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Download as PDF 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. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 149 / Friday, August 3, 2007 / Notices Department of the Navy gives notice that a Finding of No Significant Harm (FONSH) has been issued and is available for exercise ‘‘Valiant Shield 07.’’ The effective date of availability is August 3, 2007. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the FONSH are available for public viewing or downloading at http:// www.navydocuments.com. Single copies of the FONSH may be obtained by written request from: Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, 258 Makalapa Drive Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI, 96860–3134 (ATTN: Code EV 21KF). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Public Affairs, Mr. Mark Matsunaga 808–471– 3769 or visit http:// www.navydocuments.com. DATES: Valiant Shield 2007 (VS 07) is a major Navy training exercise proposed to occur in August 2007 in a large open ocean area, beyond any territorial seas, in the western Pacific Ocean. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the Navy’s ability to operate a large Naval force in coordination with other United States military services, supporting the Navy’s requirement to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces. Activities conducted during the exercise include anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare including sinking exercise(s), and anti-submarine warfare, including use of active sonar. The FONSH is based on analysis contained in an Overseas Environmental Assessment (OEA) evaluating environmental impacts associated with the proposed offshore Navy training. Environmental concerns addressed in the OEA include air quality, water resources, ocean physical environment, airborne noise, underwater sound, and biological resources, including fish, essential fish habitat, marine mammals and threatened and endangered species. The OEA includes an analysis of midfrequency active sonar use, sinking exercises, and other Navy training activities that will occur over the exercise period. VS 07 incorporates the use of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar in accordance with current authorizations. Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultation between the Navy and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) resulted in a biological opinion from NMFS concluding that the proposed exercise is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Aug 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 any threatened or endangered species, nor to adversely modify or destroy any designated critical habitat. This action includes mitigation measures that will be implemented to protect marine mammals, sea turtles and federally listed endangered/threatened species during the exercise. Based on information gathered during preparation of the OEA, consultation with NMFS, and evaluation of the nature, scope and intensity of the proposed action, the Navy finds that the conduct of Valiant Shield 2007 will not significantly harm the environment and, therefore, an Overseas Environmental Impact Statement is not required. Dated: July 30, 2007. M.C. Holley, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Administrative Law Division, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E7–15128 Filed 8–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY: Department of Education. SUMMARY: The Acting Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, 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 September 4, 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit responses electronically by e-mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or via fax to (202) 395–6974. Commenters should include the following subject line in their response ‘‘Comment: [insert OMB number], [insert abbreviated collection name, e.g., ‘‘Upward Bound Evaluation’’]. Persons submitting comments electronically should not submit paper copies. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43253 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 Acting Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information 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. Dated: July 30, 2007. James Hyler, Acting Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Type of Review: New. Title: Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX). Frequency: Nightly Database Submission. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov’t, SEAs or LEAs. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 17,885. Burden Hours: 452,470. Abstract: The collection is necessary to establish a set of minimum data elements to be collected and transferred between State migrant education programs (MEPs) as part of a larger, mandated Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX). State educational agencies (SEAs) with MEPs will transfer the minimum data elements using the MSIX in order to facilitate timely class placement and credit accrual for migratory children. Requests for copies of the information collection submission for OMB review may be accessed from http:// edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 2841. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 149 (Friday, August 3, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43252-43253]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-15128]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Availability of Finding

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects 
Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the

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Department of the Navy gives notice that a Finding of No Significant 
Harm (FONSH) has been issued and is available for exercise ``Valiant 
Shield 07.''

DATES: The effective date of availability is August 3, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the FONSH are available for public 
viewing or downloading at http://www.navydocuments.com. Single copies 
of the FONSH may be obtained by written request from: Commander, Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, 258 Makalapa Drive Suite 100, 
Pearl Harbor, HI, 96860-3134 (ATTN: Code EV 21KF).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Public 
Affairs, Mr. Mark Matsunaga 808-471-3769 or visit http://
www.navydocuments.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Valiant Shield 2007 (VS 07) is a major Navy 
training exercise proposed to occur in August 2007 in a large open 
ocean area, beyond any territorial seas, in the western Pacific Ocean. 
The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the Navy's ability to 
operate a large Naval force in coordination with other United States 
military services, supporting the Navy's requirement to maintain, train 
and equip combat-ready naval forces. Activities conducted during the 
exercise include anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare including 
sinking exercise(s), and anti-submarine warfare, including use of 
active sonar.
    The FONSH is based on analysis contained in an Overseas 
Environmental Assessment (OEA) evaluating environmental impacts 
associated with the proposed offshore Navy training. Environmental 
concerns addressed in the OEA include air quality, water resources, 
ocean physical environment, airborne noise, underwater sound, and 
biological resources, including fish, essential fish habitat, marine 
mammals and threatened and endangered species. The OEA includes an 
analysis of mid-frequency active sonar use, sinking exercises, and 
other Navy training activities that will occur over the exercise 
period. VS 07 incorporates the use of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor 
System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar in accordance with 
current authorizations.
    Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultation between the Navy and 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) resulted in a biological 
opinion from NMFS concluding that the proposed exercise is not likely 
to jeopardize the continued existence of any threatened or endangered 
species, nor to adversely modify or destroy any designated critical 
habitat.
    This action includes mitigation measures that will be implemented 
to protect marine mammals, sea turtles and federally listed endangered/
threatened species during the exercise. Based on information gathered 
during preparation of the OEA, consultation with NMFS, and evaluation 
of the nature, scope and intensity of the proposed action, the Navy 
finds that the conduct of Valiant Shield 2007 will not significantly 
harm the environment and, therefore, an Overseas Environmental Impact 
Statement is not required.

    Dated: July 30, 2007.
M.C. Holley,
Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Administrative Law 
Division, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer.
 [FR Doc. E7-15128 Filed 8-2-07; 8:45 am]
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