Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Development of a Multi-Decadal Shoreline Protection Plan, Known as the Bogue Banks Beach Master Nourishment Plan (Master Plan), for the 25-Mile Ocean Shoreline of Bogue Banks in Carteret County, NC, 56080-56082 [2010-22708]

Download as PDF 56080 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 15, 2010 / Notices Directive 5230.09, Clearance of DoD Information for Public Release; E.O. 12333, as amended, United States Intelligence Activities; E.O. 13526, Classified National Security Information; and NSA/CSS Policy 1–30, Review of NSA/CSS Information for Public Dissemination. PURPOSE(S): To maintain records relating to the pre-publication review of official NSA/ CSS information intended for public dissemination. 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SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: Deputy Associate Director for Policy and Records, National Security Agency/ Central Security Service, 9800 Savage 18:57 Sep 14, 2010 Jkt 220001 PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED MEETING LOCATION: Room 133, Richland Federal Building, 825 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, Washington 99352. CHANGES IN THE MEETING: The public meeting will now be held at Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick, Washington 99336, (509) 737–3700. TIME AND DATE OF MEETING: Session I: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., October 7, 2010; Session II: 5 p.m.–9 p.m., October 7, 2010; Session III: 8 a.m.–12 p.m., October 8, 2010. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brian Grosner, General Manager, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004–2901, (800) 788– 4016. This is a toll-free number. Dated: September 13, 2010. Peter S. Winokur, Chairman. [FR Doc. 2010–23158 Filed 9–13–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3670–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Development of a MultiDecadal Shoreline Protection Plan, Known as the Bogue Banks Beach Master Nourishment Plan (Master Plan), for the 25-Mile Ocean Shoreline of Bogue Banks in Carteret County, NC Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. Individuals and other NSA personnel involved in the publications review process. AGENCY: EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM: SUMMARY: None. SAFEGUARDS: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: RETRIEVABILITY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 Road, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755– 6000. [FR Doc. 2010–22969 Filed 9–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD Sunshine Act Notice Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. ACTION: Notification of Change in Meeting Location. AGENCY: Pursuant to the provisions of the ‘‘Government in the Sunshine Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 552b), notice is hereby given of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s public hearing and meeting. SUMMARY: FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 75 FR 43495 (July 26, 2010). PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from Carteret County to develop and implement, under an interlocal agreement between the towns on Bogue Banks barrier island, a multidecadal Master Plan that would provide ocean shoreline protection to approximately 25 miles of beach over a minimum period of 30 years. DATES: A public scoping meeting for the Draft PEIS will be held at Crystal Coast Civic Center near the Carteret County Community College, located at 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City, on September 30, 2010 at 6 p.m. Written comments will be received until October 15, 2010. E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 15, 2010 / Notices Copies of comments and questions regarding scoping of the Draft PEIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. Attn: File Number 2009–0293, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and Draft PEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Project Manager, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251–4811. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. As a result of significant hurricane activity in the 1990’s, the County and many of the municipalities on Bogue Banks have implemented several interim beach nourishment activities in order to curb ocean shoreline erosion and to help improve protection against future storms. For the past 10 years, the County has been in a cost share agreement with the USACE, currently in the Reconnaissance Study phase, to conduct a federal 50-year Shore Protection Project for Bogue Banks to help sustain the island long term. However, with the uncertainties of the federal long-term plan, the County and the beach municipalities have determined the need to reevaluate their long-term beach nourishment solutions for Bogue Banks. The development of the Master Plan will involve review all of the previous nourishment efforts and current plans and formulation of a multi-decadal all inclusive nourishment plan for the entire barrier island of Bogue Banks. The Master Plan and PEIS will include a comprehensive review of present-day beach conditions, a review of Carteret County’s and the USACE’s previous beach nourishment/beneficial use projects, and the development of a multi-decadal plan based on volumetric/beach elevation thresholds for Fort Macon/Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, and Emerald Isle. The Master Plan will address all anticipated beach nourishment/maintenance activities including but not limited to; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) dredging with concurrent beach disposal, beneficial use dredging projects/ opportunities, FEMA reimbursement projects, and other potential sand placement or beach maintenance activities (beach bulldozing, etc.). Potential sand source locations to be evaluated in the Draft PEIS could include the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) located offshore of Beaufort Inlet, the USACE nearshore placement area, Bogue Inlet, AIWW reaches, preliminary USACE offshore srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Sep 14, 2010 Jkt 220001 borrow locations, previously permitted Carteret County offshore borrow locations, and upland sources. The Master Plan will: (a) Establish acceptable ranges of in-situ beach volumes and elevations, (b) establish beach volumetric and elevation triggers for nourishment events, (c) continue a basis for FEMA reimbursement qualifications, (d) conform to the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management’s (NCDCM) rules for static vegetation line exceptions, and (e) establish a programmatic approach facilitating the authorization and scheduling of Bogue Banks’ nourishment/maintenance events. Natural resource studies and investigations which may be conducted in support of the plan formulation include: (1) Identification and biological characterization of estuarine habitat types (salt marsh, shellfish, submerged aquatic vegetation) in a defined project area using aerial mapping and/or groundtruth investigations; (2) preproject monitoring of, and/or use of existing data, on threatened and endangered species and their associated habitats as determined through coordination with project stakeholders; (3) development and/or implementation of project monitoring and mitigation plans based on the project impact assessment, and 4) the development of a cumulative impact assessment. 2. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that will be addressed in the PEIS. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (benthic organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential Fish Habitat. b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, birds, fish, and plants. c. Potential impacts associated with using inlets as a sand source. d. Potential impacts to public lands, such as adjacent State Parks (Hammocks Beach and Forth Macon) and Federal lands (Cape Lookout National Seashore). e. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational. f. Potential impacts to the long-term management. g. Potential effects on regional sand sources and how it relates to sand management practices. h. Potential effects of shoreline protection. i. Potential impacts on public health and safety. k. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56081 l. The compatibility of the material for nourishment. m. Potential impacts to cultural resources. n. Cumulative impacts of past, present, and foreseeable future dredging and nourishment activities. 3. Alternatives. Several alternatives and sand sources are being considered for the development of the management plan. These alternatives will be further formulated and developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives, including the no federal action alternative, will be considered in the PEIS. 4. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting (see DATES) will be held to receive public comment and assess public concerns regarding the appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft PEIS. Participation in the public meeting by federal, state, and local agencies and other interested organizations and persons is encouraged. The USACE will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Endangered Species Act; and with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office under the National Historic Preservation Act. The USACE will also coordinate with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly known as Minerals Management Service (MMS), to ensure the plan complies with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Additionally, the USACE will coordinate the PEIS with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (NCDWQ) to assess the potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM) to determine the projects consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The USACE will closely work with NCDCM and NCDWQ in the development of the PEIS to ensure the process complies with all State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the intention of both the USACE and the State of North Carolina to consolidate the NEPA and SEPA processes thereby eliminating duplication. 6. Availability of the Draft PEIS. The Draft PEIS is expected to be published and circulated by August 2011. A public hearing may be held after the publication of the Draft PEIS. E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 56082 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 15, 2010 / Notices Dated: September 3, 2010. S. Kenneth Jolly, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2010–22708 Filed 9–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC10–725E–001] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–725E); Comment Request; Submitted for OMB Review September 3, 2010. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission issued a Notice in the Federal Register (75 FR 35002, 6/21/2010) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC–725E and has made this notation in its submission to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by October 15, 2010. ADDRESSES: Address comments on the collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Comments to Created by OMB should be filed electronically, c/o oira__submission@omb.eop.gov and include the OMB Control Number 1902– 0246 for reference. The Desk Officer may be reached by telephone at 202– 395–4638. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and should refer to Docket No. IC10–725E–001. Comments may be filed either electronically or in paper format. Those persons filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in an acceptable filing format srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Sep 14, 2010 Jkt 220001 and in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission submission guidelines. Complete filing instructions and acceptable filing formats are available at http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide/ electronic-media.asp. To file the document electronically, access the Commission’s Web site and click on Documents & Filing, E–Filing (http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp), and then follow the instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender’s e-mail address upon receipt of comments. For paper filings, the comments should be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, and should refer to Docket No. IC10–725E– 001. Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in FERC Docket Number IC10–725E may do so through eSubscription at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp. All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the Internet through FERC’s homepage using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. For user assistance, contact ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Ellen Brown may be reached by e-mail at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502–8663, and by fax at (202) 273–0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Action: The Commission is requesting a three-year extension of the information collected by the FERC–725E (OMB Control No. 1902–0246). The information is required to implement the statutory provisions of section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 824o). Section 215 of the FPA buttresses the Commission’s efforts to strengthen the reliability of the interstate grid through the granting of authority to provide for a system of mandatory Reliability Standards developed by the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO). Reliability Standards that the ERO proposes to the Commission may include Reliability Standards that are proposed to the ERO by a Regional Entity.1 A Regional Entity is an entity that has been approved by the Commission to enforce Reliability Standards under delegated authority from the ERO.2 On June 8, 2008 in an 1 16 2 16 PO 00000 U.S.C. 824o(e)(4). U.S.C. 824o(a)(7) and (e)(4). Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 adjudicatory order, the Commission approved eight regional Reliability Standards submitted by the ERO as proposed by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).3 WECC is responsible for coordinating and promoting electric system reliability. In addition to promoting a reliable electric power system in the Western Interconnection, WECC supports efficient competitive power markets, ensures open and nondiscriminatory transmission access among members, and provides a forum for resolving transmission access disputes plus the coordination of operating and planning activities of its members. WECC and the eight other regional reliability councils were formed due to a national concern regarding the reliability of the interconnected bulk power systems, the ability to operate these systems without widespread failures in electric service and the need to foster the preservation of reliability through a formal organization. The eight regional Reliability Standards are translations of existing reliability criteria and are now binding on the applicable subset of users, owners and operators of the Bulk Power System in the United States portion of the Western Interconnection. The Commission’s reporting requirements are found in 18 CFR Part 40. The eight Reliability Standards do not require responsible entities to file information with the Commission. However, the standards do require responsible entities to file periodic reports with WECC and to develop and maintain certain information for a specified period of time, subject to inspection by WECC. Specifically the eight Reliability Standards require the following: WECC–BAL–STD–002–0—balancing authorities and reserve sharing groups are to submit to WECC quarterly reports on operating reserves as well as reports after any instance of non-compliance. WECC–IRO–STD–006–0— transmission operators, balancing authorities and loadserving entities are to document and report to WECC actions taken in response to direction to mitigate unscheduled flow. The standard also requires transmission operators to document required actions that are and are not taken by responsible entities. WECC- PRC–STD–001–1—certain transmission operators are to submit to WECC annual certifications of protective equipment. 3 72 E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM FR 33462, June 18, 2007. 15SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 178 (Wednesday, September 15, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56080-56082]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-22708]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army

Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (PEIS) for the Development of a Multi-Decadal Shoreline 
Protection Plan, Known as the Bogue Banks Beach Master Nourishment Plan 
(Master Plan), for the 25-Mile Ocean Shoreline of Bogue Banks in 
Carteret County, NC

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for 
Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the 
Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from 
Carteret County to develop and implement, under an inter-local 
agreement between the towns on Bogue Banks barrier island, a multi-
decadal Master Plan that would provide ocean shoreline protection to 
approximately 25 miles of beach over a minimum period of 30 years.

DATES: A public scoping meeting for the Draft PEIS will be held at 
Crystal Coast Civic Center near the Carteret County Community College, 
located at 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City, on September 30, 2010 
at 6 p.m. Written comments will be received until October 15, 2010.

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ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding scoping of the 
Draft PEIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. Attn: File Number 2009-0293, 
69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and Draft PEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Project Manager, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251-4811.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. As a result of 
significant hurricane activity in the 1990's, the County and many of 
the municipalities on Bogue Banks have implemented several interim 
beach nourishment activities in order to curb ocean shoreline erosion 
and to help improve protection against future storms. For the past 10 
years, the County has been in a cost share agreement with the USACE, 
currently in the Reconnaissance Study phase, to conduct a federal 50-
year Shore Protection Project for Bogue Banks to help sustain the 
island long term. However, with the uncertainties of the federal long-
term plan, the County and the beach municipalities have determined the 
need to reevaluate their long-term beach nourishment solutions for 
Bogue Banks. The development of the Master Plan will involve review all 
of the previous nourishment efforts and current plans and formulation 
of a multi-decadal all inclusive nourishment plan for the entire 
barrier island of Bogue Banks.
    The Master Plan and PEIS will include a comprehensive review of 
present-day beach conditions, a review of Carteret County's and the 
USACE's previous beach nourishment/beneficial use projects, and the 
development of a multi-decadal plan based on volumetric/beach elevation 
thresholds for Fort Macon/Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian 
Beach/Salter Path, and Emerald Isle. The Master Plan will address all 
anticipated beach nourishment/maintenance activities including but not 
limited to; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) dredging with 
concurrent beach disposal, beneficial use dredging projects/
opportunities, FEMA reimbursement projects, and other potential sand 
placement or beach maintenance activities (beach bulldozing, etc.). 
Potential sand source locations to be evaluated in the Draft PEIS could 
include the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) located 
offshore of Beaufort Inlet, the USACE nearshore placement area, Bogue 
Inlet, AIWW reaches, preliminary USACE offshore borrow locations, 
previously permitted Carteret County offshore borrow locations, and 
upland sources. The Master Plan will: (a) Establish acceptable ranges 
of in-situ beach volumes and elevations, (b) establish beach volumetric 
and elevation triggers for nourishment events, (c) continue a basis for 
FEMA reimbursement qualifications, (d) conform to the North Carolina 
Division of Coastal Management's (NCDCM) rules for static vegetation 
line exceptions, and (e) establish a programmatic approach facilitating 
the authorization and scheduling of Bogue Banks' nourishment/
maintenance events.
    Natural resource studies and investigations which may be conducted 
in support of the plan formulation include: (1) Identification and 
biological characterization of estuarine habitat types (salt marsh, 
shellfish, submerged aquatic vegetation) in a defined project area 
using aerial mapping and/or groundtruth investigations; (2) pre-project 
monitoring of, and/or use of existing data, on threatened and 
endangered species and their associated habitats as determined through 
coordination with project stakeholders; (3) development and/or 
implementation of project monitoring and mitigation plans based on the 
project impact assessment, and 4) the development of a cumulative 
impact assessment.
    2. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that 
will be addressed in the PEIS. Additional issues may be identified 
during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially 
significant include:
    a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (benthic 
organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential 
Fish Habitat.
    b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, 
birds, fish, and plants.
    c. Potential impacts associated with using inlets as a sand source.
    d. Potential impacts to public lands, such as adjacent State Parks 
(Hammocks Beach and Forth Macon) and Federal lands (Cape Lookout 
National Seashore).
    e. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational.
    f. Potential impacts to the long-term management.
    g. Potential effects on regional sand sources and how it relates to 
sand management practices.
    h. Potential effects of shoreline protection.
    i. Potential impacts on public health and safety.
    k. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing.
    l. The compatibility of the material for nourishment.
    m. Potential impacts to cultural resources.
    n. Cumulative impacts of past, present, and foreseeable future 
dredging and nourishment activities.
    3. Alternatives. Several alternatives and sand sources are being 
considered for the development of the management plan. These 
alternatives will be further formulated and developed during the 
scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives, including the 
no federal action alternative, will be considered in the PEIS.
    4. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting (see DATES) will be 
held to receive public comment and assess public concerns regarding the 
appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft PEIS. Participation in 
the public meeting by federal, state, and local agencies and other 
interested organizations and persons is encouraged.
    The USACE will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination 
Act; with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Endangered 
Species Act; and with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation 
Office under the National Historic Preservation Act. The USACE will 
also coordinate with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation 
and Enforcement, formerly known as Minerals Management Service (MMS), 
to ensure the plan complies with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act 
(OCSLA). Additionally, the USACE will coordinate the PEIS with the 
North Carolina Division of Water Quality (NCDWQ) to assess the 
potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean 
Water Act, and with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management 
(NCDCM) to determine the projects consistency with the Coastal Zone 
Management Act. The USACE will closely work with NCDCM and NCDWQ in the 
development of the PEIS to ensure the process complies with all State 
Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the intention of 
both the USACE and the State of North Carolina to consolidate the NEPA 
and SEPA processes thereby eliminating duplication.
    6. Availability of the Draft PEIS. The Draft PEIS is expected to be 
published and circulated by August 2011. A public hearing may be held 
after the publication of the Draft PEIS.


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    Dated: September 3, 2010.
S. Kenneth Jolly,
Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 2010-22708 Filed 9-14-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3720-58-P