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Announcing: Scoping of environmental issues for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Project in Utah and Arizona.

May 06, 2008
by The editors

Please direct any questions about the licensing of this pipeline to Jim Fargo at (202) 502-6095, james.fargo@ferc.gov.

Click here to review the Scoping Document by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Click here to study the project documents from the website of Utah Division of Water Resources.

Comments due July 7, 2008.

NOTICE: FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20426

DATE: May 5, 2008

MEMORANDUM TO: The Agency/Party Addressed

SUBJECT: Scoping of environmental issues for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Project, FERC No. 12966, Utah and Arizona.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is doing National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline
Project and the anticipated license application for the Lake Powell Hydroelectric System
FERC No. 12966 (Hydro System), a component of the water supply pipeline, located in
Utah and Arizona.

The Utah Board of Natural Resources (Utah) filed its Notice of Intent and Pre-
Application Document (PAD) for the Hydro System on March 4, 2008 and will use the
Commissions Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for the Hydro System licensing, and to
prepare the environmental record needed by other federal agencies reviewing the project.
Because the Hydro System is only one component of the proposed 180-mile-long water
supply pipeline project, construction of substantial parts of the overall project will require
permits from other federal agencies. Utah intends its PAD (and subsequent studies) to be
used by all the agencies that would need to issue permits for the pipeline, developing a
record that can be used to prepare a single environmental analysis document covering the
entire water supply pipeline.

Pursuant to NEPA, we intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS)
for the entire Lake Powell Pipeline Project, in cooperation with other federal agencies,
that would be used by the Commission to determine whether, and under what conditions,
to issue an original hydropower license for the Hydro System and that would be used by
other federal agencies for their decisions. To support and assist our environmental
review, we are beginning the public scoping process to ensure that all pertinent issues are
identified and analyzed.

We invite you to participate in the scoping process and are circulating the attached
Scoping Document 1 (SD1) to provide you with information on the project and to ask for
comments and suggestions on our preliminary list of issues and alternatives to be
addressed in the EIS. Please review this SD1 and, if you wish to provide comments,
follow the instructions included in section 5.0 Request for Information.

The Commission's regulations for the ILP require that parties wishing to submit
comments on the PAD or staff's SD1, or wishing to request studies, do so within 60 days
of the issuance date of SD1.

As part of our scoping process and in an effort to identify issues, concerns, and
opportunities associated with the proposed action, we will hold three scoping meetings on
June 10, 11, and 12, 2008, to receive comments on the scope of the EIS. The public
scoping meetings will be held at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St.
George, Utah; Cedar City Festival Hall Conference Center, 105 North 100 East, Cedar
City, Utah; and Kanab Middle School, 690 Cowboy Way, Kanab, Utah. More
information on the meetings is available in the attached SD1.

A site visit is typically held in conjunction with the scoping meeting. The site visit
for the projects is scheduled to take place on June 9 and June 10, 2008. The SD1 also has
details on the site visit, including the person to contact if you are interested in attending.
Please direct any questions about the licensing of the Hydro System to Jim Fargo
at (202) 502-6095, james.fargo@ferc.gov.

enclosure: Scoping Document 1

cc: Utah Board of Water Resources
1594 W. North Temple
P.O. Box 14620
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6201


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