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FERC staff recommends permit denial for proposed 10-MW Idaho hydro project

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FERC staff recommends permit denial for proposed 10-MW Idaho hydro project

FERC staff is recommending license denial for 's proposed10-MW Bear River Narrowshydroelectric project in Franklin County, Idaho, according to a finalenvironmental impact statement issued April 27.

The company is proposing to build the hydro facility on 658acres of land, 243 acres of which are federally owned and administered by the U.S.Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. Twin Lakes hadestimated the project would be complete about 3.5 years after issuance of alicense.

"Based on a review of the anticipated environmental andeconomic effects of the proposed project and its alternatives, as well as theagency and public comments filed on this project, staff recommends no action(license denial) as the preferred alternative," FERC staff said. "Theoverall, unavoidable adverse environmental effects of both action alternativeswould outweigh the power and water storage benefits of the project."

Specifically, the EIS determined that the Bear River Narrowsproject would impact water quality, wildlife habitat and aesthetics, amongothers impacts. As proposed, the hydro facility would generate 48,531 MWh ofpower annually. (Docket No. P-12486-008)