Harrington Park, New Jersey (September 19, 2016):  LIHI Executive Director Michael J. Sale announced a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Vernon Station Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-1904) satisfies the 2014 LIHI Certification Criteria and will be issued a new LIHI certification with an expiration date of December 15, 2018. This certification decision was made by the LIHI Governing Board’s Technical Committee after a full review of the Application Reviewer’s report, all public comments and additional materials provided by the Applicant.  This Preliminary Certification Decision includes six facility-specific conditions and an additional statement, which can be read on the project’s page.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition, the Preliminary Certification Decision to certify, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, will be posted on the Institute’s Web page for 30 days.  Notice of the posting will be provided to all individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package.

Any Commenter may submit a letter to the Executive Director requesting an appeal within the 30-day period, which ends on October 18, 2016.  The appeal request must state specific reasons why the hydropower facility should have failed one or more criteria.  If an individual or organization did not comment on the initial Application Package, they may not file an appeal.  Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available at http://lowimpacthydro.org/certification-program-html/.

If no appeal is requested within the 30-day period, the Executive Director will issue LIHI Certification for the facility and post a notification of certification on the Institute’s website.  Once final, the effective certification date for the Vernon Station Project is December 15, 2013 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on December 15, 2018.