Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment, 69397 [2010-28563]

Download as PDF 69397 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 218 / Friday, November 12, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of availability of an Environmental Assessment. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations for implementing SUMMARY: NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and RUS’s Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794) in connection with potential impacts related to a proposal by Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. (Minnkota) with headquarters in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The proposal consists of the construction of approximately 260 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in North Dakota between the Center 345 kV Substation (located northeast of the Milton R. Young Generation Station, near Center, North Dakota) and the Prairie Substation (located west of Grand Forks, North Dakota). Minnkota is requesting financial assistance from RUS for the proposal. Written comments on this Notice must be received on or before December 13, 2010. DATES: To obtain copies of the EA or for further information, contact: Mr. Dennis Rankin, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA/RUS, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2244–S, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250– 1571, fax: (202) 690–0649, or e-mail: dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. A copy of the EA will be available for public review at the Agency’s address provided in this Notice, at the Agency’s Web site: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ ea.htm#Minnkota_Power_Cooperative,_ Inc._, and at the following repositories: ADDRESSES: Building location Address Aneta Public Library ................................................................. Bismarck’s Veterans Memorial Library ..................................... City of Carrington Library ......................................................... Goodrich Public Library ............................................................ Grand Forks Library .................................................................. Griggs County Library ............................................................... Harvey Public Library ............................................................... Mayville Library ......................................................................... New Rockford Public Library .................................................... Northwood Public Schools and City Library ............................. Oliver County Auditor ............................................................... Sheridan County Auditor .......................................................... Turtle Lake Public Library ......................................................... Washburn Public Library .......................................................... 11995 19th St., Aneta, ND 58212 ........................................... 515 N. 5th St., Bismarck, ND 58501–4057 ............................. 55 9th Ave., Carrington, ND 58421–2017 ............................... 122 McKinley Ave., Goodrich, ND 58444 ................................ 2110 Library Circle, Grand Forks, ND 58201–6324 ................ 902 Burrel Ave., Cooperstown, ND 58425–0546 .................... 119 10th St., Harvey, ND 58341–1531 ................................... 52 Center Ave. N., Mayville, ND 58257 .................................. 811 First Ave. N., New Rockford, ND 58356 .......................... 204 N Doheny St., Northwood, ND 58267 .............................. 115 West Main, Hensler, ND 58530 ........................................ 215 East 2nd St., McClusky, ND 58463 .................................. 107 Eggert St., Turtle Lake, ND 58575–0637 ......................... 705 Main Ave., Washburn, ND 58577–0637 ........................... Minnkota proposes to construct the following for the project: (1) Construct approximately 260 miles of 345 kV transmission line between the Center 345 kV Substation (located northeast of the Milton R. Young Generation Station, near Center, North Dakota) and the Prairie Substation (located west of Grand Forks, North Dakota), (2) modification of three existing substations (Center 345 kV, Square Butte 230 kV, and Prairie Substations), (3) construction of about 1,500 feet of 230 kV tie line, (4) relocation of transmission line structures at the Center 345 kV and Prairie Substations, and (5) other associated facilities. It is anticipated that the facility would be in service in 2013. A Notice of Intent to prepare an EA and hold scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2009. Public meetings were held during the week of November 16, 2009. A summary of public comments can be found at the Agency’s Web site listed in this Notice. An EA that describes the proposal in detail and discusses its anticipated environmental impacts has been prepared by Minnkota and HDR Engineering, Inc. RUS has reviewed and accepted the document as its EA of the mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Nov 10, 2010 Jkt 223001 proposal. The EA is available for public review at the addresses provided in this Notice. Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the mailing or e-mail addresses provided in this Notice. RUS should receive comments on the EA in writing by December 13, 2010 to ensure that they are considered in its environmental impact determination. Should RUS, based on the EA of the proposal, determine that the impacts of the construction and operation of the proposal would not have a significant environmental impact, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact. Public notification of a Finding of No Significant Impact would be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the proposal area. Any final action by RUS related to the proposal will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal, State and local environmental laws and regulations, and completion of the environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794). PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Phone 701–326–4505 701–355–1480 701–652–3921 701–884–2632 701–772–8116 701–797–2241 701–324–2156 701–788–3388 701–947–5540 701–587–5221 701–794–8777 701–363–2205 701–448–9170 701–462–8180 Dated: November 8, 2010. Mark S. Plank, Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, USDA, Rural Utilities Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Availability of an 
Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability of an Environmental Assessment.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued an Environmental 
Assessment (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality's 
(CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and 
RUS's Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794) in 
connection with potential impacts related to a proposal by Minnkota 
Power Cooperative, Inc. (Minnkota) with headquarters in Grand Forks, 
North Dakota. The proposal consists of the construction of 
approximately 260 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in North 
Dakota between the Center 345 kV Substation (located northeast of the 
Milton R. Young Generation Station, near Center, North Dakota) and the 
Prairie Substation (located west of Grand Forks, North Dakota). 
Minnkota is requesting financial assistance from RUS for the proposal.

DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received on or before 
December 13, 2010.

ADDRESSES: To obtain copies of the EA or for further information, 
contact: Mr. Dennis Rankin, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA/
RUS, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2244-S, Stop 1571, Washington, 
DC 20250-1571, fax: (202) 690-0649, or e-mail: 
dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. A copy of the EA will be available for 
public review at the Agency's address provided in this Notice, at the 
Agency's Web site: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm#Minnkota_Power_Cooperative,_Inc._, and at the following repositories:

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       Building location                Address               Phone
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Aneta Public Library..........  11995 19th St., Aneta,      701-326-4505
                                 ND 58212.
Bismarck's Veterans Memorial    515 N. 5th St.,             701-355-1480
 Library.                        Bismarck, ND 58501-
                                 4057.
City of Carrington Library....  55 9th Ave.,                701-652-3921
                                 Carrington, ND 58421-
                                 2017.
Goodrich Public Library.......  122 McKinley Ave.,          701-884-2632
                                 Goodrich, ND 58444.
Grand Forks Library...........  2110 Library Circle,        701-772-8116
                                 Grand Forks, ND 58201-
                                 6324.
Griggs County Library.........  902 Burrel Ave.,            701-797-2241
                                 Cooperstown, ND 58425-
                                 0546.
Harvey Public Library.........  119 10th St., Harvey,       701-324-2156
                                 ND 58341-1531.
Mayville Library..............  52 Center Ave. N.,          701-788-3388
                                 Mayville, ND 58257.
New Rockford Public Library...  811 First Ave. N., New      701-947-5540
                                 Rockford, ND 58356.
Northwood Public Schools and    204 N Doheny St.,           701-587-5221
 City Library.                   Northwood, ND 58267.
Oliver County Auditor.........  115 West Main,              701-794-8777
                                 Hensler, ND 58530.
Sheridan County Auditor.......  215 East 2nd St.,           701-363-2205
                                 McClusky, ND 58463.
Turtle Lake Public Library....  107 Eggert St., Turtle      701-448-9170
                                 Lake, ND 58575-0637.
Washburn Public Library.......  705 Main Ave.,              701-462-8180
                                 Washburn, ND 58577-
                                 0637.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Minnkota proposes to construct the following 
for the project: (1) Construct approximately 260 miles of 345 kV 
transmission line between the Center 345 kV Substation (located 
northeast of the Milton R. Young Generation Station, near Center, North 
Dakota) and the Prairie Substation (located west of Grand Forks, North 
Dakota), (2) modification of three existing substations (Center 345 kV, 
Square Butte 230 kV, and Prairie Substations), (3) construction of 
about 1,500 feet of 230 kV tie line, (4) relocation of transmission 
line structures at the Center 345 kV and Prairie Substations, and (5) 
other associated facilities. It is anticipated that the facility would 
be in service in 2013. A Notice of Intent to prepare an EA and hold 
scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 30, 
2009. Public meetings were held during the week of November 16, 2009. A 
summary of public comments can be found at the Agency's Web site listed 
in this Notice.
    An EA that describes the proposal in detail and discusses its 
anticipated environmental impacts has been prepared by Minnkota and HDR 
Engineering, Inc. RUS has reviewed and accepted the document as its EA 
of the proposal. The EA is available for public review at the addresses 
provided in this Notice.
    Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the mailing or e-
mail addresses provided in this Notice. RUS should receive comments on 
the EA in writing by December 13, 2010 to ensure that they are 
considered in its environmental impact determination. Should RUS, based 
on the EA of the proposal, determine that the impacts of the 
construction and operation of the proposal would not have a significant 
environmental impact, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant 
Impact. Public notification of a Finding of No Significant Impact would 
be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation 
in the proposal area.
    Any final action by RUS related to the proposal will be subject to, 
and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal, State and 
local environmental laws and regulations, and completion of the 
environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS's Environmental 
Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794).

    Dated: November 8, 2010.
Mark S. Plank,
Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, USDA, Rural Utilities 
Service.
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