FERC issues final enviro report on relicensing of three hydro facilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 11 issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the York Haven, Muddy Run and Conowingo projects, collectively referred to as the Susquehanna River Projects, located on the Susquehanna River in York, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania and Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland.

This final EIS documents the view of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, affected Indian tribes, the public, the license applicants, and FERC staff. It contains staff evaluations of the applicants’ proposals and the alternatives for relicensing each of the Susquehanna River Projects. Before the commission makes a licensing decision, it will take into account all concerns relevant to the public interest. The final EIS will be part of the record from which the commission will make its decision. The final EIS was sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and made available to the public on or about March 11.

FERC staff is reviewing applications to continue operating these three hydropower projects: the 19.62-MW York Haven Hydroelectric Project; the 800.25-MW Muddy Run Pumped Storage Project; and the 574.54-MW Conowingo Hydroelectric Project.

In August 2012, York Haven Power Co. LLC filed an application for a new license to continue operating the existing York Haven Project. On Jan. 30, 2014, York Haven Power filed an Offer of Settlement. In the accompanying Explanatory Statement, York Haven Power states that the Settlement Agreement represents a complete resolution among the Settling Parties of all issues pending in the proceeding.

In August 2012, Exelon Generation Co. LLC filed applications for new licenses to continue operating the Muddy Run Project and the Conowingo Project.

There are no major changes to the power generating facilities proposed under any of the three applications.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.