Informing the Public

Safety of Water Power Projects and Project Works

The Commission is proposing to amend its regulations governing the safety of hydropower projects licensed by the Commission under the Federal Power Act. These regulations are intended to promote the safe operation, effective maintenance, and efficient repair of licensed hydropower projects and project works to ensure the protection of life, health, and property in surrounding communities. Specifically, the Commission proposes to revise its regulations to: Incorporate two tiers of project safety inspections by independent consultants, codify existing guidance requiring certain licensees to develop an owner's dam safety program and a public safety plan, update existing regulations related to public safety incident reporting, and make various minor revisions.