Repair Kalaupapa Dock Structure: Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii; Notice of Termination of an Environmental Impact Statement, 38831-38832 [2010-16247]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 6, 2010 / Notices personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Jean Sonneman, Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer. BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2010–N088; 41910–1112– 0000–F2] Endangered [and Threatened] Wildlife and Plants; Permit(s); Land Clearing Associated With Phosphate Mining in Manatee County, FL wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of application for an incidental take permit (ITP); availability of proposed low-effect habitat conservation plans (HCP); request for comment/information. SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an incidental take permit (ITP) application and habitat conservation plan (HCP). Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC (applicant) requests a 24year ITP under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking approximately 75 acres (ac) of Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)occupied habitat incidental to land clearing and phosphate mining in Manatee County, Florida (project). The applicant’s HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures the applicant proposes to address the effects of the project to the Florida scrub-jay. DATES: We must receive any written comments on the ITP application and HCP on or before August 5, 2010. ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the application and HCP, you may write the Field Supervisor at our Jacksonville Field Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or make an appointment to visit during normal business hours. If you wish to comment, you may mail or hand deliver comments to the Jacksonville Field Office, or you may e-mail comments to erin_gawera@fws.gov. For more information on reviewing documents and public comments and submitting 14:52 Jul 02, 2010 Jkt 220001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Gawera, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Jacksonville Field Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: 904/731–3121. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Availability of Comments [FR Doc. 2010–16357 Filed 7–2–10; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 comments, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Please reference permit number TE236128–0 for Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC in all requests or comments. If you do not receive a confirmation from us that we have received your e-mail message, contact us directly at the telephone number listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Background The Florida scrub-jay (scrub-jay) is found exclusively in peninsular Florida and is restricted to xeric upland communities (predominately in oakdominated scrub with open canopies) of the interior and Atlantic coast sand ridges. Increasing urban and agricultural development has resulted in habitat loss and fragmentation, which have adversely affected the distribution and numbers of scrub-jays. Remaining habitat is largely degraded due to the exclusion of fire, which is needed to maintain xeric uplands in conditions suitable for scrub-jays. The total estimated population is between 7,000 and 11,000 individuals. Applicant’s Proposal The applicant is requesting take of approximately 75 ac of occupied Florida scrub-jay habitat incidental to the project. The 4,345-ac project is located on the Texaco Tract in Sections 22–27, 34, and portions of Section 13, Township 34 South, Range 22 East, in Manatee County, Florida. The proposed project includes land clearing activities associated with phosphate mining which will result in the take of 75 ac of occupied scrub-jay habitat, including three scrub-jay families. The applicant proposes to mitigate for the take of the Florida scrub-jay at a ratio of 2:1 based on Service Mitigation Guidelines. The applicant proposes to mitigate for 75 ac of impacts by establishing a PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38831 conservation easement capturing 150 ac of scrub-jay within the Mosaic Wellfield. We have determined that the applicant’s proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, we are making a preliminary determination that the ITP is a ‘‘low-effect’’ project and qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as provided by the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1). We may revise this preliminary determination based on our review of public comments we receive in response to this notice. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) Minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources. We will evaluate the HCP and comments we receive to determine whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we determine that the application meets those requirements, we will issue the ITP for incidental take of the sand skink. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP. Authority We provide this notice under Section 10 of the Act and NEPA regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1506.6. Dated: June 4, 2010. David L. Hankla, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office. [FR Doc. 2010–16217 Filed 7–2–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Repair Kalaupapa Dock Structure: Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii; Notice of Termination of an Environmental Impact Statement SUMMARY: The NPS is terminating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as previously noticed in the Federal Register on April 17, 2009, for repair of E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 38832 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 6, 2010 / Notices the dock structure at Kalaupapa National Historical Park. It has become apparent that an EIS will not be necessary due to reduced scope of the proposed actions such that there is no potential for significant impacts nor controversy surrounding the proposal. Coincident with this termination notice, the NPS is hereby announcing preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will describe two alternatives remaining for consideration, including a no-action alternative, and will analyze potential environmental consequences of the proposed dock repairs, including minor to moderate effects on water quality, benthic resources, coral and essential fish habitats, species protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, historic resources, cultural landscape, ethnographic resources, and park operations. Measures to minimize harm will be included, and an ‘‘environmentally preferred’’ alternative identified. Background: Kalaupapa National Historic Park (NHP) on Molokai was established in 1980 in recognition of the seminal role of this remote area in development of treatments and care for persons with Hansen’s disease. Repairs of Kalaupapa dock structures are necessary to ensure continued barge service for the park and community residents. Timely repair of the structures is needed to preclude disruption of incoming barge service upon which the park and isolated community residents depend for their livelihood (as well as regular outgoing service required for the park’s recycling program and other operations and activities). Originally the NPS planned to prepare an EA, and scoping was conducted during spring and summer 2008. Oral and written comments were obtained from the Kalaupapa patient community and park neighbors; state, county, and federal agencies, including Hawaii Department of Health, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); interested organizations; and native Hawaiian groups. Based on information obtained, it was determined that preparation of an EIS was warranted. At that time the range of alternatives under consideration was as follows: Alternative A (no action) would have maintained current conditions. Alternative B would have stabilized and repaired bulkhead and low pier walls; repaired a deteriorating concrete pier and a breakwater; and constructed a mooring dolphin to assist with barge landings. Alternative C would have VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:52 Jul 02, 2010 Jkt 220001 entailed deferred maintenance and dolphin installation similar to Alternative B, as well as dredged the harbor bottom to widen the berthing basin so as to accommodate a variety of sizes of available barges. Based upon careful consideration of all public comments received to date, as well as further coordination with USFWS and National Marine Fisheries Service, the scope of work originally proposed has been reduced—widening the berthing basin and installation of a mooring dolphin have been dropped from consideration, which will avoid unacceptable impacts to coral and to marine species including the endangered Hawaiian Monk seal. These options will be addressed in the EA as alternatives considered but dismissed from analysis. The preferred alternative in the EA will consist of a maintenance plan, which is restricted to repair of the breakwater, repair of the deteriorating concrete pier, and stabilization of the bulkhead and low pier walls. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All persons on the EIS mailing list will be incorporated into the EA mailing list. Additional information regarding the preparation of the EA may be obtained by contacting Superintendent Steve Prokop, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, P.O. Box 2222, Kalaupapa, HI, 96742, (808) 567–6802. Project updates will also be periodically posted at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/kala, as well as provided through local and regional press media. Dated: May 28, 2010. George J. Turnbull, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 2010–16247 Filed 7–2–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Record of Decision for the General Management Plan for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, GA AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the General Management SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Plan, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia. On December 15, 2009, the Regional Director, Southeast Region, approved the ROD for the project. As soon as practicable, the NPS will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued on November 13, 2009. Six alternatives were evaluated in the EIS These include: Alternative A, No Action— Continue Current Management; Alternative B, Focus on Solitude—implements management programs to minimize development in the park and maximize the opportunity for visitors to experience solitude in natural settings; Alternative C—Visitors would be drawn toward a system of relatively developed hubs in which administrative and interpretive facilities are located; Alternative D—Expanding and distributing access throughout the park, including newly acquired parcels to provide diverse types of visitor experiences; Alternative E—Takes some features of Alternatives C and D and provides expanded access to the park while at the same time maintaining substantial acreage with less ‘‘hardened’’ forms of access such as paved parking areas, roads, and other structures; and Alternative F, the preferred alternative—Increases opportunities for the park to expand use to local visitors and increase connectivity to neighboring communities through trail linkages, partnering, and expanded interpretive, education and outreach activities. The ROD includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, and an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel R. Brown, 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA 30350– 3400, (678) 538–1200, Daniel_R_Brown@nps.gov. Copies of the Record of Decision may be obtained from the contact listed above or online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CHAT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: The authority for publishing this notice is 40 CFR 1506.6. The responsible official for this Record of Decision is the Regional Director, Southeast Region, National Park Service, 100 Alabama Street, SW., 1924 Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Repair Kalaupapa Dock Structure: Kalaupapa National Historical 
Park, Hawaii; Notice of Termination of an Environmental Impact 
Statement

SUMMARY: The NPS is terminating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
as previously noticed in the Federal Register on April 17, 2009, for 
repair of

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the dock structure at Kalaupapa National Historical Park. It has become 
apparent that an EIS will not be necessary due to reduced scope of the 
proposed actions such that there is no potential for significant 
impacts nor controversy surrounding the proposal. Coincident with this 
termination notice, the NPS is hereby announcing preparation of an 
Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will describe two alternatives 
remaining for consideration, including a no-action alternative, and 
will analyze potential environmental consequences of the proposed dock 
repairs, including minor to moderate effects on water quality, benthic 
resources, coral and essential fish habitats, species protected under 
the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 
historic resources, cultural landscape, ethnographic resources, and 
park operations. Measures to minimize harm will be included, and an 
``environmentally preferred'' alternative identified.
    Background: Kalaupapa National Historic Park (NHP) on Molokai was 
established in 1980 in recognition of the seminal role of this remote 
area in development of treatments and care for persons with Hansen's 
disease. Repairs of Kalaupapa dock structures are necessary to ensure 
continued barge service for the park and community residents. Timely 
repair of the structures is needed to preclude disruption of incoming 
barge service upon which the park and isolated community residents 
depend for their livelihood (as well as regular outgoing service 
required for the park's recycling program and other operations and 
activities).
    Originally the NPS planned to prepare an EA, and scoping was 
conducted during spring and summer 2008. Oral and written comments were 
obtained from the Kalaupapa patient community and park neighbors; 
state, county, and federal agencies, including Hawaii Department of 
Health, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service (USFWS); interested organizations; and native Hawaiian 
groups. Based on information obtained, it was determined that 
preparation of an EIS was warranted.
    At that time the range of alternatives under consideration was as 
follows: Alternative A (no action) would have maintained current 
conditions. Alternative B would have stabilized and repaired bulkhead 
and low pier walls; repaired a deteriorating concrete pier and a 
breakwater; and constructed a mooring dolphin to assist with barge 
landings. Alternative C would have entailed deferred maintenance and 
dolphin installation similar to Alternative B, as well as dredged the 
harbor bottom to widen the berthing basin so as to accommodate a 
variety of sizes of available barges.
    Based upon careful consideration of all public comments received to 
date, as well as further coordination with USFWS and National Marine 
Fisheries Service, the scope of work originally proposed has been 
reduced--widening the berthing basin and installation of a mooring 
dolphin have been dropped from consideration, which will avoid 
unacceptable impacts to coral and to marine species including the 
endangered Hawaiian Monk seal. These options will be addressed in the 
EA as alternatives considered but dismissed from analysis. The 
preferred alternative in the EA will consist of a maintenance plan, 
which is restricted to repair of the breakwater, repair of the 
deteriorating concrete pier, and stabilization of the bulkhead and low 
pier walls.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All persons on the EIS mailing list will be 
incorporated into the EA mailing list. Additional information regarding 
the preparation of the EA may be obtained by contacting Superintendent 
Steve Prokop, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, P.O. Box 2222, 
Kalaupapa, HI, 96742, (808) 567-6802. Project updates will also be 
periodically posted at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/kala, as well as 
provided through local and regional press media.

    Dated: May 28, 2010.
George J. Turnbull,
Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.
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