Final Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (LEIS) for the Limestone Hills Training Area Land Withdrawal, Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG), 60815-60816 [2011-25204]

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An exemption rule for this record system has been promulgated in accordance with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) (1), (2), and (3), (c) and (e) and published in 32 CFR part 311. For additional information contact the system manager. [FR Doc. 2011–25175 Filed 9–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Final Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (LEIS) for the Limestone Hills Training Area Land Withdrawal, Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG) National Guard Bureau (NGB), Department of the Army, DoD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: This announces the availability of the Final LEIS prepared SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30SEN1.SGM 30SEN1 60816 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 190 / Friday, September 30, 2011 / Notices by NGB (lead agency) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Department of Interior (DOI) (cooperating agency). The LEIS analyzed the proposed withdrawal of 18,644 acres of federal land within the Limestone Hills Training Area (LHTA) from BLM administration. The LEIS proposes that Congress authorize BLM to transfer administrative responsibility of all federal land within the LHTA to the Army for military training use by the MTARNG. No new facilities are proposed in this LEIS. The LEIS is the detailed statement required by the National Environmental Policy Act to be included in a recommendation or report on a legislative proposal to Congress. DATES: The waiting period will end 30 days after publication of a notice of availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Written comments or questions should be forwarded by mail to Ms. Sundi West, MTARNG, Fort Harrison, 1956 MT Majo Street, P.O. Box 4789, Helena, Montana 59636– 4789, via telephone at (406) 324–3088, or via e-mail at Sundi.West@us.army.mil. ADDRESSES: Ms. Sherri Lionberger, BLM, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, Montana 59701, via telephone at (406) 533–7671, or via email at slionber@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the LEIS is to provide comprehensive analysis of the proposed action and alternatives to the Secretaries of Interior and Army so findings and recommendations can be forwarded to Congress regarding the proposed land withdrawal. The study area for the environmental analysis is resource dependent. It includes Lewis and Clark County and Broadwater County for socioeconomic resources, MTARNG facilities for military mission, and the LHTA for biological and mineral resources. The LEIS analyzes potential environmental effects of three action alternatives and a No Action Alternative. Action Alternatives 2 and 3 were developed as a result of the LEIS scoping process. Alternative 1: This was the MTARNG’s original proposed action. Under the proposed action, management responsibility for all resources, except for mineral resources, would be shifted from the BLM to the MTARNG. Under this alternative, the Department of the Army could exercise its authority to condemn private land, and/or terminate any mineral claim or grazing permits. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:19 Sep 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 Alternative 2: Under this alternative, the MTARNG and BLM would share resource management responsibilities. MTARNG would manage most resources in the LHTA’s closure area. BLM would manage most resources in the nonclosure area. The closure area is the portion of the LHTA that restricts access without prior approval of the MTARNG. The non-closure area is the portion of LHTA that is open to public access for surface use only. Alternative 3: (Preferred Alternative): Under this alternative, the LHTA would be withdrawn from BLM jurisdiction with modifications based on scoping comments and stakeholder recommendations. The proposed withdrawal area is approximately 18,644 acres of federal land that encloses state-owned and private land which is not included in the withdrawal. Under the No Action Alternative, the BLM’s current right-of-way grant for military use of the LHTA by MTARNG would not be renewed. The current right-of-way grant expires in 2014. This LEIS is a component of the legislative proposal package that BLM will submit to DOI and the Office of Management and Budget. After agency review and concurrence, the DOI will transmit the proposed legislation to Congress. Significant Issues: The LHTA is a 23,110 acre parcel of land with private and state-owned in-holdings totaling approximately 2,666 acres. The BLM manages 20,444 acres of the total acreage and allows the MTARNG to conduct military training on its property through the right-of-way grant. The public land is also used for grazing, mining, recreation, transportation, utility right-of-ways, and wildlife management. A limestone mine is currently operating within the LHTA. All federally-managed LHTA land falls within one of seven grazing allotments. In addition, the MTARNG is currently engaged in clearing unexploded ordnance from an LHTA range that is no longer in use. Issues considered in the LEIS include the following: (1) Continued ability of Graymont Western’s Indian Creek Limestone Mine to extract and process ore within the LHTA; (2) allocation and management of grazing allotments; (3) public access to the LHTA; (4) noise and dust generated during training exercises, and by vehicular traffic; (5) impacts to Broadwater County due to possible termination of BLM payments in lieu of taxes if the withdrawal is granted; (6) potential impacts to wildlife in the Elkhorn Management Area; (7) consistency of land management PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 policies after transfer of administrative responsibilities; (8) potential impacts to range management and cleanup activities; (9) owner access to, and use of, in-holdings; and (10) impacts to the local economy and MTARNG training under the no action alternative. Potentially significant adverse impacts to socioeconomics are expected under Alternative 1 and the No Action Alternative. There are no potentially significant adverse impacts expected under Alternatives 2 or 3. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–25204 Filed 9–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy (USMA) Department of the Army, DoD. Meeting notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal advisory committee meeting will take place: 1. Name of Committee: United States Military Academy Board of Visitors. 2. Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011. 3. Time: 12:30 p.m.—3 p.m. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting will need to show photo identification in order to gain access to the meeting location. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Final Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (LEIS) for the 
Limestone Hills Training Area Land Withdrawal, Montana Army National 
Guard (MTARNG)

AGENCY: National Guard Bureau (NGB), Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This announces the availability of the Final LEIS prepared

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by NGB (lead agency) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the 
Department of Interior (DOI) (cooperating agency). The LEIS analyzed 
the proposed withdrawal of 18,644 acres of federal land within the 
Limestone Hills Training Area (LHTA) from BLM administration. The LEIS 
proposes that Congress authorize BLM to transfer administrative 
responsibility of all federal land within the LHTA to the Army for 
military training use by the MTARNG. No new facilities are proposed in 
this LEIS. The LEIS is the detailed statement required by the National 
Environmental Policy Act to be included in a recommendation or report 
on a legislative proposal to Congress.

DATES: The waiting period will end 30 days after publication of a 
notice of availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or questions should be forwarded by mail to 
Ms. Sundi West, MTARNG, Fort Harrison, 1956 MT Majo Street, P.O. Box 
4789, Helena, Montana 59636-4789, via telephone at (406) 324-3088, or 
via e-mail at Sundi.West@us.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sherri Lionberger, BLM, 106 North 
Parkmont, Butte, Montana 59701, via telephone at (406) 533-7671, or via 
e-mail at slionber@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the LEIS is to provide 
comprehensive analysis of the proposed action and alternatives to the 
Secretaries of Interior and Army so findings and recommendations can be 
forwarded to Congress regarding the proposed land withdrawal. The study 
area for the environmental analysis is resource dependent. It includes 
Lewis and Clark County and Broadwater County for socioeconomic 
resources, MTARNG facilities for military mission, and the LHTA for 
biological and mineral resources.
    The LEIS analyzes potential environmental effects of three action 
alternatives and a No Action Alternative. Action Alternatives 2 and 3 
were developed as a result of the LEIS scoping process.
    Alternative 1: This was the MTARNG's original proposed action. 
Under the proposed action, management responsibility for all resources, 
except for mineral resources, would be shifted from the BLM to the 
MTARNG. Under this alternative, the Department of the Army could 
exercise its authority to condemn private land, and/or terminate any 
mineral claim or grazing permits.
    Alternative 2: Under this alternative, the MTARNG and BLM would 
share resource management responsibilities. MTARNG would manage most 
resources in the LHTA's closure area. BLM would manage most resources 
in the non-closure area. The closure area is the portion of the LHTA 
that restricts access without prior approval of the MTARNG. The non-
closure area is the portion of LHTA that is open to public access for 
surface use only.
    Alternative 3: (Preferred Alternative): Under this alternative, the 
LHTA would be withdrawn from BLM jurisdiction with modifications based 
on scoping comments and stakeholder recommendations. The proposed 
withdrawal area is approximately 18,644 acres of federal land that 
encloses state-owned and private land which is not included in the 
withdrawal.
    Under the No Action Alternative, the BLM's current right-of-way 
grant for military use of the LHTA by MTARNG would not be renewed. The 
current right-of-way grant expires in 2014.
    This LEIS is a component of the legislative proposal package that 
BLM will submit to DOI and the Office of Management and Budget. After 
agency review and concurrence, the DOI will transmit the proposed 
legislation to Congress.
    Significant Issues: The LHTA is a 23,110 acre parcel of land with 
private and state-owned in-holdings totaling approximately 2,666 acres. 
The BLM manages 20,444 acres of the total acreage and allows the MTARNG 
to conduct military training on its property through the right-of-way 
grant. The public land is also used for grazing, mining, recreation, 
transportation, utility right-of-ways, and wildlife management. A 
limestone mine is currently operating within the LHTA. All federally-
managed LHTA land falls within one of seven grazing allotments. In 
addition, the MTARNG is currently engaged in clearing unexploded 
ordnance from an LHTA range that is no longer in use.
    Issues considered in the LEIS include the following: (1) Continued 
ability of Graymont Western's Indian Creek Limestone Mine to extract 
and process ore within the LHTA; (2) allocation and management of 
grazing allotments; (3) public access to the LHTA; (4) noise and dust 
generated during training exercises, and by vehicular traffic; (5) 
impacts to Broadwater County due to possible termination of BLM 
payments in lieu of taxes if the withdrawal is granted; (6) potential 
impacts to wildlife in the Elkhorn Management Area; (7) consistency of 
land management policies after transfer of administrative 
responsibilities; (8) potential impacts to range management and cleanup 
activities; (9) owner access to, and use of, in-holdings; and (10) 
impacts to the local economy and MTARNG training under the no action 
alternative.
    Potentially significant adverse impacts to socioeconomics are 
expected under Alternative 1 and the No Action Alternative. There are 
no potentially significant adverse impacts expected under Alternatives 
2 or 3.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-25204 Filed 9-29-11; 8:45 am]
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