Environmental Impact Statement-Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs Land Management Plan, Tennessee, 31180-31182 [E8-11829]

Download as PDF 31180 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 105 / Friday, May 30, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Public Hearing—Projects Scheduled for Action 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Fortuna Energy Inc. (Catatonk Creek), Town of Spencer, Tioga County, N.Y. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 2. Project Sponsor and Facility: East Resources, Inc. (Chemung River), Town of Big Flats, Chemung County, N.Y. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 3. Project Sponsor and Facility: Fortuna Energy Inc. (Chemung River), Chemung Town, Chemung County, N.Y. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 4. Project Sponsor and Facility: East Resources, Inc. (Seeley Creek), Town of Southport, Chemung County, N.Y. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 5. Project Sponsor and Facility: East Resources, Inc. (Tioga River; at Tioga Junction), Lawrence Township, Tioga County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 6. Project Sponsor and Facility: East Resources, Inc. (Crooked Creek; near Middlebury Center), Middlebury Township, Tioga County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 7. Project Sponsor and Facility: Fortuna Energy Inc. (Susquehanna River), Sheshequin Township, Bradford County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 8. Project Sponsor and Facility: East Resources, Inc. (Tioga River; near Mansfield), Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 9. Project Sponsor and Facility: Fortuna Energy Inc. (Sugar Creek), West Burlington Township, Bradford County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 10. Project Sponsor and Facility: Fortuna Energy Inc. (Towanda Creek), Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.250 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.250 mgd. 11. Project Sponsor and Facility: Neptune Industries, Inc. (Lackawanna VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:52 May 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 River), Borough of Archbald, Lackawanna County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 0.499 mgd. 12. Project Sponsor and Facility: Keystone Landfill, Inc., Dunmore Borough, Lackawanna County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd and groundwater withdrawal of 0.020 mgd from Well 1, 0.010 mgd from Well 2, and 0.020 mgd from Well 3, and settlement of an outstanding compliance matter. 13. Project Sponsor: United States Gypsum Company. Project Facility: Washingtonville Plant (Well W–A8), Derry Township, Montour County, Pa. Application for groundwater withdrawal of 0.350 mgd. 14. Project Sponsor: Kratzer Run Development, LLC. Project Facility: Eagles Ridge Golf Club (formerly Grandview Golf Course/Susquehanna Recreation Corporation), Ferguson Township, Clearfield County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.099 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.099 mgd. 15. Project Sponsor and Facility: Commonwealth Environmental Systems, L.P., Foster, Frailey and Reily Townships, Schuylkill County, Pa. Modification of consumptive water use and groundwater approval (Docket No. 20070304). 16. Project Sponsor and Facility: Lykens Valley Golf Course (formerly Harrisburg North Golf Course), Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.200 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.200 mgd. 17. Project Sponsor and Facility: Spring Creek Golf Course (Spring Creek), Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pa. Applications for consumptive water use of up to 0.081 mgd and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.081 mgd. 18. Project Sponsor: Pennsy Supply, Inc. Project Facility: Hummelstown Quarry, South Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 29.925 mgd. 19. Project Sponsor: Titanium Hearth Technologies, Inc. Project Facility: TIMET North American Operations, Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pa. Application for consumptive water use of up to 0.133 mgd, and settlement of an outstanding compliance matter. 20. Project Sponsor and Facility: Conestoga Country Club (Well 1), Manor and Lancaster Townships, Lancaster County, Pa. Application for groundwater withdrawal of 0.281 mgd. 21. Project Sponsor and Facility: Rock Springs Generation Facility, Rising Sun, PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Cecil County, Maryland. Modification of surface water withdrawal, groundwater withdrawal, and consumptive water use approval (Docket No. 20001203). Public Hearing—Project Scheduled for Enforcement Action 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Standing Stone Golf Club (Docket No. 20020612), Oneida Township, Huntington County, Pa. Public Hearing—Petition To Reopen Docket 1. Petition of East Hanover Township, et al., Dauphin County, Pa., to reopen Docket No. 20020819, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc. Public Hearing—Request for Hearing on Administrative Appeal 1. Request of East Hanover Township, et al., Dauphin Co., Pa., for hearing on administrative appeal of Docket No. 20080305, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc. Opportunity To Appear and Comment Interested parties may appear at the above hearing to offer written or oral comments to the Commission on any matter on the hearing agenda, or at the business meeting to offer written or oral comments on other matters scheduled for consideration at the business meeting. The chair of the Commission reserves the right to limit oral statements in the interest of time and to otherwise control the course of the hearing and business meeting. Written comments may also be mailed to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1721 North Front Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102–2391, or submitted electronically to Richard A. Cairo, General Counsel, e-mail: rcairo@srbc.net or Deborah J. Dickey, Secretary to the Commission, e-mail: ddickey@srbc.net. Comments mailed or electronically submitted must be received prior to June 12, 2008 to be considered. Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806, 807, and 808. Dated: May 19, 2008. Thomas W. Beauduy, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E8–12057 Filed 5–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Environmental Impact Statement— Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs Land Management Plan, Tennessee Tennessee Valley Authority. Notice of Intent. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 105 / Friday, May 30, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) addressing the impacts of various alternatives for managing project lands on Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs in northeastern Tennessee. Public comment is invited concerning both the scope of the EIS and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part of this EIS. DATES: Comments on the scope of the EIS and the environmental issues that should be addressed in the EIS should be received on or before July 1, 2008. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Richard L. Toennisson, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive WT 11D, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. Comments also may be submitted on the TVA Web site at https://www.tva.com/environment/ reports/dnlp, by telephone at (866) 601– 4612, or by fax at (865) 632–3451. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: D. Chris Cooper, Tennessee Valley Authority, 3726 East Morris Boulevard, Morristown, Tennessee 37813. Telephone: (423) 585–2138. E-mail may be sent to DouglasNolichucky_Reservoirs@tva.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This notice is provided in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 to 1503), TVA’s procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR part 800). The Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs Land Management Plan (Plan) will address lands on Douglas Reservoir in Cocke, Jefferson, Hamblen, and Sevier Counties, Tennessee, and on Nolichucky Reservoir in Greene County, TN. Douglas Dam was completed by TVA in 1942 on the French Broad River and has a generating capacity of 165,600 kilowatts. Douglas Reservoir has about 530 miles of shoreline with 28,420 acres of water surface and 2,054 acres of public land managed by TVA. Nolichucky Dam was privately built in 1913 as a hydroelectric project on the Nolichucky River. Nolichucky Reservoir stretches six miles upstream from Nolichucky Dam and has 1,144 acres of public land managed by TVA. Due to siltation of the reservoir, the electrical generating facilities were taken out of service in 1972 and a portion of the reservoir was converted into a wildlife VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:52 May 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 management area. TVA presently manages a total of 3,198 acres of land on the two reservoirs that are the subject of this Plan. The Plan will allocate lands to various categories of uses in accordance with the following goals: (1) Apply a systematic method of evaluating and identifying the most suitable uses of TVA public lands using resource data, stakeholder input, suitability and capability analyses, and TVA staff input; (2) identify land use zone allocations to optimize public benefit and balance competing demands for the use of public lands; (3) identify land use zone allocations to support TVA’s broad regional resource development mission, which involves the management of TVA reservoir properties to provide multiple public benefits including recreation, conservation, and economic development; (4) provide a clear process by which TVA will respond to requests for use of TVA public land; (5) comply with federal regulations and executive orders; (6) ensure the protection of significant resources, including threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, wetlands, unique habitats, natural areas, water quality, and the visual character of the reservoir; and (7) provide a mechanism that allows local, state, and federal infrastructure projects when the use is compatible with the zone allocation. Plans are submitted to the TVA Board of Directors for approval and adopted as guidelines for management of TVA public land consistent with the agency’s responsibilities under the TVA Act of 1933. Potential Alternatives The EIS will analyze a range of alternative approaches to land allocation to implement the goals of TVA’s land planning and to comply with the 2006 TVA Land Policy. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would continue to rely on the Forecast System adopted by TVA in 1965 for Douglas Reservoir. Planned uses under the Forecast System are Dam Reservation, Public Recreation, Agricultural Research, Industry, Reservoir Operations, and Commercial Recreation. Nolichucky Reservoir lands would remain unplanned. One or more Action Alternatives are anticipated depending on the results of the public scoping and environmental analysis. Under any Action Alternative, TVA contemplates allocating lands into the following zones: Non-TVA Shoreland/Flowage Easement, TVA Project Operations, Sensitive Resource Management, Natural Resource Conservation, Industrial, Developed PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31181 Recreation, and Shoreline Access. If there are multiple Action Alternatives, they would likely differ in the amount of land allocated to each of these zones. Under all alternatives, TVA anticipates that lands currently committed to a specific use would be allocated to that current use. Under all Action Alternatives, changes that support TVA goals and objectives and the TVA Land Policy can be considered. Committed lands include those subject to existing long-term easements, leases, licenses, and contracts; lands with outstanding land rights; and lands that are necessary for TVA project operations. The committed lands are 26 percent of the public land being planned on Douglas Reservoir and 66 percent of the public land being planned on Nolichucky Reservoir. Uncommitted lands on both reservoirs total 889 acres. This EIS will tier from TVA’s 1998 Final EIS, Shoreline Management Initiative: An Assessment of Residential Shoreline Development Impacts in the Tennessee Valley. That EIS evaluated alternative policies for managing residential shoreline development on TVA reservoirs. Residential shoreline occurs on Douglas Reservoir, and the Plan will not affect the policies for its management. Proposed Issues To Be Addressed The EIS will contain descriptions of the existing environmental and socioeconomic resources within the area that would be affected by the Plan. TVA’s evaluation of potential impacts to these resources will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the potential impacts on water quality, water supply, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, endangered and threatened species, wetlands, prime farmlands, floodplains, recreation, aesthetics and visual resources, land use, historic and archaeological resources, and socioeconomic resources. Scoping Process Scoping, which is integral to the process for implementing NEPA, is a procedure that solicits public input to the EIS process to ensure that (1) issues are identified early and properly studied; (2) issues of little significance do not consume substantial time and effort; (3) the draft EIS is thorough and balanced; and (4) delays caused by an inadequate EIS are avoided. TVA’s NEPA procedures require that the scoping process commence soon after a decision has been reached to prepare an EIS in order to provide an early and open process for determining the scope and for identifying the significant issues E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 31182 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 105 / Friday, May 30, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES related to a proposed action. The range of alternatives and the issues to be addressed in the EIS will be determined, in part, from written comments and comments submitted orally on the telephone or at any public meetings. The preliminary identification of reasonable alternatives and environmental issues in this notice is not meant to be exhaustive or final. Additional information on the planning process is available on the TVA Web site at https://www.tva.com/ environment/reports/dnlp/. TVA invites the participation of affected Federal, State, and local agencies and Indian tribes, as well as other interested persons. Pursuant to the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation implementing Section 106 of the NHPA, TVA also solicits comments on the potential of the proposed Plan to affect historic properties. This notice also provides an opportunity under Executive Orders 11990 and 11988 for early public review of the potential for TVA’s Plan to affect wetlands and floodplains, respectively. Comments on the scope of this EIS should be submitted no later than the date given under the DATES section of this notice. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection. TVA intends to hold a public scoping meeting on June 12, 2008. The open house style meeting will be held from 4–8 p.m. EDT at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. Upon consideration of the scoping comments, TVA will develop alternatives and identify environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. These will be described in a report that will be available to the public. Following analysis of the environmental consequences of each alternative, TVA will prepare a draft EIS for public review and comment. Notice of availability of the draft EIS will be published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register. TVA will solicit comments on the draft EIS in writing and at public meetings to be held in the project area. TVA expects to release the draft EIS in early 2009 and the final EIS in the fall of 2009. Bridgette K. Ellis, Senior Vice President, Office of Environment and Research. [FR Doc. E8–11829 Filed 5–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:52 May 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary [Docket No. DOT–OST–2007–0108] National Task Force To Develop Model Contingency Plans To Deal With Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays Office of the Secretary (OST), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of meeting of advisory committee. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency Plans to Deal with Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays. DATES: The Task Force meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: The Task Force meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, in the Oklahoma City Conference Room on the lobby level of the West Building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT CONCERNING THE TASK FORCE: Livaughn Chapman, Jr., or Kathleen Blank-Riether, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., W–96–429, Washington, DC 20590– 0001; Phone: (202) 366–9342; Fax: (202) 366–7152; E-mail: Livaughn.Chapman@dot.gov, or Kathleen.Blankriether@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and the General Services Administration regulations covering management of Federal advisory committees, 41 CFR part 102–3, this notice announces a meeting of the National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency Plans to Deal with Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays. The Meeting will be held on June 16, 2008, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, in the Oklahoma City Conference Room on the lobby level of the West Building. DOT’s Office of Inspector General recommended, in its audit report, entitled ‘‘Actions Needed to Minimize Long, On-Board Flight Delays,’’ issued on September 25, 2007, that the Secretary of Transportation establish a national task force of airlines, airports, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to coordinate and develop contingency plans to deal with PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 lengthy delays, such as working with carriers and airports to share facilities and make gates available in an emergency. To effectuate this recommendation, on January 3, 2008, the Department, consistent with the requirements of the FACA, established the National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency Plans to Deal with Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays. The first meeting of the Task Force took place on February 26, 2008. The agenda topics for the June 16, 2008, meeting will include the following: (1) A briefing by the Contingency Plan Working Group, the working group that is tasked with reviewing existing airline and airport contingency plans for extended tarmac delays for best practices and developing a model contingency plan; and (2) one or more presentations on recent tarmac delay events and efforts to avoid them. Attendance is open to the public, and time will be provided for comments by members of the public. Since access to the U.S. DOT headquarters building is controlled for security purposes, any member of the general public who plans to attend this meeting must notify the Department contact noted above ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting. Attendance will be necessarily limited by the size of the meeting room. Members of the public may present written comments at any time and, at the discretion of the Chairman and time permitting, oral comments at the meeting. Any oral comments permitted must be limited to agenda items and will be limited to five (5) minutes per person. Members of the public who wish to present oral comments must notify the Department contact noted above via e-mail that they wish to attend and present oral comments at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting. For this June 16, 2008, meeting, no more than one hour will be set aside for oral comments. Although written material may be filed in the docket at any time, comments regarding upcoming meeting topics should be sent to the Task Force docket, (10) calendar days prior to the meeting. Members of the public may also contact the Department contact noted above to be placed on the Task Force mailing list. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, should contact the Department contact noted above at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the meeting. Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the FACA and the General Services Administration regulations covering management of Federal advisory committees. E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 105 (Friday, May 30, 2008)]
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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY


Environmental Impact Statement--Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs 
Land Management Plan, Tennessee

AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will prepare an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) addressing the impacts of various 
alternatives for managing project lands on Douglas and Nolichucky 
Reservoirs in northeastern Tennessee. Public comment is invited 
concerning both the scope of the EIS and environmental issues that 
should be addressed as a part of this EIS.

DATES: Comments on the scope of the EIS and the environmental issues 
that should be addressed in the EIS should be received on or before 
July 1, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Richard L. Toennisson, 
Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive WT 11D, 
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. Comments also may be submitted on the TVA 
Web site at https://www.tva.com/environment/reports/dnlp, by telephone 
at (866) 601-4612, or by fax at (865) 632-3451.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: D. Chris Cooper, Tennessee Valley 
Authority, 3726 East Morris Boulevard, Morristown, Tennessee 37813. 
Telephone: (423) 585-2138. E-mail may be sent to Douglas-Nolichucky--
Reservoirs@tva.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    This notice is provided in accordance with the Council on 
Environmental Quality's regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 to 1503), TVA's 
procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act 
(NHPA) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR part 800).
    The Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs Land Management Plan (Plan) 
will address lands on Douglas Reservoir in Cocke, Jefferson, Hamblen, 
and Sevier Counties, Tennessee, and on Nolichucky Reservoir in Greene 
County, TN.
    Douglas Dam was completed by TVA in 1942 on the French Broad River 
and has a generating capacity of 165,600 kilowatts. Douglas Reservoir 
has about 530 miles of shoreline with 28,420 acres of water surface and 
2,054 acres of public land managed by TVA. Nolichucky Dam was privately 
built in 1913 as a hydroelectric project on the Nolichucky River. 
Nolichucky Reservoir stretches six miles upstream from Nolichucky Dam 
and has 1,144 acres of public land managed by TVA. Due to siltation of 
the reservoir, the electrical generating facilities were taken out of 
service in 1972 and a portion of the reservoir was converted into a 
wildlife management area. TVA presently manages a total of 3,198 acres 
of land on the two reservoirs that are the subject of this Plan.
    The Plan will allocate lands to various categories of uses in 
accordance with the following goals: (1) Apply a systematic method of 
evaluating and identifying the most suitable uses of TVA public lands 
using resource data, stakeholder input, suitability and capability 
analyses, and TVA staff input; (2) identify land use zone allocations 
to optimize public benefit and balance competing demands for the use of 
public lands; (3) identify land use zone allocations to support TVA's 
broad regional resource development mission, which involves the 
management of TVA reservoir properties to provide multiple public 
benefits including recreation, conservation, and economic development; 
(4) provide a clear process by which TVA will respond to requests for 
use of TVA public land; (5) comply with federal regulations and 
executive orders; (6) ensure the protection of significant resources, 
including threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, 
wetlands, unique habitats, natural areas, water quality, and the visual 
character of the reservoir; and (7) provide a mechanism that allows 
local, state, and federal infrastructure projects when the use is 
compatible with the zone allocation. Plans are submitted to the TVA 
Board of Directors for approval and adopted as guidelines for 
management of TVA public land consistent with the agency's 
responsibilities under the TVA Act of 1933.

Potential Alternatives

    The EIS will analyze a range of alternative approaches to land 
allocation to implement the goals of TVA's land planning and to comply 
with the 2006 TVA Land Policy. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA 
would continue to rely on the Forecast System adopted by TVA in 1965 
for Douglas Reservoir. Planned uses under the Forecast System are Dam 
Reservation, Public Recreation, Agricultural Research, Industry, 
Reservoir Operations, and Commercial Recreation. Nolichucky Reservoir 
lands would remain unplanned.
    One or more Action Alternatives are anticipated depending on the 
results of the public scoping and environmental analysis. Under any 
Action Alternative, TVA contemplates allocating lands into the 
following zones: Non-TVA Shoreland/Flowage Easement, TVA Project 
Operations, Sensitive Resource Management, Natural Resource 
Conservation, Industrial, Developed Recreation, and Shoreline Access. 
If there are multiple Action Alternatives, they would likely differ in 
the amount of land allocated to each of these zones.
    Under all alternatives, TVA anticipates that lands currently 
committed to a specific use would be allocated to that current use. 
Under all Action Alternatives, changes that support TVA goals and 
objectives and the TVA Land Policy can be considered. Committed lands 
include those subject to existing long-term easements, leases, 
licenses, and contracts; lands with outstanding land rights; and lands 
that are necessary for TVA project operations. The committed lands are 
26 percent of the public land being planned on Douglas Reservoir and 66 
percent of the public land being planned on Nolichucky Reservoir. 
Uncommitted lands on both reservoirs total 889 acres.
    This EIS will tier from TVA's 1998 Final EIS, Shoreline Management 
Initiative: An Assessment of Residential Shoreline Development Impacts 
in the Tennessee Valley. That EIS evaluated alternative policies for 
managing residential shoreline development on TVA reservoirs. 
Residential shoreline occurs on Douglas Reservoir, and the Plan will 
not affect the policies for its management.

Proposed Issues To Be Addressed

    The EIS will contain descriptions of the existing environmental and 
socioeconomic resources within the area that would be affected by the 
Plan. TVA's evaluation of potential impacts to these resources will 
include, but not necessarily be limited to, the potential impacts on 
water quality, water supply, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, 
endangered and threatened species, wetlands, prime farmlands, 
floodplains, recreation, aesthetics and visual resources, land use, 
historic and archaeological resources, and socioeconomic resources.

Scoping Process

    Scoping, which is integral to the process for implementing NEPA, is 
a procedure that solicits public input to the EIS process to ensure 
that (1) issues are identified early and properly studied; (2) issues 
of little significance do not consume substantial time and effort; (3) 
the draft EIS is thorough and balanced; and (4) delays caused by an 
inadequate EIS are avoided. TVA's NEPA procedures require that the 
scoping process commence soon after a decision has been reached to 
prepare an EIS in order to provide an early and open process for 
determining the scope and for identifying the significant issues

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related to a proposed action. The range of alternatives and the issues 
to be addressed in the EIS will be determined, in part, from written 
comments and comments submitted orally on the telephone or at any 
public meetings. The preliminary identification of reasonable 
alternatives and environmental issues in this notice is not meant to be 
exhaustive or final. Additional information on the planning process is 
available on the TVA Web site at https://www.tva.com/environment/
reports/dnlp/.
    TVA invites the participation of affected Federal, State, and local 
agencies and Indian tribes, as well as other interested persons. 
Pursuant to the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation implementing Section 106 of the NHPA, TVA also solicits 
comments on the potential of the proposed Plan to affect historic 
properties. This notice also provides an opportunity under Executive 
Orders 11990 and 11988 for early public review of the potential for 
TVA's Plan to affect wetlands and floodplains, respectively.
    Comments on the scope of this EIS should be submitted no later than 
the date given under the DATES section of this notice. Any comments 
received, including names and addresses, will become part of the 
administrative record and will be available for public inspection.
    TVA intends to hold a public scoping meeting on June 12, 2008. The 
open house style meeting will be held from 4-8 p.m. EDT at Walters 
State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. Upon consideration of 
the scoping comments, TVA will develop alternatives and identify 
environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. These will be 
described in a report that will be available to the public. Following 
analysis of the environmental consequences of each alternative, TVA 
will prepare a draft EIS for public review and comment. Notice of 
availability of the draft EIS will be published by the Environmental 
Protection Agency in the Federal Register. TVA will solicit comments on 
the draft EIS in writing and at public meetings to be held in the 
project area. TVA expects to release the draft EIS in early 2009 and 
the final EIS in the fall of 2009.

Bridgette K. Ellis,
Senior Vice President, Office of Environment and Research.
[FR Doc. E8-11829 Filed 5-29-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 8120-08-P