Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Intent To Hold Public Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment, 56173-56174 [E9-26146]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 209 / Friday, October 30, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee AGENCY: Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Request for applications. SUMMARY: Applications are being sought for certain positions on the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. New members will be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and serve three year terms. Appointments will begin July 2010 when current member appointments expire. One member is being sought to represent each of the following interests: (1) Winter Non-Motorized Recreation, (2) Summer Motorized Recreation, (3) Summer Non-Motorized Recreation, (4) Non-Motorized Outfitters and Guides, (5) Local Environmental Groups, (6) State Tourism, (7) Indian Tribes, and (8) Local Government. The public is invited to submit applications for these positions. Current members who have only served one term may reapply. Application packages can be obtained at https://www.fs.fed.us/ passespermits/rrac-application.shtml or by e-mailing R5rrac@fs.fed.us. Interested parties may also contact Frances Enkoji, US Forest Service, at 707–562–8846. DATES: All applications must be received by December 11, 2009. This timeframe can be extended if officials do not receive applications for the needed positions. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit applications by mail to Frances Enkoji, US Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wanting further information regarding the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee may contact Marlene Finley, Designated Federal Official, Pacific Southwest Region Recreation RAC, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592; 707–562– 8856. 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Additional information about the California Recreation RAC can be found at https:// www.fs.fed.us/r5/passes/rrac or about recreation fees at https://www.fs.fed.us/ passespermits/about-rec-fees.shtml. The Forest Service will also work the Governor and local officials to identify potential applicants. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will review applications and prepare a list of qualified applicants from which the Secretary shall appoint both members and alternates. The alternate will become a participating member of the Recreation RAC only if the member for whom the alternate is appointed to replace leaves the committee permanently. Recreation RAC members serve without pay but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings. All Recreation RAC meetings are open the public and an open public forum is part of each meeting. Meeting dates and time will be determined by agency officials in consultation with the Recreation RAC members. Dated: October 21, 2009. Marlene Finley, Designated Federal Official, Recreation RAC, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. E9–26086 Filed 10–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56173 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Intent To Hold Public Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of intent to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment with Scoping (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR part 1794 in connection with potential impacts related to a proposed project by Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. (Minnkota). The proposed Center to Grand Forks Transmission Line Project (proposed action) consists of: the construction of approximately 260 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Center to Grand Forks, North Dakota; upgrades at the Center 345 kV substation; upgrades at the Square Butte 230 kV Substation; an additional 230 kV tie line; and upgrades at the Prairie Substation and fiber optic regeneration stations. Minnkota is requesting that RUS provide financial assistance for the proposed action. DATES: RUS will conduct public scoping meetings in an open house format to provide information and solicit comments for the preparation of the EA. Scoping meetings will be held on the following dates: Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center, Eagle Room 10, 1200 S. 42nd St., Monday, November 16, 2009, 5–8 p.m.; Cooperstown, ND, Cooperstown City Hall, 611 9th St., Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.; Carrington, ND, Chieftain Conference Center, Tee Pee Room 60, 4th Avenue S., Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 5:00–8:00 pm; McClusky, ND, McClusky Community Hall, 117 Avenue B North, Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wilton, ND, City of Wilton Memorial Hall, 105 Dakota Avenue, Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 5–8 p.m.; and Center, ND, Center Civic Center Building, 312 N Lincoln Ave., Thursday, November 19, 2009, 5– 8 p.m. ADDRESSES: To send comments or request additional information, contact: Mr. Dennis Rankin, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, telephone: (202) 720– 1953 or e-mail: E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 56174 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 209 / Friday, October 30, 2009 / Notices dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. An Alternative Evaluation Study (AES) and a Macro Corridor Study (MCS) has been prepared for the proposed project. All documents are available for public review prior to and during the public scoping meetings. The reports are available at the RUS address provided in this notice and on the agency’s Web site at: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ ees/ea.htm., the offices of Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. and their Web site at: https://www.minnkota.com; and the following repositories: Aneta Public Library, 11995 19th St., Aneta, ND 58212–0088; Bismarck’s Veterans Memorial Library, 515 N. 5th St., Bismarck, ND 58501–4057; Oliver County Auditor, 115 West Main, Center, ND 58530; City of Carrington Library, 55 9th Ave., Carrington, ND 58421–2017; Griggs County Library, 902 Burrel Ave., Cooperstown, ND 58425–0546; Goodrich Public Library, 122 McKinley Ave., Goodrich, ND 58444–0175; Grand Forks Library, 2110 Library Circle, Grand Forks, ND 58201–6324; Harvey Public Library, 119 10th St., Harvey, ND 58341–1531; Mayville Library, 52 Center Ave., Mayville, ND 58257–1299; Sheridan County Auditor, 215 East 2nd St., McClusky, ND 58356–1510; New Rockford Public Library, 811 First Ave. N, New Rockford, ND 58356–1510; Turtle Lake Public Library, 107 Eggert St., Turtle Lake, ND 58575–0540; Washburn Public Library, 705 Main Ave., Washburn, ND 58577–0637; and Northwood Public Schools and City Library, 300 35th St., Northwood, ND 58267. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the proposed action is to reallocate energy presently transmitted on an existing direct current (DC) line to the proposed 345 kV line. Currently, the output from the Milton R. Young Generation Station Unit 2 (Young 2) is purchased under contract by Minnkota and Minnesota Power; each utility receives approximately 50 percent of the output. Electricity generated by Young 2 flows over a dedicated DC, 465-mile transmission line from Center, North Dakota to Duluth, Minnesota, where it is converted back to alternating current (AC) for further transmission into the Minnesota Power and Minnkota service areas. Minnesota Power will take 100 percent ownership of the existing DC line and DC/AC conversion facilities in early 2010; the DC line will be used to deliver wind energy. In 2013, Minnkota will receive increasing allocations of Young 2 output until the year 2026 when Minnkota will purchase 100 percent of the Young 2 output. With no continuous capacity available to VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:30 Oct 29, 2009 Jkt 220001 Minnkota on the HVDC system, the power needs be moved over the AC transmission system to Minnkota’s service territory. Minnkota is seeking financing from RUS for its ownership of the proposed project. Before making a decision to provide financing for the proposed project, RUS is required to conduct an environmental review under NEPA in accordance with RUS’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). Government agencies, private organizations, and the public are invited to participate in the planning and analysis of the proposed action. Representatives from RUS and Minnkota will be available at the scoping meetings to discuss the environmental review process, describe the proposed action, discuss the scope of environmental issues to be considered, answer questions, and accept comments. RUS will use comments and input provided in the preparation of the Draft EA. If RUS finds, based on the EA, that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, RUS will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Public notification of the FONSI would be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the project area. RUS may take its final action on proposed actions requiring an EA (§ 1794.23) any time after publication of applicant notices that a FONSI has been made and any required review period has expired. When substantive comments are received on the EA, RUS may provide an additional period (15 days) for public review following the publication of its FONSI determination. Final action will not be taken until this review period has expired. Where appropriate to carry out the purposes of NEPA, RUS may impose, on a case-by-case basis, additional requirements associated with the preparation of an EA. If at any point in the preparation of an EA, RUS determines that the proposed action will have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement will be required. Any final action by RUS related to the proposed action will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations and completion of the environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October 23, 2009. Mark S. Plank, Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E9–26146 Filed 10–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Shasta Trinity National Forest, South Fork Management Unit, California Rattlesnake Fuel Reduction and Forest Health Project Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Hayfork District of the Shasta Trinity National Forest is proposing to use vegetation treatments to reduce risks from fire, improve forest health, and provide forest products on approximately 6,028 acres within the Rattlesnake watershed on the South Fork Management Unit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The active management needed in the Rattlesnake Fuel Reduction and Forest Health Project (Rattlesnake project) area to reduce fuels and stocking levels through thinning requires the removal of trees and biomass, some of which have commercial value. An estimated 33 million board feet of merchantable sawtimber, and an estimated 35,092 bone dry tons of biomass are expected to be removed. Providing wood products to meet regional and national needs is consistent with Forest Plan goals, standards and guidelines. The initial economic analysis shows that the average diameter and quantity of the material treated under this project would generally be insufficient to support a viable timber sale in today’s market. The Forest Service will analyze these vegetation treatments within the constraints of the Shasta Trinity National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, 1995. The proposed Rattlesnake project is in the vicinity of the Post Mountain and Forest Glen communities in southern Trinity County, California. The project area is within portions of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) boundaries for both of these communities and within the Hayfork Adaptive Management Area (AMA), and Management Area 19, Indian Valley/Rattlesnake, of the ShastaTrinity Land and Resource Management Plan (USFS 1995, p. 4–64 & 4–65). The project includes acreage in Township 1 North, Range 7 East, Sections 25 and 36, Township 1 North, Range 8 East, Sections 19–21, and 28– E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Intent To Hold Public 
Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an 
Environmental Assessment.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold public 
scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment with Scoping 
(EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR part 1794 in connection with potential 
impacts related to a proposed project by Minnkota Power Cooperative, 
Inc. (Minnkota). The proposed Center to Grand Forks Transmission Line 
Project (proposed action) consists of: the construction of 
approximately 260 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from 
Center to Grand Forks, North Dakota; upgrades at the Center 345 kV 
substation; upgrades at the Square Butte 230 kV Substation; an 
additional 230 kV tie line; and upgrades at the Prairie Substation and 
fiber optic regeneration stations. Minnkota is requesting that RUS 
provide financial assistance for the proposed action.

DATES: RUS will conduct public scoping meetings in an open house format 
to provide information and solicit comments for the preparation of the 
EA. Scoping meetings will be held on the following dates: Grand Forks, 
ND, Alerus Center, Eagle Room 10, 1200 S. 42nd St., Monday, November 
16, 2009, 5-8 p.m.; Cooperstown, ND, Cooperstown City Hall, 611 9th 
St., Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Carrington, ND, 
Chieftain Conference Center, Tee Pee Room 60, 4th Avenue S., Tuesday, 
November 17, 2009, 5:00-8:00 pm; McClusky, ND, McClusky Community Hall, 
117 Avenue B North, Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 
Wilton, ND, City of Wilton Memorial Hall, 105 Dakota Avenue, Wednesday, 
November 18, 2009, 5-8 p.m.; and Center, ND, Center Civic Center 
Building, 312 N Lincoln Ave., Thursday, November 19, 2009, 5-8 p.m.

ADDRESSES: To send comments or request additional information, contact: 
Mr. Dennis Rankin, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural 
Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, 
Washington, DC 20250-1571, telephone: (202) 720-1953 or e-mail:

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dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. An Alternative Evaluation Study (AES) and a 
Macro Corridor Study (MCS) has been prepared for the proposed project. 
All documents are available for public review prior to and during the 
public scoping meetings. The reports are available at the RUS address 
provided in this notice and on the agency's Web site at: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm., the offices of Minnkota Power 
Cooperative, Inc. and their Web site at: https://www.minnkota.com; and 
the following repositories: Aneta Public Library, 11995 19th St., 
Aneta, ND 58212-0088; Bismarck's Veterans Memorial Library, 515 N. 5th 
St., Bismarck, ND 58501-4057; Oliver County Auditor, 115 West Main, 
Center, ND 58530; City of Carrington Library, 55 9th Ave., Carrington, 
ND 58421-2017; Griggs County Library, 902 Burrel Ave., Cooperstown, ND 
58425-0546; Goodrich Public Library, 122 McKinley Ave., Goodrich, ND 
58444-0175; Grand Forks Library, 2110 Library Circle, Grand Forks, ND 
58201-6324; Harvey Public Library, 119 10th St., Harvey, ND 58341-1531; 
Mayville Library, 52 Center Ave., Mayville, ND 58257-1299; Sheridan 
County Auditor, 215 East 2nd St., McClusky, ND 58356-1510; New Rockford 
Public Library, 811 First Ave. N, New Rockford, ND 58356-1510; Turtle 
Lake Public Library, 107 Eggert St., Turtle Lake, ND 58575-0540; 
Washburn Public Library, 705 Main Ave., Washburn, ND 58577-0637; and 
Northwood Public Schools and City Library, 300 35th St., Northwood, ND 
58267.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the proposed action is to 
reallocate energy presently transmitted on an existing direct current 
(DC) line to the proposed 345 kV line. Currently, the output from the 
Milton R. Young Generation Station Unit 2 (Young 2) is purchased under 
contract by Minnkota and Minnesota Power; each utility receives 
approximately 50 percent of the output. Electricity generated by Young 
2 flows over a dedicated DC, 465-mile transmission line from Center, 
North Dakota to Duluth, Minnesota, where it is converted back to 
alternating current (AC) for further transmission into the Minnesota 
Power and Minnkota service areas. Minnesota Power will take 100 percent 
ownership of the existing DC line and DC/AC conversion facilities in 
early 2010; the DC line will be used to deliver wind energy. In 2013, 
Minnkota will receive increasing allocations of Young 2 output until 
the year 2026 when Minnkota will purchase 100 percent of the Young 2 
output. With no continuous capacity available to Minnkota on the HVDC 
system, the power needs be moved over the AC transmission system to 
Minnkota's service territory.
    Minnkota is seeking financing from RUS for its ownership of the 
proposed project. Before making a decision to provide financing for the 
proposed project, RUS is required to conduct an environmental review 
under NEPA in accordance with RUS's Environmental Policies and 
Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). Government agencies, private 
organizations, and the public are invited to participate in the 
planning and analysis of the proposed action. Representatives from RUS 
and Minnkota will be available at the scoping meetings to discuss the 
environmental review process, describe the proposed action, discuss the 
scope of environmental issues to be considered, answer questions, and 
accept comments. RUS will use comments and input provided in the 
preparation of the Draft EA. If RUS finds, based on the EA, that the 
proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of 
the human environment, RUS will prepare a Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI). Public notification of the FONSI would be published in 
the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the project 
area. RUS may take its final action on proposed actions requiring an EA 
(Sec.  1794.23) any time after publication of applicant notices that a 
FONSI has been made and any required review period has expired. When 
substantive comments are received on the EA, RUS may provide an 
additional period (15 days) for public review following the publication 
of its FONSI determination. Final action will not be taken until this 
review period has expired. Where appropriate to carry out the purposes 
of NEPA, RUS may impose, on a case-by-case basis, additional 
requirements associated with the preparation of an EA. If at any point 
in the preparation of an EA, RUS determines that the proposed action 
will have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, 
the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement will be required. 
Any final action by RUS related to the proposed action will be subject 
to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal, State, 
and local environmental laws and regulations and completion of the 
environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS's Environmental 
Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794).

    Dated: October 23, 2009.
Mark S. Plank,
Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. E9-26146 Filed 10-29-09; 8:45 am]
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