Filings with FERC

Chesapeake Bay total suspended matter following TS Lee, September 2011. Courtesy NOAA CoastWatch East Coast Node, MODIS.

Below for your review are relevant pleadings and other documents filed in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)  proceedings regarding the relicensing of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project.   

Conowingo Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement

Clean Chesapeake Coalition Final EIS Comments
Dated April 20, 2015.
20150420-5283(30506672).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]
Department of Interior Final EIS Comments
Dated April 17, 2015.
DOI - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [390.5 KB]
U.S. EPA Final EIS Comments
Dated April 20, 2015.
EPA - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [255.1 KB]
National Marine Fisheries Service Final EIS Comments
Dated April 16, 2015.
NMFS - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [511.0 KB]
Susquehanna River Basin Commission Final EIS Comments
Dated April 20, 2015.
SRBC - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [49.0 KB]
The Nature Conservancy Final EIS Comments
Dated April 16, 2015.
The Nature Conservancy - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [491.5 KB]
York Haven Power Company Final EIS Comments
Dated April 16, 2015.
York Haven Power Company - FEIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [157.0 KB]
FERC Notice - Conowingo Final EIS
Dated March 11, 2015.
FERC Notice re Final EIS 11Mar2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [13.7 KB]
FERC Conowingo Final EIS
Dated March 11, 2015.
FERC Final EIS 11Mar2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [16.0 MB]

Draft LSRWA Report

FERC Response to CCC Inquiry re DLSRWA
Dated January 23, 2015
FERC letter to CCC re DLSRWA inclusion 2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [27.4 KB]
Clean Chesapeake Coalition - DLSRWA Comments to FERC Record
Dated January 16, 2015.
Clean Chesapeake Coalition - DLSRWA Comm[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [144.9 KB]
Letter from Exelon to FERC re DLSRWA Report
Dated January 13, 2015.
Ltr from Exelon to FERC re DLSRWA Report[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [251.6 KB]
Clean Chesapeake Coalition Letter to FERC re US EPA request for inclusion of draft LSRWA Report
Dated January 6, 2015.
Clean Chesapeake Coalition Letter to FER[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [284.3 KB]

401 WQC Correspondence

Letter to FERC re Exelon's NEW Water Quality Certification
Dated March 4, 2015.
FERC - WQC req 5Mar2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [332.9 KB]
Exelon Response Letter to FERC re Multi-year Sediment Study Timeline for 401 Application
Dated December 22, 2014.
Exelon Response to Letter from OEP - 201[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [110.8 KB]
FERC Letter to Exelon re Multi-year Sediment Study Timeline for 401 Application
Dated December 18, 2014.
20141218-3065(29996179).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.9 KB]

Misc. Correspondence

Letter to FERC re 2015 USGS Study and Cumulative Impact Analysis
Dated February 24, 2015.
CCC - Letter to FERC - USGS - cummulativ[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
Clean Chesapeake Coalition Letter to FERC re Exelon PSC Testimony
Dated January 30, 2015.
20150130-5099(30112197).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [97.5 KB]
Amended Clean Chesapeake Coalition Comments on "Support Conowingo Dam" Petition
Dated January 22, 2015.
CCC - Support Conowingo Dam Petition Com[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [163.0 KB]

Exelon withdraws WQC application for Conowingo Hydroelectric Project

MDE Public Notice - Proposed Relicensing of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Exelon Application for WQC Withdrawn - Hearing Cancelled
Dated December 15, 2015.
MDE Public Notice Proposed Relicensing o[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [459.1 KB]
Exelon withdraws WQC application for Conowingo Hydroelectric Project
Dated December 9, 2014. Conowingo Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 405 - Copy of Withdrawal of Application for Section 401 Water Quality Certification.
Copy of Withdrawal of 401 Application.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

September 16, 2014 Public Scoping Meetings Transcripts re Draft EIS

Morning Meeting
Draft EIS public scoping meeting transcr[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [31.6 KB]
Evening Meeting (Darlington)
Draft EIS public scoping meeting transcr[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [41.4 KB]
Evening Meeting (Harrisburg)
Draft EIS public scoping meeting transcr[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [32.4 KB]

Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement

FERC Notice - Conowingo License Extension

FERC Notice re Conowingo License Extension
Filed September 10, 2014. Notice of Authorization for Continued Project Operation.
FERC Notice re Conowingo License Extensi[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [10.7 KB]

Dept. of Interior Request for 60 Day Extension on Draft EIS

DOI Motion for Request for Extension of Time
Filed August 29, 2014. DOI requests FERC to grant 60 day extension on filing comments on the Draft EIS.
Dept of Interior 60 day ext request re D[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [16.2 KB]

Maryland Farm Bureau Comments

Maryland Farm Bureau Comments to FERC re Conowingo Dam
Filed August 21, 2014. Comments submitted by Maryland Farm Bureau to FERC regarding Conowingo Dam sediment loading into the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland Farm Bureau Comments.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [11.3 KB]

FERC Public Meetings Soliciting Comments on Draft EIS

FERC Notice re Public Meetings Soliciting Comments on Draft EIS
Filed August 11, 2014. FERC provides dates for public meetings soliciting comments on Draft EIS.
FERC Public Comment re Draft EIS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [14.2 KB]

FERC Conowingo Dam Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

FERC Draft EIS
Filed July 31, 2014. Public Comment period open through September 29, 2014.
DRAFT EIS for Conowingo.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.2 MB]

Clean Chesapeake Coalition Motion to Intervene Supplement

Reply Comments of Exelon Generation Company, LLC

Copy of Exelon's Request for Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification from MDE

New Energy Capital Partners, LLC Comment

Exelon files for an extension on the deadline for filing the water quality certification

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Chesapeake Coalition Motion to Intervene and Supporting Documents

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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