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The Hydropower Licensing Guide first published in 2005 has been updated. The update includes addition of 2005 EPAct Hearing provisions under the Integrated Licensing Process as well as reorganization of Appendices.
Visit this website to learn about the effects of dams on rivers and the environment. It also explains how dams and hydropower projects can be operated differently to reduce their adverse impacts.
FERC's recent issuance of an order regarding the Ft. Halifax dam signaled at least a temporary end to a standing controversy over the Commission's responsibilities and obligations with respect to settlement agreements. On January 22, 2004, FERC issued its final order for the Ft. Halifax Project on the Sebasticook River upholding its original 1998 settlement that required dam removal in the absence of construction of a fish lift.
A 401 water quality certification, recently issued by Maine' s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for Flagstaff Lake (referred to as the Flagstaff Storage Project) reflects a shift in the state' s interpretation of water quality standards setting a dangerous precedent for other water quality issues in Maine.
The close of the Congressional calendar in December marked the end of Commissioner Bill Massey's term and his ten year tenure at FERC. A staunch advocate for consumers, local communities, and the environment, Commissioner Massey, a Clinton appointee from Arkansas, was the only Democrat serving on the Commission for almost 13 months.