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PROCESSES FOR HYDROPOWER LICENSES
Integrated Licensing Process

5.5-5 years before expiration for relicense

Pre-Application Activity

  1. Applicant files NOI and Pre-Application Document (PAD) or Applicant may request use of TLP or ALP (30 days to steps 2a and 2b or 60 days to steps 3) (18 CFR §5.3, §5.5, §5.6)

  2. a. Initial Tribal Consultation Meeting
    b. Comments on use of TLP or ALP, if requested
  3. Commission notices NOI/PAD and issues Scoping Document 1 (SD1) or Commission acts on  TLP or ALP requests (30 days to step 4) (18 CFR §5.8)
  4. Commission holds Scoping Meetings/ Site Visit and  Discuss issues, management objectives, existing info, info needs, process plan, and schedule  (30 days to step54) (18 CFR §5.8)
  5. Comments on PAD, SD1 and Study Requests  (45 days to step 5) (18 CFR §5.9)
  6. Applicant Files Proposed Study Plan(18 CFR §5.11) (90 days to step 8) or Commission issues SD2, if necessary   (30 days to step 7) (18 CFR §5.10)
  7. Study Plan Meeting(s) (informal resolution of study issues) (60 days to step 8) (18 CFR §5.11)
  8. Comments on Proposed Study Plan  (30 days to step 9) (18 CFR §5.12)
  9. Applicant files revised Study Plan for Commission approval  - Agencies may file reply comments within 15 days  (30 days to step 10) (18 CFR §5.13)
  10. Commission issues Study Plan Determination  (20 days to step 12) (18 CFR §5.13)
  11.   
    a. No disputes GO TO STEP 14
    b. Mandatory conditioning agencies file notice of study disputes (18 CFR 5.14)
  12. Study Dispute Resolution Process  (70 days to step 13) (18 CFR §5.14)
  13. Determination on Study Dispute  (18 CFR §5.14)
  14. First season studies and Study Review: 1) Applicant files initial study report  2) Study meeting 3) Requests for study plan modification (18 CFR §5.15)
  15. Second season studies, if needed, and Study Review (same as first season) (18 CFR §5.15)
  16. Applicant's Preliminary Licensing Proposal (not later than 150 days before application) (18 CFR §5.16)
  17. Comments on Applicant's Preliminary Licensing Proposal and Additional Information Requests, if needed (18 CFR §5.15)

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