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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2696-033-NY]

Town of Stuyvesant, New York and Albany Engineering Corporation; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's regulations, 18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed the application for a new license for the 4,320-kilowatt (kW) Stuyvesant Falls Hydroelectric Project located on Kinderhook Creek in Columbia County, New York, and prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (draft EA). In the draft EA, Commission staff analyzes the potential environmental effects of relicensing the project and concludes that issuing a new license for the project, with appropriate environmental measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

A copy of the draft EA is on file with the Commission and is available for public inspection. The draft EA may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site athttp://www.ferc.govusing 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 atFERCOnlineSupport@ferc.govor toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659.

You may also register online athttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.aspto be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

Comments on the draft EA should be filed within 30 days from the date of this notice. Comments may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web sitehttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system athttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please affix "Stuyvesant Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 2696-033" to all comments.

For further information, contact Andy Bernick at (202) 502-8660.

Dated: September 27, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.