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Scope/Content: Abstract: FERC issued docket number p-2710: This application is being submitted in accordance with the provisions of Section IV of the MPA dated June 2004. The MPA is a comprehensive settlement agreement among the licensee, the Penobscot Indian Nation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, various agencies of the State of Maine, and a number of conservation groups. As discussed in greater detail in the Explanatory Statement filed concurrently herewith in this and other project dockets, implementation of the MPA and the companion "Comprehensive Settlement Agreement Between The Penobscot Indian Nation, PPL Maine, LLC, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior" (PIN Agreement) presents the opportunity to resolve all fish passage, energy generation, and Tribal issues associated with licensee's Penobscot River Basin hydroelectric projects and therefore is clearly in the public interest. Section IV of the MPA requires the concurrent filing with the Commission of a number of requests and applications, including this application. These various requests and applications (Phase I Requests), if granted by the Commission without alteration or change that materially prejudices any party to the MPA, will permit the parties to proceed to the subsequent phases of the MPA and thus realize the full public interest benefits contemplated by the MPA. Because of the various fights and interests implicated by the Phase l Requests, all of those requests are interrelated and mutually dependent. Consequently, and as discussed in more detail in the above-referenced Explanatory Statement, if the Commission does not grant this application and all the other Phase 1 Requests without alteration or change that materially prejudices any party to the MPA, all of the Phase 1 Requests, including this application, will be withdrawn pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 385.216. This Application for New License supplements the previously filed "Basin Mills Project Application for New License". In that proceeding, the applicant proposed decommissioning of the Orono Project in conjunction with development of the Basin Mills Project. However, pursuant to the MPA (see Executive Summary) PPL Maine is now proposing to relicense and refurbish the Orono Project. Therefore, consistent with FERC's April 20, 1998 Order (83 FERC ¶ 61,039) requiring the licensee to explain its plans for relicensing the Orono Project, PPL Maine is filing this Application for New License.
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