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U.S. Congress. House.
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE.
FIRST AND SECOND SESSIONS
A BILL TO AMEND PART I OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT
H.R. 7201 and H.R. 7494
BILLS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE OPERATION
JULY 16, 27, 1959, AND JANUARY 20, 1960
Printed for the use of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce
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COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE
JOHN BELL WILLIAMS, Mississippi
SAMUEL N. FRIEDEL, Maryland
TORBERT H. MACDONALD, Massachusetts
JOHN JARMAN, Oklahoma
LEO W. O'BRIEN, New York
JOHN E. MOSS, California
JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan
JOE M. KILGORE, Texas
PAUL G. ROGERS, Florida
ROBERT W. HEMPHILL, South Carolina
ANDREW STEVENSON KURT BORCHARDT
JOHN B. BENNETT, Michigan
STEVEN B. DEROUNIAN, New York
W. E. WILLIAMSON, Clerk
SAM G. SPAL
MARTIN W. CUNNINGHAM
Dubrow, Morgan, manager, Washington office, Bonneville Power Ad-
Gatchell, Willard W., General Counsel, Federal Power Commission__
Hemphill, Hon. Robert W., a Representative in Congress from the
Hooker, Lester, member, State Corporation Commission of Virginia__
Metcalf, Hon. Lee, a Representative in Congress from the State of
Meyer, Bernard, attorney, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the
Norwood, Gus, Northwest Public Power Commission, Inc.
O'Kelly, Alan P., Washington Water Power Co., Spokane, Wash..
Radin, Alex, general manager, American Public Power Association__
Roberts, Austin L., Jr., general solicitor, National Association of
Railroad and Utilities Commissioners.
Stevens, Jack D., representing Grant and Chelan County Public
Utility Districts, Seattle, Wash....
Ullman, Hon. Al, a Representative in Congress from the State of
Weinberg, Edward, Assistant Solicitor, Department of the Interior__
Williams, Arthur M., Jr., vice president and counsel, South Carolina
Additional information submitted for the record by-
Additional information submitted for the record-Continued
Interior Department, letters from Hon. Fred G. Aandahl, Assistant
Lewis-Clark G. & T. Co-op, telegram from Edgar Collison, president__
Resolution of County Commissioners Association of the State of
Section-by-section analysis of H.R. 7201..
Montana Farmers Union, letter from Leonard Kenfield, president__
National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners, letter
from Austin L. Roberts, Jr., general solicitor___.
National Farmers Union:
Letter from James G. Patton, president, to Senator Murray--.
Northwest Public Power Association, Inc.:
Letters from Gus Norwood, executive secretary.
Stevens, Jack D.:
Benefits due to storage releases at Flathead Lake, map_.
Washington Public Utility Districts' Association, statement of Ken
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 1959
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND POWER, OF THE
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,
The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., pursuant to call, in room 1334 of the New House Office Building, Hon. Oren Harris (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
Today the subcommittee is holding hearings on three bills. Interest has been manifested in this problem for some time. The bills are H.R. 5309, by our colleague from Virginia, Mr. Gary; H.R. 7201, by our colleague from Montana, Mr. Metcalf; and H.R. 7494, by our colleague from South Carolina, and a member of this committee, Mr. Hemphill. These bills to amend the Federal Power Act provide that charges shall be paid by Federal power projects which are benefited by upstream improvements constructed by other parties.
H.R. 7201 and H.R. 7494 are identical bills, but H.R. 5309 treats the subject a little differently.
In addition, H.R. 5309 would amend the existing law (1) to provide for exemption of projects of 2,000 horsepower or less compared with the present 100 horsepower-from certain licensing provisions of the Federal Power Act; and (2) to provide for relicensing the same licensee upon application if the United States does not take over a project at the end of the license period.
All three subjects have been before this committee in one form or another for several years. The charging of Federal projects with upstream benefits was proposed in the 1954 budget message of the President, and considered by the 83d Congress, and has been a legislative recommendation of the Federal Power Commission.
The increase in the exemption from 100 to 2,000 horsepower was considered by the committee in connection with legislation in the 80th Congress and has been recommended by the Federal Power Commission since 1951.
The renewal of a license at the end of a 50-year period, which is opposed by the Federal Power Commmission as being an unnecessary amendment, was considered in the 83d Congress in connection with legislation exempting State and municipal projects from recapture provisions of the act.