Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians' Proposed 29.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Gaming Development Project, Contra Costa County, CA, 16703-16704 [E8-6346]

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ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Contra Costa County, and California Department of Transportation, intends to file a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the proposed approval of a 29.87± acre fee-to-trust transfer and gaming development project in Contra Costa County, California, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. In addition to the trust acquisition for gaming purposes, the proposed action includes approval by the NIGC of a gaming management contract. 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. DATES: The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be issued on or after April 29, 2008. Any comments on the FEIS must be received by April 28, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may mail or handcarry written comments to Amy Dutschke, Acting Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2820, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your name, return address and the caption, ‘‘FEIS Comments, Scotts Valley Fee-to-Trust and Gaming Development Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The FEIS will be available for review at the Richmond Public Library, Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, California 94804, and at the Contra Costa County Library, San Pablo Branch, 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite D, San Pablo, California 94806. General information for the Richmond Public Library can be obtained by calling (510) 620–6555 and for the Contra Costa County Library by calling (510) 374– 3998. If you would like to obtain a copy of the FEIS, please provide your name and E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 16704 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices address in writing or by voicemail to John Rydzik, Chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, at the BIA address above or at the telephone number provided below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6042. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has asked the BIA to take 29.87± acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe, on which the Tribe proposes to develop a casino, parking structure and other facilities. The project site is located in unincorporated Contra Costa County, contiguous with the City of Richmond. Regional access to the project site would be from Richmond Parkway via Interstate 80. Project alternatives considered in the FEIS include: (1) The preferred casino alternative; (2) a reduced casino; (3) a reduced casino and commercial development; (4) a retail/office development; and (5) no action. The preferred casino alternative includes a 225,000-square-foot casino complex and a five-level parking structure. 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. Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, transportation, land use, agriculture, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, cumulative effects, indirect effects and mitigation. The BIA has afforded other government agencies and the public ample opportunity to participate in the preparation of this EIS. The BIA published a notice of intent to prepare an EIS for the proposed action in the Federal Register on July 20, 2004 (69 FR 43431). BIA also held a public scoping meeting on August 4, 2004, in the City of Richmond. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2006 (71 FR 10055). The document was available for public comment from February 28 to April 28, 2006, and a public hearing was held on March 15, 2006, in the City of Richmond. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Mar 27, 2008 Jkt 214001 available for public review at the 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 us 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 of 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. 4371 et seq.), the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and under the authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: March 5, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–6346 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant Availability to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, and as authorized by the Secretary of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to make funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes on an annual basis for implementing traffic safety projects, which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, death, injuries, and property damage within Indian Country. All project applications received will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available and that information packets are being mailed to all tribal leaders on the latest Tribal Leaders list that is compiled by the BIA. A copy of the Application Packet can also be SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 obtained by contacting the BIA Indian Highway Safety Office. DATES: Request for funds must be received by May 1, of each program year. Requests not in the office of the Indian Highway Safety Program by the close of the business day on May 1, will not be considered and will be returned unopened. The information packets will be distributed to tribal leaders by the end of January of each program year. ADDRESSES: Each tribe must submit its request to the BIA Division of Safety and Risk Management, Attention: Indian Highway Safety Program Coordinator, 1011 Indian School, NW., Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tribes should direct questions to Patricia Abeyta, Coordinator, Indian Highway Safety Program, or to Paul Holley, Program Administrator, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1011 Indian School, NW., Suite 331, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, telephone number 505– 563–5371, or 505–563–5373. Background The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93–87) provides for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding to assist Indian tribes in implementing Highway Safety projects. The projects must be designed to reduce the number of motor vehicle traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injuries, and property damage on Indian reservations and within Indian communities. All federally recognized Indian tribes with qualifying Highway Safety projects are eligible to receive this assistance. All tribes receiving awards of program funds are reimbursed for eligible costs incurred under the terms of 23 U.S.C. 402 and subsequent amendments. Responsibilities For the purposes of application of the Act, Indian reservations are collectively considered a ‘‘State’’ and the Secretary of the Interior is considered the ‘‘Governor of a State.’’ The Secretary of the Interior delegated the authority to administer the programs for all the Indian nations in the United States to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs further delegated the responsibility for administration of the Indian Highway Safety Program to the Central Office, Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Chief, DSRM, as Program Administrator of the Indian Highway Safety Program, has staff members available to provide program and technical assistance to Indian tribes. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Scotts Valley Band 
of Pomo Indians' Proposed 29.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Gaming 
Development Project, Contra Costa County, CA

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), in cooperation with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo 
Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Contra Costa 
County, and California Department of Transportation, intends to file a 
final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency for the proposed approval of a 29.87 acre 
fee-to-trust transfer and gaming development project in Contra Costa 
County, California, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. 
In addition to the trust acquisition for gaming purposes, the proposed 
action includes approval by the NIGC of a gaming management contract. 
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.

DATES: The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be issued on 
or after April 29, 2008. Any comments on the FEIS must be received by 
April 28, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or handcarry written comments to Amy Dutschke, 
Acting Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2820, Sacramento, California 95825. Please 
include your name, return address and the caption, ``FEIS Comments, 
Scotts Valley Fee-to-Trust and Gaming Development Project,'' on the 
first page of your written comments.
    The FEIS will be available for review at the Richmond Public 
Library, Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, California 
94804, and at the Contra Costa County Library, San Pablo Branch, 2300 
El Portal Drive, Suite D, San Pablo, California 94806. General 
information for the Richmond Public Library can be obtained by calling 
(510) 620-6555 and for the Contra Costa County Library by calling (510) 
374-3998.
    If you would like to obtain a copy of the FEIS, please provide your 
name and

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address in writing or by voicemail to John Rydzik, Chief of the 
Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, at 
the BIA address above or at the telephone number provided below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978-6042.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has asked the BIA to take 
29.87 acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe, on 
which the Tribe proposes to develop a casino, parking structure and 
other facilities. The project site is located in unincorporated Contra 
Costa County, contiguous with the City of Richmond. Regional access to 
the project site would be from Richmond Parkway via Interstate 80.
    Project alternatives considered in the FEIS include: (1) The 
preferred casino alternative; (2) a reduced casino; (3) a reduced 
casino and commercial development; (4) a retail/office development; and 
(5) no action. The preferred casino alternative includes a 225,000-
square-foot casino complex and a five-level parking structure. 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.
    Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include land resources, 
water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, 
socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, transportation, land 
use, agriculture, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual 
resources, cumulative effects, indirect effects and mitigation.
    The BIA has afforded other government agencies and the public ample 
opportunity to participate in the preparation of this EIS. The BIA 
published a notice of intent to prepare an EIS for the proposed action 
in the Federal Register on July 20, 2004 (69 FR 43431). BIA also held a 
public scoping meeting on August 4, 2004, in the City of Richmond. A 
Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal 
Register on February 28, 2006 (71 FR 10055). The document was available 
for public comment from February 28 to April 28, 2006, and a public 
hearing was held on March 15, 2006, in the City of Richmond.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the 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 us 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 of 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. 
4371 et seq.), the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), 
and under the authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: March 5, 2008.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
 [FR Doc. E8-6346 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]
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