Notice of Availability of the Ely Energy Center Draft Environmental Impact Statement, White Pine County, NV, 115-116 [E8-31220]

Download as PDF 115 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 1 / Friday, January 2, 2009 / Notices DATES: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW., Washington, DC 20062. Instructions: Any stakeholder or member of the public who wishes to attend the public meeting or make a presentation is requested to provide his or her name and contact details, to include e-mail address and telephone number, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, January 9, 2009 via e-mail to the PS–Prep Program at privatesectorpreparedness@hsi.dhs.gov, or via telephone at (703) 416–8407. Everyone who plans to attend the meeting is respectfully requested to be present and seated by 8:45 a.m. Persons with disabilities who require special assistance should indicate this in their admittance request and are encouraged to identify anticipated special needs as early as possible. 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This will assist with the preparation of meeting materials and seating arrangements. Dennis R. Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E8–31155 Filed 12–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice of Revocation of Customs Broker License AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 641 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, (19 U.S.C. 1641) and the Customs Regulations (19 CFR 111.51), the following Customs broker license is canceled with prejudice. Name License No. Miguel A. Delgado ................................................................................................................................................................. Dated: December 22, 2008. Daniel Baldwin, Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade. [FR Doc. E8–31230 Filed 12–31–08; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NV–040–07–5101–ER–F164; N–82076; 8– 08807; TAS: 14X5017] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Notice of Availability of the Ely Energy Center Draft Environmental Impact Statement, White Pine County, NV AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:23 Dec 31, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11634 Issuing port Miami. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for rights-of-way applications for the Ely Energy Center (EEC), a coal-fired electricity generating power plant and associated facilities north of Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. DATES: Written comments on the EEC Draft EIS must be received by the BLM within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Public meetings will be held in Las Vegas, Ely, Elko and Reno, Nevada. The date, time, and E:\FR\FM\02JAN1.SGM 02JAN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 116 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 1 / Friday, January 2, 2009 / Notices location of the meetings will be made available at least 15 days before each meeting through public notices, media news releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to: EEC Project Manager, BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301–9408, or sent by e-mail to EEC_DEIS@blm.gov. Copies of the EEC DEIS are available in the Ely District Office and may also be reviewed or downloaded at: http:// www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ ely_field_office. In addition, the Draft EIS and associated documents will be available for review at the following locations: University of Nevada-Reno, Getchell Library, Government Publication Dept., Reno, Nevada; Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno, Nevada; White Pine County Library, 950 Campton Street, Ely, Nevada; Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada. A limited number of copies of the document will be available at the following BLM offices: Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada; Elko District Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada; Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, Nevada; Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada; Bureau of Land Management, 18th and C Street, NW., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Incardine, 801–524–3833. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Ely Energy Center is a 1,500 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant that would be located north of McGill, Nevada, at one of two alternative sites. The primary purposes of the EEC and related transmission interconnections is to provide company-generated, baseload electricity for Sierra Pacific Power Company and Nevada Power customers and to connect their electric systems in northern and southern Nevada, allowing the power generated by the EEC to be transported throughout the state. Sierra Pacific Power Company applied for rights-of-way (ROWs) in accordance with Title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761) and the regulations under 43 CFR 2800, with the BLM for the following features: A coalfired power plant site, transmission lines and substations, a well field and water line, rail line, and access roads. The BLM action is to consider issuing ROWs for the construction of the power plant and for the construction and operation of the ancillary facilities. Also, as provided for in Decision LR 21 of the Ely Resource Management Plan, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:23 Dec 31, 2008 Jkt 217001 the BLM would dispose of the power plant site to Sierra Pacific Power Company. The BLM issued the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Coal-Fired Electric Power Plant; Nevada, in the Federal Register on January 26, 2007, with a 60-day public scoping period. Five public scoping meetings were held in February 2006. Issues identified from scoping comments include air quality impacts, emissions of greenhouse gases and impacts from water drawdown resulting from operation of the plant. Issues identified in scoping comments have been addressed in the Draft EIS. There are three alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS: The Proposed Action; Alternative 1, which relocates the plant to a site further to the north; and No Action. The EEC would consist of two coalfired 750–MW (nominal) supercritical steam turbine units using hybrid cooling systems with an expected commercial life of 50 years or longer. Water for cooling and other purposes would be obtained from a well field in the Steptoe Valley Hydrographic Basin and brought by pipeline to the plant site. Coal would be transported from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming via rail along the existing Northern Nevada Railroad or a new line running south from the Shafter, Nevada, siding for up to 100 miles (less for the northern site) of the Union Pacific east-west line. Two new 500kV electric power transmission lines, each up to 270 miles in length, would provide a north-south interconnection to supply demand centers for Nevada consumers and tie into the EEC. The specific facilities would include the two new 500-kV power lines, expansion of the existing 500-kV Harry Allen Switching Station, and either one new 500-kV switching station at the EEC and expansion of the 500/345 kV Robinson Summit switching station, or one new 500/345-kV switching station at the EEC site. Public comments and information submitted including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:30 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 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 43 CFR 2800. John F. Ruhs, Ely District Manager. [FR Doc. E8–31220 Filed 12–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ID–933–1430–01; DK–G08–0001; IDI–04790, IDI–15482] Public Land Order No. 7722; Revocation of Secretarial Order dated October 29, 1908, and Partial Revocation of Public Land Order No. 1703; Idaho AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. SUMMARY: This order revokes in its entirety a Secretarial Order insofar as it affects 135.20 acres of National Forest System land within the Kaniksu National Forest withdrawn from surface entry and mining and reserved for use of the Forest Service for the Ethel Ranger Station. This order partially revokes Public Land Order No. 1703 insofar as it affects a 0.64 acre parcel of National Forest System land reserved for use by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for flood control purposes in connection with the Albeni Falls Project. This order also opens 80.64 acres of the lands to surface entry. The remaining lands will remain closed to surface entry and mining due to an overlapping withdrawal. DATES: Effective Date: February 2, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jackie Simmons, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709, 208–373–3867. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The revocation is needed to facilitate a Forest Service land conveyance pursuant to the United States Forest Service’s Small Tracts Act (16 U.S.C. 1185 (2000)). Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows: 1. The Secretarial Order dated October 29, 1908, which withdrew National Forest System lands for the Ethel Ranger Station, is hereby revoked in its entirety as to the following described lands: E:\FR\FM\02JAN1.SGM 02JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 1 (Friday, January 2, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NV-040-07-5101-ER-F164; N-82076; 8-08807; TAS: 14X5017]


Notice of Availability of the Ely Energy Center Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement, White Pine County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for 
rights-of-way applications for the Ely Energy Center (EEC), a coal-
fired electricity generating power plant and associated facilities 
north of Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County.

DATES: Written comments on the EEC Draft EIS must be received by the 
BLM within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. 
Public meetings will be held in Las Vegas, Ely, Elko and Reno, Nevada. 
The date, time, and

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location of the meetings will be made available at least 15 days before 
each meeting through public notices, media news releases, and/or 
mailings.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to: EEC Project 
Manager, BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301-9408, 
or sent by e-mail to EEC_DEIS@blm.gov.
    Copies of the EEC DEIS are available in the Ely District Office and 
may also be reviewed or downloaded at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/
ely_field_office. In addition, the Draft EIS and associated documents 
will be available for review at the following locations: University of 
Nevada-Reno, Getchell Library, Government Publication Dept., Reno, 
Nevada; Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno, Nevada; 
White Pine County Library, 950 Campton Street, Ely, Nevada; Clark 
County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada.
    A limited number of copies of the document will be available at the 
following BLM offices: Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, 
Ely, Nevada; Elko District Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada; 
Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, 
Nevada; Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada; 
Bureau of Land Management, 18th and C Street, NW., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Incardine, 801-524-3833.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Ely Energy Center is a 1,500 
megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant that would be located north of 
McGill, Nevada, at one of two alternative sites. The primary purposes 
of the EEC and related transmission interconnections is to provide 
company-generated, base-load electricity for Sierra Pacific Power 
Company and Nevada Power customers and to connect their electric 
systems in northern and southern Nevada, allowing the power generated 
by the EEC to be transported throughout the state. Sierra Pacific Power 
Company applied for rights-of-way (ROWs) in accordance with Title V of 
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of October 21, 1976 (43 
U.S.C. 1761) and the regulations under 43 CFR 2800, with the BLM for 
the following features: A coal-fired power plant site, transmission 
lines and substations, a well field and water line, rail line, and 
access roads. The BLM action is to consider issuing ROWs for the 
construction of the power plant and for the construction and operation 
of the ancillary facilities. Also, as provided for in Decision LR 21 of 
the Ely Resource Management Plan, the BLM would dispose of the power 
plant site to Sierra Pacific Power Company.
    The BLM issued the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement for a Proposed Coal-Fired Electric Power Plant; 
Nevada, in the Federal Register on January 26, 2007, with a 60-day 
public scoping period. Five public scoping meetings were held in 
February 2006. Issues identified from scoping comments include air 
quality impacts, emissions of greenhouse gases and impacts from water 
drawdown resulting from operation of the plant. Issues identified in 
scoping comments have been addressed in the Draft EIS.
    There are three alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS: The 
Proposed Action; Alternative 1, which relocates the plant to a site 
further to the north; and No Action.
    The EEC would consist of two coal-fired 750-MW (nominal) 
supercritical steam turbine units using hybrid cooling systems with an 
expected commercial life of 50 years or longer. Water for cooling and 
other purposes would be obtained from a well field in the Steptoe 
Valley Hydrographic Basin and brought by pipeline to the plant site. 
Coal would be transported from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming via 
rail along the existing Northern Nevada Railroad or a new line running 
south from the Shafter, Nevada, siding for up to 100 miles (less for 
the northern site) of the Union Pacific east-west line. Two new 500kV 
electric power transmission lines, each up to 270 miles in length, 
would provide a north-south interconnection to supply demand centers 
for Nevada consumers and tie into the EEC. The specific facilities 
would include the two new 500-kV power lines, expansion of the existing 
500-kV Harry Allen Switching Station, and either one new 500-kV 
switching station at the EEC and expansion of the 500/345 kV Robinson 
Summit switching station, or one new 500/345-kV switching station at 
the EEC site.
    Public comments and information submitted including names, street 
addresses, and e-mail addresses of respondents will be available for 
public review and disclosure at the above address during regular 
business hours (7:30 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: 43 CFR 2800.

John F. Ruhs,
Ely District Manager.
 [FR Doc. E8-31220 Filed 12-31-08; 8:45 am]
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