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EA-1916: DOE Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment

Hydropower Project Pilot License, Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project—FERC Project No. 12711-005

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission or FERC’s) regulations, 18 CFR Part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC’s application for an 8-year pilot license for the proposed Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project (FERC Project No. 12711-005), which would be located in Cobscook Bay in Washington County, Maine, and has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE/EA1916). In the EA, Commission staff analyzes the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the project and concludes that licensing the project, with appropriate environmental protective measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment.