Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Hawaii Range Complex, HI, 43251-43252 [E7-15127]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 149 / Friday, August 3, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Improvements to the Freeport Harbor Navigation Project, Brazoria County, TX Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, is issuing this notice to announce its intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), for the proposed deepening and widening of the deepdraft Freeport Harbor Navigation Project, connecting port facilities in Freeport to the Gulf of Mexico. The District will conduct a study to evaluate deepening and widening alternatives, and dredged material disposal options, which will include both upland confined disposal and ocean disposal at designated sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The Freeport Harbor Navigation Project study area is located on the mid to upper Texas coast in Brazoria County, TX, extending from approximately 3 miles offshore at the 60-foot depth contour in the Gulf of Mexico, through the jettied Freeport Harbor entrance channel upstream to the Stauffer Channel Turing Basin. Depths and widths of up to 60-feet and 600-feet respectively are being considered from seaward, along with varying dimensions for upstream reaches and basins. The non-federal sponsor is the Brazos River Harbor Navigation District. ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553–1229. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Bragg, Project Manager—Project Management Branch, (409) 766–3979; or Mr. George Dabney, Environmental Lead—Planning and Environmental Branch, (409) 766–6345. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The existing navigation project, completed in 1996, is approximately 8.6 miles in length. The project’s primary reaches and basins include a 47-foot deep, 400foot wide entrance channel; a 45-foot deep, 400-foot wide main channel; 45foot deep turning basins (with 750, 1,000 and 1,200-foot diameters); and a 36-foot deep, 750-foot diameter Brazos Harbor Turning Basin. The existing project encompasses numerous industrial and shipping facilities, located in or adjacent to the Port of Freeport, TX. The non-federal sponsor, the Brazos River Harbor Navigation mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Aug 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 District, seeks to increase navigation safety and efficiency, and to enhance its competitiveness by improving the existing project to attract larger, deeper draft vessels including LNG tankers, crude carriers and container ships. To explore the feasibility of proposed project improvements, the non-federal sponsor has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, to conduct a feasibility study for determining optimum depths and widths necessary to safely accommodate current and projected navigation needs. Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970, Public Law 91–611, authorizes the proposed deepening and widening improvements of the existing navigation project. Project alternatives under evaluation include maintaining primary channel reaches at their existing dimensions (No Action Alternative), or, deepening and widening reaches to either 60 x 540 feet or 55 x 600 feet respectively. The remaining project reaches and basins will be deepened, widened or expanded to compatible dimensions. The scoping process for public input will involve Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other interested parties and entities. Coordination with natural resources and environmental agencies will be conducted under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Endangered Species Act, Clear Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act. Public scoping meetings will also be held to discuss environmental issues associated with proposed channel improvements. Issues to be considered during the public review and input process include: water and sediment quality, air and noise quality, hazardous, toxic and radiological waste, dredged material disposal, economics, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, historic properties, aesthetics, recreation, cumulative impacts, impact mitigation for natural resources, and other issues affecting public health and welfare. Any person or organization wishing to provide information on issues or concerns should contact the Galveston District Corps of Engineers at (see ADDRESSES). It is estimated the DEIS will be available for public review and comment in April 2008. Richard Medina, Chief, Planning and Environmental Branch. [FR Doc. 07–3817 Filed 8–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–52–M PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43251 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Hawaii Range Complex, HI Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Presidential Executive Order 12114, the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas EIS on July 19, 2007, to evaluate the potential environmental effects of conducting current and emerging Navy Pacific Fleet training and defense-related research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) operations within the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC) and to upgrade or modernize range complex capabilities (including hardware and infrastructure). A Notice of Intent for this DEIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register, 71 FR 51188, on August 29, 2006. The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and Local agencies, elected officials, as well as other interested individuals and organizations on July 20, 2007. On July 27, 2007, Navy issued a revision to the Draft EIS/OEIS that was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 19, 2007. Errata sheets and a corrected Draft EIS/OEIS were distributed to all Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and organizations on Navy’s distribution list. To allow for the full 45-day review of the Draft EIS/OEIS, the public comment period has been extended from September 10, 2007 to September 17, 2007. The Navy will conduct four public hearings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, and local agencies and interested individuals are invited to be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS. Dates and Addresses: An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 43252 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 149 / Friday, August 3, 2007 / Notices to review the information presented in the Draft EIS/OEIS. Navy representatives will be available during the open house sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS/ OEIS. In addition, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is participating as a cooperating agency in the development of the EIS, will be represented at the public hearings. All meetings will start with an open house from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations and public comment will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Public hearings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations: August 21, 2007, at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy Street, Lihue, Hawaii; August 23, 2007, at McKinley High School, 1039 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; August 27, 2007, at Baldwin High School, 1650 Kaahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, Hawaii; August 29, 2007, at Waiakea High School, 155 West Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility Attention: HRC EIS/OEIS, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii 96752–0128. Voice mail 1–866–767– 3347 or facsimile 808–335–4520. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The HRC consists of open ocean areas (outside 12 nautical miles (nm)), offshore areas (within 12 nm from land), and onshore areas geographically situated on and around the Hawaiian Islands. The complex covers 235,000 square nm around the main Hawaiian Islands chain and a 2.1 million square nm Temporary Operating Area (TOA) of sea and airspace. The study area is a complex consisting of instrumented ocean areas, airspace, ocean surface operation areas, targets, and land range facilities. Navy proposes to support and conduct current and emerging training and RDT&E operations in the HRC and to upgrade or modernize range complex capabilities to enhance and sustain Navy training and defense-related testing. This would be accomplished by increasing training operations and implementing necessary force structure changes; supporting three transient Strike Group training exercises at the same time and an additional aircraft carrier during Rim of the Pacific Exercises; operating a Portable Undersea Tracking Range; constructing and operating an Acoustic Test Facility; enhancing RDT&E and training operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF); and using the TOA as required. The Draft EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of three alternatives, including two action VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Aug 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 alternatives (Alternatives 1 and 2) and the No-action Alternative. The Noaction Alternative stands as no change from current levels of training usage. Alternatives 1 and 2 analyze an increased tempo and frequency of training exercises in the HRC. Alternative 2 is the Navy’s preferred alternative. No significant adverse impacts are identified for any resource area in any geographic location within the HRC that cannot be mitigated, with the exception of exposure of marine mammals to underwater sound. NMFS has received an application from the Navy for a Marine Mammal Protection Act Letter of Authorization (LOA) and governing regulations to authorize incidental take of marine mammals that may result from the implementation of the activities analyzed in the Draft EIS/ OEIS. NMFS is participating as a cooperating agency in the development of this Draft EIS/OEIS. NMFS staff will be present at the scheduled open house and public hearings and available to discuss both the MMPA incidental take authorization process and NMFS’ participation in the development of the EIS. The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, as well as other interested individuals and organizations on July 20, 2007. On July 27, 2007, Navy issued a revision to the Draft EIS/OEIS that was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 19, 2007. Errata sheets and a corrected Draft EIS/OEIS were distributed to all Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and organizations on Navy’s distribution list. To allow for the full 45-day review of the Draft EIS/OEIS, the public comment period has been extended from September 10, 2007 to September 17, 2007. Copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS are available for public review at the following libraries: Kahului Public Library, 90 School Street, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732; Wailuku Public Library, 251 High Street, Wailuku, Maui Hawaii 96793; Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii, HI 96720; Hawaii State Library, Hawaii and Pacific Section Document Unit, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 96813–2994; Lihue Public Library, 4344 Hardy Street, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766; Waimea Public Library, P.O. Box 397, Waimea, Kauai Hawaii 96766; and Princeville Public Library, 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii 96722. The Draft EIS/OEIS is also available for PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 electronic public viewing at http:// www.govsupport.us/hrc. Single copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS and the Executive Summary will be made available upon request by contacting Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii 96752–0128, Attention: HRC EIS/OEIS, voice mail 1–866–767–3347 or facsimile 808–335–4520. Federal, State, and local agencies and interested parties are invited to be present or represented at the public hearing. Written comments can also be submitted during the open house sessions preceding the public hearings. Oral statements will be heard and transcribed by a stenographer; however, to ensure the accuracy of the record, all statements should be submitted in writing. All statements, both oral and written, will become part of the public record on the Draft EIS/OEIS and will be responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to give an oral statement have the opportunity to do so, each speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If a long statement is to be presented, it should be summarized at the public hearing and the full text submitted in writing at the hearing, mailed to Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii 96752– 0128, ATTN: HRC EIS/OEIS, facsimile 808–335–4520; or submitted via e-mail to deis_hrc@govsupport.us or via the project Web site at http:// www.govsupport.us/hrc. All written comments must be postmarked or received by September 17, 2007, to ensure they become part of the official record. All comments will be responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS. Dated: July 30, 2007. M.C. Holley, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Administrative Law Division, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E7–15127 Filed 8–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability of Finding Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/
Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Hawaii Range Complex, 
HI

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 and regulations implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and Presidential 
Executive Order 12114, the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared 
and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas EIS on July 19, 2007, to 
evaluate the potential environmental effects of conducting current and 
emerging Navy Pacific Fleet training and defense-related research, 
development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) operations within the Hawaii 
Range Complex (HRC) and to upgrade or modernize range complex 
capabilities (including hardware and infrastructure). A Notice of 
Intent for this DEIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register, 71 FR 
51188, on August 29, 2006.
    The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and Local 
agencies, elected officials, as well as other interested individuals 
and organizations on July 20, 2007. On July 27, 2007, Navy issued a 
revision to the Draft EIS/OEIS that was filed with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency on July 19, 2007. Errata sheets and a 
corrected Draft EIS/OEIS were distributed to all Federal, State, and 
local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and 
organizations on Navy's distribution list. To allow for the full 45-day 
review of the Draft EIS/OEIS, the public comment period has been 
extended from September 10, 2007 to September 17, 2007.
    The Navy will conduct four public hearings to receive oral and 
written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state 
agencies, and local agencies and interested individuals are invited to 
be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces 
the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS.
    Dates and Addresses: An open house session will precede the 
scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will 
allow individuals

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to review the information presented in the Draft EIS/OEIS. Navy 
representatives will be available during the open house sessions to 
clarify information related to the Draft EIS/OEIS. In addition, the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is participating as a 
cooperating agency in the development of the EIS, will be represented 
at the public hearings. All meetings will start with an open house from 
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations and public comment will be held from 6 
p.m. to 9 p.m. Public hearings will be held on the following dates and 
at the following locations: August 21, 2007, at Kauai War Memorial 
Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy Street, Lihue, Hawaii; August 23, 2007, at 
McKinley High School, 1039 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; August 
27, 2007, at Baldwin High School, 1650 Kaahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, 
Hawaii; August 29, 2007, at Waiakea High School, 155 West Kawili 
Street, Hilo, Hawaii.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Affairs Officer, Pacific 
Missile Range Facility Attention: HRC EIS/OEIS, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, 
Kauai, Hawaii 96752-0128. Voice mail 1-866-767-3347 or facsimile 808-
335-4520.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The HRC consists of open ocean areas 
(outside 12 nautical miles (nm)), offshore areas (within 12 nm from 
land), and onshore areas geographically situated on and around the 
Hawaiian Islands. The complex covers 235,000 square nm around the main 
Hawaiian Islands chain and a 2.1 million square nm Temporary Operating 
Area (TOA) of sea and airspace. The study area is a complex consisting 
of instrumented ocean areas, airspace, ocean surface operation areas, 
targets, and land range facilities.
    Navy proposes to support and conduct current and emerging training 
and RDT&E operations in the HRC and to upgrade or modernize range 
complex capabilities to enhance and sustain Navy training and defense-
related testing. This would be accomplished by increasing training 
operations and implementing necessary force structure changes; 
supporting three transient Strike Group training exercises at the same 
time and an additional aircraft carrier during Rim of the Pacific 
Exercises; operating a Portable Undersea Tracking Range; constructing 
and operating an Acoustic Test Facility; enhancing RDT&E and training 
operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF); and using the 
TOA as required.
    The Draft EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of 
three alternatives, including two action alternatives (Alternatives 1 
and 2) and the No-action Alternative. The No-action Alternative stands 
as no change from current levels of training usage. Alternatives 1 and 
2 analyze an increased tempo and frequency of training exercises in the 
HRC. Alternative 2 is the Navy's preferred alternative.
    No significant adverse impacts are identified for any resource area 
in any geographic location within the HRC that cannot be mitigated, 
with the exception of exposure of marine mammals to underwater sound. 
NMFS has received an application from the Navy for a Marine Mammal 
Protection Act Letter of Authorization (LOA) and governing regulations 
to authorize incidental take of marine mammals that may result from the 
implementation of the activities analyzed in the Draft EIS/OEIS. NMFS 
is participating as a cooperating agency in the development of this 
Draft EIS/OEIS. NMFS staff will be present at the scheduled open house 
and public hearings and available to discuss both the MMPA incidental 
take authorization process and NMFS' participation in the development 
of the EIS.
    The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and local 
agencies, elected officials, as well as other interested individuals 
and organizations on July 20, 2007. On July 27, 2007, Navy issued a 
revision to the Draft EIS/OEIS that was filed with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency on July 19, 2007. Errata sheets and a 
corrected Draft EIS/OEIS were distributed to all Federal, State, and 
local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and 
organizations on Navy's distribution list. To allow for the full 45-day 
review of the Draft EIS/OEIS, the public comment period has been 
extended from September 10, 2007 to September 17, 2007.
    Copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS are available for public review at the 
following libraries: Kahului Public Library, 90 School Street, Kahului, 
Maui, Hawaii 96732; Wailuku Public Library, 251 High Street, Wailuku, 
Maui Hawaii 96793; Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, 
Hawaii, HI 96720; Hawaii State Library, Hawaii and Pacific Section 
Document Unit, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 96813-
2994; Lihue Public Library, 4344 Hardy Street, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 
96766; Waimea Public Library, P.O. Box 397, Waimea, Kauai Hawaii 96766; 
and Princeville Public Library, 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, 
Kauai, Hawaii 96722. The Draft EIS/OEIS is also available for 
electronic public viewing at http://www.govsupport.us/hrc. Single 
copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS and the Executive Summary will be made 
available upon request by contacting Public Affairs Officer, Pacific 
Missile Range Facility, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii 96752-0128, 
Attention: HRC EIS/OEIS, voice mail 1-866-767-3347 or facsimile 808-
335-4520.
    Federal, State, and local agencies and interested parties are 
invited to be present or represented at the public hearing. Written 
comments can also be submitted during the open house sessions preceding 
the public hearings. Oral statements will be heard and transcribed by a 
stenographer; however, to ensure the accuracy of the record, all 
statements should be submitted in writing. All statements, both oral 
and written, will become part of the public record on the Draft EIS/
OEIS and will be responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS. Equal weight will 
be given to both oral and written statements.
    In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to 
give an oral statement have the opportunity to do so, each speaker's 
comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If a long statement is 
to be presented, it should be summarized at the public hearing and the 
full text submitted in writing at the hearing, mailed to Public Affairs 
Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Kauai, 
Hawaii 96752-0128, ATTN: HRC EIS/OEIS, facsimile 808-335-4520; or 
submitted via e-mail to deis_hrc@govsupport.us or via the project Web 
site at http://www.govsupport.us/hrc.
    All written comments must be postmarked or received by September 
17, 2007, to ensure they become part of the official record. All 
comments will be responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS.

    Dated: July 30, 2007.
M.C. Holley,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, 
Administrative Law Division, Alternate Federal Register Liaison 
Officer.
[FR Doc. E7-15127 Filed 8-2-07; 8:45 am]
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