Oglethorpe Power Corporation; Proposed Biomass Power Plant, 77963 [2011-32005]

Download as PDF 77963 Notices Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 241 Thursday, December 15, 2011 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Oglethorpe Power Corporation; Proposed Biomass Power Plant Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), has prepared a Final 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’s (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 from the RUS for the Proposal. DATES: Written comments on this Final EIS will be accepted 30 days following the publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain copies of the Final 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 email stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: A copy of the Draft EIS may be viewed online at the following Web site: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWPOglethorpePower.html and at the: Warren County Public Library, 10 ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:49 Dec 14, 2011 Jkt 226001 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 Final 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 impacts. The Final EIS evaluated and eliminated from detailed consideration eight alternatives for renewable generation, non-renewable generation alternatives, 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, Georgia. 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 Availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 20624, on April 13, 2011, and in local newspapers. Public hearings on the Draft EIS were held in the project area on May 5, 2011, and public comments were accepted through May 31, 2011. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the mailing or email addresses provided in this Notice. RUS will accept comments on the Final EIS 30 days following the publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. Once completed, a public notice announcing the availability of the Record of Decision will be published in the Federal Register and local newspapers. 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 Final 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, Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2011–32005 Filed 12–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Survey. OMB Control Number: None. Form Number(s): NA. Type of Request: Regular submission (new information collection). 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 241 / Thursday, December 15, 2011 / 
Notices

[[Page 77963]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Oglethorpe Power Corporation; Proposed Biomass Power Plant

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), 
has prepared a Final 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's (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 from the RUS for the Proposal.

DATES: Written comments on this Final EIS will be accepted 30 days 
following the publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 
notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain copies of the Final 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 email 
stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft EIS may be viewed online at the 
following Web site: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-OglethorpePower.html 
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 Final 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 impacts. The Final EIS evaluated and 
eliminated from detailed consideration eight alternatives for renewable 
generation, non-renewable generation alternatives, 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, 
Georgia. 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 Availability of the Draft EIS was published in the 
Federal Register at 76 FR 20624, on April 13, 2011, and in local 
newspapers. Public hearings on the Draft EIS were held in the project 
area on May 5, 2011, and public comments were accepted through May 31, 
2011.
    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 
email addresses provided in this Notice. RUS will accept comments on 
the Final EIS 30 days following the publication of the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency's notice of receipt of the Final EIS in 
the Federal Register. Once completed, a public notice announcing the 
availability of the Record of Decision will be published in the Federal 
Register and local newspapers. 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 Final 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,
Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-32005 Filed 12-14-11; 8:45 am]
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