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Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects


Gather Information (4.38(b)-(c) External Link))
Many exemptions and small, low-impact projects can be developed without the need to conduct extensive environmental studies. Often the environmental effects of an exemption or low-impact project are minor and existing information can be used to characterize the existing environment in the proposed project area.

Depending on a project's scope and complexity, however, an applicant may need to gather further information to fill information gaps. If a study is needed, an applicant must develop the study in consultation with stakeholders. Stakeholders have 60 days from the date of the applicant's joint meeting to submit comments and study requests to the applicant (they should also be filed with the Commission .

Should an applicant, agency, or a tribe disagree on any needed studies, we encourage the entities to refer the disagreement to the Commission for resolution.  It is especially important to do this early in the pre-filing stages rather than to wait until an application is filed, as this could lead to delays in processing the application.  For informal help to resolve issues, applicants can contact the FERC staff assigned to their region. The Commission's Dispute Resolution Division (DRD) is also available to help facilitate meetings and resolve disputes among participants, if needed.

For more information about DRD, see: http://www.ferc.gov/legal/adr/drd.asp


CONTACT
Conduit Exemptions
Robert Bell
Telephone: 202-502-6062
Email: robert.bell@ferc.gov

Northwest Area
(WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, AK, HI)
Ryan Hansen
Telephone: 202-502-8074
Email: ryan.hansen@ferc.gov

West Area
(CA, NV, AZ, NM, CO, UT)
Shana Murray
Telephone: 202-502-8333
Email: shana.murray@ferc.gov

Midwest Area
(ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, MN, WI, IA, IL, MI, IN, OH)
Lesley Kordella
Telephone: 202-502-6406
Email: lesley.kordella@ferc.gov

Mid-Atlantic Area
(VA, WV, MD, PA, NY, NJ, DE)
Monir Chowdhury
Telephone: 202-502-6736
Email: monir.chowdhury@ferc.gov

South Area
(TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, TN, AL, GA, KY, FL, NC, SC)
Michael Spencer
Telephone: 202-502-6093
Email: michael.spencer@ferc.gov

New England Area
(CT, MA, NH, VT, RI, ME)
Tom Dean
Telephone: 202-502-6041
Email: thomas.dean@ferc.gov
 
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Updated: June 17, 2013