FERC Form 80 Recreation Report modernized
To maintain their license, dam owners must file a report that describes recreational use on and around dams. The report filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was intended to collect recreation data where no other mechanism to collect the data existed.
On May 17, the FERC proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate Section 8.11 that removes the requirement to file a Form 80 report on recreation use and capacity every six years.
The NOPR also contains provisions to revise Sections 8.1 and 8.2 of its regulations. These changes, along with the elimination of Section 8.11 are intended “to modernize public notice practices, clarify recreational signage requirements, and provide flexibility to assist licensees’ compliance efforts.”
Currently Section 8.1 regulations require that the licensee post newspaper notices once a week for four weeks about any recreation-related license conditions issued in a license or license amendment order. With the modification to Section 8.1 any licensee with a website must also publish the newspaper notices on their website.
The Section 8.2 modification clarifies and reduces the requirements of what is commonly known as the “Part 8 Recreation Sign” at all recreation facilities. At this time, that information is posted at local offices. This modification would allow recreation information to be published on a licensee’s website, if they have a website.
If you are a hydropower licensee, I encourage you to review the NOPR and provide your comments before the July 23 deadline. At the time of the writing of this article, only three comments in favor are listed on the docket.
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