Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Deployment and Operation of Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Operational Areas, 2562-2563 [2012-809]

Download as PDF 2562 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2012 / Notices submitted will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document the CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection: Title: Passenger List/Crew List. OMB Number: 1651–0103. Form Number: CBP Form I–418. Abstract: CBP Form I–418 is prescribed by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for use by masters, owners, or agents of vessels in complying with Sections 231 and 251 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This form is filled out upon arrival of any person by water at any port within the United States from any place outside the United States. The master or commanding officer of the vessel is responsible for providing CBP officers at the port of arrival with lists or manifests of the persons on board such conveyances. CBP is working to allow for electronic submission of the information on CBP Form I–418. This form is provided for in 8 CFR 251.1, 251.3, and 251.4. A copy of CBP Form I–418 can be found at http:// forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_I418.pdf. Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with no change to information collected or to CBP Form I–418. Type of Review: Extension (without change). Affected Public: Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 95,000. Estimated Time per Respondent: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Hours: 95,000. Dated: January 12, 2012. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2012–865 Filed 1–17–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Deployment and Operation of Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Operational Areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:07 Jan 17, 2012 Jkt 226001 Notice of Availability and Request for Comments. ACTION: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising the public that a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems (LEXRIS) at CBP operational areas has been prepared and is available for public review. The draft PEA analyzes the potential environmental impacts due to the deployment and use of LEXRIS. CBP seeks public comment on the draft PEA. CBP will consider comments before issuing a final PEA. DATES: The draft PEA will be available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days beginning on the date this document is published in the Federal Register. To ensure consideration, comments must be received by February 17, 2012. Comments regarding the draft PEA may be submitted as set forth in the ADDRESSES section of this document. ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft PEA may be obtained by accessing the following Internet addresses: http:// ecso.swf.usace.army.mil/Pages/ Publicreview.cfm or www.dhs.gov/nepa, or by sending a request to David Duncan of CBP by telephone (202) 344–1527 by fax (202) 344–1418, by email to david.c.duncan@dhs.gov or by writing to: CBP, Attn: David Duncan, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 1575, Washington, DC 20229. You may submit comments on the draft PEA by mail or email. Comments are to be addressed to CBP, Attention: David Duncan, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 1575, Washington, DC 20229, or sent to david.c.duncan@dhs.gov. Substantive comments received during the comment period will be addressed in, and included as an appendix to, the final PEA. The final PEA will be made available to the public through a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Respondents may request to withhold names or street addresses, except for city or town, from public view or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Such request must be stated prominently at the beginning of the comment and will be honored to the extent allowed by law. A request to withhold personal information does not apply to submissions from organizations or businesses, or from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antoinette DiVittorio, Environmental SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Energy Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, telephone (202) 344– 3131. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background A draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the deployment and operation of Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems (LEXRIS) at CBP operational areas has been completed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Information and Technology, Laboratories and Scientific Services, Interdiction Technology Branch. The draft PEA is available for public comment. The purpose of deploying and operating LEXRIS is to non-intrusively scan vehicles for the presence of contraband, including weapons of mass destruction, explosives, and illicit drugs. Use of LEXRIS at U.S. ports of entry, for example, directly supports CBP’s mission of securing the U.S. borders and homeland from terrorists and other threats while simultaneously facilitating legitimate trade and travel by assisting CBP personnel in preventing contraband, including illegal drugs and terrorist weapons, from entering the United States. Two different LEXRIS models are available. One system is mobile, mounted on a truck or van type platform and will be used at CBP operational areas. The system can be driven along side a parked vehicle and will scan the vehicle as it drives by. The driver and passenger(s) will exit the vehicle to be scanned and be escorted outside the controlled area before the vehicle is scanned. The other system is a stationary, portal configuration that will be installed along an existing traffic lane. Vehicles will be scanned as they are driven through the portal. Occupants of the vehicle will have the option of remaining in the vehicle while the driver drives it through the portal or exiting the vehicle and having CBP personnel drive it through the portal. Examples of CBP operational areas include, but are not limited to, ports of entry, CBP checkpoints, and locations of events designated as national special security events. LEXRIS is needed to fill a unique capability to detect objects that are not effectively visualized by other nonintrusive inspection technologies currently used by CBP. LEXRIS gives a clear image of objects in the vehicle, including objects that may be hidden in fenders, tires, trunks, gas tanks, and under hoods. LEXRIS provides CBP personnel with information about what may be encountered during a manual search and, in some cases, will E:\FR\FM\18JAN1.SGM 18JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2012 / Notices eliminate the need for CBP personnel to manually enter vehicles to search for contraband. As a result, LEXRIS will increase the safety of CBP personnel. The draft PEA addresses the potential impacts from the installation and operation of LEXRIS at various CBP operational areas throughout the United States for the purpose of conducting non-intrusive inspections. Evaluations were conducted on various resources present at operational areas, including: climate, soils, water quality, air quality, vegetation, wildlife, noise, infrastructure, aesthetics, and radiological health and safety. Next Steps This process is being conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Department of Homeland Security Directive 023–01, Environmental Planning Program, (April 19, 2006). Substantive comments concerning environmental impacts received from the public and agencies during the comment period will be evaluated to determine whether further environmental impact review is needed in order to complete the Final PEA. The Final PEA will be made available to the public through a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Should CBP determine, after review of the comments, that the implementation of the proposed action would not have a significant impact on the environment, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and a Notice of Availability of the FONSI for publication in the Federal Register. Should CBP determine that significant environmental impacts exist due to the action, CBP will prepare a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for publication in the Federal Register. Dated: January 12, 2012. Karl H. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Horyza, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, (602) 417–9446 or Liz M. Schuppert, U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest, 800 South 6th Street, Williams, Arizona 86046, (928) 635–8367. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– (800) 877–8339 to reach the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service contact during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with either of the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The public and National Forest System lands described in this order are within Coconino and Mohave Counties, Arizona. The lands will remain open to the mineral leasing laws, geothermal leasing laws, mineral material sales laws, and other public land laws. 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Subject to valid existing rights, the following described public and National Forest System lands are hereby withdrawn from location and entry under the Mining Law of 1872 (30 U.S.C. 22–54), but not from the mineral leasing, geothermal leasing, mineral materials or other public land laws, in order to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed from adverse effects of locatable mineral exploration and development: Gila and Salt River Meridian South Parcel T. 28 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 1; Sec. 2, lots 1 and 2, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 11, E1⁄2; Sec. 12. T. 29 N., R. 1 E., Secs. 1, 2, and, secs. 11 to 14, inclusive; Sec. 23, E1⁄2; Secs. 24 and 25; Sec. 26, E1⁄2; Sec. 35, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4NE1⁄4, N1⁄2NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NW1⁄4SE1⁄4NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; Sec. 36. T. 30 N., R. 1 E., Secs. 1 and 2: Secs. 11 to 14, inclusive; Secs. 23 to 26, inclusive; Secs. 35 and 36. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 11 (Wednesday, January 18, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2562-2563]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-809]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment for the Deployment and Operation of Low Energy X-Ray 
Inspection Systems at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Operational 
Areas

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notice of Availability and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising the 
public that a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Low 
Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems (LEXRIS) at CBP operational areas has 
been prepared and is available for public review. The draft PEA 
analyzes the potential environmental impacts due to the deployment and 
use of LEXRIS. CBP seeks public comment on the draft PEA. CBP will 
consider comments before issuing a final PEA.

DATES: The draft PEA will be available for public review and comment 
for a period of 30 days beginning on the date this document is 
published in the Federal Register. To ensure consideration, comments 
must be received by February 17, 2012. Comments regarding the draft PEA 
may be submitted as set forth in the ADDRESSES section of this 
document.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft PEA may be obtained by accessing the 
following Internet addresses: http://ecso.swf.usace.army.mil/Pages/Publicreview.cfm or www.dhs.gov/nepa, or by sending a request to David 
Duncan of CBP by telephone (202) 344-1527 by fax (202) 344-1418, by 
email to david.c.duncan@dhs.gov or by writing to: CBP, Attn: David 
Duncan, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 1575, Washington, DC 20229.
    You may submit comments on the draft PEA by mail or email. Comments 
are to be addressed to CBP, Attention: David Duncan, 1300 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Suite 1575, Washington, DC 20229, or sent to 
david.c.duncan@dhs.gov.
    Substantive comments received during the comment period will be 
addressed in, and included as an appendix to, the final PEA. The final 
PEA will be made available to the public through a Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register.
    Respondents may request to withhold names or street addresses, 
except for city or town, from public view or from disclosure under the 
Freedom of Information Act. Such request must be stated prominently at 
the beginning of the comment and will be honored to the extent allowed 
by law. A request to withhold personal information does not apply to 
submissions from organizations or businesses, or from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antoinette DiVittorio, Environmental 
and Energy Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, telephone 
(202) 344-3131.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    A draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the 
deployment and operation of Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems 
(LEXRIS) at CBP operational areas has been completed by the U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Information and 
Technology, Laboratories and Scientific Services, Interdiction 
Technology Branch. The draft PEA is available for public comment.
    The purpose of deploying and operating LEXRIS is to non-intrusively 
scan vehicles for the presence of contraband, including weapons of mass 
destruction, explosives, and illicit drugs. Use of LEXRIS at U.S. ports 
of entry, for example, directly supports CBP's mission of securing the 
U.S. borders and homeland from terrorists and other threats while 
simultaneously facilitating legitimate trade and travel by assisting 
CBP personnel in preventing contraband, including illegal drugs and 
terrorist weapons, from entering the United States.
    Two different LEXRIS models are available. One system is mobile, 
mounted on a truck or van type platform and will be used at CBP 
operational areas. The system can be driven along side a parked vehicle 
and will scan the vehicle as it drives by. The driver and passenger(s) 
will exit the vehicle to be scanned and be escorted outside the 
controlled area before the vehicle is scanned. The other system is a 
stationary, portal configuration that will be installed along an 
existing traffic lane. Vehicles will be scanned as they are driven 
through the portal. Occupants of the vehicle will have the option of 
remaining in the vehicle while the driver drives it through the portal 
or exiting the vehicle and having CBP personnel drive it through the 
portal. Examples of CBP operational areas include, but are not limited 
to, ports of entry, CBP checkpoints, and locations of events designated 
as national special security events.
    LEXRIS is needed to fill a unique capability to detect objects that 
are not effectively visualized by other non-intrusive inspection 
technologies currently used by CBP. LEXRIS gives a clear image of 
objects in the vehicle, including objects that may be hidden in 
fenders, tires, trunks, gas tanks, and under hoods. LEXRIS provides CBP 
personnel with information about what may be encountered during a 
manual search and, in some cases, will

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eliminate the need for CBP personnel to manually enter vehicles to 
search for contraband. As a result, LEXRIS will increase the safety of 
CBP personnel.
    The draft PEA addresses the potential impacts from the installation 
and operation of LEXRIS at various CBP operational areas throughout the 
United States for the purpose of conducting non-intrusive inspections. 
Evaluations were conducted on various resources present at operational 
areas, including: climate, soils, water quality, air quality, 
vegetation, wildlife, noise, infrastructure, aesthetics, and 
radiological health and safety.

Next Steps

    This process is being conducted pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the 
Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the NEPA 
(40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and Department of Homeland Security Directive 
023-01, Environmental Planning Program, (April 19, 2006).
    Substantive comments concerning environmental impacts received from 
the public and agencies during the comment period will be evaluated to 
determine whether further environmental impact review is needed in 
order to complete the Final PEA. The Final PEA will be made available 
to the public through a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
    Should CBP determine, after review of the comments, that the 
implementation of the proposed action would not have a significant 
impact on the environment, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI), and a Notice of Availability of the FONSI for 
publication in the Federal Register.
    Should CBP determine that significant environmental impacts exist 
due to the action, CBP will prepare a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare 
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for publication in the Federal 
Register.

    Dated: January 12, 2012.
Karl H. Calvo,
Executive Director, Facilities Management and Engineering, Office of 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-809 Filed 1-17-12; 8:45 am]
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