Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Moapa Solar Energy Center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Clark County NV, 46768-46769 [2012-19078]

Download as PDF 46768 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Notices FEMA seeks comment on the proposed policy, which is available online at http://www.regulations.gov in docket ID FEMA–2012–0025. Based on the comments received, FEMA may make appropriate revisions to the proposed policy. Although FEMA will consider any comments received in the drafting of the final policy, FEMA will not provide a response to comments document. When or if FEMA issues a final policy, FEMA will publish a notice of availability in the Federal Register and make the final policy available at http://www.regulations.gov. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 5121–5207. Dated: August 1, 2012. David J. Kaufman, Director, Office of Policy and Program Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2012–19132 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Moapa Solar Energy Center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Clark County NV Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and other Federal agencies, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates a solar energy generation center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also announces that two public scoping meetings will be held in Nevada this summer to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be considered in the EIS. ID30 DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal must arrive by September 5, 2012. The dates of the public scoping meetings will be published in the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Moapa Valley Progress 15 days before the scoping meetings. ADDRESSES: You may mail, email, or hand carry written comments to either Mr. Paul Schlafly, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Paiute Agency, 180 North 200 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 East Suite 111, P.O. Box 720, St. George, Utah 84770; telephone: (435) 674–9720; email: paul.schlafly@bia.gov, or Ms. Amy Heuslein, Regional Environmental Protection Officer, BIA Western Regional Office, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; telephone: (602) 379– 6750; email: amy.heuslein@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action consists of constructing and operating a solar generation energy center, consisting of a Photovoltaic (PV), installation up to 100 Megawatts (MW), and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), installation up to 100 MW in size on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. The proposed solar energy project is referred to as the Moapa Solar Energy Center (Project). The facility would be located on tribal lands held in trust for the Moapa Band. The proposed transmission line interconnection and access road corridor associated with the project will be located on Federal lands administered and managed by BLM. The project would: • Help to provide a long-term, diverse, and viable economic revenue base and job opportunities for the Moapa Band while • Help Nevada and neighboring states to meet their State renewable energy needs. The Project would • Allow the Moapa Band, in partnership with the developer, to optimize the use of the lease site while maximizing the potential economic benefit to the Tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will prepare the EIS in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Nellis Air Force Base. The EIS will provide a framework for BIA and BLM to make determinations and take Federal actions. The Federal action for BIA would be to approve or deny a lease and any associated rights-of-way (ROW) on tribal lands for the proposed solar facility and for BLM to grant, grant with modifications or deny the ROW application for a proposed transmission line and access road. EPA and Nellis Air Force Base may adopt the documentation to make decisions under their authority and the Moapa Band may also use the EIS to make decisions under their Tribal Environmental Policy Ordinance. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the document for consistency with the Endangered Species Act, as amended, and other implementing acts. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The goals of this EIS are to: (1) Provide agency decision makers, the Moapa Band, and the general public with a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of the proposed solar energy center development project and alternatives on the Reservation; (2) Describe the cumulative impacts of increased development on the Reservation; and (3) Identify and propose mitigation measures that would minimize or prevent significant adverse impacts. This EIS will analyze the proposed project and appurtenant features, viable alternatives including other interconnection options, and the No Action alternative. Other alternatives may be identified in response to issues raised during the scoping process. The Project would be located in Township 16 South, Range 64 East, Sections 30 and 31 Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada. For the purposes of this EIS, the ‘‘Analysis Area’’ will include approximately 1,000 acres of land entirely located on the Reservation and the corridors for the transmission interconnection and access road located on Federal land managed by BLM. The project would be fenced and contain up to two components. One would consist of the construction and operation of up to a 100 MW PV solar plant and associated facilities on 500 acres. The PV project would include up to 175,000 crystalline PV panels, a single-axis tracking system, inverters, and an operation and maintenance building. Construction of the PV component is expected to take up to 12 months and is expected to have a project life of 25 years. The second component would be located on an adjacent 500 acre parcel and be a CSP installation using either: • eSolar’s state-of-the-art CSP plant technology—the basic building block of eSolar’s CSP technology consists of twenty-four 250-foot tall tower/receiver combinations situated between north and south-facing subfields of heliostat mirrors. The heliostats are mounted on an above-ground frame, elevated approximately three feet from ground level to minimize dust collection and allow for easy access for maintenance. This module (the tower/receiver and associated heliostat mirrors) is repeated as needed to provide the full output of the CSP power plant design. The focused solar heat boils water within the thermal receiver and produces steam. The steam from each thermal receiver is aggregated and sent to a steam turbine that generates electricity. The steam then reverts back to water through cooling and is routed back to the tower/ receivers where the process repeats. E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES • AREVA Solar’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector—AREVA Solar’s core technology, Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector, uses modular flat reflectors to focus the sun’s heat onto elevated receivers with a height of approximately 80 feet which consist of a system of tubes through which water flows. The concentrated sunlight boils the water in the tubes, generating high-pressure superheated steam for direct use in power generation without the need for heat exchangers. The CSP solar field generates steam and energy when sun light is present. The water supply required for the project would be leased from the Moapa Band. Other major parts of the CSP project would include an operation and maintenance facility building along with cooling towers and evaporation ponds. The CSP project is expected to take 24 months to construct and expected to operate for approximately 25 to 30 years. A single overhead 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line would connect the solar energy center to the nearby Harry Allen 230 kV Substation approximately six miles from the site. An additional interconnection line could be constructed to the Crystal Substation located approximately one mile east of project boundary. An access road would be constructed to the project site to provide access from Interstate-15 (I–15). This new road would be constructed between the site and the frontage road on the west side of I–15 for approximately 2.5 miles. Submission of Public Comments Please include your name, return address, and the caption ‘‘EIS, Moapa Solar Energy Center Project,’’ on the first page of any written comments. You may also submit comments at the public scoping meetings. The public scoping meetings will be held to further describe the Project and identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. The first public scoping meeting will be held on the Reservation and the other public scoping meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dates of the public scoping meetings will be included in notices to be posted in the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Moapa Valley Progress 15 days before the meetings. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Authority This notice is published in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 of the Council of Environmental Quality regulations and 43 CFR 46.235 of the Department of the Interior Regulations implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance with the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Department Manual. Dated: July 26, 2012. Donald E. Laverdue, Acting Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–19078 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAK910000 L13100000.DB0000 LXSINSSI0000] Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative—Science Technical Advisory Panel Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)—Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held September 18–20, 2012, in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 401, International Arctic Research Center (IARC), 930 Koyukuk Drive, University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, Fairbanks, Alaska. Public comment will be accepted between 3 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK–910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271–3431 or email SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 46769 jpayne.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. The NSSI STAP provides advice and recommendations to the NSSI Oversight Group regarding priority information needs for management decisions across the North Slope of Alaska. These priority information needs may include recommendations on inventory, monitoring, and research activities that contribute to informed resource management decisions. This meeting will include continued dialog for scenario planning for the North Slope and adjacent marine environments. Additionally, the STAP will continue with designing a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Science Technical Advisory Panel through the Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative. Each formal meeting will also have time allotted for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, transportation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 30, 2012. Bud C. Cribley, State Director. [FR Doc. 2012–19096 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1310–JA–P E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 151 (Monday, August 6, 2012)]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-19078]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Moapa Solar Energy Center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, 
Clark County NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Moapa 
Band of Paiute Indians and other Federal agencies, intends to prepare 
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates a solar energy 
generation center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. This notice 
announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also 
announces that two public scoping meetings will be held in Nevada this 
summer to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be 
considered in the EIS. ID30

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of 
the proposal must arrive by September 5, 2012. The dates of the public 
scoping meetings will be published in the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas 
Review-Journal, and Moapa Valley Progress 15 days before the scoping 
meetings.

ADDRESSES: You may mail, email, or hand carry written comments to 
either Mr. Paul Schlafly, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Southern Paiute Agency, 180 North 200 East Suite 111, P.O. Box 
720, St. George, Utah 84770; telephone: (435) 674-9720; email: 
paul.schlafly@bia.gov, or Ms. Amy Heuslein, Regional Environmental 
Protection Officer, BIA Western Regional Office, 2600 North Central 
Avenue, 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; telephone: (602) 
379-6750; email: amy.heuslein@bia.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action consists of constructing 
and operating a solar generation energy center, consisting of a 
Photovoltaic (PV), installation up to 100 Megawatts (MW), and 
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), installation up to 100 MW in size on 
the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. The 
proposed solar energy project is referred to as the Moapa Solar Energy 
Center (Project).
    The facility would be located on tribal lands held in trust for the 
Moapa Band. The proposed transmission line interconnection and access 
road corridor associated with the project will be located on Federal 
lands administered and managed by BLM.
    The project would:
     Help to provide a long-term, diverse, and viable economic 
revenue base and job opportunities for the Moapa Band while
     Help Nevada and neighboring states to meet their State 
renewable energy needs. The Project would
     Allow the Moapa Band, in partnership with the developer, 
to optimize the use of the lease site while maximizing the potential 
economic benefit to the Tribe.
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs will prepare the EIS in cooperation 
with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA), and Nellis Air Force Base. The EIS will provide a 
framework for BIA and BLM to make determinations and take Federal 
actions. The Federal action for BIA would be to approve or deny a lease 
and any associated rights-of-way (ROW) on tribal lands for the proposed 
solar facility and for BLM to grant, grant with modifications or deny 
the ROW application for a proposed transmission line and access road. 
EPA and Nellis Air Force Base may adopt the documentation to make 
decisions under their authority and the Moapa Band may also use the EIS 
to make decisions under their Tribal Environmental Policy Ordinance. 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the document for 
consistency with the Endangered Species Act, as amended, and other 
implementing acts.
    The goals of this EIS are to:
    (1) Provide agency decision makers, the Moapa Band, and the general 
public with a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of the 
proposed solar energy center development project and alternatives on 
the Reservation;
    (2) Describe the cumulative impacts of increased development on the 
Reservation; and
    (3) Identify and propose mitigation measures that would minimize or 
prevent significant adverse impacts.
    This EIS will analyze the proposed project and appurtenant 
features, viable alternatives including other interconnection options, 
and the No Action alternative. Other alternatives may be identified in 
response to issues raised during the scoping process.
    The Project would be located in Township 16 South, Range 64 East, 
Sections 30 and 31 Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada. For the purposes of 
this EIS, the ``Analysis Area'' will include approximately 1,000 acres 
of land entirely located on the Reservation and the corridors for the 
transmission interconnection and access road located on Federal land 
managed by BLM.
    The project would be fenced and contain up to two components. One 
would consist of the construction and operation of up to a 100 MW PV 
solar plant and associated facilities on 500 acres. The PV project 
would include up to 175,000 crystalline PV panels, a single-axis 
tracking system, inverters, and an operation and maintenance building. 
Construction of the PV component is expected to take up to 12 months 
and is expected to have a project life of 25 years.
    The second component would be located on an adjacent 500 acre 
parcel and be a CSP installation using either:
     eSolar's state-of-the-art CSP plant technology--the basic 
building block of eSolar's CSP technology consists of twenty-four 250-
foot tall tower/receiver combinations situated between north and south-
facing subfields of heliostat mirrors. The heliostats are mounted on an 
above-ground frame, elevated approximately three feet from ground level 
to minimize dust collection and allow for easy access for maintenance. 
This module (the tower/receiver and associated heliostat mirrors) is 
repeated as needed to provide the full output of the CSP power plant 
design. The focused solar heat boils water within the thermal receiver 
and produces steam. The steam from each thermal receiver is aggregated 
and sent to a steam turbine that generates electricity. The steam then 
reverts back to water through cooling and is routed back to the tower/
receivers where the process repeats.

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     AREVA Solar's Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector--AREVA 
Solar's core technology, Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector, uses modular 
flat reflectors to focus the sun's heat onto elevated receivers with a 
height of approximately 80 feet which consist of a system of tubes 
through which water flows. The concentrated sunlight boils the water in 
the tubes, generating high-pressure superheated steam for direct use in 
power generation without the need for heat exchangers.
    The CSP solar field generates steam and energy when sun light is 
present. The water supply required for the project would be leased from 
the Moapa Band. Other major parts of the CSP project would include an 
operation and maintenance facility building along with cooling towers 
and evaporation ponds. The CSP project is expected to take 24 months to 
construct and expected to operate for approximately 25 to 30 years.
    A single overhead 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line would connect 
the solar energy center to the nearby Harry Allen 230 kV Substation 
approximately six miles from the site. An additional interconnection 
line could be constructed to the Crystal Substation located 
approximately one mile east of project boundary. An access road would 
be constructed to the project site to provide access from Interstate-15 
(I-15). This new road would be constructed between the site and the 
frontage road on the west side of I-15 for approximately 2.5 miles.

Submission of Public Comments

    Please include your name, return address, and the caption ``EIS, 
Moapa Solar Energy Center Project,'' on the first page of any written 
comments. You may also submit comments at the public scoping meetings.
    The public scoping meetings will be held to further describe the 
Project and identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered 
in the EIS. The first public scoping meeting will be held on the 
Reservation and the other public scoping meeting will be held in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. The dates of the public scoping meetings will be 
included in notices to be posted in the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas 
Review-Journal, and Moapa Valley Progress 15 days before the meetings.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the mailing address shown in the 
ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, 
phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information 
in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly 
available at any time.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 of the 
Council of Environmental Quality regulations and 43 CFR 46.235 of the 
Department of the Interior Regulations implementing the procedural 
requirements of the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance 
with the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Department 
Manual.

    Dated: July 26, 2012.
Donald E. Laverdue,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2012-19078 Filed 8-3-12; 8:45 am]
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