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Download as PDF rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 207 / Friday, October 26, 2007 / Notices biostatistics, statistical modeling, epidemiology, meta-analysis, Bayesian analysis and toxicology of inhaled particles. The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, established by 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the technical bases for EPA policies and actions. The SAB expert panel will provide technical advice to EPA through the chartered SAB. The SAB Asbestos Panel will comply with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and all appropriate SAB procedural policies. 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Specific criteria to be used in evaluating Short List nominees include: (a) Scientific and/or technical expertise, knowledge, and experience (primary factors); (b) absence of financial conflicts of interest; (c) scientific credibility and impartiality; (d) availability and willingness to serve; and (e) ability to work constructively and effectively on committees. Dated: October 19, 2007. Anthony F. Maciorowski, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. E7–21092 Filed 10–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60845 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL6692–4] Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of Federal Activities at 202–564–7167. An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 6, 2007 (72 FR 17156). Draft EISs EIS No. 20070285, ERP No. D–COE– K35044–CA, Berth 136–147 [TraPac] Container Terminal Project, Upgrade Existing Wharf Facilities, Install a Buffer Area between the Terminal and Community, US Army COE Section 10 and 404 Permit, West Basin Portion of the Port of Los Angeles, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns because the preferred alternative may not represent the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative, as required under the Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines. EPA also expressed environmental concerns about impacts to air quality and minority and low-income communities, and requested that the Final EIS discuss mitigation in more detail. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070296, ERP No. D–AFS– K65332–CA, Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Project, Proposes to Regulate Unmanaged Public Wheeled Motor Vehicle, Implementation, Alpine, Amador, El Dorado and Placer Counties, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to water quality, meadows, riparian areas, critical habitat, and watersheds, and requested additional information on the above issues, monitoring and enforcement commitments. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070297, ERP No. D–AFS– J65486–UT, Big Creek Vegetation Treatment Project, To Treat 4,800 Acres of Aspen Conifer and Sagebrush Communities, Ogden Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Rich County, UT. Summary: While EPA does not object to the proposed action, it requested E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1 60846 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 207 / Friday, October 26, 2007 / Notices rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES clarification of impacts to migratory birds, regeneration of big sagebrush, and mitigation of impacts from illegal ORV use. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070315, ERP No. D–NOA– L91029–AK, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission for a Subsistence Hunt on Bowhead Whale for the Years 2008 through 2012 for Issuing Annual Quotas, Proposes to Authorize Subsistence Harvests of the Western Arctic Stock of Bowhead Whales, Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, AK. Summary: While EPA does not object to the proposed action, it requested clarification on the exchange of nonfood portions of the whales between native villages as a commodity. Rating LO EIS No. 20070365, ERP No. D–USA– A15000–00, PROGRAMMATIC— Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment, Implementation, Nationwide. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070393, ERP No. DS–AFS– J65424–MT, Fishtrap Project, Updated Information on Past Maintenance/ Restorative Treatments within Old Growth Stands, 200 Timber Harvest, Prescribed Burning, Road Construction and Other Restoration Activities, Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, Sanders County, MT. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. Final EISs EIS No. 20070260, ERP No. F–COE– K36142–CA, PROGRAMMATIC—San Luis Obispo Creek Watershed, Waterway Management Plan, Stream Maintenance and Management Plan, City of San Luis Obispo and County of San Luis Obispo, Community of Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Summary: EPA’s previous issues have been resolved; therefore, EPA does not object to the proposed action. EIS No. 20070292, ERP No. F–COE– K36055–CA, San Luis Rey Flood Control Project, Operation and Maintenance of the Vegetation and Sediment Management, from College Blvd to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego County, CA. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns because the preferred alternative may not represent the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative, as required under the Clean Water Act section 404(b)(1) Guidelines. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:23 Oct 25, 2007 Jkt 214001 EIS No. 20070318, ERP No. F–FHW– K40257–CA, Los Banos Bypass Project, Construct from CA–152 in Merced County beginning near Volta Road west to Los Banos, bypassing Los Banos, ending near the Santa Fe Grade Road, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Merced County, CA. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the proposed project related to induced growth. Also, EPA recommends that the project sponsor develop a strategy to facilitate protection of valuable habitat areas. EIS No. 20070379, ERP No. F–AFS– L65525–AK, Baht Timber Sale Project, Proposes to Harvest Timber and Temporary Road Construction on Zarembo Island, Wrangell Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, AK. Summary: EPA continues to have concerns about potential impacts to water quality and impacts to old growth habitat, and recommends water quality monitoring, preservation of riparian buffers and reduced new road construction. EIS No. 20070402, ERP No. F–FRC– K03030–00, Phoenix Expansion Project, Construction and Operation of Existing Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline, Right-of-Way Grant and Temporary Use Permit, San Juan and McKinley Counties, NM and Pinal and Maricopa Counties, AZ. Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency. EIS No. 20070058, ERP No. FA–FHW– E40325–NC, Western Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, Updated Information, U.S. 158 north to U.S. 52, TIP Project No. R–2247, Forsyth County, NC. (THIS EIS #20070058 AND EIS #20070057 ARE COMBINED IN A SINGLE DOCUMENT.) Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the large bypass regarding 7–8 linear miles of stream impacts, sedimentation and erosion control, terrestrial forest habitat losses and impacts to migratory birds. EPA requests that the Record of Decision disclose plans to mitigate these adverse impacts. EIS No. 20070384, ERP No. FS–FHW– E40714–GA, U.S. 411 Connector, From U.S. 411/GA–20 Interchange with U.S. 41 to U.S. 411 Interchange with I–75, Updated Information, Funding and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Bartow County, GA. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the preferred alternative regarding impacts to jurisdictional wetlands, regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 floodplains, and the loss of upland forest habitat. However, EPA supports the mitigation measures and monitoring programs as described in the Final Supplemental EIS. Dated: October 23, 2007. Robert W. Hargrove, Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. E7–21089 Filed 10–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL–6692–3] Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564–7167 or http://www.epa.gov/ compliance/nepa/. Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements Filed 10/15/2007 through 10/19/2007. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. EIS No. 20070435, Draft EIS, BLM, UT, Richfield Field Office Resource Management Plan, Implementation, Future Management of the Public Lands and Resource, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne and Garfield Counties, UT. Comment Period Ends: 01/24/2008. Contact: Wayne Wetzel, 435–896–1500. EIS No. 20070436, Draft EIS, FHW, ME, Wiscasset Route 1 Corridor Study Project, To Relieve Traffic Congestion and Improve Safety, U.S. Army COE section 404 Permit, Wiscasset and Edgecomb Counties, ME. Comment Period Ends: 12/21/2007. Contact: Mark Asselmann, 207622–8350. EIS No. 20070437, Draft EIS, NPS, HI, PROGRAMMATIC EIS—Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Comprehensive Management Plan, To Provide Long-Term Direction for Natural and Cultural Resource, Island of Hawii, HI. Comment Period Ends: 12/26/2007. Contact: Aric Arakaki 808–326–6012. EIS No. 20070438, Final Supplement, NOA, NC, Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP), Amendment 11, Implementation to Control Capacity and Mortality in the General Category Scallop Fishery, Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, NC. Wait Period Ends: 11/26/2007. Contact: Patricia A. Kurkal, 978–281– 9250. EIS No. 20070439, Draft EIS, BOP, AL, Aliceville, Alabama Area, Proposed E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of 
EPA Comments

    Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental 
Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and 
section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. 
Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of 
Federal Activities at 202-564-7167.
    An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental 
impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 6, 2007 (72 FR 
17156).

Draft EISs

EIS No. 20070285, ERP No. D-COE-K35044-CA, Berth 136-147 [TraPac] 
Container Terminal Project, Upgrade Existing Wharf Facilities, Install 
a Buffer Area between the Terminal and Community, US Army COE Section 
10 and 404 Permit, West Basin Portion of the Port of Los Angeles, CA.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns because the preferred 
alternative may not represent the least environmentally damaging 
practicable alternative, as required under the Clean Water Act Section 
404(b)(1) Guidelines. EPA also expressed environmental concerns about 
impacts to air quality and minority and low-income communities, and 
requested that the Final EIS discuss mitigation in more detail. Rating 
EC2.

EIS No. 20070296, ERP No. D-AFS-K65332-CA, Eldorado National Forest 
Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Project, Proposes to 
Regulate Unmanaged Public Wheeled Motor Vehicle, Implementation, 
Alpine, Amador, El Dorado and Placer Counties, CA.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to 
water quality, meadows, riparian areas, critical habitat, and 
watersheds, and requested additional information on the above issues, 
monitoring and enforcement commitments. Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20070297, ERP No. D-AFS-J65486-UT, Big Creek Vegetation 
Treatment Project, To Treat 4,800 Acres of Aspen Conifer and Sagebrush 
Communities, Ogden Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Rich 
County, UT.

    Summary: While EPA does not object to the proposed action, it 
requested

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clarification of impacts to migratory birds, regeneration of big 
sagebrush, and mitigation of impacts from illegal ORV use. Rating LO.

EIS No. 20070315, ERP No. D-NOA-L91029-AK, Alaska Eskimo Whaling 
Commission for a Subsistence Hunt on Bowhead Whale for the Years 2008 
through 2012 for Issuing Annual Quotas, Proposes to Authorize 
Subsistence Harvests of the Western Arctic Stock of Bowhead Whales, 
Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, AK.

    Summary: While EPA does not object to the proposed action, it 
requested clarification on the exchange of non-food portions of the 
whales between native villages as a commodity. Rating LO

.EIS No. 20070365, ERP No. D-USA-A15000-00, PROGRAMMATIC--Army Growth 
and Force Structure Realignment, Implementation, Nationwide.

    Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO.

EIS No. 20070393, ERP No. DS-AFS-J65424-MT, Fishtrap Project, Updated 
Information on Past Maintenance/Restorative Treatments within Old 
Growth Stands, 200 Timber Harvest, Prescribed Burning, Road 
Construction and Other Restoration Activities, Lolo National Forest, 
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, Sanders County, MT.

    Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO.

Final EISs

EIS No. 20070260, ERP No. F-COE-K36142-CA, PROGRAMMATIC--San Luis 
Obispo Creek Watershed, Waterway Management Plan, Stream Maintenance 
and Management Plan, City of San Luis Obispo and County of San Luis 
Obispo, Community of Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, CA.

    Summary: EPA's previous issues have been resolved; therefore, EPA 
does not object to the proposed action.

EIS No. 20070292, ERP No. F-COE-K36055-CA, San Luis Rey Flood Control 
Project, Operation and Maintenance of the Vegetation and Sediment 
Management, from College Blvd to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego County, 
CA.

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns because the 
preferred alternative may not represent the least environmentally 
damaging practicable alternative, as required under the Clean Water Act 
section 404(b)(1) Guidelines.

EIS No. 20070318, ERP No. F-FHW-K40257-CA, Los Banos Bypass Project, 
Construct from CA-152 in Merced County beginning near Volta Road west 
to Los Banos, bypassing Los Banos, ending near the Santa Fe Grade Road, 
U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Merced County, CA.

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the 
proposed project related to induced growth. Also, EPA recommends that 
the project sponsor develop a strategy to facilitate protection of 
valuable habitat areas.

EIS No. 20070379, ERP No. F-AFS-L65525-AK, Baht Timber Sale Project, 
Proposes to Harvest Timber and Temporary Road Construction on Zarembo 
Island, Wrangell Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, AK.

    Summary: EPA continues to have concerns about potential impacts to 
water quality and impacts to old growth habitat, and recommends water 
quality monitoring, preservation of riparian buffers and reduced new 
road construction.

EIS No. 20070402, ERP No. F-FRC-K03030-00, Phoenix Expansion Project, 
Construction and Operation of Existing Natural Gas Transmission 
Pipeline, Right-of-Way Grant and Temporary Use Permit, San Juan and 
McKinley Counties, NM and Pinal and Maricopa Counties, AZ.

    Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency.

EIS No. 20070058, ERP No. FA-FHW-E40325-NC, Western Section of the 
Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, Updated Information, U.S. 158 north to 
U.S. 52, TIP Project No. R-2247, Forsyth County, NC. (THIS EIS 
20070058 AND EIS 20070057 ARE COMBINED IN A SINGLE 
DOCUMENT.)

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the 
large bypass regarding 7-8 linear miles of stream impacts, 
sedimentation and erosion control, terrestrial forest habitat losses 
and impacts to migratory birds. EPA requests that the Record of 
Decision disclose plans to mitigate these adverse impacts.

EIS No. 20070384, ERP No. FS-FHW-E40714-GA, U.S. 411 Connector, From 
U.S. 411/GA-20 Interchange with U.S. 41 to U.S. 411 Interchange with I-
75, Updated Information, Funding and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, 
Bartow County, GA.

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about the 
preferred alternative regarding impacts to jurisdictional wetlands, 
regulatory floodplains, and the loss of upland forest habitat. However, 
EPA supports the mitigation measures and monitoring programs as 
described in the Final Supplemental EIS.

    Dated: October 23, 2007.
Robert W. Hargrove,
Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities.
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