Comments Due this Week on FERC Rule Limiting Public Access

Public comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposal to limit public access to "critical energy infrastructure information" are due this Thursday, Nov. 14. FERC granted an extension to the original deadline, as reported in a previous issue of the Watcher, in response to a request filed by American Rivers and members of the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC). FERC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued on Sept. 5, 2002, and published in the Federal Register on Sept. 13 in Docket Nos. RM02-4-000 and PL02-1-000. FERC began its rulemaking in response to last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. OMB Watch is preparing comments on the proposed rule that will be made available through our web site upon submission to FERC.
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