Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative in the Land and Sea Environments, 54671-54672 [E7-19035]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Overview of This Information Collection Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Agency Information Collection Activities: Reinstatement and Revision of a Previously Approved Form (1) Type of Information Collection: Reinstatement and revision of a previously approved form. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: HRIFA Supplement to Form I–485. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I–485 Supplement C; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. The information provided on the Form I–485 Supplement C, in combination with the information collected on Form I–485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status), is necessary in order for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to make a determination that the adjustment of status eligibility requirements and conditions are met by the applicant of Haitian nationality pursuant to HRIFA. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 2,000 respondents at 30 minutes per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 1,000 annual burden hours. If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the information collection instrument, please visit the USCIS Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/ component/main. We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 3rd floor, Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529, telephone number 202–272–8377. [USCBP–2007–0060] 60-day notice of information collection under review; Form I–485: Supplement C, HRIFA Supplement to Form I–485; OMB Control No. 1615– New. ACTION: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 54671 The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until November 26, 2007. Written comments and suggestions regarding items contained in this notice and especially with regard to the estimated public burden and associated response time should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 3rd floor, Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202– 272–8352, or via e-mail at rfs.regs@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail please add the OMB Control Number 1615–New in the subject box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the collection of information should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Sep 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 Dated: September 20, 2007. Richard A. Sloan, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. [FR Doc. E7–18943 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative in the Land and Sea Environments Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: A Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) in the Land and Sea Environments are available to the public for review. The Final PEA documents a review of potential environmental impacts. Based on the Final PEA, a determination was made that the travel documents proposed for WHTI and use of the travel documents for implementation of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment such that it would require further analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The Final PEA addresses the substantive comments received on the Draft PEA during the public comment period. The Final PEA resulted in a FONSI that describes the programmatic action alternatives to be used as the approach to meet the requirements of WHTI. The Final PEA and FONSI are made available to the public in accordance with NEPA and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA. DATES: The Final PEA and FONSI will be available to the public on September 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final PEA and FONSI may be obtained by download through the Internet at http:// www.cbp.gov/travel and http:// www.regulations.gov or by writing to: CBP, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 5.4D, Attn: WHTI Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC 20229. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, WHTI Program Management Office, ATTN: Ms. Colleen Manaher, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 5.4D, Washington, DC 20229, (202) 344–1220, e-mail address: Colleen.M.Manaher@dhs.gov. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 54672 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices Section 7209 of IRTPA, as amended, provides that upon full implementation, U.S., Bermudian, and Canadian citizens, and Mexican nationals would be required to present a passport or such alternative documents as the Secretary of Homeland Security designates as satisfactorily establishing identity and citizenship upon entering the United States. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2007 (72 FR 35088), DHS and the Department of State (DOS) described the second phase of a joint plan, known as WHTI, to implement these new requirements. The NPRM proposed the specific documents that U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico would be required to present when entering the U.S. at sea and land portsof-entry from Western Hemisphere countries. DHS and CBP have analyzed the potential impacts on the human environment of several alternate ways of implementing WHTI at sea and land ports-of-entry based on technological and operational considerations as part of the decision-making process. The impact analysis in the Final PEA and FONSI focuses primarily on the effects of implementing WHTI at land ports-ofentry because the land environment is the most sensitive to the proposed document and technological changes associated with implementation of WHTI. Four technological and operational alternatives to meet the requirements to define and process secure, standardized travel documents under WHTI are analyzed in the PEA. The four alternatives are: (1) No-Action Alternative: maintain the status quo; (2) Standardized Documents Alternative: accept a limited number of document categories for admission at all sea or land ports-of-entry (LPOEs); (3) MRZ Alternative: Accept standardized documents that contain a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ); and (4) RFID Alternative: Accept standardized documents that contain Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and an MRZ, for the use of RFID-enabled readers at the busiest LPOEs and MRZ at all LPOEs. As described in the PEA, air quality and noise are the primary resource areas that have the most potential to be affected by implementation of WHTI. However, no significant environmental impacts to these resources or any other human or natural environments from the implementation of any of the WHTI alternatives are anticipated. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Sep 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 Dated: September 19, 2007. Eugene H. Schied, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Finance. [FR Doc. E7–19035 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of the Secretary Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List Office of Hawaiian Relations, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Creation of a Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hawaiian Relations. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Hawaiian Relations (OHR), within the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), has developed criteria for establishment of a Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List (Notification List). The purpose of the Notification List is to provide the DOI officials with a tool to help satisfy their statutory notification obligations under such laws as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). It is also the intent of the Office of Hawaiian Relations to make available to other Federal agency officials this mechanism to assist them with their reasonable and good faith efforts to identify Native Hawaiian organizations that are to be notified or consulted with when required by statute or when desired. DATES: Eligible organizations should submit their application for inclusion on the list. Although organizations may apply for inclusion on the list at anytime, we will begin using the list on November 26, 2007. ADDRESSES: To apply for placement of an organization on the Notification List send certification to: Ka’i’ini K. Kaloi, Director, Office of Hawaiian Relations, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 3543, Washington, DC 20240. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. What Does the Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List Do? a. The Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List, to be maintained and housed within OHR, is designed to assist the DOI and other agencies to locate and communicate with interested Native Hawaiian organizations when PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 statutory, regulatory, or when otherwise desired by the agency. b. The Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List may assist other Federal agency officials with their reasonable and good faith efforts to identify Native Hawaiian organizations that are to be notified or consulted with when required by statute or when otherwise desired by the agency. c. The Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List is voluntary, and Native Hawaiian organizations are not required to participate in the Notification List. However, it is anticipated that Federal agencies will rely on this list. d. The placement of an organization on the Notification List shall not be construed as recognition by the Federal Government that the organization is a governmental, tribal, or other similar type entity. e. The placement of an organization on the Notification List is not intended to and does not confer any substantive or procedural right, benefit, or privilege enforceable at law or in equity, which is not otherwise available to the organization by law, by any party against the United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other person. f. The Notification List is created as a convenience for the U.S. Government and Native Hawaiian organizations. It does not provide a basis for legal action against the U.S. Government. 2. How Does a Native Hawaiian Organization Apply To Be on the Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List? a. An organization must certify in writing to OHR the following: i. The organization serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians; ii. The organization has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians; iii. The organization has expertise in Native Hawaiian affairs; and iv. The organization would like to be placed on the Notification List. b. The certification must be signed and dated by the organization’s governing body and include a valid U.S. mailing address where the organization wants notifications to be sent. c. The request may also include the organization’s topical and geographic areas of interest. d. If the certification from the organization is incomplete, the organization may not be listed. e. It is a violation of Federal law to make false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to the Federal Government. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 186 (Wednesday, September 26, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54671-54672]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-19035]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

[USCBP-2007-0060]


Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment (PEA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the 
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative in the Land and Sea Environments

AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS).

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: A Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and 
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Western Hemisphere 
Travel Initiative (WHTI) in the Land and Sea Environments are available 
to the public for review. The Final PEA documents a review of potential 
environmental impacts. Based on the Final PEA, a determination was made 
that the travel documents proposed for WHTI and use of the travel 
documents for implementation of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism 
Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) will not have a significant impact on 
the quality of the human environment such that it would require further 
analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). 
The Final PEA addresses the substantive comments received on the Draft 
PEA during the public comment period. The Final PEA resulted in a FONSI 
that describes the programmatic action alternatives to be used as the 
approach to meet the requirements of WHTI. The Final PEA and FONSI are 
made available to the public in accordance with NEPA and the Council on 
Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA.

DATES: The Final PEA and FONSI will be available to the public on 
September 6, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final PEA and FONSI may be obtained by 
download through the Internet at http://www.cbp.gov/travel and http://
www.regulations.gov or by writing to: CBP, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW., Room 5.4D, Attn: WHTI Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC 
20229.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
WHTI Program Management Office, ATTN: Ms. Colleen Manaher, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 5.4D, Washington, DC 20229, (202) 344-
1220, e-mail address: Colleen.M.Manaher@dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 7209 of IRTPA, as amended, provides 
that upon full implementation, U.S., Bermudian, and Canadian citizens, 
and Mexican nationals would be required to present a passport or such 
alternative documents as the Secretary of Homeland Security designates 
as satisfactorily establishing identity and citizenship upon entering 
the United States.
    In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal 
Register on June 26, 2007 (72 FR 35088), DHS and the Department of 
State (DOS) described the second phase of a joint plan, known as WHTI, 
to implement these new requirements. The NPRM proposed the specific 
documents that U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, 
Bermuda, and Mexico would be required to present when entering the U.S. 
at sea and land ports-of-entry from Western Hemisphere countries.
    DHS and CBP have analyzed the potential impacts on the human 
environment of several alternate ways of implementing WHTI at sea and 
land ports-of-entry based on technological and operational 
considerations as part of the decision-making process. The impact 
analysis in the Final PEA and FONSI focuses primarily on the effects of 
implementing WHTI at land ports-of-entry because the land environment 
is the most sensitive to the proposed document and technological 
changes associated with implementation of WHTI.
    Four technological and operational alternatives to meet the 
requirements to define and process secure, standardized travel 
documents under WHTI are analyzed in the PEA. The four alternatives 
are: (1) No-Action Alternative: maintain the status quo; (2) 
Standardized Documents Alternative: accept a limited number of document 
categories for admission at all sea or land ports-of-entry (LPOEs); (3) 
MRZ Alternative: Accept standardized documents that contain a Machine 
Readable Zone (MRZ); and (4) RFID Alternative: Accept standardized 
documents that contain Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology 
and an MRZ, for the use of RFID-enabled readers at the busiest LPOEs 
and MRZ at all LPOEs. As described in the PEA, air quality and noise 
are the primary resource areas that have the most potential to be 
affected by implementation of WHTI. However, no significant 
environmental impacts to these resources or any other human or natural 
environments from the implementation of any of the WHTI alternatives 
are anticipated.

    Dated: September 19, 2007.
Eugene H. Schied,
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Finance.
 [FR Doc. E7-19035 Filed 9-25-07; 8:45 am]
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