Harrington Park, New Jersey (May 6, 2016) – LIHI Executive Director Michael J. Sale, using authority delegated from the LIHI Governing Board, has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Jordanelle Hydroelectric Project satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. This Preliminary Certification Decision includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:
- Condition 1. The facility owner shall continue to work proactively with the USFWS on the June Sucker Recovery Program. As part of its annual compliance letter to LIHI, the owner shall provide a statement confirming that it has released the committed flows identified in its June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program (JSRIP) from the Jordanelle Project for the recovery of the June sucker during the prior year, within the limits of the owners Lease of Power Privilege agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. Also, verification shall be provided annually that the owner has discussed and reached agreement with the USFWS pertaining to these releases as part of the JSRP.
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. 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 Jordanelle Project is June 10, 2015 for an eight (8) year term, which will expire on June 10, 2023.