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E6–19051 Filed 11–9–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, Laredo Sector, Laredo North and South Station’s Road Improvement and Non-Native Vegetation Removal Project U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the construction and improvement of existing patrol roads and the removal of non-native (giant cane, Arundo donax) vegetation along 111 miles of the Rio Grande (Proposed Action) in Webb County, Texas. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the decision-making agency for this project. This EIS is being prepared in support of the proposal by the Office of Border Patrol’s (OBP) Laredo North and Laredo South Stations for controlling and deterring the influx of illegal immigration and contraband into the United States. Due to the increased violent activity in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and increase in drug trafficking in Webb County, the Secretary of Homeland Security has mandated this effort as the top priority of the OBP’s Laredo Sector. The Laredo Sector has a need to secure the border by obtaining an unobstructed line of sight to the Rio Grande and a continuous patrol road. These actions are intended to gain and maintain control of the border to further prevent the influx of illegal aliens and drugs into the United States. E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 218 / Monday, November 13, 2006 / Notices Prior NEPA documents, developed to address those project portions which have been previously constructed or proposed to be constructed, will be incorporated into the DEIS by reference. Direct project impacts of the remaining portions of the project, as well as cumulative impacts of the comprehensive project, will also be addressed. Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations, a scoping process will be conducted. As part of this process, a public workshop/ open house will be held to identify issues of concern for analysis during the NEPA process. DATES: The meeting dates are: 1. December 5, 2006, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carrizo Springs, TX. 2. December 6, 2006, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Laredo, TX. ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are: 1. Carrizo Springs—Carrizo Springs Intermediate School, 300 N. 7th Street, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834. 2. Laredo—Holiday Inn—Civic Center, 800 Garden Street, Laredo, TX 78040. accepted at the public scoping meetings or by mail until February 20, 2006. DEIS Preparation. Public notice will be given in the Federal Register concerning the availability of the DEIS for public review and comments. Mark A. Gable, T.I. Program Manager (NM/TX)/ Environmental Program Manager, Dallas Facility Division, Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 06–9163 Filed 11–9–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–20–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency Information Collection Activities: Extension of an Existing Information Collection, Comment Request cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 60-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review; Employment Eligibility Verification; Form I–9; OMB Control No. 1615–0047. Glenn Bixler, DHS Engineering Construction and Support Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 819 Taylor St., Room 3A14, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Phone: (817) 886–1713 and Fax: (817) 886–6499. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Alternatives. Alternatives to be covered by the DEIS will include various alignments and configurations within the narrow geographic scope dictated by the international border (typically 300 feet from the United States bank of the Rio Grande). Other reasonable alternatives (to include the required ‘‘No Action’’ alternative) identified will also be fully examined. Scoping Process. During the preparation of the EIS, there will be numerous opportunities for public involvement, including scoping and review. Two open house public scoping meetings are scheduled (see DATES). The purpose of the meetings is to inform the public of the proposed action and identify issues and concerns regarding this project. Appropriate displays and exhibits will be provided to inform meeting participants of potential alternatives and actions. Representatives from the CBP, OBP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private contractors will be present to provide the public with information and address questions. The meetings will be conducted in an informal format. No formal presentation will be conducted during the meeting. Oral and written comments will be The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until January 12, 2007. Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Director, Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202–272–8352 or via e-mail at rfs.regs@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail please make sure to add OMB Control Number 1615–0047 in the subject box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:22 Nov 09, 2006 Jkt 211001 ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66183 proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of this information collection: (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved information collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Employment Eligibility Verification. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I–9. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. This form was developed to facilitate compliance with section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of unauthorized aliens. The information collected is used by employers or by recruiters for enforcement of provisions of immigration laws that are designed to control the employment of unauthorized aliens. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: This figure was derived by multiplying the number of respondents (78,000,000) × frequency of response (1) × hour per response (9 minutes or 0.15 hours). The annual record keeping burden is added to the total annual reporting burden which is based on 20,000,000 record keepers at (3 minutes or .05 hours) per filing. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 12,700,000 annual burden hours. If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit the USCIS Web site at: http://uscis.gov/ graphics/formsfee/forms/pra/index.htm. If additional information is required contact: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 218 (Monday, November 13, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66182-66183]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-9163]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border 
Protection, Office of Border Patrol, Laredo Sector, Laredo North and 
South Station's Road Improvement and Non-Native Vegetation Removal 
Project

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS).

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection (CBP) will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA) for the construction and improvement of existing patrol roads 
and the removal of non-native (giant cane, Arundo donax) vegetation 
along 111 miles of the Rio Grande (Proposed Action) in Webb County, 
Texas. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the decision-making 
agency for this project. This EIS is being prepared in support of the 
proposal by the Office of Border Patrol's (OBP) Laredo North and Laredo 
South Stations for controlling and deterring the influx of illegal 
immigration and contraband into the United States. Due to the increased 
violent activity in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and increase in drug 
trafficking in Webb County, the Secretary of Homeland Security has 
mandated this effort as the top priority of the OBP's Laredo Sector.
    The Laredo Sector has a need to secure the border by obtaining an 
unobstructed line of sight to the Rio Grande and a continuous patrol 
road. These actions are intended to gain and maintain control of the 
border to further prevent the influx of illegal aliens and drugs into 
the United States.

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    Prior NEPA documents, developed to address those project portions 
which have been previously constructed or proposed to be constructed, 
will be incorporated into the DEIS by reference. Direct project impacts 
of the remaining portions of the project, as well as cumulative impacts 
of the comprehensive project, will also be addressed. Pursuant to the 
Council on Environmental Quality's regulations, a scoping process will 
be conducted. As part of this process, a public workshop/open house 
will be held to identify issues of concern for analysis during the NEPA 
process.

DATES: The meeting dates are:
    1. December 5, 2006, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carrizo Springs, TX.
    2. December 6, 2006, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Laredo, TX.

ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are:
    1. Carrizo Springs--Carrizo Springs Intermediate School, 300 N. 7th 
Street, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834.
    2. Laredo--Holiday Inn--Civic Center, 800 Garden Street, Laredo, TX 
78040.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glenn Bixler, DHS Engineering 
Construction and Support Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 819 
Taylor St., Room 3A14, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Phone: (817) 886-1713 
and Fax: (817) 886-6499.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Alternatives. Alternatives to be covered by the DEIS will include 
various alignments and configurations within the narrow geographic 
scope dictated by the international border (typically 300 feet from the 
United States bank of the Rio Grande). Other reasonable alternatives 
(to include the required ``No Action'' alternative) identified will 
also be fully examined.
    Scoping Process. During the preparation of the EIS, there will be 
numerous opportunities for public involvement, including scoping and 
review. Two open house public scoping meetings are scheduled (see 
DATES). The purpose of the meetings is to inform the public of the 
proposed action and identify issues and concerns regarding this 
project. Appropriate displays and exhibits will be provided to inform 
meeting participants of potential alternatives and actions. 
Representatives from the CBP, OBP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and 
private contractors will be present to provide the public with 
information and address questions. The meetings will be conducted in an 
informal format. No formal presentation will be conducted during the 
meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the public 
scoping meetings or by mail until February 20, 2006.
    DEIS Preparation. Public notice will be given in the Federal 
Register concerning the availability of the DEIS for public review and 
comments.

Mark A. Gable,
T.I. Program Manager (NM/TX)/Environmental Program Manager, Dallas 
Facility Division, Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. 06-9163 Filed 11-9-06; 8:45 am]
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