Highgate Falls Hydro Project (P-2547-095)

Project No. 2547-095

Commission staff will hold two public scoping meetings to receive feedback on the scope of environmental issues that should be analyzed in the NEPA document. The daytime meeting will focus on the concerns of resource agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Native American tribes. The evening meeting will focus on receiving public comments. All interested individuals, resource agencies, Native American tribes, and NGOs are welcome to attend either or both meetings. The times and locations of these meetings are as follows:

Day framing meeting
DATE: Thursday, September 29, 2022
TIME: 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
LOCATION: Highgate Primary School, White Room
ADDRESS: 219 Gore Road, Highgate Center, Vermont, 05459

Evening scoping meeting
DATE: Thursday, September 29, 2022
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
LOCATION: Highgate Primary School, White Room
ADDRESS: 219 Gore Road, Highgate Center, Vermont, 05459

Copies of the guidance document (SD1) outlining the areas to be addressed in the NEPA document have been distributed to parties on the Commission’s mailing list. Copies of SD1 will be available at the scoping meeting or can be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link (see item m above).

Environmental Site Review
The applicant and Commission staff will conduct an environmental review of the project site beginning at 1:00 p.m. on September 29, 2022. All interested individuals, agencies, tribes and NGOs are invited to attend. All participants should meet at the parking lot next to the Project Dam, located at 126 Baker Road, Highgate Center, Vermont 05459. All participants are responsible for their own transportation to the site and during the site visit. If you plan to attend the Environmental Site Review, please contact Mr. Reginald R. Beliveau, Jr. of the Village of Swanton, Vermont at (802) 868-3397, or by email at [email protected] no later than September 23, 2022.

Goals
During scoping meetings, Commission staff will: (1) summarize the environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the NEPA document; (2) solicit from meeting participants all available information, including quantifiable data, on the resources involved; (3) encourage statements from experts and the public on issues that should be analyzed in the NEPA document, including views opposing or supporting the preliminary views of staff; (4) determine resource issues to be addressed in the NEPA document; and (5) identify issues that require detailed analysis, as well as issues that do not require detailed analysis.

Aurora J. William