Notice of Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities, 65761-65763 [E9-29565]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 237 / Friday, December 11, 2009 / Notices currently developed. The project proposes to develop approximately 1,870 acres, and set aside 1,274 acres of wetland preserve/open space. The proposed action includes approximately 584 acres of commercial uses associated with the adjacent Mather Airport, 201 acres of commercial, 84 acres of aggregate extraction, 598 acres of university village/residential, 102 acres of parks and recreation, 274 acres for a regional sports park, and 27.4 acres for utilities and infrastructure. Approximately 124 acres of waters of the United States have been identified in the proposed project area, including 69.8 acres of vernal wetlands (pools and swales), 27.3 acres of depressional seasonal wetlands, 1.9 acres of ditches, 5.7 acres of lake/pond and 19.1 acres of other waters of the United States. The applicant has applied for permits to fill 35.39 acres of these waters. The approximately 1,274 acre open space and wetland preserve would contain approximately 47.3 acres of waters not directly impacted by the project. In addition, approximately 4.9 acres of wetlands at the west end of the Mather Airport runway would be avoided and placed under some type of protective agreement, but not a conservation easement. The EIS will include an evaluation of a reasonable range of alternatives. Currently, at least four alternatives are expected to be analyzed in detail: (1) The no action alternative (no permit issued), (2) the applicant’s preferred project (proposed action), (3) an offsite alternative, and (4) a reduced development footprint alternative. The no action alternative assumes limited development would occur in the Mather Specific Plan area with all waters of the United States avoided. The off-site alternative assumes the proposed project would be developed at a different but suitably-sized site in the region. A reduced development footprint alternative will have a smaller development footprint than the applicant’s preferred project with less direct impacts to waters of the United States. The Corps’ scoping process for the EIS includes a public involvement program with several opportunities to provide oral and written comments. In addition to public meetings and notifications in the Federal Register, the Corps will issue public notices when the draft and final EISs are available. Affected Federal, State, and local agencies, Native American tribes, and other interested organizations and parties are invited to participate. Potentially significant issues to be analyzed in the EIS include, but are not VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:33 Dec 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 limited to: Hydrology, water supply, water quality, cultural resources, biological resources, traffic and transportation, and air quality. The Corps is the lead agency for preparation of the EIS under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Corps will coordinate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Other environmental review and consultation requirements for the proposed action include the need for the applicant to obtain water quality certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. In addition, because the proposed project may affect federally-listed endangered species, the Corps will formally consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in accordance with Section 7 of the federal Endangered Species Act. The Corps will also be consulting with the State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act concerning properties listed, or potentially eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places. One public scoping meeting for the EIS will be held on January 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Conference Room 170 located at 10545 Armstrong Avenue, Mather CA, 95655. Interested parties can provide oral and written comments at the meeting. Interested parties may also submit written comments on this notice. Scoping comments should be submitted before January 31, 2010, but may be submitted at any time prior to publication of the Draft EIS. Interested parties may register for the Corps’ public notice email notification lists at: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/ organizations/cespk-co/regulatory/ pnlist.html. Dated: November 30, 2009. Thomas C. Chapman, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer. [FR Doc. E9–29603 Filed 12–10–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities AGENCY: PO 00000 Department of the Navy, DoD. Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: 65761 Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500–1508); and Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for public release on December 11, 2009. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a Cooperating Agency for the EIS/OEIS. The Draft EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action from Navy training activities conducted in the Gulf of Alaska and Alaska’s inland training areas, collectively referred to as the Alaska Training Areas (ATA). The Draft EIS/OEIS addresses ongoing and proposed military training activities, as well as proposed force structure changes and the introduction of new weapons and systems to the Fleet. The Proposed Action serves to achieve and maintain Fleet readiness using the ATA to support and conduct current, emerging, and future training activities. A Notice of Intent for this Draft EIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2008 (73 FR 14237). The Navy will conduct five public hearings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and organizations are invited to be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS. An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below, and will allow individuals to review the information presented in the Draft EIS/ OEIS. Navy representatives will be available during the open house sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS/OEIS. Dates and Addresses: Five public hearings will be held in Alaska to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. All meetings will start with an open house session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and formal public comment period from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Public hearings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 65762 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 237 / Friday, December 11, 2009 / Notices 1. Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Kodiak High School Cafeteria, 722 Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, Alaska; 2. Friday, January 8, 2010, at Fairview Recreation Center Main Gymnasium, 1121 E. 10th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska; 3. Saturday, January 9, 2010, at West Homer Elementary School Gymnasium, 995 Soundview Avenue, Homer, Alaska; 4. Monday, January 11, 2010, at Juneau Arts and Culture Center Main Hall, 350 Whittier Street, Juneau, Alaska; 5. Tuesday, February 12, 2010, at Orca ´ Adventure Lodge Meeting Room & Cafe, 2500 Orca Road, Cordova, Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101; or http:// www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com. Air and sea training activities are conducted within the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area (TMAA) which is part of the ATA. The land, air, and sea components of the ATA provide the space and resources needed to realistically train Navy Sailors to achieve and maintain Fleet readiness. Navy air and sea training activities originate from Navy ships located within the TMAA. The TMAA is situated south of Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak Island and includes 42,146 square nautical miles of airspace, sea space, and undersea space. The Navy also conducts activities in established U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army inland training areas, which include more than 65,000 square miles of airspace and land area. The ATA serve as the principal training venue for annual joint training exercises, which can involve forces from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and local, state, and nongovernmental agencies. The ATA are used for training activities including operating aircraft, ships, and submarines; conducting training against moving ships and aircraft; practicing aerial surveillance; and detecting and locating submarines. The purpose of the Navy’s Proposed Action is to: Achieve and maintain Fleet readiness using the ATA to support and conduct current, emerging, and future training activities. The need for the Proposed Action is to: (1) Maintain current levels of military readiness by training in the ATA; (2) accommodate future increases in levels of training activities in the ATA; (3) adequately support the jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:33 Dec 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 training need for new aircraft, ships, submarines, and weapons systems; (4) identify shortfalls in training, particularly training instrumentation, and address through enhancements; (5) maintain the long-term viability of the ATA as a Navy training area while protecting human health and the environment, and enhancing the quality, capabilities, and safety of the training area; and (6) be able to bring U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard assets together into one geographic area for joint training. Under the No Action Alternative, training activities within the ATA would continue at current levels over a maximum time frame of 14 days. This alternative includes one annual Carrier Strike Group training exercise and excludes the use of mid-frequency active sonar. Alternative 1 proposes an increase in the number of training activities from current levels as necessary to support Fleet exercise requirements over a maximum time frame of 21 days in the summer months (April—October), to include the use of active sonar; and accommodates training enhancement instrumentation, including the use of a Portable Undersea Tracking Range, and force structure changes associated with the introduction of new weapon systems, vessels, and aircraft into the Fleet. Alternative 2, the Preferred Alternative, consists of all elements of Alternative 1. In addition, Alternative 2 includes an increase in the number of training activities over Alternative 1 levels by conducting a second annual Carrier Strike Group training exercise, which could also last up to 21 days in the summer months, and conducting a Sinking Exercise during each summertime exercise (a maximum of two). The Draft EIS/OEIS addresses potential environmental impacts on multiple resources, including but not limited to: Air quality; water resources; biological resources; cultural resources; socioeconomics; and public health and safety. No significant impacts are identified for most resources within the ATA that cannot be mitigated. The results of the analysis indicate, however, that while there is the possibility for physiological effects and altered behavior from sound in the water from active sonar and explosives, no mortality to marine mammals is anticipated. Furthermore, the estimation of sound exposures does not consider the Navy’s use of protective measures, which would reduce the likelihood of exposures at the highest sound levels. The Navy has requested from NMFS a Letter of PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authorization (LOA) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act to authorize the incidental take of marine mammals that may result from the implementation of the activities analyzed in the Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities Draft EIS/OEIS. In accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, the Navy is consulting with NMFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for potential impacts to federally listed species. Navy analysis has indicated that under the Clean Air Act requirements, while emissions over current levels may occur, these emissions would not exceed air quality standards, and under the Clean Water Act there would be no significant impacts to water quality. Analysis under the National Historic Preservation Act, in addition to other applicable laws and regulations, indicates that no significant impacts to cultural resources would occur if the Proposed Action or alternatives were implemented. Implementation of the Proposed Action or alternatives would not result in a significant adverse effect on the population of a migratory bird and fish species. The decision to be made by the Navy is to determine which of the alternatives analyzed in the EIS/OEIS best meet the operational needs of the Navy given that all reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts have been considered. The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and organizations. The public comment period will end on January 25, 2010. Copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS are available for public review at the following libraries: Z.J. Loussac Library, Government Documents, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK; Alaska State Library, Government Documents, 333 Willoughby Avenue, 8th Floor, Juneau, AK; A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library, 319 Lower Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rasmussen Library, Government Documents, 310 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK; Cordova Public Library, 622 First Street, Cordova, AK; Copper Valley Community Library, Mile 186 Glenn Highway, Glennallen, AK; Seward Community Library, 238 5th Avenue, Seward, AK; Homer Public Library, 500 Hazel Avenue, Homer, AK. The Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities Draft EIS/OEIS is also available for electronic public viewing at: http:// www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com. A paper copy of the Executive Summary or a single CD with the Draft EIS/OEIS E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 237 / Friday, December 11, 2009 / Notices will be made available upon written request by contacting Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities EIS/ OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101. Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and interested individuals and organizations are invited to be present or represented at the public hearing. Written comments can also be submitted during the open house sessions preceding the public hearings. Oral statements will be heard and transcribed by a stenographer; however, to ensure the accuracy of the record, all statements should be submitted in writing. All statements, both oral and written, will become part of the public record on the Draft EIS/OEIS and will be responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to give an oral statement have the opportunity to do so, each speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If you have prepared a written statement, you may read it out loud if you can do so within the three minute time limit, or you may turn it in at the public hearing or mail the statement to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101. In addition, comments may be submitted online at http:// www.GulfofAlaskNavyEIS.com during the comment period. All written comments must be postmarked by January 25, 2010, to ensure they become part of the official record. All comments will be addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS. Dated: December 7, 2009. A.M. Vallandingham, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E9–29565 Filed 12–10–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Defense Acquisition Regulations System Waiver of 10 U.S.C. 2534 for Certain Defense Items Produced in the United Kingdom AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:33 Dec 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 ACTION: Notice of waiver of 10 U.S.C. 2534 for certain defense items produced in the United Kingdom. SUMMARY: The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) is waiving the limitation of 10 U.S.C. 2534 for certain defense items produced in the United Kingdom (UK). 10 U.S.C. 2534 limits DoD procurement of certain items to sources in the national technology and industrial base. The waiver will permit procurement of enumerated items from sources in the UK, unless otherwise restricted by statute. DATES: Effective Date: This waiver is effective for one year, beginning December 28, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Patricia Foley, OUSD(AT&L), Office of the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Contract Policy and International Contracting, Room 5E621, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060, telephone (703) 693–1145. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Subsection (a) of 10 U.S.C. 2534 provides that the Secretary of Defense may procure the items listed in that subsection only if the manufacturer of the item is part of the national technology and industrial base. Subsection (i) of 10 U.S.C. 2534 authorizes the Secretary of Defense to exercise the waiver authority in subsection (d), on the basis of the applicability of paragraph (2) or (3) of that subsection, only if the waiver is made for a particular item listed in subsection (a) and for a particular foreign country. Subsection (d) authorizes a waiver if the Secretary determines that application of the limitation ‘‘would impede the reciprocal procurement of defense items under a memorandum of understanding providing for reciprocal procurement of defense items’’ and if he determines that ‘‘that country does not discriminate against defense items produced in the United States to a greater degree than the United States discriminates against defense items produced in that country.’’ The Secretary of Defense has delegated the waiver authority of 10 U.S.C. 2534(d) to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics). DoD has had a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UK since 1975, most recently renewed on December 16, 2004. The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) finds that the UK does not discriminate against defense items produced in the PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65763 United States to a greater degree than the United States discriminates against defense items produced in the UK, and also finds that application of the limitation in 10 U.S.C. 2534 against defense items produced in the UK would impede the reciprocal procurement of defense items under the MOU. Under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2534, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) has determined that application of the limitation of 10 U.S.C. 2534(a) to the procurement of any defense item produced in the UK that is listed below would impede the reciprocal procurement of defense items under the MOU with the UK. On the basis of the foregoing, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) is waiving the limitation in 10 U.S.C. 2534(a) for procurements of any defense item listed below that is produced in the UK. This waiver applies only to the limitations in 10 U.S.C. 2534(a). It does not apply to any other limitation, including section 8018 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110–329). This waiver applies to procurements under solicitations issued during the period from December 28, 2009, to December 27, 2010 Similar waivers have been granted since 1998, most recently in 2008 (73 FR 73257, December 2, 2008). List of Items to Which This Waiver Applies 1. Air circuit breakers. 2. Welded shipboard anchor and mooring chain with a diameter of four inches or less. 3. Gyrocompasses. 4. Electronic navigation chart systems. 5. Steering controls. 6. Pumps. 7. Propulsion and machinery control systems. 8. Totally enclosed lifeboats. Amy G. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf of 
Alaska Navy Training Activities

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for 
implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of 
Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508); and Executive Order 12114, 
Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the Department 
of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for public release on 
December 11, 2009. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a 
Cooperating Agency for the EIS/OEIS.
    The Draft EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of 
the Proposed Action from Navy training activities conducted in the Gulf 
of Alaska and Alaska's inland training areas, collectively referred to 
as the Alaska Training Areas (ATA). The Draft EIS/OEIS addresses 
ongoing and proposed military training activities, as well as proposed 
force structure changes and the introduction of new weapons and systems 
to the Fleet. The Proposed Action serves to achieve and maintain Fleet 
readiness using the ATA to support and conduct current, emerging, and 
future training activities. A Notice of Intent for this Draft EIS/OEIS 
was published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2008 (73 FR 14237).
    The Navy will conduct five public hearings to receive oral and 
written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal, State, and local 
agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and 
organizations are invited to be present or represented at the public 
hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public 
hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS.
    An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at 
each of the locations listed below, and will allow individuals to 
review the information presented in the Draft EIS/OEIS. Navy 
representatives will be available during the open house sessions to 
clarify information related to the Draft EIS/OEIS.
    Dates and Addresses: Five public hearings will be held in Alaska to 
receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. All meetings 
will start with an open house session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed 
by a presentation and formal public comment period from 7 p.m. to 8:30 
p.m. Public hearings will be held on the following dates and at the 
following locations:

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    1. Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Kodiak High School Cafeteria, 722 
Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, Alaska;
    2. Friday, January 8, 2010, at Fairview Recreation Center Main 
Gymnasium, 1121 E. 10th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska;
    3. Saturday, January 9, 2010, at West Homer Elementary School 
Gymnasium, 995 Soundview Avenue, Homer, Alaska;
    4. Monday, January 11, 2010, at Juneau Arts and Culture Center Main 
Hall, 350 Whittier Street, Juneau, Alaska;
    5. Tuesday, February 12, 2010, at Orca Adventure Lodge Meeting Room 
& Caf[eacute], 2500 Orca Road, Cordova, Alaska.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command 
Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, Gulf of Alaska Navy Training 
Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, 
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101; or http://www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Air and sea training activities are 
conducted within the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area 
(TMAA) which is part of the ATA. The land, air, and sea components of 
the ATA provide the space and resources needed to realistically train 
Navy Sailors to achieve and maintain Fleet readiness. Navy air and sea 
training activities originate from Navy ships located within the TMAA. 
The TMAA is situated south of Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak 
Island and includes 42,146 square nautical miles of airspace, sea 
space, and undersea space. The Navy also conducts activities in 
established U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army inland training areas, which 
include more than 65,000 square miles of airspace and land area. The 
ATA serve as the principal training venue for annual joint training 
exercises, which can involve forces from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, 
Army, Coast Guard, and local, state, and nongovernmental agencies. The 
ATA are used for training activities including operating aircraft, 
ships, and submarines; conducting training against moving ships and 
aircraft; practicing aerial surveillance; and detecting and locating 
submarines.
    The purpose of the Navy's Proposed Action is to: Achieve and 
maintain Fleet readiness using the ATA to support and conduct current, 
emerging, and future training activities.
    The need for the Proposed Action is to: (1) Maintain current levels 
of military readiness by training in the ATA; (2) accommodate future 
increases in levels of training activities in the ATA; (3) adequately 
support the training need for new aircraft, ships, submarines, and 
weapons systems; (4) identify shortfalls in training, particularly 
training instrumentation, and address through enhancements; (5) 
maintain the long-term viability of the ATA as a Navy training area 
while protecting human health and the environment, and enhancing the 
quality, capabilities, and safety of the training area; and (6) be able 
to bring U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard assets together 
into one geographic area for joint training.
    Under the No Action Alternative, training activities within the ATA 
would continue at current levels over a maximum time frame of 14 days. 
This alternative includes one annual Carrier Strike Group training 
exercise and excludes the use of mid-frequency active sonar. 
Alternative 1 proposes an increase in the number of training activities 
from current levels as necessary to support Fleet exercise requirements 
over a maximum time frame of 21 days in the summer months (April--
October), to include the use of active sonar; and accommodates training 
enhancement instrumentation, including the use of a Portable Undersea 
Tracking Range, and force structure changes associated with the 
introduction of new weapon systems, vessels, and aircraft into the 
Fleet. Alternative 2, the Preferred Alternative, consists of all 
elements of Alternative 1. In addition, Alternative 2 includes an 
increase in the number of training activities over Alternative 1 levels 
by conducting a second annual Carrier Strike Group training exercise, 
which could also last up to 21 days in the summer months, and 
conducting a Sinking Exercise during each summertime exercise (a 
maximum of two).
    The Draft EIS/OEIS addresses potential environmental impacts on 
multiple resources, including but not limited to: Air quality; water 
resources; biological resources; cultural resources; socioeconomics; 
and public health and safety.
    No significant impacts are identified for most resources within the 
ATA that cannot be mitigated. The results of the analysis indicate, 
however, that while there is the possibility for physiological effects 
and altered behavior from sound in the water from active sonar and 
explosives, no mortality to marine mammals is anticipated. Furthermore, 
the estimation of sound exposures does not consider the Navy's use of 
protective measures, which would reduce the likelihood of exposures at 
the highest sound levels. The Navy has requested from NMFS a Letter of 
Authorization (LOA) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act 
to authorize the incidental take of marine mammals that may result from 
the implementation of the activities analyzed in the Gulf of Alaska 
Navy Training Activities Draft EIS/OEIS.
    In accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, the 
Navy is consulting with NMFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 
for potential impacts to federally listed species. Navy analysis has 
indicated that under the Clean Air Act requirements, while emissions 
over current levels may occur, these emissions would not exceed air 
quality standards, and under the Clean Water Act there would be no 
significant impacts to water quality. Analysis under the National 
Historic Preservation Act, in addition to other applicable laws and 
regulations, indicates that no significant impacts to cultural 
resources would occur if the Proposed Action or alternatives were 
implemented. Implementation of the Proposed Action or alternatives 
would not result in a significant adverse effect on the population of a 
migratory bird and fish species.
    The decision to be made by the Navy is to determine which of the 
alternatives analyzed in the EIS/OEIS best meet the operational needs 
of the Navy given that all reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts 
have been considered.
    The Draft EIS/OEIS was distributed to Federal, State, and local 
agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and 
organizations. The public comment period will end on January 25, 2010. 
Copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS are available for public review at the 
following libraries: Z.J. Loussac Library, Government Documents, 3600 
Denali Street, Anchorage, AK; Alaska State Library, Government 
Documents, 333 Willoughby Avenue, 8th Floor, Juneau, AK; A. Holmes 
Johnson Memorial Library, 319 Lower Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK; 
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rasmussen Library, Government 
Documents, 310 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK; Cordova Public Library, 622 
First Street, Cordova, AK; Copper Valley Community Library, Mile 186 
Glenn Highway, Glennallen, AK; Seward Community Library, 238 5th 
Avenue, Seward, AK; Homer Public Library, 500 Hazel Avenue, Homer, AK.
    The Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities Draft EIS/OEIS is also 
available for electronic public viewing at: http://www.GulfofAlaskaNavyEIS.com. A paper copy of the Executive Summary or a 
single CD with the Draft EIS/OEIS

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will be made available upon written request by contacting Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, 
Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 
Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101.
    Federal, State, and local agencies, elected officials, and 
interested individuals and organizations are invited to be present or 
represented at the public hearing. Written comments can also be 
submitted during the open house sessions preceding the public hearings.
    Oral statements will be heard and transcribed by a stenographer; 
however, to ensure the accuracy of the record, all statements should be 
submitted in writing. All statements, both oral and written, will 
become part of the public record on the Draft EIS/OEIS and will be 
responded to in the Final EIS/OEIS. Equal weight will be given to both 
oral and written statements. In the interest of available time, and to 
ensure all who wish to give an oral statement have the opportunity to 
do so, each speaker's comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If 
you have prepared a written statement, you may read it out loud if you 
can do so within the three minute time limit, or you may turn it in at 
the public hearing or mail the statement to Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt, Gulf of Alaska 
Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, 
Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101. In addition, comments may be 
submitted online at http://www.GulfofAlaskNavyEIS.com during the 
comment period. All written comments must be postmarked by January 25, 
2010, to ensure they become part of the official record. All comments 
will be addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS.

    Dated: December 7, 2009.
A.M. Vallandingham,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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