[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 90 (Tuesday, May 11, 1999)]
[Pages 25318-25319]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-11762]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Project Nos. 2004-073 and 11607-000]

Holyoke Water Power Company and Holyoke Gas & Electric 
Department, Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant, and Massachusetts 
Municipal Wholesale Electric Company; Notice of Intent to Conduct 
Public Meeting to Discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Relicensing of the Holyoke Project on the Connecticut 

May 5, 1999.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is reviewing 
the Holyoke Water Power Company's application for a new license for the 
continued operation of the Holyoke Project on the Connecticut River, 
Massachusetts. The Commission is similarly reviewing a competing 
application for the Holyoke Project by the Holyoke Gas & Electric 
Department, the Ashburnham Municipal light Plant, and the Massachusetts 
Municipal, Wholesale, Electric Company. On April 16, 1999, the 
Commission staff mailed the draft Environmental Impact Statement draft 
(EIS) to the Environmental Protection Agency, resource agencies, and 
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other interested individuals. 
The draft EIS evaluates the environmental consequences of the proposed 
relicensing to the Holyoke Project.
    The Commission staff will hold a public meeting on May 26, 1999, in 
the City of Holyoke. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft 
EIS, the draft EIS findings, and the Commission staff's 
recommendations. At the meeting, the Commission staff will summarize 
the status of the relicense proceeding(s), as well as the major draft 
EIS findings and recommendations. We

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invite all interested agencies, NGOs, and individuals to attend the 
meeting. The time and location of the meeting is shown below.

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 1999
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Place: Holiday Inn, 245 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

    The meeting will be recorded by a court reporter, and all 
statements (oral and written) will become part of the Commission's 
public record for the project. Before the meeting starts, all 
individuals who attend, will be asked to identify themselves by signing 
in. Individuals that intend to make statements during the meeting will 
be asked to sign in and clearly identify themselves for the record 
prior to speaking. Time allotted for presentations will be determined 
by staff based on the length of the meeting and the number of people 
wanting to speak. All individuals wishing to speak will be provided at 
least five minutes to present their views.
    Interested parties who choose not to speak, or who are unable to 
attend the public meeting, may provide written comments to the 
Commission until June 7, 1999. Written comments should be submitted to 
the Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, 
NE, Washington, DC 20426.
    The first page of all filings should indicate ``Holyoke Project, 
FERC. No. 2004-073'' and/or ``Holyoke Project, FERC. No 11607-000'' at 
the top of the page. All filings sent to the Secretary of the 
Commission should contain an original and eight copies. Failure to file 
an original and eight copies may result in appropriate staff not 
receiving the benefit of our comments in a timely manner. Furthermore, 
participants in this proceeding are reminded that if they file comments 
with the Commission, they must serve a copy of their filing to the 
parties on the Commission's service list.
    For further information, please contact Allan Creamer at (202) 219-
0365, or by E-mail at [email protected].
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-11762 Filed 5-10-99; 8:45 am]