NOTICE OF INTENT
MAINE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION
ELLSWORTH HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT
Please take notice that Black Bear Hydro Partners, LLC of 150 Main Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240, is intending to file an application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) for a Water Quality Certification (WQC) pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Clean Water Act, Section 401. The application is for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the continued operation of the existing Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project, FERC No. 2727, located on the Union River in Hancock County, in the towns of Ellsworth, Mariaville, and Waltham, Maine, and in the unorganized township of Fletchers Landing, Maine under the terms of a new license from the FERC.
The FERC license application was filed with FERC on December 30, 2015. The WQC application will be filed with the MDEP on or about March 21, 2019 and will be available for public inspection at MDEP’s offices in Augusta, Maine during normal working hours. A copy of the application will also be available for inspection at the town offices in Ellsworth, Mariaville, and Waltham, Maine, and at the offices of the Land Use Planning Commission in Augusta, Maine.
A request for a public hearing or a request that the Board of Environmental Protection assume jurisdiction over this application must be received by the Department, in writing, no later than 20 days after the application is found by the Department to be complete and is accepted for processing. Public comment on the application will be accepted throughout the process of the application. For Federally licensed, permitted, or funded activities in the Coastal Zone, review of this application shall also constitute the State’s consistency review in accordance with the Maine Coastal Program pursuant to Section 307 of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.
Written public comments may be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land Resources, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333.