Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for Renewal of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Public Land Withdrawal, California, 49784-49786 [2012-20279]

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Rucker, Fort Rucker, AL Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations. [FR Doc. 2012–20253 Filed 8–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for Renewal of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Public Land Withdrawal, California Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and regulations SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500– 1508), and in accordance with the requirements of the California Military Lands Withdrawal and Overflights Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103–433, part of the California Desert Protection Act), the Department of the Navy (DoN), in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/ Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (LEIS). Separately, and in accordance with the Engle Act of 1958 (Pub. L. 85–337) and 43 CFR part 2310, the DoN submitted a land withdrawal renewal application to BLM. The Draft EIS/LEIS evaluates the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed Congressional reauthorization of the current land withdrawal of approximately 1.03 million acres of public land in Kern, Inyo, and San Bernardino counties, California. The proposed 25-year withdrawal would comprise the current North and South ranges at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL), California. The Draft EIS/LEIS also addresses an increase of up to 25 percent in the tempo of military activity within current land use areas approved for designated uses, and the implementation of an update of the installation’s Comprehensive Land Use Management Plan (CLUMP). The proposed action would enable the DoN to meet its mission to support state-of-the-art air warfare weapons systems testing and evaluation, and the readiness of the military services, using existing facilities and infrastructure, and on safe, operationally realistic, and instrumented land ranges. With the filing of the Draft EIS/LEIS and submission of the application to renew the public land withdrawal, the DoN and BLM are initiating a 90-day public comment period and have scheduled three public open house meetings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/LEIS and the proposed renewal of the public land withdrawal. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public meetings and provides supplementary information. Dates and Addresses: The 90-day public comment period for the Draft EIS/LEIS began on August 10, 2012 and will end on November 8, 2012. The DoN and BLM will hold three public meetings, using an open house format, to inform the public about the Draft EIS/ LEIS and the public land withdrawal E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 160 / Friday, August 17, 2012 / Notices renewal process. Representatives from the DoN and BLM will be available to discuss and answer questions on the proposed action and alternatives, the land withdrawal renewal, the environmental planning process, and the findings presented in the Draft EIS/ LEIS. Public open house meetings will be held at each location between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the following dates: 1. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, SpringHill Suites, 113 East Sydnor Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555. 2. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Trona Community Senior Center, 13187 Market Street, Trona, California 93562. 3. Thursday, October 4, 2012, Statham Hall, 138 North Jackson Street, Lone Pine, California 93545. Federal, state and local agencies and officials, and interested groups and individuals are encouraged to provide oral or written comments in person at any of the public meetings. A stenographer will be present to transcribe oral comments. Comments also may be submitted in writing anytime during the public comment period to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, ATTN: NAWSCL Land Withdrawal Renewal EIS/LEIS Project Manager (Mr. Gene Beale), 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 92132–5190. In addition, comments may be submitted any time during the public comment period via the project Web site: http://www.chinalakeleis.com. All statements, whether oral, oral transcription, written, or submitted via the web site during the public review period will become part of the public record on the Draft EIS/LEIS and be considered in preparing the Final EIS/ LEIS if postmarked or received by November 8, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, ATTN: NAWSCL Land Withdrawal Renewal EIS/LEIS Project Manager (Mr. Gene Beale), 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 92132– 5190. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The California Military Lands Withdrawal and Overflights Act of 1994, withdrew and reserved approximately 1.03 million acres of public lands comprising the NAWSCL for defense-related purposes for a period of 20 years (until October 14, 2014). The Secretary of the DoN is seeking to extend the withdrawal of these public lands and is required to publish a draft EIS addressing the effects of continued withdrawal by October 31, 2012. On June 10, 2011, the DoN published a Notice of Intent to prepare this EIS/LEIS in the Federal VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Aug 16, 2012 Jkt 226001 Register (76 FR 34066) and on June 13, 2011 submitted a land withdrawal application to BLM. This notice announces the availability of the Draft EIS/LEIS for public review and the dates and locations of public meetings to receive comments on the Draft EIS/LEIS. The purpose of the proposed action is to support the renewal of the 1994 withdrawal at NAWSCL by an Act of Congress in order to continue to support DoN and Department of Defense (DoD) DoD use of 1.03 million acres of fully instrumented land ranges for Research, Development, Acquisition, Test, and Evaluation (RDAT&E) and military readiness training activities. NAWSCL is the DoN’s full-spectrum RDAT&E center for weapons systems associated with air warfare, aircraft weapons integration, missiles and missile subsystems, and assigned airborne electronic warfare systems. RDAT&E activities are needed to develop new weapons systems and ensure that these systems perform to their designed specifications. The NAWSCL land ranges provide the safe, operationally realistic, and instrumented environment needed to fulfill DoN and DoD RDAT&E requirements. Tenant commands supported are the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and other DoD RDAT&E and training activities. The proposed action will also support the revision, update, and implementation of NAWSCL’s CLUMP, which meets the land, cultural, natural, and environmental resources management requirements of the California Desert Protection Act and the Sikes Act (16 U.S. Code 670a–670o, as amended in 1997). The updated CLUMP will ensure no loss in the capability of the installation to support its military mission and facilitate environmentally sound resource management decisions when responding to planned increases in emerging military readiness needs. It would also support the warfighter by ensuring the land use management supports current and evolving technology, allowing for solutions to theater-relevant problems and to maintain readiness. The Draft EIS/LEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of two action alternatives and the No Action Alternative. Alternative 1 (Withdrawal and Increased Tempo) is the DoN’s preferred alternative and provides NAWSCL the greatest flexibility to accommodate current and evolving DoN and DoD military readiness activities. Alternative 1 includes: (1) Congressional renewal of the land withdrawal for a period of 25 years; (2) revise and implement the CLUMP; and (3) increase mission activities by up to PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49785 25 percent, expand unmanned aerial and surface systems, and expand existing and introduce evolving directed energy weapons development. Alternative 2 (Withdrawal and Baseline Tempo) provides for the Congressional renewal of the land withdrawal (25 year renewal) and continuation of military activities at current levels. Nonmilitary activities would continue according to current patterns of use. The existing CLUMP would be revised, as appropriate, and implemented to manage land use and environmental resources at NAWSCL. Under the No Action Alternative (Alternative 3), the renewal of the withdrawal of public lands at NAWSCL would not occur; administrative control of the withdrawn land would remain with the DoN until environmental remediation and health and safety concerns were addressed to allow the return of the land to BLM. The expiration of the public land withdrawal would terminate the DoN’s authority to use approximately 92 percent of the NAWSCL-managed lands. Although the DoN would continue to be responsible for the remaining feeowned/leased land and managed airspace, these land resources would not be sufficient to accommodate the hazard patterns, targets, maneuvering areas, special equipment, explosive areas, and other features associated with RDAT&E and training events. As a result, there would be a probable dramatic reduction in, or potentially the eventual cessation of, RDAT&E activities at NAWSCL. The Draft EIS/LEIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposed action on the following resources: Land use, noise, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, water resources, socioeconomics (including environmental justice), utilities and public services, public health and safety, hazardous materials and waste, and traffic and circulation. Specific findings within the Draft EIS/ LEIS indicate that ongoing aircraft flight events at Armitage Field would exceed noise compatibility thresholds at certain off-installation noise sensitive receptors. However, the continued implementation of the land use management recommendations identified in the 2011 Air Installation Compatibility Use Zones Update would minimize noise impacts to surrounding areas. Potential brush fires associated with the proposed testing and training activities may result in significant impacts to biological resources. Implementation of mitigation and conservation measures as described in the NAWSCL Integrated Natural E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1 49786 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 160 / Friday, August 17, 2012 / Notices erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Resources Management Plan would reduce these potential impacts. On March 9, 2012, the DoN initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for the potential impacts to Federallylisted species present at NAWSCL (specifically, desert tortoise, Mojave tui chub, southwestern willow flycatcher, least Bell’s vireo, and Inyo California towhee). Impacts to cultural resources from the proposed action would not be significant and would be further reduced by implementation of the standard operating procedures for the treatment of cultural resources described in the Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan. In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the DoN initiated consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer for on March 9, 2012. Native American access to the Coso Hot Springs and Prayer Site would continue to be conducted in accordance with the existing Memorandum of Agreement between NAWSCL and Native American tribes. The Draft EIS/LEIS was distributed to Federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and organizations. Copies of the Draft EIS/LEIS are available for public review at the following libraries: 1. Ridgecrest Public Library, 131 East Las Flores Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555. 2. Trona Branch Library, 82805 Mount View, Trona, California 93562. 3. Lone Pine Branch Library, 127 Bush Street, Lone Pine, California 93545. 4. Barstow Branch Library, 304 East Buena Vista Street, Barstow, California 92311. 5. Mojave Public Library, 16916–1/2 State Highway 14, Space D2, Mojave, California 93501. 6. Lancaster Public Library, 601 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, California 93534. The Draft EIS/LEIS is also available for electronic viewing or download at the project Web site at http:// www.chinalakeleis.com. A paper copy of the Executive Summary or a single compact disc of the Draft EIS/LEIS will be made available upon written request. Dated: August 14, 2012. C.K. Chiappetta, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–20279 Filed 8–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Aug 16, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and information pertaining to members of the public submitting third-party written and oral comments. AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8072, Washington, DC 20006. NACIQI’S Statutory Authority and Function: The NACIQI is established under Section 114 of the HEA of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c. The NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education about: • The establishment and enforcement of the criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under Subpart 2, Part H, Title IV, of the HEA, as amended. • The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations or a specific State approval agency. • The preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations. • The eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under Title IV, of the HEA, together with recommendations for improvement in such process. • The relationship between (1) accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions. • Any other advisory function relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe. SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the agenda for the December 11–12, 2012, meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI); and provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments and on requesting to make oral comments at the meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. Meeting Date and Place: The NACIQI meeting will be held on December 11– ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12, 2012, from approximately 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. at a location to be determined in the Washington, DC area. The exact location will be published in the Federal Register and on the Department’s Web site at http: //www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/ naciqi.html#meetings by November 2, 2012. Meeting Agenda: The meeting will include a review of accrediting and State agencies seeking a renewal of recognition and a policy discussion session on NACIQI’s potential for addressing HEA-related accreditation issues and recommendations currently being discussed within the higher education community. Below is a list of agencies, including their current and requested scopes of recognition, scheduled for review during the December 11–12, 2012, meeting: Petitions for Continued Recognition Accrediting Agencies 1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation, within the United States, of Didactic and Coordinated Programs in Dietetics at both the undergraduate and graduate level, post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internships, and Dietetic Technician Programs at the associate degree level, and for its accreditation of such programs offered via distance education.) 2. American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) in the United States of physical therapist education programs leading to the first professional degree at the master’s or doctoral level and physical therapist assistant education programs at the associate degree level and for its accreditation of such programs offered via distance education.) 3. American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education (AVMA–COE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Reasonable Assurance’’) in the United States of programs leading to professional degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.D.) in veterinary medicine.) 4. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation of medical education programs within the E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement/Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for Renewal of 
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Public Land Withdrawal, California

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500-
1508), and in accordance with the requirements of the California 
Military Lands Withdrawal and Overflights Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-433, 
part of the California Desert Protection Act), the Department of the 
Navy (DoN), in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 
has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Legislative Environmental 
Impact Statement (LEIS). Separately, and in accordance with the Engle 
Act of 1958 (Pub. L. 85-337) and 43 CFR part 2310, the DoN submitted a 
land withdrawal renewal application to BLM.
    The Draft EIS/LEIS evaluates the potential environmental effects 
associated with the proposed Congressional reauthorization of the 
current land withdrawal of approximately 1.03 million acres of public 
land in Kern, Inyo, and San Bernardino counties, California. The 
proposed 25-year withdrawal would comprise the current North and South 
ranges at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL), California. 
The Draft EIS/LEIS also addresses an increase of up to 25 percent in 
the tempo of military activity within current land use areas approved 
for designated uses, and the implementation of an update of the 
installation's Comprehensive Land Use Management Plan (CLUMP). The 
proposed action would enable the DoN to meet its mission to support 
state-of-the-art air warfare weapons systems testing and evaluation, 
and the readiness of the military services, using existing facilities 
and infrastructure, and on safe, operationally realistic, and 
instrumented land ranges.
    With the filing of the Draft EIS/LEIS and submission of the 
application to renew the public land withdrawal, the DoN and BLM are 
initiating a 90-day public comment period and have scheduled three 
public open house meetings to receive oral and written comments on the 
Draft EIS/LEIS and the proposed renewal of the public land withdrawal. 
This notice announces the dates and locations of the public meetings 
and provides supplementary information.
    Dates and Addresses: The 90-day public comment period for the Draft 
EIS/LEIS began on August 10, 2012 and will end on November 8, 2012. The 
DoN and BLM will hold three public meetings, using an open house 
format, to inform the public about the Draft EIS/LEIS and the public 
land withdrawal

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renewal process. Representatives from the DoN and BLM will be available 
to discuss and answer questions on the proposed action and 
alternatives, the land withdrawal renewal, the environmental planning 
process, and the findings presented in the Draft EIS/LEIS. Public open 
house meetings will be held at each location between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 
p.m. on the following dates:
    1. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, SpringHill Suites, 113 East Sydnor 
Avenue, Ridgecrest, California 93555.
    2. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Trona Community Senior Center, 13187 
Market Street, Trona, California 93562.
    3. Thursday, October 4, 2012, Statham Hall, 138 North Jackson 
Street, Lone Pine, California 93545.
    Federal, state and local agencies and officials, and interested 
groups and individuals are encouraged to provide oral or written 
comments in person at any of the public meetings. A stenographer will 
be present to transcribe oral comments. Comments also may be submitted 
in writing anytime during the public comment period to: Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, ATTN: NAWSCL Land Withdrawal 
Renewal EIS/LEIS Project Manager (Mr. Gene Beale), 1220 Pacific 
Highway, San Diego, California 92132-5190. In addition, comments may be 
submitted any time during the public comment period via the project Web 
site: http://www.chinalakeleis.com.
    All statements, whether oral, oral transcription, written, or 
submitted via the web site during the public review period will become 
part of the public record on the Draft EIS/LEIS and be considered in 
preparing the Final EIS/LEIS if postmarked or received by November 8, 
2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 
Southwest, ATTN: NAWSCL Land Withdrawal Renewal EIS/LEIS Project 
Manager (Mr. Gene Beale), 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 
92132-5190.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The California Military Lands Withdrawal and 
Overflights Act of 1994, withdrew and reserved approximately 1.03 
million acres of public lands comprising the NAWSCL for defense-related 
purposes for a period of 20 years (until October 14, 2014). The 
Secretary of the DoN is seeking to extend the withdrawal of these 
public lands and is required to publish a draft EIS addressing the 
effects of continued withdrawal by October 31, 2012. On June 10, 2011, 
the DoN published a Notice of Intent to prepare this EIS/LEIS in the 
Federal Register (76 FR 34066) and on June 13, 2011 submitted a land 
withdrawal application to BLM. This notice announces the availability 
of the Draft EIS/LEIS for public review and the dates and locations of 
public meetings to receive comments on the Draft EIS/LEIS.
    The purpose of the proposed action is to support the renewal of the 
1994 withdrawal at NAWSCL by an Act of Congress in order to continue to 
support DoN and Department of Defense (DoD) DoD use of 1.03 million 
acres of fully instrumented land ranges for Research, Development, 
Acquisition, Test, and Evaluation (RDAT&E) and military readiness 
training activities. NAWSCL is the DoN's full-spectrum RDAT&E center 
for weapons systems associated with air warfare, aircraft weapons 
integration, missiles and missile subsystems, and assigned airborne 
electronic warfare systems. RDAT&E activities are needed to develop new 
weapons systems and ensure that these systems perform to their designed 
specifications. The NAWSCL land ranges provide the safe, operationally 
realistic, and instrumented environment needed to fulfill DoN and DoD 
RDAT&E requirements. Tenant commands supported are the Naval Air 
Warfare Center Weapons Division and other DoD RDAT&E and training 
activities.
    The proposed action will also support the revision, update, and 
implementation of NAWSCL's CLUMP, which meets the land, cultural, 
natural, and environmental resources management requirements of the 
California Desert Protection Act and the Sikes Act (16 U.S. Code 670a-
670o, as amended in 1997). The updated CLUMP will ensure no loss in the 
capability of the installation to support its military mission and 
facilitate environmentally sound resource management decisions when 
responding to planned increases in emerging military readiness needs. 
It would also support the warfighter by ensuring the land use 
management supports current and evolving technology, allowing for 
solutions to theater-relevant problems and to maintain readiness.
    The Draft EIS/LEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of 
two action alternatives and the No Action Alternative. Alternative 1 
(Withdrawal and Increased Tempo) is the DoN's preferred alternative and 
provides NAWSCL the greatest flexibility to accommodate current and 
evolving DoN and DoD military readiness activities. Alternative 1 
includes: (1) Congressional renewal of the land withdrawal for a period 
of 25 years; (2) revise and implement the CLUMP; and (3) increase 
mission activities by up to 25 percent, expand unmanned aerial and 
surface systems, and expand existing and introduce evolving directed 
energy weapons development.
    Alternative 2 (Withdrawal and Baseline Tempo) provides for the 
Congressional renewal of the land withdrawal (25 year renewal) and 
continuation of military activities at current levels. Nonmilitary 
activities would continue according to current patterns of use. The 
existing CLUMP would be revised, as appropriate, and implemented to 
manage land use and environmental resources at NAWSCL.
    Under the No Action Alternative (Alternative 3), the renewal of the 
withdrawal of public lands at NAWSCL would not occur; administrative 
control of the withdrawn land would remain with the DoN until 
environmental remediation and health and safety concerns were addressed 
to allow the return of the land to BLM. The expiration of the public 
land withdrawal would terminate the DoN's authority to use 
approximately 92 percent of the NAWSCL-managed lands. Although the DoN 
would continue to be responsible for the remaining fee-owned/leased 
land and managed airspace, these land resources would not be sufficient 
to accommodate the hazard patterns, targets, maneuvering areas, special 
equipment, explosive areas, and other features associated with RDAT&E 
and training events. As a result, there would be a probable dramatic 
reduction in, or potentially the eventual cessation of, RDAT&E 
activities at NAWSCL.
    The Draft EIS/LEIS provides an analysis of the potential 
environmental effects of the proposed action on the following 
resources: Land use, noise, air quality, biological resources, cultural 
resources, geology and soils, water resources, socioeconomics 
(including environmental justice), utilities and public services, 
public health and safety, hazardous materials and waste, and traffic 
and circulation.
    Specific findings within the Draft EIS/LEIS indicate that ongoing 
aircraft flight events at Armitage Field would exceed noise 
compatibility thresholds at certain off-installation noise sensitive 
receptors. However, the continued implementation of the land use 
management recommendations identified in the 2011 Air Installation 
Compatibility Use Zones Update would minimize noise impacts to 
surrounding areas.
    Potential brush fires associated with the proposed testing and 
training activities may result in significant impacts to biological 
resources. Implementation of mitigation and conservation measures as 
described in the NAWSCL Integrated Natural

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Resources Management Plan would reduce these potential impacts. On 
March 9, 2012, the DoN initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service in accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species 
Act for the potential impacts to Federally-listed species present at 
NAWSCL (specifically, desert tortoise, Mojave tui chub, southwestern 
willow flycatcher, least Bell's vireo, and Inyo California towhee).
    Impacts to cultural resources from the proposed action would not be 
significant and would be further reduced by implementation of the 
standard operating procedures for the treatment of cultural resources 
described in the Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan. In 
accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 
the DoN initiated consultation with the State Historic Preservation 
Officer for on March 9, 2012. Native American access to the Coso Hot 
Springs and Prayer Site would continue to be conducted in accordance 
with the existing Memorandum of Agreement between NAWSCL and Native 
American tribes.
    The Draft EIS/LEIS was distributed to Federal, state, and local 
agencies, elected officials, and other interested individuals and 
organizations. Copies of the Draft EIS/LEIS are available for public 
review at the following libraries:
    1. Ridgecrest Public Library, 131 East Las Flores Avenue, 
Ridgecrest, California 93555.
    2. Trona Branch Library, 82805 Mount View, Trona, California 93562.
    3. Lone Pine Branch Library, 127 Bush Street, Lone Pine, California 
93545.
    4. Barstow Branch Library, 304 East Buena Vista Street, Barstow, 
California 92311.
    5. Mojave Public Library, 16916-1/2 State Highway 14, Space D2, 
Mojave, California 93501.
    6. Lancaster Public Library, 601 West Lancaster Boulevard, 
Lancaster, California 93534.
    The Draft EIS/LEIS is also available for electronic viewing or 
download at the project Web site at http://www.chinalakeleis.com. A 
paper copy of the Executive Summary or a single compact disc of the 
Draft EIS/LEIS will be made available upon written request.

    Dated: August 14, 2012.
C.K. Chiappetta,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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