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BPA is currently accepting formal comments on the following topics. You may submit public comments here on-line or mail them to: BPA, P.O. Box 14428, Portland, OR 97293-4428. Please call us at 800-622-4519 if you are experiencing technical difficulties uploading your comment or attachments.

We welcome comments on any subject and invite you to scroll to the bottom of the page to the General Comments area to submit comments that are not part of a formal comment period.

Cost Verification for FY 2014 Slice True-Up Adjustment Charge – First Comment Period

On Nov. 19, 2014, BPA has posted for public review and comment the Composite Cost Pool True-Up Table and the Slice True-Up Adjustment, which reflects the actual expenses and revenue credits for FY 2014.
BPA will allow 15 Business Days (or through Dec. 11, 2014) for the identification of any Slice True-Up Adjustment issue for consideration by BPA for inclusion in the Agreed Upon Procedures (AUPs), including questions regarding the sum of adjusted Tier One Cost Allocators (TOCAs), the actual Unused Rate Period High Water Mark (RHWM) credit, and the Slice Percentages used in this calculation.  AUPs are defined as services that fall under the category of miscellaneous financial services provided to BPA by an external auditor that are covered contractually between BPA and an external auditor.  After the identification of such issues, BPA will draft the tasks to be included in the AUPs to address such issues, if any, no later than Dec. 19, 2014. The FY 2014 Composite cost pool savings when compared to the Rate Case forecast is $150 million.  As a result, the FY 2014 Slice True-Up Adjustment that is applicable to Slice customers is a total of ($40.8) million, which is a credit. For more information, see Attachment A of the Tiered Rates Methodology, or click on the website listed below.

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    Comment Period Ends  12/11/2014

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Northern Mid-Columbia Joint Project

In mid- November BPA released the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Northern Mid- Columbia Joint Project. If constructed, this proposed 230-kV transmission line and associated facilities would be located in the northern mid-Columbia area of Washington State, south of Wenatchee.  The draft EA describes the project and why it is needed, discusses the environmental impacts the project could create, and describes mitigation measures that would avoid or lessen those impacts.  

BPA welcomes public comments on the draft EA beginning November 17. Interested parties should send comments on the draft EA to BPA by January 14, 2015.  All comments will be posted in their entirety on the project website.
Public meetings:  December, 2014
BPA and Douglas PUD have scheduled two informal, open-house meetings to answer questions and accept comments on the draft EA for the proposed project.  Meeting times and locations are:

Tuesday,  December 9,  2014
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Rock Island Elementary School
5645  Rock  Island  Road
Rock  Island,  Wash.  98850

Wednesday,  December  10,  2014
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Alcoa  Inc.  Production  Facility
6200  Malaga / Alcoa  Hwy.
Malaga,  Wash.  98828


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    Comment Period Ends  1/14/2015

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Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program DEIS

Starting in March, 2013 The Bonneville Power Administration began preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Walla Walla Spring Chinook Hatchery Program. BPA is proposing to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to construct and operate a hatchery for spring Chinook salmon in the Walla Walla River basin in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.  The proposed Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery would be constructed at the CTUIR’s existing Adult Holding and Spawning Facility on the South Fork Walla Walla River near Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County, Oregon. The new hatchery facility would be designed to incubate and rear up to 500,000 yearling spring Chinook smolts.

During the process of analyzing the impacts of the proposal, it was discovered that the original design with traditional hatchery raceways was not feasible. To solve the problem, circular tanks for rearing juvenile fish that recirculate and reuse water were evaluated. The new design saves water and increases fish survival.  In addition to changing the design of the proposed hatchery, the feasibility of transferring the production of 850,000 spring Chinook smolts from the Umatilla Hatchery to the proposed Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery is also being analyzed.

The original alternatives in the EIS have been expanded. We would like to hear from you about these new alternatives. To learn more about the project go to or contact Judy Woodward at or call503-325-8333. You may also call toll free 800-622-4519, please mention Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program.

You are welcome to join us at one of the below public meetings:

Wednesday, October 29th
Dayton Memorial Library
111 S. 3rd Street
Dayton, WA  99328
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, October 30th
Milton-Freewater Community Building
109 NE 5th
Milton-Freewater, OR  97862
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Comment Period Open  10/07/2014

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    Comment Period Ends  11/24/2014

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2014 General Comments

General BPA Comments not specific to an open project comment period.

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    Comment Period Ends  12/31/2014

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