Basin Electric Power Cooperative: Notice of Intent To Hold Public Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment, 20311-20312 [2011-8719]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 70 / Tuesday, April 12, 2011 / Notices between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. More information will be posted on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Web site at https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/ projects/rac.shtml. Comments may be sent via e-mail to pforbes@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to (360) 436–1309. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Darrington Ranger District office at 1405 Emens Avenue, Darrington, Washington, during regular office hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Dated: April 5, 2011. Renee Bodine, Acting Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2011–8647 Filed 4–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Basin Electric Power Cooperative: Notice of Intent To Hold Public Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Intent to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment with Scoping (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR part 1794 in connection with potential impacts related to a proposed project by Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric). The proposed Big Bend to Witten Transmission Line Project (proposed action) consists of an approximately 70mile long 230-kV single-circuit transmission line, a new Western Area Power Administration (Western) substation called Lower Brule Substation, an addition to the existing Witten Substation, and approximately two miles of 230-kV double-circuit transmission line between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. It is anticipated that some communication facility additions or enhancements may be necessary for the project including radio towers and buildings at Lower Brule Substation, Witten Substation, and one or two srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Apr 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 intermediate sites. Basin Electric is requesting RUS financial assistance for the proposed action. DATES: RUS will conduct public scoping meetings in an open house format to provide information and solicit comments for the preparation of the EA. The scoping meetings will be held on the following dates: The American Legion Post 179, 109 North 5th Avenue, Reliance, SD, on Tuesday April 26, 2011, 4–7 p.m.; The Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 1360 East Highway 44, Winner, SD, on Wednesday April 27, 2011, 4–7 p.m. ADDRESSES: To send comments or request additional information, contact: Mr. Richard Fristik, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571. Telephone: (202) 720–5093 or e-mail: richard.fristik@wdc.usda.gov. A Macro Corridor and Alternative Evaluation Study has been prepared for the proposed project. The document is available for public review prior to and during the public scoping meetings. The report is available at the RUS address provided in this notice and on the agency’s Web site at: https:// www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm, the offices of Basin Electric and the following repositories: Kennebec Public Library, 203 S Main, Kennebec, SD 57544 Tripp County Library—Grossenburg Memorial, 442 Monroe Street, Winner, SD 57580 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The network transmission system in South Dakota is not able to accommodate projected load growth by 2014. The major impact is the addition of the pumping station loads associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Seven pumping stations are proposed to be located in South Dakota. The two pumping stations to be connected to the Witten Substation and Gregory Substation would have a large impact on the network transmission system. These substations are located in a relatively remote area from a network transmission perspective and therefore do not have a strong redundant transmission connection. The existing Western 115-kV line between the Mission Substation and the Fort Randall Substation is not able to reliably accommodate the ultimate pump station build-out load level. An outage of the Fort Randall to Gregory 115-kV line would result in operating voltage criteria violations in the areas of Mission and Gregory, SD. The addition of the Big Bend to Witten 230-kV PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20311 transmission line would provide an increase in the load serving capacity such that the delivery needs of the projected network load can be met in a reliable manner. The proposed action consists of an approximately 70-mile long 230-kV single circuit transmission line, a new Western Substation called Lower Brule Substation, an addition to the existing Witten Substation, and approximately two miles of 230-kV double-circuit transmission line between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. Lower Brule Substation would be a new facility, to be built by Western, near Big Bend Dam on the Missouri River. Western would also construct, own, and operate approximately two miles of double circuit transmission line between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. The Witten Substation is owned by Rosebud Electric Cooperative and is near the town of Witten, SD. Basin Electric would build and own the addition to the Witten Substation. It is anticipated that some communication facility additions or enhancements may be necessary for the project including radio towers and buildings at Lower Brule Substation, Witten Substation, and one or two intermediate sites. Basin Electric is seeking financing from RUS for its ownership of the proposed project. Before making a decision to provide financing, RUS is required to conduct an environmental review under NEPA in accordance with RUS’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). Western has agreed to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the EA. Government agencies, private organizations, and the public are invited to participate in the planning and analysis of the proposed action. Representatives from RUS, Western and Basin Electric will be available at the scoping meetings to discuss the environmental review process, describe the proposed action, discuss the scope of environmental issues to be considered, answer questions, and accept comments. Comments regarding the proposed action may be submitted (orally or in writing) at the public scoping meetings or in writing by May 27, 2011, at the Rural Utilities Service address provided in this notice. From information provided in the Macro Corridor and Alternatives Evaluation Study Report, from government agencies, private organizations, and the public, Basin Electric Power Cooperative will prepare an environmental analysis to be submitted to RUS for review. RUS will review the environmental analysis and determine the significance of the E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 20312 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 70 / Tuesday, April 12, 2011 / Notices impacts of the proposal. If accepted, the document will be adopted as the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposal. RUS’s EA would be available for review and comment for 45 days. Should RUS determine, based on the EA for the proposal, that impacts associated with the construction and operation of the proposal would not have a significant environmental impact, it will prepare a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). Public notification of a FONSI would be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the proposal area. If at any point in the preparation of an EA, RUS determines that the proposed action will have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement will be required. Any final action by RUS related to the proposed action 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. Dated: April 5, 2011. Mark S. Plank, Director, Engineering and Environmental, Staff, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2011–8719 Filed 4–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–403–801, C–403–802] Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon From Norway: Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary and Final Results of Full Third Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Sunset Reviews Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: April 12, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristen Johnson for (CVD) at 202–482– 4793 and Eric Greynolds for (AD) at 202–482–6071, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Background On January 3, 2011, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated the third sunset reviews of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on fresh and chilled VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Apr 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 Atlantic salmon from Norway, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). See Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review, 76 FR 89 (January 3, 2011). Within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i), the Department received a notice of intent to participate, in both the AD and CVD sunset reviews, on behalf of Phoenix Salmon U.S., Inc. (Phoenix Salmon), a domestic interested party. Phoenix Salmon claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act, as a producer of subject merchandise. The Department received timely substantive responses from Phoenix Salmon and the following respondent interested parties: the Government of Norway, Norwegian Seafood Federation (NSF), and the Aquaculture Division of the Norwegian Seafood Association (ADNSA). The domestic and respondent interested parties also submitted to the Department timely rebuttal comments. On April 6, 2011, after analyzing the submissions from the interested parties and finding that NSF and ADNSA have standing as foreign interested parties and that the substantive responses submitted by all of the interested parties are adequate, the Department determined to conduct full sunset reviews of the AD and CVD orders on fresh and chilled Atlantic salmon from Norway. See Memorandum to Gary Taverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, from Melissa Skinner, Director, Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Office 3, regarding ‘‘Adequacy Determination: Third Sunset Reviews of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon From Norway,’’ (April 6, 2011). Extension of Time Limits In accordance with section 751(c)(5)(B) of the Act, the Department may extend the period of time for making its determination by not more than 90 days, if it determines that the review is extraordinarily complicated. We determine that the AD and CVD sunset reviews are extraordinarily complicated, pursuant to section 751(c)(5)(C) of the Act, because of a large number of complex issues in each review that the Department must analyze. The preliminary results of the full sunset reviews of the AD and CVD orders on fresh and chilled Atlantic salmon from Norway are scheduled for April 23, 2011, and the final results of these reviews are scheduled for August 31, 2011. The Department is extending PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the deadlines for both the preliminary and final results of the full sunset reviews. As a result, the Department intends to issue the preliminary results of the full sunset reviews of the AD and CVD orders on fresh and chilled Atlantic salmon from Norway on July 22, 2011, and the final results of the reviews on November 29, 2011. These dates are 90 days from the original scheduled dates of the preliminary and final results of these full sunset reviews. This notice is issued in accordance with sections 751(c)(5)(B) and (C)(v) of the Act. Dated: April 6, 2011. Gary Taverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2011–8735 Filed 4–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–489–805] Certain Pasta From Turkey: Extension of Time Limit for the Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230; (202) 482–3692. AGENCY: Background On July 24, 1996, the Department published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on certain pasta from Turkey. See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order and Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Pasta From Turkey, 61 FR 38545 (July 24, 1996). On July 1, 2010, we published in the Federal Register the notice of ‘‘Opportunity to Request Administrative Review’’ of this order for the period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 75 FR 38074 (July 1, 2010). On July 30, 2010, we received a request from petitioners 1 to 1 New World Pasta Company, American Italian Pasta Company, and Dakota Growers Pasta Company (collectively, petitioners). E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 70 (Tuesday, April 12, 2011)]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-8719]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Basin Electric Power Cooperative: Notice of Intent To Hold Public 
Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an 
Environmental Assessment (EA).

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold public 
scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Assessment with Scoping 
(EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR part 1794 in connection with potential 
impacts related to a proposed project by Basin Electric Power 
Cooperative (Basin Electric). The proposed Big Bend to Witten 
Transmission Line Project (proposed action) consists of an 
approximately 70-mile long 230-kV single-circuit transmission line, a 
new Western Area Power Administration (Western) substation called Lower 
Brule Substation, an addition to the existing Witten Substation, and 
approximately two miles of 230-kV double-circuit transmission line 
between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. It is 
anticipated that some communication facility additions or enhancements 
may be necessary for the project including radio towers and buildings 
at Lower Brule Substation, Witten Substation, and one or two 
intermediate sites. Basin Electric is requesting RUS financial 
assistance for the proposed action.

DATES: RUS will conduct public scoping meetings in an open house format 
to provide information and solicit comments for the preparation of the 
EA. The scoping meetings will be held on the following dates: The 
American Legion Post 179, 109 North 5th Avenue, Reliance, SD, on 
Tuesday April 26, 2011, 4-7 p.m.; The Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 
1360 East Highway 44, Winner, SD, on Wednesday April 27, 2011, 4-7 p.m.

ADDRESSES: To send comments or request additional information, contact: 
Mr. Richard Fristik, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, 
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, 
Washington, DC 20250-1571. Telephone: (202) 720-5093 or e-mail: 
richard.fristik@wdc.usda.gov.
    A Macro Corridor and Alternative Evaluation Study has been prepared 
for the proposed project. The document is available for public review 
prior to and during the public scoping meetings. The report is 
available at the RUS address provided in this notice and on the 
agency's Web site at: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm, the 
offices of Basin Electric and the following repositories:

Kennebec Public Library, 203 S Main, Kennebec, SD 57544
Tripp County Library--Grossenburg Memorial, 442 Monroe Street, Winner, 
SD 57580

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The network transmission system in South 
Dakota is not able to accommodate projected load growth by 2014. The 
major impact is the addition of the pumping station loads associated 
with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Seven pumping stations are 
proposed to be located in South Dakota. The two pumping stations to be 
connected to the Witten Substation and Gregory Substation would have a 
large impact on the network transmission system. These substations are 
located in a relatively remote area from a network transmission 
perspective and therefore do not have a strong redundant transmission 
connection. The existing Western 115-kV line between the Mission 
Substation and the Fort Randall Substation is not able to reliably 
accommodate the ultimate pump station build-out load level. An outage 
of the Fort Randall to Gregory 115-kV line would result in operating 
voltage criteria violations in the areas of Mission and Gregory, SD. 
The addition of the Big Bend to Witten 230-kV transmission line would 
provide an increase in the load serving capacity such that the delivery 
needs of the projected network load can be met in a reliable manner.
    The proposed action consists of an approximately 70-mile long 230-
kV single circuit transmission line, a new Western Substation called 
Lower Brule Substation, an addition to the existing Witten Substation, 
and approximately two miles of 230-kV double-circuit transmission line 
between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. Lower Brule 
Substation would be a new facility, to be built by Western, near Big 
Bend Dam on the Missouri River. Western would also construct, own, and 
operate approximately two miles of double circuit transmission line 
between Big Bend Dam and the new Lower Brule Substation. The Witten 
Substation is owned by Rosebud Electric Cooperative and is near the 
town of Witten, SD. Basin Electric would build and own the addition to 
the Witten Substation. It is anticipated that some communication 
facility additions or enhancements may be necessary for the project 
including radio towers and buildings at Lower Brule Substation, Witten 
Substation, and one or two intermediate sites.
    Basin Electric is seeking financing from RUS for its ownership of 
the proposed project. Before making a decision to provide financing, 
RUS is required to conduct an environmental review under NEPA in 
accordance with RUS's Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 
1794). Western has agreed to be a cooperating agency in preparation of 
the EA. Government agencies, private organizations, and the public are 
invited to participate in the planning and analysis of the proposed 
action. Representatives from RUS, Western and Basin Electric will be 
available at the scoping meetings to discuss the environmental review 
process, describe the proposed action, discuss the scope of 
environmental issues to be considered, answer questions, and accept 
comments. Comments regarding the proposed action may be submitted 
(orally or in writing) at the public scoping meetings or in writing by 
May 27, 2011, at the Rural Utilities Service address provided in this 
notice. From information provided in the Macro Corridor and 
Alternatives Evaluation Study Report, from government agencies, private 
organizations, and the public, Basin Electric Power Cooperative will 
prepare an environmental analysis to be submitted to RUS for review. 
RUS will review the environmental analysis and determine the 
significance of the

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impacts of the proposal. If accepted, the document will be adopted as 
the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposal. RUS's EA would be 
available for review and comment for 45 days. Should RUS determine, 
based on the EA for the proposal, that impacts associated with the 
construction and operation of the proposal would not have a significant 
environmental impact, it will prepare a finding of no significant 
impact (FONSI). Public notification of a FONSI would be published in 
the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the proposal 
area.
    If at any point in the preparation of an EA, RUS determines that 
the proposed action will have a significant effect on the quality of 
the human environment, the preparation of an Environmental Impact 
Statement will be required. Any final action by RUS related to the 
proposed action 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.

    Dated: April 5, 2011.
Mark S. Plank,
Director, Engineering and Environmental, Staff, Rural Utilities 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-8719 Filed 4-11-11; 8:45 am]
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