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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 27, 2007 / Notices be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Classification Comments: Interested parties may submit comments involving the suitability of the lands for conveyance for the closed landfill and solid waste transfer facilities. Comments on the classification(s) are restricted to whether the land is physically suited for the proposal, whether the use will maximize the future use or uses of the land, and whether the use is consistent with local planning and zoning, or if the use is consistent with State and Federal programs. 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ACTION: Notice and request for comments. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on an extension of a currently approved collection of information (OMB#1024–0224). DATES: Public comments will be accepted on or before May 29, 2007. ADDRESSES: Send Comments To: Dr. James H. Gramann, NPS Visiting Chief Social Scientist; NPS Social Science VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Mar 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 Program, Texas A & M University, 225– B Francis Hall, 2261, College Station, TX 77843; Voice: 202–513–7189; Fax: 202–371–2131; E-mail: James_Gramann@partner.nps.gov. Also, you may send comments to Leonard Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW. (2065), Washington, DC 20240, or by email at leonard_stowe@nps.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan McBride, NPS Social Science Senior Research Associate; c/o NPS Air Resource Division, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, Co 80225; Voice: 303–969– 2814; E-mail: Megan_McBride@ contractor.nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Programmatic Approval for NPS-Sponsored Public Surveys. Bureau Form Number: None. OMB Number: 1024–0224. Expiration Date: 1/31/2008. Type of Request: Extension for a currently approved collection. Description of Need: The NPS needs information concerning park visitors and visitor services, potential park visitors, and residents of communities near parks to provide park and NPS managers with usable knowledge for improving the quality and utility of agency programs, services, and planning efforts. Since many of the NPS surveys are similar in terms of the populations being surveyed, the types of questions being asked, and research methodologies, the NPS proposed to and received clearance from OMB for a program of review for NPS-sponsored public surveys (OMB #1024–0224 exp. 8/31/2001; 3-year extension granted, exp. 9/30/2004; 3-year extension granted, exp. 1/31/2008). The program presented an alternative approach to complying with the Paperwork Reduction Act. In the eight year since the NPS received clearance for the program of expedited review, 371 public surveys have been conducted in units of the National Park System. The benefits of this program have been significant to the NPS, Department of Interior, OMB, NPS cooperators, and the public. Significant time and cost savings have been incurred. Expedited approval was typically granted in 60 days or less from the date the Principal Investigator first submitted the survey package for review. This is a significant reduction over the approximate 6–8 months involved in the standard OMB review PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14295 process. From FY 1999 through FY 2006, the expedited review process has accounted for a cost savings to the federal government and PIs estimated at $723,087. Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden to respondents, including use of automated information collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Automated data collection: At the present time, there is no automated way to gather this information, since the information gathering process involves asking the public for their opinions on services and facilities that they used during their visits, services and facilities they are likely to use on future park visits, and opinions regarding park management. The burden on individuals is minimized by rigorously designing public surveys to maximize the ability of the surveys to use small samples of individuals to represented large populations of the public, and by coordinating the program of surveys to maximize the ability of new surveys to build on the findings of prior surveys. Description of respondents: A sample of visitors to parks, potential visitors to parks, and residents of communities near parks. Estimated average number of respondents: The program does not identify the number of respondents because that number will differ in each individual survey, depending on the purpose and design of each information collection. Estimated average number of responses: The program does not identify the average number of responses because that number will differ in each individual survey. For most surveys, each respondent will be asked to respond only one time, so in those cases the number of responses will be the same as the number of respondents. Estimated average burden hours per response: The program does not identify E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 14296 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 27, 2007 / Notices the average burden hours per response because that number will differ from individual survey to individual survey, depending on the purpose and design of each information collection. Frequency of Response: Most individual surveys will request only 1 response per respondent. Estimated annual reporting burden: The program identifies the requested total number of burden hours annually for all of the surveys to be conducted under its auspices to be 15,000 burden hours per year. The total annual burden per survey for most surveys conducted under the auspices of this program would be within the range of 50 to 200 hours. Dated: February 28, 2007. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 07–1478 Filed 3–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–53–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Ellis Island Development Concept Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Statute of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, New York and New Jersey National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Ellis Island Development Concept Plan, Statute of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ellis Island Development Concept Plan, Statute of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, New York and New Jersey. The primary purpose of the FEIS is to finalize the documentation of the environmental consequences of alternative management strategies for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of 30 deteriorating buildings on Ellis Island, and the limited service and emergency access that are described in the preferred alternative of the Development Concept Plan. The Development Concept Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (DCP/ FEIS) evaluates three (3) alternatives regarding the future of the vacant historic buildings of Ellis Island. ‘‘Alternative 1: No Action— VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Mar 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 Continutation of Existing Management Direction,’’ describes the conditions after only temporary stabilization of the buildings and the existing vehicular service bridge. The eventual result of the no action alternative is the complete or near-complete loss of these resources as the effects of temporary stabilization expire. This alternative provides the basis of comparison to judge the potential impacts of the two ‘‘action’’ alternatives. Both action alternatives would include a new service bridge to New Jersey for emergency and service vehicles; the no action alternative would not. ‘‘Alternative 2: Ellis Island Partners—Day Use Only,’’ describes conditions that would result after the buildings are rehabilitated as a campus for multiple non-profit/institutional uses complimenting the historic of Ellis Island ‘‘Alternative 3: Ellis Island Institute with Overnight Accommodations’’ (the preferred alternative), describes the conditions if the buildings were rehabilitated as an educational, non-profit institute with an associated conference/retreat center. The facilities would include overnight accommodations to host meetings, retreats, and workshops primarily focusing on issues such as immigration, world migration, public health, family history, historic preservation, and the environment. The preferred alternative would accomplish the goals and objectives set forth in the NPS 1982 Statute of Liberty National Monument General Management Plan which identified several major buildings on the north side of the island for rehabilitation and reuse by the NPS for interpretation, visitor services and administration (subsequently completed utilizing private funds raised by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation), and proposed that the balance of the buildings on the island, including all of the south-side buildings, be preserved on the exteriors and adapted for reuse by either the NPS or a private organization under a lease agreement or concession contract. The DCP/FEIS documents the project’s requirements to comply with NPS Director’s Order 21 and the Partnership Construction Process, as well as the requirement for additional analysis to confirm the economic and programmatic viability of the proposed action. The results of these studies will guide the scope, design and build-out of this project. If the project is determined by the NPS to not be economically feasible, the NPS will consider alternatives for management of Ellis Island taking into account the information gained from said market PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 analysis and feasibility studies and other facts then available. This further consideration of alternatives will be conducted in accordance with applicable requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act and the National Historic Preservation Act (as amended). The release of the Development Concept Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement in June 2003, and publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on June 25, 2003 began a 60-day review period of the draft document. During that review period, the National Park Service held two public meetings to provide agencies and the public an opportunity to comment on the draft document. During the public comment period on the draft document, comments were received in the form of letters, cards, and emails. Written and verbal comments were submitted at public hearings. All substantive comments have been addressed in the ‘‘Consultation and Coordination’’ chapter of the DCP/FEIS. The National Park Service will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Availability of the ROD will be noticed in the Federal Register and the NPS will subsequently move forward with the NPS’ Partnership Construction Process and other required reviews for a partnership project. Following the ROD, the NPS will also begin consultation, planning and environmental analysis for the permanent bridge. DATES: Information will be available for public inspection on line at http://parkplanning.nps.gov and in the offices of the Superintendent, Statute of Liberty NM and Ellis Island, Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, where copies of the document are available in print and on compact disc. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Statute of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Ellis Island Receiving Office, Jersey City, NJ 07305. (212) 3663–3206) Ext. 100), Cynthia_garrett@nps.gov. Dated: January 25, 2007. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Acting Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 07–1479 Filed 3–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–6E–M E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 27, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14295-14296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-1478]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of 
Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

AGENCY: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 
CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National 
Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on an extension of a 
currently approved collection of information (OMB1024-0224).

DATES: Public comments will be accepted on or before May 29, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Send Comments To: Dr. James H. Gramann, NPS Visiting Chief 
Social Scientist; NPS Social Science Program, Texas A & M University, 
225-B Francis Hall, 2261, College Station, TX 77843; Voice: 202-513-
7189; Fax: 202-371-2131; E-mail: James--Gramann@partner.nps.gov. Also, 
you may send comments to Leonard Stowe, NPS, Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW. (2065), Washington, DC 20240, or by 
e-mail at leonard_stowe@nps.gov. All responses to this notice will be 
summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan McBride, NPS Social Science 
Senior Research Associate; c/o NPS Air Resource Division, P.O. Box 
25287, Denver, Co 80225; Voice: 303-969-2814; E-mail: Megan--McBride@
contractor.nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Programmatic Approval for NPS-Sponsored Public Surveys.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    OMB Number: 1024-0224.
    Expiration Date: 1/31/2008.
    Type of Request: Extension for a currently approved collection.
    Description of Need: The NPS needs information concerning park 
visitors and visitor services, potential park visitors, and residents 
of communities near parks to provide park and NPS managers with usable 
knowledge for improving the quality and utility of agency programs, 
services, and planning efforts.
    Since many of the NPS surveys are similar in terms of the 
populations being surveyed, the types of questions being asked, and 
research methodologies, the NPS proposed to and received clearance from 
OMB for a program of review for NPS-sponsored public surveys (OMB 
1024-0224 exp. 8/31/2001; 3-year extension granted, exp. 9/30/
2004; 3-year extension granted, exp. 1/31/2008).
    The program presented an alternative approach to complying with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act. In the eight year since the NPS received 
clearance for the program of expedited review, 371 public surveys have 
been conducted in units of the National Park System. The benefits of 
this program have been significant to the NPS, Department of Interior, 
OMB, NPS cooperators, and the public. Significant time and cost savings 
have been incurred. Expedited approval was typically granted in 60 days 
or less from the date the Principal Investigator first submitted the 
survey package for review. This is a significant reduction over the 
approximate 6-8 months involved in the standard OMB review process. 
From FY 1999 through FY 2006, the expedited review process has 
accounted for a cost savings to the federal government and PIs 
estimated at $723,087.
    Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the 
information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour 
estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden to 
respondents, including use of automated information collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Before including 
your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Automated data collection: At the present time, there is no 
automated way to gather this information, since the information 
gathering process involves asking the public for their opinions on 
services and facilities that they used during their visits, services 
and facilities they are likely to use on future park visits, and 
opinions regarding park management. The burden on individuals is 
minimized by rigorously designing public surveys to maximize the 
ability of the surveys to use small samples of individuals to 
represented large populations of the public, and by coordinating the 
program of surveys to maximize the ability of new surveys to build on 
the findings of prior surveys.
    Description of respondents: A sample of visitors to parks, 
potential visitors to parks, and residents of communities near parks.
    Estimated average number of respondents: The program does not 
identify the number of respondents because that number will differ in 
each individual survey, depending on the purpose and design of each 
information collection.
    Estimated average number of responses: The program does not 
identify the average number of responses because that number will 
differ in each individual survey. For most surveys, each respondent 
will be asked to respond only one time, so in those cases the number of 
responses will be the same as the number of respondents.
    Estimated average burden hours per response: The program does not 
identify

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the average burden hours per response because that number will differ 
from individual survey to individual survey, depending on the purpose 
and design of each information collection.
    Frequency of Response: Most individual surveys will request only 1 
response per respondent.
    Estimated annual reporting burden: The program identifies the 
requested total number of burden hours annually for all of the surveys 
to be conducted under its auspices to be 15,000 burden hours per year. 
The total annual burden per survey for most surveys conducted under the 
auspices of this program would be within the range of 50 to 200 hours.

    Dated: February 28, 2007.
Leonard E. Stowe,
NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 07-1478 Filed 3-26-07; 8:45 am]
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