Oglethorpe Power Corporation: Proposed Biomass Power Plant, 20624-20625 [2011-8779]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 20624 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 71 / Wednesday, April 13, 2011 / Notices agent or other pathogen, or any article similar to or allied with any of the foregoing. APHIS has prepared a plant pest risk assessment to determine if hybrid rose lines IFD–524;1–4 and IFD–529;1–9 are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk. APHIS has also prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) in which it presents two alternatives based on its analyses of data submitted by Florigene, a review of other scientific data, and field tests conducted under APHIS oversight. APHIS is considering the following alternatives: (1) Take no action, i.e., APHIS would not change the regulatory status of hybrid rose lines IFD–524;1–4 and IFD–529;1–9 and they would continue to be regulated articles, or (2) grant nonregulated status to hybrid rose lines IFD–524;1–4 and IFD–529;1–9 in whole. The draft EA has been prepared to provide the APHIS decisionmaker with a review and analysis of any potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed determination of nonregulated status for hybrid rose lines IFD–524;1–4 and IFD–529;1–9. The draft EA was prepared in accordance with (1) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS’ NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). In accordance with § 340.6(d) of the regulations, we are publishing this notice to inform the public that APHIS will accept written comments regarding the petition for a determination of nonregulated status from interested or affected persons for a period of 60 days from the date of this notice. 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AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR part 1794 related to possible financial assistance to Oglethorpe Power Corporation (Oglethorpe) for the construction of a 100 megawatt (MW) biomass plant and related facilities (Proposal) in Warren County, Georgia. The purpose of the Proposal is to provide a reliable, long-term supply of renewable and sustainable energy at a reasonable cost to meet part of the electric energy needs of Oglethorpe’s members. Oglethorpe may request financial assistance in the future from the RUS for the Proposal. DATES: Written comments on the Draft EIS must be received on or before May 31, 2011. RUS will conduct a public meeting May 5, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren County Community Service Building, located at: 48 Warren Street, Warrenton, Georgia 30828. The SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 71 / Wednesday, April 13, 2011 / Notices first half hour of the meeting will be an open house followed by a formal public information and comment meeting with brief presentations on the Draft EIS. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the Draft EIS. A court reporter will transcribe verbal comments from the formal public comment portion of the meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain copies of the Draft EIS or for further information, contact: Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, or e-mail stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov. ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft EIS may be viewed online at the following Web site: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ ees/eis.htm and at the: Warren County Public Library, 10 Warren Street, Warrenton, Georgia 30828, Phone (706) 465–2656. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Oglethorpe proposes to own, operate, and maintain the Proposal in Warren County, Georgia. The purpose of the Proposal is to provide a reliable, longterm supply of renewable and sustainable energy at a reasonable cost to meet part of the electric energy needs of Oglethorpe’s members. Three alternatives are evaluated in detail in the Draft EIS; the no action alternative, and the proposed action at two different locations: Warren County (the Proposal) and Appling County (the Alternate). Alternatives were evaluated in terms of cost-effectiveness, technical feasibility, and environmental factors. The Draft EIS evaluated and eliminated from detailed consideration 8 alternatives for renewable generation, one other generation alternative, demand side management, three alternative sites, two alternatives for cooling, and two alternatives for water supply. The Proposal would be constructed on an approximately 343-acre site located three-fourths mile east of the city limit of Warrenton. The tallest structure would be the stack, with a maximum estimated height of approximately 220 feet. The construction schedule of the Proposal is currently unknown. A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS and Hold a Scoping Meeting was published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 30520, on June 26, 2009, and local newspapers. The scoping meeting for the EIS was held in the project area on July 9, 2009, and public comments were accepted from June 26, 2009, through VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:37 Apr 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 July 27, 2009. RUS issued a Scoping Report in March 2010. In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulation, ‘‘Protection of Historic Properties’’ (36 CFR part 800) and as part of its broad environmental review process, RUS must take into account the effect of the proposal on historic properties Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS is using its procedures for public involvement under NEPA to meet its’ responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public during Section 106 review. Any party wishing to participate more directly with RUS as a ‘‘consulting party’’ in Section 106 review may submit a written request to the RUS contact provided in this notice. Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the mailing or e-mail addresses provided in this Notice. RUS will accept comments on the Draft EIS in writing by May 31, 2011 to ensure that they are considered in the Final EIS. Once completed, a public notice announcing the availability of the final EIS will be published in the Federal Register and local newspapers. Subsequent to a 30-day public review period of the Final EIS and resolution of any additional comments, RUS will then issue and publish a Record of Decision. Because the Proposal may involve impacts to wetlands, this Notice of Availability also serves as a notice of potential impacts to wetlands. In accordance with Executive Order 11990, the Draft EIS includes a wetland assessment and statement of no practicable alternatives to proposed impacts to wetlands. 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 promulgated in RUS’ Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794). 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 71 (Wednesday, April 13, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20624-20625]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-8779]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Oglethorpe Power Corporation: Proposed Biomass Power Plant

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement and Notice of Public Hearing.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 
has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet its 
responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 
7 CFR part 1794 related to possible financial assistance to Oglethorpe 
Power Corporation (Oglethorpe) for the construction of a 100 megawatt 
(MW) biomass plant and related facilities (Proposal) in Warren County, 
Georgia.
    The purpose of the Proposal is to provide a reliable, long-term 
supply of renewable and sustainable energy at a reasonable cost to meet 
part of the electric energy needs of Oglethorpe's members. Oglethorpe 
may request financial assistance in the future from the RUS for the 
Proposal.

DATES: Written comments on the Draft EIS must be received on or before 
May 31, 2011. RUS will conduct a public meeting May 5, 2011, from 6 to 
8 p.m. at the Warren County Community Service Building, located at: 48 
Warren Street, Warrenton, Georgia 30828. The

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first half hour of the meeting will be an open house followed by a 
formal public information and comment meeting with brief presentations 
on the Draft EIS. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask 
questions and provide comments on the Draft EIS. A court reporter will 
transcribe verbal comments from the formal public comment portion of 
the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain copies of the Draft EIS or 
for further information, contact: Stephanie Strength, Environmental 
Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250-1571, or e-mail 
stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft EIS may be viewed online at the 
following Web site: https://www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/eis.htm and at 
the: Warren County Public Library, 10 Warren Street, Warrenton, Georgia 
30828, Phone (706) 465-2656.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Oglethorpe proposes to own, operate, and 
maintain the Proposal in Warren County, Georgia. The purpose of the 
Proposal is to provide a reliable, long-term supply of renewable and 
sustainable energy at a reasonable cost to meet part of the electric 
energy needs of Oglethorpe's members. Three alternatives are evaluated 
in detail in the Draft EIS; the no action alternative, and the proposed 
action at two different locations: Warren County (the Proposal) and 
Appling County (the Alternate). Alternatives were evaluated in terms of 
cost-effectiveness, technical feasibility, and environmental factors. 
The Draft EIS evaluated and eliminated from detailed consideration 8 
alternatives for renewable generation, one other generation 
alternative, demand side management, three alternative sites, two 
alternatives for cooling, and two alternatives for water supply.
    The Proposal would be constructed on an approximately 343-acre site 
located three-fourths mile east of the city limit of Warrenton. The 
tallest structure would be the stack, with a maximum estimated height 
of approximately 220 feet. The construction schedule of the Proposal is 
currently unknown.
    A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS and Hold a Scoping Meeting was 
published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 30520, on June 26, 2009, and 
local newspapers. The scoping meeting for the EIS was held in the 
project area on July 9, 2009, and public comments were accepted from 
June 26, 2009, through July 27, 2009. RUS issued a Scoping Report in 
March 2010.
    In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act and its implementing regulation, ``Protection of 
Historic Properties'' (36 CFR part 800) and as part of its broad 
environmental review process, RUS must take into account the effect of 
the proposal on historic properties Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS 
is using its procedures for public involvement under NEPA to meet its' 
responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public during 
Section 106 review. Any party wishing to participate more directly with 
RUS as a ``consulting party'' in Section 106 review may submit a 
written request to the RUS contact provided in this notice. Questions 
and comments should be sent to RUS at the mailing or e-mail addresses 
provided in this Notice. RUS will accept comments on the Draft EIS in 
writing by May 31, 2011 to ensure that they are considered in the Final 
EIS. Once completed, a public notice announcing the availability of the 
final EIS will be published in the Federal Register and local 
newspapers. Subsequent to a 30-day public review period of the Final 
EIS and resolution of any additional comments, RUS will then issue and 
publish a Record of Decision.
    Because the Proposal may involve impacts to wetlands, this Notice 
of Availability also serves as a notice of potential impacts to 
wetlands. In accordance with Executive Order 11990, the Draft EIS 
includes a wetland assessment and statement of no practicable 
alternatives to proposed impacts to wetlands.
    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 promulgated in RUS' Environmental 
Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794).

Nivin Elgohary,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Electric Program, Rural Utilities 
Service.
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