FERC invites comments on new dam safety monitoring plan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission invites comments by Aug. 16 on a draft of its new Dam Safety Surveillance Monitoring Plan.

The plan explains how a dam owner is to monitor and evaluate the performance of a dam or project structure.

FERC said the need for a Surveillance Monitoring Plan grew out of a meeting with licensees in the commission’s Chicago Regional Office. Members of the National Hydropower Association’s Hydraulic Power Committee also contributed to plan development.

One requirement outlined in the draft calls for dam owners periodically to submit a Surveillance and Monitoring Report. FERC staff in the Office of Energy Projects’ Division of Dam Safety and Inspections says the report is to provide findings on overall dam performance.

The plan also provides information on an operator surveillance program, an instrumentation monitoring program, discussion of potential failure modes, and procedures for processing and evaluating data.

The draft is available on FERC’s Internet site, www.ferc.gov, under �Regulations, Guidelines, and Manuals,� in the �Industries, Hydropower, Safety and Inspections� section. FERC said comments should be submitted by e-mail to John Zygaj, john.zygaj@ferc.gov, and copied to Bill Allerton at william.allerton@ferc.gov.

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