[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 110 (Monday, June 9, 2014)]
[Pages 32925-32926]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13352]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC14-15-000]

Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-510); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the 
currently approved information collection, FERC-510, Application for 
Surrender of Hydropower License.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 8, 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC14-15-
000) by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at [email protected], or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 

    Title: FERC-510, Application for Surrender of Hydropower License.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0068.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-510 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
    Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC-
510 is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of 
sections 4(e), 6 and 13 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 
797(e), 799 and 806). Section 4(e) gives the Commission authority to 
issue licenses for the purposes of constructing, operating and 
maintaining dams, water conduits, reservoirs, powerhouses, transmission 
lines or other power project works necessary or convenient for 
developing and improving navigation, transmission and utilization of 
power using bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction. 
Section 6 gives the Commission the authority to prescribe the 
conditions of licenses including the revocation or surrender of the 
license. Section 13 defines the Commission's authority to delegate time 
periods for when a license must be terminated if project construction 
has not begun. Surrender of a license may be desired by a licensee when 
a licensed project is retired or not constructed or natural 
catastrophes have damaged or destroyed the project facilities.
    FERC-510 is the application for the surrender of a hydropower 
license. The information is used by Commission staff to determine the 
broad impact of such surrender. The Commission will issue a notice 
soliciting comments from the public and other agencies and conduct a 
careful review of the application before issuing an order for Surrender 
of a License. The order is the result of an analysis of the information 
produced, i.e., economic, environmental concerns, etc., which is 
examined to determine if the application for surrender is warranted. 
The order implements the existing regulations and is inclusive for 
surrender of all types of hydropower licenses issued by FERC and its 
predecessor, the Federal Power Commission. The Commission implements 
these mandatory filing requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) under 18 CFR 6.1-6.4.
    Type of Respondents: Private or Municipal Hydropower Licensees.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    \1\ The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, 
retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal 
agency. For further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

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                                                FERC-510, Application for Surrender of Hydropower License
                                                                                                                          Total annual
                                                                        Annual number   Total number of  Average burden  burden hours &      Cost per
                        Number of respondents                           of  responses      responses       & cost per     total  annual  respondent  ($)
                                                                       per  respondent                    response \2\        cost
(1)                                                                               (2)      (1)*(2)=(3)              (4)     (3)*(4)=(5)         (5)/(1)
16                                                                                  1               16               10             160            $705
                                                                                                                   $705         $11,280

    Comments: Comments  are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    \2\ We estimate that the salary and skill mix is similar to that 
of Commission employees. The average hourly cost of $70.50 (for 
salary plus benefits) is used. The estimates for cost per response 
are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per 
Response * $70.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response.

    Dated: June 2, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-13352 Filed 6-6-14; 8:45 am]