Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Proposed Trust Acquisition and Resort and Casino Project, Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR, 51363-51364 [05-17167]

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(The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund Program; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services Program; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Jkt 205001 BILLING CODE 9110–10–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Proposed Trust Acquisition and Resort and Casino Project, Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. [FEMA–1591–DR] 15:17 Aug 29, 2005 Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 05–17169 Filed 8–29–05; 8:45 am] AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency VerDate Aug<18>2005 Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance; 97.048, Individuals and Households Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050 Individuals and Households ProgramOther Needs, 97.036, Public Assistance Grants; 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes), intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 25-acre trust acquisition and resort and casino project, including transportation system improvements, to be located within the city of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon. Other cooperating agencies include the Oregon Department of Transportation, the city of Cascade Locks, the port of Cascade Locks, Hood River County and, because of proposed transportation system improvements to Interstate 84, the Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economy of the Tribes and help their members attain economic self-sufficiency. This notice also announces public scoping meetings to identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal must arrive by September 30, 2005. Public scoping meetings will be held on the following dates and times: 1. September 15, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cascade Locks, Oregon. 2. September 17, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Cascade Locks, Oregon. 3. September 19, 2005, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Portland, Oregon. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51363 4. September 21, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hood River, Oregon. 5. September 28, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stevenson, Washington. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Ms. June Boynton, Environmental Protection Specialist, Division of Environment, Safety, and Cultural Resources Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 Northeast 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232. You may also fax your comments to (503) 231–6791, or submit them electronically at the project Web site, www.gorgecasinoEIS.com. (Note: BIA cannot receive electronic comments directly via e-mail at this time.) Please include your name, return address, and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Scoping Comments, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Trust Acquisition and Resort/Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The locations of the public scoping meetings are as follows: 1. Cascade Locks—Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine Park, 355 Wa-Na-Pa Street, Cascade Locks, Oregon. 2. Cascade Locks—Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine Park, 355 Wa-Na-Pa Street, Cascade Locks, Oregon. 3. Portland—Benson High School Cafeteria, 546 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. 4. Hood River—Hood River Inn, 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, Oregon. 5. Stevenson—Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Washington. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: June Boynton, (503) 231–6749. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the Tribes’ application for 25 acres of land to be taken into trust for the development of gaming and related entertainment facilities. The 25 acres proposed for trust acquisition are part of a 60-acre tract located at the eastern edge of the city of Cascade Locks in Hood River County, Oregon. The EIS will include an evaluation of alternatives for meeting the proposed facilities’ access needs from Interstate 84. The transportation analysis will include all reasonable alternatives for access from Interstate 84, including modifying or eliminating the existing partial interchanges known as Herman Creek Interchange and East Cascade Locks Interchange. The EIS will also analyze a new interchange at Forest Lane. Although the eventual size and scope of the facilities may be modified based on information obtained through SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 51364 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 30, 2005 / Notices the EIS process, the Tribes’ current proposal for the new gaming facility, on acquired trust land, would have a 90,000-square-foot gaming floor connected to retail shops, dining venues, and a 250-room hotel and spa. The facility would provide parking for 3,600 vehicles, including a parking garage and spaces for oversized vehicles. The proposed action encompasses the various federal approvals required to implement the Tribes’ fee-to-trust application. Areas of environmental concern identified so far for analysis in the EIS include water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, traffic and transportation, land use, public utilities and services, noise, lighting, hazardous materials, environmental justice, and visual resources/aesthetics. The range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS may be expanded based on comments received in response to this notice and at the public scoping meetings. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Department of Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary ‘‘ Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.1. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon 
Proposed Trust Acquisition and Resort and Casino Project, Cascade 
Locks, Hood River County, OR

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, in cooperation with the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes), intends to 
prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 25-acre 
trust acquisition and resort and casino project, including 
transportation system improvements, to be located within the city of 
Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon. Other cooperating agencies 
include the Oregon Department of Transportation, the city of Cascade 
Locks, the port of Cascade Locks, Hood River County and, because of 
proposed transportation system improvements to Interstate 84, the 
Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the proposed action is 
to improve the economy of the Tribes and help their members attain 
economic self-sufficiency. This notice also announces public scoping 
meetings to identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered 
in the EIS.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of 
the proposal must arrive by September 30, 2005.
    Public scoping meetings will be held on the following dates and 
times:
    1. September 15, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cascade Locks, Oregon.
    2. September 17, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Cascade Locks, 
Oregon.
    3. September 19, 2005, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Portland, Oregon.
    4. September 21, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hood River, Oregon.
    5. September 28, 2005, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stevenson, Washington.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Ms. June 
Boynton, Environmental Protection Specialist, Division of Environment, 
Safety, and Cultural Resources Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 
911 Northeast 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232. You may also fax 
your comments to (503) 231-6791, or submit them electronically at the 
project Web site, www.gorgecasinoEIS.com. (Note: BIA cannot receive 
electronic comments directly via e-mail at this time.) Please include 
your name, return address, and the caption, ``DEIS Scoping Comments, 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Trust 
Acquisition and Resort/Casino Project,'' on the first page of your 
written comments.
    The locations of the public scoping meetings are as follows:
    1. Cascade Locks--Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine 
Park, 355 Wa-Na-Pa Street, Cascade Locks, Oregon.
    2. Cascade Locks--Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine 
Park, 355 Wa-Na-Pa Street, Cascade Locks, Oregon.
    3. Portland--Benson High School Cafeteria, 546 NE 12th Avenue, 
Portland, Oregon.
    4. Hood River--Hood River Inn, 1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, 
Oregon.
    5. Stevenson--Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, 
Stevenson, Washington.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: June Boynton, (503) 231-6749.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering 
the Tribes' application for 25 acres of land to be taken into trust for 
the development of gaming and related entertainment facilities. The 25 
acres proposed for trust acquisition are part of a 60-acre tract 
located at the eastern edge of the city of Cascade Locks in Hood River 
County, Oregon.
    The EIS will include an evaluation of alternatives for meeting the 
proposed facilities' access needs from Interstate 84. The 
transportation analysis will include all reasonable alternatives for 
access from Interstate 84, including modifying or eliminating the 
existing partial interchanges known as Herman Creek Interchange and 
East Cascade Locks Interchange. The EIS will also analyze a new 
interchange at Forest Lane. Although the eventual size and scope of the 
facilities may be modified based on information obtained through

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the EIS process, the Tribes' current proposal for the new gaming 
facility, on acquired trust land, would have a 90,000-square-foot 
gaming floor connected to retail shops, dining venues, and a 250-room 
hotel and spa. The facility would provide parking for 3,600 vehicles, 
including a parking garage and spaces for oversized vehicles. The 
proposed action encompasses the various federal approvals required to 
implement the Tribes' fee-to-trust application. Areas of environmental 
concern identified so far for analysis in the EIS include water 
resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, 
socioeconomic conditions, traffic and transportation, land use, public 
utilities and services, noise, lighting, hazardous materials, 
environmental justice, and visual resources/aesthetics. The range of 
issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS may be expanded 
based on comments received in response to this notice and at the public 
scoping meetings.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the mailing address shown in the 
ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may 
request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or 
address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of 
Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of 
your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent 
allowed by law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All 
submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their 
entirety.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 
and the Department of Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant 
Secretary `` Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.1.

    Dated: August 3, 2005.
Debbie L. Clark,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 05-17167 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]
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