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BPA intends to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act on the proposed construction, operation, and maintenance of a 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a …

BPA intends to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act on the proposed construction, operation, and maintenance of a 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a 138/115-kV substation (collectively referred to as the Hooper Springs Project). The new BPA substation would be called Hooper Springs Substation and would be located adjacent to PacifiCorp’s existing 345/138-kV Threemile Knoll Substation, located near the City of Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho.


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  • 1. Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 130 / Thursday, July 8, 2010 / Notices 39241 35.12: Market-Based Rate Tariff in Docket Numbers: ES10–48–000. of the intervention or protest to the Compliance with Order No. 714 to be Applicants: Trans-Allegheny Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effective 6/29/2010. Interstate Line Company. 888 First St. NE., Washington, DC Filed Date: 06/29/2010. Description: Trans-Allegheny 20426. Accession Number: 20100629–5143. Interstate Line Company Supplemental The filings in the above proceedings Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time Filing. are accessible in the Commission’s on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Filed Date: 06/29/2010. eLibrary system by clicking on the Docket Numbers: ER10–1628–000. Accession Number: 20100629–5130. appropriate link in the above list. They Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time are also available for review in the Applicants: Texas Electric Marketing, on Friday, July 09, 2010. Commission’s Public Reference Room in LLC. Description: Texas Electric Marketing, Any person desiring to intervene or to Washington, DC. There is an LLC submits tariff filing per 35.12: protest in any of the above proceedings eSubscription link on the Web site that Market-Based Rate Tariff in Compliance must file in accordance with Rules 211 enables subscribers to receive e-mail with Order No. 714 to be effective 6/29/ and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of notification when a document is added 2010. Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 to a subscribed dockets(s). For Filed Date: 06/29/2010. and 385.214) on or before 5 p.m. Eastern assistance with any FERC Online Accession Number: 20100629–5147. time on the specified comment date. It service, please e-mail Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time is not necessary to separately intervene FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. again in a subdocket related to a (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call compliance filing if you have previously (202) 502–8659. Docket Numbers: ER10–1629–000. intervened in the same docket. Protests Applicants: San Diego Gas & Electric Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., will be considered by the Commission Company. Deputy Secretary. in determining the appropriate action to Description: San Diego Gas & Electric be taken, but will not serve to make [FR Doc. 2010–16634 Filed 7–7–10; 8:45 am] Company submits tariff filing per 35: protestants parties to the proceeding. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P San Diego Gas & Electric Company Anyone filing a motion to intervene or Baseline Transmission Owner Tariff protest must serve a copy of that Volume 11 to be effective 6/28/2010. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY document on the Applicant. In reference Filed Date: 06/29/2010. to filings initiating a new proceeding, Accession Number: 20100629–5150. Bonneville Power Administration interventions or protests submitted on Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time or before the comment deadline need on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Hooper Springs Project not be served on persons other than the Docket Numbers: ER10–1630–000. Applicant. AGENCY: Bonneville Power Applicants: Wolf Hills Energy, LLC. As it relates to any qualifying facility Administration (BPA), Department of Description: Wolf Hills Energy, LLC filings, the notices of self-certification Energy (DOE). submits tariff filing per 35.12: Market- [or self-recertification] listed above, do ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Based Rate Tariff in Compliance with not institute a proceeding regarding Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Order No. 714 to be effective 6/29/2010. qualifying facility status. A notice of and notice of floodplain and wetlands Filed Date: 06/29/2010. self-certification [or self-recertification] Accession Number: 20100629–5151. involvement. simply provides notification that the Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time entity making the filing has determined SUMMARY: BPA intends to prepare an EIS on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. the facility named in the notice meets in accordance with the National Docket Numbers: ER10–1631–000. the applicable criteria to be a qualifying Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on Applicants: University Park Energy, facility. Intervention and/or protest do the proposed construction, operation, LLC. not lie in dockets that are qualifying and maintenance of a 115-kilovolt (kV) Description: University Park Energy, facility self-certifications or self- transmission line and a 138/115-kV LLC submits tariff filing per 35.12: recertifications. Any person seeking to substation (collectively referred to as the Market-Based Rate Tariff in Compliance challenge such qualifying facility status Hooper Springs Project). The new BPA with Order No. 714 to be effective 6/29/ may do so by filing a motion pursuant substation would be called Hooper 2010. to 18 CFR 292.207(d)(iii). Intervention Springs Substation and would be Filed Date: 06/29/2010. and protests may be filed in response to located adjacent to PacifiCorp’s existing Accession Number: 20100629–5155. notices of qualifying facility dockets 345/138-kV Threemile Knoll Substation, Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time other than self-certifications and self- located near the City of Soda Springs in on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. recertifications. Caribou County, Idaho. The new 115-kV Docket Numbers: ER10–1632–000. The Commission encourages single-circuit BPA transmission line Applicants: Tenaska Power Services electronic submission of protests and would extend generally north and east Co. interventions in lieu of paper, using the from these substations to a connection Description: Tenaska Power Services FERC Online links at http:// with Lower Valley Energy’s (LVE’s) Co. submits tariff filing per 35.12: www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic existing 115-kV Lane Creek Substation, Market-Based Rate Tariff in Compliance service, persons with Internet access east of the City of Wayan, Idaho. The with Order No. 714 to be effective 6/29/ who will eFile a document and/or be proposed project would address voltage 2010. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES listed as a contact for an intervenor stability and reliability concerns of two Filed Date: 06/29/2010. must create and validate an of BPA’s full requirements customers, Accession Number: 20100629–5162. eRegistration account using the LVE and Fall River Rural Electric Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time eRegistration link. Select the eFiling Cooperative (Fall River), which on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. link to log on and submit the purchase all or almost all of the electric Take notice that the Commission intervention or protests. power required to serve their loads from received the following electric securities Persons unable to file electronically BPA under existing contracts. With this filings: should submit an original and 14 copies Notice of Intent, BPA is initiating the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Jul 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1
  • 2. 39242 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 130 / Thursday, July 8, 2010 / Notices public scoping process for the EIS and Manager, Bonneville Power across a portion of the U.S. Forest is requesting comments about the Administration—TEP–TPP–3, P.O. Box Service Caribou-Targhee National Forest proposal and its potential 3621, Portland, Oregon 97208–3621; (USFS), U.S. Bureau of Land environmental impacts that BPA should toll-free telephone 1–800–282–3713; Management (BLM) land, and private consider as it prepares the EIS. In direct telephone 360–619–6559; or e- land, along the Blackfoot River, accordance with DOE regulations for mail etorth@bpa.gov. Additional connecting with LVE’s existing Lanes compliance with floodplain and information can be found at BPA’s Web Creek-Valley Line at a point about 2 wetlands environmental review site: http://www.efw.bpa.gov/ miles southeast of the intersection of requirements, BPA will prepare a environmental_services/ Blackfoot River Road and Diamond floodplain and wetlands assessment to Document_Library/HooperSprings/. Creek. avoid or minimize potential harm to or SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BPA Based on comments received on the within any affected floodplains and needs to respond to a request from LVE Preliminary EA, it was discovered that wetlands. The assessment will be to help improve the stability and the proposed route identified in the included in the EIS. reliability of the transmission system in Preliminary EA crossed four DATES: Written scoping comments are southeastern Idaho. LVE, along with contaminated mining sites (Conda, due to the address below by August 9, Fall River, are full requirements Ballard, Wooley Valley, and North 2010 to ensure their consideration in the customers of BPA that purchase all or Maybe Phosphate Mines) that are the preparation of the Draft EIS. Comments almost all of the electric power required subject of an ongoing Superfund Site may also be submitted at the public Investigation for selenium soil to serve their electrical loads from BPA scoping meeting to be held on July 29, contamination under the under existing contracts. LVE and Fall 2010 in Soda Springs, Idaho at the Comprehensive Environmental River provide electrical service to address below. Scoping comments Response, Compensation and Liability eastern Idaho, northwestern Wyoming, received after the comment period will Act (CERCLA). Each of these Superfund and southwestern Montana. be considered to the extent practicable. Site Investigation areas is currently Over the past few years, BPA has under review to determine the nature ADDRESSES: Send written comments to increased the voltage stability and and extent of contamination. Given the inform the preparation of the Draft EIS, reliability of its existing transmission presence of these Superfund Sites and and requests to be placed on the project lines in the area (e.g., Palisades-Goshen, the routing of the line as originally mailing list, to Hooper Springs Project, Swan Valley-Goshen, Swan Valley- proposed, either through or near those P.O. Box 9250, Portland, OR 97207, or Teton, and Goshen-Drummond lines), sites, BPA has determined that by fax to (888) 315–4503. You also may which has helped improve the stability preparation of an EIS is appropriate. call BPA’s toll free comment line at and reliability of the Fall River BPA will be the lead agency for (800) 622–4519 and leave a message transmission system and the northern preparation of the EIS. The USFS and (please include the name of this portion of LVE’s transmission system. BLM will act as cooperating agencies to project), or submit comments online at However, the voltage stability and assist with preparation of the EIS, http://www.bpa.gov/comment. BPA will reliability of the southern portion of including assisting BPA in evaluating post all comment letters in their entirety LVE’s transmission system continues to transmission line alternatives and on BPA’s Web site at http:// be a concern. LVE’s system experiences identifying interests that should be www.bpa.gov/comment. extreme peaks in electrical load during addressed in the EIS. If, after On Thursday, July 29, 2010, an open- winter, when temperatures can drop to completion of the environmental review house style scoping meeting will be ¥50 °F and electricity is needed for in the EIS, BPA decides to proceed with held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Soda heat. If a transmission line were to go constructing, operating, and Springs High School, in the commons out of service during these times, maintaining a new line, both the USFS area, 300 E 1st N, Soda Springs, Idaho voltage instability could occur and and BLM would be able to use the 83276. At the meeting, BPA will provide utility customers could lose power, information in the EIS to support their maps and other information about the potentially creating life-threatening respective decisions to grant Special project and have members of the project situations. The proposed project would Use Permits to BPA, as appropriate, team available to answer questions and allow BPA to provide transmission where the line would cross their accept oral and written comments. You reinforcement to avoid loss of LVE’s respective lands. Additional cooperating may stop by any time during the open entire voltage load during peak winter agencies for the EIS may be identified as house. conditions, enhance the existing system the proposed project proceeds through Persons needing reasonable in the southern Idaho region, and the NEPA process. accommodation to attend and prepare to meet ongoing and forecasted Alternatives Proposed for participate in the public meetings load growth of about 3 percent per year Consideration: BPA has identified three should contact John Barco (see FOR in southeast Idaho and the Jackson Hole potential action alternatives that vary FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least valley area in Wyoming. the transmission line by route, 10 business days prior to the meeting, Background: In May 2009, BPA connection point, length, and voltage. to allow sufficient time to process completed and issued a Preliminary Two of these alternatives would requests. Information regarding the Environmental Assessment (EA) (DOE/ originate from the same proposed Hooper Springs Project is available in EA–1567) for BPA’s proposal to Hooper Springs Substation as was alternative formats upon request. construct, operate, and maintain Hooper described in the May 2009 Preliminary srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Springs Substation and to partially fund EA, while the third alternative would Barco, Environmental Project Lead, LVE’s construction, operation, and originate from PacifiCorp’s existing Bonneville Power Administration— maintenance of a new 22-mile double- ThreeMile Knoll Substation. The three KEC–4, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, Oregon circuit 115-kV Hooper Springs-Lower potential alternatives are as follows: 97208–3621; toll-free telephone 1–800– Valley Line. The proposed line • Hooper Springs Substation and 282–3713; direct telephone 503–230– considered in the Preliminary EA Northernmost Route (Proposed Action): 3223; or e-mail jwbarco@bpa.gov. You extended from the proposed Hooper Under this alternative, BPA would may also contact Erich Orth, Project Springs Substation generally northeast construct, operate, and maintain a new VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Jul 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1
  • 3. Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 130 / Thursday, July 8, 2010 / Notices 39243 115-kV, 32-mile, single-circuit The potential environmental resources DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY transmission line, from BPA’s proposed identified for analysis in most Hooper Springs Substation, extending transmission line projects include land Federal Energy Regulatory generally north along Highway 34 before use, recreation, transportation and Commission heading east to connect with LVE’s aviation, socioeconomics, cultural [Docket No. ER10–1634–000] existing 115-kV Lane Creek Substation resources, visual resources, public east of the City of Wayan, Idaho, health and safety, noise, electric and California Independent System; crossing both private land and public magnetic field effects, sensitive plants Operator Corporation; Notice of Filing land (USFS and BLM lands), but and animals and their habitats, soil remaining south of Grays Lake National June 30, 2010. erosion, wetlands and floodplains, and Take notice that on June 29, 2010, the Wildlife Refuge and outside the four fish and water resources. BPA is seeking California Independent System Operator known contaminated mining sites to the maximum extent practicable. any additional information about these Corporation (CAISO) and the City of • Hooper Springs Substation and environmental resources, and impacts to Riverside, California (Riverside) filed a Easternmost Route, with Line those resources, from the proposed Joint Petition For Limited Waiver Of Adjustments: Under this alternative, alternatives, including potential Tariff Provisions And Request For BPA would construct, operate, and mitigation measures for each proposed Shortened Comment Period And maintain a new 115-kV, 22- to 30-mile, alternative or different alternatives that Expedited Commission Order (tariff double-circuit transmission line, may meet the technical requirements of waiver) to allow CAISO to correct an connecting PacifiCorp’s existing the transmission system. inadvertent data entry error that Threemile Knoll Substation with the resulted in an erroneous wheeling While all comments are appreciated, proposed BPA-constructed, operated, access charge to Riverside in the amount BPA specifically seeks comment to and maintained Hooper Springs of $30 million dollars. The tariff waiver inform its analysis of the effects of any would exempt Riverside from the Substation, extending generally potential line route on bird species, obligation of paying the erroneous northeast and then east before habitat, and habitat use, including amount of $30 million due on July 1, connecting with LVE’s existing Lane Creek-Valley Line at a point about 2 flyway patterns and other behaviors in 2010, exempt Riverside from the miles southeast of the intersection of the Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge obligation to post Financial Security to Blackfoot River Road and Diamond area and any other flyway areas secure this amount, and also exempt Creek Road. This alternative is similar identified through this process. BPA CAISO from the obligation to pay this to the action originally proposed in the also particularly seeks information amount to Southern California Edison Preliminary EA, except that BPA, rather about the nature and extent of the four Company. than LVE, would retain ownership, known Superfund sites, and any other Any person desiring to intervene or to operation, and maintenance of the line, contamination in the area not currently protest this filing must file in and would route the line around known known to the agency. accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of Superfund Sites, thus also lengthening the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Scoping will help BPA further assess the line. Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). and refine the transmission line • Threemile Knoll Substation and Protests will be considered by the alternatives to be studied in the Draft Commission in determining the Northernmost Route: Under this EIS. Scoping will also ensure that a full appropriate action to be taken, but will alternative, BPA would not construct Hooper Springs Substation. BPA would range of issues related to this proposal not serve to make protestants parties to construct, operate, and maintain a new are addressed in the Draft EIS, and the proceeding. Any person wishing to 138-kV (230-kV construction), 32-mile, identify significant or potentially become a party must file a notice of single-circuit transmission line, significant impacts that may result from intervention or motion to intervene, as connecting PacifiCorp’s existing the proposed project. When completed, appropriate. Such notices, motions, or Threemile Knoll Substation with LVE’s the Draft EIS will be circulated for protests must be filed on or before the existing 138/115-kV Lane Creek review and comment, and BPA will comment date. On or before the Substation, using the route specified in hold public meetings to answer comment date, it is not necessary to the Proposed Action. questions and receive comments. At this serve motions to intervene or protests In addition to these three action time, BPA expects to issue the Draft EIS on persons other than the Applicant. alternatives, BPA also will consider a in spring 2012. BPA will consider and The Commission encourages No Action Alternative. Under this respond to comments received on the electronic submission of protests and alternative, BPA would not construct Draft EIS in the Final EIS. The Final EIS interventions in lieu of paper using the the Hooper Springs Substation or a is expected to be published in fall 2012. ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. transmission line. Other alternatives BPA’s decision will be documented in Persons unable to file electronically may be identified through the scoping a Record of Decision that will follow the should submit an original and 14 copies process. Final EIS. of the protest or intervention to the Public Participation and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Identification of Environmental Issued in Portland, Oregon, on June 29, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC Resources: With this Notice of Intent, 2010. 20426. BPA is initiating the public scoping Stephen J. Wright, This filing is accessible on-line at srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES process for the Hooper Springs Project Administrator and Chief Executive Officer. http://www.ferc.gov, using the EIS. BPA will conduct a 30-day scoping [FR Doc. 2010–16622 Filed 7–7–10; 8:45 am] ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for period during which Tribes, affected review in the Commission’s Public BILLING CODE 6450–01–P landowners, concerned citizens, special Reference Room in Washington, DC. interest groups, local, State, and Federal There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the governments, and any other interested Web site that enables subscribers to parties are invited to comment on the receive e-mail notification when a scope of the Draft EIS to be prepared. document is added to a subscribed VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:09 Jul 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1