[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 20, 1999)]
[Page 3082]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-1173]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Notice of Request for Temporary Variance

January 13, 1999.
    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
    a. Type of Application: Request for Temporary Variance.
    b. Project No.: 2210-019.
    c. Date Filed: January 8, 1999.
    d. Applicant: Appalachian Power Company.
    e. Name of Project: Smith Mountain Project.
    f. Location: On the Roanoke River in Bedford, Franklin, Campbell, 
Pittsylvania and Roanoke Counties, Virginia.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Frank M. Simms, American Electric Power, 
1 Riverside Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2372, (509) 754-3451.
    i. FERC Contact: Robert J. Fletcher, (202) 219-1206.
    j. Comment Date: January 25, 1999.
    k. Description of Request: On December 17, 1998, the Commission 
approved an emergency 45-day variance (which will expire on January 31, 
1999) to reduce the minimum flow requirements of article 29 during the 
drought conditions occurring at the Smith Mountain Project. While 
forecasts are for a return to normal rainfall patterns, the continuing 
effects of the drought remain a concern. Therefore, another temporary 
variance is being requested. The licensee is requesting that the term 
of this second temporary variance be extended until such time that the 
normal operating level for the Smith Mountain Development (elevation 
795 feet NGVD) is obtained and the discharges required under article 29 
can be maintained. The determination of the actual time to terminate 
the variance would be done in consultation with the resource agencies 
and the downstream stakeholders. As an alternative, the licensee 
requests that the termination date, at a minimum be extended for an 
additional 45 days, or March 17, 1999.
    l. This notice also consists of the following standard paragraphs: 
B, C1, and D2.
    B. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene--Anyone may submit 
comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the 
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.
    C1. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents--Any filings must 
bear in all capital letters the title ``COMMENTS'' ``RECOMMENDATIONS 
applicable, and the Project Number of the particular application to 
which the filing refers. Any of the above-named documents must be filed 
by providing the original and the number of copies provided by the 
Commission's regulations to: The Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, D.C. 20426. A copy of 
any motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of 
the Applicant specified in the particular application.
    D2. 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.
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-1173 Filed 1-19-99; 8:45 am]