Environmental impact statement approved for Juneau Hydropower

    The company behind a proposed hydroelectric dam project in Juneau is one step closer to beginning its operations after federal regulators determined it had addressed environmental concerns surrounding the project.

    The company behind a proposed hydroelectric dam project in Juneau is one step closer to beginning its operations after federal regulators determined it had addressed environmental concerns surrounding the project.

    Juneau Hydropower's managing director, Duff Mitchell, says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the company's environmental impact statement. He says they are now awaiting a license to get the project up and running.

    The company has been working on plans to dam Sweetheart Lake near Juneau to begin constructing the hydroelectric plant.

    The plant would power a heating system designed to remove heat from the Gastineau Channel and transfer it to Juneau homes and businesses.

    Juneau Hydropower was required to look into the project's impact on marine life and water quality.

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