Construction and Operation of the Proposed Transmission Agency of Northern California Transmission Project, California, 707-709 [E9-53]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 4 / Wednesday, January 7, 2009 / Notices Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 22, 2009. Comment Date: January 8, 2009. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E9–51 Filed 1–6–09; 8:45 am] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–31432 Filed 1–6–09; 8:45 am] 707 BILLING CODE 6717–01–P [Docket No. CP08–96–001] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Arlington Storage Company, LLC; Notice of Motion and Request for Shortened Response Time December 31, 2008. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RP08–436–000] Stingray Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Informal Settlement Conference December 31, 2008. Take notice that an informal settlement conference will be convened in this proceeding commencing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2009, at the offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426 for the purpose of exploring the possible settlement of the above-referenced dockets. Any party, as defined by 18 CFR 385.102(c), or any participant as defined by 18 CFR 385.102(b), is invited to attend. Persons wishing to become a party must move to intervene and receive intervenor status pursuant to the Commission’s regulations (18 CFR 385.214). FERC conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an e-mail to accessibility@ferc.gov or call toll free 1–866–208–3372 (voice) or (202) 208– 8659 (TTY), or send a FAX to (202) 208– 2106 with the required accommodations. For additional information, please contact Marc Gary Denkinger, (202) 502–8662, marc.denkinger@ferc.gov or Lorna Hadlock, (202) 502–8737 lorna.hadlock@ferc.gov. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E9–49 Filed 1–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Construction and Operation of the Proposed Transmission Agency of Northern California Transmission Project, California Take notice that on December 30, 2008, Arlington Storage Company, LLC (ASC), Two Brush Creek Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64112, filed a motion to withdraw its Exhibit I, which contained executed precedent agreements, submitted on May 19, 2008 with its application in CP08–96–000. Alternatively, in the event withdrawal of the filing of Exhibit I is not practicable, ASC requests rehearing of Ordering Paragraph (E) of the Commission’s December 18 Order 1, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open for public inspection. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. ASC avers that the filing of such precedent agreements was not material to the Commission’s approval of the Project, pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. If the withdrawal is not practicable, ASC, on rehearing, asks that the condition in Ordering Paragraph (E) requiring execution of firm service agreements prior to the start of construction be rescinded. Additionally, ASC requests a shortened response period, and that the Commission act no later than January 16th, 2009 on its motion or request for rehearing. Any questions regarding the application are to be directed to William R. Moler, Senior Vice President, Midstream Operations, Arlington Storage Company, Two Brush Creek Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64112; phone number (816) 329–5344 or by email at bmoler@inergyservices.com. 1 Arlington Storage Company, LLC, 125 FERC ¶ 61,306 (2008). VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:10 Jan 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Western Area Power Administration AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Advance Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report; Notice of Floodplain and Wetlands Involvement. SUMMARY: The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), intends to prepare a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the construction and operation of the proposed Transmission Agency of Northern California (TANC) Transmission Project (Project) in California. Western is issuing this Advance Notice to inform the public and interested parties early about the proposed Project. At a later date, Western plans to issue a formal Notice of Intent (NOI) and conduct a public scoping process, during which Western will invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR. The EIS/EIR will address the construction, maintenance, and operation of the proposed Project, which would include building and upgrading over 500 miles of 230-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission lines and associated equipment and facilities in northern California. Portions of the proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands in the area. Western will hold public scoping meetings in several locations near the Project area during the public scoping period, anticipated to begin in early 2009. At the scoping meetings, Western will share information and receive comments and suggestions on the scope of the EIS/EIR. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the project or the EIS/EIR process, contact Mr. David Young, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Sierra Nevada Region, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630, telephone E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 708 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 4 / Wednesday, January 7, 2009 / Notices (916) 353–4542, fax (916) 353–4772. For general information on DOE’s NEPA review procedures or status of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and Compliance, GC–20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone (202) 586–4600 or (800) 472–2756. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Western, an agency within DOE, markets Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by law. These customers include municipalities, cooperatives, irrigation districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American tribes in 15 western states, including California. Western owns and operates more than 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. TANC is a registered Transmission Owner, Transmission Planner, and Transmission Service Provider (as these terms are defined by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation). TANC’s mission is to assist its publicly owned utility members in providing cost-effective energy supplies to their customers, through long-term ownership of highvoltage transmission lines within California and the western United States. TANC’s membership includes the California cities of Alameda, Biggs, Gridley, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc, Palo Alto, Redding, Roseville, Santa Clara, and Ukiah; the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD); Modesto Irrigation District; and Turlock Irrigation District. The Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative is an associate member of TANC. TANC owns and operates several transmission lines and associated facilities throughout Northern California. Project Description TANC and Western propose to coordinate development of the proposed Project, which includes new and upgraded 230-kV and 500-kV transmission lines, substations, and related facilities. The Project would be designed to provide new access to renewable energy resources in northern California, northwestern Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest, enhance the California-Oregon interties, reduce existing congestion and system losses, increase the load-carrying capability and reliability of northern California’s transmission system, improve the reliability of Western’s existing Balancing Authority Area, and relieve existing electrical transmission system constraints in northern California. Details and plans for the proposed Project and alternatives are still being developed. Known components of the VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:10 Jan 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 proposed Project would consist of five routing segments of transmission lines that generally extend from northeastern California to the Central Valley and westward into the San Francisco Bay Area. Alternatives to the proposed routes are currently in development. North Segment. This segment would originate near the community of Ravendale in the Mt. Lassen area. It would be generally aligned to the southwest and terminate just south of the City of Redding at the California Oregon Transmission Project’s (COTP) Olinda Substation. This segment would provide access to new and existing renewable energy resources. The North Segment would include new 500-kV transmission lines with up to three new substations. Central Segment. The Central Segment would begin at the northern portion of the Central Valley, south of Redding and continue south to an area near Western’s existing Tracy Substation. As a continuation of the North Segment, the Central Segment would include a new 500-kV transmission line extending from the Olinda Substation to two new substations, one in the southwestern section of SMUD’s service territory, and a second near the Tracy Substation. East Segment. This segment would begin at the proposed new substation near Tracy and be generally aligned in an easterly direction within the Central Valley to a new substation near the City of Oakdale and then would extend in a southerly direction to a new substation near the City of Turlock. The East Segment would include new 230-kV and 500-kV transmission lines and two new substations. It would provide an east-side tie between TANC members and the Central Segment. West Segment. The West Segment would travel in a southwesterly direction from the COTP at the Tracy Substation and terminate in the City of Santa Clara, which is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area. This alignment would include new and upgraded 230-kV transmission lines and a new substation to provide a direct connection between the COTP and the City of Santa Clara. Sierra Foothills Segment. This Segment would be built, owned, and operated by Western. It would originate at Western’s existing New Melones Substation in the southern Sierra foothills near the City of Sonora and be aligned in a southwesterly direction to the proposed new substation on the East Segment, near the City of Oakdale. This Segment would include new 230-kV transmission lines. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 To participate in the Project, Western must comply with NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347, as amended), Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021). Because the proposed Project may involve action in floodplains or wetlands, the EIS/EIR will include, as applicable, a floodplain/wetland assessment and floodplain/wetland statement of findings following DOE regulations for compliance with floodplain and wetlands environmental review (10 CFR part 1022). Western is issuing this Advance Notice pursuant to 10 CFR 1021.311(b) to inform the public and interested parties early about the proposed Project. At a later date, Western intends to issue a formal NOI and conduct a public scoping process, during which Western will invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives and other issues to be addressed in the EIS/ EIR. Additional detailed information on the components of the proposed Project, alternatives, and potential environmental issues will be more fully developed in the formal NOI. Agency Responsibilities Western is the lead Federal agency, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5, for preparation of the NEPA analysis. The U.S. Department of the Agriculture, Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management plan to be cooperating agencies because of their jurisdiction over proposed routing across public lands. With this notice, Tribes and agencies with jurisdiction or special expertise are also invited to be cooperating agencies. Such Tribes or agencies may make a request to Western to be a cooperating agency by contacting Mr. Young at the address listed above. Designated cooperating agencies have certain responsibilities to support the NEPA process, as specified at 40 CFR 1501.6(b). TANC will be responsible for satisfying all requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Thus, Western and TANC will prepare a joint EIS/EIR. Public Participation Public participation and full disclosure are planned for the entire EIS/EIR process. The formal NOI is anticipated for publication in the Federal Register in early 2009. Once the NOI is published, TANC and Western will hold public scoping meetings. The dates, times, and locations, as well as information on how to provide E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 4 / Wednesday, January 7, 2009 / Notices comments will be further described in the NOI. The EIS/EIR process will also include public review and hearings on the draft EIS/EIR; publication of a final EIS/EIR; and publication of a record of decision anticipated in early 2011. Dated: December 22, 2008. Timothy J. Meeks, Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–53 Filed 1–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY II. EUP [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0933; FRL–8398–7] Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) (524EUP-99) to the pesticide applicant-Monsanto Company. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Mendelsohn, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8715; e-mail address: Mike Mendelsohn@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or sponsor research on pesticides, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the information in this action, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPP–2008–0933. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:10 Jan 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. EPA has issued the following EUP: 524-EUP-99—Issuance. Monsanto Company, 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd St. Louis, MO 63167. This EUP allows the use of the plant-incorporated protectants: 1. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PVZMIR245) in event MON 89034 corn, 2. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PVZMIR245) in event MON 89034 corn, 3. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector ZMIR39) in event MON 88017 corn (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) Unique Identifier: MON-88017-3), 4. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (plasmid insert PHI 8999) in corn (TC1507), 5. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and Cry 35Ab1 proteins and the genetic material necessary for their production (plasmid insert PHP 17662) in event DAS-59122-7 corn. These plant-incorporated protectants will be planted in the following combinations: • MON 89034, • MON 89034 x MON 88017, • MON 89034 x TC1507, • MON 89034 x DAS-59122-7, • MON 89034 x MON 88017 x TC1507, • MON 89034 x TC1507 x DAS59122-7, • MON 89034 x MON 88017 x DAS59122-7, • MON 88017 x TC1507 x DAS59122-7, • MON 88017, • TC1507, • DAS-59122-7, • TC1507 x DAS-59122-7, and • MON 89034 x MON 88017 x TC1507 x DAS-59122-7. The quantity authorized equates to 73, 080 lbs of corn seed (4.385 lbs active PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 709 ingredients) on 4993 acres. This program is authorized to take place in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. This EUP is effective from July 17, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and allows the protocols of breeding and observation, inbred seed increase and sample hybrid production, line per se, hybrid yield and herbicide tolerance trials, insect efficacy, product characterization and performance trials, insect resistance management trials, benefit trials, and seed treatment trials. Two comments were submitted in response to the notice of receipt for this permit application which was published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2008 (73 FR 20625) (FRL–8357–8). Both comments were submitted by one individual who objected to issuance of an EUP. Comments expressed concern over Monsanto’s credibility, unspecified environmental and human health effects, as well as the Agency’s methodology in granting EUPs. The Agency understands the commenter’s concerns and recognizes that some individuals believe that genetically modified crops and food should be banned completely. However, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Agency is tasked with reviewing applications for EUPs and granting such applications to the extent that the conditions of FIFRA section 5, and the regulations thereunder, have been met (subject to such terms and conditions as the Agency determines are warranted). In this instance, EPA has determined that the relevant statutory and regulatory conditions have been met. Furthermore, EPA has concluded that there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result from dietary exposure to these proteins as expressed in corn. Further, the Agency has concluded that no adverse environmental effects will be expected from their expression in corn via the subject testing which is of limited scope and duration. III. What is the Agency’s Authority for Taking this Action? The Agency’s authority for taking this action is 7 U.S.C. 136c. E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Construction and Operation of the Proposed Transmission Agency of 
Northern California Transmission Project, California

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Advance Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement/Environmental Impact Report; Notice of Floodplain and 
Wetlands Involvement.

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SUMMARY: The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of 
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), intends to prepare a joint 
environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) 
for the construction and operation of the proposed Transmission Agency 
of Northern California (TANC) Transmission Project (Project) in 
California. Western is issuing this Advance Notice to inform the public 
and interested parties early about the proposed Project. At a later 
date, Western plans to issue a formal Notice of Intent (NOI) and 
conduct a public scoping process, during which Western will invite the 
public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and 
other issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR.
    The EIS/EIR will address the construction, maintenance, and 
operation of the proposed Project, which would include building and 
upgrading over 500 miles of 230-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission 
lines and associated equipment and facilities in northern California. 
Portions of the proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands in 
the area. Western will hold public scoping meetings in several 
locations near the Project area during the public scoping period, 
anticipated to begin in early 2009. At the scoping meetings, Western 
will share information and receive comments and suggestions on the 
scope of the EIS/EIR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 
project or the EIS/EIR process, contact Mr. David Young, National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Manager, Western Area Power 
Administration, Sierra Nevada Region, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 
95630, telephone

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(916) 353-4542, fax (916) 353-4772. For general information on DOE's 
NEPA review procedures or status of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. 
Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and Compliance, GC-20, U.S. 
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585, telephone (202) 586-4600 or (800) 472-2756.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Western, an agency within DOE, markets 
Federal hydroelectric power to preference customers, as specified by 
law. These customers include municipalities, cooperatives, irrigation 
districts, Federal and State agencies, and Native American tribes in 15 
western states, including California. Western owns and operates more 
than 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines.
    TANC is a registered Transmission Owner, Transmission Planner, and 
Transmission Service Provider (as these terms are defined by the North 
American Electric Reliability Corporation). TANC's mission is to assist 
its publicly owned utility members in providing cost-effective energy 
supplies to their customers, through long-term ownership of high-
voltage transmission lines within California and the western United 
States. TANC's membership includes the California cities of Alameda, 
Biggs, Gridley, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc, Palo Alto, Redding, 
Roseville, Santa Clara, and Ukiah; the Sacramento Municipal Utility 
District (SMUD); Modesto Irrigation District; and Turlock Irrigation 
District. The Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative is an associate 
member of TANC. TANC owns and operates several transmission lines and 
associated facilities throughout Northern California.

Project Description

    TANC and Western propose to coordinate development of the proposed 
Project, which includes new and upgraded 230-kV and 500-kV transmission 
lines, substations, and related facilities. The Project would be 
designed to provide new access to renewable energy resources in 
northern California, northwestern Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest, 
enhance the California-Oregon interties, reduce existing congestion and 
system losses, increase the load-carrying capability and reliability of 
northern California's transmission system, improve the reliability of 
Western's existing Balancing Authority Area, and relieve existing 
electrical transmission system constraints in northern California.
    Details and plans for the proposed Project and alternatives are 
still being developed. Known components of the proposed Project would 
consist of five routing segments of transmission lines that generally 
extend from northeastern California to the Central Valley and westward 
into the San Francisco Bay Area. Alternatives to the proposed routes 
are currently in development.
    North Segment. This segment would originate near the community of 
Ravendale in the Mt. Lassen area. It would be generally aligned to the 
southwest and terminate just south of the City of Redding at the 
California Oregon Transmission Project's (COTP) Olinda Substation. This 
segment would provide access to new and existing renewable energy 
resources. The North Segment would include new 500-kV transmission 
lines with up to three new substations.
    Central Segment. The Central Segment would begin at the northern 
portion of the Central Valley, south of Redding and continue south to 
an area near Western's existing Tracy Substation. As a continuation of 
the North Segment, the Central Segment would include a new 500-kV 
transmission line extending from the Olinda Substation to two new 
substations, one in the southwestern section of SMUD's service 
territory, and a second near the Tracy Substation.
    East Segment. This segment would begin at the proposed new 
substation near Tracy and be generally aligned in an easterly direction 
within the Central Valley to a new substation near the City of Oakdale 
and then would extend in a southerly direction to a new substation near 
the City of Turlock. The East Segment would include new 230-kV and 500-
kV transmission lines and two new substations. It would provide an 
east-side tie between TANC members and the Central Segment.
    West Segment. The West Segment would travel in a southwesterly 
direction from the COTP at the Tracy Substation and terminate in the 
City of Santa Clara, which is located in the southern portion of the 
San Francisco Bay area. This alignment would include new and upgraded 
230-kV transmission lines and a new substation to provide a direct 
connection between the COTP and the City of Santa Clara.
    Sierra Foothills Segment. This Segment would be built, owned, and 
operated by Western. It would originate at Western's existing New 
Melones Substation in the southern Sierra foothills near the City of 
Sonora and be aligned in a southwesterly direction to the proposed new 
substation on the East Segment, near the City of Oakdale. This Segment 
would include new 230-kV transmission lines.
    To participate in the Project, Western must comply with NEPA (42 
U.S.C. 4321-4347, as amended), Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and DOE 
NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021). Because the proposed 
Project may involve action in floodplains or wetlands, the EIS/EIR will 
include, as applicable, a floodplain/wetland assessment and floodplain/
wetland statement of findings following DOE regulations for compliance 
with floodplain and wetlands environmental review (10 CFR part 1022).
    Western is issuing this Advance Notice pursuant to 10 CFR 
1021.311(b) to inform the public and interested parties early about the 
proposed Project. At a later date, Western intends to issue a formal 
NOI and conduct a public scoping process, during which Western will 
invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, 
alternatives and other issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR. 
Additional detailed information on the components of the proposed 
Project, alternatives, and potential environmental issues will be more 
fully developed in the formal NOI.

Agency Responsibilities

    Western is the lead Federal agency, as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5, 
for preparation of the NEPA analysis. The U.S. Department of the 
Agriculture, Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Land Management plan to be cooperating agencies because of 
their jurisdiction over proposed routing across public lands. With this 
notice, Tribes and agencies with jurisdiction or special expertise are 
also invited to be cooperating agencies. Such Tribes or agencies may 
make a request to Western to be a cooperating agency by contacting Mr. 
Young at the address listed above. Designated cooperating agencies have 
certain responsibilities to support the NEPA process, as specified at 
40 CFR 1501.6(b).
    TANC will be responsible for satisfying all requirements of the 
California Environmental Quality Act. Thus, Western and TANC will 
prepare a joint EIS/EIR.

Public Participation

    Public participation and full disclosure are planned for the entire 
EIS/EIR process. The formal NOI is anticipated for publication in the 
Federal Register in early 2009. Once the NOI is published, TANC and 
Western will hold public scoping meetings. The dates, times, and 
locations, as well as information on how to provide

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comments will be further described in the NOI. The EIS/EIR process will 
also include public review and hearings on the draft EIS/EIR; 
publication of a final EIS/EIR; and publication of a record of decision 
anticipated in early 2011.

    Dated: December 22, 2008.
Timothy J. Meeks,
Administrator.
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