Receipt of Request To Amend the Presidential Permit for an International Bridge on the U.S.-Mexico Border Near McAllen, TX, and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 12173-12174 [E9-6324]

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AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of State hereby gives notice that, on March 16, 2009, it received from the chairman of the Anzalduas Bridge Board, acting on behalf of the mayors of McAllen, Hidalgo, and Mission, Texas, a request to amend the Presidential permit that the Department issued in 1999 for the Anzalduas international bridge on the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The permittee proposes the removal of article 17 of the permit. Article 17 states that ‘‘[t]he permittee shall limit the initial hours of operation of the Anzalduas International Crossing to twelve hours per day, seven days per week for vehicular traffic.’’ According to the Bridge Board’s letter, the Department should amend the permit to remove article 17 so that the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), working with the Anzalduas Bridge Board and Mexican customs authorities, can set the hours of operation of the bridge in accordance with demand and available resources. The letter says that limiting the operations of the bridge to only twelve hours per day is impractical and insufficient, and notes that other international bridges along the international border with Mexico operate 18 or 24 hours per day. The request suggests that operational requirements should be set at the local level, rather than in the Presidential permit itself. The Department’s jurisdiction over this application is based upon Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended, and Article 1 of the 1999 permit, which states that the permit ‘‘may be amended by the Secretary of State or the Secretary’s delegate at will or upon proper application therefor.* * *’’ As provided in E.O. 11423, the Department is circulating this application to relevant federal and state agencies for review and comment. Under E.O. 11423, the Department has the responsibility to determine, taking into account input from these agencies and other stakeholders, whether the proposed amendment of this E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 12174 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 54 / Monday, March 23, 2009 / Notices Presidential permit would be in the U.S. national interest. DATES: Interested members of the public are invited to submit written comments regarding this application on or before April 22, 2009 to Mr. Daniel Darrach, U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs Coordinator, via e-mail at WHABorderAffairs@state.gov, or by mail at WHA/MEX—Room 3909, Department of State, 2201 C St., NW., Washington, DC 20520. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Daniel Darrach, U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs Coordinator, via e-mail at WHABorderAffairs@state.gov; by phone at 202–647–9894; or by mail at WHA/ MEX—Room 3909, Department of State, 2201 C St., NW., Washington, DC 20520. General information about Presidential Permits is available on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/permit/. Dated: March 16, 2009. Alex Lee, Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–6324 Filed 3–20–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Waterbury-Oxford Airport, Oxford, CT; FAA Approval of Noise Compatibility Program dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (Pub. L. 96–193) and 14 CFR Part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96–52 (1980). On November 6, 2008, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On January 14, 2009, the Manager, Airports Division, New England Region, approved the Waterbury-Oxford Airport noise compatibility program. All 12 of the proposed program elements were approved. DATES: Effective Date: The effective date of the FAA’s approval of the Waterbury- VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:28 Mar 20, 2009 Jkt 217001 Oxford Airport noise compatibility program is January 14, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryon Rakoff, Federal Aviation Administration, New England Region, Airports Division, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803, Telephone (781) 238–7610. Documents reflecting this FAA action may be obtained from the same individual. This notice announces that the FAA has given its overall approval to the Waterbury-Oxford Airport noise compatibility program, effective January 14, 2009. Under Section 104(a) of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (hereinafter the Act), an airport operator who has previously submitted a noise exposure map may submit to the FAA a noise compatibility program which sets forth the measures taken or proposed by the airport operator for the reduction of existing non-compatible land uses and prevention of additional non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the noise exposure maps. The Act requires such programs to be developed in consultation with interested and affected parties including local communities, government agencies, airport users, and FAA personnel. Each airport noise compatibility program developed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), Part 150 is a local program, not a federal program. The FAA does not substitute its judgment for that of the airport proprietor with respect to which measures should be recommended for action. The FAA’s approval or disapproval of FAR Part 150 program recommendations is measured according to the standards expressed in Part 150 and the Act, and is limited to the following determinations: (a) The noise compatibility program was developed in accordance with the provisions and procedures of FAR Part 150; (b) Program measures are reasonably consistent with achieving the goals of reducing existing non-compatible land uses around the airport and preventing the introduction of additional noncompatible land uses; (c) Program measures would not create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, unjustly discriminate against types or classes of aeronautical uses, violate the terms of airport grant agreements, or intrude into areas SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preempted by the federal government; and (d) Program measures relating to the use of flight procedures can be implemented within the period covered by the program without derogating safety, adversely affecting the efficient use and management of the navigable airspace and air traffic control systems, or adversely affecting other powers and responsibilities of the Administrator as prescribed by law. Specific limitations with respect to FAA’s approval of an airport noise compatibility program are delineated in FAR Part 150, Section 150.5. Approval is not a determination concerning the acceptability of land uses under Federal, state, or local law. Approval does not by itself constitute a FAA implementing action. A request for Federal action or approval to implement specific noise compatibility measures may be required, and an FAA decision on the request may require an environmental assessment of the proposed action. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the implementation of the program nor a determination that all measures covered by the program are eligible for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA under the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982. Where Federal funding is sought, requests for project grants must be submitted to the FAA Regional Office in Burlington, Massachusetts. The Connecticut Department of Transportation submitted to the FAA, on October 9, 2008, noise exposure maps, descriptions, and other documentation produced during the noise compatibility planning study conducted from September 2004 to October 2008. The Waterbury-Oxford Airport noise exposure maps were determined by FAA to be in compliance with applicable requirements on November 6, 2008. Notice of this determination was published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2008. The Waterbury-Oxford Airport study contains a proposed noise compatibility program comprised of actions designed for implementation by airport management and adjacent jurisdictions from the date of study completion to beyond the year 2012. The Connecticut Department of Transportation requested that the FAA evaluate and approve this material as a noise compatibility program as described in Section 104(b) of the Act. The FAA began its review of the program on November 6, 2008, and was required by a provision of the Act to approve or disapprove the program within 180 days (other than the use of E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 54 (Monday, March 23, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6555]


Receipt of Request To Amend the Presidential Permit for an 
International Bridge on the U.S.-Mexico Border Near McAllen, TX, and 
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State hereby gives notice that, on March 16, 
2009, it received from the chairman of the Anzalduas Bridge Board, 
acting on behalf of the mayors of McAllen, Hidalgo, and Mission, Texas, 
a request to amend the Presidential permit that the Department issued 
in 1999 for the Anzalduas international bridge on the U.S.-Mexico 
border near McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The 
permittee proposes the removal of article 17 of the permit. Article 17 
states that ``[t]he permittee shall limit the initial hours of 
operation of the Anzalduas International Crossing to twelve hours per 
day, seven days per week for vehicular traffic.''
    According to the Bridge Board's letter, the Department should amend 
the permit to remove article 17 so that the Department of Homeland 
Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), working with 
the Anzalduas Bridge Board and Mexican customs authorities, can set the 
hours of operation of the bridge in accordance with demand and 
available resources. The letter says that limiting the operations of 
the bridge to only twelve hours per day is impractical and 
insufficient, and notes that other international bridges along the 
international border with Mexico operate 18 or 24 hours per day. The 
request suggests that operational requirements should be set at the 
local level, rather than in the Presidential permit itself.
    The Department's jurisdiction over this application is based upon 
Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended, and Article 1 of 
the 1999 permit, which states that the permit ``may be amended by the 
Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate at will or upon proper 
application therefor.* * *'' As provided in E.O. 11423, the Department 
is circulating this application to relevant federal and state agencies 
for review and comment. Under E.O. 11423, the Department has the 
responsibility to determine, taking into account input from these 
agencies and other stakeholders, whether the proposed amendment of this

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Presidential permit would be in the U.S. national interest.

DATES: Interested members of the public are invited to submit written 
comments regarding this application on or before April 22, 2009 to Mr. 
Daniel Darrach, U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs Coordinator, via e-mail at 
WHA-BorderAffairs@state.gov, or by mail at WHA/MEX--Room 3909, 
Department of State, 2201 C St., NW., Washington, DC 20520.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Daniel Darrach, U.S.-Mexico Border 
Affairs Coordinator, via e-mail at WHA-BorderAffairs@state.gov; by 
phone at 202-647-9894; or by mail at WHA/MEX--Room 3909, Department of 
State, 2201 C St., NW., Washington, DC 20520. General information about 
Presidential Permits is available on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/permit/.

     Dated: March 16, 2009.
Alex Lee,
Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, Department of State.
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