Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Military Training Activities at Makua Military Reservation (MMR), HI, 44580-44581 [05-15277]

Download as PDF 44580 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Notices possible effects on the following issue areas: land use; air quality; noise; geology; topography and soils; water resources; biological resources; cultural resources; socioeconomics; environmental justice; infrastructure; and hazardous and toxic materials and wastes (HTMW). Significant impacts would be anticipated from both action alternatives, although the Preferred Alternative would result in greater impacts. The Train at Existing Army Facilities Alternative would result in fewer impacts but would not achieve the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action as effectively and efficiently as the Preferred Alternative. Studies concluded that implementation of the Preferred Alternative would result in some significant but unmitigable impacts to air quality, geology and soils, and biological resources, and would result in significant but mitigable impacts to land use, water resources, cultural resources, and the HTMW. The Preferred Alternative would also result in beneficial impacts to socioeconomics and to minority and low income populations. The Train Using Existing Army Facilities Alternative would result in significant unmitigable impacts to air quality (e.g, via fugitive dust during training episodes) and would negate the beneficial socioeconomic impacts of the Preferred alternative in the vicinities of NGTC–FTIG and Fort Pickett; the statewide (Pennsylvania) socioeconomic benefits would still occur. The No Action Alternative would result in no significant impacts but would not achieve the established purpose of and need for the Proposed Action. SBCT is a new concept that uses technology and information to improve the abilities of Army units. This change will allow the Army greater flexibility and will improve the variety of missions to which they can respond. The SBCT will use the ligher, more efficient, and more maneuverable Stryker vehicle to increase the speed at which Soldiers are transported to conflict areas, and will provide protective cover as Soldiers dismount and move by foot to desired target areas. The Stryker also enables Soldiers to obtain time sensitive, critical information and intelligence from their commanders and to maintain constant communication via refined satellite links and internet connections. This is a radical departure from the way Soldiers fight today and requires new ranges, training facilities and training protocols, as well as high-tech communication facilities, to ensure the military readiness and preparedness of the SBCT’s to fulfill military objectives. VerDate jul<14>2003 15:22 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: July 28, 2005. Daphne Kamely, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health) OASA (I&E). [FR Doc. 05–15278 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Military Training Activities at Makua Military Reservation (MMR), HI Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Army proposes to conduct military training exercises at MMR, Oahu, Hawaii, for units assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) (25th ID(L)) and for other military components. Other military components that have used MMR in the past include the Marine Corps, Army Reserves, and the Hawaii Army National Guard. Conducting live-fire exercises at the company level and below is critical to maintaining the readiness of all military units assigned or stationed in Hawaii in particular because training at the company level is one of the key building blocks in the Army’s progressive training doctrine. Under this doctrine, Soldiers first train as smaller units and then train collectively as part of a large unit. In addition, the training received by a company commander during a company-level combined-arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX) is invaluable in teaching Soldiers the skills required to coordinate and integrate the combined arms support provided by aviation, artillery, mortar, and combat engineer support teams. These communication and coordination skills are essential when several companies combine as a battalion under the control of a battalion commander. The DEIS addresses, among other things, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with the proposal to conduct military training activities at MMR. The DEIS development process was conducted in accordance with the Settlement Agreement and Stipulated Order between Malama Makua and the Department of Defense (filed October 4, 2001). DATES: Submit comments on or before September 21, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct questions and/or written comments to, or request a copy of the DEIS from Mr. Gary Shirakata, Programs and Project Management PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, ATTN: CEPOH–PP–E (Shirakata), Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858–5440. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary Shirakata at (808) 438–0772; by email at MakuaEIS@poh01.usace.army.mil; or by facsimile at (808) 438–7801. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS analyzes three alternatives to accomplish the proposed training on Oahu: Alternative 1 (Reduced Capacity Use with Some Weapons Restrictions), Alternative 2 (Full Capacity Use with Some Weapons Restrictions), Alternative 3 (Full Capacity Use with Fewer Restrictions). Alternative 3 is the Army’s Preferred Alternative. A No Action Alternative, under which no military training would be conducted, also was evaluated. For all alternatives (with the exception of No Action), MMR would be used for 242 training days per year. Alternative 1 (Reduced Capacity Use) involves conducting up to 19 to 28 company-level CALFEXs per year. Alternatives 2 and 3 (Full Capacity Use) involve conducting up to 50 companylevel CALFEXs per year. Weapon systems used for all three training alternatives would be similar to those used during current training. In addition to the current weapons systems, Alternative 2 incorporates the use of tracer ammunition. Alternative 3 (Preferred Alternative) adds tracer ammunition; inert, tube-launched, opticallly-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles; 2.75-caliber rockets; and illumination munitions. Alternative 3 also would include use of an expanded training area that would utilize the ridge between the north and south lobes of the training area. Some of the major potential impacts discussed in the DEIS are associated with contamination of soil, surface water, and groundwater, air quality; cultural sites; natural resources; endangered and threatened species; noise; recreational resources; wildfires; and the safety and transport of munitions through the Waianae community. Comments on the DEIS will be considered in preparing the Final EIS. Public meetings to receive comments on the DEIS will be held along the Waianae Coast, Oahu. Notification of the times and locations for the public meetings will be published in local newspapers and the Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control Bulletin. Copies of the DEIS are available for review at the following libraries: Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Notices Honolulu; Wahiawa Public Library, 820 California Avenue, Wahiawa; Waianae Public Library, 85–625 Farrington Highway, Waianae; and the Pearl City Public Library, 1138 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. The DEIS may also be reviewed at the following Web site: http:// www.makuaeis.com. Dated: July 27, 2005. Daphne Kennedy, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health) OASA(I&E). [FR Doc. 05–15277 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Intent To Grant an Exclusive License of a U.S. Government-Owned Patent AGENCY: ACTION: Department of the Army, DoD. Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i), announcement is made of the intent to grant an exclusive (except for use as a portable lavatory enclosure), royaltybearing, revocable license within the geographic area of the United States of America and its territories and possessions to U.S. Patent 6,672,323, issued January 6, 2004 entitled ‘‘Multipurpose Self-Erecting Structure having Advanced Insect Protection and Storage Characteristics,’’ to Kamp-Rite Tent Cot, Inc. with its principal place of business at 1050 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036. Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, ATTN: Command Judge Advocate, MCMR–ZA–J, 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702–5012. ADDRESSES: For patent issues, Ms. Elizabeth Arwine, Patent Attorney, (301) 619–7808. For licensing issues, Dr. Paul Mele, Office of Research & Technology Assessment, (301) 619–6664, both at telefax (301) 619–5034. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wishing to object to the grant of this license can file written objections along with supporting evidence, if any, within 15 days from the date of this publication. Written objections are to be filed with the Command Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, 504 Scott SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate jul<14>2003 15:22 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702–5012. 44581 system of records notice S330.30, entitled CAHS Employee Assistance Program Records (November 16, 2004, 69 FR 67112). Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 05–15297 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 05–15352 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Department of the Army Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DoD. ACTION: Notice to delete systems of records; HDTRA01 Employee Assistance Program. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is deleting a system of records notice from its existing inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. DATES: This proposed action will be effective without further notice on September 2, 2005, unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination. ADDRESSES: Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Officer, Defense Threat Reduction, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Stop 6201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060– 6201. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Brenda Carter at (703) 325–1205. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address above. 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The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on July 27, 2005, to the House Committee on Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A–130, ‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,’ dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The system of records is maintained under the Defense Logistics Agency PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Ms. Janice Thornton at (703) 428–6497. E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1

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[FR Doc No: 05-15277]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) for Military Training Activities at Makua Military 
Reservation (MMR), HI

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Army proposes to conduct military training exercises at 
MMR, Oahu, Hawaii, for units assigned to the 25th Infantry Division 
(Light) (25th ID(L)) and for other military components. Other military 
components that have used MMR in the past include the Marine Corps, 
Army Reserves, and the Hawaii Army National Guard. Conducting live-fire 
exercises at the company level and below is critical to maintaining the 
readiness of all military units assigned or stationed in Hawaii in 
particular because training at the company level is one of the key 
building blocks in the Army's progressive training doctrine. Under this 
doctrine, Soldiers first train as smaller units and then train 
collectively as part of a large unit. In addition, the training 
received by a company commander during a company-level combined-arms 
live-fire exercise (CALFEX) is invaluable in teaching Soldiers the 
skills required to coordinate and integrate the combined arms support 
provided by aviation, artillery, mortar, and combat engineer support 
teams. These communication and coordination skills are essential when 
several companies combine as a battalion under the control of a 
battalion commander. The DEIS addresses, among other things, the 
potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts 
associated with the proposal to conduct military training activities at 
MMR. The DEIS development process was conducted in accordance with the 
Settlement Agreement and Stipulated Order between Malama Makua and the 
Department of Defense (filed October 4, 2001).

DATES: Submit comments on or before September 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct questions and/or written comments to, or request a 
copy of the DEIS from Mr. Gary Shirakata, Programs and Project 
Management Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, 
ATTN: CEPOH-PP-E (Shirakata), Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858-
5440.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary Shirakata at (808) 438-0772; 
by e-mail at Makua-EIS@poh01.usace.army.mil; or by facsimile at (808) 
438-7801.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS analyzes three alternatives to 
accomplish the proposed training on Oahu: Alternative 1 (Reduced 
Capacity Use with Some Weapons Restrictions), Alternative 2 (Full 
Capacity Use with Some Weapons Restrictions), Alternative 3 (Full 
Capacity Use with Fewer Restrictions). Alternative 3 is the Army's 
Preferred Alternative. A No Action Alternative, under which no military 
training would be conducted, also was evaluated.
    For all alternatives (with the exception of No Action), MMR would 
be used for 242 training days per year. Alternative 1 (Reduced Capacity 
Use) involves conducting up to 19 to 28 company-level CALFEXs per year. 
Alternatives 2 and 3 (Full Capacity Use) involve conducting up to 50 
company-level CALFEXs per year. Weapon systems used for all three 
training alternatives would be similar to those used during current 
training. In addition to the current weapons systems, Alternative 2 
incorporates the use of tracer ammunition. Alternative 3 (Preferred 
Alternative) adds tracer ammunition; inert, tube-launched, opticallly-
tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles; 2.75-caliber rockets; and 
illumination munitions. Alternative 3 also would include use of an 
expanded training area that would utilize the ridge between the north 
and south lobes of the training area.
    Some of the major potential impacts discussed in the DEIS are 
associated with contamination of soil, surface water, and groundwater, 
air quality; cultural sites; natural resources; endangered and 
threatened species; noise; recreational resources; wildfires; and the 
safety and transport of munitions through the Waianae community.
    Comments on the DEIS will be considered in preparing the Final EIS. 
Public meetings to receive comments on the DEIS will be held along the 
Waianae Coast, Oahu. Notification of the times and locations for the 
public meetings will be published in local newspapers and the Hawaii 
Office of Environmental Quality Control Bulletin.
    Copies of the DEIS are available for review at the following 
libraries: Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street,

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Honolulu; Wahiawa Public Library, 820 California Avenue, Wahiawa; 
Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway, Waianae; and the 
Pearl City Public Library, 1138 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City.
    The DEIS may also be reviewed at the following Web site: http://
www.makuaeis.com.

    Dated: July 27, 2005.
Daphne Kennedy,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and 
Occupational Health) OASA(I&E).
[FR Doc. 05-15277 Filed 8-2-05; 8:45 am]
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