Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan To Compensate for Injuries to Natural Resources in Portland Harbor, OR, 39686-39687 [2012-16490]

Download as PDF 39686 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 129 / Thursday, July 5, 2012 / Notices participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Oral presentations will be limited to issues raised in the briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, parties will be notified of the time and date for the hearing to be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.13 The Department intends to issue its final results of review within 270 days after the date on which the changed circumstances review was initiated, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.216(e), and will publish those final results in the Federal Register. This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216. Dated: June 27, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–16460 Filed 7–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC092 Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan To Compensate for Injuries to Natural Resources in Portland Harbor, OR National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan; request for comments. AGENCY: NOAA, the Department of the Interior (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon are collectively referred to as the Trustee Council for this case. The Trustee Council is providing notice that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Draft Restoration Plan are being released for public comment. The Restoration Plan identifies a restoration approach to compensate for injuries to natural TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 13 See 19 CFR 351.310(d). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 resources in Portland Harbor in the Lower Willamette River. The Trustees seek damages from potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to restore, rehabilitate, replace or acquire the equivalent of natural resources and services injured by the release of hazardous substances in Portland Harbor. This notice provides details on the availability of and opportunity to comment on the Draft PEIS and Restoration Plan. Comments may be submitted in written form or verbally at a public meeting. DATES: Written comments must be received by October 7, 2012. Public meetings to discuss and comment on the Draft PEIS/RP will be held as follows: • Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 5:30–7:30 p.m., St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central Street, Portland, OR 97203. • Thursday, August 2, 2012, 4:30– 6:30 p.m., Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, 1719 SW 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97201. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the Draft PEIS/RP should be sent to Megan Callahan Grant, NOAA Restoration Center, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd. #1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted electronically to portlandharbor.restoration@noaa.gov. The Draft PEIS and Restoration Plan is available for viewing at the following locations: • Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. • Multnomah County Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Avenue, Portland, OR 97210. • Multnomah County St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203. A full electronic copy may be downloaded at: http://www.fws.gov/ oregonfwo/Contaminants/ PortlandHarbor/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Callahan Grant at (503) 231–2213 or email at megan.callahangrant@noaa.gov. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990, the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (National Contingency Plan [NCP]), and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations provide a legal framework for addressing injuries to the nation’s natural resources resulting from releases of hazardous substances and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 discharges of oil. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1960 requires an assessment of any federal action that may impact the environment, in this case development of a Restoration Plan. In January of 2007, the Portland Harbor Trustee Council released a PreAssessment Screen (PAS) for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The PAS concluded that natural resources in the area have been affected or potentially affected from releases or discharges of contaminants. Based on the conclusions of the PAS, the Portland Harbor Trustee Council determined that proceeding past the preassessment phase to a full natural resource damage assessment was warranted. Exposed living natural resources include, but are not limited to: (1) Aquatic-dependent mammals such as mink and river otter, and species they depend on as prey items; (2) migratory birds, including osprey, bald eagle, mergansers and other waterfowl, great blue heron, spotted sandpiper and other shorebirds, cliff swallow, belted kingfisher, and other species; (3) threatened and endangered species; (4) anadromous and resident fish, including salmon and steelhead; (5) reptiles and amphibians; (6) aquatic invertebrates; (7) wapato and other aquatic plants. Exposed habitat types and water natural resources include wetland and upland habitats, groundwater, and surface water. The services that are provided by these potentially affected natural resources include, but are not limited to: (1) Habitat for trust resources, including food, shelter, breeding, foraging, and rearing areas, and other factors essential for survival; (2) consumptive commercial resource use such as commercial fishing; (3) consumptive recreational resource use such as hunting and fishing; (4) nonconsumptive uses such as wildlife viewing, photography, and other outdoor recreation activities; (5) primary and secondary contact activities such as swimming and boating; (6) cultural, spiritual, and religious use; (7) option and existence values; (7) traditional foods. An Assessment Plan was completed in June of 2010. Based on this plan, scientific literature and studies being conducted by the Trustee Council seek to document injuries from hazardous substances found in Portland Harbor. The objective of these studies is to demonstrate (1) how the contamination has harmed the organisms that inhabit the riverine sediments, (2) how the contamination has harmed the fish and wildlife that come into contact with the contaminated sediments or that eat E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 129 / Thursday, July 5, 2012 / Notices contaminated prey items, and (3) how the harm to the natural resources has impacted the people that use these resources. Concurrent with the damage assessment, the Trustee Council is conducting restoration planning. By identifying criteria and guidance to be used in selecting feasible restoration projects, the Restoration Plan provides a framework to maximize the benefits of restoration projects to the affected resources and services in the defined areas of the Lower Willamette River. The Trustee Council analyzed three alternatives including: (1) (Preferred) integrated habitat restoration actions that will benefit multiple species and services (those species listed above as potentially affected by releases of hazardous substances, such as salmon and resident fish, mammals such as mink and river otter, and aquatic-dependent birds such as osprey and bald eagle); (2) species-specific restoration actions (for example, augmenting a species population through artificial production); and (3) a no-action alternative (no action takes place and the public is not compensated). A fourth alternative for restoration without a limited geographic boundary was also considered, but was not moved forward for detailed study because it did not meet the purpose and need for the project. The Trustee Council has opened an Administrative Record (Record). The Record includes documents that the Trustees relied upon during the development of the Draft Restoration Plan and Draft PEIS. The Record is on file at the offices of Parametrix, a contractor to NOAA. The Record is also available at: http://www.fws.gov/ oregonfwo/contaminants/ PortlandHarbor/default.asp. Dated: June 29, 2012. Brian T. Pawlak, Acting Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–16490 Filed 7–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket ID: DoD–2012–OS–0083] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by August 6, 2012. Title, Form, and OMB Number: Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID); OMB Control Number 0704–0482. Type of Request: Extension. Number of Respondents: 3,200. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 3,200. Average Burden per Response: 1 hour. Annual Burden Hours: 3,200 hours. Needs and Uses: DSAID is a DoD database that captures uniform data provided by the Military Services and maintains all sexual assault data collected by the Military Services. This database shall be a centralized, caselevel database for the uniform collection of data regarding incidence of sexual assaults involving persons covered by DoDD 6495.01 and DoDI 6495.02. DSAID will include information when available, or when not limited by Restricted Reporting, or otherwise prohibited by law, about the nature of the assault, the victim, the offender, and the disposition of reports associated with the assault. Information in the DSAID will be used to respond to congressional reporting requirements, support Military Service SAPR Program management, and inform DoD SAPRO oversight activities. Affected Public: Federal Government; Individuals or Households; Business or Other For-Profit; Not-For-Profit Institutions; Farms; State, Local or Tribal Government. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Jasmeet Seehra. Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Ms. Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. You may also submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by the following method: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39687 received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DOD Clearance Officer: Ms. Patricia Toppings. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings at WHS/ESD/ Information Management Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. Dated: June 28, 2012. Patricia L. Toppings, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2012–16413 Filed 7–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2012–OS–0082] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by September 4, 2012. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC092


Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration 
Plan To Compensate for Injuries to Natural Resources in Portland 
Harbor, OR

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement and Restoration Plan; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NOAA, the Department of the Interior (U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Nez Perce 
Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation 
of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 
the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and the Confederated Tribes 
of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon are collectively referred to as 
the Trustee Council for this case. The Trustee Council is providing 
notice that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement 
(PEIS) and Draft Restoration Plan are being released for public 
comment. The Restoration Plan identifies a restoration approach to 
compensate for injuries to natural resources in Portland Harbor in the 
Lower Willamette River. The Trustees seek damages from potentially 
responsible parties (PRPs) to restore, rehabilitate, replace or acquire 
the equivalent of natural resources and services injured by the release 
of hazardous substances in Portland Harbor. This notice provides 
details on the availability of and opportunity to comment on the Draft 
PEIS and Restoration Plan. Comments may be submitted in written form or 
verbally at a public meeting.

DATES: Written comments must be received by October 7, 2012.
    Public meetings to discuss and comment on the Draft PEIS/RP will be 
held as follows:
     Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Johns 
Community Center, 8427 N. Central Street, Portland, OR 97203.
     Thursday, August 2, 2012, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Portland State 
University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, 1719 SW 10th Ave., 
Portland, Oregon 97201.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the Draft PEIS/RP should be sent to 
Megan Callahan Grant, NOAA Restoration Center, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd. 
1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted 
electronically to portlandharbor.restoration@noaa.gov.
    The Draft PEIS and Restoration Plan is available for viewing at the 
following locations:
     Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, 
Portland, OR 97205.
     Multnomah County Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman 
Avenue, Portland, OR 97210.
     Multnomah County St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston 
Avenue, Portland, OR 97203.
    A full electronic copy may be downloaded at: http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Contaminants/PortlandHarbor/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Callahan Grant at (503) 231-2213 
or email at megan.callahan-grant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), the Oil Pollution Act 
(OPA) of 1990, the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Oil and 
Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (National Contingency 
Plan [NCP]), and other applicable federal and state laws and 
regulations provide a legal framework for addressing injuries to the 
nation's natural resources resulting from releases of hazardous 
substances and discharges of oil. The National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1960 requires an assessment of any federal action that may 
impact the environment, in this case development of a Restoration Plan.
    In January of 2007, the Portland Harbor Trustee Council released a 
Pre-Assessment Screen (PAS) for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The 
PAS concluded that natural resources in the area have been affected or 
potentially affected from releases or discharges of contaminants. Based 
on the conclusions of the PAS, the Portland Harbor Trustee Council 
determined that proceeding past the preassessment phase to a full 
natural resource damage assessment was warranted.
    Exposed living natural resources include, but are not limited to: 
(1) Aquatic-dependent mammals such as mink and river otter, and species 
they depend on as prey items; (2) migratory birds, including osprey, 
bald eagle, mergansers and other waterfowl, great blue heron, spotted 
sandpiper and other shorebirds, cliff swallow, belted kingfisher, and 
other species; (3) threatened and endangered species; (4) anadromous 
and resident fish, including salmon and steelhead; (5) reptiles and 
amphibians; (6) aquatic invertebrates; (7) wapato and other aquatic 
plants.
    Exposed habitat types and water natural resources include wetland 
and upland habitats, groundwater, and surface water. The services that 
are provided by these potentially affected natural resources include, 
but are not limited to: (1) Habitat for trust resources, including 
food, shelter, breeding, foraging, and rearing areas, and other factors 
essential for survival; (2) consumptive commercial resource use such as 
commercial fishing; (3) consumptive recreational resource use such as 
hunting and fishing; (4) non-consumptive uses such as wildlife viewing, 
photography, and other outdoor recreation activities; (5) primary and 
secondary contact activities such as swimming and boating; (6) 
cultural, spiritual, and religious use; (7) option and existence 
values; (7) traditional foods.
    An Assessment Plan was completed in June of 2010. Based on this 
plan, scientific literature and studies being conducted by the Trustee 
Council seek to document injuries from hazardous substances found in 
Portland Harbor. The objective of these studies is to demonstrate (1) 
how the contamination has harmed the organisms that inhabit the 
riverine sediments, (2) how the contamination has harmed the fish and 
wildlife that come into contact with the contaminated sediments or that 
eat

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contaminated prey items, and (3) how the harm to the natural resources 
has impacted the people that use these resources. Concurrent with the 
damage assessment, the Trustee Council is conducting restoration 
planning.
    By identifying criteria and guidance to be used in selecting 
feasible restoration projects, the Restoration Plan provides a 
framework to maximize the benefits of restoration projects to the 
affected resources and services in the defined areas of the Lower 
Willamette River. The Trustee Council analyzed three alternatives 
including: (1) (Preferred) integrated habitat restoration actions that 
will benefit multiple species and services (those species listed above 
as potentially affected by releases of hazardous substances, such as 
salmon and resident fish, mammals such as mink and river otter, and 
aquatic-dependent birds such as osprey and bald eagle); (2) species-
specific restoration actions (for example, augmenting a species 
population through artificial production); and (3) a no-action 
alternative (no action takes place and the public is not compensated). 
A fourth alternative for restoration without a limited geographic 
boundary was also considered, but was not moved forward for detailed 
study because it did not meet the purpose and need for the project.
    The Trustee Council has opened an Administrative Record (Record). 
The Record includes documents that the Trustees relied upon during the 
development of the Draft Restoration Plan and Draft PEIS. The Record is 
on file at the offices of Parametrix, a contractor to NOAA. The Record 
is also available at: http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/contaminants/PortlandHarbor/default.asp.

    Dated: June 29, 2012.
Brian T. Pawlak,
Acting Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-16490 Filed 7-3-12; 8:45 am]
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