Special Resource Study and Environmental Impact Statement, Coltsville, Hartford, CT, 29583 [2010-12604]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 26, 2010 / Notices Public Involvement Public involvement and comments have been requested, considered, and incorporated throughout the EIS process. The Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for a proposed land exchange in the Refuge was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2005 (70 FR 60845). The notice of public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on March 3, 2006 (71 FR 10988). Public scoping meetings were held in local communities within the Refuge and surrounding areas. The Service distributed newsletters with project updates discussing opportunities for public involvement and results of public input. Comments and concerns received during this time were used to identify issues and draft alternatives for evaluation in the Draft EIS. The Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2008 (73 FR 4617). Public hearings were held in each local community affiliated with the Refuge, plus Fairbanks and Anchorage. From May to July 2008, government-togovernment consultations were also held with Tribal Councils who requested them. In response to numerous requests for additional time to review and comment, the comment period was reopened and extended via a Federal Register notice published April 18, 2008 (73 FR 20931). We received more than 100,000 comments during the full comment period. The vast majority of comments, including those from several area tribal governments, opposed the proposed exchange. The Responses to Comments are contained in Volume 2 of the Final EIS. The Notice of Availability for the Final EIS was published in the Federal Register on March 12, 2010 (75 FR 11905). Comments from tribal governments, Alaska Native and conservation organizations, and individuals expressed support for the Service’s designation of the No Action Alternative as the preferred alternative. wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 In making its decision, the Service reviewed and carefully considered the impacts identified in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement; relevant issues and concerns; public input received throughout the EIS process, including comments on the draft and final Environmental Impact Statement; and other factors including refuge purposes and relevant laws, regulations, and policies. For the following reasons, the Service selected the No Land Exchange Alternative. 15:16 May 25, 2010 Jkt 220001 Dated: May 19, 2010. Geoffrey L. Haskett, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2010–12629 Filed 5–25–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Special Resource Study and Environmental Impact Statement, Coltsville, Hartford, CT AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Coltsville Special Resource Study in Hartford, Connecticut. As directed by the US Congress in Public Law 108–94, the National Park Service (NPS) undertook a special resource study (SRS) of the Coltsville Historic District in Hartford, Connecticut. In accordance with NPS policy, the Coltsville SRS was initially undertaken as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2004. The purpose of an SRS is to determine the degree and kind SUMMARY: Findings and Basis for Decision VerDate Mar<15>2010 First, the Service has a limited understanding of the effects that oil and gas development would have on the hydrology of lands exchanged to Doyon and lands that would be retained by the Service. Second, the exchange would create a private lands corridor that would almost split the Refuge into two parcels, resulting in habitat fragmentation, and that could degrade the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of the Refuge. Third, the Service is concerned that the proposed land exchange could magnify projected changes to Refuge resources from climate change. Fourth, infrastructure associated with access corridors from the proposed exchange would increase human use of the Refuge. Fifth, there is concern that the lands proposed for acquisition by the Service are more likely to be adjacent to prospective areas of development (based on revised U.S. Geological Survey oil and gas data). Impacts from adjacent development would make those lands less desirable to the Service. This has cast doubts on the benefits of the exchange to all involved. The adoption of the No Land Exchange Alternative is effective immediately. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29583 of federal actions that may be desirable for the management and protection of an area considered to have potential for addition to the national park system. The EIS assesses the impacts of the management alternatives examined in the SRS. The SRS examines a site in terms of: • National significance of the resources; • Determination of suitability of the site for inclusion within the national park system in comparison to other protected sites with similar resources or themes; • Determination of feasibility for the NPS to own, manage or participate in conservation and interpretation in the study area; • Need for NPS management measured against other alternatives. This SRS examined the resources in the existing Coltsville Historic District, which preserves the history of precision manufacturing that developed at the Colt Fire Arms Company. All of the elements of the site are located within the City of Hartford, Connecticut. The study team concluded that the Coltsville Historic District NHL meets the criteria for national significance and suitability; however, the study concluded that the site does not meet the feasibility criterion for potential designation as a unit of the national park system. As a result, there is no need for NPS management and, therefore, no federal actions subject to the requirements of NEPA. Thus, the NEPA process has been terminated. The Coltsville Special Resource Study is available for public review at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/nero. Public comments were received between November 13 and December 18, 2009. A summary of the public comments is also available at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/nero. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James O’Connell, Project Manager, National Park Service, Northeast Region, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109. Michael T. Reynolds, Acting Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2010–12604 Filed 5–25–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Under 28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that on May 17, 2010, a proposed E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 26, 2010)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Special Resource Study and Environmental Impact Statement, 
Coltsville, Hartford, CT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Coltsville Special Resource Study in Hartford, Connecticut.

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SUMMARY: As directed by the US Congress in Public Law 108-94, the 
National Park Service (NPS) undertook a special resource study (SRS) of 
the Coltsville Historic District in Hartford, Connecticut. In 
accordance with NPS policy, the Coltsville SRS was initially undertaken 
as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process in compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). A 
Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal 
Register on September 4, 2004. The purpose of an SRS is to determine 
the degree and kind of federal actions that may be desirable for the 
management and protection of an area considered to have potential for 
addition to the national park system. The EIS assesses the impacts of 
the management alternatives examined in the SRS.
    The SRS examines a site in terms of:
     National significance of the resources;
     Determination of suitability of the site for inclusion 
within the national park system in comparison to other protected sites 
with similar resources or themes;
     Determination of feasibility for the NPS to own, manage or 
participate in conservation and interpretation in the study area;
     Need for NPS management measured against other 
alternatives.
    This SRS examined the resources in the existing Coltsville Historic 
District, which preserves the history of precision manufacturing that 
developed at the Colt Fire Arms Company. All of the elements of the 
site are located within the City of Hartford, Connecticut. The study 
team concluded that the Coltsville Historic District NHL meets the 
criteria for national significance and suitability; however, the study 
concluded that the site does not meet the feasibility criterion for 
potential designation as a unit of the national park system. As a 
result, there is no need for NPS management and, therefore, no federal 
actions subject to the requirements of NEPA. Thus, the NEPA process has 
been terminated.
    The Coltsville Special Resource Study is available for public 
review at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/nero. Public comments were 
received between November 13 and December 18, 2009. A summary of the 
public comments is also available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/nero.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James O'Connell, Project Manager, 
National Park Service, Northeast Region, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 
02109.

Michael T. Reynolds,
Acting Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
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