Notice of Public Hearings for a Draft Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement for the Undersea Warfare Training Range, 62102-62103 [05-21511]

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. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, and Section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508), the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Statement (Draft E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 208 / Friday, October 28, 2005 / Notices OEIS/EIS) to evaluate the construction and operation of a proposed Undersea Warfare Training Range. In accordance with NEPA and its implementing regulations, this notice announces the dates and locations of public hearings. Open information sessions will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals to review the data presented in the Draft OEIS/EIS. Navy representatives will be available during the information sessions to clarify information related to the Draft OEIS/EIS. The open information sessions are scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the public hearings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. DATES: Public hearing dates are as follows: 1. Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Chincoteague, VA. 2. Thursday, November 17, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Morehead City, NC. 3. Monday, November 21, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Jacksonville, FL. ADDRESSES: Public hearing locations are as follows: 1. Chincoteague—Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague, VA 23336. 2. Morehead City—Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. 3. Jacksonville—Wilson Center for the Arts, Florida Community College, Jacksonville South Campus, 119091 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32246. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Keith Jenkins, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, (Code EV21KJ), 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23508; telephone: 757– 322–4046; Fax: 757–322–4894. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed action is to instrument a 1,713-square-kilometer (500-squarenautical-mile) area of the ocean with undersea cables and sensor nodes, creating an Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR), and to use the area for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training. Such training would typically involve up to three vessels and two aircraft using the range for any one training event. The instrumented area would be connected to the shore via a single trunk cable. The proposed action would require logistical support for ASW training, including the handling (launch and recovery) of exercise torpedoes (non-explosive) and submarine target simulators. The Navy requires an instrumented undersea warfare training range to VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Oct 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 support worldwide deployment and current and future mission requirements in fulfillment of the U.S. world role and the Global War on Terror, and to counter the threat of modern diesel submarines. The proposed USWTR provides an environment that is consistent with real-world threat situations where training exercises can be conducted under safe and controlled conditions, as well as providing critically important real-time training feedback. The purpose of the proposed action is to enable the Navy to train effectively in an environment encompassing 37 to 274 meters (120 to 900 feet) water depth at a suitable location for Atlantic Fleet units. The Draft OEIS/EIS reviews a thorough site selection process and describes in detail three reasonable siting alternatives located within existing east coast Operating Areas (OPAREAS). The action alternatives considered are Alternative/Site A in the Cherry Point OPAREA, Alternative/Site B in the Virginia Capes OPAREA, and Alternative/Site C in the Jacksonville OPAREA. These three potential sites, along with the No Action Alternative, are evaluated in the Draft OEIS/EIS. Site A in the Cherry Point OPAREA is the Navy’s preferred alternative. The potentially affected areas of the preferred site (in the Cherry Point OPAREA) and the alternate sites (within the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville OPAREAS) have been studied in detail to determine how installation of and operations on the proposed USWTR would potentially affect the marine and landside environments. The Draft OEIS/EIS has been distributed to various Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as other interested individuals and organizations. In addition, copies of the Draft OEIS/EIS have been distributed to the following libraries for public review: 1. Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. 2. Eastern Shore Public Library, 23610 Front Street, Accomac, VA 23301. 3. Chincoteague Island Library, 4077 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. 4. Carteret County Public Library, 210 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. 5. Onslow County Public Library, 58 Doris Avenue East, Jacksonville, NC 28540. 6. Jacksonville Public Library, Regency Square Branch, 9900 Regency Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32225. An electronic copy of the Draft OEIS/ EIS is also available for public viewing at: http://projects.earthtech.com/ PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62103 USWTR/. Single copies of the Draft OEIS/EIS and Executive Summary are available upon request by contacting Mr. Keith Jenkins at 757–322–4046. Federal, state, and local agencies and interested parties are invited and urged to be present or represented at the hearing. Written comments can also be submitted during the information sessions preceding the public hearings. Oral statements will be heard and transcribed by a stenographer; however, to ensure the accuracy of the record, all statements should be submitted in writing. All statements, both oral and written, will become part of the public record on the Draft OEIS/EIS and will be addressed in the Final Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Statement (Final OEIS/EIS). Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to give an oral statement have the opportunity to do so, each speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If a longer statement is to be presented, it should be summarized at the public hearing and the full text submitted in writing either at the hearing or mailed or faxed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Attn: Mr. Keith Jenkins (Code EV21KJ), 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23508; Fax 757– 322–4894. All written comments must be postmarked by December 28, 2005, to ensure they become part of the official record. All comments will be addressed in the Final OEIS/EIS. Dated: October 20, 2005. I.C. Le Moyne, Jr. Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 05–21511 Filed 10–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests Department of Education. The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 27, 2005. AGENCY: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1

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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

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects 
Abroad of Major Federal Actions, and Section 102(2) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as implemented by the Council 
on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the 
Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Overseas Environmental Impact 
Statement/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft

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OEIS/EIS) to evaluate the construction and operation of a proposed 
Undersea Warfare Training Range. In accordance with NEPA and its 
implementing regulations, this notice announces the dates and locations 
of public hearings.
    Open information sessions will precede the scheduled public hearing 
at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals to 
review the data presented in the Draft OEIS/EIS. Navy representatives 
will be available during the information sessions to clarify 
information related to the Draft OEIS/EIS. The open information 
sessions are scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7 
p.m., followed by the public hearings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

DATES: Public hearing dates are as follows:

    1. Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Chincoteague, 
VA.
    2. Thursday, November 17, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Morehead City, 
NC.
    3. Monday, November 21, 2005, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Jacksonville, 
FL.

ADDRESSES: Public hearing locations are as follows:

1. Chincoteague--Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Drive, 
Chincoteague, VA 23336.
2. Morehead City--Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, 
Morehead City, NC 28557.
3. Jacksonville--Wilson Center for the Arts, Florida Community College, 
Jacksonville South Campus, 119091 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 
32246.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Keith Jenkins, Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Atlantic, (Code EV21KJ), 6506 Hampton Boulevard, 
Norfolk, VA 23508; telephone: 757-322-4046; Fax: 757-322-4894.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed action is to instrument a 
1,713-square-kilometer (500-square-nautical-mile) area of the ocean 
with undersea cables and sensor nodes, creating an Undersea Warfare 
Training Range (USWTR), and to use the area for Anti-Submarine Warfare 
(ASW) training. Such training would typically involve up to three 
vessels and two aircraft using the range for any one training event. 
The instrumented area would be connected to the shore via a single 
trunk cable. The proposed action would require logistical support for 
ASW training, including the handling (launch and recovery) of exercise 
torpedoes (non-explosive) and submarine target simulators.
    The Navy requires an instrumented undersea warfare training range 
to support worldwide deployment and current and future mission 
requirements in fulfillment of the U.S. world role and the Global War 
on Terror, and to counter the threat of modern diesel submarines. The 
proposed USWTR provides an environment that is consistent with real-
world threat situations where training exercises can be conducted under 
safe and controlled conditions, as well as providing critically 
important real-time training feedback. The purpose of the proposed 
action is to enable the Navy to train effectively in an environment 
encompassing 37 to 274 meters (120 to 900 feet) water depth at a 
suitable location for Atlantic Fleet units.
    The Draft OEIS/EIS reviews a thorough site selection process and 
describes in detail three reasonable siting alternatives located within 
existing east coast Operating Areas (OPAREAS). The action alternatives 
considered are Alternative/Site A in the Cherry Point OPAREA, 
Alternative/Site B in the Virginia Capes OPAREA, and Alternative/Site C 
in the Jacksonville OPAREA. These three potential sites, along with the 
No Action Alternative, are evaluated in the Draft OEIS/EIS. Site A in 
the Cherry Point OPAREA is the Navy's preferred alternative.
    The potentially affected areas of the preferred site (in the Cherry 
Point OPAREA) and the alternate sites (within the Virginia Capes and 
Jacksonville OPAREAS) have been studied in detail to determine how 
installation of and operations on the proposed USWTR would potentially 
affect the marine and landside environments.
    The Draft OEIS/EIS has been distributed to various Federal, state, 
and local agencies, as well as other interested individuals and 
organizations. In addition, copies of the Draft OEIS/EIS have been 
distributed to the following libraries for public review:

1. Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, 
Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
2. Eastern Shore Public Library, 23610 Front Street, Accomac, VA 23301.
3. Chincoteague Island Library, 4077 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, 
VA 23336.
4. Carteret County Public Library, 210 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 
28516.
5. Onslow County Public Library, 58 Doris Avenue East, Jacksonville, NC 
28540.
6. Jacksonville Public Library, Regency Square Branch, 9900 Regency 
Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32225.

    An electronic copy of the Draft OEIS/EIS is also available for 
public viewing at: http://projects.earthtech.com/USWTR/. Single copies 
of the Draft OEIS/EIS and Executive Summary are available upon request 
by contacting Mr. Keith Jenkins at 757-322-4046.
    Federal, state, and local agencies and interested parties are 
invited and urged to be present or represented at the hearing. Written 
comments can also be submitted during the information sessions 
preceding the public hearings. Oral statements will be heard and 
transcribed by a stenographer; however, to ensure the accuracy of the 
record, all statements should be submitted in writing. All statements, 
both oral and written, will become part of the public record on the 
Draft OEIS/EIS and will be addressed in the Final Overseas 
Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement (Final 
OEIS/EIS). Equal weight will be given to both oral and written 
statements.
    In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to 
give an oral statement have the opportunity to do so, each speaker's 
comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If a longer statement is 
to be presented, it should be summarized at the public hearing and the 
full text submitted in writing either at the hearing or mailed or faxed 
to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Attn: Mr. Keith 
Jenkins (Code EV21KJ), 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23508; Fax 
757-322-4894.
    All written comments must be postmarked by December 28, 2005, to 
ensure they become part of the official record. All comments will be 
addressed in the Final OEIS/EIS.

    Dated: October 20, 2005.
I.C. Le Moyne, Jr.
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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