Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Indiana, 19228-19229 [E7-7231]

Download as PDF 19228 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 73 / Tuesday, April 17, 2007 / Notices that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. § 139(l)(1). The actions relate to Barbara J. Hairston, a proposed highway project, I–69, Supervisory Docket Officer, Docket Evansville to Indianapolis, Indiana, in Operations, Alternate Federal Register the Counties of Vanderburgh, Warrick, Liaison. Gibson, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Monroe, [FR Doc. E7–7246 Filed 4–16–07; 8:45 am] Morgan, Johnson and Marion, State of BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P Indiana. The Federal actions, taken as a result of a tiered environmental review process under the National DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4351 (NEPA), and implementing Office of the Secretary regulations on tiering, 40 CFR 1502.20, 40 CFR 1508.28, and 23 CFR Part 771, Notice of Applications for Certificates determined certain issues relating to the of Public Convenience and Necessity proposed project. Those decisions will and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B (Formerly Subpart Q) be used by Federal agencies in subsequent proceedings, including During the Week Ending April 6, 2007 decisions whether to grant licenses, The following Applications for permits, and approvals for the highway Certificates of Public Convenience and project. The decisions also may be Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier relied upon by State and local agencies Permits were filed under Subpart B in proceedings on the proposed project. (formerly Subpart Q) of the Department DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is of Transportation’s Procedural advising the public that the FHWA and Regulations (See 14 CFR 301.201 et the USFWS have made decisions that seq.). The due date for Answers, are subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) and are Conforming Applications, or Motions to final within the meaning of that law. A Modify Scope are set forth below for claim seeking judicial review of those each application. Following the Answer Federal agency decisions on the period DOT may process the application proposed highway project will be barred by expedited procedures. Such unless the claim is filed on or before procedures may consist of the adoption October 15, 2007. If the Federal law that of a show-cause order, a tentative order, authorizes judicial review of a claim or in appropriate cases a final order provides a time period of less than 180 without further proceedings. days for filing such claim, then the Docket Number: OST–2007–27815. shorter time period applies. Date Filed: April 4, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Due Date for Answers, Conforming the FHWA: Mr. Anthony DeSimone, Applications, or Motion to Modify P.E., Federal Highway Administration, Scope: April 25, 2007. Indiana Division, 575 North Description: Application of Exec Air Pennsylvania Street, Room 254, Inc. of Naples Dba. ExecAir requesting Indianapolis, IN 46204–1576; telephone: authority to conduct scheduled (317) 226–5307; e-mail: passenger operations as a commuter air Anthony.DeSimone@fhwa.dot.gov. The carrier. FHWA Indiana Division Office’s normal Barbara J. Hairston, business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., e.t. For the USFWS: Mr. Scott Pruitt, Supervisory Docket Officer, Docket Operations, Altenate Federal Register Liaison. Field Supervisor, Bloomington Field Office, USFWS, 620 South Walker [FR Doc. E7–7248 Filed 4–16–07; 8:45 am] Street, Bloomington, IN 47403–2121; BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P telephone: 812–334–4261; e-mail: Scott_Pruitt@fws.gov. Normal business DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION hours for the USFWS Bloomington Field Office are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t. You Federal Highway Administration may also contact Mr. Thomas Seeman, Project Manager, Indiana Department of Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions Transportation (INDOT), 100 North on Proposed Highway in Indiana Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204; telephone: (317) 232–5336; e-mail: AGENCY: Federal Highway TSeeman@indot.IN.gov. Normal Administration (FHWA), DOT. business hours for the Indiana ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA Department of Transportation are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t. and United States Fish and Wildlife SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is Service (USFWS), DOI. hereby given that the FHWA has SUMMARY: This notice announces actions approved a Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and issued a taken by the FHWA and the USFWS sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Intended effective date: 15 April 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:39 Apr 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Record of Decision (ROD) in connection with a proposed highway project in the State of Indiana: I–69 from Evansville to Indianapolis, in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, Johnson and Marion Counties. The project will be an approximately 142 mile long Interstate highway. It will begin at the I–64/I–164 interchange just north of Evansville, Indiana and end at I–465 in Indianapolis, to the west of the I–465/SR 37 interchange. The proposed freeway will be on both new and existing alignment. Decisions in the FHWA Tier 1 ROD that have final approval include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Purpose and need for the project (see section 3.1). 2. Range of alternatives for analysis (see sections 3.3 and 3.4). 3. Selection of the Interstate highway build alternative and highway corridor for the project. The selected alternative, referred to in the FEIS as Alternative 3C, involves completing I–69 as an Interstate highway from Evansville to Indianapolis via Oakland City, Washington, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Bloomington, and Martinsville (see section 2.1). This alternative includes the use of parts of the existing alignment of SR 37 to reach I–465 and the route variation known as WE2 in the area of Washington, Indiana. The ultimate alignment of the highway within the corridor, and the location and number of interchanges and rest areas will be evaluated in the Tier 2 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) proceedings. 4. Elimination of other alternatives from consideration in Tier 2 NEPA proceedings. The alternatives that will not be considered any further include, but are not limited to, those identified in the Tier 1 FEIS as the ‘‘no build’’ alternative, and alternatives 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, and 5B. Also eliminated were a number of hybrids and variations on these alternatives, including the ‘‘Mann Road Variation’’ for reaching I–465 and variations WW1, WW2, and WE1 in the area of Washington, Indiana. Detailed information about the alternatives considered in Tier 1, and about the Federal decisions that eliminate alternatives other than Alternative 3C from further consideration, is available in section 3 of the Tier 1 ROD and the Tier 1 FEIS sections cited therein. 5. Process for completing the Tier 2 alternatives analysis and studies for the project, including the designation of six Tier 2 sections and a decision to prepare a separate environmental impact statement for each Tier 2 section (see section 2.3). E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 73 / Tuesday, April 17, 2007 / Notices Interested parties may consult the Tier 1 ROD and Tier 1 FEIS for details about each of the decisions described above and for information on other issues decided. The documents are available as described below. Following the completion of the Tier 1 ROD, interested parties submitted comments suggesting that new information existed that might affect the Tier 1 FEIS analyses and the Federal decisions based on those analyses. In response, the FHWA reevaluated the project and decided that the changes that occurred following the ROD did not individually or collectively require supplementation of the Tier 1 FEIS. The Tier 1 FEIS (issued on December 5, 2003), the Tier 1 ROD (issued on March 24, 2004), the FHWA decision that supplementation of the Tier 1 FEIS is not required (issued on February 12, 2007), and other documents in the project records are available by contacting the FHWA or the INDOT at the addresses provided above. Interested parties also may view or download the FHWA Tier 1 FEIS, Tier 1 ROD, the decision not to prepare a Tier 1 supplemental EIS, the related reevaluation report, and INDOT responses to comments on the reevaluation report at the project Web site, https://deis.i69indyevn.org/, or by contacting FHWA or INDOT at the addresses listed above. Actions taken by the USFWS, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531–1544, include its concurrence with the FHWA’s determination that the I–69 project is not likely to adversely affect the eastern fanshell mussel (Cyprogenia stegaria) and that the project is still likely to adversely affect, but not jeopardize, the bald eagle. The USFWS concluded that the project is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the Indiana bat and is not likely to adversely modify the bat’s designated Critical Habitat. The USFWS decisions are described in the Programmatic Biological Opinion issued on December 3, 2003, the Revised Programmatic Biological Opinion issued on August 24, 2006, and other documents in the project records. These opinions, and other project records relating to the USFWS actions, are available by contacting the FHWA, INDOT, or USFWS at the addresses provided above. The Programmatic Biological Opinion can be viewed in the Appendices Section and downloaded from the project Web site at https:// deis.i69indyevn.org/FEIS/ and the Revised Programmatic Biological Opinion can be viewed and downloaded from the project Web site at VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:39 Apr 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 https://i69indyevn.org/Corridor_Reports/ corridor_reports.html. This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(1)(1) as of the issuance date of this notice, and to all laws under which such actions were taken. The laws include, but are not limited to: 1. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321–4351]. 2. Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128]. 3. Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531–1544]. 4. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.]. 5. Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303 and 23 U.S.C. 138]. 6. Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401– 7671(q)]. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Robert F. Tally Jr., Division Administrator, Indianapolis, Indiana. [FR Doc. E7–7231 Filed 4–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–534 (Sub-No. 3X)] Lake State Railway Company— Abandonment Exemption—Rail Line in Otsego County, MI On March 28, 2007, the Lake State Railway Company (Lake State) filed with the Surface Transportation Board a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to permit the abandonment of 4.15 miles of rail line in Otsego County, MI. The line includes the northernmost portion of the carrier’s main line Mackinaw Subdivision extending from milepost MP 116.8 (where the line crosses East McCoy Road) to the end of the line at milepost MP 120.95 The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Code 49735. The line does not contain Federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in Lake State’s possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19229 forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by July 16, 2007. Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,300 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than May 7, 2007. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. AB–534 (Sub-No. 3X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E. Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001; and (2) Andrew B. Kolestar, 1224 Seventeenth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Replies to the petition are due on or before May 7, 2007. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Services at (202) 245–0230 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at https:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: April 6, 2007. E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 73 (Tuesday, April 17, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19228-19229]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-7231]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in 
Indiana

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions 
by FHWA and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), DOI.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and the USFWS 
that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. Sec.  139(l)(1). The 
actions relate to a proposed highway project, I-69, Evansville to 
Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Counties of Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, 
Pike, Daviess, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, Johnson and Marion, State of 
Indiana. The Federal actions, taken as a result of a tiered 
environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy 
Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4351 (NEPA), and implementing regulations on 
tiering, 40 CFR 1502.20, 40 CFR 1508.28, and 23 CFR Part 771, 
determined certain issues relating to the proposed project. Those 
decisions will be used by Federal agencies in subsequent proceedings, 
including decisions whether to grant licenses, permits, and approvals 
for the highway project. The decisions also may be relied upon by State 
and local agencies in proceedings on the proposed project.

DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public that the FHWA 
and the USFWS have made decisions that are subject to 23 U.S.C. 
139(l)(1) and are final within the meaning of that law. A claim seeking 
judicial review of those Federal agency decisions on the proposed 
highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before 
October 15, 2007. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of 
a claim provides a time period of less than 180 days for filing such 
claim, then the shorter time period applies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the FHWA: Mr. Anthony DeSimone, 
P.E., Federal Highway Administration, Indiana Division, 575 North 
Pennsylvania Street, Room 254, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1576; telephone: 
(317) 226-5307; e-mail: Anthony.DeSimone@fhwa.dot.gov. The FHWA Indiana 
Division Office's normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., e.t. 
For the USFWS: Mr. Scott Pruitt, Field Supervisor, Bloomington Field 
Office, USFWS, 620 South Walker Street, Bloomington, IN 47403-2121; 
telephone: 812-334-4261; e-mail: Scott--Pruitt@fws.gov. Normal business 
hours for the USFWS Bloomington Field Office are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
e.t. You may also contact Mr. Thomas Seeman, Project Manager, Indiana 
Department of Transportation (INDOT), 100 North Senate Avenue, 
Indianapolis, IN 46204; telephone: (317) 232-5336; e-mail: 
TSeeman@indot.IN.gov. Normal business hours for the Indiana Department 
of Transportation are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA has 
approved a Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and 
issued a Record of Decision (ROD) in connection with a proposed highway 
project in the State of Indiana: I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis, 
in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, 
Johnson and Marion Counties. The project will be an approximately 142 
mile long Interstate highway. It will begin at the I-64/I-164 
interchange just north of Evansville, Indiana and end at I-465 in 
Indianapolis, to the west of the I-465/SR 37 interchange. The proposed 
freeway will be on both new and existing alignment.
    Decisions in the FHWA Tier 1 ROD that have final approval include, 
but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Purpose and need for the project (see section 3.1).
    2. Range of alternatives for analysis (see sections 3.3 and 3.4).
    3. Selection of the Interstate highway build alternative and 
highway corridor for the project. The selected alternative, referred to 
in the FEIS as Alternative 3C, involves completing I-69 as an 
Interstate highway from Evansville to Indianapolis via Oakland City, 
Washington, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Bloomington, and 
Martinsville (see section 2.1). This alternative includes the use of 
parts of the existing alignment of SR 37 to reach I-465 and the route 
variation known as WE2 in the area of Washington, Indiana. The ultimate 
alignment of the highway within the corridor, and the location and 
number of interchanges and rest areas will be evaluated in the Tier 2 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) proceedings.
    4. Elimination of other alternatives from consideration in Tier 2 
NEPA proceedings. The alternatives that will not be considered any 
further include, but are not limited to, those identified in the Tier 1 
FEIS as the ``no build'' alternative, and alternatives 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 
3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, and 5B. Also eliminated were a number of hybrids 
and variations on these alternatives, including the ``Mann Road 
Variation'' for reaching I-465 and variations WW1, WW2, and WE1 in the 
area of Washington, Indiana. Detailed information about the 
alternatives considered in Tier 1, and about the Federal decisions that 
eliminate alternatives other than Alternative 3C from further 
consideration, is available in section 3 of the Tier 1 ROD and the Tier 
1 FEIS sections cited therein.
    5. Process for completing the Tier 2 alternatives analysis and 
studies for the project, including the designation of six Tier 2 
sections and a decision to prepare a separate environmental impact 
statement for each Tier 2 section (see section 2.3).

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    Interested parties may consult the Tier 1 ROD and Tier 1 FEIS for 
details about each of the decisions described above and for information 
on other issues decided. The documents are available as described 
below.
    Following the completion of the Tier 1 ROD, interested parties 
submitted comments suggesting that new information existed that might 
affect the Tier 1 FEIS analyses and the Federal decisions based on 
those analyses. In response, the FHWA reevaluated the project and 
decided that the changes that occurred following the ROD did not 
individually or collectively require supplementation of the Tier 1 
FEIS.
    The Tier 1 FEIS (issued on December 5, 2003), the Tier 1 ROD 
(issued on March 24, 2004), the FHWA decision that supplementation of 
the Tier 1 FEIS is not required (issued on February 12, 2007), and 
other documents in the project records are available by contacting the 
FHWA or the INDOT at the addresses provided above. Interested parties 
also may view or download the FHWA Tier 1 FEIS, Tier 1 ROD, the 
decision not to prepare a Tier 1 supplemental EIS, the related 
reevaluation report, and INDOT responses to comments on the 
reevaluation report at the project Web site, https://
deis.i69indyevn.org/, or by contacting FHWA or INDOT at the addresses 
listed above.
    Actions taken by the USFWS, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, 
16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, include its concurrence with the FHWA's 
determination that the I-69 project is not likely to adversely affect 
the eastern fanshell mussel (Cyprogenia stegaria) and that the project 
is still likely to adversely affect, but not jeopardize, the bald 
eagle. The USFWS concluded that the project is not likely to jeopardize 
the continued existence of the Indiana bat and is not likely to 
adversely modify the bat's designated Critical Habitat. The USFWS 
decisions are described in the Programmatic Biological Opinion issued 
on December 3, 2003, the Revised Programmatic Biological Opinion issued 
on August 24, 2006, and other documents in the project records. These 
opinions, and other project records relating to the USFWS actions, are 
available by contacting the FHWA, INDOT, or USFWS at the addresses 
provided above. The Programmatic Biological Opinion can be viewed in 
the Appendices Section and downloaded from the project Web site at 
https://deis.i69indyevn.org/FEIS/ and the Revised Programmatic 
Biological Opinion can be viewed and downloaded from the project Web 
site at https://i69indyevn.org/Corridor_Reports/corridor_reports.html.
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions that are final 
within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(1)(1) as of the issuance date of 
this notice, and to all laws under which such actions were taken. The 
laws include, but are not limited to:
    1. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321-4351].
    2. Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128].
    3. Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531-1544].
    4. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 
U.S.C. 470 et seq.].
    5. Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 
U.S.C. 303 and 23 U.S.C. 138].
    6. Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401-7671(q)].

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, 
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing 
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on 
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

Robert F. Tally Jr.,
Division Administrator, Indianapolis, Indiana.
 [FR Doc. E7-7231 Filed 4-16-07; 8:45 am]
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