Notice of Availability of Finding, 39000 [E8-15400]

Download as PDF 39000 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 8, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability of Finding Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), implementing procedural provisions of NEPA, and Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the Department of the Navy (DON) gives notice that a combined Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/Finding of No Significant Harm (FONSH) has been issued and is available for Carrier Strike Group Joint Task Force Exercise (CSG JTFEX) July 2008. DATES: The effective date of the finding is July 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the combined FONSI/FONSH are available for public viewing or downloading at http://www.navydocuments.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander, Second Fleet Public Affairs, Commander Phillips telephone: 757–443–9822 or visit http:// www.navydocuments.com. CSG JTFEX (July 2008) is a major Navy Atlantic Fleet training exercise proposed to occur in July 2008 in the offshore Charleston and Jacksonville Operating Areas (OPAREAs) and adjacent military installations. The purpose of this exercise is to certify naval forces as combat-ready. Activities conducted during the exercise include air-to-ground (ATG) bombing at land ranges, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Naval Gunfire using non-explosive ordnance, Fast Attack Craft/Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FAC/ FIAC), and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), including use of mid-frequency active (MFA) sonar. The FONSI is based on analysis contained in a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing environmental impacts associated with land-based training for Major Atlantic Fleet Training Exercises on the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. (February 2006). The FONSH is based on analysis contained in a Comprehensive Overseas Environmental Assessment (OEA) (February 2006) and a Supplement to the Comprehensive OEA (SOEA) for environmental impacts ebenthall on PRODPC60 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:11 Jul 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 associated with Navy’s conduct of major exercise training in offshore operating areas along the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. (April 2008). Environmental concerns addressed in the EA included land use, community facilities, coastal zone management, socioeconomics, cultural resources, airspace, air quality, noise, geology, soils, water resources, biological resources, munitions and hazardous materials management, and safety. The EA and OEA addressed potential impacts to the ocean physical environment, fish and Essential Fish Habitat; sea turtles and marine mammals; seabirds and migratory birds; endangered and threatened species; socioeconomics; and cultural resources. The SOEA included an updated analysis of MFA sonar use. This action includes mitigation measures to reduce impacts to a level that is less than significant. In accordance with the Major Atlantic Fleet Training Exercise EA and OEA and the SOEA and the evaluation of the nature, scope and intensity of the proposed action, the Navy finds that the conduct of the CSG JTFEX in July 2008 will not significantly impact or harm the environment and, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement or Overseas Environmental Impact Statement is not required. Dated: July 1, 2008. T. M. Cruz, Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–15400 Filed 7–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)— Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program— Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of final priorities for RRTCs. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces four priorities for RRTCs under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by NIDRR. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2008 and later years. We take this action to PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 focus research attention on areas of national need. We intend these priorities to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. DATES: Effective Date: These priorities are effective August 7, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 6029, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245–7462 or by e-mail: donna.nangle@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. We published a notice of proposed priorities (NPP) for NIDRR’s RRTC program in the Federal Register on April 28, 2008 (73 FR 22932). The NPP included background statements that described our rationale for the priorities proposed in that notice. There are differences between the NPP and this notice of final priorities (NFP) as discussed in the following section. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Analysis of Comments and Changes In response to our invitation in the NPP, five parties submitted comments on the proposed priorities. An analysis of the comments and of any changes in the priorities since publication of the NPP follows. Generally, we do not address technical and other minor changes, or suggested changes the law does not authorize us to make under the applicable statutory authority. In addition, we do not address comments that raised concerns not directly related to the proposed priorities. General Comments Comment: With regard to priorities 1 through 3, one commenter noted that ‘‘scientifically based research’’ is required only for research activities that require testing interventions. This commenter recommended that all research conducted under these priorities be ‘‘scientifically based.’’ Discussion: NIDRR only requires ‘‘scientifically based research’’ for research activities that involve testing interventions. The definition of ‘‘scientifically based research’’ used in E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Availability of Finding

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 (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality 
regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), implementing procedural 
provisions of NEPA, and Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental 
Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the Department of the Navy 
(DON) gives notice that a combined Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI)/Finding of No Significant Harm (FONSH) has been issued and is 
available for Carrier Strike Group Joint Task Force Exercise (CSG 
JTFEX) July 2008.

DATES: The effective date of the finding is July 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the combined FONSI/FONSH are available 
for public viewing or downloading at http://www.navydocuments.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander, Second Fleet Public 
Affairs, Commander Phillips telephone: 757-443-9822 or visit http://
www.navydocuments.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CSG JTFEX (July 2008) is a major Navy 
Atlantic Fleet training exercise proposed to occur in July 2008 in the 
offshore Charleston and Jacksonville Operating Areas (OPAREAs) and 
adjacent military installations. The purpose of this exercise is to 
certify naval forces as combat-ready. Activities conducted during the 
exercise include air-to-ground (ATG) bombing at land ranges, Combat 
Search and Rescue (CSAR), Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Naval 
Gunfire using non-explosive ordnance, Fast Attack Craft/Fast Inshore 
Attack Craft (FAC/FIAC), and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), including 
use of mid-frequency active (MFA) sonar.
    The FONSI is based on analysis contained in a Comprehensive 
Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing environmental impacts 
associated with land-based training for Major Atlantic Fleet Training 
Exercises on the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. (February 2006). The 
FONSH is based on analysis contained in a Comprehensive Overseas 
Environmental Assessment (OEA) (February 2006) and a Supplement to the 
Comprehensive OEA (SOEA) for environmental impacts associated with 
Navy's conduct of major exercise training in offshore operating areas 
along the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. (April 2008).
    Environmental concerns addressed in the EA included land use, 
community facilities, coastal zone management, socioeconomics, cultural 
resources, airspace, air quality, noise, geology, soils, water 
resources, biological resources, munitions and hazardous materials 
management, and safety. The EA and OEA addressed potential impacts to 
the ocean physical environment, fish and Essential Fish Habitat; sea 
turtles and marine mammals; seabirds and migratory birds; endangered 
and threatened species; socioeconomics; and cultural resources. The 
SOEA included an updated analysis of MFA sonar use.
    This action includes mitigation measures to reduce impacts to a 
level that is less than significant. In accordance with the Major 
Atlantic Fleet Training Exercise EA and OEA and the SOEA and the 
evaluation of the nature, scope and intensity of the proposed action, 
the Navy finds that the conduct of the CSG JTFEX in July 2008 will not 
significantly impact or harm the environment and, therefore, an 
Environmental Impact Statement or Overseas Environmental Impact 
Statement is not required.

    Dated: July 1, 2008.
T. M. Cruz,
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
 [FR Doc. E8-15400 Filed 7-7-08; 8:45 am]
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