Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, Post-Authorization Change Study, in Lafourche Parish, LA, 53424-53425 [2011-21881]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 53424 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices (measures) along a 6.4-mile long reach between the barge canal downstream to the South Cross Levee. Primary deficiencies of the levee include through-seepage, under-seepage, and embankment instability (e.g., overly steepened slopes). As part of the project, an EIS/EIR is being prepared. USACE has authority under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (as amended) (33 U.S.C. 408), over alterations to federal flood control project levees and any such alterations as proposed by WSAFCA are subject to approval by USACE. USACE also has authority under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) over activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill material to waters of the United States, which are known to be in the project area. Under Section 10 of the Rives and Harbors Act, the District Engineer may permit activities which do not affect navigable waters. Due to these authorities, USACE is acting as the lead agency for the EIS pursuant to NEPA. WSAFCA will be acting as the lead agency for the EIR according to CEQA as the public agency that has the principal responsibility for carrying out and approving the project. 2. Alternatives. The EIS/EIR will consider several alternatives for reducing flood damage. Each alternative analyzed during the investigation will consist of a combination of several measures to reduce the risk of flooding. These measures include, but are not limited to, installing slurry cutoff walls, constructing seepage or stability berms, relief wells, rock slope protection, slope flattening, and potential new levee alignments (setback or adjacent levees). 3. Scoping Process. a. Public scoping meetings will be held on September 15, 2011, to present information to the public and to receive comments from the public on the project. These meetings are intended to initiate the process to involve concerned individuals, and local, State, and Federal agencies. b. Significant issues to be analyzed in depth in the environmental documents include effects on hydraulics, wetlands and other waters of the U.S., vegetation and wildlife resources, special-status species, aesthetics, cultural resources, recreation, land use, fisheries, agricultural resources, water quality, air quality, transportation, and socioeconomics; and cumulative effects of related projects in the study area. c. USACE is consulting with the State Historic Preservation Officer to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Endangered VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Species Act. USACE also is coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. d. A 45-day public review period will be provided for individuals and agencies to review and comment on the draft environmental document. All interested parties are encouraged to respond to this notice and provide a current address if they wish to be notified of the draft EIS/EIR circulation. 4. Availability. The draft EIS/EIR for the Southport Sacramento River EIP is scheduled to be available for public review and comment in mid-2012. Dated: August 17, 2011. William J. Leady, COL, EN, Commanding. [FR Doc. 2011–21878 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, PostAuthorization Change Study, in Lafourche Parish, LA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, Post-Authorization Change (PAC) Study. This project was originally authorized in 1965. Construction began in 1972 and is still underway. The PAC Study was initiated to identify and evaluate modifications needed to ensure that completion of project features, designed and constructed before development of the post-Katrina Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) Design Guidelines, are in compliance with these new guidelines. The subject SEIS will supplement the original environmental impact statement (EIS) prepared for the project as authorized in 1965. The Statement of Findings for the original EIS was signed on April 4, 1975. An SEIS was subsequently prepared to address proposed modifications to the authorized plan. The Record of Decision for this first SEIS was signed on May 20, 1985. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the draft SEIS should be addressed to Charlene Carmack, Rock Island District, Corps of Engineers, CEMVP–PD–C, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204–2004; telephone (309) 794–5570; fax (309) 794–5157; or be e-mail: Charlene.Carmack@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Authority. This SEIS will be the second supplement to the EIS originally prepared for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project. This project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 27 October 1965, House Document No. 184, 89th Congress (Pub. L. 89–298), which authorized the project ‘‘hurricane-flood protection at Grand Isle and Vicinity, Louisiana’’ to provide protection in accordance with the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers in his report entitled ‘‘Grand Isle and Vicinity, La.’’, and contained in House Document No. 184, Eighty-ninth Congress, 1st Session. The authorized project is a ring levee system with associated control structures that provides hurricane and storm damage risk reduction to communities located along both sides of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The overall levee system is approximately 43 miles long, extending from Larose to a point 2 miles south of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Roughly 25,000 people live in the communities of Larose, Galliano, Cutoff, and Golden Meadow, which are located within the ring levee system. 2. Alternatives. Alternatives currently being evaluated in the PAC Study include: (1) Stabilize the existing levee using current criteria for still-water elevations, which would complete the project without exceeding the 1965 authorized elevation listed in the Grand Isle, Louisiana, and Vicinity General Design Memorandum (with datum adjustments), and meet the current approved design guidelines excluding the Post-Hurricane Katrina hydrology and hydraulics design guidelines; (2) modify the 1965 design to complete the project providing a level of risk reduction based on the 1965 storm surge design elevations (with datum adjustments) using the current HSDRRS Design Guidelines to include the PostHurricane Katrina surge models; (3) complete the existing levee system in general conformance with the previously authorized design. These alternatives will be further formulated and developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives will be considered in the new SEIS. These may include E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices alternatives that are in addition to those listed herein. 3. Public Involvement. Public involvement, an essential part of the SEIS process, is integral to assessing the environmental consequences of the proposed action and improving the quality of the environmental decisionmaking. The public includes affected and interested Federal, State, and local agencies, Indian Tribes, concerned citizens, stakeholders, and other interested parties. Public participation in the SEIS process will be strongly encouraged, both formally and informally, to enhance the probability of a more technically accurate, economically feasible, and socially and politically acceptable SEIS. Public involvement will include but is not limited to: information dissemination; identification of problems, needs and opportunities; idea generation; public education; problem solving; providing feedback on proposals; evaluation of alternatives; conflict resolution by consensus; public and scoping notices and meetings; public, stakeholder and advisory groups consultation and meetings; and making the SEIS and supporting information readily available in conveniently located places, such as libraries and on the world wide Web. 4. Scoping. Scoping, an early and open process for identifying the scope of significant issues related to the proposed action and alternatives to be addressed in the SEIS, will be used to: (a) Identify the affected public and agency concerns; (b) facilitate an efficient SEIS preparation process; (c) define the issues and alternatives that will be examined in detail in the SEIS; and (d) save time in the overall process by helping to ensure that the draft SEIS adequately addresses relevant issues. The USACE anticipates conducting a public scoping meeting for this SEIS in October 2011. The exact date, time, and location of this meeting, which will be held in the general project area, have not yet been determined. This information will be publicized once the meeting arrangements have been made. 5. Coordination. The USACE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have formally committed to work together to conserve, protect, and restore fish and wildlife resources while ensuring environmental sustainability of our Nation’s water resources under the January 22, 2003, Partnership Agreement for Water Resources and Fish and Wildlife. The USFWS will provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report. Coordination will be maintained with the USFWS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding threatened and VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 endangered species under their respective jurisdictional responsibilities. Coordination will be maintained with the NMFS regarding essential fish habitat. Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regarding navigation issues. In addition, USFWS, NMFS, USCG and the U.S. Geological Survey will be invited to be cooperating agencies. Coordination will be maintained with the Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding prime and unique farmlands. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be consulted regarding the ‘‘Swampbuster’’ provisions of the Food Security Act. Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning compliance with Executive Order 12898, ‘‘Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.’’ Coordination will be maintained with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Federal Aviation Administration will be consulted regarding potential impacts to local airports. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will be consulted regarding consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be consulted concerning potential impacts to water quality. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be consulted concerning potential impacts to Natural and Scenic Rivers and to fish and wildlife resources. 5. Availability of Draft SEIS. The earliest that the draft SEIS will be available for public review would be in the fall of 2012. The draft SEIS or a notice of availability will be distributed to affected Federal, State, and local agencies, Indian Tribes, and other interested parties. Dated: August 11, 2011. Edward R. Fleming, Colonel, U.S. Army District Commander. [FR Doc. 2011–21881 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Department of Education. Correction notice. AGENCY: ACTION: On August 19, 2011, the Department of Education published a 60-day public comment period notice in the Federal Register (Page 51960, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53425 Column 1) for the information collection, ‘‘Consolidated State Performance Report’’. The title should be corrected to read ‘‘Consolidated State Application’’. The total estimated number of responses should read 30 responses. The total estimated number of burden hours should read 2,400 hours. All other information is correct and up to date. The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Dated: August 23, 2011. Darrin A. King, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2011–21929 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP11–532–000] Pivotal LNG, Inc.; Notice of Application Take notice that on August 8, 2011, Pivotal LNG, Inc. (Pivotal), Ten Peachtree Place, Suite 1000, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) an application under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Parts 157 and 284 of the regulations of the FERC, requesting: (i) To the extent necessary, a limited jurisdiction blanket transportation certificate for the purpose of authorizing incidental transportation of natural gas as a by-product of the operation of nonjurisdictional liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and storage facility in support of its LNG vehicular and other end-use fuel business; (ii) a waiver of all regulatory, accounting, and reporting requirements applicable to natural gas companies under the NGA and Natural Gas Policy Act, and (iii) expedited consideration and action by the Commission as the requested approvals are a condition to closing on the proposed acquisition by Pivotal of the LNG facility, all as more fully described in the application. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, 
Post-Authorization Change Study, in Lafourche Parish, LA

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a 
supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Larose to 
Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, Post-Authorization Change 
(PAC) Study. This project was originally authorized in 1965. 
Construction began in 1972 and is still underway. The PAC Study was 
initiated to identify and evaluate modifications needed to ensure that 
completion of project features, designed and constructed before 
development of the post-Katrina Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk 
Reduction System (HSDRRS) Design Guidelines, are in compliance with 
these new guidelines.
    The subject SEIS will supplement the original environmental impact 
statement (EIS) prepared for the project as authorized in 1965. The 
Statement of Findings for the original EIS was signed on April 4, 1975. 
An SEIS was subsequently prepared to address proposed modifications to 
the authorized plan. The Record of Decision for this first SEIS was 
signed on May 20, 1985.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the draft SEIS 
should be addressed to Charlene Carmack, Rock Island District, Corps of 
Engineers, CEMVP-PD-C, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock 
Island, IL 61204-2004; telephone (309) 794-5570; fax (309) 794-5157; or 
be e-mail: Charlene.Carmack@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    1. Authority. This SEIS will be the second supplement to the EIS 
originally prepared for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane 
Protection Project. This project was authorized by the Flood Control 
Act of 27 October 1965, House Document No. 184, 89th Congress (Pub. L. 
89-298), which authorized the project ``hurricane-flood protection at 
Grand Isle and Vicinity, Louisiana'' to provide protection in 
accordance with the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers in his 
report entitled ``Grand Isle and Vicinity, La.'', and contained in 
House Document No. 184, Eighty-ninth Congress, 1st Session. The 
authorized project is a ring levee system with associated control 
structures that provides hurricane and storm damage risk reduction to 
communities located along both sides of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche 
Parish, Louisiana. The overall levee system is approximately 43 miles 
long, extending from Larose to a point 2 miles south of Golden Meadow, 
Louisiana. Roughly 25,000 people live in the communities of Larose, 
Galliano, Cutoff, and Golden Meadow, which are located within the ring 
levee system.
    2. Alternatives. Alternatives currently being evaluated in the PAC 
Study include: (1) Stabilize the existing levee using current criteria 
for still-water elevations, which would complete the project without 
exceeding the 1965 authorized elevation listed in the Grand Isle, 
Louisiana, and Vicinity General Design Memorandum (with datum 
adjustments), and meet the current approved design guidelines excluding 
the Post-Hurricane Katrina hydrology and hydraulics design guidelines; 
(2) modify the 1965 design to complete the project providing a level of 
risk reduction based on the 1965 storm surge design elevations (with 
datum adjustments) using the current HSDRRS Design Guidelines to 
include the Post-Hurricane Katrina surge models; (3) complete the 
existing levee system in general conformance with the previously 
authorized design. These alternatives will be further formulated and 
developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of 
alternatives will be considered in the new SEIS. These may include

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alternatives that are in addition to those listed herein.
    3. Public Involvement. Public involvement, an essential part of the 
SEIS process, is integral to assessing the environmental consequences 
of the proposed action and improving the quality of the environmental 
decisionmaking. The public includes affected and interested Federal, 
State, and local agencies, Indian Tribes, concerned citizens, 
stakeholders, and other interested parties. Public participation in the 
SEIS process will be strongly encouraged, both formally and informally, 
to enhance the probability of a more technically accurate, economically 
feasible, and socially and politically acceptable SEIS. Public 
involvement will include but is not limited to: information 
dissemination; identification of problems, needs and opportunities; 
idea generation; public education; problem solving; providing feedback 
on proposals; evaluation of alternatives; conflict resolution by 
consensus; public and scoping notices and meetings; public, stakeholder 
and advisory groups consultation and meetings; and making the SEIS and 
supporting information readily available in conveniently located 
places, such as libraries and on the world wide Web.
    4. Scoping. Scoping, an early and open process for identifying the 
scope of significant issues related to the proposed action and 
alternatives to be addressed in the SEIS, will be used to: (a) Identify 
the affected public and agency concerns; (b) facilitate an efficient 
SEIS preparation process; (c) define the issues and alternatives that 
will be examined in detail in the SEIS; and (d) save time in the 
overall process by helping to ensure that the draft SEIS adequately 
addresses relevant issues. The USACE anticipates conducting a public 
scoping meeting for this SEIS in October 2011. The exact date, time, 
and location of this meeting, which will be held in the general project 
area, have not yet been determined. This information will be publicized 
once the meeting arrangements have been made.
    5. Coordination. The USACE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(USFWS) have formally committed to work together to conserve, protect, 
and restore fish and wildlife resources while ensuring environmental 
sustainability of our Nation's water resources under the January 22, 
2003, Partnership Agreement for Water Resources and Fish and Wildlife. 
The USFWS will provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report. 
Coordination will be maintained with the USFWS and the National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding threatened and endangered species 
under their respective jurisdictional responsibilities. Coordination 
will be maintained with the NMFS regarding essential fish habitat. 
Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) 
regarding navigation issues. In addition, USFWS, NMFS, USCG and the 
U.S. Geological Survey will be invited to be cooperating agencies. 
Coordination will be maintained with the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service regarding prime and unique farmlands. The U.S. Department of 
Agriculture will be consulted regarding the ``Swampbuster'' provisions 
of the Food Security Act. Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency concerning compliance with Executive 
Order 12898, ``Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in 
Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.'' Coordination will be 
maintained with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the 
State Historic Preservation Officer. The Federal Aviation 
Administration will be consulted regarding potential impacts to local 
airports. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will be 
consulted regarding consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. 
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be consulted 
concerning potential impacts to water quality. The Louisiana Department 
of Wildlife and Fisheries will be consulted concerning potential 
impacts to Natural and Scenic Rivers and to fish and wildlife 
resources.
    5. Availability of Draft SEIS. The earliest that the draft SEIS 
will be available for public review would be in the fall of 2012. The 
draft SEIS or a notice of availability will be distributed to affected 
Federal, State, and local agencies, Indian Tribes, and other interested 
parties.

    Dated: August 11, 2011.
Edward R. Fleming,
Colonel, U.S. Army District Commander.
[FR Doc. 2011-21881 Filed 8-25-11; 8:45 am]
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