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CX-003094: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Alaska-Tribal Energy Program-Haida Power, Inc.
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
Date: 07/20/2010
Location(s): Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Reynolds Creek Hydroelectric Project is a 5 megawatt hydroelectric resource to be constructed on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, located approximately 10 miles east of Hydaburg. This proposed project is a joint venture between Haida Corporation, Inc., and the Alaska Power Company. Specific activities proposed include: completing the power sales agreement; completing operation, maintenance, land lease agreements, and plan of finance; completing the file application for certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity; completing geotechnical investigations; completing final design; beginning marine access preparation; installing United States Geological Survey gages; ordering equipment/materials; submitting remaining plans and drawings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); beginning transmission line construction; coordinating detailed construction planning; coordinating activities with Alaska Power & Telephone/Alaska Power Company; initiating major remaining construction activities; completing major construction work; beginning start-up testing; beginning commercial operation; and demobilization. An Environmental Assessment (EA), issued July 7, 2000, to support licensing of this project was prepared by FERC, and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was reached. On October 24, 2000, FERC issued a 50-year license in which the EA is made a part thereof, for construction and operation of the project. More recent detailed field investigations were conducted in support of the project and in preparation for start of construction. The only change that has occurred since the EA was issued in 2000 is that portions of the general project area have been logged, and the potential of logging was acknowledged in the EA. The scope of the activities for which funding is proposed has been reviewed for National Environmental Policy Act, and the 2000 FERC EA appears to adequately bound the activities for which funding has been requested.