Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Navy Atlantic Fleet Training in the Navy Cherry Point Range Complex and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings, 21248-21249 [E7-8188]

Download as PDF 21248 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 82 / Monday, April 30, 2007 / Notices from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contract information. DoD Clearance Officer; Ms. Patricia Toppings. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings at WHS/ ESD/Information Management Division, 1777 North Kent Street, RPN, Suite 11000, Arlington, VA 2209–2133. Dated: April 23, 2007. Patricia L. Toppings, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 07–2092 Filed 4–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Navy Atlantic Fleet Training in the Navy Cherry Point Range Complex and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice. AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Executive Order 12114, the Department of Navy (Navy) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas EIS to evaluate the potential environmental consequences associated with naval training operations in the Navy Cherry Point (CP) Range Complex. The Navy proposes to support current and emerging training and research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) operations in the Navy CP Range Complex by: (1) Maintaining baseline operations at current levels; (2) increasing training operations from current levels as necessary to support the Fleet Readiness Training Plan (FRTP); (3) accommodating mission requirements associated with force structure change; and (4) implementing enhanced range complex capabilities. The EIS/OEIS study area is the Navy CP Range Complex which consists of surface and subsurface operating areas (OPAREAs), special use airspace (SUA), and instrumented ranges. The Navy CP VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:27 Apr 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Range Complex encompasses: 18,617 nm2 of offshore surface and subsurface OPAREA; 12,529 nm2 of deep ocean area greater than 100 fathoms (600 feet); and 18,966 nm2 of SUA (warning area). No land ranges or facilities are included within the study area for this EIS/OEIS. The focus of the EIS/OEIS is the exercises and other actions in the ocean environment. Issues associated with land-based ranges will be assessed separately by the U.S. Marine Corps. The scope of actions to be analyzed in this EIS/OEIS includes current and proposed future Navy training and RDT&E within Navy-controlled operating areas, airspace, and instrumented ranges. It also includes proposed Navy-funded range capabilities enhancements, including infrastructure improvements, which support range complex training and RDT&E. Activities that involve the use of active sonar are conducted in the Navy CP Complex; however, those potential effects are being analyzed in detail in a separate document, the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training EIS/OEIS. That separate sonar EIS/OEIS addresses active sonar use as a whole by the Atlantic Fleet in the eastern Atlantic Ocean (including waters that are part of the Navy CP Complex), and in the Gulf of Mexico. The results of that sonar EIS/ OEIS will be incorporated into the Navy CP Range Complex EIS/OEIS to account for active sonar effects that could occur within the geographic area of the Navy CP Range Complex. Dates and Addresses: Two public scoping meetings will be held, one in Morehead City, North Carolina and one in Wilmington, North Carolina, to receive oral and written comments on environmental concerns that should be addressed in the Navy CP Range Complex EIS/OEIS. Public scoping meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations: May 16, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Carteret High School, 4700 Country Club Road, Morehead City, North Carolina, and May 17, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Hanover High School, 1307 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Knight, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, (757) 322–4398. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy’s mission is to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. For that reason, Title 10 U.S.C. 5062 directs the Chief of Naval Operations to train all naval forces for combat. The PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Chief of Naval Operations meets that direction, in part, by conducting at-sea training exercises and ensuring naval forces have access to ranges, OPAREAs and airspace where they can develop and maintain skills for wartime missions and conduct RDT&E of naval weapons systems. As such, Navy ranges, OPAREAs, and airspace must be maintained and/or enhanced to accommodate necessary training and testing activities in support of national security objectives. The purpose of the proposed action is to: Achieve and maintain Fleet readiness using the Navy CP Range Complex to support current, emerging, and future training and RDT&E operations; expand warfare missions; and upgrade/modernize existing range capabilities to enhance and sustain Navy training and testing. The need for the proposed action is to provide combat capable forces ready to deploy worldwide in accordance with Title 10 U.S.C 5062. Specifically, maintain current levels of military readiness by training and testing in the Navy CP Range Complex; accommodate future increases in operational training tempo in the Navy CP Range Complex and support the rapid deployment of naval units or strike groups; achieve and sustain readiness in ships and squadrons so that the Navy can quickly surge significant combat power in the event of a national crisis or contingency operation and consistent with FRTP; support the testing and training needed for new aircraft, vessels, weapons systems and missions; and maintain the long-term viability of the Navy CP Range Complex while protecting human health and the environment. Three alternatives will be evaluated in the EIS/OEIS including: (1) The No Action Alternative comprising baseline operations and support of existing range capabilities; (2) Alternative 1 comprising the No Action Alternative plus additional operations, expanded warfare missions, accommodation of force structure changes including training and RDT&E resulting from the introduction of new vessels, aircraft, weapons systems and missions, and the implementation of enhancements to range infrastructure; and (3) Alternative 2, comprising Alternative 1 plus additional increases in training, and implementation of enhancements that will optimize training throughput in support of future contingencies. The EIS/OEIS will evaluate the environmental effects associated with: Airspace; noise; range safety; water resources; air quality; biological resources, including threatened and endangered species; land use; E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 82 / Monday, April 30, 2007 / Notices socioeconomic resources; infrastructure; and cultural resources. The analysis will include an evaluation of direct and indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative impacts from other naval activities in the Navy CP Range Complex. No decision will be made to implement any alternative until the EIS/ OEIS process is completed and a Record of Decision is signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). The Navy is initiating the scoping process to identify community concerns and local issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, State agencies, local agencies, and interested persons are encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments to the Navy to identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern that should be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Written comments must be postmarked by June 12, 2007 and should be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia, 23508–1278, Attention: Ms. Kelly Knight. R.K. Giroux, Captain (Sel), Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E7–8188 Filed 4–27–07; 8:45 am] Dated: April 25, 2007. Angela C. Arrington, IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests Department of Education. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 29, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:27 Apr 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Management Services, Office of Management, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g. new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Type of Review: Reinstatement, with change, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired. Title: Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Survey of American College Campuses. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 1,050. Burden Hours: 875. Abstract: This survey’s purpose is to determine the state of alcohol and other drug abuse and violence prevention in higher education and assess current and emerging needs of institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities. Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 3322. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21249 Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202–4700. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 245–6623. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E7–8203 Filed 4–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Overview Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities—Institute on Technology Effectiveness for Children With Disabilities: Web-Supported Instructional Approaches; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327W. Dates: Applications Available: April 30, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 30, 2007. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 30, 2007. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under State law; institutions of higher education (IHEs); other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. Estimated Available Funds: $500,000. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $500,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Number of Awards: 1. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/
Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Navy Atlantic Fleet 
Training in the Navy Cherry Point Range Complex and Notice of Public 
Scoping Meetings

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and 
Executive Order 12114, the Department of Navy (Navy) announces its 
intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas EIS 
to evaluate the potential environmental consequences associated with 
naval training operations in the Navy Cherry Point (CP) Range Complex. 
The Navy proposes to support current and emerging training and 
research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) operations in the 
Navy CP Range Complex by: (1) Maintaining baseline operations at 
current levels; (2) increasing training operations from current levels 
as necessary to support the Fleet Readiness Training Plan (FRTP); (3) 
accommodating mission requirements associated with force structure 
change; and (4) implementing enhanced range complex capabilities. The 
EIS/OEIS study area is the Navy CP Range Complex which consists of 
surface and subsurface operating areas (OPAREAs), special use airspace 
(SUA), and instrumented ranges. The Navy CP Range Complex encompasses: 
18,617 nm2 of offshore surface and subsurface OPAREA; 12,529 
nm2 of deep ocean area greater than 100 fathoms (600 feet); 
and 18,966 nm2 of SUA (warning area). No land ranges or 
facilities are included within the study area for this EIS/OEIS. The 
focus of the EIS/OEIS is the exercises and other actions in the ocean 
environment. Issues associated with land-based ranges will be assessed 
separately by the U.S. Marine Corps.
    The scope of actions to be analyzed in this EIS/OEIS includes 
current and proposed future Navy training and RDT&E within Navy-
controlled operating areas, airspace, and instrumented ranges. It also 
includes proposed Navy-funded range capabilities enhancements, 
including infrastructure improvements, which support range complex 
training and RDT&E. Activities that involve the use of active sonar are 
conducted in the Navy CP Complex; however, those potential effects are 
being analyzed in detail in a separate document, the Atlantic Fleet 
Active Sonar Training EIS/OEIS. That separate sonar EIS/OEIS addresses 
active sonar use as a whole by the Atlantic Fleet in the eastern 
Atlantic Ocean (including waters that are part of the Navy CP Complex), 
and in the Gulf of Mexico. The results of that sonar EIS/OEIS will be 
incorporated into the Navy CP Range Complex EIS/OEIS to account for 
active sonar effects that could occur within the geographic area of the 
Navy CP Range Complex.
    Dates and Addresses: Two public scoping meetings will be held, one 
in Morehead City, North Carolina and one in Wilmington, North Carolina, 
to receive oral and written comments on environmental concerns that 
should be addressed in the Navy CP Range Complex EIS/OEIS. Public 
scoping meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and 
locations: May 16, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Carteret High 
School, 4700 Country Club Road, Morehead City, North Carolina, and May 
17, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Hanover High School, 1307 Market 
Street, Wilmington, North Carolina.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Knight, Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Atlantic, (757) 322-4398.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy's mission is to maintain, train, 
and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring 
aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. For that reason, Title 
10 U.S.C. 5062 directs the Chief of Naval Operations to train all naval 
forces for combat. The Chief of Naval Operations meets that direction, 
in part, by conducting at-sea training exercises and ensuring naval 
forces have access to ranges, OPAREAs and airspace where they can 
develop and maintain skills for wartime missions and conduct RDT&E of 
naval weapons systems. As such, Navy ranges, OPAREAs, and airspace must 
be maintained and/or enhanced to accommodate necessary training and 
testing activities in support of national security objectives.
    The purpose of the proposed action is to: Achieve and maintain 
Fleet readiness using the Navy CP Range Complex to support current, 
emerging, and future training and RDT&E operations; expand warfare 
missions; and upgrade/modernize existing range capabilities to enhance 
and sustain Navy training and testing.
    The need for the proposed action is to provide combat capable 
forces ready to deploy worldwide in accordance with Title 10 U.S.C 
5062. Specifically, maintain current levels of military readiness by 
training and testing in the Navy CP Range Complex; accommodate future 
increases in operational training tempo in the Navy CP Range Complex 
and support the rapid deployment of naval units or strike groups; 
achieve and sustain readiness in ships and squadrons so that the Navy 
can quickly surge significant combat power in the event of a national 
crisis or contingency operation and consistent with FRTP; support the 
testing and training needed for new aircraft, vessels, weapons systems 
and missions; and maintain the long-term viability of the Navy CP Range 
Complex while protecting human health and the environment.
    Three alternatives will be evaluated in the EIS/OEIS including: (1) 
The No Action Alternative comprising baseline operations and support of 
existing range capabilities; (2) Alternative 1 comprising the No Action 
Alternative plus additional operations, expanded warfare missions, 
accommodation of force structure changes including training and RDT&E 
resulting from the introduction of new vessels, aircraft, weapons 
systems and missions, and the implementation of enhancements to range 
infrastructure; and (3) Alternative 2, comprising Alternative 1 plus 
additional increases in training, and implementation of enhancements 
that will optimize training throughput in support of future 
contingencies. The EIS/OEIS will evaluate the environmental effects 
associated with: Airspace; noise; range safety; water resources; air 
quality; biological resources, including threatened and endangered 
species; land use;

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socioeconomic resources; infrastructure; and cultural resources. The 
analysis will include an evaluation of direct and indirect impacts, and 
will account for cumulative impacts from other naval activities in the 
Navy CP Range Complex. No decision will be made to implement any 
alternative until the EIS/OEIS process is completed and a Record of 
Decision is signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy 
(Installations and Environment).
    The Navy is initiating the scoping process to identify community 
concerns and local issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal 
agencies, State agencies, local agencies, and interested persons are 
encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments to the Navy to 
identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern that should 
be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Written comments must be postmarked by 
June 12, 2007 and should be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering 
Command, Atlantic, 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia, 23508-
1278, Attention: Ms. Kelly Knight.

R.K. Giroux,
Captain (Sel), Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal 
Register Liaison Officer.
 [FR Doc. E7-8188 Filed 4-27-07; 8:45 am]
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