Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact, 38166-38167 [E9-18249]

Download as PDF 38166 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 146 / Friday, July 31, 2009 / Notices and specific comments can affect a reviewer’s ability to participate in subsequent administrative review or judicial review. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to participate in subsequent administrative review or judicial review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Duffy, Tracks Project Coordinator at 1393 Hy 169, Ely, MN 55731, telephone (218) 365–2097. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose and Need for Action The primary purpose of the Tracks Project is to maintain and promote native vegetation communities that are diverse, productive, healthy, and resilient by moving the vegetation towards the desired vegetation and landscape ecosystem conditions described in the Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan). Forest Plan direction for the transportation system is also part of the project’s purpose. Proposed Action The proposed action would manage forest vegetation composition, age class, and spatial patterns and the transportation system associated with these activities. Proposed activities include: creating young forest on approximately 5,166 acres, improving stand structure and within-stand diversity on approximately 1,345 acres, and restoring stand conditions through a variety of non-harvest activities such as planting, biomass removal, and conducting prescribed burns to reduce risk of wildfire on approximately 352 acres. Managing the minimum road system needed for long-term vegetation management would involve adding 5.2 miles of system road and decommissioning 11.4 miles of road. PWALKER on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Nature of Decision To Be Made An environmental analysis for the Tracks Project will evaluate site-specific issues, consider management alternatives, and analyze the potential effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The scope of the project is limited to decisions concerning 16:38 Jul 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 Permits or Licenses Required Easement or permission to cross nonfederal property may be needed to access some treatment units to implement Forest Service activities. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. Written comments will be solicited through a notice that will be sent to the landowners within the Tracks Project area and other interested individuals and organizations. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. The submission of timely and specific comments can affect a reviewer’s ability to participate in subsequent administrative appeal or judicial review. Dated: July 20, 2009. Stephen J. Kuennen, Laurentian District Ranger. [FR Doc. E9–17996 Filed 7–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact. AGENCY: ACTION: Responsible Official Stephen J. Kuennen, Laurentian District Ranger, 318 Forestry Road, Aurora, MN 55705. VerDate Nov<24>2008 activities within the Tracks Project Area that meet the purpose and need, as well as desired conditions. An environmental impact statement will provide the Responsible Official, Stephen J. Kuennen, with the information needed to decide which actions, if any, to approve. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request from Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) for assistance to finance the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new 540-MW gas-fired combustion combined-cycle generation unit, a new 161/345-kV substation, a new 161-kV transmission line, and a PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 new 345-kV transmission line in Mayes County, Oklahoma. ADDRESSES: The FONSI is available for public review at the USDA Rural Utilities Service’s Web site—https:// www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm or at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571; and at AECI’s headquarters office located at 211 South Golden, Springfield, Missouri 65801–4775 or the Pryor Public Library at 505 E. Graham, Pryor, OK 74361. 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 AECI’s headquarters office located at 211 South Golden, Springfield, Missouri 65801–4775. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AECI proposes to construct a 540-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle, gas-fired generation unit at the Mid America Industrial Park Chouteau Power Plant in Mayes County, Oklahoma. A new substation will also be constructed, to be located approximately two miles east of the existing plant, to be connected by a single circuit 161-kV line. A single circuit 345-kV line will further connect the substation to the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Coal-Fired Power Plant, located in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, prepared an Environmental Report for RUS. RUS conducted an independent evaluation of the Environmental Report and agreed that it accurately assessed the impacts of the proposal. RUS accepted the document as its Environmental Assessment and published the document for a 30-day public comment period. The applicant is responsible for obtaining all permits required to construct the proposal. Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.4(d)(1) of the regulations (36 CFR part 800) implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470f, RUS made a finding that this project will not affect historic properties. RUS received no objection to this finding of effect from the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office or other consulting parties. RUS has determined this finding of no historic properties affected made pursuant to Section 106 of NHPA to be consistent with its FONSI. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 146 / Friday, July 31, 2009 / Notices (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500–1508), and RUS’ Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794), RUS has determined that the environmental impacts of the proposal have been adequately addressed and that no significant impacts to the quality of the human environment would result from the construction and operation of the proposal. Any final action by RUS related to the proposal will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Since RUS’ action will not result in significant impacts to the quality of the human environment, the preparation of an environmental impact statement related to the proposed project is not necessary. Dated: July 23, 2009. James R. Newby, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E9–18249 Filed 7–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Fitzgerald Renewable Energy, LLC: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: PWALKER on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request from Fitzgerald Renewable Energy, LLC (FRE) for assistance to finance the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new 55-megawatt (MW) gas-fired combustion biomass fueled power plant in Ben Hill County, Georgia near Fitzgerald, Georgia. ADDRESSES: The FONSI is available for public review at the USDA Rural Utilities Service’s Web site—https:// www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm or at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571; and at FRE’s headquarters office located at Fitzgerald Renewable Energy, LLC, 152 Lincoln Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 or at the Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County Library, 123 North Main Street, Fitzgerald, GA 31750. To obtain copies of the FONSI or for further information, contact Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:38 Jul 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 38167 Avenue, SW., Stop 1571 Washington, DC 20250–1571, Telephone: (202) 720– 0468 or e-mail: stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov, or FRE’s headquarters office located at Fitzgerald Renewable Energy, LLC, 152 Lincoln Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Dated: July 23, 2009. James R. Newby, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E9–18250 Filed 7–30–09; 8:45 am] Fitzgerald Renewable Energy, LLC proposes to construct a 55-megawatt (MW) biomass fueled power plant (the Proposal) on Peachtree Road near Fitzgerald, Georgia in Ben Hill County. The Proposal, which will be fueled primarily by wood debris and residue from the regional forest products industry, is projected to be in service in 2011. Trinity Consultants, an environmental consulting firm, prepared an Environmental Report for RUS. RUS conducted an independent evaluation of the Environmental Report and agreed that it accurately assessed the impacts of the proposal. RUS accepted the document as its Environmental Assessment and published the document for a 30-day public comment period. The applicant is responsible for obtaining all permits required to construct the Proposal. Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.4(d)(1) of the regulations (36 CFR part 800) implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470f, RUS made a finding that this Proposal will not affect historic properties. RUS received no objection to this finding of effect from the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office or other consulting parties. RUS has determined this finding of no historic properties affected made pursuant to Section 106 of NHPA. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500–1508), and RUS’ Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794), RUS has determined that the environmental impacts of the Proposal have been adequately addressed and that no significant impacts to the quality of the human environment would result from the construction and operation of the proposal. Any final action by RUS related to the Proposal will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal and State environmental laws and regulations. Since RUS’ action will not result in significant impacts to the quality of the human environment, the preparation of an environmental impact statement related to the proposed project is not necessary. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3410–15–P Notice of Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to OMB for Review SUMMARY: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has submitted the following information collections to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 146 (Friday, July 31, 2009)]
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[FR Doc No: E9-18249]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.: 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) 
has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a 
request from Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) for 
assistance to finance the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 
new 540-MW gas-fired combustion combined-cycle generation unit, a new 
161/345-kV substation, a new 161-kV transmission line, and a new 345-kV 
transmission line in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

ADDRESSES: The FONSI is available for public review at the USDA Rural 
Utilities Service's Web site--https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm 
or at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, 
DC 20250-1571; and at AECI's headquarters office located at 211 South 
Golden, Springfield, Missouri 65801-4775 or the Pryor Public Library at 
505 E. Graham, Pryor, OK 74361. 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 AECI's 
headquarters office located at 211 South Golden, Springfield, Missouri 
65801-4775.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AECI proposes to construct a 540-megawatt 
(MW) combined-cycle, gas-fired generation unit at the Mid America 
Industrial Park Chouteau Power Plant in Mayes County, Oklahoma. A new 
substation will also be constructed, to be located approximately two 
miles east of the existing plant, to be connected by a single circuit 
161-kV line. A single circuit 345-kV line will further connect the 
substation to the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Coal-Fired Power 
Plant, located in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Burns and McDonnell 
Engineering Company, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, prepared 
an Environmental Report for RUS. RUS conducted an independent 
evaluation of the Environmental Report and agreed that it accurately 
assessed the impacts of the proposal. RUS accepted the document as its 
Environmental Assessment and published the document for a 30-day public 
comment period. The applicant is responsible for obtaining all permits 
required to construct the proposal.
    Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.4(d)(1) of the regulations (36 CFR part 800) 
implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act 
(NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470f, RUS made a finding that this project will not 
affect historic properties. RUS received no objection to this finding 
of effect from the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office or other 
consulting parties. RUS has determined this finding of no historic 
properties affected made pursuant to Section 106 of NHPA to be 
consistent with its FONSI.
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, as 
amended

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(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and RUS' Environmental Policies and 
Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794), RUS has determined that the environmental 
impacts of the proposal have been adequately addressed and that no 
significant impacts to the quality of the human environment would 
result from the construction and operation of the proposal. Any final 
action by RUS related to the proposal will be subject to, and 
contingent upon, compliance with all relevant federal and state 
environmental laws and regulations. Since RUS' action will not result 
in significant impacts to the quality of the human environment, the 
preparation of an environmental impact statement related to the 
proposed project is not necessary.

    Dated: July 23, 2009.
James R. Newby,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. E9-18249 Filed 7-30-09; 8:45 am]
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