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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Seeks Comments On Hydroelectric Projects

            The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking public comment on proposed hydroelectric projects at Sardis and Enid Reservoirs. Applications to build the projects were filed November 13, 2014, according to a legal notice seeking public comments published in the April 16 edition of the North Mississippi Herald for Enid Lake and the April 24 edition of the Panolian for Sardis Lake.  

            “We’re considering environmental impact; we invite the public to comment, said FERC spokesperson Jeanne Edwards. Comments about impact on fishing are welcomed, Edwards said. “It’s a concern that we would like to know about.”

            The deadline to file comments is 60 days from the April 16 notice. According  to the legal description published in the Herald , the proposed Enid Lake Project includes adding infrastructure to the existing gates that would push water through two vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with power going to a substation and then to a utility-owned distribution line. The average annual generation would be 17,700 megawatt-hours. A fish bypass gate is also included in the description of the project.

            FERC strongly encourages electronic filing, according to the notice. Comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions can be filed using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc. gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY).

            In lieu of electronic filing, you can send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, N.E., Washing-ton, D.C. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-13703-002. 

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