Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Land Acquisition, South Texas Training Center (STTC), in McMullen County, TX, 80798-80799 [2010-32176]

Download as PDF 80798 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 246 / Thursday, December 23, 2010 / Notices contacting Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free at (866) SAFMC– 10. Copies will also be available online at http://www.safmc.net as they become available. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the start of each meeting. Dated: December 17, 2010. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[FR Doc. 2010–32215 Filed 12–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Availability for Exclusive, NonExclusive, or Partially-Exclusive Licensing of Inventions Concerning an Inactivated Dengue Virus Vaccine and a Method and Kit for Detection of Dengue Virus Department of the Army, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: Announcement is made of the availability for licensing of the invention set forth in U.S. Patent 6,254,873 which issued July 3, 2001, entitled ‘‘Inactivated Dengue Virus Vaccine,’’ and U.S. Patent 6,190,859, entitled ‘‘Method and Kit for Detection PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–32235 Filed 12–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Land Acquisition, South Texas Training Center (STTC), in McMullen County, TX National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. Department of the Army SUMMARY: For patent issues, Ms. Elizabeth Arwine, Patent Attorney, (301) 619–7808. For licensing issues, Dr. Paul Mele, Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA), (301) 619–6664, both at telefax (301) 619–5034. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The invention relates to an inactivated dengue virus vaccine to immunize and protect humans against dengue fever. The vaccine is based on dengue viruses which have been propagated to high titers in suitable cells, purified and inactivated under conditions which destroy infectivity but preserve immunogenicity, a high level of which is demonstrated in animal models. Uses of the inactivated dengue virus for detecting antibodies to dengue and kits therefore are also described. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACTION: of Dengue Virus,’’ issued February 20, 2001. The United States Government, as represented by the Secretary of the Army, has rights to this invention. ADDRESSES: Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, ATTN: Command Judge Advocate, MCMR–JA, 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702– 5012. The Department of the Army intends to prepare a PEIS to analyze the environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the proposed land acquisition and use of approximately 22,232 acres for implementation of an RPMP and mission activities in south Texas. The proposed land area, currently in private ownership, would become the STTC. This action will support the training requirements of the TXARNG units located in central and south Texas. The PEIS will analyze alternatives that are deemed feasible to meet the purpose and need for this Proposed Action. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 246 / Thursday, December 23, 2010 / Notices mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Jeff Basa at (512) 782–7924 or by e-mail at txarng.landpurchase@ng.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Army has identified the need for land acquisition and use of approximately 22,232 acres of land to enhance realistic training conditions. No adequate maneuver training land is currently available within a suitable travel time for the three TXARNG Battalions stationed in south Texas. The Army proposes land acquisition of approximately 22,232 acres for additional maneuver training land to meet the training needs of the TXARNG. This additional land will enhance training and will allow Soldiers to train to more realistic standards in preparation for operational deployment at a site located closer to their home communities. The Army Training Division, National Guard Bureau, is the action proponent; the land would be owned by the Army and licensed to the TXARNG. The TXARNG PEIS will analyze the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of land acquisition to establish the STTC. The land acquisition alternative is located adjacent to and northeast of the existing U.S. Navyowned Dixie Range in McMullen County. A PEIS is proposed for this analysis to address the implementation of the RPMP, which would consist of a number of construction phases to be implemented over an extended timeframe (estimated 15 to 20 years). This PEIS would analyze the general development of a cantonment area, training areas, and infrastructure support. Separate environmental analyses may be required at a later date, as necessary, for development not covered within this PEIS. The Army No Action Alternative will evaluate the impacts of taking no action to acquire additional training land. Resources and issues that will be evaluated in the PEIS include changes in land use from private hunting lands to military training lands; potential impacts to biological, cultural, and water resources; changes in transportation and traffic in the region. At this point, we do not anticipate any significant impacts. Additional concerns raised during the initial public involvement process will also be addressed in the PEIS. The Notice of Intent can be viewed at http://www.agd.state.tx.us. Scoping and Public Comment: Federally recognized tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, and the public are invited to participate in the scoping process for the preparation of the PEIS. The scoping VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 process will include one public scoping meeting, which is an opportunity for the public to receive information about the proposed action and alternatives and to assist the Army in identifying potential environmental impacts and key issues of concern to be analyzed in the PEIS. The meeting will be held in McMullen County, Texas. Notification of the time and location for the scoping meeting will be announced in local media sources. To ensure scoping comments are fully considered in the preparation of the PEIS, comments and suggestions should be received within the 30-day scoping period. The public will also be invited to review and comment on the Draft PEIS when it is available for review. Notification letters will be mailed to Native American tribes, federal, state, and local agencies regarding the scoping process and Draft PEIS availability. A public meeting will take place during the comment period on the Draft PEIS and the public will be invited to share their views and concerns. Comments from the public will be considered before any decision is made regarding implementing the proposed action. Dated: December 13, 2010. Hershell E. Wolfe, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 2010–32176 Filed 12–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Preparation of the PEIS for Modernization of Training ¯ Infrastructure at Pohakuloa Training Area, HI Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) and United States Army Garrison, Hawai‘i (USAG–HI) intend to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for modernizing training ranges, training support infrastructure (roads and utilities), and training support facilities ¯ in the cantonment area at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) to meet better the readiness needs of military units in Hawai‘i. The PEIS will evaluate PTA’s long-term vision for modernizing training ranges, training support infrastructure, and the cantonment area to improve a current shortfall in collective (group) live-fire training capabilities for units stationed in SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80799 Hawai‘i. The PEIS also includes an analysis for constructing and operating an Infantry Platoon Battle Area (IPBA) that would include an Infantry Platoon Battle Course (IPBC), Live-fire Shoothouse, and Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility. The IPBC would augment the existing nonstandard IPBC (located at Range 10 on PTA), which is undersized and cannot be modernized in its current footprint. The Range 10 IPBC would continue to be used for non-standard collective livefire training exercises. Many of the training ranges and infrastructure at PTA do not meet current doctrinal training and standard range design requirements. Many of the range assets at PTA also do not have sufficient throughput capacity to meet collective live-fire training requirements. Alternatives analyzed in the PEIS will consider modernizing the training ranges, training support infrastructure, and the cantonment area at PTA, and a No Action alternative. Under the No Action alternative, the Army would continue utilizing current training lands and facilities as efficiently as possible. The PEIS will also present a range of alternatives for the IPBA at either the Western Range Area of PTA, Charlie’s Circle, or along the southwest side of Range 20, or to not build and operate the IPBA at all. The primary environmental issues to be analyzed in the PEIS include (but are not limited to) air quality, traffic, biological resources, cultural resources, public services and utilities, wildfires, and hazardous materials and waste. There could be significant impacts to cultural resources, air quality, and risk from igniting wildfires. Also, we anticipate that some federally-listed threatened or endangered plants would be affected. Predicted environmental impacts associated with implementing the initial range project of constructing and operating the IPBA will be analyzed to include an increase in vehicle traffic, air quality impacts, and live-fire activities at currently underutilized range locations at PTA. The proposed action may increase the risk of igniting wildfires or may result in a loss of cultural resources. The Army will identify mitigation measures that could be implemented to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts to the environmental resources. Written comments may be addressed to PTA PEIS, P.O. Box 514, Honolulu, HI 96809; facsimiles may be sent to (808) 545–6808; e-mail may be addressed to PTAPEIS@bah.com. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (PEIS) for Land Acquisition, South Texas Training Center 
(STTC), in McMullen County, TX

AGENCY: National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Army intends to prepare a PEIS to 
analyze the environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the 
proposed land acquisition and use of approximately 22,232 acres for 
implementation of an RPMP and mission activities in south Texas. The 
proposed land area, currently in private ownership, would become the 
STTC. This action will support the training requirements of the TXARNG 
units located in central and south Texas. The PEIS will analyze 
alternatives that are deemed feasible to meet the purpose and need for 
this Proposed Action.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Jeff Basa at (512) 782-7924 or 
by e-mail at txarng.landpurchase@ng.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Army has identified the need for land 
acquisition and use of approximately 22,232 acres of land to enhance 
realistic training conditions. No adequate maneuver training land is 
currently available within a suitable travel time for the three TXARNG 
Battalions stationed in south Texas. The Army proposes land acquisition 
of approximately 22,232 acres for additional maneuver training land to 
meet the training needs of the TXARNG. This additional land will 
enhance training and will allow Soldiers to train to more realistic 
standards in preparation for operational deployment at a site located 
closer to their home communities. The Army Training Division, National 
Guard Bureau, is the action proponent; the land would be owned by the 
Army and licensed to the TXARNG.
    The TXARNG PEIS will analyze the environmental and socioeconomic 
impacts of land acquisition to establish the STTC. The land acquisition 
alternative is located adjacent to and northeast of the existing U.S. 
Navy-owned Dixie Range in McMullen County. A PEIS is proposed for this 
analysis to address the implementation of the RPMP, which would consist 
of a number of construction phases to be implemented over an extended 
timeframe (estimated 15 to 20 years). This PEIS would analyze the 
general development of a cantonment area, training areas, and 
infrastructure support. Separate environmental analyses may be required 
at a later date, as necessary, for development not covered within this 
PEIS. The Army No Action Alternative will evaluate the impacts of 
taking no action to acquire additional training land. Resources and 
issues that will be evaluated in the PEIS include changes in land use 
from private hunting lands to military training lands; potential 
impacts to biological, cultural, and water resources; changes in 
transportation and traffic in the region. At this point, we do not 
anticipate any significant impacts. Additional concerns raised during 
the initial public involvement process will also be addressed in the 
PEIS.
    The Notice of Intent can be viewed at http://www.agd.state.tx.us. 
Scoping and Public Comment: Federally recognized tribes, federal, 
state, and local agencies, and the public are invited to participate in 
the scoping process for the preparation of the PEIS. The scoping 
process will include one public scoping meeting, which is an 
opportunity for the public to receive information about the proposed 
action and alternatives and to assist the Army in identifying potential 
environmental impacts and key issues of concern to be analyzed in the 
PEIS. The meeting will be held in McMullen County, Texas. Notification 
of the time and location for the scoping meeting will be announced in 
local media sources. To ensure scoping comments are fully considered in 
the preparation of the PEIS, comments and suggestions should be 
received within the 30-day scoping period. The public will also be 
invited to review and comment on the Draft PEIS when it is available 
for review. Notification letters will be mailed to Native American 
tribes, federal, state, and local agencies regarding the scoping 
process and Draft PEIS availability. A public meeting will take place 
during the comment period on the Draft PEIS and the public will be 
invited to share their views and concerns. Comments from the public 
will be considered before any decision is made regarding implementing 
the proposed action.

    Dated: December 13, 2010.
Hershell E. Wolfe,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and 
Occupational Health).
[FR Doc. 2010-32176 Filed 12-22-10; 8:45 am]
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