Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, 9219-9220 [2010-4188]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 39 / Monday, March 1, 2010 / Notices Buildings Service NEPA Desk Guide, GSA has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the update to the Master Plan to support the consolidation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Headquarters at the Federal Research Center at White Oak in Silver Spring, Maryland. The ROD identifies that Alternative 2: Dispersed Density Action Alternative, as defined in the FDA Headquarters Consolidation Master Plan Update Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (GSA, July 2009), is the alternative selected for implementation. The complete ROD can be viewed at: http:// www.gsa.gov/ncrnepa. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Hill, NEPA Lead, General Services Administration, National Capital Region, at (202) 205–5821. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Decision: It is the decision of the Acting Regional Administrator of GSA, National Capital Region to: Implement Alternative 2: Dispersed Density Action Alternative. This alternative includes the following: (1) Construction of facilities to accommodate the increase of FDA employees from 7,719 to 8,889; (2) Construction of a new office building on the northwestern portion of the site; (3) Relocation of the 21,000-square foot Child Care Center and 25,000square foot Broadcast Studio; (4) Construction of a 10,000-square foot fitness center; (5) Expansion of the CUP by 50,000square feet and construction of a thermal water storage tank; (6) Construction of a 300,000 gallon elevated water storage tank for potable water; and (7) Elimination of the need for an antenna farm because of advances in technology. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Background In 1997, GSA completed an environmental impact statement that analyzed the impacts from the consolidation of 5,974 FDA employees at the FRC. In 2005, GSA also completed a supplemental environmental impact statement that analyzed the impacts of increasing the number of employees from 5,947 to 7,720 and the impacts of creating a new eastern access point into the FRC. In September 2007, new legislation was enacted that expanded FDA’s mandate to support the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFMA). In order for FDA to fulfill the legislated mandates, additional employees may be VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:46 Feb 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 needed, and the new legislation will likely result in an increase of employees at the FRC from 7,720 to 8,889. The increase in the campus population is needed to conduct the complex and comprehensive reviews necessary for new drugs and medical devices. The purpose of the action is to update the Master Plan for the FDA Campus at FRC to accommodate employee growth from 7,720 to 8,889 within the 130 acres appropriated by Congress for the FDA Campus. Need for the proposed action is to continue to support FDA Headquarters consolidation at FRC and provide the necessary office and laboratory space to support the expanded PDUFA and MDUFMA programs. The ROD documents the specific components of and rationale for GSA’s decision. This decision is based on analyses contained in the Draft Supplemental EIS issued March 2009; the Final Supplemental EIS issued in July 2009; the comments of Federal, state, and local agencies, members of the public, and elected officials; and other information in the administrative record. Issued September 2, 2009 by Sharon J. Banks, Acting Regional Administrator, General Services Administration, National Capital Region. February 16, 2010. Patricia T. Ralston, Director, Portfolio Management, Public Buildings Service, National Capital Region. [FR Doc. 2010–4120 Filed 2–26–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–23–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry AGENCY: General Services Administration. ACTION: Notice of Intent. SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the modernization of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in San Diego, California. The project will modernize the existing port to improve its functionality, capacity, and security. The facility currently handles all traffic modes, including commercial vehicles, buses, privately operated vehicles (POVs), and pedestrians. Built in 1984 and expanded in 1994 to accommodate new commercial facilities and southbound commercial traffic, the PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9219 existing 10 commercial and 13 POV booths no longer meet the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security standards and are incapable of adequately handling current and projected traffic volumes. GSA proposes to modernize the current port by remodeling, improving and expanding the existing facility through the acquisition of approximately 10 acres of land along the eastern boundary of the port. The modernized POV port will accommodate 24 primary booths for northbound inspection with future accommodation of another 12 booths. Roadway modifications within the port will be designed to improve traffic circulation through the LPOE and to enhance pedestrian safety. The commercial import facility will accommodate 12 primary booths and be modified to safely expedite truck inspections and decrease wait times. Energy conservation and sustainability provisions will be applied throughout the facility. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with alternatives to implement the proposed action described below, including the No Action Alternative: Alternative 1—POV/Commercial LPOE: GSA will modernize the existing Otay Mesa LPOE to accommodate 12 commercial lanes and a combination of 24 POV/bus lanes. Approximately 10 acres of adjacent land on the east side of the LPOE will be acquired which will modernize the facility to accommodate modern operational requirements. Alternative 2—Multimodal/ Commercial LPOE: GSA will modernize the existing Otay Mesa LPOE as mentioned in Alternative 1 and integrate long range pedestrian and public transit capabilities. Alternative 3—No Action: Continue operations at the existing LPOE facilities as they are currently configured. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Sheehan by phone at 253–931– 7548 or by e-mail at Maureen.Sheehan@gsa.gov. The scoping process has involved newspaper announcements in the San Diego Union Tribune on June 18, 2009 and in the Hispanos Unidos Spanish language newspaper on June 19, 2009. A project fact sheet has been distributed among likely stakeholders and one notice was placed in the July/August 2009 edition of the Otay Action Newsletter distributed by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. All announced open house was held within the community at the Otay Mesa Holiday SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 9220 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 39 / Monday, March 1, 2010 / Notices Inn Express on July 7, 2009. All public materials presented at the open house were made available in English and Spanish. The purpose of the open house was to present information about the project and to receive input from the public regarding concerns or issues with the existing condition of the Otay Mesa LPOE and the proposed action. The public was also provided the opportunity to comment on the project by means of a form provided with the fact sheet and at the open house, or electronically via the project e-mail address (GSAOtayMesa@parsons.com). Comments were accepted by any of the means described above through August 7, 2009. Twenty-six individuals attended the open house (excluding GSA project and contractor staff—five individuals), with the majority of those attending associated with a federal, state, or local agency. Comments were provided during discussions about the project with GSA and contractor staff. Written comments were provided by three emails and one letter. These communications suggested that there is a high degree of controversy surrounding the underwriting of local infrastructure needs associated with the project. GSA has therefore decided to prepare an EIS per GSA NEPA Desk Guide (1999; Section 7.4): Acquisition of space by Federal construction or lease construction, or expansion or improvement of an existing facility, where one or more of the following applies: * * * The proposed use will substantially increase the number of motor vehicles at the facility; * * * There is evidence of current or potential community controversy about environmental justice or other environmental issues. Dated: February 9, 2010. Abdee Gharavi, Program Director for Land Port of Entry. [FR Doc. 2010–4188 Filed 2–26–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–YF–P mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration on Aging Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Program Announcement and Grant Application Instructions Template for the Older Americans Act Title IV Discretionary Grant Program AGENCY: Administration on Aging, HHS. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:46 Feb 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 ACTION: Notice SUMMARY: The Administration on Aging (AoA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection requirements relating to the standard Program Announcement and Grant Application Instructions template for Older Americans Act Title IV Discretionary Grant Program. DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by April 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: lori.stalbaum@aoa.hhs.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to Lori Stalbaum, U.S. Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201 or by fax to (202) 357–3466. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Stalbaum at (202) 357–3452 or lori.stalbaum@aoa.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency request or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, AoA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. With respect to the following collection of information, AoA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AoA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of AoA’s estimate of the burden of the PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. AoA plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget for approval Program Announcement and Grant Application Instructions Template for the Older Americans Act Title IV Discretionary Grants Program. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 39 (Monday, March 1, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9219-9220]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry

AGENCY: General Services Administration.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) announces its intent 
to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
modernization of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in San Diego, 
California. The project will modernize the existing port to improve its 
functionality, capacity, and security.
    The facility currently handles all traffic modes, including 
commercial vehicles, buses, privately operated vehicles (POVs), and 
pedestrians. Built in 1984 and expanded in 1994 to accommodate new 
commercial facilities and southbound commercial traffic, the existing 
10 commercial and 13 POV booths no longer meet the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS) security standards and are incapable of 
adequately handling current and projected traffic volumes.
    GSA proposes to modernize the current port by remodeling, improving 
and expanding the existing facility through the acquisition of 
approximately 10 acres of land along the eastern boundary of the port. 
The modernized POV port will accommodate 24 primary booths for 
northbound inspection with future accommodation of another 12 booths. 
Roadway modifications within the port will be designed to improve 
traffic circulation through the LPOE and to enhance pedestrian safety. 
The commercial import facility will accommodate 12 primary booths and 
be modified to safely expedite truck inspections and decrease wait 
times. Energy conservation and sustainability provisions will be 
applied throughout the facility.
    The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts 
associated with alternatives to implement the proposed action described 
below, including the No Action Alternative:
    Alternative 1--POV/Commercial LPOE: GSA will modernize the existing 
Otay Mesa LPOE to accommodate 12 commercial lanes and a combination of 
24 POV/bus lanes. Approximately 10 acres of adjacent land on the east 
side of the LPOE will be acquired which will modernize the facility to 
accommodate modern operational requirements.
    Alternative 2--Multimodal/Commercial LPOE: GSA will modernize the 
existing Otay Mesa LPOE as mentioned in Alternative 1 and integrate 
long range pedestrian and public transit capabilities.
    Alternative 3--No Action: Continue operations at the existing LPOE 
facilities as they are currently configured.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Sheehan by phone at 253-931-
7548 or by e-mail at Maureen.Sheehan@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The scoping process has involved newspaper 
announcements in the San Diego Union Tribune on June 18, 2009 and in 
the Hispanos Unidos Spanish language newspaper on June 19, 2009. A 
project fact sheet has been distributed among likely stakeholders and 
one notice was placed in the July/August 2009 edition of the Otay 
Action Newsletter distributed by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. All 
announced open house was held within the community at the Otay Mesa 
Holiday

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Inn Express on July 7, 2009. All public materials presented at the open 
house were made available in English and Spanish. The purpose of the 
open house was to present information about the project and to receive 
input from the public regarding concerns or issues with the existing 
condition of the Otay Mesa LPOE and the proposed action. The public was 
also provided the opportunity to comment on the project by means of a 
form provided with the fact sheet and at the open house, or 
electronically via the project e-mail address 
(GSAOtayMesa@parsons.com). Comments were accepted by any of the means 
described above through August 7, 2009.
    Twenty-six individuals attended the open house (excluding GSA 
project and contractor staff--five individuals), with the majority of 
those attending associated with a federal, state, or local agency. 
Comments were provided during discussions about the project with GSA 
and contractor staff. Written comments were provided by three emails 
and one letter. These communications suggested that there is a high 
degree of controversy surrounding the underwriting of local 
infrastructure needs associated with the project. GSA has therefore 
decided to prepare an EIS per GSA NEPA Desk Guide (1999; Section 7.4):

    Acquisition of space by Federal construction or lease 
construction, or expansion or improvement of an existing facility, 
where one or more of the following applies:

* * * The proposed use will substantially increase the number of 
motor vehicles at the facility;

* * * There is evidence of current or potential community 
controversy about environmental justice or other environmental 
issues.

     Dated: February 9, 2010.
Abdee Gharavi,
Program Director for Land Port of Entry.
[FR Doc. 2010-4188 Filed 2-26-10; 8:45 am]
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