Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed TransAlta Pit 7 Mine Completion Project at Centralia, Washington, 17840-17841 [E6-5083]

Download as PDF 17840 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 67 / Friday, April 7, 2006 / Notices http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Cleveland, DFAS– CL/PDS, ATTN: Addie E1–Amin or Brenda Pope, 1240 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44199, or call Addie E1– Amin or Brenda Pope, 216–522–6096. Title, Associated Form, and OMB Number: Physician Certificate for Child Ammuitant, DD Form 2828, OMB Number 0730–0011. Needs and Uses: This form is required and must be on file to support an incapacitation occurring prior to page 18. The form provides the authority for the Directorate of Annuity Pay, Defense Finance and Accounting Service— Cleveland (DFAS–CL/PD) to establish and pay a Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity to the incapacitated individual. Affected Public: Incapacitated child annuitants, and/or their legal guardians, custodians and legal representatives. Annual Burden Hours: 240. Number of Respondents: 120. Responses Per Respondents: 1. Average Burden Per Response: 2 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed TransAlta Pit 7 Mine Completion Project at Centralia, Washington FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summary of Information Collection wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES The form will be used by the Directorate of Annuity Pay, Defense Finance and Accounting Service— Cleveland (DFAS–CL/PD), in order to establish and start the annuity for a potential child annuitant. When the form is completed, it will serve as a medical report to substantiate a child’s incapacity. The law requires that an unmarried child who is incapacitated must provide a current certified medical report. When the incapacity is not permanent a medical certification must be received by DFAS–CL/PD every two years in order for the child to continue receiving annuity payments. Dated: March 30, 2006. Patricia L. Toppings, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 06–3346 Filed 4–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:13 Apr 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District (Corps) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will serve as joint lead agencies in the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to evaluate proposed approaches to TransAlta Centralia Mining LLC’s (TCM) completion of mining in Pit 7, a current mining operation at its Centralia Mine. The Corps will use the EIS in making its decision whether to issue a Section 404 permit under the Clean Water Act. Ecology will use the EIS in making its decision whether to issue a Section 401 Water Quality Certification under the Clean Water Act. DATES: Submit comments by May 8, 2006. An agency scoping meet for this project will be held on April 18, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Department of Ecology 300 Desmond Drive SE., Lacey, Washington. A public scoping meeting will be held on April 18, 2006 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chehalis Courthouse, 351 NW., North Street, Chehalis, Washington. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or requests for information should be sent to Mr. Jonathan Smith at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle Regulatory Branch, Post Office Box 3755, Seattle, Washington 98124–3755, or sent via email to Jonathan.Smith@nws02.usace.army.mil. Mr. Jonathan Smith at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle Regulatory Branch, 4735 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington 98134, (206) 764–6910, or e-mail Jonathan.Smith@nws02.usace.army.mil. Mr. Mark Cline, at the Washington Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, Washington 98503, or e-mail mcli461@ecy.wa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Centralia Mine is a surface coal mine that has been operating in Lewis and Thurston Counties near Centralia, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Washington since 1970. TCM currently operates the mine under permit WA– 0001E, which was last renewed in 2005, from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM). TCM’s previous Pit 7 mining was authorized by the Corps and Ecology under the Clean Water Act by Nationwide Permit 21 (Surface Coal Mining Activities). Proposed Action TCM proposes to complete mining activities at its existing Pit 7 mine by removing an estimated 9.58 million tons of coal during the period of 2007 through 2010. The proposed action would involve continued mining coal at Pit 7 in areas of previous coal extraction, as well as completion of Pit 7 mining activities through an approximately 108-acre area across portions of Packwood Creek to access 6.34 million tons of coal reserves. Coal extracted at the Pit 7 mine would provide much of the fuel for the adjacent power plant operated by TransAlta Centralia Generating (TCG). TCM’s sole customer is TCG’s 1,404megawatt (MW) power plant. According to TCM, the facility is capable of providing electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by 750,000 households in the greater Washington region (8% of the power produced in Washington). As part of its mining activities, TCM proposes to reclaim the site, which would replace and restore impacted streams and wetland acreage and functions. In addition, TCM proposes to provide any additional wetland and stream mitigation that would be needed to replace any lost functions not addressed by the reclamation plan. Preliminary Alternatives to the Proposed Action In addition to the Proposed Action, the EIS will evaluate a range of alternatives, including a No Action Alternative (Restrict Mining to Currently Permitted Mine Pits), as well as other alternative sources of coal to provide fuel for the adjacent power plant. The EIS will consider alternatives that may result from comments received during the agency and public scoping period. The EIS will also discuss alternatives considered and eliminated from further detailed study. EIS Scoping Process The EIS process begins with the publication of this Notice of Intent. The scoping period will continue for 30 days after publication of this Notice of Intent and will close on May 8, 2006. During the scoping period the Corps and E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 67 / Friday, April 7, 2006 / Notices Ecology invite Federal agencies, State and local governments, Native American Tribes, and the public to participate in the scoping process either by providing written comments or by attending one of the public scoping meeting scheduled for April 18, 2006 at the times and locations indicated above. We have identified the following as probable major topics to be analyzed in depth in the Draft EIS: wetland and streams including fish and wildlife habitat functions, surface water quality, surface water drainage and detention effects, mitigation, and cumulative impacts. Both written and oral scoping comments will be considered in the preparation of the Draft EIS. Comments postmarked or received by e-mail after the specified date will be considered to the extent feasible. The purpose of the scoping meeting is to assist the Corps and Ecology in defining issues, public concerns, alternatives, and the depth to which they will be evaluated in the EIS. The public scoping meeting will begin with a briefing on the proposed Pit 7 Mine Completion Project, the extent of reclamation efforts proposed as part of the project, and the preliminary EIS alternatives. Copies of the meeting handouts will be available to anyone unable to attend by contacting the Corps Seattle District as described above. Following the initial presentation, Corps representatives will answer scoperelated questions and accept comments. Dated: March 31, 2006. Michelle Walker, Chief, Regulatory Branch, Seattle District. [FR Doc. E6–5083 Filed 4–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–92–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel; Correction Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice of Closed Meeting; correction. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Navy published a document in the Federal Register of March 15, 2006, announcing a closed meeting of the CNO Executive Panel. The document contained incorrect date and time. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Commander Christopher Stopyra, CNO Executive Panel, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311, 703–681–6207. Correction In the Federal Register of March 15, 2006, in FR Doc. E6–3638, in the first column, on page 13361, correct the DATES caption to read: DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, April 14, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES EIS Preparation The Corps has not made a determination of significance as to whether an EIS is required for the proposed project. Development of the Draft EIS will begin after the close of the public scoping period. The Draft EIS is expected to be available for public review in the Fall of 2006. Dated: March 28, 2006. Eric McDonald, Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 06–3356 Filed 4–6–06; 8:45 am] Other Environmental Review and Consultations To the fullest extent possible, the EIS will be integrated with analysis and consultation required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Pub. L. 93–205; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended (Pub. L. 94–265; 16 U.S.C. 1801, et seq.), the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (Pub. L. 89–655; 16 U.S.C. 470, et seq.); the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, as amended (Pub. L. 85–624; 16 U.S.C 742a, et seq. and 661–666c); and the Clean Water Act of 1977, as amended (Pub. L. 92–500; 33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq.); and all applicable and appropriate Executive Orders. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:13 Apr 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 BILLING CODE 3810–FF–M Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP04–366–003 and CP04–425– 001] Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Notice of Application March 31, 2006. Take notice that on March 23, 2006, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP (Gulf South), 20 East Greenway Plaza, Suite 900, Houston, Texas 77046, filed in Docket Nos. CP04–366–003 and CP04– 425–001, an application to amend and clarify the limited-term certificate issued on November 9, 2004, in Docket No. CP04–425–000, to make it a permanent certificate, and contingent PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17841 upon an order granting the amendment, vacate the permanent certificate issued on March 24, 2005, in Docket No. CP04– 366–000, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. Any initial questions regarding this application should be directed to J. Kyle Stephens, Director of Certificates, by mail to: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, 20 East Greenway Plaza, Suite 900, Houston, Texas 77046; by telephone: (713) 544–7309; by fax: (713) 544–3540; or by e-mail: kyle.stephens@gulfsouthpl.com. There are two ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 14 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding. Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project, or in support of or in opposition to this project, should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commenters will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commenters E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 67 (Friday, April 7, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-5083]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed TransAlta Pit 7 Mine Completion Project at Centralia, 
Washington

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District (Corps) and 
the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will serve as 
joint lead agencies in the preparation of an environmental impact 
statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to evaluate proposed 
approaches to TransAlta Centralia Mining LLC's (TCM) completion of 
mining in Pit 7, a current mining operation at its Centralia Mine. The 
Corps will use the EIS in making its decision whether to issue a 
Section 404 permit under the Clean Water Act. Ecology will use the EIS 
in making its decision whether to issue a Section 401 Water Quality 
Certification under the Clean Water Act.

DATES: Submit comments by May 8, 2006. An agency scoping meet for this 
project will be held on April 18, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 
Washington Department of Ecology 300 Desmond Drive SE., Lacey, 
Washington. A public scoping meeting will be held on April 18, 2006 
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chehalis Courthouse, 351 NW., North 
Street, Chehalis, Washington.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or requests for 
information should be sent to Mr. Jonathan Smith at the U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers, Seattle Regulatory Branch, Post Office Box 3755, Seattle, 
Washington 98124-3755, or sent via e-mail to 
Jonathan.Smith@nws02.usace.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jonathan Smith at the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Seattle Regulatory Branch, 4735 E. Marginal Way 
South, Seattle, Washington 98134, (206) 764-6910, or e-mail 
Jonathan.Smith@nws02.usace.army.mil. Mr. Mark Cline, at the Washington 
Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, Washington 98503, 
or e-mail mcli461@ecy.wa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Centralia Mine is a surface coal mine 
that has been operating in Lewis and Thurston Counties near Centralia, 
Washington since 1970. TCM currently operates the mine under permit WA-
0001E, which was last renewed in 2005, from the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM). 
TCM's previous Pit 7 mining was authorized by the Corps and Ecology 
under the Clean Water Act by Nationwide Permit 21 (Surface Coal Mining 
Activities).

Proposed Action

    TCM proposes to complete mining activities at its existing Pit 7 
mine by removing an estimated 9.58 million tons of coal during the 
period of 2007 through 2010. The proposed action would involve 
continued mining coal at Pit 7 in areas of previous coal extraction, as 
well as completion of Pit 7 mining activities through an approximately 
108-acre area across portions of Packwood Creek to access 6.34 million 
tons of coal reserves. Coal extracted at the Pit 7 mine would provide 
much of the fuel for the adjacent power plant operated by TransAlta 
Centralia Generating (TCG). TCM's sole customer is TCG's 1,404-megawatt 
(MW) power plant. According to TCM, the facility is capable of 
providing electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by 750,000 
households in the greater Washington region (8% of the power produced 
in Washington).
    As part of its mining activities, TCM proposes to reclaim the site, 
which would replace and restore impacted streams and wetland acreage 
and functions. In addition, TCM proposes to provide any additional 
wetland and stream mitigation that would be needed to replace any lost 
functions not addressed by the reclamation plan.

Preliminary Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    In addition to the Proposed Action, the EIS will evaluate a range 
of alternatives, including a No Action Alternative (Restrict Mining to 
Currently Permitted Mine Pits), as well as other alternative sources of 
coal to provide fuel for the adjacent power plant. The EIS will 
consider alternatives that may result from comments received during the 
agency and public scoping period. The EIS will also discuss 
alternatives considered and eliminated from further detailed study.

EIS Scoping Process

    The EIS process begins with the publication of this Notice of 
Intent. The scoping period will continue for 30 days after publication 
of this Notice of Intent and will close on May 8, 2006. During the 
scoping period the Corps and

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Ecology invite Federal agencies, State and local governments, Native 
American Tribes, and the public to participate in the scoping process 
either by providing written comments or by attending one of the public 
scoping meeting scheduled for April 18, 2006 at the times and locations 
indicated above. We have identified the following as probable major 
topics to be analyzed in depth in the Draft EIS: wetland and streams 
including fish and wildlife habitat functions, surface water quality, 
surface water drainage and detention effects, mitigation, and 
cumulative impacts. Both written and oral scoping comments will be 
considered in the preparation of the Draft EIS. Comments postmarked or 
received by e-mail after the specified date will be considered to the 
extent feasible.
    The purpose of the scoping meeting is to assist the Corps and 
Ecology in defining issues, public concerns, alternatives, and the 
depth to which they will be evaluated in the EIS. The public scoping 
meeting will begin with a briefing on the proposed Pit 7 Mine 
Completion Project, the extent of reclamation efforts proposed as part 
of the project, and the preliminary EIS alternatives. Copies of the 
meeting handouts will be available to anyone unable to attend by 
contacting the Corps Seattle District as described above. Following the 
initial presentation, Corps representatives will answer scope-related 
questions and accept comments.

EIS Preparation

    The Corps has not made a determination of significance as to 
whether an EIS is required for the proposed project. Development of the 
Draft EIS will begin after the close of the public scoping period. The 
Draft EIS is expected to be available for public review in the Fall of 
2006.

Other Environmental Review and Consultations

    To the fullest extent possible, the EIS will be integrated with 
analysis and consultation required by the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (Pub. L. 93-205; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended 
(Pub. L. 94-265; 16 U.S.C. 1801, et seq.), the National Historic 
Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (Pub. L. 89-655; 16 U.S.C. 470, et 
seq.); the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, as amended (Pub. 
L. 85-624; 16 U.S.C 742a, et seq. and 661-666c); and the Clean Water 
Act of 1977, as amended (Pub. L. 92-500; 33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq.); and 
all applicable and appropriate Executive Orders.

    Dated: March 31, 2006.
Michelle Walker,
Chief, Regulatory Branch, Seattle District.
 [FR Doc. E6-5083 Filed 4-6-06; 8:45 am]
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