Details for South Rivanna Hydroelectric Project

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Project No. 6841-005 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SURRENDER OF EXEMPTION, SOLICITING COMMENTS, MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, AND PROTESTS (January 8, 2020) Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: a. Application Type: Application for surrender of exemption b. Project No: 6841-005 c. Date Filed: December 6, 2019 d. Applicant: Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority e. Name of Project: South Rivanna Hydroelectric Project f. Location: The 1,070-kilowatt project is located on the South Fork Rivanna River, near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia. The project does not occupy any federal lands. g. Filed Pursuant to: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, 16 USC §§ 2705, 2708 h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Jennifer Whitaker, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, 695 Moores Creek Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22902-9016; phone (434) 977-2970, email jwhitaker@rivanna.org. i. FERC Contact: Diana Shannon, (202) 502-6136, diana.shannon@ferc.gov j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests: February 7, 2020. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, and protests using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://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 at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-6841-005. Comments emailed to Commission staff are not considered part of the Commission record. The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. Description of Request: Upon determining that rehabilitation and continued operation is no longer economically viable, the applicant proposes to surrender its exemption. Due to flooding damage, the project has not operated since June 2013. The applicant proposes to disconnect and remove all electrical components, as well as drain, clean, and disconnect all mechanical components. Downstream flows would continue to be released from the gate at the south operating tower of the dam. The dam and crib intake structure would remain in place to be used for municipal water supply. The powerhouse would also remain in place. No ground disturbance is proposed as part of the surrender. l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street, NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission's website at http://www.ferc.gov using the "eLibrary" link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, for TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item (h) above. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214, respectively. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. o. Filing and Service of Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title "COMMENTS", "PROTEST", or "MOTION TO INTERVENE" as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting, protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis. Any filing made by an intervenor must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2010. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.

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