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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY wishing to make public comment will rates at a public information forum on
be provided a maximum of five minutes August 17, 2006, at 10 a.m. MST in
Environmental Management Site- to present their comments. Phoenix, AZ. Western will accept oral
Specific Advisory Board, Fernald; Minutes: The minutes of this meeting and written comments at a public
Meeting will be available for public review and comment forum on August 24, 2006, at
copying at the U.S. Department of 10 a.m. MST in Phoenix, AZ. Western
AGENCY: Department of Energy. Energy’s Freedom of Information Public will accept written comments any time
ACTION: Notice of open meeting. Reading Room, 1E–190, Forrestal during the consultation and comment
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, period.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a
SW., Washington, DC 20585 between 9 ADDRESSES: The public information
meeting of the Environmental
a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday–Friday, except forum and public comment forum will
Management Site-Specific Advisory Federal holidays. Minutes will also be
Board (EM SSAB), Fernald. The Federal be held at the Desert Southwest Region
available by writing to the Fernald Customer Service Office, 615 South
Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– Citizens’ Advisory Board, MS–76, Post
463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, on the dates
Office Box 538704, Cincinnati, OH cited above. Send written comments to
notice of this meeting be announced in 43253–8704, or by calling the Advisory
the Federal Register. Mr. J. Tyler Carlson, Regional Manager,
Board at (513) 648–6478. Desert Southwest Region, Western Area
DATES: Saturday, July 29, 2006, 8:30
Issued at Washington, DC on July 6, 2006. Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457,
a.m.–12 p.m.
Rachel Samuel, Phoenix, AZ 85005–6457, e-mail
ADDRESSES: Crosby Township Senior
Deputy Advisory Committee Management carlson@wapa.gov. Written comments
Center, 8910 Willey Road, Harrison, Officer. may also be faxed to (602) 605–2490,
Ohio 45030. attention: Jack Murray. Western will
[FR Doc. E6–10938 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am]
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 6450–01–P post information about the rate process
Doug Sarno, The Perspectives Group, on its Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/
Inc., 1055 North Fairfax Street, Suite dsw/pwrmkt/Intertie/RateAdjust.htm.
204, Alexandria, VA 22314, at (703) DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western will post official comments
837–1197, or e-mail: received via letter, fax, and e-mail to its
djsarno@theperspectivesgroup.com. Western Area Power Administration Web site after the close of the comment
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: period. Western must receive written
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest comments by the end of the
Purpose of the Board: The purpose of Intertie Project—Rate Order No.
the Board is to make recommendations consultation and comment period to
WAPA–130 ensure they are considered in Western’s
to DOE in the areas of environmental
restoration, waste management, and AGENCY: Western Area Power decision process.
related activities. Administration, DOE. As access to Western facilities is
ACTION: Notice of Proposed controlled, any U.S. citizen wishing to
Tentative Agenda attend any meeting held at Western
Transmission Service Rates.
8:30 a.m. Call to Order. must present an official form of picture
8:35 a.m. Chair’s Remarks and Liaison SUMMARY: The Western Area Power identification, such as a U.S. driver’s
Announcements. Administration (Western) is proposing license, U.S. passport, U.S. Government
8:45 a.m. Closure Status Update. adjustments to the Pacific Northwest- ID, or U.S. Military ID, at the time of the
9:15 a.m. Finalize Fernald Citizens’ Pacific Southwest Intertie Project meeting. Foreign nationals should
Advisory Board (FCAB) History. (Intertie) rates for firm transmission contact Western at least 45 days in
10:15 a.m. Break. service on the 230/345-kilovolt (kV) advance of the meeting to obtain the
10:30 a.m. Plan/Input to Fernald transmission system, firm transmission necessary form for admittance to
Community Alliance Forum. service on the 500-kV transmission Western.
11:15 a.m. Identify items to include in system, and nonfirm transmission FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr.
a final FCAB recommendation for service on the 230/345/500-kV Jack Murray, Rates Team Lead, Desert
closure and transition. transmission system. The existing rates, Southwest Region, Western Area Power
11:40 a.m. Identify timing for final under Rate Schedules INT–FT2, INT– Administration, P.O. Box 6457,
FCAB meeting. FT3, and INT–NFT2, expire December Phoenix, AZ 85005–6457; (602) 605–
11:50 a.m. Public Comment. 31, 2006. The proposed rates will 2442, e-mail jmurray@wapa.gov.
12 p.m. Adjourn. provide sufficient revenue to pay all SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
Public Participation: The meeting is annual costs, including interest Deputy Secretary of Energy approved
open to the public. Written statements expense, and repay required investment Rate Schedules INT–FT2 and INT–NFT2
may be filed with the Board chair either within the allowable period. Western on January 31, 1996 (Rate Order No.
before or after the meeting. Individuals will prepare a brochure that provides WAPA–71, 61 FR 4651, February 7,
who wish to make oral statements detailed information on the rates to all 1996), and the Federal Energy
pertaining to agenda items should interested parties. Western expects the Regulatory Commission (Commission)
contact the Board chair at the address or proposed rates to go into effect on confirmed and approved the rate
telephone number listed below. January 1, 2007, and remain in effect schedules on February 12, 1996, under
Requests must be received five days through December 31, 2011. Publication FERC Docket No. EF96–5191–000. Rate
prior to the meeting and reasonable of this Federal Register notice begins Schedules INT–FT2 and INT–NFT2
provisions will be made to include the the formal process for the proposed became effective on February 1, 1996,
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presentation in the agenda. The Deputy rates. for a 53-month period ending September
Designated Federal Officer is DATES: The consultation and comment 30, 2000. These rate schedules were
empowered to conduct the meeting in a period begins today and will end extended through December 31, 2003,
fashion that will facilitate the orderly October 10, 2006. Western will present with approval of Rate Order No.
conduct of business. Individuals a detailed explanation of the proposed WAPA–91 by the Deputy Secretary of

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Energy on August 15, 2000. These rate 2003. This rate schedule was extended 230/345-kV Transmission Service is
schedules were extended again through through December 31, 2006, with $12.00 per kWyear. The proposed rate
December 31, 2006, with approval of approval of Rate Order No. WAPA–108 for Long-Term Firm and Short-Term
Rate Order No. WAPA–108 by the by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on Firm Point-to-Point 230/345-kV
Deputy Secretary of Energy on October October 27, 2003. Transmission Service is $15.36 per
27, 2003. Under Rate Schedule INT–FT2, the kWyear. Under Rate Schedule INT–
The Deputy Secretary of Energy existing rate for Long-Term Firm and NFT3, the existing rate for Nonfirm
approved Rate Schedule INT–FT3 on Short-Term Firm Point-to-Point 500-kV Point-to-Point 230/345/500-kV
January 28, 1999 (Rate Order No. Transmission Service is $17.23 per
Transmission Service is 2.00 mills per
WAPA–76, 64 FR 6344, February 9, kilowattyear (kWyear). The proposed
kilowatthour (kWh). The proposed rate
1999), and the Commission confirmed rate for Long-Term Firm and Short-Term
and approved the rate schedule on June Firm Point-to-Point 500-kV for Nonfirm Point-to-Point 230/345/500-
22, 1999, under FERC Docket No. EF99– Transmission Service is $21.96 per kV Transmission Service is 2.50 mills
5191–000. Rate Schedule INT–FT3 kWyear. Under Rate Schedule INT–FT3, per kWh. The following table compares
became effective on January 1, 1999, for the existing rate for Long-Term Firm the existing and proposed rates for
a 5-year period ending December 31, and Short-Term Firm Point-to-Point Intertie transmission service.

COMPARISON OF EXISTING AND PROPOSED TRANSMISSION SERVICE RATES


Percent
Transmission service Existing rates Proposed rates change

230/345-kV Firm ....................................................................... $12.00 kWyear ........................ $15.36 kWyear ........................ 28.0
500-kV Firm .............................................................................. $17.23 kWyear ........................ $21.96 kWyear ........................ 27.5
230/345/500-kV Nonfirm ........................................................... 2.00 mills/kWh ........................ 2.50 mills/kWh ........................ 25.0

The proposed rates are expected to confirm, approve, and place such rates applicability involving rates or services
become effective January 1, 2007, and into effect on an interim basis to the applicable to public property.
remain in effect through December 31, Deputy Secretary of Energy; and (3) the
2011. The proposed rates are designed authority to confirm, approve, and place Environmental Compliance
to recover an annual revenue into effect on a final basis, to remand, In compliance with the National
requirement that includes operation and or to disapprove such rates to the Environmental Policy Act of 1969
maintenance, purchase of transmission Commission. Existing Department of (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the
capacity, interest, other expenses, and Energy (DOE) procedures for public
Council on Environmental Quality
investment repayment. The rate increase participation in power and transmission
Regulations for implementing NEPA (40
results primarily from increased rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were
published on September 18, 1985 (50 FR CFR parts 1500–1508); and DOE NEPA
operation and maintenance costs,
interest expense, and repayment of 37835). Implementing Procedures and
capitalized expenses. Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Western
Availability of Information has determined this action is
Legal Authority All brochures, studies, comments, categorically excluded from preparing
Since the proposed rates constitute a letters, memorandums, or other an environmental assessment or an
major adjustment as defined by 10 CFR documents that Western initiates or uses environmental impact statement.
part 903, Western will hold both a to develop the proposed rates are
available for inspection and copying at Determination Under Executive Order
public information forum and a public
the Desert Southwest Customer Service 12866
comment forum. After review of public
comments and possible amendments or Regional Office, Western Area Power Western has an exemption from
adjustments, Western will recommend Administration, located at 615 South centralized regulatory review under
that the Deputy Secretary of Energy 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Many of Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no
approve the proposed rates on an these documents and supporting
clearance of this notice by the Office of
interim basis. information are also available on
Management and Budget is required.
Western is establishing transmission Western’s Web site at: http://
service rates for the Intertie under the www.wapa.gov/dsw/pwrmkt/Intertie/ Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Department of Energy Organization Act RateAdjust.htm. Fairness Act
(42 U.S.C. 7152); the Reclamation Act of Regulatory Procedure Requirements
1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as Western has determined that this rule
amended and supplemented by Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is exempt from congressional
subsequent laws, particularly section The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 notification requirements under 5 U.S.C.
9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.) requires Federal 801 because the action is a rulemaking
1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)); and other acts agencies to perform a regulatory of particular applicability relating to
that specifically apply to the project flexibility analysis if a final rule is likely rates or services and involves matters of
involved. to have a significant economic impact procedure.
By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00, on a substantial number of small entities
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Dated: June 28, 2006.


effective December 6, 2001, the and there is a legal requirement to issue Michael S. Hacskaylo,
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The a general notice of proposed
Administrator.
authority to develop power and rulemaking. This action does not require
transmission rates to Western’s a regulatory flexibility analysis since it [FR Doc. E6–10939 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am]
Administrator; (2) the authority to is a rulemaking of particular BILLING CODE 6450–01–P

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