Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement To Evaluate Improvements to the Federal Deep-Draft Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel in Jackson County, MS, 5768-5769 [2010-2392]

Download as PDF 5768 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2010 / Notices Supporting documentation may also be included as needed to establish the appropriate historical context and to provide any necessary background information. Individuals submitting a written statement may submit their statement to the Board at 801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203, at any time. However, if a written statement is not received at least 10 calendar days prior to the meeting, which is the subject of this notice, then it may not be provided to or considered by the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction until its next open meeting. The Chairperson will review all timely submissions with the Designated Federal Officer, and ensure they are provided to members of the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction before the meeting that is the subject of this notice. After reviewing the written comments, the Chairperson and the Designated Federal Officer may choose to invite the submitter of the comments to orally present their issue during an open portion of this meeting or at a future meeting. Public Comments The March 4, 2010, meeting is open to the public. One, approximately halfhour session will be reserved for public comments on issues related to the tasks of the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction. Speaking time will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of time per speaker will be determined by the number of requests received, but is nominally five minutes each. All persons who wish to speak at the meeting must sign in legibly at the registration desk. Speakers who wish to expand on their oral statements are invited to submit a written statement to the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction at 801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203. Dated: February 1, 2010. Mitchell S. Bryman, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2010–2368 Filed 2–3–10; 8:45 am] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 5001–06–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:31 Feb 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement To Evaluate Improvements to the Federal Deep-Draft Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel in Jackson County, MS AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with improving the Federal Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel Project in Jackson County, MS. The DEIS will be used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and evaluating alternative plans including the ‘‘No Action’’. Alternatives which will be evaluated include widening the Lower Pascagoula Channel and Bayou Casotte Channel by 50-foot increments to a total width of 150 feet on one side or both sides of the channel. DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting will be held at the Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the DEIS should be addressed to Ms. Jennifer Jacobson, Coastal Environment Team, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628 by telephone (251) 690–2724 or e-mail her at jennifer.l.jacobson@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The March 1985 Pascagoula Harbor, MS Feasibility Report investigated increased widths and depths in the Pascagoula and Bayou Casotte navigation channels. Of the plans initially formulated, five were selected for detailed study along with the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative. All plans considered for detailed study included deepening all the channels in Mississippi Sound to 42 feet and the Entrance channel to 44 feet; widening of the Entrance channel to 550 feet; widening of the Bayou Casotte channel to 350 feet; and providing a 1,400-foot diameter turning basin just inside the mouth of Bayou Casotte. The 1985 Feasibility Report recommended deepening and widening the Gulf PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Entrance channel to 44 feet by 550 feet from the 44-foot depth contour in the Gulf of Mexico to the bend at the southern end of Horn Island Pass, deepening and widening Horn Island Pass to 44 feet by 600 feet between the bends at the southern and northern ends of that pass, for a distance of about 4 and 1⁄2; miles; reconfiguring the impoundment basin in Horn Island Pass to provide a section within the channel limits 1,500 feet long with a total depth of 56 feet to facilitate maintenance by hopper dredge, and allowing for future realignment of the Horn Island Pass reach as natural conditions warrant. In addition, deepening the Lower Pascagoula channel to 42 feet from the bend at the north end of Horn Island Pass, through Mississippi Sound and into the Pascagoula River, and terminating about 500 feet south of the grain elevator for a total distance of about 10 miles; widening the bend at the junction with the Bayou Casotte channel from the present 150 feet to 250 feet to provide a total width at the bend of 600 feet and widening the bend at the mouth of Pascagoula River by 280 feet to provide a total width at the bend of 630 feet. Finally, widening and deepening the Bayou Casotte channel to 42 feet by 350 feet from the junction with the main channel to the mouth of Bayou Casotte, a distance of about 3 and c miles; with additional widening at the mouth to provide a turning basin with a total turning diameter of 1,150 feet, including the channel width; relieving the northern portion of the area between the junction with the main ship channel from the present 500 feet to 1,000 feet, and widening the bend at the mouth of Bayou Casotte from the present 50 feet to 100 feet to provide a total width at the bend of 450 feet. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Designation of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) located offshore Pascagoula, MS was prepared in July 1991. Construction of all phases of the improvements, except for the Entrance channel being widened to 550 feet, reconfiguring the Horn Island Pass impoundment basin, and the Pascagoula Upper channel being deepened to 42 feet, were completed in 1999. A Final Supplemental EIS entitled Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel is scheduled to be released for public comment this year. This Final Supplemental EIS addresses construction of all those unconstructed navigational features. The project is conducted under the authority of Public Law 84–99, Flood and Coastal Storm Emergencies (33 U.S.C.701n) (69 Stat. 186). Appropriations for construction of the E:\FR\FM\04FEN1.SGM 04FEN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2010 / Notices project was received by Public Law 109–359, making Appropriations for the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2006, and for Other Purposes (December 18, 2005). The original Final EIS was reviewed and any new conditions that were not addressed in the 1989 Final EIS were evaluated as part of the Final Supplemental EIS to ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations. 2. Alternative scenarios to be considered in the DEIS include the ‘‘No action’’ alternative and an array of 50foot wide increment alternatives to widen the Federal Lower Pascagoula Channel and Bayou Casotte Channel up to a total width of 150 feet on either one side or both sides of the Channel(s). In addition, an array of disposal options are also being evaluated for the new work as well as for the maintenance material including upland disposal site(s), littoral zone disposal, beneficial use, disposal in the existing Pascagoula ODMDS, and disposal in existing openwater disposal sites. 3. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. All Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or organizations that have an interest are urged to participate in the NEPA scoping process. Public meetings will be held to help identify significant issues and to receive public input and comment. b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts to the local area resulting from improvements to the Federal Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Project. Specifically, the following major issues will be analyzed in depth in the DEIS: Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened and endangered species, essential fish habitat and other marine habitat, air quality, cultural resources, transportation systems, alternatives, secondary and cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice (effect on minorities and lowincome groups) (Executive Order 12898), and protection of children (Executive Order 13045). c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the preparation of the DEIS. It is anticipated that the following agencies will be invited and will accept cooperating agency status for the preparation of the DEIS: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Jackson County Port VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:31 Feb 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 Authority, Mississippi Secretary of State, National Park Service, Minerals Management Service, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 4. A public scoping meeting will be held (see DATES AND ADDRESSES). Actual time(s) and place(s) for subsequent meetings or workshops will be announced by the Corps by issuance of a public notice and/or notices in the local media. 5. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for public review in November 2012. Curtis M. Flakes, Chief, Planning and Environmental Division. [FR Doc. 2010–2392 Filed 2–3–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Inland Waterways Users Board; Request for Nominations Department of the Army, DOD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Section 302 of Public Law 99– 662 established the Inland Waterways Users Board. The Board is an independent Federal advisory committee. The Secretary of the Army appoints its 11 members. This notice is to solicit nominations for appointments or reappointments to two-year terms that will begin after July 1, 2010. ADDRESSES: Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works Directorate, Attention: Inland Waterways Users Board Nominations Committee, Mr. Mark Pointon, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314– 1000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works Directorate, (202) 761–4691. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The selection, service, and appointment of Board members are covered by provisions of Section 302 of Public Law 99–662. The substance of those provisions is as follows: a. Selection. Members are to be selected from the spectrum of commercial carriers and shippers using the inland and intracoastal waterways, to represent geographical regions, and to be representative of waterborne commerce as determined by commodity ton-miles statistics. b. Service. The Board is required to meet at least semi-annually to develop PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5769 and make recommendations to the Secretary of the Army on waterways construction and rehabilitation priorities and spending levels for commercial navigation improvements, and report its recommendations annually to the Secretary and Congress. c. Appointment. The operation of the Board and appointment of its members are subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, as amended) and departmental implementing regulations. Members serve without compensation, but their expenses due to Board activities are reimbursable. The considerations specified in Section 302 for the selection of the Board members, and certain terms used therein, have been interpreted, supplemented, or otherwise clarified as follows: (1) Carriers and Shippers. The law uses the terms ‘‘primary users and shippers.’’ Primary users have been interpreted to mean the providers of transportation services on inland waterways such as barge or towboat operators. Shippers have been interpreted to mean the purchasers of such services for the movement of commodities they own or control. Individuals are appointed to the Board, but they must be either a carrier or shipper, or represent a firm that is a carrier or shipper. For that purpose a trade or regional association is neither a shipper nor primary user. (2) Geographical Representation. The law specifies ‘‘various’’ regions. For the purpose of selecting Board members, the waterways subjected to fuel taxes and described in Public Law 95–502, as amended, have been aggregated into six regions. They are (1) the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries above the mouth of the Ohio; (2) the Lower Mississippi River and its tributaries below the mouth of the Ohio and above Baton Rouge; (3) the Ohio River and its tributaries; (4) the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Louisiana and Texas; (5) the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway east of New Orleans and associated fuel-taxed waterways including the Tennessee-Tombigbee, plus the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway below Norfolk; and (6) the ColumbiaSnake Rivers System and Upper Willamette. The intent is that each region shall be represented by at least one Board member, with that representation determined by the regional concentration of the individual’s traffic on the waterways. (3) Commodity Representation. Waterway commerce has been aggregated into six commodity categories based on ‘‘inland’’ ton-miles shown in Waterborne Commerce of the E:\FR\FM\04FEN1.SGM 04FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement To 
Evaluate Improvements to the Federal Deep-Draft Pascagoula Harbor 
Navigation Channel in Jackson County, MS

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) 
intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
address the potential impacts associated with improving the Federal 
Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel Project in Jackson County, MS. The 
DEIS will be used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and evaluating alternative plans 
including the ``No Action''. Alternatives which will be evaluated 
include widening the Lower Pascagoula Channel and Bayou Casotte Channel 
by 50-foot increments to a total width of 150 feet on one side or both 
sides of the channel.

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 
2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting will be held at the Pascagoula Public 
Library, 3214 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the DEIS should be 
addressed to Ms. Jennifer Jacobson, Coastal Environment Team, Mobile 
District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628 
by telephone (251) 690-2724 or e-mail her at 
jennifer.l.jacobson@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. The March 1985 Pascagoula Harbor, MS Feasibility Report 
investigated increased widths and depths in the Pascagoula and Bayou 
Casotte navigation channels. Of the plans initially formulated, five 
were selected for detailed study along with the ``No Action'' 
alternative. All plans considered for detailed study included deepening 
all the channels in Mississippi Sound to 42 feet and the Entrance 
channel to 44 feet; widening of the Entrance channel to 550 feet; 
widening of the Bayou Casotte channel to 350 feet; and providing a 
1,400-foot diameter turning basin just inside the mouth of Bayou 
Casotte. The 1985 Feasibility Report recommended deepening and widening 
the Gulf Entrance channel to 44 feet by 550 feet from the 44-foot depth 
contour in the Gulf of Mexico to the bend at the southern end of Horn 
Island Pass, deepening and widening Horn Island Pass to 44 feet by 600 
feet between the bends at the southern and northern ends of that pass, 
for a distance of about 4 and \1/2\; miles; reconfiguring the 
impoundment basin in Horn Island Pass to provide a section within the 
channel limits 1,500 feet long with a total depth of 56 feet to 
facilitate maintenance by hopper dredge, and allowing for future 
realignment of the Horn Island Pass reach as natural conditions 
warrant. In addition, deepening the Lower Pascagoula channel to 42 feet 
from the bend at the north end of Horn Island Pass, through Mississippi 
Sound and into the Pascagoula River, and terminating about 500 feet 
south of the grain elevator for a total distance of about 10 miles; 
widening the bend at the junction with the Bayou Casotte channel from 
the present 150 feet to 250 feet to provide a total width at the bend 
of 600 feet and widening the bend at the mouth of Pascagoula River by 
280 feet to provide a total width at the bend of 630 feet. Finally, 
widening and deepening the Bayou Casotte channel to 42 feet by 350 feet 
from the junction with the main channel to the mouth of Bayou Casotte, 
a distance of about 3 and [frac12] miles; with additional widening at 
the mouth to provide a turning basin with a total turning diameter of 
1,150 feet, including the channel width; relieving the northern portion 
of the area between the junction with the main ship channel from the 
present 500 feet to 1,000 feet, and widening the bend at the mouth of 
Bayou Casotte from the present 50 feet to 100 feet to provide a total 
width at the bend of 450 feet. A Final Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the Designation of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site 
(ODMDS) located offshore Pascagoula, MS was prepared in July 1991. 
Construction of all phases of the improvements, except for the Entrance 
channel being widened to 550 feet, reconfiguring the Horn Island Pass 
impoundment basin, and the Pascagoula Upper channel being deepened to 
42 feet, were completed in 1999. A Final Supplemental EIS entitled 
Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Channel is scheduled to be released for 
public comment this year. This Final Supplemental EIS addresses 
construction of all those unconstructed navigational features. The 
project is conducted under the authority of Public Law 84-99, Flood and 
Coastal Storm Emergencies (33 U.S.C.701n) (69 Stat. 186). 
Appropriations for construction of the

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project was received by Public Law 109-359, making Appropriations for 
the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 
2006, and for Other Purposes (December 18, 2005). The original Final 
EIS was reviewed and any new conditions that were not addressed in the 
1989 Final EIS were evaluated as part of the Final Supplemental EIS to 
ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations.
    2. Alternative scenarios to be considered in the DEIS include the 
``No action'' alternative and an array of 50-foot wide increment 
alternatives to widen the Federal Lower Pascagoula Channel and Bayou 
Casotte Channel up to a total width of 150 feet on either one side or 
both sides of the Channel(s). In addition, an array of disposal options 
are also being evaluated for the new work as well as for the 
maintenance material including upland disposal site(s), littoral zone 
disposal, beneficial use, disposal in the existing Pascagoula ODMDS, 
and disposal in existing open-water disposal sites.
    3. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to 
promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. All 
Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or organizations 
that have an interest are urged to participate in the NEPA scoping 
process. Public meetings will be held to help identify significant 
issues and to receive public input and comment.
    b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and 
environmental impacts to the local area resulting from improvements to 
the Federal Pascagoula Harbor Navigation Project. Specifically, the 
following major issues will be analyzed in depth in the DEIS: 
Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened and endangered species, 
essential fish habitat and other marine habitat, air quality, cultural 
resources, transportation systems, alternatives, secondary and 
cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice 
(effect on minorities and low-income groups) (Executive Order 12898), 
and protection of children (Executive Order 13045).
    c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the 
preparation of the DEIS. It is anticipated that the following agencies 
will be invited and will accept cooperating agency status for the 
preparation of the DEIS: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, 
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department 
of Marine Resources, Jackson County Port Authority, Mississippi 
Secretary of State, National Park Service, Minerals Management Service, 
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and Mississippi Department of 
Archives and History.
    4. A public scoping meeting will be held (see DATES AND ADDRESSES). 
Actual time(s) and place(s) for subsequent meetings or workshops will 
be announced by the Corps by issuance of a public notice and/or notices 
in the local media.
    5. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for 
public review in November 2012.

Curtis M. Flakes,
Chief, Planning and Environmental Division.
[FR Doc. 2010-2392 Filed 2-3-10; 8:45 am]
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