Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pueblo of Jemez 70.277-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Doña Ana County, NM, 19783-19784 [2011-8035]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 68 / Friday, April 8, 2011 / Notices Dated: December 21, 2010. Richard R. Hannan, Acting Regional Director, Portland, Oregon. Dated: March 29, 2011. Kevin T. Gallagher, Associate Director for Core Science Systems. [FR Doc. 2011–8418 Filed 4–7–11; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2011–8400 Filed 4–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P BILLING CODE 4311–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey Bureau of Indian Affairs National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) Advisory Committee Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pueblo of Jemez 70.277-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and ˜ Casino Project, Dona Ana County, NM AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the proposed approval of a 70.277 acre fee-to-trust transfer and ˜ casino project to be located within Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Details on the proposed action, location, and areas of environmental concern addressed in the DEIS are provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by May 23, 2011. The public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the last public comment is received. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand-carry written comments to William Walker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. The public hearing will be held at the Loma Linda Elementary School, 1451 Donaldson Avenue, Anthony, New Mexico 88021. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for locations where the DEIS is available for review and for directions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Priscilla Wade (505) 563–3417. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pueblo of Jemez proposes that 70.277 SUMMARY: Notice of meeting. Pursuant to Public Law 106– 148, the NCGMP and NGGDPP Advisory Committee will meet on June 22nd and June 23rd, 2011, in room 3A417 of the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters building, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192. The Advisory Committee, comprising representatives from Federal agencies, State agencies, academic institutions, and private companies, shall advise the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey on planning and implementation of the geologic mapping and data preservation programs. The Committee will hear updates on progress of the NCGMP toward fulfilling the purposes of the National Geological Mapping Act of 1992; the Federal, State, and education components of the NCGMP; and the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. SUMMARY: June 22–23, 2011, commencing at 8:30 a.m. on June 22 and adjourning by 5 p.m. on June 23. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Brown, U.S. Geological Survey, Mail Stop 908, National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192, (703) 648–6948. Meetings of the National Cooperative Geological Mapping Program and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program Advisory Committee are open to the Public. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: Location 320 Lincoln Street, Anthony, New Mexico 88021. 4471 Highway 4, Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico 87024. 1001 Indian School Road, NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. acres, within a 102.13-acre tract of land, be taken into trust and that a temporary and a permanent casino be constructed on these trust lands. In addition, a hotel is proposed for construction on the 31.855-acres remaining in fee status. The proposed site is located on the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and New Mexico State Road 404 (O’Hara Road), adjacent to the City of Anthony ˜ in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The Pueblo of Jemez, through its Tribal Gaming Enterprise, will operate the casino facility. The BIA is the lead agency for the DEIS on this project. There are no cooperating agencies. A public scoping meeting for the DEIS was held by the BIA on March 16, 2005, in Anthony, New Mexico. The Pueblo proposes to build and operate a 24,000-square foot temporary casino while building a permanent gaming facility with a planned 103,500 total square feet on trust-acquired land that is adjacent to a proposed 90,000 square-foot hotel facility located on fee land. Access to the facilities would be from O’Hara Road and the west frontage road along I–10. The temporary and permanent casinos and hotel would include associated parking. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land and water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, resource use patterns, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, environmental justice, growth-inducing effects, cumulative impacts, and unavoidable adverse effects. Alternatives to the proposed project considered in the DEIS include: (1) Trust Acquisition with temporary and permanent casino, and hotel construction; (2) Trust Acquisition with permanent casino and hotel construction; and (3) No Action. Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, return address and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Comments, Pueblo of Jemez Proposed 70.277-acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project’’ on the first page of your written comments. Locations where the DEIS is Available for Review: The DEIS is available for review at the following locations. Address City of Anthony City Hall .................................... Pueblo of Jemez Administrative Office .............. BIA Southwest Regional Office .......................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:45 Apr 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19783 For information on the location, call: (575) 882–2983. (575) 834–7359 (contact: Ashley Chinana). (505) 563–3417. E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 19784 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 68 / Friday, April 8, 2011 / Notices The DEIS is also available for public review on the following Web sites: • http:// www.anthonycasinofacts.com, and • http://www.jemezpueblo.org. If you would like to obtain a CD copy of the DEIS, please write or call Priscilla Wade, Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Environmental, Safety, and Cultural Resources Management, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone 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 published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: March 25, 2011. Jodi Gillette, Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2011–8035 Filed 4–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES [LLIDT01000. L51010000. FX0000. LVRWD09D0500] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment to the 1987 Jarbidge Resource Management Plan for the Proposed China Mountain Wind Project AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Apr 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 ACTION: Notice of availability. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment for the Proposed China Mountain Wind Project in south central Idaho and northeast Nevada and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS and Draft RMP Amendment within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice of the availability of these documents in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Proposed China Mountain Wind Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/ en/prog/planning/china_mountain _wind.html. • E-mail: id_chinamtn_eis@blm.gov. • Fax: (208) 735–2076. • Mail: China Mountain Wind Project Manager, Jarbidge Field Office, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. Copies of the Proposed China Mountain Wind Project Draft EIS and Draft RMP Amendment are available in the Jarbidge Field Office at the above address or electronically on the Web site shown above. Copies of the Draft EIS and Draft RMP Amendment are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations: • Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office, Public Room, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709; • Bureau of Land Management, Jarbidge Field Office, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301; • Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, Public Room, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada 89502; and • Bureau of Land Management, Wells Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada 89801. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: China Mountain Wind Project Manager, Jarbidge Field Office, 2536 Kimberly SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Road, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301, telephone (208) 735–2072. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: China Mountain Wind, LLC (CMW), which is owned by RES America Developments, Inc. (RES) and Nevada Power Company (NV Energy), is proposing to construct, operate, and maintain a commercial wind power electric generation facility capable of generating up to 425 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Up to 170 wind turbines, each having a generating capacity between 2.3 and 3.0 MW, would be installed on an area covering approximately 30,700 acres in the Jarbidge Foothills, an area located southwest of Rogerson, Idaho, and west of Jackpot, Nevada. The proposed project area includes 4,700 acres of public land administered by the BLM Elko District, Wells Field Office, in northeastern Nevada, 15,300 acres of public land administered by the BLM Twin Falls District, Jarbidge Field Office, in south central Idaho, 2,000 acres of State of Idaho lands, and 8,700 acres of private lands in south central Idaho and northeast Nevada. The proposal involves the issuance of a BLM right-of-way (ROW) grant for the facilities located on public lands. CMW’s application for a ROW grant from the BLM for this project triggered the preparation of an EIS under NEPA. The BLM is responsible for evaluating the ROW grant across Federally managed lands by authority of FLPMA. The Draft EIS has been developed to meet the standards for analysis required for compliance with Federal regulations, and the Idaho State BLM has been designated as the review lead. Through internal and external scoping, the BLM has identified the following issues for analysis: Fish and wildlife including special status species, cultural resources, visual resources, air quality, soils, vegetation, noise, water quality, public access; recreation, wildfire management, hazardous materials, social values, and wilderness characteristics. A ROW grant for the proposed action is in conformance with the 1985 Wells RMP. It is not in conformance with the 1987 Jarbidge RMP provisions regarding Visual Resource Management (VRM) classes, protection of threatened, endangered, E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pueblo of 
Jemez 70.277-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Do[ntilde]a 
Ana County, NM

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez, 
intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the proposed approval of 
a 70.277 acre fee-to-trust transfer and casino project to be located 
within Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico. Details on the proposed 
action, location, and areas of environmental concern addressed in the 
DEIS are provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
notice. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments 
on the DEIS.

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by May 23, 2011. The 
public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the last public comment is received.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand-carry written comments to William 
Walker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Regional 
Office, 1001 Indian School Road, NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. 
The public hearing will be held at the Loma Linda Elementary School, 
1451 Donaldson Avenue, Anthony, New Mexico 88021. See the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this notice for locations where the DEIS is 
available for review and for directions on submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Priscilla Wade (505) 563-3417.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pueblo of Jemez proposes that 70.277 
acres, within a 102.13-acre tract of land, be taken into trust and that 
a temporary and a permanent casino be constructed on these trust lands. 
In addition, a hotel is proposed for construction on the 31.855-acres 
remaining in fee status. The proposed site is located on the southwest 
corner of Interstate 10 and New Mexico State Road 404 (O'Hara Road), 
adjacent to the City of Anthony in Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico. 
The Pueblo of Jemez, through its Tribal Gaming Enterprise, will operate 
the casino facility. The BIA is the lead agency for the DEIS on this 
project. There are no cooperating agencies. A public scoping meeting 
for the DEIS was held by the BIA on March 16, 2005, in Anthony, New 
Mexico.
    The Pueblo proposes to build and operate a 24,000-square foot 
temporary casino while building a permanent gaming facility with a 
planned 103,500 total square feet on trust-acquired land that is 
adjacent to a proposed 90,000 square-foot hotel facility located on fee 
land. Access to the facilities would be from O'Hara Road and the west 
frontage road along I-10. The temporary and permanent casinos and hotel 
would include associated parking.
    Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land and water 
resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, 
socio-economic conditions, resource use patterns, public services, 
noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, environmental justice, 
growth-inducing effects, cumulative impacts, and unavoidable adverse 
effects. Alternatives to the proposed project considered in the DEIS 
include: (1) Trust Acquisition with temporary and permanent casino, and 
hotel construction; (2) Trust Acquisition with permanent casino and 
hotel construction; and (3) No Action.
    Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, 
return address and the caption, ``DEIS Comments, Pueblo of Jemez 
Proposed 70.277-acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project'' on the 
first page of your written comments.
    Locations where the DEIS is Available for Review: The DEIS is 
available for review at the following locations.

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                                                     For information on
          Location                   Address         the location, call:
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City of Anthony City Hall...  320 Lincoln Street,   (575) 882-2983.
                               Anthony, New Mexico
                               88021.
Pueblo of Jemez               4471 Highway 4,       (575) 834-7359
 Administrative Office.        Pueblo of Jemez,      (contact: Ashley
                               New Mexico 87024.     Chinana).
BIA Southwest Regional        1001 Indian School    (505) 563-3417.
 Office.                       Road, NW.,
                               Albuquerque, New
                               Mexico 87104.
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The DEIS is also available for public review on the following Web 
sites:

     http://www.anthonycasinofacts.com, and
     http://www.jemezpueblo.org.

If you would like to obtain a CD copy of the DEIS, please write or call 
Priscilla Wade, Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of 
Indian Affairs, Division of Environmental, Safety, and Cultural 
Resources Management, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School 
Road, NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104.

    Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, 
during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone 
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 published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of 
the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500 
through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of Interior 
Regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural 
requirements of the NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et 
seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: March 25, 2011.
Jodi Gillette,
Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2011-8035 Filed 4-7-11; 8:45 am]
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