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E8–5349 Filed 3–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14237 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Navy Training Activities in the Gulf of Alaska Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508), and Executive Order 12114 (Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions), the Department of the Navy (Navy) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental effects of conducting Navy training in and around the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), including participation in large-scale Joint exercises, to support Fleet training exercise requirements. The Navy will invite the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to be cooperating agencies in preparation of this EIS/OEIS. DATES AND ADDRESSES: Three public scoping meetings will be held to receive oral and/or written comments on environmental concerns that should be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Each of the three scoping meetings will consist of an informal, open house session with information stations staffed by Navy representatives. The public scoping meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations: 1. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kodiak Best Western, 236 W. Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615, 2. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kincaid Outdoor Center, North Assembly Room, 9401 W. Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99502, 3. Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt. Eccles Elementary School, 200 Adams Street, Cordova, AK 99574. Details of the meeting locations and times will be announced in local newspapers. Additional information concerning meeting times will be available on the EIS/OEIS Web page located at: http:// www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Amy Burt, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle Suite 203, Silverdale, Washington 98315–1101, Attn: GOA Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 14238 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 52 / Monday, March 17, 2008 / Notices Code EV1.AB, telephone number: 360– 396–0924. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed EIS/OEIS analyzes potential environmental effects of Navy training activities that will take place in and around the Gulf of Alaska and those aircraft events that originate in the maritime exercise area (MEA) and extend over established inland Alaska military operating areas. Navy training activities primarily take place in, or originate from, the MEA. The MEA provides approximately 42,000 nm2 (144,056 km2) of air and surface/ subsurface ocean operating area and overlying airspace. The MEA is a polygon that is oriented from northwest to southeast, approximately 300 nm in length by 150 nm in width, situated south of Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The EIS/OEIS study area includes Gulf of Alaska ocean area within approximately 200 km from the MEA and the waters within this boundary up to the coastline. Military operations also occur over established land-based Military Operating Areas maintained by the Air Force in Alaska. These Alaska training areas are used to conduct Navy training, including participating in large-scale Joint training exercises such as the annual Northern Edge exercise, involving military hardware, personnel, tactics, munitions, explosives, and electronic combat. Alaska is an ideal location to support naval and joint operational readiness by providing the maritime component to a ‘‘geographically realistic’’ range for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) scenario-based training. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to: (1) Support PACOM and NORTHCOM training requirements; (2) achieve and maintain Fleet readiness using these Alaska training areas to support and conduct current, emerging, and future training activities; (3) accommodate new training requirements associated with the introduction of new weapons and systems to the Fleet; and (4) support civilian authorities in homeland defense training exercises. The need for the Proposed Action is to: (1) Maintain current levels of military readiness; (2) accommodate future increases in training activities to support Fleet exercise requirements in the Alaska training areas; (3) support the acquisition and implementation into the Fleet of advanced military technology; and (4) maintain the long-term viability of the Alaska training areas as a Navy training area while protecting human VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Mar 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 health and the environment, and enhancing the quality and the capabilities of the training area, including safety. The No Action Alternative is the continuation of current training levels, with one carrier strike group per exercise, to exclude the use of midfrequency active sonar (MFAS). Alternative 1 consists of an increase in the number of training activities from baseline levels, to include the use of MFAS, plus training associated with the introduction of new weapon systems, vessels, and aircraft into the Fleet. Alternative 2 consists of all elements of Alternative 1, plus the addition of a second summertime carrier strike group exercise each year, to include the use of MFAS. Environmental issues that will be addressed in the EIS/OEIS include but are not limited to the following: Air quality; airspace; biological resources, including threatened and endangered species; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazardous materials and waste; health and safety; noise; socioeconomics; transportation and water resources. The Navy is initiating the scoping process to identify community concerns and local issues that will be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal, state, and local agencies, Alaska Native FederallyRecognized Tribes, the public, and interested persons are encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments to the Navy to identify specific environmental issues or topics of environmental concern that the commenter believes the Navy should consider. All comments, written or provided orally at the scoping meetings, will receive the same consideration during EIS/OEIS preparation. Written comments on the scope of the EIS/OEIS should be postmarked no later than April 30, 2008. Comments may be mailed to: Mrs. Amy Burt, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, Washington 98315– 1101, Attn: GOA Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, Code EV1.AB. Comments can also be submitted via the EIS/OEIS Web page located at http:// www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com. Dated: March 11, 2008. T.M. Cruz, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–5316 Filed 3–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Agency Information Collection Extension U.S. Department of Energy. Notice and Request for Comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years, an information collection package with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concerning Collection of Human Resource information from major DOE contractors for contract management, administration, and cost control. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the extended collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before May 16, 2008. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed below as soon as possible. Written comments may be sent to: Robert M. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Navy Training Activities in 
the Gulf of Alaska

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 of 1969 (NEPA) as implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and 
Executive Order 12114 (Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal 
Actions), the Department of the Navy (Navy) announces its intent to 
prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental 
Impact Statement (OEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental effects 
of conducting Navy training in and around the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), 
including participation in large-scale Joint exercises, to support 
Fleet training exercise requirements. The Navy will invite the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to be 
cooperating agencies in preparation of this EIS/OEIS.

DATES AND ADDRESSES: Three public scoping meetings will be held to 
receive oral and/or written comments on environmental concerns that 
should be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Each of the three scoping meetings 
will consist of an informal, open house session with information 
stations staffed by Navy representatives. The public scoping meetings 
will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:
    1. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kodiak Best 
Western, 236 W. Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615,
    2. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kincaid Outdoor 
Center, North Assembly Room, 9401 W. Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 
99502,
    3. Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt. Eccles 
Elementary School, 200 Adams Street, Cordova, AK 99574.
    Details of the meeting locations and times will be announced in 
local newspapers. Additional information concerning meeting times will 
be available on the EIS/OEIS Web page located at: http://
www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Amy Burt, Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command, Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle Suite 203, 
Silverdale, Washington 98315-1101, Attn: GOA Navy Training Activities 
EIS/OEIS Project Manager,

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Code EV1.AB, telephone number: 360-396-0924.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed EIS/OEIS analyzes potential 
environmental effects of Navy training activities that will take place 
in and around the Gulf of Alaska and those aircraft events that 
originate in the maritime exercise area (MEA) and extend over 
established inland Alaska military operating areas. Navy training 
activities primarily take place in, or originate from, the MEA. The MEA 
provides approximately 42,000 nm\2\ (144,056 km\2\) of air and surface/
subsurface ocean operating area and overlying airspace.
    The MEA is a polygon that is oriented from northwest to southeast, 
approximately 300 nm in length by 150 nm in width, situated south of 
Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The EIS/OEIS 
study area includes Gulf of Alaska ocean area within approximately 200 
km from the MEA and the waters within this boundary up to the 
coastline. Military operations also occur over established land-based 
Military Operating Areas maintained by the Air Force in Alaska.
    These Alaska training areas are used to conduct Navy training, 
including participating in large-scale Joint training exercises such as 
the annual Northern Edge exercise, involving military hardware, 
personnel, tactics, munitions, explosives, and electronic combat. 
Alaska is an ideal location to support naval and joint operational 
readiness by providing the maritime component to a ``geographically 
realistic'' range for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Northern 
Command (NORTHCOM) scenario-based training.
    The purpose of the Proposed Action is to: (1) Support PACOM and 
NORTHCOM training requirements; (2) achieve and maintain Fleet 
readiness using these Alaska training areas to support and conduct 
current, emerging, and future training activities; (3) accommodate new 
training requirements associated with the introduction of new weapons 
and systems to the Fleet; and (4) support civilian authorities in 
homeland defense training exercises.
    The need for the Proposed Action is to: (1) Maintain current levels 
of military readiness; (2) accommodate future increases in training 
activities to support Fleet exercise requirements in the Alaska 
training areas; (3) support the acquisition and implementation into the 
Fleet of advanced military technology; and (4) maintain the long-term 
viability of the Alaska training areas as a Navy training area while 
protecting human health and the environment, and enhancing the quality 
and the capabilities of the training area, including safety.
    The No Action Alternative is the continuation of current training 
levels, with one carrier strike group per exercise, to exclude the use 
of mid-frequency active sonar (MFAS). Alternative 1 consists of an 
increase in the number of training activities from baseline levels, to 
include the use of MFAS, plus training associated with the introduction 
of new weapon systems, vessels, and aircraft into the Fleet. 
Alternative 2 consists of all elements of Alternative 1, plus the 
addition of a second summertime carrier strike group exercise each 
year, to include the use of MFAS.
    Environmental issues that will be addressed in the EIS/OEIS include 
but are not limited to the following: Air quality; airspace; biological 
resources, including threatened and endangered species; cultural 
resources; geology and soils; hazardous materials and waste; health and 
safety; noise; socioeconomics; transportation and water resources.
    The Navy is initiating the scoping process to identify community 
concerns and local issues that will be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. 
Federal, state, and local agencies, Alaska Native Federally-Recognized 
Tribes, the public, and interested persons are encouraged to provide 
oral and/or written comments to the Navy to identify specific 
environmental issues or topics of environmental concern that the 
commenter believes the Navy should consider. All comments, written or 
provided orally at the scoping meetings, will receive the same 
consideration during EIS/OEIS preparation.
    Written comments on the scope of the EIS/OEIS should be postmarked 
no later than April 30, 2008. Comments may be mailed to: Mrs. Amy Burt, 
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, 
Suite 203, Silverdale, Washington 98315-1101, Attn: GOA Navy Training 
Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, Code EV1.AB. Comments can also be 
submitted via the EIS/OEIS Web page located at http://
www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com.

    Dated: March 11, 2008.
T.M. Cruz,
Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register 
Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. E8-5316 Filed 3-14-08; 8:45 am]
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