[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2012)]
[Page 44610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18438]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2662-012-CT; Project No. 12968-001-CT]

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment

FirstLight Hydro Generating Company,
 Project No. 2662-012-CT.
City of Norwich Dept. of Public Utilities,
 Project No. 12968-001-CT.

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) regulations, 
18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy 
Projects has reviewed competing applications for a new license for the 
Scotland Hydroelectric Project (Commission Project Nos. 2662-012 and 
12968-001). The Scotland Hydroelectric Project is located on the 
Shetucket River, in Windham County, Connecticut. The existing licensee 
for the Scotland Hydroelectric Project No. 2662 is FirstLight Hydro 
Generating Company (FirstLight). The competitor applicant for the 
Scotland Hydroelectric Project No. 12968 is the City of Norwich 
Department of Public Utilities (Norwich Public Utilities).
    Staff prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA), which 
analyzes the potential environmental effects of licensing the project 
with either FirstLight's or Norwich Public Utilities' proposals, and 
concludes that licensing the project with either proposal, with 
appropriate environmental protection measures, would not constitute a 
major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the 
human environment.
    A copy of the draft EA is available for review at the Commission in 
the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 
at www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number 
for either project, excluding the last three digits, in the docket 
number field to access the document. For assistance, contact Commission 
Online Support at [email protected]; toll-free at 1-866-
208-3676; or for TTY, 202-502-8659.
    You may also register online at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances 
related to these or other pending projects. For assistance, contact 
Commission Online Support.
    Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the date of this 
notice. Comments may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 
CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web 
site http://www.ferc.gov/doc-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, please contact Commission Online 
Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, 
documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and 
seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please affix 
Scotland Hydroelectric Project, P-2662-012 and P-12968-001 to all 
    For further information, contact Janet Hutzel at (202) 502-8675 or 
by email at [email protected].

    Dated: July 20, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2012-18438 Filed 7-27-12; 8:45 am]