[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 215 (Tuesday, November 6, 2012)]
[Pages 66605-66606]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27009]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 7590-007]

Nashua Hydro Associates; Notice of Application for Amendment of 
Exemption and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
    a. Application Type: Amendment of Exemption.
    b. Project No.: 7590-007.
    c. Date Filed: September 20, 2012.
    d. Applicant: Nashua Hydro Associates.
    e. Name of Project: Jackson Mills Project.
    f. Location: The project is located on the Nashua River in 
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Andrew Locke, Essex Hydro Associates, 
LLC, 55 Union Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, (617) 367-0032, 
al@essexhydro.com, and Ms. Elizabeth W. Whittle, Nixon Peabody, LLP, 
401 9th Street NW., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 585-8338, 
    i. FERC Contact: Kelly Houff, (202) 502-6393, Kelly.Houff@ferc.gov.
    j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and 
protests: December 3, 2012.
    All documents 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/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, please contact FERC 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.
    The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all 
intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of 
that document on each person whose name appears on the official service 
list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or 
documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that 
may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they 
must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency.
    k. Description of Application: The exemptee proposes to install a 
pneumatic crest gate system on 140 feet of the existing 178-foot-long 
spillway at the Jackson Mills Project to alleviate upstream flooding. 
The pneumatic crest gate system will consist of 6-foot-high, 20-foot-
long, hinged steel panel sections, supported on the downstream side of 
the dam by tubular, air-filled, rubber bladders. In order to install 
the pneumatic crest gates, the exemptee will need to modify the 
existing Jackson Mills Dam by reducing 140 feet of the existing 
spillway by approximately 6 feet to allow for the installation of the 
6-foot-high pneumatic crest gates. Additionally, the exemptee proposes 
to remove the 38-foot-long section of temporary flashboards located 
near the fishway.
    The proposed pneumatic crest gate system would be designed for 
flood control purposes, and will not operate at flows below 7,500 to 
9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The exemptee is not proposing to 
modify the height of the dam, therefore normal water levels would be 
maintained at their current elevation, and normal flows upstream and 
downstream of the project will not be altered upon installation of the 
crest gate system. The crest gate system would be designed to withstand 
overtopping in the raised position, and will be capable of operation in 
both a fully raised and partially raised position.
    During construction of the of the pneumatic crest gate system, the 
exemptee proposes to perform the construction in ``dry conditions'' by 
eliminating flows at or over the Jackson Mills Dam by using an existing 
submerged cofferdam located about 300 feet upstream of the dam to 
divert all flows through the existing powerhouse, and setting the 
existing turbine units to sluice mode. Where feasible, the exemptee 
proposes to relocate fish and amphibian species to avoid possible fish 
    l. A copy of the application is available for review at the 
Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' 
link. Enter the docket number (P-7590-007) excluding the last three 
digits in the docket number field to access the document. For 
assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for 
inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.
    You may also register online at  http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing 
list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.
    n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit 
comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the

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requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, 
.214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission 
will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who 
file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules 
may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or 
motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified 
comment date for the particular application.
    Any filings must bear in all capital letters the title 
``COMMENTS,'' ``PROTEST,'' or ``MOTION TO INTERVENE,'' as applicable, 
and the Project Number of the particular application to which the 
filing refers. A copy of any motion to intervene must also be served 
upon each representative of the Applicant specified in the particular 
    o. Agency Comments: Federal, state, and local agencies are invited 
to file comments on the described application. A copy of the 
application may be obtained by agencies directly from the applicant. If 
an agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing 
comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an 
agency's comments must also be sent to the Applicant's representatives.

    Dated: October 31, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2012-27009 Filed 11-5-12; 8:45 am]