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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices kilovolt (kV) Electric Transmission Line from Imperial Valley Substation (in Imperial Co. near the City of El Centro) to a New Central East Substation (in Central San Diego County) Imperial and San Diego Counties, CA, Comment Period Ends: 08/25/2008, Contact: Lynda Kastoll 760–337–4400. EIS No. 20080268, Draft Supplement, FTA, MN, Central Corridor Project, New Information on the 11 miles Light Rail Transit between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, MN, Comment Period Ends: 08/ 25/2008, Contact: Marisol Simon 312– 353–2789. Amended Notices EIS No. 20070536, Draft EIS, AFS, 00, ∼VOIDED∼ National Forest System Lands in Utah Wild and Scenic River Suitability Study for 86 Eligible River Segments for Inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System, Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta, Wasatch-Cache National Forests in Utah and Portions of National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming, Comment Period Ends: 02/ 15/2008, Contact: Catherine Kahlow 435–783–4338. This DEIS was inadvertently refilled and published in 12/28/2007 FR. The Correct DEIS #20070508 was published in 12/07/2007 FR. EIS No. 20080106, Draft EIS, AFS, CO, Long Draw Reservoir Project, Re-Issue a Special-Use-Authorization to Water Supply and Storage to Allow the Continued Use of Long Draw Reservoir and Dam, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, Grand and Larimer Counties, CO, Comment Period Ends: 07/11/2008, Contact: Ken Tu 970–295–6623. Revision of FR Notice Published 03/28/2008: Extending Comment Period from 06/ 11/2008 to 07/11/2008. Dated: July 8, 2008. Ken Mittelholtz, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. E8–15813 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL–8583–6] Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and section 102(2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of Federal Activities at 202–564–7167. An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 11, 2008 (73 FR 19833). Draft EISs EIS No. 20080077, ERP No. D–COE– K36149–CA, San Diego Creek Watershed Special Area Management Plan/Watershed Streambed Alteration Agreement Process (SAMP/WSAA Process), Protecting and Enhancing Aquatic Resource and Permitting Reasonable Economic Development, Orange County, CA. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about impacts to resources and requested additional information on the reasonableness of the alternatives, and why specific Nationwide Permits are proposed for revocation while others would be retained. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080135, ERP No. D–COE– E39072–TN, PROGRAMMATIC— Hydropower Rehabilitations, Dissolved Oxygen and Minimum Flow Regimes at Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky and Center Hill and Dale Hollow Dams, Tennessee, Implementation. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality and stream flow impacts, and recommends the identification of the improvement program and schedule, monitoring protocols, and adaptive management decision-making process in the Final EIS. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080156, ERP No. D–NRC– E06026–GA, GENERIC—License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Supplement 34 to NUREG–1437, Regarding Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 1 and 2 (VEGP) near Waynesboro, GA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about tritium and requested additional information on actions to mitigate or lessen the release PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39959 of tritium to the Savannah River. Surface water withdrawal impacts and impacts to aquatic species during drought conditions are also a concern. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20080159, ERP No. DA–NOA– A91061–00, Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish, Fishery Management Plan, Amendment No. 10, Develop a Rebuilding Program that Allows the Butterfish Stock to Rebuild in the Shortest Amount of Time Possible, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Summary: EPA has no objection to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080180, ERP No. DC–FTA– L40205–00, South Corridor PortlandMilwaukie Light Rail Project, Proposal to Develop Light Rail Transit in Final Segment, Connecting Downtown Portland, OR, the City of Milwaukie and north Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, OR and Clark County, WA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality impacts within waterbodies that are 303(d) listed for temperature, mercury, bacteria, and other criteria. The project has the potential to disturb contaminated sites and to release hazardous substances. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080185, ERP No. DS–FSA– A65173–00, PROGRAMMATIC— Expansion of the Emergency Conservation Program, To Restore Farmland (Cropland, Hayland and Pastureland) to a Normal Productive State after a Natural Disaster. Summary: EPA has no objections to the proposed action. Rating LO. Final EISs EIS No. 20080017, ERP No. F–COE– K39098–CA, San Clemente Dam Seismic Safety Project, Increase Dam Safety to Meet Current Design Standards, Monterey County, CA. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about habitat impacts and steelhead recovery following dam removal. EPA supported the two dam removal alternatives and noted continuing concerns with all other alternatives. EIS No. 20080141, ERP No. F–TVA– E08022–TN, Rutherford-WilliamsonDavidson Power Supply Improvement Project, Proposes to Construct and Operate a New 500-kilovolt (kV) Rutherford Substation, a New 27-mile 500-kV Transmission Line and Two New 9- and 15 mile 161-kV Transmission Lines, Rutherford, Williamson, and Maury Counties, TN. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 39960 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about impaired waterbody and forested wetland impacts. EIS No. 20080183, ERP No. F–FHW– F40429–00, US–131 Improvement Study, from the Indiana Toll Road (1– 80/90) to a Point One Mile North of Cowling Road, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, St. Joseph County, MI and Elkhart County, IN. Summary: While EPA has no objection to the proposed action, EPA recommended that the ROD discuss monitoring wetland hydrology and coordinate seasonal restrictions on activities in the St. Joseph River riparian corridor. EIS No. 20080196, ERP No. F–NRC– H06006–KS, GENERIC—License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Wolf Creek Generating Station, (WCGS) Unit 1. Supplement 32 to NUREG 1437, Implementation, Coffey Country, KS. Summary: While EPA has no objections to the proposed action, EPA recommends close coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the viability of John Redmond reservoir to supply future make-up water needs. EIS No. 20080208, ERP No. F–NRC– G09805–OK, Sequoyah Fuels Corporation Site, Proposed Reclamation Activities for the 243hectare (600 acre) Site, (NUREG– 1888) in Gore, OK. Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency. EIS No. 20080212, ERP No. F–BIA– L60108–WA, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Take 151.87 Acres into Federal Trust and Issuing of Reservation Proclamation, and Approving the Gaming Development and Management Contract, Clack County, WA. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Summary: EPA’s previous issues have been resolved; therefore, EPA has no objection to the proposed action. EIS No. 20080216, ERP No. F–BPA– J08028–MT, Libby (FP-1) to Troy Section of BPA’s Libby to Bonner Ferry 115-kilovolt Transmission Line Project, Rebuilding Transmission Line between Libby and Troy, Lincoln County, MT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality and ground disturbance impacts. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: July 8, 2008. Ken Mittelholtz, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. E8–15842 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8689–9] Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a final document entitled ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria’’ (EPA/600/R–08/071). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA’s Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the primary (health-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen. DATES: The document will be available on July 11, 2008. ADDRESSES: The ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen— Health Criteria’’ will be available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment’s home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at https://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD–ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Ellen Lorang by phone (919–541–2771), fax (919–541–5078), or e-mail (lorang.ellen@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria’’ (EPA/600/R–08/071), to facilitate processing of your request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dennis Kotchmar, M.D., NCEA; telephone: 919– 541–4158; facsimile: 919–541–5078; or e-mail: kotchmar.dennis@epa.gov or Thomas Luben, PhD, NCEA; telephone: 919–541–5762; or e-mail: luben.tom@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to identify certain pollutants that ‘‘may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare’’ and to issue air quality criteria for them. These air quality PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 criteria are to ‘‘accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] pollutant in the ambient air * * *.’’ Under section 109 of the Act, EPA is then to establish national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria. Section 109(d) of the Act requires subsequent periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health and welfare. EPA is also to revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised air quality criteria. Oxides of nitrogen are one of six principal (or ‘‘criteria’’) pollutants for which EPA has issued air quality criteria. National ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) based on those criteria have been established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an indicator for gaseous nitrogen oxides. Periodically, EPA reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) and supplementary annexes, formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD). The ISA and supplementary annexes, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provide the scientific basis for EPA decisions on the adequacy of a current NAAQS and the appropriateness of new or revised standards. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), an independent science advisory committee mandated by the Clean Air Act and part of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), is charged with independent, expert scientific review of EPA’s draft ISAs. On December 9, 2005 (70 FR 73236), EPA formally initiated its current review of the criteria for Oxides of Nitrogen, requesting the submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. A draft of EPA’s ‘‘Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide’’ was made available in February 2007 for public comment and was discussed by the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) via a publicly accessible teleconference consultation on May 11, 2007 (72 FR 20336). In February 2007 (72 FR 6238), a workshop was held to discuss, with invited scientific experts, initial draft materials prepared in the development of the ISA and supplementary annexes for oxides of nitrogen. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of 
EPA Comments

    Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental 
Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and 
section 102(2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. 
Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of 
Federal Activities at 202-564-7167. An explanation of the ratings 
assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published 
in FR dated April 11, 2008 (73 FR 19833).

Draft EISs

EIS No. 20080077, ERP No. D-COE-K36149-CA, San Diego Creek Watershed 
Special Area Management Plan/Watershed Streambed Alteration Agreement 
Process (SAMP/WSAA Process), Protecting and Enhancing Aquatic Resource 
and Permitting Reasonable Economic Development, Orange County, CA.

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about impacts 
to resources and requested additional information on the reasonableness 
of the alternatives, and why specific Nationwide Permits are proposed 
for revocation while others would be retained. Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20080135, ERP No. D-COE-E39072-TN, PROGRAMMATIC--Hydropower 
Rehabilitations, Dissolved Oxygen and Minimum Flow Regimes at Wolf 
Creek Dam, Kentucky and Center Hill and Dale Hollow Dams, Tennessee, 
Implementation.


    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality 
and stream flow impacts, and recommends the identification of the 
improvement program and schedule, monitoring protocols, and adaptive 
management decision-making process in the Final EIS. Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20080156, ERP No. D-NRC-E06026-GA, GENERIC--License Renewal of 
Nuclear Plants, Supplement 34 to NUREG-1437, Regarding Vogtle Electric 
Generating Plant Units 1 and 2 (VEGP) near Waynesboro, GA.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about tritium and 
requested additional information on actions to mitigate or lessen the 
release of tritium to the Savannah River. Surface water withdrawal 
impacts and impacts to aquatic species during drought conditions are 
also a concern. Rating EC1.

EIS No. 20080159, ERP No. DA-NOA-A91061-00, Atlantic Mackerel, Squid 
and Butterfish, Fishery Management Plan, Amendment No. 10, Develop a 
Rebuilding Program that Allows the Butterfish Stock to Rebuild in the 
Shortest Amount of Time Possible, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the 
U.S. Atlantic Coast.

    Summary: EPA has no objection to the proposed action. Rating LO.

EIS No. 20080180, ERP No. DC-FTA-L40205-00, South Corridor Portland-
Milwaukie Light Rail Project, Proposal to Develop Light Rail Transit in 
Final Segment, Connecting Downtown Portland, OR, the City of Milwaukie 
and north Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, OR and Clark County, WA.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality 
impacts within waterbodies that are 303(d) listed for temperature, 
mercury, bacteria, and other criteria. The project has the potential to 
disturb contaminated sites and to release hazardous substances. Rating 
EC2.

EIS No. 20080185, ERP No. DS-FSA-A65173-00, PROGRAMMATIC--Expansion of 
the Emergency Conservation Program, To Restore Farmland (Cropland, 
Hayland and Pastureland) to a Normal Productive State after a Natural 
Disaster.

    Summary: EPA has no objections to the proposed action. Rating LO.

Final EISs

EIS No. 20080017, ERP No. F-COE-K39098-CA, San Clemente Dam Seismic 
Safety Project, Increase Dam Safety to Meet Current Design Standards, 
Monterey County, CA.

    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about habitat 
impacts and steelhead recovery following dam removal. EPA supported the 
two dam removal alternatives and noted continuing concerns with all 
other alternatives.

EIS No. 20080141, ERP No. F-TVA-E08022-TN, Rutherford-Williamson-
Davidson Power Supply Improvement Project, Proposes to Construct and 
Operate a New 500-kilovolt (kV) Rutherford Substation, a New 27-mile 
500-kV Transmission Line and Two New 9- and 15 mile 161-kV Transmission 
Lines, Rutherford, Williamson, and Maury Counties, TN.


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    Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about 
impaired waterbody and forested wetland impacts.

EIS No. 20080183, ERP No. F-FHW-F40429-00, US-131 Improvement Study, 
from the Indiana Toll Road (1-80/90) to a Point One Mile North of 
Cowling Road, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, St. Joseph County, MI 
and Elkhart County, IN.

    Summary: While EPA has no objection to the proposed action, EPA 
recommended that the ROD discuss monitoring wetland hydrology and 
coordinate seasonal restrictions on activities in the St. Joseph River 
riparian corridor.

EIS No. 20080196, ERP No. F-NRC-H06006-KS, GENERIC--License Renewal of 
Nuclear Plants Regarding Wolf Creek Generating Station, (WCGS) Unit 1. 
Supplement 32 to NUREG 1437, Implementation, Coffey Country, KS.

    Summary: While EPA has no objections to the proposed action, EPA 
recommends close coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
regarding the viability of John Redmond reservoir to supply future 
make-up water needs.

EIS No. 20080208, ERP No. F-NRC-G09805-OK, Sequoyah Fuels Corporation 
Site, Proposed Reclamation Activities for the 243-hectare (600 acre) 
Site, (NUREG-1888) in Gore, OK.

    Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency.

EIS No. 20080212, ERP No. F-BIA-L60108-WA, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Trust 
Acquisition and Casino Project, Take 151.87 Acres into Federal Trust 
and Issuing of Reservation Proclamation, and Approving the Gaming 
Development and Management Contract, Clack County, WA.

    Summary: EPA's previous issues have been resolved; therefore, EPA 
has no objection to the proposed action.

EIS No. 20080216, ERP No. F-BPA-J08028-MT, Libby (FP-1) to Troy Section 
of BPA's Libby to Bonner Ferry 115-kilovolt Transmission Line Project, 
Rebuilding Transmission Line between Libby and Troy, Lincoln County, 
MT.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality 
and ground disturbance impacts.

    Dated: July 8, 2008.
Ken Mittelholtz,
Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Federal Activities.
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