Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee to Trust of Parcels Owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York in Oneida and Madison Counties, New York, 9823-9824 [E8-3247]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 36 / Friday, February 22, 2008 / Notices SUMMARY: This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless. DATES: Effective Date: February 22, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Ezzell, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7262, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 708–1234; TTY number for the hearing- and speechimpaired (202) 708–2565, (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800–927-7588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.C.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized , underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been determined suitable or unsuitable this week. Dated: February 14, 2008. Mark R. Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. [FR Doc. 08–767 Filed 2–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee to Trust of Parcels Owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York in Oneida and Madison Counties, New York Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the cooperation of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York (Nation), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Madison County, New York, and Oneida County, New York as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the requested transfer of parcels owned by the Nation to the United States in trust VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Feb 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 for the Nation, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. The subject lands are located within Oneida and Madison Counties, New York. The FEIS is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 and 25 CFR Part 151. The purpose of the proposed action is to help provide for the Nation’s cultural and social preservation, expression and identity, political self-determination, selfsufficiency, and economic growth by providing a tribal land base and homeland over which the Nation exercises tribal sovereignty. DATES: The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be issued on or after March 25, 2008. Any comments on the FEIS must arrive by March 24, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Mr. Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, fax (615) 564–6701. Electronic submission is not available. Copies of the FEIS will be available for viewing at Web site www.oneidanationtrust.net and at the following locations during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, except holidays: (1) Oneida Nation Annex Building, 579A Main Street, Oneida, New York 13421 (business hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Oneida City Hall, 109 N. Main Street, Downstairs Basement Room, Oneida, New York 13421; and Town of Verona Town Hall, 6600 Germany Road, Back Conference Room, Durhamville, New York 13054. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, (615) 564–6832. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nation submitted an application to the U.S. Department of the Interior through the BIA, requesting that the Secretary of the Interior take approximately 17,370 acres of land in Madison and Oneida Counties, New York, into trust status for the benefit of the Nation. The subject properties are currently owned by the Nation. The nine alternatives analyzed in the FEIS are as follows: (A) Proposed Action—Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3 Lands (17,370 acres), which is the action proposed by the Nation; (B) Phased Acquisition of 35,000 Acres, which is based on a prior land claim settlement framework; (C) Group 1 and Group 2 Lands (9,903 acres); (D) Group 1 Lands (3,428 acres); (E) Turning Stone Casino Gaming Floor Tax Lot (225 acres); (F) Alternative Trust Land Grouping (11,986 acres), which includes all of the Group 1 lands and additional PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9823 parcels from Groups 2 and 3; (G) No Action (0 acres); (H) County Trust Land Alternative (1,026 acres), which includes 590 acres in Madison County and 436 acres in Oneida County that the Counties proposed for acquisition subject to certain conditions; and (I) Preferred Alternative (13,086 acres), which includes Group 1 lands and some Group 2 and Group 3 lands near the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Oneida County or near the Nation’s 32acre Territory in Madison County. The alternatives are intended to assist the review of the issues presented, but the Preferred Alternative does not necessarily reflect what the final decision will be, because a complete evaluation of the criteria listed in 25 CFR Part 151 may lead to a final decision that differs from the Preferred Alternative and the other alternatives. Public participation occurred throughout the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2005 (70 FR 76325). Public scoping meetings were held January 10, 2006, in Verona, New York, and January 11, 2006, in Oneida, New York, and a 30-day public comment period was provided, all to obtain public input on issues and content for inclusion in the EIS. The BIA and EPA each published a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on November 24, 2006 (71 FR 67896; 71 FR 67863). A public hearing on December 14, 2006 in Utica, New York, and a 45-day comment period were provided to receive public comments on the Draft EIS. On January 19, 2007, the BIA published a notice in the Federal Register (72 FR 2544) extending the public comment period on the Draft EIS to February 22, 2007, and announcing a second public hearing, which took place on February 6, 2007, in Verona, New York. The EPA published a notice of the Draft EIS comment period extension in the Federal Register on January 5, 2007 (72 FR 546). Additionally, the cooperating agencies for the EIS had a period from August 28 to September 29, 2006, to review and comment on a Prepublication Draft EIS, pursuant to the EIS schedule appended to the cooperating agency Memorandum of Understanding. Apart from the EIS process, the State and local governments were afforded notice and an opportunity to comment, pursuant to 25 CFR 151.10, on the written land-into-trust application that the Nation submitted to the BIA on April 5, 2005. The BIA issued letter notices on September 20, 2005 to the State and local governments involved. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 9824 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 36 / Friday, February 22, 2008 / Notices Including extensions well beyond the 30 days required in 25 CFR 151.10, the comment period on the Group 1 and Group 2 lands ran until January 30, 2006. The comment period on the Group 3 lands ran until March 1, 2006. Also, as a courtesy, the BIA held a public informational meeting on the application on March 2, 2006, in Utica, New York. The BIA gave a presentation on the land-into-trust process, including the relationship of the EIS to that process, and answered audience questions at the meeting, but did not solicit public comments. Notice of the meeting was published in local newspapers. The FEIS addresses issues and concerns raised through public participation and contains written responses to letters and oral testimony received during the public comment period on the Draft EIS. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8 and temporarily re-delegated to the Associate Deputy Secretary pursuant to Secretarial Order 3259. Dated: February 11, 2008. James E. Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–3247 Filed 2–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Feb 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AA–6671–G, AA–6671–H, AA–6671–C2; AK 964–1410–HY–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Michael Bilancione, Land Transfer Resolution Specialist, Land Transfer Adjudication I. [FR Doc. E8–3319 Filed 2–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P Interior. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Correction to notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. Bureau of Land Management SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice of the decision approving lands for conveyance to Bay View Incorporated, pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, was published in the Federal Register on February 11, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 28). The notice contained an error in the land description. The correct description is as follows: Notice of Invitation to Participate in Coal Exploration License, Utah ACTION: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 50 S., R. 66 W., Secs. 16, 20, and 21; Secs. 22, 26, and 27. Containing approximately 1,443 acres. T. 50 S., R. 67 W., Secs. 21, 27, and 28; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. Containing approximately 1,615 acres. T. 50 S., R. 68 W., Sec. 23. Containing approximately 1 acre. Aggregating approximately 3,059 acres. The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until March 12, 2008, to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4, Subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. DATES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. ADDRESSES: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [UT–920–08–1320–EL, UTU–85867] Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Invitation to Participate in Coal Exploration License. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 2(b) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended by section 4 of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976, 90 Stat. 1083, 30 U.S.C. 201(b), and to the regulations adopted as 43 CFR part 3410, all interested qualified parties, as provided in 43 CFR 3472.1, are hereby invited to participate with Ark Land Company on a pro rata cost sharing basis in its program for the exploration of coal deposits in certain Federal coal deposits owned by the United States of America in the following-described lands in Sevier County, Utah: T. 21 S., R. 4 E., SLM, Utah Sec. 1, Lots 1–3, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, SE1⁄4; Sec. 11, E1⁄2E1⁄2; Sec. 12, N1⁄2, SW1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 13, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, NW1⁄4; Sec. 14, N1⁄2, W1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 15, E1⁄2E1⁄2; Sec. 22, E1⁄2NE1⁄4; Sec. 23, W1⁄2NW1⁄4. Containing 2,095.80 acres. All of the coal in the above-described land consists of unleased Federal coal within the Uinta-Southwestern Utah Known Coal Region. This coal exploration license will be issued by the Bureau of Land Management. This exploration program will obtain coal data to supplement data from adjacent coal development The exploration program is fully described and is being conducted pursuant to an exploration plan approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The plan may be modified to accommodate the legitimate exploration needs of persons seeking to participate. ADDRESSES: Copies of the exploration plan and license are available for review during normal business hours (serialized under the number of UTU 85867) in the public room of the BLM E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 36 (Friday, February 22, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Proposed Transfer From Fee to Trust of Parcels Owned by the 
Oneida Indian Nation of New York in Oneida and Madison Counties, New 
York

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the cooperation of the Oneida 
Indian Nation of New York (Nation), the New York State Department of 
Environmental Conservation, Madison County, New York, and Oneida 
County, New York as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) for the requested transfer of parcels owned by 
the Nation to the United States in trust for the Nation, and that the 
FEIS is now available to the public. The subject lands are located 
within Oneida and Madison Counties, New York. The FEIS is part of the 
administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to 
have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 
and 25 CFR Part 151. The purpose of the proposed action is to help 
provide for the Nation's cultural and social preservation, expression 
and identity, political self-determination, self-sufficiency, and 
economic growth by providing a tribal land base and homeland over which 
the Nation exercises tribal sovereignty.

DATES: The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be issued on 
or after March 25, 2008. Any comments on the FEIS must arrive by March 
24, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Mr. 
Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, fax 
(615) 564-6701. Electronic submission is not available.
    Copies of the FEIS will be available for viewing at Web site 
www.oneidanationtrust.net and at the following locations during regular 
business hours, Monday through Friday, except holidays: (1) Oneida 
Nation Annex Building, 579A Main Street, Oneida, New York 13421 
(business hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Oneida City Hall, 109 N. Main 
Street, Downstairs Basement Room, Oneida, New York 13421; and Town of 
Verona Town Hall, 6600 Germany Road, Back Conference Room, Durhamville, 
New York 13054.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, (615) 564-6832.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nation submitted an application to the 
U.S. Department of the Interior through the BIA, requesting that the 
Secretary of the Interior take approximately 17,370 acres of land in 
Madison and Oneida Counties, New York, into trust status for the 
benefit of the Nation. The subject properties are currently owned by 
the Nation.
    The nine alternatives analyzed in the FEIS are as follows: (A) 
Proposed Action--Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3 Lands (17,370 acres), 
which is the action proposed by the Nation; (B) Phased Acquisition of 
35,000 Acres, which is based on a prior land claim settlement 
framework; (C) Group 1 and Group 2 Lands (9,903 acres); (D) Group 1 
Lands (3,428 acres); (E) Turning Stone Casino Gaming Floor Tax Lot (225 
acres); (F) Alternative Trust Land Grouping (11,986 acres), which 
includes all of the Group 1 lands and additional parcels from Groups 2 
and 3; (G) No Action (0 acres); (H) County Trust Land Alternative 
(1,026 acres), which includes 590 acres in Madison County and 436 acres 
in Oneida County that the Counties proposed for acquisition subject to 
certain conditions; and (I) Preferred Alternative (13,086 acres), which 
includes Group 1 lands and some Group 2 and Group 3 lands near the 
Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Oneida County or near the Nation's 
32-acre Territory in Madison County. The alternatives are intended to 
assist the review of the issues presented, but the Preferred 
Alternative does not necessarily reflect what the final decision will 
be, because a complete evaluation of the criteria listed in 25 CFR Part 
151 may lead to a final decision that differs from the Preferred 
Alternative and the other alternatives.
    Public participation occurred throughout the development of the 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Notice of Intent to prepare 
the EIS was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2005 (70 
FR 76325). Public scoping meetings were held January 10, 2006, in 
Verona, New York, and January 11, 2006, in Oneida, New York, and a 30-
day public comment period was provided, all to obtain public input on 
issues and content for inclusion in the EIS. The BIA and EPA each 
published a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal 
Register on November 24, 2006 (71 FR 67896; 71 FR 67863). A public 
hearing on December 14, 2006 in Utica, New York, and a 45-day comment 
period were provided to receive public comments on the Draft EIS. On 
January 19, 2007, the BIA published a notice in the Federal Register 
(72 FR 2544) extending the public comment period on the Draft EIS to 
February 22, 2007, and announcing a second public hearing, which took 
place on February 6, 2007, in Verona, New York. The EPA published a 
notice of the Draft EIS comment period extension in the Federal 
Register on January 5, 2007 (72 FR 546). Additionally, the cooperating 
agencies for the EIS had a period from August 28 to September 29, 2006, 
to review and comment on a Pre-publication Draft EIS, pursuant to the 
EIS schedule appended to the cooperating agency Memorandum of 
Understanding.
    Apart from the EIS process, the State and local governments were 
afforded notice and an opportunity to comment, pursuant to 25 CFR 
151.10, on the written land-into-trust application that the Nation 
submitted to the BIA on April 5, 2005. The BIA issued letter notices on 
September 20, 2005 to the State and local governments involved.

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Including extensions well beyond the 30 days required in 25 CFR 151.10, 
the comment period on the Group 1 and Group 2 lands ran until January 
30, 2006. The comment period on the Group 3 lands ran until March 1, 
2006.
    Also, as a courtesy, the BIA held a public informational meeting on 
the application on March 2, 2006, in Utica, New York. The BIA gave a 
presentation on the land-into-trust process, including the relationship 
of the EIS to that process, and answered audience questions at the 
meeting, but did not solicit public comments. Notice of the meeting was 
published in local newspapers.
    The FEIS addresses issues and concerns raised through public 
participation and contains written responses to letters and oral 
testimony received during the public comment period on the Draft EIS.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), 
and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs by 209 DM 8 and temporarily re-delegated to the Associate 
Deputy Secretary pursuant to Secretarial Order 3259.

    Dated: February 11, 2008.
James E. Cason,
Associate Deputy Secretary.
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