CFR 16.8, 16.9, and 16.10 each application for a new license and any competing license applications must be filed with the Commission at least 24 months prior to the expiration of the existing license. All applications for license for this project must be filed by June 30, 2022.

p. Register online at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

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Dated: August 13, 2019.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2019-17733 Filed 8-16-19; 8:45 am]

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