Clean Chesapeake Coalition - Draft EIS Comments - Filed September 29, 2014
Clean Chesapeake Coalition's Fourth Motion to Intervene Supplement - Filed September 29, 2014.
Clean Chesapeake Coalition's Third Motion to Intervene Supplement - Filed August 6, 2014.
Reply Comments of Exelon Generation Company, LLC - March 18, 2014
Exelon, with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environment, Maryland DNR and Maryland Department of Environment, and the U.S. Department of Interior, requested FERC to extend the deadline for filing water quality certification until December 15, 2013. The Clean Chesapeake Coalition submitted its response and opposition to this request in the days that followed.
On April 30, 2013, FERC issued its Notice of Environmental Site Review of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project. The site review will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. The site review will be at the Conowingo Pavilion (next to Conowingo Dam), 2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, MD 21034.
On April 29, 2013 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its Ready for Environmental Analysis (REA) Notice in connection with the relicensing application for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project. The FERC Notice can be viewed below.
Typically, for a party wishing to become formally involved (intervene, comment, etc.) in the relicensing process, it must file its request within sixty (60) days from the April 29, 2013 Notice. However, this timeline is now in question with regards to the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project because it is unclear whether the normal sixty (60) day window for intervention applies or whether the September 30, 2013 date provided on page five (5) of FERC's Notice applies. Ms. Emily Carter, FERC's contact on this project, stated on April 29, 2013 to ignore the normal sixty (60) day requirement and instead pay attention to the September 30, 2013 deadline. Ms. Carter added that the September date represents the one hundred and twenty (120) day extension that was previously granted by FERC at the request of Exelon and the State of Maryland, plus the normal sixty (60) day window, resulting in one hundred and eighty (180) days in total.
Also of note is the requirement that within sixty (60) days from the April 29, 2013 Notice, Exelon must provide a copy of its request for "water quality certification" (WQC) to the State of Maryland. From the date of Exelon's forthcoming request to the State of Maryland for WQC, the State then has one (1) year to issue its WQC. (For clarification, the WQC is the primary means available to the State to impose environmental conditions on the new Conowingo Hydroelectric Project license.)
Of additional note is the fact that FERC does not plan on issuing the final environmental impact statement (EIS) until October 25, 2013, which is a month beyond the expiration of Exelon's current license for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project.
For purposes of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project re-licensing process, please follow section "o" of FERC's Notice, found on page five (5). You may view the document below.