Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills, 62102 [05-21474]

Download as PDF 62102 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 208 / Friday, October 28, 2005 / Notices generated from the widening project; and f. Approximately 300,000 cubic yards of dredged material will be used beneficially for beach nourishment on Quintana Beach and the remainder of the dredged material will be placed offshore approximately 2.5 miles off Quintana in approximately 40 feet of water. 2. Scoping and Public Involvement Process: A scoping meeting to gather information on the subjects to be studied in detail in the DEIS will be conducted on (see DATES). An informal open house, allowing for review of the proposed project and questions and answers, will be conducted between 5 and 7 p.m., prior to the scoping meeting. 3. Significant Issues: Issues associated with the proposed project to be given significant analysis in the DEIS are likely to include, but may not be limited to, the potential impacts of the proposed dredging, dredged material placement, the beneficial uses of dredged material, water quality, fish and wildlife values including threatened and endangered species; air quality; environmental justice; socioeconomic environment; archaeological and cultural resources; recreation and recreational resources; energy supply and natural resources; hazardous waste and materials; aesthetics; public health and safety; navigation; shoreline erosion and accretion; cumulative impacts, and the needs and welfare of the people. 4. Technical Review and Consultation: Several State and Federal Agencies will be invited to provide technical review of the DEIS. Those agencies include: The Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Coast Guard, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of Transportation. 5. Additional Review and Consultation: Additional review and consultation that will be incorporated into the preparation of this DEIS will include: Compliance with the Texas Coastal Management Program; protection of cultural resources under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act; protection of navigation under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899; protection of water quality under section 401 of the Clean Water Act; protection of air quality under the Clean Air Act; and protection of endangered and threatened species under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Oct 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 6. Availability of the DEIS: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is projected to be available in September 2006. At this time the Galveston District plans to conduct a Public Hearing following the release of the DEIS. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 05–21521 Filed 10–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–52–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Fish and Wildlife Service Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, DOD; Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Surface Mining and Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. ACTION: Announcement of availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS). AGENCIES: SUMMARY: The above agencies announce the availability of the FPEIS that considers developing policies, guidance, and coordinated agency decisionmaking processes to minimize, to the maximum extent practicable, the adverse environmental effects to waters of the United States and to fish and wildlife resources affected by mountaintop mining operations, and to environmental resources that could be affected by the size and location of excess spoil-disposal sites in valley fills within the Appalachian study area in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. This FPEIS was prepared as part of a settlement agreement that resolved the Federal claims brought in Bragg v. Robertson, Civ. No. 2:98–0636 (S.D.W.Va.). This FPEIS was prepared consistent with the provision set forth in 40 CFR 1503.4(c) of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA, which allow the agencies to attach an errata sheet to the statement instead of rewriting the draft statement and to circulate the errata, PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments, responses, and the changes, rather than the entire document. The agencies are filing the entire statement with a new cover sheet as the FPEIS. The FPEIS is being made available by mail and can be viewed on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/region3/mtntop/ index.htm. The FPEIS can also be viewed at local offices of the above agencies and at selected local libraries. Copies of the FPEIS may be obtained by writing to the address listed below. ADDRESSES: Send written requests for copies of the FPEIS to John Forren, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (3EA30), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Forren, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at (215) 814–2705; Katherine Trott, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at (202) 761–5542; Mike Robinson, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, at (412) 937– 2882; Cindy Tibbott, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at (814) 234–4090; or Russell Hunter, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, at (304) 926–0499. Dated: October 20, 2005. Gerald W. Barnes, Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works. David Evans, Director, Wetlands Division, Environmental Protection Agency. Glenda H. Owens, Deputy Director, Office of Surface Mining. Marshall P. Jones, Jr. Deputy Director, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 05–21474 Filed 10–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–92–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Hearings for a Draft Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement for the Undersea Warfare Training Range Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining

Fish and Wildlife Service


Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Mountaintop 
Mining and Valley Fills

AGENCIES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, DOD; 
Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Surface Mining and Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Interior; and West Virginia Department of 
Environmental Protection.

ACTION: Announcement of availability of Final Programmatic 
Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS).

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SUMMARY: The above agencies announce the availability of the FPEIS that 
considers developing policies, guidance, and coordinated agency 
decision-making processes to minimize, to the maximum extent 
practicable, the adverse environmental effects to waters of the United 
States and to fish and wildlife resources affected by mountaintop 
mining operations, and to environmental resources that could be 
affected by the size and location of excess spoil-disposal sites in 
valley fills within the Appalachian study area in West Virginia, 
Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. This FPEIS was prepared as part of a 
settlement agreement that resolved the Federal claims brought in Bragg 
v. Robertson, Civ. No. 2:98-0636 (S.D.W.Va.).
    This FPEIS was prepared consistent with the provision set forth in 
40 CFR 1503.4(c) of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations 
implementing NEPA, which allow the agencies to attach an errata sheet 
to the statement instead of rewriting the draft statement and to 
circulate the errata, comments, responses, and the changes, rather than 
the entire document. The agencies are filing the entire statement with 
a new cover sheet as the FPEIS. The FPEIS is being made available by 
mail and can be viewed on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/region3/
mtntop/index.htm. The FPEIS can also be viewed at local offices of the 
above agencies and at selected local libraries. Copies of the FPEIS may 
be obtained by writing to the address listed below.

ADDRESSES: Send written requests for copies of the FPEIS to John 
Forren, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (3EA30), 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Forren, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, at (215) 814-2705; Katherine Trott, U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers, at (202) 761-5542; Mike Robinson, U.S. Office of Surface 
Mining, at (412) 937-2882; Cindy Tibbott, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, at (814) 234-4090; or Russell Hunter, West Virginia Department 
of Environmental Protection, at (304) 926-0499.

    Dated: October 20, 2005.
Gerald W. Barnes,
Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works.

David Evans,
Director, Wetlands Division, Environmental Protection Agency.

Glenda H. Owens,
Deputy Director, Office of Surface Mining.

Marshall P. Jones, Jr.
Deputy Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 05-21474 Filed 10-27-05; 8:45 am]
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