PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact, 26835 [E9-13114]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 106 / Thursday, June 4, 2009 / Notices during the initial comment period did not dispute or comment on these particular issues related to APHIS’ plant pest risk assessment.) For the reasons explained above, APHIS has determined that neither Event 3272 corn itself, nor the alphaamylase enzyme in Event 3272 corn, is a plant pest. To make clear APHIS’ above determination that neither Event 3272 corn, nor the alpha-amylase enzyme in Event 3272 corn, is a ‘‘living stage’’ of any of the organisms (articles) listed in subparagraphs (A) through (H) of the PPA’s plant pest definition, APHIS has revised the plant pest risk assessment for Event 3272 corn to include the PPA’s definition of a plant pest. The revised assessment also concludes that neither Event 3272 corn nor the alpha-amylase enzyme in Event 3272 corn is a plant pest because neither Event 3272 corn nor the alpha-amylase enzyme meets the PPA’s definition of a plant pest. These revisions to the plant pest risk assessment are for clarity and further explanation, but do not change the overall conclusions made in the draft plant pest risk assessment that Event 3272 corn is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk. APHIS welcomes additional comment on the issues raised during this process. APHIS is also requesting comment on the revised plant pest risk assessment, and APHIS’ conclusion, as explained above, that Event 3272 corn and the alpha-amylase enzyme in Event 3272 corn are not plant pests. APHIS will carefully evaluate all additional comments received during this process, and any other relevant information. All comments received regarding the petition, draft EA, and plant pest risk assessment will be available for public review on the Regulations.gov Web site (see footnote 1 for a link). After reviewing and evaluating the comments on the petition, draft EA, plant pest risk assessment, and other relevant information, APHIS will make its determination, either approving or denying the petition. APHIS will then publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the regulatory status of Event 3272 corn and the availability of APHIS’ written regulatory and environmental decision. Accordingly, we are reopening the comment period on Docket No. APHIS– 2007–0016 for an additional 30 days. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We will also consider all comments received between January 21, 2009 (the day after the close of the original comment period), and the date of this notice. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:16 Jun 03, 2009 Jkt 217001 Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of May 2009. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. E9–13055 Filed 6–3–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request from PowerSouth Electric Cooperative (PowerSouth) for assistance to finance the construction and operation of a new 360 megawatt peakload natural gas-fired generation facility at PowerSouth’s existing McIntosh Power Plant in Washington County, Alabama. ADDRESSES: The FONSI is available for public review at USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250– 1571; and at PowerSouth’s headquarters office located at 2027 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia, Alabama 36420. To obtain copies of the FONSI or for further information, contact Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571; Telephone: (202) 720–0468 or e-mail: stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov; or PowerSouth’s headquarters office located at 2027 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia, Alabama 36420. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PowerSouth is proposing to construct a new 360 megawatt peak-load natural gas-fired generation facility at PowerSouth’s existing McIntosh Power Plant with an in-service date of late 2010. The proposed project would consist of two 180 megawatt combustion turbine units operated by natural gas. Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, has prepared an 26835 Environmental Analysis (EA) for RUS. Rural Utilities Service has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposal and has determined that no significant impacts would result from the construction and operation of the proposal. Any final action by RUS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by the 7 CFR part 1794, Environmental Policies and Procedures. Dated: May 29, 2009. James R. Newby, Acting Administrator, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 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DATES: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA-Helena Ranger District office located at 2001 Poplar, Helena, Montana 59601 (MT 59601). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Bushnell, Committee Coordinator, Helena National Forest, 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, Montana 59602, 406–495–3747; e-mail: kbushnell@fs.fed.us. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Welcome and Committee introductions; (2) Review and revise, if necessary, established RAC charter; (3) discussion of requirements related to Title II and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Notice of Finding of No 
Significant Impact

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of finding of no significant impact.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 
an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
Rural Development Utilities Programs, has made a Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request from PowerSouth 
Electric Cooperative (PowerSouth) for assistance to finance the 
construction and operation of a new 360 megawatt peak-load natural gas-
fired generation facility at PowerSouth's existing McIntosh Power Plant 
in Washington County, Alabama.

ADDRESSES: The FONSI is available for public review at USDA Rural 
Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, 
Washington, DC 20250-1571; and at PowerSouth's headquarters office 
located at 2027 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia, Alabama 36420. To 
obtain copies of the FONSI or for further information, contact 
Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural 
Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, 
Washington, DC 20250-1571; Telephone: (202) 720-0468 or e-mail: 
stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov; or PowerSouth's headquarters office 
located at 2027 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia, Alabama 36420.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PowerSouth is proposing to construct a new 
360 megawatt peak-load natural gas-fired generation facility at 
PowerSouth's existing McIntosh Power Plant with an in-service date of 
late 2010. The proposed project would consist of two 180 megawatt 
combustion turbine units operated by natural gas. Burns and McDonnell 
Engineering Company, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, has 
prepared an Environmental Analysis (EA) for RUS. Rural Utilities 
Service has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes 
that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposal and has 
determined that no significant impacts would result from the 
construction and operation of the proposal.
    Any final action by RUS related to the proposed project will be 
subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal 
environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental 
review procedures as prescribed by the 7 CFR part 1794, Environmental 
Policies and Procedures.

    Dated: May 29, 2009.
James R. Newby,
Acting Administrator, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service.
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