Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for Proposed San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility, 68906-68907 [E9-30688]

Download as PDF 68906 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Notices Dated: December 17, 2009. Maura M. Pally, Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–30667 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6854] Certification Concerning the Bolivian Military and Police Under the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009 (Division H, Pub. L. 111–8) Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of State, including under the heading ‘‘International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement’’ of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009 (Division H, Pub. 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AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: On October 2, 2009, the Department of State published in the Federal Register (74 FR 50997) a Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit for an International Pedestrian Bridge on the U.S.-Mexico Border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. This notice requested comment on OtayTijuana Venture, L.L.C.’s application for a Presidential permit to authorize the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new international pedestrian bridge called the San DiegoTijuana Airport Cross Border Facility (CBF) on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The Department now gives notice of the availability of, and requests comment on, the draft environmental assessment (EA) that the project sponsor prepared under the Department’s guidance. The Department’s jurisdiction over this application is based upon Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended. As provided in E.O. 11423, the Department is circulating this application and the draft environmental assessment 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 PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and other stakeholders, whether issuance of a Presidential permit for this proposed bridge would be in the U.S. national interest. DATES: Interested members of the public are invited to submit written comments regarding this draft environmental assessment on or before February 12, 2010 to Elizabeth Orlando (NEPA Program Manager) and Rob Allison (Office of Mexican Affairs), via e-mails to orlandoea2@state.gov and WHA– BorderAffairs@state.gov or by mail to WHA/MEX—Room 3909, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Orlando (NEPA Program Manager) and/or Rob Allison (Office of Mexican Affairs), via e-mails to orlandoea2@state.gov and WHA– BorderAffairs@state.gov; by phone at 202–647–9894; or by mail at WHA/ MEX—Room 3909, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520. General information about Presidential Permits is available on the Internet at http:// www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/permit/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The application and draft environmental assessment (EA) are available for review in the Office of Mexican Affairs during normal business hours. The draft EA is also available at the City of San Diego Otay-Nestor Branch Library located at 3003 Coronado Ave, San Diego, California 92154–1521. In accordance with Section 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4332(C)) and implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) and the Department of State (22 CFR part 161), including in particular 22 CFR 161.7(c)(1), a draft EA was prepared by Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C. on behalf of the Department of State to determine if there are any potential significant impacts from, and to address alternatives to, the proposed action. The draft EA addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the United States portion of the Cross Border Facility (CBF). According to the application and draft EA, the CBF would enable ticketed airline passengers to travel between Mexico’s Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) and San Diego, California, via an enclosed, elevated pedestrian bridge. The CBF will consist of: a main building on the U.S. side of the border housing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection facilities along with shops and services to accommodate travelers; an approximately 525-foot pedestrian bridge from the main building on the E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Notices U.S. side connecting into TIJ’s passenger terminal on the Mexican side; and parking facilities and areas for car rentals and potentially bus service on the U.S. side. According to the application, the CBF would allow passengers to bypass San Diego’s congestion-prone ports of entry and avoid driving through the City of Tijuana. Dated: December 18, 2009. Alex Lee, Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–30688 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6845] pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Committee Meeting The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) will conduct an open meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in Room 2415 of the United States Coast Guard Headquarters Building, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593–0001. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the fifty-third Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE) to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, from February 22 to February 26, 2010. The primary matters to be considered include: —Adoption of the agenda. —Decisions of other IMO bodies. —Measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats. —Compatibility of life-saving appliances. —Revision of resolution A.760(18). —Performance standards for recovery systems. —Cargo oil tank coating and corrosion protection. —Development of a new framework of requirements for life-saving appliances. —Guidance to ensure consistent policy for determining the need for watertight doors to remain open during navigation. —Protection against noise on board ships. —Thermal performance of immersion suits. —Alternative arrangements for the bottom inspection requirements for passenger ships other than ro-ro passenger ships. —Amendments to the Revised recommendation on testing of lifesaving appliances. 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Members of the public may attend this meeting up to the seating capacity of the room. To facilitate the building security process, those who plan to attend should contact the meeting coordinator, Mr. Wayne Lundy, by email at Wayne.M.Lundy@uscg.mil, by phone at (202) 372–1379, by fax at (202) 372–1925, or in writing at Commandant (CG–5213), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street, SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593–7126 not later than 72 hours before the meeting. A member of the public requesting reasonable accommodation should make such request prior to January 14th, 2010. Requests made after that time might not be able to be accommodated. Please note that due to security considerations, two valid, government issued photo identifications must be presented to gain entrance to the Headquarters building. The Headquarters building is accessible by taxi and privately owned conveyance (public transportation is not generally available). However, parking in the vicinity of the building is extremely limited. Additional information regarding this and other IMO SHC public meetings may be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/imo. PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68907 Dated: December 22, 2009. Jon Trent Warner, Executive Secretary, Shipping Coordinating Committee, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–30833 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 29, 2009)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-30688]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6855]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for 
Proposed San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On October 2, 2009, the Department of State published in the 
Federal Register (74 FR 50997) a Notice of Receipt of Application for a 
Presidential Permit for an International Pedestrian Bridge on the U.S.-
Mexico Border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, 
Mexico. This notice requested comment on Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C.'s 
application for a Presidential permit to authorize the construction, 
operation, and maintenance of a new international pedestrian bridge 
called the San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility (CBF) on the 
U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja 
California, Mexico. The Department now gives notice of the availability 
of, and requests comment on, the draft environmental assessment (EA) 
that the project sponsor prepared under the Department's guidance.
    The Department's jurisdiction over this application is based upon 
Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended. As provided in 
E.O. 11423, the Department is circulating this application and the 
draft environmental assessment 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 issuance of a Presidential 
permit for this proposed bridge would be in the U.S. national interest.

DATES: Interested members of the public are invited to submit written 
comments regarding this draft environmental assessment on or before 
February 12, 2010 to Elizabeth Orlando (NEPA Program Manager) and Rob 
Allison (Office of Mexican Affairs), via e-mails to 
orlandoea2@state.gov and WHA-BorderAffairs@state.gov or by mail to WHA/
MEX--Room 3909, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Orlando (NEPA Program 
Manager) and/or Rob Allison (Office of Mexican Affairs), via e-mails to 
orlandoea2@state.gov and WHA-BorderAffairs@state.gov; by phone at 202-
647-9894; or by mail at WHA/MEX--Room 3909, Department of State, 
Washington, DC 20520. General information about Presidential Permits is 
available on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/permit/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The application and draft environmental 
assessment (EA) are available for review in the Office of Mexican 
Affairs during normal business hours. The draft EA is also available at 
the City of San Diego Otay-Nestor Branch Library located at 3003 
Coronado Ave, San Diego, California 92154-1521.
    In accordance with Section 102(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4332(C)) and implementing 
regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508) and the Department of State (22 CFR part 161), 
including in particular 22 CFR 161.7(c)(1), a draft EA was prepared by 
Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C. on behalf of the Department of State to 
determine if there are any potential significant impacts from, and to 
address alternatives to, the proposed action.
    The draft EA addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the United States portion of the Cross 
Border Facility (CBF). According to the application and draft EA, the 
CBF would enable ticketed airline passengers to travel between Mexico's 
Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) and San Diego, California, via an 
enclosed, elevated pedestrian bridge. The CBF will consist of: a main 
building on the U.S. side of the border housing U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) inspection facilities along with shops and services to 
accommodate travelers; an approximately 525-foot pedestrian bridge from 
the main building on the

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U.S. side connecting into TIJ's passenger terminal on the Mexican side; 
and parking facilities and areas for car rentals and potentially bus 
service on the U.S. side. According to the application, the CBF would 
allow passengers to bypass San Diego's congestion-prone ports of entry 
and avoid driving through the City of Tijuana.

    Dated: December 18, 2009.
Alex Lee,
Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. E9-30688 Filed 12-28-09; 8:45 am]
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