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any region to be developed, the water power industry and its relation to other industries and to interstate or foreign commerce, and concerning the location, capacity, development costs, and relation to markets of power sites, and whether the power from Government dams can be advantageously used by the United States for its pub- ernment dams, lic purposes, and what is a fair value of such power, to the extent the commission may deem necessary or useful for the purposes of this Act.
In order to aid the commission in determining the net investment of a licensee in any project, the licensee shall, ments of cost of upon oath, within a reasonable period of time, to be fixed to be furnished by the commission, after the construction of the original by licensees. project or any addition thereto or betterment thereof, file with the commission, in such detail as the commission may require, a statement in duplicate showing the actual legitimate cost of construction of such project, addition, or betterment, and the price paid for water rights, rights of way, lands, or interest in lands. The commission shall deposit one of said statements with the Secretary of the Treasury. The licensee shall grant to project, records, the commission or to its duly authorized agent or agents, at all reasonable times, free access to such project, addition, or betterment, and to all maps, profiles, contracts, reports of engineers, accounts, books, records, and all other papers and documents relating thereto. (b) To cooperate with the executive departments and
Cooperate with other agencies of State or National Governments in such Federal or State investigations; and for such purpose the several depart- vestigations. ments and agencies of the National Government are authorized and directed upon the request of the commission, to furnish such records, papers, and information in their possession as may be requested by the commission, and temporarily to detail to the commission such officers or experts as may be necessary in such investigations.
(c) To make public from time to time the information secured hereunder, and to provide for the publication of mation, etc. its reports and investtigations in such form and manner as may be best adapted for public information and use. The commission, on or before the first Monday in Decem
Reports to Conber of each year, shall submit to Congress for the fiscal gress. year preceding a classified report showing the permits and licenses issued under this Act, and in each case the parties thereto, the terms prescribed, and the moneys received, if any, on account thereof.
(d) To issue licenses to citizens of the United States, or to any association of such citizens, or to any corporation organized under the laws of the United States or veloping water any State thereof, or to any State, or municipality for power, etc. the purpose of constructing, operating, and maintaining dams, water conduits, reservoirs, power houses, transmission lines, or other project works necessary or con
Issue licenses for improving Provisos.
Restriction on use in tions.
venient for the development and improvement of navigation, and for the development, transmission, and utilization of power across, along, from or in any of the navigable waters of the United States, or upon any part of the public lands and reservations of the United States (including the Territories), or for the purpose of utilizing the surplus water or water power from any Govern
ment dam, except as herein provided : Provided, That lireserva. censes shall be issued within any reservation only after a
finding by the commission that the license will not interfere or be inconsistent with the purpose for which such reservation was created or acquired, and shall be subject to and contain such conditions as the Secretary of the department under whose supervision such reservation falls
shall deem necessary for the adequate protection and Approval of utilization of such reservation: Provided further, That navigable waters. no license affecting the navigable capacity of any navi
gable waters of the United States shall be issued until the plans of the dam or other structures affecting navigation have been approved by the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of War. Whenever the contemplated improvement is, in the judgment of the commission, desirable and justified in the public interest for the purpose of improving or developing a waterway or waterways for the use or benefit of interstate or foreign commerce, a finding to that effect shall be made by the commission
and shall become a part of the records of the commisUse of Govern- sion: Provided further, That in case the commission shall public purposes. find that any Government dam may be advantageously
used by the United States for public purposes in addition to navigation, no license therefor shall be issued until two years after it shall have reported to Congress the facts and conditions relating thereto, except that this
provision shall not apply to any Government dam conNotice of ap structed prior to the passage of this Act: And provided preliminary per: further, That upon the filing of any application for a
license which has not been preceded by a preliminary permit under subsection (e) of this section, notice shall be given and published as required by the proviso of
said subsection. Issue prelimi. (e) To issue preliminary permits for the purpose of nary permits to applicants.
enabling applicants for a license hereunder to secure the Proviso.
data and to perform the acts required by section 9 hereof: to State, etc. Provided, however, That upon the filing of any applica
tion for a preliminary permit by any person, association, or corporation the commission, before granting such application, shall at once give notice of such application in writing to any State or municipality likely to be interested in or affected by such application; and shall also publish notice of such application for eight weeks in a daily or weekly newspaper published in the county or counties in which the project or any part thereof or the lands affected thereby are situated.
Prescribe rules for accounting,
(f) To prescribe rules and regulations for the establishment of a system of accounts and for the maintenance operating, etc. thereof by licensees hereunder; to examine all books and accounts of such licensees at any time; to require them to submit at such time or times as the commission may require statements and reports, including full information as to assets and liabilities, capitalization, net investment and reduction thereof, gross receipts, interest due and paid, depreciation and other reserves, cost of project, cost of maintenance and operation of the project, cost of renewals and replacements of the project works, and as to depreciation of the project works and as to production, transmission, use and sale of power; also to require any licensee to make adequate provision for currently determining said costs and other facts. All such statements and reports shall be made upon oath, unless otherwise specified, and in such form and on such blanks as the commission may require. Any person who, for the pur-Punishment for pose of deceiving, makes or causes to be made any
false entry in the books or the accounts of such licensee, and any person who, for the purpose of deceiving, makes or causes to be made any false statement or report in response to a request or order or direction from the commission for the statements and report herein referred to shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(g) To hold hearings and to order testimony to be taken by deposition at any designated place in connec- sitions, etc. tion with the application for any permit or license, or the regulation of rates, service, or securities, or the making of any investigation, as provided in this Act; and to require by subpæna, signed by any member of the commission, the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence from any place in the United States, and in case of disobedience to a subpæna the commission may invoke the aid of any court of the United States in requiring the attendance courts. and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence. Any member, expert, or examiner Administer of the commission may, when duly designated by the oaths, etc. commission for such purposes, administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses and receive evidence. Depositions may be taken before any person designated by the commission or by its executive secretary and empowered to administer oaths, shall be reduced to writing by such person or under his direction, and subscribed by the deponent. Witnesses summoned before the commis- Witnees fees, sion shall be paid the same fees and mileage that are paid witnesses in the courts of the United States, and witnesses whose depositions are taken and persons taking the same shall severally be entitled to the same fees as are paid for like services in the courts of the United States.
Conduct hear. ings, order depo.
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Other neces. sary powers.
(h) To perform any and all acts, to make such rules and regulations, and to issue such orders not inconsistent with this Act as may be necessary and proper for the
purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act. Preliminary
SEC. 5. That each preliminary permit issued under Issue of, to ob- this Act shall be for the sole purpose of maintaining tain proirity for
priority of application for a license under the terms of this Act for such period or periods, not exceeding a total of three years, as in the discretion of the commission may be necessary for making examinations and surveys, for preparing maps, plans, specifications, and estimates, and for making financial arrangements. Each such permit shall set forth the conditions under which priority shall be maintained and a license issued. Such permits shall not be transferable, and may be canceled by order of the commission upon failure of permittees to comply with the conditions thereof.
Sec. 6. That licenses under this Act shall be issued for conditions con- a period not exceeding fifty years. Each such license
shall be conditioned upon acceptance by the licensee of all the terms and conditions of this Act and such further conditions, if any, as the commission shall prescribe in conformity with this Act, which said terms and condi
tions and the acceptance thereof shall be expressed in Revocation, etc. said license. Licenses may be revoked only for the rea
sons and in the manner prescribed under the provisions of this Act, and may be altered or surrendered only upon mutual agreement between the licensee and the commis. sion after ninety days' public notice.
Sec. 7. That in issuing preliminary permits hereunder State, etc., appli
or licenses where no preliminary permit has been issued and in issuing licenses to new licensees under section 15 hereof the commission shall give preference to applications therefor by States and municipalities, provided the plans for the same are deemed by the commission equally well adapted, or shall within a reasonable time to be fixed by the commission be made equally well adapted, to conserve and utilize in the public interest the navigation
and water resources of the region; and as between other Between other applicants.
applicants, the commission may give preference to the applicant the plans of which it finds and determines are best adapted to develop, conserve, and utilize in the public interest the navigation and water resources of the region, if it be satisfied as to the ability of the applicant
to carry out such plans. Action it Com. mission deem
That whenever, in the judgment of the commission, the Government development of any project should be undertaken by the
United States itself, the commission shall not approve any application for such project by any citizen, association, corporation, State, or municipality, but shall cause to be made such examinations, surveys, reports, plans, and estimates of the cost of the project as it may deem necessary, and shall submit its findings to ('ongress with such
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recommendations as it may deem appropriate concerning the construction of such project or completion of any project upon any Government dam by the United States.
The commission is hereby authorized and directed to investigate and, on or before the 1st day of January, 1921, the Potomac report to Congress the cost and, in detail, the economic "Investigation of value of the power plant outlined in project numbered cost, etc. et of 3, House Document numbered 1400, Sixty-second Con-at. gress, third session, in view of existing conditions, utilizing such study as may heretofore have been made by any department of the Government; also in connection with such project to submit plans and estimates of cost necessary to secure an increased and adequate water supply for the District of Columbia. For this purpose the ter supply, Dios
. sum of $25,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated.
SEC. 8. That no voluntary transfer of any license, or of the rights thereunder granted, shall be made without censes etc., the written approval of the commission; and any successor or assign of the rights of such licensee, whether by voluntary transfer, judicial sale, foreclosure sale, or otherwise, shall be subject to all the conditions of the license under which such rights are held by such licensee and also subject to all the provisions and conditions of this Act to the same extent as though such successor or assign were the original licensee hereunder: Provided, Proriso. That a mortgage or trust deed or judicial sales made
excepted. thereunder or under tax sales shall not be deemed voluntary transfers within the meaning of this section. Sec. 9. That each applicant for a license hereunder Application re
quirements. shall submit to the commission
(a) Such maps, plans, specifications, and estimates of cost as may be required for a full understanding of the plans, etc. proposed project. Such maps, plans, and specifications
Changes rewhen approved by the commission shall be made a part of stricted" the license; and thereafter no change shall be made in said maps, plans, or specifications until such changes shall have been approved and made a part of such license by the commission.
(b) Satisfactory evidence that the applicant has com- Compliance plied with the requirements of the laws of the State or States within which the proposed project is to be located with respect to bed and banks and to the appropriation, diversion, and use of water for power purposes and with respect to the right to engage in the business of developing, transmitting, and distributing power, and in any other business necessary to effect the purposes of a license under this Act.
(c) Such additional information as the commission may require.
SEC. 10. That all licenses issued under this Act shall be on the following conditions:
with State laws.
Conditions o! licenses.