Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
l. With this notice, we are designating Wisconsin Public Service Corporation as the Commission's non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation, pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
m. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation filed with the Commission two Pre-Application Documents (PADs) and a proposed process plan and schedule for each project, pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission's regulations.
n. Copies of the PADs are available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site (
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o. With this notice, we are soliciting comments on the PADs and the Commission staff's Scoping Document 1 (SD1) for the projects, as well as for study requests for each project. All comments on the PADs and SD1, and study requests for each project should be sent to the address above in paragraph h. In addition, all comments on the PADs and SD1, study requests, requests for cooperating agency status, and all communications to and from Commission staff related to the merits of the potential applications must be filed with the Commission. Documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site
All filings with the Commission must include on the first page the project names (Tomahawk Hydroelectric Project and/or Grandfather Falls Hydroelectric Project) and project numbers (P-1940-027 and/or P-1966-053), and bear the appropriate heading: "Comments on Pre-Application Document," "Study Requests," "Comments on Scoping Document 1," "Request for Cooperating Agency Status," or "Communications to and from Commission Staff." Any individual or entity interested in submitting study requests or commenting on the PADs or SD1, and any agency requesting cooperating status must do so by January 12, 2013.
p. Although our current intent is to prepare a single environmental assessment (EA), there is the possibility that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be required. Nevertheless, the scoping meeting noted below will satisfy the NEPA scoping requirements, irrespective of whether an EA or EIS is issued by the Commission.
Commission staff will hold two scoping meetings to discuss both projects at the time and place noted below. The daytime meeting will focus on resource agency, Indian tribes, and non-governmental organization concerns, while the evening meeting is primarily for receiving input from the public. We invite all interested individuals, organizations, and agencies to attend one or both of the meetings, and to assist staff in identifying particular study needs, as well as the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental document. The times and locations of these meetings are as follows:
SD1, which outlines the subject areas to be addressed in the environmental document, was mailed to the individuals and entities on the Commission's mailing list for each project. Copies of SD1 will be available at the scoping meetings, or may be viewed on the Web at
At the scoping meetings, staff will: (1) Initiate scoping of the issues; (2) review and discuss existing conditions and resource management objectives; (3) review and discuss existing information and identify preliminary information and study needs; (4) review and discuss the process plan and schedule for pre-filing activity that incorporates the time frames provided for in Part 5 of the Commission's regulations and, to the extent possible, maximizes coordination of federal, state, and tribal permitting and certification processes; and (5) discuss the appropriateness of any federal or state agency or Indian tribe acting as a cooperating agency for development of an environmental document.
Meeting participants should come prepared to discuss their issues and/or concerns. Please review the PADs for both projects in preparation for the scoping meetings. Directions on how to obtain a copy of the PADs and SD1 are included in item n of this document.
The meetings will be recorded by a stenographer and will be placed in the public records of the project.