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The Department of Energy (DOE) announces its intention to prepare an EIS on the proposed Federal action of granting a Presidential permit to construct a new electric transmission line across the U.S.-Mexico border in southeastern California.

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  1. 1. Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices 8517 consistent with legislated activities and Washington, DC 20585–0350 (FAX 202– provided above in accordance with to determine the dollar share of the 586–8008). §§ 385.211 or 385.214 of the Federal Congressional appropriation to be FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Energy Regulatory Commission’s Rules awarded to successful applicants. Ellen Russell (Program Office) 202–586– of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR This information collection is being 9624 or Michael Skinker (Program 385.211, 385.214). Fifteen copies of each submitted under the Streamlined Attorney) 202–586–2793. petition and protest should be filed with Clearance Process for Discretionary SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of DOE on or before the date listed above. Grant Information Collections (1894– electricity from the United States to a Comments on the Bruce Power Inc. 0001). Therefore, the 30-day public foreign country are regulated by the application to export electric energy to comment period notice will be the only Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to Canada should be clearly marked with public comment notice published for sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Docket No. EA–349. Additional copies this information collection. Department of Energy Organization Act are to be filed directly with Richard Requests for copies of the information (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require Horrobin, Vice President of Power collection submission for OMB review authorization under section 202(e) of Marketing, Bruce Power L.P., 177 Tie may be accessed from http:// the FPA (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). Road, R.R. #2, P.O. Box 1540, Building edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the On February 3, 2009, DOE received an B10, Tiverton, ON N0G 2T0 AND Brian ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and application from Bruce Power Inc. for Armstrong, Executive Vice President & by clicking on link number 3958. When authority to transmit electric energy General Counsel, Bruce Power L.P., 177 you access the information collection, from the United States to Canada as a Tie Road, R.R. #2, P.O. Box 1540, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to power marketer using international Building B10, Tiverton, ON N0G 2T0. A view. Written requests for information transmission facilities located at the final decision will be made on this should be addressed to U.S. Department United States border with Canada. application after the environmental of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, Bruce Power Inc. is incorporated under impacts have been evaluated pursuant SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) to the National Environmental Policy Requests may also be electronically and has its principal place of business Act of 1969, and a determination is mailed to the Internet address in Tiverton, Ontario, Canada. Bruce made by DOE that the proposed action ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– Power Inc. does not own any electric will not adversely impact on the 401–0920. Please specify the complete transmission facilities nor does it hold reliability of the U.S. electric power title of the information collection when a franchised service area. The electric supply system. making your request. energy which Bruce Power Inc. Copies of this application will be Comments regarding burden and/or proposes to export to Canada would be made available, upon request, for public the collection activity requirements surplus energy purchased from electric inspection and copying at the address should be electronically mailed to utilities, Federal power marketing provided above, by accessing the ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who agencies, and other entities within the program Web site at http:// use a telecommunications device for the United States. Bruce Power Inc. has www.oe.energy.gov/ deaf (TDD) may call the Federal requested an electricity export permits_pending.htm, or by e-mailing Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– authorization with a 5-year term. Odessa Hopkins at 800–877–8339. Bruce Power Inc. will arrange for the Odessa.hopkins@hq.doe.gov. [FR Doc. E9–3994 Filed 2–24–09; 8:45 am] delivery of exports to Canada over the Issued in Washington, DC, on February 18, BILLING CODE 4000–01–P international transmission facilities 2009. owned by Bangor Hydro-Electric Anthony J. Como, Company, Basin Electric Power Director, Permitting and Siting, Office of Cooperative, Bonneville Power Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Administration, Eastern Maine Electric [FR Doc. E9–4051 Filed 2–24–09; 8:45 am] [OE Docket No. EA–349] Cooperative, International Transmission BILLING CODE 6450–01–P Co., Joint Owners of the Highgate Application To Export Electric Energy; Project, Long Sault, Inc., Maine Electric Bruce Power Inc. Power Company, Maine Public Service DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Company, Minnesota Power, Inc., AGENCY: Office of Electricity Delivery Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., New [OE Docket No. PP–334] and Energy Reliability, DOE. York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk ACTION: Notice of application. Notice of Intent To Prepare an Power Corp., Northern States Power Environmental Impact Statement; Company, Vermont Electric Power Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. SUMMARY: Bruce Power Inc. has applied Company, and Vermont Electric Transmission, LLC for authority to transmit electric energy Transmission Co. from the United States to Canada The construction, operation, AGENCY:Department of Energy (DOE). pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal maintenance, and connection of each of Power Act. ACTION:Notice of Intent to Prepare an the international transmission facilities Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). DATES: Comments, protests, or requests to be utilized by Bruce Power Inc. have to intervene must be submitted on or previously been authorized by a SUMMARY: The Department of Energy before March 27, 2009. Presidential permit issued pursuant to (DOE) announces its intention to ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, or Executive Order 10485, as amended. prepare an EIS on the proposed Federal requests to intervene should be Procedural Matters: Any person action of granting a Presidential permit pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES addressed as follows: Office of desiring to become a party to these to construct a new electric transmission Electricity Delivery and Energy proceedings or to be heard by filing line across the U.S.-Mexico border in Reliability, Mail Code: OE–20, U.S. comments or protests to this application southeastern California. DOE has Department of Energy, 1000 should file a petition to intervene, determined that issuance of a Independence Avenue, SW., comment, or protest at the address Presidential permit for the proposed VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1
  2. 2. 8518 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices project would constitute a major Federal a finding that the proposed project is requests by power suppliers to connect action that may have a significant effect consistent with the public interest and to the SWPL. The substation, to be upon the environment within the after favorable recommendations from known as the East County Substation, meaning of the National Environmental the U.S. Departments of State and would be located just south of the SWPL Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). For this Defense. In determining consistency right-of-way near the community of reason, DOE intends to prepare an EIS with the public interest, DOE considers Jacumba, California, and would contain entitled Energia Sierra Juarez the environmental impacts of the equipment for accepting Transmission Line Environmental proposed project under NEPA, interconnections at both the 230-kV and Impact Statement (DOE/EIS–0414) to determines the project’s impact on the 500-kV level. The 230-kV address potential environmental electric reliability (including whether connection equipment would be located impacts from the proposed action and the proposed project would adversely just to the west of the 500-kV reasonable alternatives. The EIS will be affect the operation of the U.S. electric connection equipment, both within the prepared in compliance with NEPA and power supply system under normal and confines of the substation boundary. applicable regulations, including DOE contingency conditions), and considers Accordingly, ESJ has identified two NEPA implementing regulations at 10 any other factors that DOE may find routing/voltage alternatives to coincide CFR Part 1021. Because of previous relevant to the public interest. The with interconnection at the 230-kV or at public participation activities, DOE does regulations implementing the EO have the 500-kV level. not plan to conduct additional scoping been codified at 10 CFR 205.320– Agency Purpose and Need, Proposed meetings for this EIS. However, any 205.329. DOE’s issuance of a Action, and Alternatives timely written comments submitted will Presidential permit indicates that there be considered by DOE in determining is no Federal objection to the project, The purpose and need for DOE’s the scope of the EIS. but does not mandate that the project be action is to decide whether to grant DATES: As discussed below, the public undertaken. ESJ’s application for a Presidential participation process that DOE Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. permit for the proposed international conducted following publication of a Transmission, LLC (ESJ, formerly Baja electric transmission line. DOE’s notice of intent to prepare an Wind U.S. Transmission, LLC), has proposed action is to issue a environmental assessment will serve as applied to DOE’s Office of Electricity Presidential permit for the construction, the scoping for this EIS. DOE will Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) for operation, maintenance, and connection consider any additional comments a Presidential permit to construct either of the proposed international electric received or postmarked by March 27, a double-circuit 230,000-volt (230-kV) transmission line. If granted, the 2009 in defining the scope of the EIS. or a single-circuit 500-kV transmission Presidential permit would authorize Comments received or postmarked after line on either lattice towers or steel only the one-mile portion of the that date will be considered to the monopoles. ESJ’s proposed transmission applicant’s proposal that would be extent practicable. line would connect wind turbines (the constructed and operated wholly within La Rumorosa Project) to be located in the United States. ADDRESSES: Comments on the scope of Both of ESJ’s proposed route the vicinity of La Rumorosa, Baja the EIS and requests to be added to the alternatives would cross the U.S.- California, Mexico, to the existing document mailing list should be Mexico border at the same location. Southwest Powerlink (SWPL) 500-kV addressed to: Dr. Jerry Pell, Office of However, the route alternative transmission line. The ESJ Presidential Electricity Delivery and Energy identified as A1 in the Presidential permit application, including associated Reliability (OE–20), U.S. Department of permit application would be maps and drawings, can be downloaded Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, constructed at 500-kV and would be the in its entirety from the DOE program SW., Washington, DC 20585; by eastern alternative; the other route Web site at http://www.oe.energy.gov/ electronic mail to Jerry.Pell@hq.doe.gov; alternative, identified as A2, would be permits_pending.htm (see PP–334). or by facsimile to 202–318–7761. One portion of the proposed constructed at 230-kV and be located to For general information on the DOE transmission project would consist of the west of the A1 alternative. Both NEPA process contact: Ms. Carol M. two miles of transmission located in alternatives would be located wholly Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Mexico that would be constructed, within private property in eastern San Policy and Compliance (GC–20), U.S. owned, operated, and maintained by a Diego County near the unincorporated Department of Energy, 1000 subsidiary of Sempra Energy Mexico community of Jacumba. In addition to Independence Avenue, SW., and would be subject to the permitting the alternatives proposed by ESJ, DOE Washington, DC 20585; or by facsimile requirements of the Mexican will also consider the environmental at 202–586–7031. Government. The remaining portion of impacts of a ‘‘No Action’’ alternative. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. the proposed transmission project DOE originally considered an Jerry Pell, 202–586–3362, or would consist of a one-mile environmental assessment (EA) (to be Jerry.Pell@hq.doe.gov. For general transmission line constructed by ESJ titled Baja Wind U.S. Transmission information on the DOE NEPA process, within the United States on private Environmental Assessment) to be the contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom at 202– land. The entire electrical output of the appropriate level of review under 586–4600 or leave a message at 800– La Rumorosa Project (1250 megawatts) NEPA. DOE published a Notice of Intent 472–2756. would be dedicated to the U.S. market to Prepare an Environmental SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive and delivered using the proposed Assessment and to Conduct Public Order (EO) 10485, as amended by EO international transmission line. For Scoping Meetings in the Federal 12038, requires that a Presidential reasons discussed below, the EIS will Register on August 4, 2008 (73 FR permit be issued by DOE before electric consider only impacts that occur inside 45218). In that notice DOE stated ‘‘if at pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES transmission facilities may be the United States. any time during preparation of the EA constructed, operated, maintained, or ESJ’s proposed transmission line DOE determines that an environmental connected at the U.S. international would connect to a substation to be impact statement (EIS) is needed * * * border. The EO provides that a constructed by the San Diego Gas & DOE will consider any comments on the Presidential permit may be issued after Electric Company in response to scope of the EA received during [the EA VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1
  3. 3. Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices 8519 scoping process] in preparing such an Agency’s (EPA’s) Notice of Availability of 17,000 acre-feet and normal water EIS.’’ (NOA) of the Draft EIS and will hold at surface elevation of 1,527 feet mean sea least one public hearing during the level (msl); (3) a proposed 12,600-foot- Identification of Environmental Issues public comment period. long, 6 to 12-inch diameter combination When publishing its notice of intent DOE will include all comments bored tunnel and steel penstock; (4) a to prepare an EA on August 4, 2008, received on the Draft EIS, and responses proposed powerhouse containing three DOE opened a 30-day scoping period to those comments, in the Final EIS. new generating units having an installed during which the public was invited to DOE will issue a Record of Decision no capacity of 20 megawatts; (5) an existing participate in the identification of sooner than 30 days from EPA’s NOA of 20-mile-long, 138 kilovolt transmission potential environmental impacts that the Final EIS. line; and (6) appurtenant facilities. The may result from construction of the ESJ Persons who submitted comments proposed Ruth Lake Project would have transmission line project and reasonable during the scoping process will receive an average annual generation of 70 alternatives. DOE conducted two a copy of the Draft EIS. Other persons gigawatt-hours. Cascade is also scoping meetings in Jacumba. Nine who would like to receive a copy of the exploring alternatives that would issues and concerns were identified as document for review when it is issued connect this project to their Cascade a result of the scoping opportunity. should notify Dr. Jerry Pell at the Creek Project, which they have These issues and concerns are (1) visual address provided above. preliminary permit for FERC No. 12495. impacts, (2) avian mortality, (3) impacts Issued in Washington, DC, on February 18, The proposed Ruth Lake Project by to protected, threatened, endangered, or 2009. City and Borough of Wrangell, Alaska sensitive species of animals or plants, or Patricia A. Hoffman, for Project No. 13363–000 filed on their critical habitats, (4) impacts to February 3, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. would Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of cultural or historic resources, (6) Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. consist of: (1) A proposed 170-foot-high impacts to human health and safety, (6) concrete arch dam at the exit of the [FR Doc. E9–4049 Filed 2–24–09; 8:45 am] impacts to air, soil, and water, (7) land natural Ruth Lake; (2) an existing BILLING CODE 6450–01–P use impacts, (8) impacts of seismic reservoir having a surface area of 130 activity, and (9) impacts from acres and a storage capacity of 17,000 development of wind generation. In the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY acre-feet and normal water surface EIS DOE will analyze these issues and elevation of 1,527 feet mean sea level others it finds appropriate to address, Federal Energy Regulatory (msl); (3) a proposed 12,600-foot-long, 6 such as greenhouse gas emissions and Commission to 12-foot diameter combination bored global climate change and also tunnel and steel penstock; (4) a [Project No. 12619–002; Project No. 13363– proposed powerhouse containing three intentional destructive acts, such as 000; Project No. 13364–000; Project No. terrorism. No additional construction or 13366–000] new generating units having an installed routing alternatives were proposed as a capacity of 20 megawatts; (5) an existing result of the scoping process. Cascade Creek, LLC; City and Borough 20-mile-long, 138 kilovolt transmission Several commenters in this of Wrangell, AK; Petersburg Municipal line; and (6) appurtenant facilities. The proceeding have asked DOE to evaluate Power and Light; City of Angoon, AK; proposed Ruth Lake Project would have the impacts associated with activities Notice of Competing Preliminary an average annual generation of 70 that will occur inside Mexico (e.g., from Permit Applications Accepted for gigawatt-hours. the construction and operation in Filing and Soliciting Comment, The proposed Ruth Lake Project by Mexico of the wind generators). NEPA Motions To Intervene, and Competing Petersburg Municipal Power and Light does not require an analysis of Applications for Project No. 13363–000 filed on environmental impacts that occur February 3, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. would within another sovereign nation that February 18, 2009. consist of: (1) A proposed 200-foot-high result from approved actions by that Cascade Creek, LLC (Cascade), City concrete faced rockfill dam at the exit of nation. The EIS, however, will evaluate and Borough of Wrangell, Alaska the natural Ruth Lake; (2) an existing all relevant environmental impacts (Wrangell), Petersburg Municipal Power reservoir having a surface area of 190 within the U.S. related to or caused by and Light (Petersburg) and the City of acres and a storage capacity of 17,000 project-related activities in Mexico. Angoon, Alaska filed applications, acre-feet and normal water surface Based on comments received during pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal elevation of 1,560 feet mean sea level the initial EA process, and the potential Power Act, proposing to study the (msl); (3) a proposed 3,500-foot-long, 10- for public controversy, DOE has feasibility of the Ruth Lake Project, to be foot diameter tunnel and a 7,800-foot- determined an EIS to be the proper located on Ruth Lake and Delta Creek, long, 6-foot-diameter steel penstock; (4) NEPA compliance document. in an unorganized Borough near a proposed powerhouse containing Petersburg, Alaska. There are no three new generating units having an EIS Preparation and Schedule existing facilities. The project would be installed capacity of 20 megawatts; (5) In preparing the Draft EIS, DOE will located in the Tongass National Forest. would connect directly to their consider comments received during the All of these applications were filed distribution system; and (6) appurtenant scoping period. Because of previous electronically and given the filing date facilities. The proposed Ruth Lake public participation activities, DOE does of February 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. Project would have an average annual not plan to conduct additional scoping The proposed Ruth Lake Projects: generation of 70 gigawatt-hours. meetings for this EIS. However, any The proposed Ruth Lake Project by The proposed Ruth Lake Project by timely additional written comments Cascade Creek, LLC for Project No. City of Angoon, Alaska for Project No. submitted will be considered by DOE in 12619–002 filed on February 3, 2009 at 13366–000 filed on February 3, 2009 at pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES determining the scope of the EIS. 8:30 a.m. would consist of: (1) A 8:30 a.m. would consist of: (1) A DOE anticipates issuing a Draft EIS in proposed 170-foot-high concrete arch proposed 170-foot-high concrete arched the fall of 2009. DOE will provide a dam at the exit of the natural Ruth Lake; dam at the exit of the natural Ruth Lake; public comment period of at least 45 (2) an existing reservoir having a surface (2) an existing reservoir having a surface days from the Environmental Protection area of 130 acres and a storage capacity area of 130 acres and a storage capacity VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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