Lexington MA (July 9, 2019): The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has preliminarily approved Low Impact recertification for the Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Project. The Certification includes two conditions:
Condition 1: The Facility Owner shall provide LIHI with a copy of the agency and FERC-approved study plan for the upcoming in-stream flow evaluation and water quality studies, the final study results, and agency comments on these documents, as part of the annual compliance submittals to LIHI. Based on the PAD re-licensing schedule, it is expected that the study results will be available in 2020. LIHI reserves the right to modify conditions and/or reassess Certification in light of study results, or if a new license changes Project operations related to the LIHI criteria.
Condition 2: The Facility Owner shall notify LIHI within 90 days if state and federal fisheries resource management agencies require the Owner to undertake actions at the Project for upstream or downstream fish passage. Such notification shall include a copy of the agency(ies) requests, the Facility Owner’s response, and the plan and schedule for implementation.
This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented on the initial application during the 60-day comment period are eligible to file an appeal. Such appeal needs to include an explanation as to how the Project does not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Tallassee Shoald Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420. All requests will be posted to the website. The applicant will have an opportunity to respond and any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on August 8, 2019. The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.
If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Project will be April 23, 2019 for a five (5) year term which will expire on April 22, 2024.