Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line River Crossing/Right-of-Way Request, Saint Croix National Scenic River, 13540 [05-5446]

Download as PDF 13540 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 53 / Monday, March 21, 2005 / Notices Comments: The FMP/DEIS will be sent directly to those who request it in writing received by regular mail or email. Copies and compact discs of the document will be available at park headquarters, park visitor centers, and at local and regional libraries. The complete document will be posted on the park’s Web site at http:// www.nps.gov/goga/admin/planning. Written comments must be postmarked (or transmitted by e-mail) no later than sixty days from the date of EPA’s notice of filing published in the Federal Register—as soon as it is confirmed, the close of the commenting period will also be posted on the park’s Web site. 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As always, NPS will make available to public inspection all submissions from organizations or businesses and from persons identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations and businesses; and anonymous comments may not be considered. Decision Process: It is anticipated that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Fire Management Plan would be completed in spring, 2005. The availability of the Final EIS will be published in the Federal Register, and announced via mailings and Web site postings. Not sooner than thirty days after the distribution of the Final EIS/ FMP, a Record of Decision may be approved (as a delegated EIS the approving official is the Regional Director, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service). After approval, the official responsible for implementation of the FMP will be the General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:36 Mar 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: February 15, 2005. George J. Turnbull, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 05–5448 Filed 3–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the ArrowheadWeston Transmission Line River Crossing/Right-of-Way Request, Saint Croix National Scenic River National Park Service, Department of the Interior. SUMMARY: Pursuant to § 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Public Law 91–190, 83 Stat. 852, 853, as codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the record of decision for the ArrowheadWeston Transmission Line River Crossing/Right-Of-Way Request. On February 23, the Director, Midwest Region, approved the record of decision for the crossing/right-of-way (ROW) request. Specifically, the NPS has selected the preferred alternative (alternative 1: Long-span option) as described in the final environmental impact statement (EIS). Under the selected action, the NPS will issue a 120-foot wide ROW permit to Minnesota Power, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, and American Transmission Company (the Applicants) to allow for construction and operation of alternative 1: Long-span option, which is a double-circuited, alternating current, 161 and 345-kilovolt transmission line crossing of the Namekagon River, a segment of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (Riverway). The selected action and four other alternatives were analyzed in the draft and final EIS. The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences was assessed. Among the alternatives the NPS considered, the selected action best provides a combination of limiting impacts in the crossing area and providing enhancements throughout the Riverway. The NPS believes the preferred alternative allows for a transmission line crossing of the Namekagon River while minimizing and compensating for impacts to the Riverway. The river crossing will have no impact on the free-flowing characteristics of the Namekagon River and is consistent with the park’s general management plan AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which calls for new crossings to be consolidated in existing crossings. The preferred will allow supporting structures to be set back from line-ofsight of the river, and will require less ground, vegetation, and ongoing maintenance disturbances. The compensatory mitigation package will eliminate up to eight distribution line crossings, provide noise abatement measures on a nearby stretch of the Riverway, and provide funds for studies and activities to enhance scenery and recreation along the Riverway. The record of decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, the rationale for why the selected action is the environmentally preferred alternative, a finding on impairment of park resources and values, and an overview of public involvement in the decisionmaking process. Ms. Jill Medland, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, 401 Hamilton Street, P.O. Box 708, Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024; phone 715 483–3284, extension 609. Copies of the record of decision may be obtained from the contact listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: February 22, 2005. Ernest Quintana, Regional Director, Midwest Region. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision on the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Arrowhead-Weston Transmission 
Line River Crossing/Right-of-Way Request, Saint Croix National Scenic 
River

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Sec.  102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, Public Law 91-190, 83 Stat. 852, 853, as codified 
as amended at 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) 
announces the availability of the record of decision for the Arrowhead-
Weston Transmission Line River Crossing/Right-Of-Way Request. On 
February 23, the Director, Midwest Region, approved the record of 
decision for the crossing/right-of-way (ROW) request. Specifically, the 
NPS has selected the preferred alternative (alternative 1: Long-span 
option) as described in the final environmental impact statement (EIS). 
Under the selected action, the NPS will issue a 120-foot wide ROW 
permit to Minnesota Power, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, and 
American Transmission Company (the Applicants) to allow for 
construction and operation of alternative 1: Long-span option, which is 
a double-circuited, alternating current, 161 and 345-kilovolt 
transmission line crossing of the Namekagon River, a segment of the 
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (Riverway).
    The selected action and four other alternatives were analyzed in 
the draft and final EIS. The full range of foreseeable environmental 
consequences was assessed. Among the alternatives the NPS considered, 
the selected action best provides a combination of limiting impacts in 
the crossing area and providing enhancements throughout the Riverway. 
The NPS believes the preferred alternative allows for a transmission 
line crossing of the Namekagon River while minimizing and compensating 
for impacts to the Riverway. The river crossing will have no impact on 
the free-flowing characteristics of the Namekagon River and is 
consistent with the park's general management plan which calls for new 
crossings to be consolidated in existing crossings. The preferred will 
allow supporting structures to be set back from line-of-sight of the 
river, and will require less ground, vegetation, and ongoing 
maintenance disturbances. The compensatory mitigation package will 
eliminate up to eight distribution line crossings, provide noise 
abatement measures on a nearby stretch of the Riverway, and provide 
funds for studies and activities to enhance scenery and recreation 
along the Riverway.
    The record of decision includes a statement of the decision made, 
synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, 
the rationale for why the selected action is the environmentally 
preferred alternative, a finding on impairment of park resources and 
values, and an overview of public involvement in the decisionmaking 
process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jill Medland, Saint Croix National 
Scenic Riverway, 401 Hamilton Street, P.O. Box 708, Saint Croix Falls, 
Wisconsin 54024; phone 715 483-3284, extension 609. Copies of the 
record of decision may be obtained from the contact listed above.

    Dated: February 22, 2005.
Ernest Quintana,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
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