Notice of Record of Decision for Homeporting of Additional Surface Ships at Naval Station Mayport, FL, 3573-3574 [E9-1099]

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Today’s decision does not relocate a specific CVN to NAVSTA Mayport. It does initiate a multi-year process for developing operational, maintenance, and support facilities at NAVSTA Mayport to support homeporting of one CVN. This multi-year process includes implementing projects for dredging and dredged material disposal, construction of CVN nuclear propulsion plant maintenance facilities, wharf improvements, transportation improvements, and construction of a E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 3574 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 21, 2009 / Notices parking structure to replace existing parking that would be displaced by development of the CVN nuclear propulsion plant maintenance facilities. The projects necessary to create the capacity to support CVN homeporting could be completed as early as 2014. No CVN homeport change will occur before operational, maintenance, and support facility projects are completed. Selection of the CVN to be homeported at NAVSTA Mayport would not occur until approximately one year prior to the ship’s transfer to NAVSTA Mayport. Selection of a specific CVN for homeporting at NAVSTA Mayport will be based upon then current operational needs, strategic considerations, and maintenance cycles. The DON environmental analysis included extensive studies regarding impacts associated with dredging, facility construction, and homeport operations. The environmental analysis undertaken by the DON included lengthy and detailed consultations with regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), regarding impacts to endangered and threatened species, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding dredging operations and the in-water disposal of dredged materials. 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E9–1099 Filed 1–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Jan 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Employment of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar. Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 12114, the Navy is announcing its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)/Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (SOEIS) for the employment of SURTASS LFA sonar. DATES: Written comments regarding the scope of this environmental document must be submitted within 45 days of January 21, 2009. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of the SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/ SOEIS should be addressed to: Chief of Naval Operations, Code N872A, c/o SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4100 Fairfax Drive, Suite 730, Arlington, Virginia 22203; or e-mail: eisteam@mindspring.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Naval Operations, Code N872A, c/o SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4100 Fairfax Drive, Suite 730, Arlington, Virginia 22203; or e-mail: eisteam@mindspring.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final Overseas Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS/EIS) for the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar was completed in January 2001 and supplemented in April 2007 by the SURTASS LFA Sonar Supplemental EIS (SEIS). The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) (ASN(I&E)) reviewed the SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS and, based upon review of the comparative analysis of the potential for environmental and socioeconomic effects from the five alternatives presented in the Final SEIS, announced the decision to employ up to four SURTASS LFA sonar systems with certain geographical restrictions and other mitigation designed to reduce adverse effects on the marine environment. This decision implemented the preferred alternative, Alternative 2, identified in the Final SEIS. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ASN (I&E) found that the analysis in the SEIS had taken the requisite ‘‘hard look’’ at the environmental consequences of the decision to employ the SURTASS LFA sonar and issued the Record of Decision (ROD) on August 15, 2007. However, in recognition of continued concerns raised in litigation over employment of the SURTASS LFA sonar system, to support issuance of a new Final Rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the taking of marine mammals incidental to employment of SURTASS LFA sonar systems, and to continue the Navy’s commitment to responsible stewardship of the marine environment, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) (DASN(E)) has determined that the purposes of NEPA would be furthered by the preparation of an additional supplemental analysis related to employment of the system. This analysis will focus on potential offshore (i.e., greater than 12 nautical miles (nm) (22 kilometers (km)) from any coastline) biologically important areas (OBIAs) in regions of the world where the Navy intends to use the SURTASS LFA sonar systems for routine training, testing, and military operations. The new SEIS/SOEIS will also include further analysis of whether, in some locations, using a larger coastal standoff distance, where the continental shelf extends farther than the current 12 nm standoff distance, is practicable for SURTASS LFA sonar. Further analysis of the potential for cumulative impacts involving other active sonar sources will also be addressed in the new SEIS/ SOEIS. Once completed, information developed from these analyses will be used to assist the Navy in determining how to employ SURTASS LFA sonar, including the selection of operating areas that the Navy requires for routine training, testing, and military operations in requests for MMPA Letters of Authorization (LOAs) submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). NMFS will be a cooperating agency under NEPA regulation (40 CFR 1501.6) for the development of the SEIS/ SOEIS. The SEIS/SOEIS will comply with both NEPA and Executive Order 12114. The Navy and NMFS are soliciting scoping comments on the above topics. With respect to any potential offshore biologically important areas in regions of the world where SURTASS LFA sonar may operate, for purposes of this NEPA analysis these areas are defined in the SURTASS LFA Final OEIS/EIS as areas outside of 12 nm (22 km) from any coastline, including islands, where marine animals of concern (those E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 21, 2009)]
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[FR Doc No: E9-1099]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Record of Decision for Homeporting of Additional 
Surface Ships at Naval Station Mayport, FL

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Navy (DON), after carefully weighing the 
strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the proposed 
action, announces its decision to homeport one nuclear-powered aircraft 
carrier (CVN) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport. Today's decision does 
not relocate a specific CVN to NAVSTA Mayport. It does initiate a 
multi-year process for developing operational, maintenance, and support 
facilities at NAVSTA Mayport to support homeporting of one CVN.
    This multi-year process includes implementing projects for dredging 
and dredged material disposal, construction of CVN nuclear propulsion 
plant maintenance facilities, wharf improvements, transportation 
improvements, and construction of a

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parking structure to replace existing parking that would be displaced 
by development of the CVN nuclear propulsion plant maintenance 
facilities. The projects necessary to create the capacity to support 
CVN homeporting could be completed as early as 2014. No CVN homeport 
change will occur before operational, maintenance, and support facility 
projects are completed.
    Selection of the CVN to be homeported at NAVSTA Mayport would not 
occur until approximately one year prior to the ship's transfer to 
NAVSTA Mayport. Selection of a specific CVN for homeporting at NAVSTA 
Mayport will be based upon then current operational needs, strategic 
considerations, and maintenance cycles.
    The DON environmental analysis included extensive studies regarding 
impacts associated with dredging, facility construction, and homeport 
operations. The environmental analysis undertaken by the DON included 
lengthy and detailed consultations with regulatory agencies, such as 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS), regarding impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and 
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding dredging operations 
and the in-water disposal of dredged materials. Public awareness and 
participation were integral components of the Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) process.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Record of Decision (ROD) has been 
distributed to all those individuals who requested a copy of the Final 
EIS and agencies and organizations that received a copy of the Final 
EIS. The complete text of the Navy's ROD is available for public 
viewing on the project Web site at http://
www.mayporthomeportingeis.com. along with copies of the FEIS and 
supporting documents. Single copies of the ROD will be made available 
upon request by contacting Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 
Southeast, Attn: Mr. Royce Kemp, Building 903, Naval Air Station, 
Jacksonville, FL 32212-0030 Phone: 904-542-6899.

    Dated: January 14, 2009.
A.M. Vallandingham,
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-1099 Filed 1-16-09; 8:45 am]
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