[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 16, 2016)]
[Page 7780]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03022]

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2972-024]

The City of Woonsocket; Notice of Intent To File License 
Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of 
the Traditional Licensing Process

    a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and 
Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.
    b. Project No.: 2972-024.
    c. Date Filed: October 19, 2015.
    d. Submitted By: The City of Woonsocket.
    e. Name of Project: Woonsocket Falls Project.
    f. Location: On the Blackstone River, in Providence County, Rhode 
Island. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located 
within the project boundary.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission's regulations.
    h. Potential Applicant Contact: Charles Rosenfield, Thundermist 
Hydropower, 87 Senexet Road, Woodstock, CT 06281; (860) 928-7100; or by 
[email protected]
    i. FERC Contact: Patrick Crile at (202) 502-8042; or email at 
[email protected].
    j. The City of Woonsocket filed its request to use the Traditional 
Licensing Process on October 19, 2015. The City of Woonsocket provided 
public notice of its request on December 21, 2015. In a letter dated 
February 9, 2016, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing 
approved the City of Woonsocket's request to use the Traditional 
Licensing Process.
    k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries under section 7 
of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations 
thereunder at 50 CFR, Part 402. We are also initiating consultation 
with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, 
the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), as required by section 
106, National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing 
regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 
    l. With this notice, we are designating the City of Woonsocket as 
the Commission's non-federal representative for carrying out informal 
consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and 
consultation pursuant to section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act.
    m. The City of Woonsocket filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD; 
including a proposed process plan and schedule) with the Commission, 
pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission's regulations.
    n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in 
the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 
(http://www.ferc.gov), using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket 
number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to 
access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at 
[email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at 
the address in paragraph h.
    o. The licensee states its unequivocal intent to submit an 
application for a new license for Project No. 2972-024. Pursuant to 18 
CFR 16.8, 16.9, and 16.10 each application for a new license and any 
competing license applications must be filed with the Commission at 
least 24 months prior to the expiration of the existing license. All 
applications for license for this project must be filed by October 31, 
    p. Register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.

    Dated: February 9, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-03022 Filed 2-12-16; 8:45 am]