Integrated Licensing Process (ILP): Testing the Waters

Adopted in 2003, the ILP was developed to increase process efficiency and integrate development of the license application with FERC's environmental analysis. After July 23, 2005, the ILP will be the default and a licensee must request authorization to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP) or the Alternative Licensing Process (ALP). Seven FERC projects, representing nearly every region of the United States, are the first to use the ILP and are hence the " guinea pigs" for the rest of the country.

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Federal Court Rules Against FERC on Hells Canyon Case

Court finds agency' s delay on ESA consultation petition “nothing less than egregious” SEATTLE – Today, calling the agency' s delay “egregious,” a federal court ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to respond to a 1997 petition from conservation groups requesting that the agency consult with NOAA Fisheries on the adverse impacts the Hells Canyon Complex has on endangered salmon and steelhead.“We applaud the court' s decision,” said Connie Kelleher of American Rivers.

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Cushman Dam Must Release More Water

The Cushman Project lies on the North Fork Skokomish River in Washington. On May 21, 1999, FERC issued an Order granting the City of Tacoma' s motion to stay implementation of the new Cushman license pending litigation, including the instream flow provisions. At that time, FERC instituted an interim flow requirement of only 60 cubic feet per second (cfs), well under the 240 cfs established in the new license.

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Poll reveals overwhelming support for Hells Canyon and salmon restoration

Boise — Nearly 8 of 10 voters who live in the Idaho Power service area think the company should be held responsible for restoring the ecological health of Hells Canyon, according to an independent poll released today.

In addition, 71% of the people polled believe salmon restoration — both upstream and downstream of Hells Canyon Dam — should be required in any new federal license for the company' s three-dam Hells Canyon Dam complex.

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