Draft EIS Issued for Decommissioning of Kilarc-Cow Project in California

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FERC Staff have prepared and issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed surrender of the Kilarc-Cow Creek project (P-606) by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The Kilarc-Cow Creek project totals 5 MW of electric capacity and is located in Shasta County on several upper branches of Cow Creek, a tributary to the Sacramento River.  The Kilarc Powerhouse on Old Cow Creek was built in 1904 and has a capacity of 3.2 MW. The Cow Creek Powerhouse on South Cow Creek was built in 1907 and has a capacity of 1.8 MW.

PG&E filed its application to surrender the license and decommission the project on March 12, 2009 following a settlement agreement signed by PG&E, state and federal resource agenciesand environmental groups.

The DEIS is availble for public review until August 9, 2010.