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PROCESSES FOR HYDROPOWER LICENSES
Integrated Licensing Process

2 years before expiration for relicense

Post-Filing Activity

  1. License Application (14 days to step 19a or 30 days to step 19b) (18 CFR §5.17, §5.18)

  2. a. Tendering Notice (60 days to step 20) (18 CFR §5.19)
    b. Commission decision on any outstanding pre-filing AIR(60 days to step 20) (18 CFR §5.19)
  3. Notice of Acceptance and Notice of Ready for Environmental Analysis (60 days to step 21) (18 CFR §5.22)
  4. Comments, Interventions, preliminary terms and conditions (30 days to step 21a or step 21b or 45 days to step 22a) (18 CFR §5.19)

    a. Parties submit alternatives [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service] (15 days to step 22 OR 22a) b. Parties request trial-type hearing [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service] (15 days to step 22 or     22a)
  5. Reply comments (75 days to step 23a or 135 days to step 23b) (18 CFR §5.23)
    a. Interventions and responses  [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service] (30 days to 22b)
    b. Agency response to trial-type hearing [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service] (5 days to step 22c
    c. Agency hearing referral [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service] (90 days to step 23c)

  6. a. Commission issues non-draft EA (30-45 days to step 24a) (18 CFR §5.24)
    b. Commission issues Draft EA or EIS (30-60 days to step 24b) (18 CFR §5.25)
    c. Trial-type hearing decision [FERC may refer conditions to FERC's Dispute Resolution Service]

  7. a. Comments on EA (60 days to step 25a) (18 CFR §5.24)
    b. Comments on Draft EA or EIS (60 days to step 24b) (18 CFR §5.25)

  8. a. Modified terms and conditions (18 CFR §5.24)
    b. Modified terms and conditions based on any hearing decision, comments, and proposed alternatives (90 days to step 25)     (18 CFR §5.25)
  9. Commission issues Final EA or EIS (18 CFR §5.25)
  10. Commission issues license order(18 CFR §5.25)

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