Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc. (DESC) filed an Application for New License with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Parr Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 1894) on June 28, 2018. The project is located on the Broad River, Parr Reservoir, and Monticello Reservoir in Fairfield and Newberry Counties, SC. The FERC completed its initial review of the application and on July 31, 2019 accepted the application as Ready for Environmental Analysis (REA). Per FERC regulations for a major hydroelectric project at 18 CFR § 5.23(b), DESC must request 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) as required under section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act from the certifying agency within 60 days of issuance of the REA notice.
DHEC received the request for 401 WQC and an application with supporting information, including maps of the project area, on Friday, August 16, 2019.
DHEC subsequently issued public notice of the 401 WQC request on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 soliciting comments on water quality. See also the PDF copy posted below.
DHEC will post a copy of the Notice of Department Decision here following issuance.
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