Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) on the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, LA, 15121-15123 [E7-5906]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 61 / Friday, March 30, 2007 / Notices alternative, current activities and mission requirements will continue on State of Mississippi, DoD, and National Forest lands. This alternative includes implementation of the projects discussed in this DEIS, in addition to the continuation of necessary maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of the military training infrastructure at Camp Shelby. Environmental consequences for the Proposed Action and No Action Alternative, have been analyzed. The new project proposals have the potential for the following significant adverse impacts: (1) Direct and/or indirect effects on approximately 250 gopher tortoise (federal threatened species) burrows; (2) Direct and/or indirect effects on habitat for other Proposed, Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive (PETS) species such as Louisiana quillwort (federal endangered species), black pine snake (federal candidate species), and other state and USDA–FS sensitive plant species. There would be direct positive effects on the red-cockaded woodpecker when colonies are relocated into the proposed Habitat Management Area at some time in the future; (3) Direct and/or indirect effects on approximately 275 acres of wetlands (requiring fill of an estimated 20 acres of wetlands); (4) Direct effects by removal of approximately 120 acres for pine and hardwood forested areas; (5) Direct effects by movement of approximately 250,000 cubic yards of earth, and resulting direct and/or indirect effects from erosion and sedimentation; (6) The potential environmental impacts associated with the Combined Arms Area (CAA) reconfiguration warrant a separate discussion. The proposed CAA reconfiguration would result in an approximate 4,300-acre reduction in size and the amount of unavoidable potential significant adverse impacts associated with forest clearing/thinning and maneuver area usage from the CAA addressed and approved for construction in the 1994 SUP EIS. This large maneuver area is about 12 percent complete (approximately 5,000 acres) based on the 1994 design. The MSNG and USDA– FS propose to reconfigure the CAA to reduce environmental impacts from the original design while still meeting the military training needs. The proposed reconfigured CAA would still produce potential significant adverse impacts; however, it would definitely be an improvement from an environmental standpoint over the original plan (and within the scope of the effects analyzed VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:49 Mar 29, 2007 Jkt 211001 and documented in the 1994 SUP EIS). While the wetland acreage (approximately 2,719 acres), gopher tortoise burrow numbers (3,015 burrows), and Louisiana quillwort colonies appear to be significant, the relatively minor impacts to date on the completed portion of the CAA places the potential effect of the reconfiguration into perspective given the overall reduction in acreage. Additional information on the DEIS is available at the following Web site: http://www.ngms.state.ms.us/env/ Natural%20Resources/ nat_resources_06.htm. Dated: March 14, 2007. Addison D. Davis, IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 07–1571 Filed 3–29–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M 15121 program will move at the minimum Cargo Liability Insurance of $50,000 Amount Per Shipment. ADDRESSES: The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA 22332–5000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sylvia Walker, (703) 428–3279. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DPS Cargo Liability Insurance coverage shall be provided at the following limits: Amount Per Shipment is $50,000 and Amount Per Aggregate is $150,000. Request for additional information may be sent by e-mail to: ppqual@sddc.army. 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The Amount Per Shipment increases from $22,500 to $50,000 Amount Per Shipment for all shipment movement of Personal Property (Domestic, International and Mobile Homes/Boats) within the Families First Phase II program utilizing the Defense Personal Property System (DPS). This announcement is made pursuant to Families First, Phase II, Business Rules, E, TSP Qualifications, 2.1.9. Effective immediately, all shipments moving within the DPS program will move at the minimum Cargo Liability Insurance of $50,000 Amount Per Shipment. SDDC will require certificates of the higher insurance as the DPS system is capable of accepting such certificates electronically, but this is effective now and will not be delayed due to delay in filing electronically the proof of the higher insurance amount. DATES: Effective immediately, all shipments moving within the DPS SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) on the Mississippi River—Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, LA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), New Orleans District intends to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to evaluate potential impacts of the construction of a replacement lock in the Industrial Canal located in New Orleans, LA. The original EIS, Main Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River— Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, Louisiana (Evaluation Report and EIS) issued in March 1998 focused on the potential impacts of construction of a new lock, including impacts to the local community and supporting infrastructure. E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 15122 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 61 / Friday, March 30, 2007 / Notices After evaluating the March 1998 EIS, the Corps issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on December 18, 1998 selecting the location and construction method of the replacement lock and several additional project components to improve the surrounding project area. The Corps decision was challenged in United States District Court and the Court’s Order on Motions for Summary Judgment was issued on October 3, 2006 as part of Case No. 2:03–cv–00370–EEF– KWR, United States District Court Eastern District of Louisiana. The Courts’ decision enjoined the Corps from continuing with the project until additional compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is completed. Accordingly, the Corps is preparing a SEIS. DATES: The Corps plans to hold a public scoping meeting on April 4, 2007, at 6 p.m. CST. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Holy Cross School, 4950 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and DSEIS can be answered by: Mr. Royce Kemp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Planning and Compliance Branch, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160–0267, by e-mail at Royce.B.Kemp@mvn02.usace.army.mil, or by telephone at (504) 862–2675. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Background and Authorization. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) connects the Mississippi River, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), the Mississippi River—Gulf Outlet (MR–GO), the Industrial Canal (also known as the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal), and Lake Pontchartrain. The existing lock, located between the St. Claude and Claiborne Avenue Bridges, was commissioned in 1923 to allow vessel traffic from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain and permit industrial development away from the river. During World War II, the GIWW was rerouted through the IHNC. Since the 1960s when a connection was made with the MR–GO, barge and ship traffic has greatly increased and the existing lock can no longer accommodate navigational needs efficiently through the IHNC. Because it was anticipated barge and ship traffic would increase, the lock replacement project was authorized in Chapter 112 of the River and Harbors and Flood Control Act of 1956 for the construction of a new lock when the existing lock was determined to become obsolete. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:49 Mar 29, 2007 Jkt 211001 In March of 1998, the Corps issued a Final EIS analyzing several alternatives and recommending construction of a new lock north of the Claiborne Bridge, replacement of the St. Claude Avenue Bridge, modification of the Claiborne Bridge, extension of the Mississippi River flood protection levees and floodwalls, a socio-economic mitigation plan, and a fish and wildlife mitigation plan. This DSEIS will update and supplement the 1998 Final EIS to determine if any significant changes are necessary to the project and to ensure sufficient environmental analysis of project impacts. 2. Proposed Action. The purpose of the proposed lock construction is to provide more efficient navigational traffic through the IHNC by constructing a new, larger lock. The need for this project arises from the long delays in passage through the IHNC occurring from increased traffic and the small size of the current lock which can not accommodate the volume of existing and future traffic. The purpose of the DSEIS is to better evaluate the analysis and handling of dredged material generated during the construction phase, the engineering design of confined disposal areas, and several aspects of the project which may have changed since the original EIS in 1998, to include any significant new circumstances relevant to environmental concerns that have arisen since Hurricane Katrina. 3. Alternatives. An evaluation of alternatives, including a ‘‘No Action’’ alternative will be done. In this DSEIS, the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative will be the course of action as decided upon in the 1998 ROD and as further described in the 1998 EIS. Other alternatives will be determined through scoping, but are expected to include methods of dredging, dredged material handling and disposal alternatives, and construction of the lock by the cast-inplace method versus a float-in construction method. 4. Scoping. The Council on Environmental Quality regulations at 40 CFR § 1501.7 require an early and open process for determining the scope of an EIS and for identifying significant issues related to the proposed action. The public will be involved in the scoping and evaluation process through advertisements, notices, and other means. At a minimum, all parties who have expressed interest in the IHNC will be given the opportunity to participate in this process. Federal, State and local agencies, and other interested groups will also be involved. Meetings to address discrete issues or parts or functions of the project area may be PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 called. All parties are invited to participate in the scoping process by identifying any additional concerns on issues, studies needed, alternatives, procedures, and other matters related to the scope of the SEIS. a. A public scoping meeting is scheduled for (see DATES). The Corps will provide additional notification of the meeting time and location through newspaper advertisements and other means. Following a short presentation on the planned SEIS, verbal and written comments on the scope of the SEIS will be accepted. A transcript of verbal comments will be generated to ensure accuracy. To submit comments on the scope of the Mississippi River—Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, Louisiana SEIS or to request copies of materials related to this effort as they become available to the public, contact: Mr. Royce Kemp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Planning and Compliance Branch, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160– 0267, by e-mail at Royce.B.Kemp@mvn02.usace.army.mil, or by telephone at (504) 862–2675. b. Issues. In addition to updating and supplementing the information from the 1998 EIS, the following issues have been identified for analysis in the SEIS. This list is preliminary and is intended to facilitate public comment on the scope of the SEIS. The SEIS will consider the scope of contamination of sediments to be dredged as a result of this project, reasonable dredging and disposal alternatives and associated impacts, socio-economic changes from the prior EIS and now since Hurricane Katrina. Furthermore, the Corps will ensure that environmental compliance through the NEPA process will be maintained with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders governing associated issues such as Federally listed threatened and endangered species, essential fish habitats, health and safety, economics, general environmental concerns, wetlands and other aquatic resources, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, navigation, recreation, water quality, property ownership considerations, and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people, and other issues identified through scoping, public involvement, and interagency coordination. The Corps expects to better define the issues of concern and define the methods that will be used to evaluate those issues through the scoping process. c. Coordination. The proposed action is being coordinated with a number of Federal, state, regional, and local agencies including but not limited to the E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 61 / Friday, March 30, 2007 / Notices following: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, State Historic Preservation Officer, and other agencies as identified in scoping, public involvement, and agency coordination. The Corps invites Federal agencies, American Indian Tribal Nations, state and local governments, and other interested private organizations and parties to attend the public scoping meeting and to comment on the scope of the planned Mississippi River—Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, Louisiana SEIS. d. Other Environmental Review and Consultation. The proposed action will involve an evaluation for compliance with all applicable guidelines pursuant to section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act. This review will involve a detailed evaluation of all practicable alternatives to the handling and disposal of the dredged material generated from this project. e. Agency Role. The Corps will provide extensive information and assistance on the resources to be impacted, mitigation measures, and alternatives. Although the Corps does not plan to invite any Federal agencies to be cooperating agencies, we expect to receive input and critical information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other Federal, state, and local agencies. 5. Public Scoping Meeting. The Corps plans to hold a public scoping (see DATES and ADDRESSES). Special Accommodations: This meeting place is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Royce Kemp, (504) 862–2675 (voice) or (504) 862–2088 (fax), at least 5 business days prior to the meeting date. 6. Estimated Date of Availability. It is estimated that the Draft SEIS will be available to the public in July 2008. At least one additional public meeting will be held at that time, during which the public will be provided the opportunity to comment on the Draft SEIS before it becomes final. Dated: March 19, 2007. Richard P. Wagenaar, Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. [FR Doc. E7–5906 Filed 3–29–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–84–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:49 Mar 29, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Adoption of Alternative Arrangements Under the National Environmental Policy Act for New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction System Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The notice published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2007 (72 FR 11337) contained an incorrect address for the New Orleans East SubBasin scoping meeting being held on April 11, 2007. The scoping meeting will be held at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 10100 I–10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70121. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr.Gib Owen, (504) 862–1337. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: None. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 07–1572 Filed 3–29–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–84–M DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Department of Education. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 30, 2007. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement (DSEIS) on the Mississippi River--Gulf Outlet, New Lock and 
Connecting Channels, LA

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), New Orleans District 
intends to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
(DSEIS) to evaluate potential impacts of the construction of a 
replacement lock in the Industrial Canal located in New Orleans, LA. 
The original EIS, Main Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Mississippi River--Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting 
Channels, Louisiana (Evaluation Report and EIS) issued in March 1998 
focused on the potential impacts of construction of a new lock, 
including impacts to the local community and supporting infrastructure.

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    After evaluating the March 1998 EIS, the Corps issued a Record of 
Decision (ROD) on December 18, 1998 selecting the location and 
construction method of the replacement lock and several additional 
project components to improve the surrounding project area. The Corps 
decision was challenged in United States District Court and the Court's 
Order on Motions for Summary Judgment was issued on October 3, 2006 as 
part of Case No. 2:03-cv-00370-EEF-KWR, United States District Court 
Eastern District of Louisiana. The Courts' decision enjoined the Corps 
from continuing with the project until additional compliance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is completed. Accordingly, the 
Corps is preparing a SEIS.

DATES: The Corps plans to hold a public scoping meeting on April 4, 
2007, at 6 p.m. CST.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Holy Cross School, 4950 Dauphine 
Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and DSEIS can be answered by: Mr. Royce Kemp, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Environmental Planning and Compliance Branch, P.O. Box 
60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267, by e-mail at 
Royce.B.Kemp@mvn02.usace.army.mil, or by telephone at (504) 862-2675.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Project Background and Authorization. The Inner Harbor 
Navigation Canal (IHNC) connects the Mississippi River, the Gulf 
Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), the Mississippi River--Gulf Outlet (MR-
GO), the Industrial Canal (also known as the Inner Harbor Navigation 
Canal), and Lake Pontchartrain. The existing lock, located between the 
St. Claude and Claiborne Avenue Bridges, was commissioned in 1923 to 
allow vessel traffic from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain 
and permit industrial development away from the river. During World War 
II, the GIWW was rerouted through the IHNC. Since the 1960s when a 
connection was made with the MR-GO, barge and ship traffic has greatly 
increased and the existing lock can no longer accommodate navigational 
needs efficiently through the IHNC. Because it was anticipated barge 
and ship traffic would increase, the lock replacement project was 
authorized in Chapter 112 of the River and Harbors and Flood Control 
Act of 1956 for the construction of a new lock when the existing lock 
was determined to become obsolete.
    In March of 1998, the Corps issued a Final EIS analyzing several 
alternatives and recommending construction of a new lock north of the 
Claiborne Bridge, replacement of the St. Claude Avenue Bridge, 
modification of the Claiborne Bridge, extension of the Mississippi 
River flood protection levees and floodwalls, a socio-economic 
mitigation plan, and a fish and wildlife mitigation plan. This DSEIS 
will update and supplement the 1998 Final EIS to determine if any 
significant changes are necessary to the project and to ensure 
sufficient environmental analysis of project impacts.
    2. Proposed Action. The purpose of the proposed lock construction 
is to provide more efficient navigational traffic through the IHNC by 
constructing a new, larger lock. The need for this project arises from 
the long delays in passage through the IHNC occurring from increased 
traffic and the small size of the current lock which can not 
accommodate the volume of existing and future traffic. The purpose of 
the DSEIS is to better evaluate the analysis and handling of dredged 
material generated during the construction phase, the engineering 
design of confined disposal areas, and several aspects of the project 
which may have changed since the original EIS in 1998, to include any 
significant new circumstances relevant to environmental concerns that 
have arisen since Hurricane Katrina.
    3. Alternatives. An evaluation of alternatives, including a ``No 
Action'' alternative will be done. In this DSEIS, the ``No Action'' 
alternative will be the course of action as decided upon in the 1998 
ROD and as further described in the 1998 EIS. Other alternatives will 
be determined through scoping, but are expected to include methods of 
dredging, dredged material handling and disposal alternatives, and 
construction of the lock by the cast-in-place method versus a float-in 
construction method.
    4. Scoping. The Council on Environmental Quality regulations at 40 
CFR Sec.  1501.7 require an early and open process for determining the 
scope of an EIS and for identifying significant issues related to the 
proposed action. The public will be involved in the scoping and 
evaluation process through advertisements, notices, and other means. At 
a minimum, all parties who have expressed interest in the IHNC will be 
given the opportunity to participate in this process. Federal, State 
and local agencies, and other interested groups will also be involved. 
Meetings to address discrete issues or parts or functions of the 
project area may be called. All parties are invited to participate in 
the scoping process by identifying any additional concerns on issues, 
studies needed, alternatives, procedures, and other matters related to 
the scope of the SEIS.
    a. A public scoping meeting is scheduled for (see DATES). The Corps 
will provide additional notification of the meeting time and location 
through newspaper advertisements and other means. Following a short 
presentation on the planned SEIS, verbal and written comments on the 
scope of the SEIS will be accepted. A transcript of verbal comments 
will be generated to ensure accuracy. To submit comments on the scope 
of the Mississippi River--Gulf Outlet, New Lock and Connecting 
Channels, Louisiana SEIS or to request copies of materials related to 
this effort as they become available to the public, contact: Mr. Royce 
Kemp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Planning and 
Compliance Branch, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267, by e-
mail at Royce.B.Kemp@mvn02.usace.army.mil, or by telephone at (504) 
862-2675.
    b. Issues. In addition to updating and supplementing the 
information from the 1998 EIS, the following issues have been 
identified for analysis in the SEIS. This list is preliminary and is 
intended to facilitate public comment on the scope of the SEIS. The 
SEIS will consider the scope of contamination of sediments to be 
dredged as a result of this project, reasonable dredging and disposal 
alternatives and associated impacts, socio-economic changes from the 
prior EIS and now since Hurricane Katrina. Furthermore, the Corps will 
ensure that environmental compliance through the NEPA process will be 
maintained with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and 
executive orders governing associated issues such as Federally listed 
threatened and endangered species, essential fish habitats, health and 
safety, economics, general environmental concerns, wetlands and other 
aquatic resources, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood 
hazards, navigation, recreation, water quality, property ownership 
considerations, and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people, 
and other issues identified through scoping, public involvement, and 
interagency coordination. The Corps expects to better define the issues 
of concern and define the methods that will be used to evaluate those 
issues through the scoping process.
    c. Coordination. The proposed action is being coordinated with a 
number of Federal, state, regional, and local agencies including but 
not limited to the

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following: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries 
Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of 
Environmental Quality, State Historic Preservation Officer, and other 
agencies as identified in scoping, public involvement, and agency 
coordination. The Corps invites Federal agencies, American Indian 
Tribal Nations, state and local governments, and other interested 
private organizations and parties to attend the public scoping meeting 
and to comment on the scope of the planned Mississippi River--Gulf 
Outlet, New Lock and Connecting Channels, Louisiana SEIS.
    d. Other Environmental Review and Consultation. The proposed action 
will involve an evaluation for compliance with all applicable 
guidelines pursuant to section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act. This 
review will involve a detailed evaluation of all practicable 
alternatives to the handling and disposal of the dredged material 
generated from this project.
    e. Agency Role. The Corps will provide extensive information and 
assistance on the resources to be impacted, mitigation measures, and 
alternatives. Although the Corps does not plan to invite any Federal 
agencies to be cooperating agencies, we expect to receive input and 
critical information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other Federal, state, and local 
agencies.
    5. Public Scoping Meeting. The Corps plans to hold a public scoping 
(see DATES and ADDRESSES).
    Special Accommodations: This meeting place is physically accessible 
to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation 
or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Royce Kemp, (504) 862-
2675 (voice) or (504) 862-2088 (fax), at least 5 business days prior to 
the meeting date.
    6. Estimated Date of Availability. It is estimated that the Draft 
SEIS will be available to the public in July 2008. At least one 
additional public meeting will be held at that time, during which the 
public will be provided the opportunity to comment on the Draft SEIS 
before it becomes final.

    Dated: March 19, 2007.
Richard P. Wagenaar,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. E7-5906 Filed 3-29-07; 8:45 am]
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