Record of Decision (ROD) for Training Range and Garrison Support Facilities Construction and Operation at Fort Stewart, GA, 68334-68335 [2010-28036]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 68334 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices PEIS for the proposed growth, realignment, and stationing of new and existing Army aviation assets. The proposed action includes the consolidation and reorganization of existing aviation units, and the potential establishment of one or more Combat Aviation Brigades (CABs). The proposed action will increase the availability of helicopter assets to meet current and future national security requirements and will allow the Army better to organize existing aviation assets to promote more effective training and force management. The Draft PEIS evaluates the environmental impacts associated with the proposed action, which also includes the construction and renovation of garrison facilities, as well as additional training needed to support the aviation units. Land acquisition is not being considered as part of this action. The Draft PEIS considers the following alternatives: Alternative 1— Realign and Station Existing Aviation Elements of Up to a Full CAB or Activate and Station a New CAB at Fort Carson, Colorado. Under this alternative, the Army either will consolidate existing aviation units not currently assigned to a CAB into a standard CAB structure at Fort Carson or activate a new CAB at Fort Carson. As part of this alternative, aviation units will conduct training on existing land at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), Colorado, in order to maintain training proficiency and support integrated training with ground units. Land acquisition is not being considered as part of this action. Alternative 2— Realign and Station Existing Aviation elements of Up to a Full CAB or Grow, Station and Activate a CAB at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Washington. Under this alternative, the Army either will consolidate existing aviation units not currently assigned to a CAB into a standard CAB structure at JBLM or activate a new CAB at JBLM. As part of this alternative, aviation units will conduct training on existing training land at Yakima Training Center (YTC), Washington, in order to maintain training proficiency and support integrated training with ground units. Land acquisition is not being considered as part of this action. Alternative 3— Implement Alternatives 1 and 2 (preferred alternative). Under this alternative, the Army will implement both alternatives. Under this alternative, the consolidated units forming a CAB would be stationed at one installation, and the new CAB would be activated and stationed at the other installation. Fort Carson and JBLM would each gain VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 up to one CAB. As part of this alternative, aviation units would conduct training on existing training land at the installation’s training maneuver area (PCMS for Fort Carson and YTC for JBLM) in order to maintain training proficiency and support integrated training with ground units. Alternative 4—No Action Alternative. Under this alternative, the Army would retain its aviation force structure at its current levels, configurations, and locations. Fort Carson and JBLM are the only stationing alternatives that meet all of the Army’s stationing requirements for new CAB stationing. These locations have existing runways and airfields, provide adequate maneuver and airspace for CAB operations, and are equipped with existing training ranges that can support CAB training. Most importantly, Fort Carson and JBLM are the only major installations that have three or more Brigade Combat Teams but no CAB dedicated to provide aviation support for training. The proposed action would allow the Army to maximize integrated air-ground training. Land acquisition is not being considered as part of this action. DATES: The public comment period will end 45 days after the publication of a notice of availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to: Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, Attention: IMPA–AE, 1835 Army Boulevard, Basement (Building 2000), Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234–2686. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Affairs Office at (210) 221–0882; fax (410) 436–1693; or e-mail at APGR– USAECNEPA@conus.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A CAB consists of approximately 120 helicopters, 600 wheeled vehicles, and 2,700 Soldiers. The CAB is organized into five battalions and a headquarters unit. CAB units include combat, reconnaissance, and logistics support aircraft. The Draft PEIS assesses, considers, and compares the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects of proposed CAB growth and realignment for each alternative. The primary environmental issues evaluated include impacts to air quality, soil, airspace, cultural resources, natural resources, and noise. In addition, the Army considers those issues identified by the public and other organizations during the public scoping period (10 September–10 October 2010). PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the proposed action include significant impacts to transportation on the Interstate 5 corridor near JBLM and to fish and water quality in Puget Sound. There are potentially significant impacts to biological resources at YTC from increased potential for wildfire and habitat degradation associated with aviation training. Impacts will also include significant but mitigable impacts to soils at Fort Carson, PCMS, and YTC as well as significant but mitigable impacts to water resources at YTC. At PCMS, cumulative impacts to soils are predicted to be manageable with current dust control mitigation techniques. Impacts to cultural resources, air quality, noise impacts, public land use, and socioeconomic impacts were all determined to be less than significant. Members of the public, including native communities and federally recognized Native American Tribes, and Federal, State, and local agencies are invited to submit written comments on environmental issues, concerns and opportunities analyzed in the Draft PEIS. A copy of the Draft PEIS is available at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/nepa/ topics00.html. Dated: October 25, 2010. Hershell E. Wolfe, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 2010–28035 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Record of Decision (ROD) for Training Range and Garrison Support Facilities Construction and Operation at Fort Stewart, GA Department of the Army, DoD. Record of Decision. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the ROD for the construction and operation of up to twelve range projects and two garrison support facilities at Fort Stewart. The Army, through the ROD, selects Alternative B for implementation. Alternative B includes sites for projects that predominantly utilize footprints of existing ranges, limits construction and restrictions on existing maneuver terrain, are located in relative close proximity to the cantonment area to reduce unit transit SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices time, and have less overall environmental impacts. The decision sites ranges and support facilities in locations that reflect the proper balance of initiatives for the protection of the environment, mission needs, and Soldier and Family quality of life considerations. ADDRESSES: To request a copy of the ROD, please contact Mr. Charles Walden, Project Manager, Directorate of Public Works, Prevention and Compliance Branch, Environmental Division, 1550 Frank Cochran Drive, Building 1137–A, Fort Stewart, Georgia 31314–4928 or e-mail Charles.Walden4@us.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kevin Larson, Public Affairs Office, at (912) 435–9879 during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The decision to proceed with the implementation of Alternative B allows the Army to better accomplish its sustainability goals on Fort Stewart because the sites are optimal for design, lessen environmental impacts, and are more land-use compatible. Minor to negligible impacts have been identified for cultural resources and consultation with the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office is complete. Moderate adverse impacts have been identified for soils, water quality, protected species, timber resources, wildland fire, and noise as part of implementing the decision. There are no practicable alternatives to locating the projects in wetlands or floodplains, but the selected alternative minimizes floodplain and wetland impacts. There will be moderate adverse impacts to protected species (red-cockaded woodpecker and frosted flatwood salamander). Formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is complete and all practicable mitigation measures and best management practices will be implemented to offset environmental impacts. The action will not jeopardize the continued existence of these species. The Known Distance Range, a Qualification Training Range, an Infantry Squad Battle Course, a Fire and Movement Range, and a 25 Meter Zero Range were analyzed as part of the proposed action in the Environmental Impact Statement, but have been deferred due to funding. These five ranges have been included in the ROD because they may be funded in the future. Mitigation associated with these ranges will be implemented in the event the ranges are constructed. The No Action Alternative would not provide enough ranges and support facilities needed to adequately accomplish the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 mission. Alternative C, with different range and support facility sitings than Alternative B, would result in greater adverse environmental impacts and is not preferred operationally. The Final EIS and ROD may be accessed at http://www.fortstewartmmp-eis.com. Dated: 25 October 2010. Hershell E. Wolfe, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. [FR Doc. 2010–28036 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests Department of Education. Comment request. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Education (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68335 Information Management Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 214 (Friday, November 5, 2010)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Record of Decision (ROD) for Training Range and Garrison Support 
Facilities Construction and Operation at Fort Stewart, GA

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the 
ROD for the construction and operation of up to twelve range projects 
and two garrison support facilities at Fort Stewart. The Army, through 
the ROD, selects Alternative B for implementation. Alternative B 
includes sites for projects that predominantly utilize footprints of 
existing ranges, limits construction and restrictions on existing 
maneuver terrain, are located in relative close proximity to the 
cantonment area to reduce unit transit

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time, and have less overall environmental impacts. The decision sites 
ranges and support facilities in locations that reflect the proper 
balance of initiatives for the protection of the environment, mission 
needs, and Soldier and Family quality of life considerations.

ADDRESSES: To request a copy of the ROD, please contact Mr. Charles 
Walden, Project Manager, Directorate of Public Works, Prevention and 
Compliance Branch, Environmental Division, 1550 Frank Cochran Drive, 
Building 1137-A, Fort Stewart, Georgia 31314-4928 or e-mail 
Charles.Walden4@us.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kevin Larson, Public Affairs 
Office, at (912) 435-9879 during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The decision to proceed with the 
implementation of Alternative B allows the Army to better accomplish 
its sustainability goals on Fort Stewart because the sites are optimal 
for design, lessen environmental impacts, and are more land-use 
compatible. Minor to negligible impacts have been identified for 
cultural resources and consultation with the Georgia State Historic 
Preservation Office is complete. Moderate adverse impacts have been 
identified for soils, water quality, protected species, timber 
resources, wildland fire, and noise as part of implementing the 
decision. There are no practicable alternatives to locating the 
projects in wetlands or floodplains, but the selected alternative 
minimizes floodplain and wetland impacts. There will be moderate 
adverse impacts to protected species (red-cockaded woodpecker and 
frosted flatwood salamander). Formal consultation with the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service is complete and all practicable mitigation 
measures and best management practices will be implemented to offset 
environmental impacts. The action will not jeopardize the continued 
existence of these species. The Known Distance Range, a Qualification 
Training Range, an Infantry Squad Battle Course, a Fire and Movement 
Range, and a 25 Meter Zero Range were analyzed as part of the proposed 
action in the Environmental Impact Statement, but have been deferred 
due to funding. These five ranges have been included in the ROD because 
they may be funded in the future. Mitigation associated with these 
ranges will be implemented in the event the ranges are constructed. The 
No Action Alternative would not provide enough ranges and support 
facilities needed to adequately accomplish the mission. Alternative C, 
with different range and support facility sitings than Alternative B, 
would result in greater adverse environmental impacts and is not 
preferred operationally.
    The Final EIS and ROD may be accessed at http://www.fortstewart-mmp-eis.com.

    Dated: 25 October 2010.
Hershell E. Wolfe,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Environment, Safety and 
Occupational Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-28036 Filed 11-4-10; 8:45 am]
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