Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee-to-Trust Land of Oneida Indian Nation of New York Land in Oneida and Madison Counties, NY, 67896-67897 [E6-19900]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 67896 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 226 / Friday, November 24, 2006 / Notices after January 3, 2007. Any comments on the FEIS must arrive by January 2, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may hand carry written comments to the Umatilla Agency at 46807 B Street, Mission, Oregon, or mail them to Jerry L. Lauer, Acting Superintendent, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Umatilla Agency, P.O. Box 520, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. To obtain a copy of the FEIS, please contact Jerry L. Lauer at the mailing address above or his telephone number below. Copies of the FEIS are available for public review at the Umatilla Agency and at the Pendleton Public Library, 500 SW. Dorian, Pendleton, Oregon. Copies of the FEIS have also been sent to agencies and individuals who participated in the scoping process and to all others who have previously requested copies of the document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Lauer, (541) 278–3786. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS, prepared with the cooperation of BPA and CTUIR, analyzes the impacts of leasing trust land for the purposes of constructing and managing a light industrial and commercial business park known as the Coyote Business Park. The proposed Coyote Business Park would be located on 142 contiguous acres of a 520 acre site south of Interstate 84 at Exit 216 and west of South Market Road, approximately 7 miles east of Pendleton, Oregon, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The FEIS includes an analysis of the No Action alternative, the Proposed Action (Alternative E) and three additional action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, and D). The Proposed Action is the Preferred Alternative. The action alternatives differ primarily in the size of the proposed business park (21–142 acres), whether domestic water would be provided through the drilling of a new well or extension of an existing community water system, and whether sanitary sewer service would be provided by installation of septic tanks and drain fields or connection to an existing municipal sewer system. The Proposed Action is to construct infrastructure for the Coyote Business Park, including providing domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm water drainage, roads and utilities to lots that would be leased for light industrial and/ or commercial businesses. Replacement of power support structures on the highvoltage Bonneville Power Administration transmission line that crosses the site would also occur. Water would be provided from the Mission Water System. Wastewater would be handled by connection to the Mission Wastewater Collection System, VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:24 Nov 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 which is treated through a cooperative agreement by the City of Pendleton. Storm water drainage would be retained on-site. Access would be provided off South Market Road, which would be improved to an industrial standard and provided with a dedicated right hand turn lane into the site. Commercial utilities would be provided through extensions of existing service, which is located either adjacent to the site or within one quarter mile. Potential impacts to Patawa Creek as well as nearby residences have been considered in the design of the Coyote Business Park. Mitigation measures include a storm water drainage collection system that isolates storm water from Patawa Creek; creation of a riparian management zone along Patawa Creek to establish native vegetation and reduce sedimentation and erosion; incorporation of best management practices to reduce impacts to groundwater; and incorporation of landscaping and night lighting design to reduce visual impact and night light pollution. Individual business owners would lease lots from the CTUIR and construct and operate light industrial and/or commercial facilities. The CTUIR could also construct the business facilities and lease them to private operators. Anticipated light industrial operations include warehouses or distribution facilities and assembly of previously manufactured components. Public participation has occurred throughout the development of the EIS. The Notice of Intent was filed in the Federal Register on January 9, 2002 (66 FR 1191). A public scoping meeting was held in Pendleton, Oregon, on January 23, 2003, to solicit comments and ideas. On November 6, 2003, an open house was held in Pendleton, Oregon, to update the public on the EIS process for the proposed project. A Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was filed in the Federal Register on December 16, 2005 (70 FR 74844). Public hearings on the DEIS were held in Pendleton, Oregon, on January 19 and January 30, 2006. The FEIS addresses issues and concerns raised during the public scoping period and contains responses to letters and oral testimony received during the public comment period on the DEIS. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown above, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or 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. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. 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. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: November 3, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–19848 Filed 11–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee-toTrust Land of Oneida Indian Nation of New York Land in Oneida and Madison Counties, NY Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), with the cooperation of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York (Nation), intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for proposed fee-to-trust land transfer located within Oneida and Madison Counties, New York, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. The purpose of the proposed action is to foster the cultural preservation, selfdetermination, self-sufficiency and economic independence of the Nation through placing tribal properties into a E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 226 / Friday, November 24, 2006 / Notices fee trust land base. This notice also announces a public hearing to take public comments on the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by January 8, 2007. The public hearing will be held Thursday, December 14, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., or until the last public comment is received. Doors for the hearing will open at 2 p.m. ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Mr. Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, Fax (615) 564–6701. Please include your name, return address and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Comments, Oneida Indian Nation of New York Trust Acquisition Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. Electronic submission is not available. The public hearing will be at the Stanley Theater, 259 Genesee Street, Utica, New York. Copies of the DEIS will be available for viewing at Web site www.oneidanationtrust.net and at the following locations: (1) Oneida Nation Annex Building, 579A Main Street, Oneida, New York 13421 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays); (2) Oneida City Hall, 109 N. Main Street, Downstairs Basement Room, Oneida, New York 13421; and (3) Town of Verona Town Hall, 6600 Germany Road, Back Conference Room, Durhamville, New York 13054. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, (615) 564–6832. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nation submitted an application to the U.S. Department of the Interior through the BIA, requesting that the Secretary of the Interior take up to 17,370 acres of fee land in Madison and Oneida Counties, New York, into trust status for the benefit of the Nation. The subject properties are currently owned by the Nation in fee status. The currently proposed alternatives are: (A) Proposed Action, which is the action proposed by the Nation to take all 17,370 acres into trust; (B) Phased Acquisition of 35,000 Acres; (C) Group 1 and 2 Lands, which include resort, commercial and residential properties (9,903); (D) Group 1 Lands Only, which include resort type properties (3,428 acres); (E) Turning Stone Casino Gaming Floor Only (225 acres); (F) Alternative Trust Land Grouping, which focuses on compact and contiguous properties (11,986 acres); and (G) No Action (0 acres). The alternatives are intended to assist the review of the issues presented, but may not represent the final decision, since a parcel-by-parcel review and VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:24 Nov 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 determination will be necessary for compliance with factors listed in 25 CFR Part 151. Among other issues, comments on the DEIS should address whether particular properties or groups of properties should be taken out of, or added to, an existing alternative. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or 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. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. 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. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: November 17, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–19900 Filed 11–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed rate adjustments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67897 irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments. DATES: Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate adjustments on or before January 23, 2007. ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in writing and addressed to: Arch Wells, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Trust Services, Attn.: Irrigation and Power, Mail Stop 4655–MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 208–5480. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to contact the regional or local office where the project is located. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The tables in this notice list the irrigation project contacts where the BIA recovers its costs for local administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation, the current irrigation assessment rates, and the proposed rates for the 2007 irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable. What are some of the terms I should know for this notice? The following are terms we use that may help you understand how we are applying this notice. Administrative costs means all costs we incur to administer our irrigation projects at the local project level. Local project level does not normally include the Agency, Region, or Central Office costs unless we state otherwise in writing. Assessable acre means lands designated by us to be served by one of our irrigation projects and to which we provide irrigation service and recover our costs. (See Total assessable acres.) BIA means the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Bill means our statement to you of the assessment charges and/or fees you owe the United States for administration, operation, maintenance, and/or rehabilitation. The date we mail or hand deliver your bill will be stated on it. Costs mean the costs we incur for administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation to provide direct support or benefit to an irrigation facility. Customer means any person or entity that we provide irrigation service to. E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Proposed Transfer From Fee-to-Trust Land of Oneida Indian 
Nation of New York Land in Oneida and Madison Counties, NY

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), with the cooperation of the Oneida Indian Nation of New 
York (Nation), intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for proposed fee-
to-trust land transfer located within Oneida and Madison Counties, New 
York, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. The purpose 
of the proposed action is to foster the cultural preservation, self-
determination, self-sufficiency and economic independence of the Nation 
through placing tribal properties into a

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fee trust land base. This notice also announces a public hearing to 
take public comments on the DEIS.

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by January 8, 2007. The 
public hearing will be held Thursday, December 14, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 
10 p.m., or until the last public comment is received. Doors for the 
hearing will open at 2 p.m.

ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Mr. 
Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of 
Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 
37214, Fax (615) 564-6701. Please include your name, return address and 
the caption, ``DEIS Comments, Oneida Indian Nation of New York Trust 
Acquisition Project,'' on the first page of your written comments. 
Electronic submission is not available. The public hearing will be at 
the Stanley Theater, 259 Genesee Street, Utica, New York.
    Copies of the DEIS will be available for viewing at Web site 
www.oneidanationtrust.net and at the following locations: (1) Oneida 
Nation Annex Building, 579A Main Street, Oneida, New York 13421 (10 
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays); (2) Oneida City 
Hall, 109 N. Main Street, Downstairs Basement Room, Oneida, New York 
13421; and (3) Town of Verona Town Hall, 6600 Germany Road, Back 
Conference Room, Durhamville, New York 13054.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, (615) 564-6832.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nation submitted an application to the 
U.S. Department of the Interior through the BIA, requesting that the 
Secretary of the Interior take up to 17,370 acres of fee land in 
Madison and Oneida Counties, New York, into trust status for the 
benefit of the Nation. The subject properties are currently owned by 
the Nation in fee status.
    The currently proposed alternatives are: (A) Proposed Action, which 
is the action proposed by the Nation to take all 17,370 acres into 
trust; (B) Phased Acquisition of 35,000 Acres; (C) Group 1 and 2 Lands, 
which include resort, commercial and residential properties (9,903); 
(D) Group 1 Lands Only, which include resort type properties (3,428 
acres); (E) Turning Stone Casino Gaming Floor Only (225 acres); (F) 
Alternative Trust Land Grouping, which focuses on compact and 
contiguous properties (11,986 acres); and (G) No Action (0 acres). The 
alternatives are intended to assist the review of the issues presented, 
but may not represent the final decision, since a parcel-by-parcel 
review and determination will be necessary for compliance with factors 
listed in 25 CFR Part 151. Among other issues, comments on the DEIS 
should address whether particular properties or groups of properties 
should be taken out of, or added to, an existing alternative.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request 
confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or 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. We 
will not, however, consider anonymous comments. 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.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 
the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: November 17, 2006.
Michael D. Olsen,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E6-19900 Filed 11-22-06; 8:45 am]
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