Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement/Report and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment for the Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project, San Diego and Imperial Counties, CA, 51848-51849 [E6-14502]

Download as PDF 51848 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 169 / Thursday, August 31, 2006 / Notices Interior and its publication in the Federal Register. (3) Any and all previous liquor control enactments of the Pawnee Business Council which are inconsistent with this Act are hereby rescinded. Article XII. Amendment and Construction (1) This Act may only be amended by vote of the Pawnee Business Council. (2) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to diminish or impair in any way the rights or sovereign powers of the Pawnee Nation or its Tribal government other than the due process provision at Article VI (8), which provides that licensees have been revoked or suspended may seek review of that decision in Tribal Court. [FR Doc. 06–7286 Filed 8–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4J–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7599. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Barbara Opp Waldal, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Adjudication II. [FR Doc. 06–7274 Filed 8–30–06; 8:45 am] Bureau of Land Management [AK–964–1410–HY–P; F–14863–B] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CACA–47658, CA–670–5101–ER–B204] As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Hee-yea-lingde Corporation. The lands are located in the vicinity of Grayling, Alaska, within the following townships: SUMMARY: erjones on PROD1PC72 with NOTICES T. 29 S., R. 6 W., Kateel River Meridian, Alaska Secs. 1, 3, and 4. Containing approximately 1,159 acres. T. 34 N., R. 55 W., Seward Meridian (SM), Alaska Secs. 32 through 35. Containing approximately 2,325 acres. T. 31 N., R. 56 W., SM Secs. 5 through 8. Containing approximately 2,410 acres. Aggregating approximately 5,895 acres. The subsurface estate in these lands will be conveyed to Doyon, Limited, when the surface estate is conveyed to Heeyea-lingde Corporation. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Tundra Drums. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until October 2, 2006 to file an appeal. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:29 Aug 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Report and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment for the Proposed Sunrise Powerlink Project, San Diego and Imperial Counties, CA Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), intend to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), and a proposed land use plan amendment to the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area Plan, (CDCA Plan), as amended for the Sunrise Powerlink Project (Project) proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E). The project would consist of the construction and operation of one new 500 kilovolt (kV) and three new 230 kV transmission lines in Imperial and San Diego Counties. BLM is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of this EIS in compliance with the PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirements of NEPA. CPUC is the lead State of California agency for the preparation of this EIR in compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). DATES: This notice initiates the public participation and scoping processes for the EIS/EIR. A public scoping period of at least 30 days will commence on the date this notice is published in the Federal Register. To provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, BLM and CPUC expects to hold at least three public meetings, held at locations in Imperial and San Diego Counties. All public meetings will be announced through the local news media, mailings, and the BLM Web site (http://www.ca.blm.gov) at least 15 days prior to the event. Comments on issues, potential impacts, or suggestions for additional alternatives can be submitted in writing to the address listed below. In order to be included in the Draft EIS/EIR all comments must be received within 30 days of this publication or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is the later. ADDRESSES: Comments and other correspondence should be sent to the BLM El Centro Field Office, attention Field Manager, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; or by fax: (760) 337– 4490. Documents pertinent to this proposal, including comments with the names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM El Centro Field Office, during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as part of the Draft EIS/EIR. 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 written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Lynda Kastoll, Realty Specialist, at the BLM El Centro Field Office, same address as listed above; Phone: (760) 337–4421; e-mail: lkastoll@ca.blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SDG&E is proposing a new 500 kV transmission E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 erjones on PROD1PC72 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 169 / Thursday, August 31, 2006 / Notices line from the existing Imperial Valley Substation near the community of El Centro, to a new ‘‘Central’’ substation to be located somewhere in central San Diego County. SDG&E also proposes to build two new 230 kV lines connecting the Central substation to the existing Sycamore Canyon substation and one new 230 kV line between the Sycamore Canyon substation and the existing Pe±asquitos Substation. The total length of the Project is estimated to be approximately 130 to 150 miles, of which roughly 40 to 60 miles would be located in Imperial County. The proposed 500 kV line transmission line would be constructed in part on BLM administered lands within the California Desert Conservation Area, as managed by the El Centro Field Office, and within San Diego County, as managed by the Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office. The remainder of the line would cross lands in various ownership, including private, State, and local agencies. The proposed transmission line(s) will utilize 120–170 foot tall structures, spaced approximately 700–1,600 feet apart. It would occupy a right-of-way of approximately 200–300 feet in width. Existing disturbed corridors would be utilized to the extent feasible, to minimize potential environmental impacts. Where possible, SDG&E anticipates locating new facilities within or along existing rights-of-way. The 500 kV transmission line would traverse approximately 30 to 35 miles of BLM administered lands in Imperial County, and approximately one mile in San Diego County. A plan amendment to the CDCA Plan (1980) will be required because the Project would deviate from BLM designated utility corridors within the California Desert Conservation Area (Imperial County). Through public scoping, BLM expects to identify various issues, potential impacts and mitigation measures, and alternatives to the proposed action. At present, BLM has identified a preliminary list of issues that will need to be addressed in this analysis, including the impacts of the proposed project on visual resources, agricultural lands, air quality, plant and animal species including special status species, cultural resources, and watersheds. Other issues identified by BLM are impacts to the public in the form of noise, traffic, accidental release of hazardous materials, and impacts to urban, residential, and recreational areas. Members of the public are invited to identify additional issues and concerns to be addressed. BLM will analyze the proposed action and no action alternatives, as well as VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:29 Aug 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 other possible alternatives to the project. Your comments concerning the proposed project and feasible alternative locations, possible mitigation measures, and any other information relevant to the proposed action are encouraged. Additional informational meetings may be conducted throughout the process to keep the public informed of the progress of the EIS/EIR. Dated: July 20, 2006. J. Anthony Danna, Deputy State Director, Natural Resources (CA–930). [FR Doc. E6–14502 Filed 8–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Correction National Park Service, Interior. Notice; correction. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, that meet the definition of ‘‘unassociated funerary objects’’ under 25 U.S.C. 3001. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. This notice replaces a Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items previously published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2005, (FR Doc. 05–24509, pages 76865–76866). This notice replacement is necessary, as reevaluation of the collection has resulted in a change in the number and description of the cultural items. The 13 cultural items are 7 partial beaded necklaces (beads include glass trade beads, shell beads, and copper beads), 1 bracelet fragment, 3 sets of beads (1 of which includes 8 small bone fragments), 1 piece of twine, and 1 petrified twig. At an unknown date, the 13 cultural items were removed from a small island PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51849 just upriver from Blalock Island in the lower Columbia River, Benton County, WA, by Mr. John Tomaske, an archeology graduate student of the University of Washington. In 1960, the cultural items were donated to the University of Washington Department of Anthropology, and subsequently transferred to the Burke Museum and accessioned in 1973 (Burke Accn. 1973– 8). Accession information indicated the presence of burials at the site. According to Mr. Tomaske, the burials had previously been disturbed and exhibited evidence of cremation. The human remains are not in the possession of the Burke Museum. The small island just upriver from Blalock Island described in museum records could be Cook’s Island, which was formerly recorded as containing cremation burials. Archaeological evidence for Cook’s Island supports the presence of cremation burials. Cremation and burial on islands in the Columbia River were customary practices of the Umatilla. It was also the practice of the Umatilla that individuals were buried with many of their personal belongings. The area surrounding Blalock Island was heavily utilized by the Umatilla, including ama’amapa, which served as a habitation area, burial site, and stronghold from enemies. On Blalock Island, and along the Washington side of the Columbia River, the Umatilla had a permanent camp, Yep-po-luc-sha (or Yep-po-kuc-sha), as well as a fishing area. Burial practices and funerary objects described are consistent with historic practices of the present-day Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon. The area surrounding Blalock Island is within the aboriginal territory of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon and the land claims boundaries of the Indian Claims Commission decision of 1960. Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 13 cultural items described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual. Officials of the Burke Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 169 (Thursday, August 31, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CACA-47658, CA-670-5101-ER-B204]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact 
Statement/Report and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment for the Proposed 
Sunrise Powerlink Project, San Diego and Imperial Counties, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, notice is hereby given that the 
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), together with the California Public 
Utilities Commission (CPUC), intend to prepare a joint Environmental 
Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), and a 
proposed land use plan amendment to the 1980 California Desert 
Conservation Area Plan, (CDCA Plan), as amended for the Sunrise 
Powerlink Project (Project) proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric 
Company (SDG&E). The project would consist of the construction and 
operation of one new 500 kilovolt (kV) and three new 230 kV 
transmission lines in Imperial and San Diego Counties. BLM is the lead 
Federal agency for the preparation of this EIS in compliance with the 
requirements of NEPA. CPUC is the lead State of California agency for 
the preparation of this EIR in compliance with the requirements of the 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

DATES: This notice initiates the public participation and scoping 
processes for the EIS/EIR. A public scoping period of at least 30 days 
will commence on the date this notice is published in the Federal 
Register. To provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal 
and project information, BLM and CPUC expects to hold at least three 
public meetings, held at locations in Imperial and San Diego Counties. 
All public meetings will be announced through the local news media, 
mailings, and the BLM Web site (http://www.ca.blm.gov) at least 15 days 
prior to the event. Comments on issues, potential impacts, or 
suggestions for additional alternatives can be submitted in writing to 
the address listed below. In order to be included in the Draft EIS/EIR 
all comments must be received within 30 days of this publication or 15 
days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is the later.

ADDRESSES: Comments and other correspondence should be sent to the BLM 
El Centro Field Office, attention Field Manager, 1661 S. 4th Street, El 
Centro, CA 92243; or by fax: (760) 337-4490. Documents pertinent to 
this proposal, including comments with the names and addresses of 
respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM El Centro 
Field Office, during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as part of 
the Draft EIS/EIR. 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 written comment. Such 
requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. BLM will not 
consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
available for public inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Lynda Kastoll, Realty 
Specialist, at the BLM El Centro Field Office, same address as listed 
above; Phone: (760) 337-4421; e-mail: lkastoll@ca.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SDG&E is proposing a new 500 kV transmission

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line from the existing Imperial Valley Substation near the community of 
El Centro, to a new ``Central'' substation to be located somewhere in 
central San Diego County. SDG&E also proposes to build two new 230 kV 
lines connecting the Central substation to the existing Sycamore Canyon 
substation and one new 230 kV line between the Sycamore Canyon 
substation and the existing Peasquitos Substation. The 
total length of the Project is estimated to be approximately 130 to 150 
miles, of which roughly 40 to 60 miles would be located in Imperial 
County. The proposed 500 kV line transmission line would be constructed 
in part on BLM administered lands within the California Desert 
Conservation Area, as managed by the El Centro Field Office, and within 
San Diego County, as managed by the Palm Springs/South Coast Field 
Office. The remainder of the line would cross lands in various 
ownership, including private, State, and local agencies.
    The proposed transmission line(s) will utilize 120-170 foot tall 
structures, spaced approximately 700-1,600 feet apart. It would occupy 
a right-of-way of approximately 200-300 feet in width. Existing 
disturbed corridors would be utilized to the extent feasible, to 
minimize potential environmental impacts. Where possible, SDG&E 
anticipates locating new facilities within or along existing rights-of-
way. The 500 kV transmission line would traverse approximately 30 to 35 
miles of BLM administered lands in Imperial County, and approximately 
one mile in San Diego County. A plan amendment to the CDCA Plan (1980) 
will be required because the Project would deviate from BLM designated 
utility corridors within the California Desert Conservation Area 
(Imperial County).
    Through public scoping, BLM expects to identify various issues, 
potential impacts and mitigation measures, and alternatives to the 
proposed action. At present, BLM has identified a preliminary list of 
issues that will need to be addressed in this analysis, including the 
impacts of the proposed project on visual resources, agricultural 
lands, air quality, plant and animal species including special status 
species, cultural resources, and watersheds. Other issues identified by 
BLM are impacts to the public in the form of noise, traffic, accidental 
release of hazardous materials, and impacts to urban, residential, and 
recreational areas. Members of the public are invited to identify 
additional issues and concerns to be addressed.
    BLM will analyze the proposed action and no action alternatives, as 
well as other possible alternatives to the project. Your comments 
concerning the proposed project and feasible alternative locations, 
possible mitigation measures, and any other information relevant to the 
proposed action are encouraged. Additional informational meetings may 
be conducted throughout the process to keep the public informed of the 
progress of the EIS/EIR.

    Dated: July 20, 2006.
J. Anthony Danna,
Deputy State Director, Natural Resources (CA-930).
 [FR Doc. E6-14502 Filed 8-30-06; 8:45 am]
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