H. R. 316
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 18, 2013
Ms. Esty introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To reinstate and transfer certain hydroelectric licenses and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of certain hydroelectric projects.
This Act may be cited as the
Collinsville Renewable Energy
Reinstatement of expired licenses and extension of time to commence construction of projects
Subject to section 4
of this Act and notwithstanding the time period under
section 13 of the Federal
Power Act (16 U.S.C. 806) that would otherwise apply to Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission projects numbered 10822 and 10823, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (referred to in this Act as the
reinstate the license for either or each of those projects; and
extend for 2 years after the date on which either or each project is reinstated under paragraph (1) the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of such projects.
Transfer of licenses to the town of Canton, Connecticut
Notwithstanding section 8 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 801) or any other provision thereof, if the Commission reinstates the license for, and extends the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission project under section 2, the Commission shall transfer such license to the town of Canton, Connecticut.
For purposes of this section, the term environmental assessment shall have the same meaning as is given such term in regulations prescribed by the Council on Environmental Quality that implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall complete an environmental assessment for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission projects numbered 10822 and 10823, updating, to the extent necessary, the environmental analysis performed during the process of licensing such projects.
Upon issuance of the environmental assessment required under subsection (b), the Commission shall—
initiate a 30-day public comment period; and
before taking any action under section 2 or 3—
consider any comments received during such 30-day period; and
incorporate in the license for the projects involved, such terms and conditions as the Commission determines to be necessary, based on the environmental assessment performed and comments received under this section.
Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall—
make a final decision pursuant to paragraph (1) of section 2; and
if the Commission decides to reinstate one or both of the licenses under such paragraph and extend the corresponding deadline for commencement of construction under paragraph (2) of such section, complete the action required under section 3.
Protection of existing rights
Nothing in this Act shall affect any valid license issued by the Commission under section 4 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 797) on or before the date of enactment of this Act or diminish or extinguish any existing rights under any such license.