Notice of Availability of Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, 953-954 [06-115]

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The Applicant will educate visitors about renewable energy and the plants and wildlife of southwest Puerto Rico. The Applicant will control site access, schedule visiting hours, and lead visitors on regularly scheduled tours. The Applicant will produce a brochure to be handed out in schools, community centers, and hotels. The Applicant will also finance environmental education projects in surrounding communities. One priority project will be to educate residents and tourists about the marine environment and the measures required to improve its health. This project will focus on the plight of the brown pelican. In addition, the Applicant will provide facilities at the Ventana beach area for local visitors, including an informational kiosk with environmental education materials. The Service has made a preliminary determination that the ITP is not a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of NEPA. This preliminary information may be revised due to public comments received in response to this notice, and it is based on information contained in the EA and HCP. The Service will evaluate the HCP and comments submitted thereon, to determine whether the application meets the issuance criteria requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. By conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation, the Service will also evaluate whether issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP would comply with section 7 of the Act. The results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, will be used in the final analysis to determine whether or not to VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Jan 05, 2006 Jkt 208001 issue the ITP for the nightjar, the brown pelican, and the roseate tern. Dated: December 12, 2005. Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. E6–8 Filed 1–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AZ 210–05–1610–DP–081A–241E] Notice of Availability of Agua Fria National Monument and BradshawHarquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of Agua Fria National Monument and BradshawHarquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planning regulations, Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1610.2(f)(3) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations, Title 40 CFR 1502.9(a), the BLM hereby gives notice that the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS) is available for public review and comment. The National Monument encompasses 71,000 acres, and the Bradshaw-Harquahala planning area includes another 895,900 acres of the BLM-administered lands. DATES: Written comments on the DRMP/ DEIS will be accepted for 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be mailed to Teri Raml, Phoenix Field Manager, Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan, Phoenix Field Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027. You may also comment via the Internet using the comment tool of the interactive document, which can be accessed from a link on the Arizona Bureau of Land Management web page at http://www.az.blm.gov. Please submit Internet comments using this comment tool. The comment tool requires PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 953 entering your name and address for comment submission. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet message, contact Chris Horyza at (623) 580–5500. Finally, you may handdeliver comments to the address listed above. Oral comments will be accepted and recorded at any of seven public meetings to be held within 90 days of publication of this Notice. Exact dates, places, and times of public meetings will be posted on the Arizona BLM web page, or you may contact Chris Horyza at (623) 580–5500 for further information. Public comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at, Bureau of Land Management, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027 during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Horyza, Bureau of Land Management, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027; telephone (6223) 580–5500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A copy of the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for review via the internet from a link at http://www.az.blm.gov (subject to change); electronic (on CD– ROM) and paper may be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix Field Office. Electronic (on CD–ROM) and paper copies may also be obtained by contacting Chris Horyza at the aforementioned address and telephone number. The Agua Fria National Monument and BradshawHarquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement is being developed by BLM. The DRMP/DEIS includes strategies for protecting and preserving the biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, scientific, and scenic values that the Monument was established to protect, and strategies E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 954 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 4 / Friday, January 6, 2006 / Notices that balance multiple uses of the BLMadministered lands in the BradshawHarquahala planning area. The preferred alternative attempts to accomplish the above while achieving consistency between Forest Service, Arizona State Land Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department, the BLM, and other land managing agencies within the boundaries of both planning areas. The range of alternatives in this draft evaluates planning decisions brought forward from the current BLM planning documents, including the Lower Gila North Management Framework Plan and the Phoenix Resource Management Plan. The preferred alternative identifies four potential Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC): Tule Creek ACEC, 640 acres to protect wildlife, riparian, and cultural resources; Vulture Mountain ACEC, 6,120 acres to protect high value raptor nesting habitat; Black Butte Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) ACEC, 8,260 acres to protect high value raptor nesting sites, rare cultural resources, and scenic values; and Harquahala Mountains ONA ACEC, 74,950 acres to protect unique biological assemblages, high value cultural resources, and outstanding scenic and primitive landscapes. The following types of use limitations would generally apply: (1) Except for Tule Creek, areas would be closed to mineral material disposal but open to other types of mineral development. Tule Creek would be withdrawn from all mineral development; (2) recreation uses would generally be dispersed and undeveloped and may be limited by season or location if ACEC values are threatened; (3) motorized and mechanized travel would be limited to designated routes; (4) vehicle routes that threaten ACEC values would be mitigated or closed; (5) visual resources would be allocated to VRM Class II. For detailed information, see the Special Area Designations sections of Chapter 2. Records of Decision will be prepared by the BLM for the Agua Fria National Monument Resource Management Plan and the Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan in accordance with planning regulations 43 CFR part 1610 and NEPA at 40 CFR part 1502. The Agua Fria National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation 7263 in January 2000. The Agua Fria National Monument Proclamation of 2000 affects only Federal lands and Federal interests located within the established boundaries. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Jan 05, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: September 9, 2005. Elaine Y. Zielinski, Arizona State Director. [FR Doc. 06–115 Filed 1–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–M INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [USITC SE–06–001] Sunshine Act Meeting United States International Trade Commission. TIME AND DATE: January 13, 2006 at 1 p.m. PLACE: Room 101, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, Telephone: (202) 205–2000. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Agenda for future meetings: None. 2. Minutes. 3. Ratification List. 4. Inv. Nos. 701–TA–302 and 731– TA–454 (Second Review) (Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon from Norway)—briefing and vote. (The Commission is currently scheduled to transmit its determination and Commissioners’ opinions to the Secretary of Commerce on or before January 27, 2006.) 5. Outstanding action jackets: None. In accordance with Commission policy, subject matter listed above, not disposed of at the scheduled meeting, may be carried over to the agenda of the following meeting. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: By order of the Commission. Issued: January 3, 2006. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. 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The request was in connection with the sale of PacifiCorp, which will become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of MEHC. The supplemental letter cited above did not expand the scope of the application beyond that noticed in the Federal Register on July 27, 2005 (70 FR 43461). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR Part 50 license for the Trojan Nuclear Plant (License No. NPF–1) was terminated on May 23, 2005, after completion of the radiological decommissioning of the nuclear plant. The Trojan ISFSI holds spent fuel from the former Trojan Nuclear Plant. PacifiCorp is a wholly owned subsidiary of PacifiCorp Holdings, Inc. (PHI), which in turn is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Scottish Power, plc. PacifiCorp will be sold to PPW, LLC, a Delaware limited liability corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEHC. The name of the MEHC subsidiary that will acquire PacifiCorp was changed from NWQ Holdings, LLC to PPW Holdings, LLC. PacifiCorp operates an electric utility in six western states of the United States, serving approximately 1.6 million retail customers with annual revenues of approximately $3 billion per year. PacifiCorp will remain an electric utility after the sale to MEHC. MEHC, a global electric and natural gas utility operating in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines, serves approximately 4.4 million electric customers and 680,000 natural gas customers. Its annual operating revenue is approximately $6.5 billion. MEHC will purchase all the outstanding shares of PacifiCorp from PHI for a value of approximately $9.4 billion, consisting of approximately $5.1 billion in cash and approximately $4.3 billion in net debt and preferred stock which will remain outstanding at PacifiCorp. The Trojan ISFSI is jointly owned by three licensees: Portland General Electric Company (PGE) (67.5%); Eugene Water & Electric Board (30%); and PacifiCorp (2.5%). PGE has always been the sole operator of the Trojan ISFSI and will remain the sole operator. The Eugene Water & Electric Board and PacifiCorp are non-operating licensees. PacifiCorp has no right of access to the E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 4 (Friday, January 6, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 953-954]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-115]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[AZ 210-05-1610-DP-081A-241E]


Notice of Availability of Agua Fria National Monument and 
Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of Agua Fria National Monument and 
Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
planning regulations, Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
1610.2(f)(3) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
Regulations, Title 40 CFR 1502.9(a), the BLM hereby gives notice that 
the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource 
Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS) is 
available for public review and comment. The National Monument 
encompasses 71,000 acres, and the Bradshaw-Harquahala planning area 
includes another 895,900 acres of the BLM-administered lands.

DATES: Written comments on the DRMP/DEIS will be accepted for 90 days 
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the 
Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Future meetings or 
hearings and any other public involvement activities will be announced 
at least 15 days in advance through local media.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be mailed to Teri Raml, Phoenix Field 
Manager, Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource 
Management Plan, Phoenix Field Office, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, 
Arizona 85027. You may also comment via the Internet using the comment 
tool of the interactive document, which can be accessed from a link on 
the Arizona Bureau of Land Management web page at http://
www.az.blm.gov. Please submit Internet comments using this comment 
tool. The comment tool requires entering your name and address for 
comment submission. If you do not receive a confirmation from the 
system that we have received your Internet message, contact Chris 
Horyza at (623) 580-5500. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the 
address listed above. Oral comments will be accepted and recorded at 
any of seven public meetings to be held within 90 days of publication 
of this Notice. Exact dates, places, and times of public meetings will 
be posted on the Arizona BLM web page, or you may contact Chris Horyza 
at (623) 580-5500 for further information.
    Public comments, including names and street addresses of 
respondents, will be available for public review at, Bureau of Land 
Management, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027 during 
regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.), Monday through Friday, 
except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If 
you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or 
from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state 
this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Such requests will 
be honored to the extent allowed by law. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Horyza, Bureau of Land 
Management, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027; telephone 
(6223) 580-5500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A copy of the Agua Fria National Monument 
and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement is available for review via the internet 
from a link at http://www.az.blm.gov (subject to change); electronic 
(on CD-ROM) and paper may be obtained from the Bureau of Land 
Management, Phoenix Field Office. Electronic (on CD-ROM) and paper 
copies may also be obtained by contacting Chris Horyza at the 
aforementioned address and telephone number. The Agua Fria National 
Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Draft Resource Management Plan and 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement is being developed by BLM. The 
DRMP/DEIS includes strategies for protecting and preserving the 
biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, 
scientific, and scenic values that the Monument was established to 
protect, and strategies

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that balance multiple uses of the BLM-administered lands in the 
Bradshaw-Harquahala planning area. The preferred alternative attempts 
to accomplish the above while achieving consistency between Forest 
Service, Arizona State Land Department, Arizona Game and Fish 
Department, the BLM, and other land managing agencies within the 
boundaries of both planning areas. The range of alternatives in this 
draft evaluates planning decisions brought forward from the current BLM 
planning documents, including the Lower Gila North Management Framework 
Plan and the Phoenix Resource Management Plan.
    The preferred alternative identifies four potential Areas of 
Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC): Tule Creek ACEC, 640 acres to 
protect wildlife, riparian, and cultural resources; Vulture Mountain 
ACEC, 6,120 acres to protect high value raptor nesting habitat; Black 
Butte Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) ACEC, 8,260 acres to protect high 
value raptor nesting sites, rare cultural resources, and scenic values; 
and Harquahala Mountains ONA ACEC, 74,950 acres to protect unique 
biological assemblages, high value cultural resources, and outstanding 
scenic and primitive landscapes. The following types of use limitations 
would generally apply: (1) Except for Tule Creek, areas would be closed 
to mineral material disposal but open to other types of mineral 
development. Tule Creek would be withdrawn from all mineral 
development; (2) recreation uses would generally be dispersed and 
undeveloped and may be limited by season or location if ACEC values are 
threatened; (3) motorized and mechanized travel would be limited to 
designated routes; (4) vehicle routes that threaten ACEC values would 
be mitigated or closed; (5) visual resources would be allocated to VRM 
Class II. For detailed information, see the Special Area Designations 
sections of Chapter 2.
    Records of Decision will be prepared by the BLM for the Agua Fria 
National Monument Resource Management Plan and the Bradshaw-Harquahala 
Resource Management Plan in accordance with planning regulations 43 CFR 
part 1610 and NEPA at 40 CFR part 1502. The Agua Fria National Monument 
was established by Presidential Proclamation 7263 in January 2000. The 
Agua Fria National Monument Proclamation of 2000 affects only Federal 
lands and Federal interests located within the established boundaries.

    Dated: September 9, 2005.
Elaine Y. Zielinski,
Arizona State Director.
[FR Doc. 06-115 Filed 1-5-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-32-M