Notice of Intent To Prepare a Possible Land Use Plan Amendment in Conjunction With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ, 17668-17669 [2011-7413]

Download as PDF 17668 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2011 / Notices elements. The Supplemental EIR/EIS will also identify potentially significant direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on biological resources, land use, air quality, water quality, water resources, and socioeconomics, along with other environmental issues that could occur with the implementation of the proposed actions and alternatives. For all potentially significant impacts, the Supplemental EIR/EIS will identify avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures to reduce these impacts, where feasible, to a level below significance. Public Comments Please direct any comments to the Service contact listed above in the ADDRESSES section, and any questions to the Service contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. 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. Authority: This notice is provided under section 10(a) of the ESA and Service regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: March 24, 2011. Paul McKim, Acting Deputy Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2011–7420 Filed 3–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES [L51010000–FX0000–LVRWA09A2590– LLAZC02000; AZA34666] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Possible Land Use Plan Amendment in Conjunction With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:59 Mar 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Yuma Field Office, Yuma, Arizona, proposes to amend the Yuma Resource Management Plan (RMP), in conjunction with the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project (QSEP), and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues associated with the proposed RMP amendment. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the proposed amendment. To be fully considered in the planning process, comments must be submitted in writing by April 29, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of all scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance of the meeting(s) through local media and the following BLM Web site at: http:// www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the draft planning document. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the plan amendment proposal by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/ en.html. • E-mail: Quartzsite_Solar@blm.gov. • Fax: 928–317–3250. • Mail: Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, BLM, Yuma Field Office, Attention: Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project Manager, 2555 East Gila Ridge Road, Yuma, Arizona 85365. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project Manager, telephone 602–417–9505; e-mail eddie_arreola@blm.gov; address One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Quartzsite Solar Energy LLC (QSE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Reserve LLC, has requested a right-of-way authorization from the BLM to construct, operate, and maintain a 100megawatt solar energy generation facility on 1,450 acres using concentrated solar power tower technology and has also applied for the approval of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to interconnect the facility’s electric grid system into WAPA’s existing 230 kilovolt transmission line paralleling State Route 95. QSE’s proposed project is approximately 10 miles north of the Town of Quartzsite and approximately 1 mile to the east of State Route 95. WAPA, as the lead agency under NEPA for the project, published a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 project in the Federal Register on January 14, 2010 (75 FR 2133). Public scoping meetings on the QSE project EIS were held on January 26, 2010, in Yuma, Arizona; January 27, 2010, in Parker, Arizona; and January 28, 2010, in Quartzsite, Arizona. The BLM is a cooperating agency for this EIS. Preliminary environmental analysis by the BLM has determined that QSE’s proposed project tower is in nonconformance with the Yuma RMP’s Visual Resources Management (VRM) Class III management objectives. Authorization of the solar facility may therefore require an amendment to the Yuma RMP. By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use plans, predicated on the findings of the NEPA analysis. The BLM will coordinate the RMP commenting process to satisfy the public involvement process under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470(f)), as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Native American tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, will be given due consideration. The purpose of this public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis as it relates to the potential RMP amendment, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the relevant NEPA analyses. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues, among others: Air quality, geologic resources, soils, water resources, threatened and endangered species, wildlife habitats, cultural and historical resources, paleontological resources, visual resources, land use, recreational resources, and public health and safety. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the BLM’s decision on this project, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency for the development of the RMP amendment. The NEPA document analyzing the RMP amendment will consider the impacts of the proposed action, alternatives, and the no action alternative. The BLM, as a cooperating agency for the project EIS, will work to coordinate the analysis associated with the RMP amendment with the project EIS. The public is invited to submit comments on the possible amendment E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2011 / Notices of the Yuma RMP to address VRM issues. Previously submitted comments, issues and concerns related to QSE’s proposed solar facility do not need to be resubmitted. Public comments will aid the BLM in identifying planning alternatives and mitigating measures and will help assure all relevant issues associated with the proposed RMP amendment are considered in the NEPA document for the RMP. This document may be the on-going project EIS or a stand-alone NEPA document, as appropriate. Please note that public comments and information submitted—including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who submit comments—will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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 public at any time. While you may request that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to withhold such information. Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 2800; 40 CFR 1501.7. Raymond Suazo, Arizona Associate State Director. T. 28 S., R. 8 W., accepted March 2, 2011. T. 28 S., R. 8 W., accepted March 17, 2011. T. 30 S., R. 7 W., accepted March 17, 2011. T. 28 S., R. 3 W., accepted March 17, 2011. T. 26 S., R. 7 W., accepted March 18, 2011. T. 26 S., R. 7 W., accepted March 18, 2011. Washington T. 29 N., R. 37 E., accepted March 1, 2011. A copy of the plats may be obtained from the Land Office at the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/ Washington State Office, 333 SW. 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, upon required payment. A person or party who wishes to protest against a survey must file a notice that they wish to protest (at the above address) with the Oregon/Washington State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Portland, Oregon. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Hensley, (503) 808–6124, Branch of Geographic Sciences, Bureau of Land Management, 333 SW. 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. ADDRESSES: Fred O’Ferrall, Chief, Branch of Land, Mineral, and Energy Resources. [FR Doc. 2011–7423 Filed 3–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORB07000. L17110000. MO0000. L.X. SS.020H0000; HAG 11–0170] [FR Doc. 2011–7413 Filed 3–29–11; 8:45 am] Notice of Public Meeting, Steens Mountain Advisory Council BILLING CODE 4310–32–P AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [LLOR957000–L631000000–HD000: HAG11– 0174] Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/ Washington Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington State Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 days from the date of this publication. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Willamette Meridian Oregon T. 20 S., R. 4 W., accepted March 1, 2011. T. 19 S., R. 1 E., accepted March 1, 2011. T. 29 S., R. 8 W., accepted March 1, 2011. T. 29 S., R. 6 W., accepted March 2, 2011. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:59 Mar 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 In accordance with the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Steens Mountain Advisory Council will meet as indicated below: DATES: The Steens Mountain Advisory Council will meet at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway, Burns, Oregon, 97720 on April 4 and 5, 2011. A meeting in Bend, Oregon, at the Phoenix Inn and Suites, 300 NW. Franklin Ave, will be held November 17 and 18, 2011; and a meeting June 9 and 10, 2011 and September 22 and 23, 2011, will be held at the Frenchglen School, Frenchglen, Oregon. All meeting sessions will begin at 8 a.m. local time, and will end at approximately 4:30 p.m., local time. SUMMARY: Bureau of Land Management PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17669 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christi West, Staff Assistant, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon, 97738, (541) 573–4541 or e-mail christi_west@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Steens Mountain Advisory Council was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior on August 14, 2001, pursuant to the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–399) and most recently rechartered in December 2009. The Steens Mountain Advisory Council’s purpose is to provide representative counsel and advice to the Bureau of Land Management regarding new and unique approaches to management of the land within the bounds of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area; cooperative programs and incentives for landscape management that meet human needs, maintenance and improvement of the ecological and economic integrity of the area; and preparation and implementation of a management plan for the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. Topics to be discussed by the Steens Mountain Advisory Council at these meetings include the Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan; North Steens Ecosystem Restoration Project implementation; Science Strategy; South Steens Water Development Project Environmental Assessment; easements and acquisitions; In-holder Access Environmental Assessment; and categories of interest such as wildlife, special designated areas, partnerships/ programs, cultural resources, education/ interpretation, volunteer-based information, adaptive management and socioeconomics; and other matters that may reasonably come before the Steens Mountain Advisory Council. All meetings are open to the public in their entirety. Information to be distributed to the Steens Mountain Advisory Council is requested prior to the start of each Steens Mountain Advisory Council meeting. Public comment is generally scheduled for 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., local time, both days of each meeting session. The amount of time scheduled for public presentations and meeting times may be extended when the authorized representative considers it necessary to accommodate all who seek to be heard regarding matters on the agenda. Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act management regulations (41 CFR 102–3.15(b)), in exceptional circumstances an agency may give less than 15-day notice of committee meeting notices published in the E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[L51010000-FX0000-LVRWA09A2590-LLAZC02000; AZA34666]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Possible Land Use Plan Amendment in 
Conjunction With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz 
County, AZ

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Yuma Field 
Office, Yuma, Arizona, proposes to amend the Yuma Resource Management 
Plan (RMP), in conjunction with the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project 
(QSEP), and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping 
process to solicit public comments and identify issues associated with 
the proposed RMP amendment.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the 
proposed amendment. To be fully considered in the planning process, 
comments must be submitted in writing by April 29, 2011. The date(s) 
and location(s) of all scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 
days in advance of the meeting(s) through local media and the following 
BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html. The BLM will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of 
the draft planning document.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the plan amendment 
proposal by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html.
     E-mail: Quartzsite_Solar@blm.gov.
     Fax: 928-317-3250.
     Mail: Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, BLM, Yuma Field 
Office, Attention: Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project Manager, 2555 
East Gila Ridge Road, Yuma, Arizona 85365.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project 
Manager, telephone 602-417-9505; e-mail eddie_arreola@blm.gov; address 
One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Quartzsite Solar Energy LLC (QSE), a wholly 
owned subsidiary of Solar Reserve LLC, has requested a right-of-way 
authorization from the BLM to construct, operate, and maintain a 100-
megawatt solar energy generation facility on 1,450 acres using 
concentrated solar power tower technology and has also applied for the 
approval of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to 
interconnect the facility's electric grid system into WAPA's existing 
230 kilovolt transmission line paralleling State Route 95. QSE's 
proposed project is approximately 10 miles north of the Town of 
Quartzsite and approximately 1 mile to the east of State Route 95. 
WAPA, as the lead agency under NEPA for the project, published a Notice 
of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 
proposed project in the Federal Register on January 14, 2010 (75 FR 
2133). Public scoping meetings on the QSE project EIS were held on 
January 26, 2010, in Yuma, Arizona; January 27, 2010, in Parker, 
Arizona; and January 28, 2010, in Quartzsite, Arizona. The BLM is a 
cooperating agency for this EIS.
    Preliminary environmental analysis by the BLM has determined that 
QSE's proposed project tower is in non-conformance with the Yuma RMP's 
Visual Resources Management (VRM) Class III management objectives. 
Authorization of the solar facility may therefore require an amendment 
to the Yuma RMP.
    By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 
1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use 
plans, predicated on the findings of the NEPA analysis. The BLM will 
coordinate the RMP commenting process to satisfy the public involvement 
process under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 
U.S.C. 470(f)), as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Native American 
tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and 
tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, will be 
given due consideration.
    The purpose of this public scoping process is to determine relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis as 
it relates to the potential RMP amendment, including alternatives, and 
guide the process for developing the relevant NEPA analyses. At 
present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues, among 
others: Air quality, geologic resources, soils, water resources, 
threatened and endangered species, wildlife habitats, cultural and 
historical resources, paleontological resources, visual resources, land 
use, recreational resources, and public health and safety. Federal, 
State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be 
interested or affected by the BLM's decision on this project, are 
invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may 
request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating 
agency for the development of the RMP amendment.
    The NEPA document analyzing the RMP amendment will consider the 
impacts of the proposed action, alternatives, and the no action 
alternative. The BLM, as a cooperating agency for the project EIS, will 
work to coordinate the analysis associated with the RMP amendment with 
the project EIS. The public is invited to submit comments on the 
possible amendment

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of the Yuma RMP to address VRM issues. Previously submitted comments, 
issues and concerns related to QSE's proposed solar facility do not 
need to be resubmitted. Public comments will aid the BLM in identifying 
planning alternatives and mitigating measures and will help assure all 
relevant issues associated with the proposed RMP amendment are 
considered in the NEPA document for the RMP. This document may be the 
on-going project EIS or a stand-alone NEPA document, as appropriate.
    Please note that public comments and information submitted--
including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who 
submit comments--will be available for public review and disclosure at 
the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 
Monday through Friday, except holidays.
    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 public at any time. While you may request that 
your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, 
we cannot guarantee that we will be able to withhold such information.

    Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 2800; 40 CFR 1501.7.

Raymond Suazo,
Arizona Associate State Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-7413 Filed 3-29-11; 8:45 am]
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