Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN, 51558-51559 [2012-20833]

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While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that will be done. Dated: August 20, 2012. Douglas A. Howard, Associate Program Coordinator, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. [FR Doc. 2012–20878 Filed 8–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4311–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Tribe), intends to gather the information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the conveyance into trust of 164.22 acres of land currently held by the Tribe in the City of South Bend, Indiana. The purpose of the proposed action is to help create a tribal land base and to meet the Tribe’s economic development needs in Indiana. The Tribe is federally recognized, but does not currently have a federally protected reservation or have land that is held in trust for the Tribe by the United States in the State of Indiana. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, alternatives, and content for inclusion in the EIS. DATES: The public scoping meeting will be held on September 27, 2012, and will begin at 6 p.m. and last until the last public comment is received. Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal must arrive by October 9, 2012. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held at the South Bend Century Center, 120 South Saint Joseph Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601. The meeting will be co-hosted by the BIA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and the Tribe. You may mail, hand deliver, or telefax written comments to Diane Rosen, Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55437; Telefax (612) 713–4401. Please include your name, return address and the caption specifying ‘‘Scoping Comments for Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village’’ on the first page of your written comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Doig, Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, Midwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55437; telephone: (612) 725–4514; email: scott.doig@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes to take into trust 164.22 acres of land located within the municipal limits of the City of South Bend, Indiana pursuant to Section 6 of the Pokagon Restoration Act (25 U.S.C. 1300j–5). The proposed trust acquisition of the property is for the development of a Tribal Village, which will include 44 housing units, a multi-purpose facility, health service and other tribal government facilities. Proposed development for the property also includes a Class III gaming facility with a hotel, restaurants, meeting space, and a parking garage. The property is located approximately 5.25 miles from Interstate 80/90 and approximately 2.5 miles southwest of downtown South Bend and consists of 17 contiguous parcels of land that are bounded on the northwest by Indiana State Road 23, on the southwest by U.S. Highway 31/20, and on the east by Locust Street. The site of the gaming facility is proposed to be accessible from Indiana State Road 23 and the Tribal Village is proposed to be accessible from Locust Road. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve access to essential tribal government services, provide housing, economic development, and employment opportunities for the Pokagon Band tribal community residing in northern Indiana. Areas of environmental concern so far identified that the EIS will address include soils and geology, air quality, water supply, wastewater and storm water, biological resources, traffic and transportation, cultural and historic resources, socioeconomics, public health and safety, noise, and visual resources/ aesthetics. Alternatives identified for analysis include the proposed action, a no-action alternative, a non-gaming alternative, and an alternate gaming site E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 165 / Friday, August 24, 2012 / Notices alternative. The range of issues addressed in the EIS may also be revised based on comments received at the public scoping meeting and in response to this notice. The Tribe consists of approximately 4,400 members and is governed by a Tribal Council under a constitution. The United States presently holds approximately 2,883 acres of land in the lower peninsula of the State of Michigan in trust for the Tribe. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at all of the mailing addresses shown in the ADDRESSES section (except those for the public meetings) during 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. While you can request your comment to exclude personal identifying information from public review, BIA cannot guarantee our ability to do so under the guidelines of the Freedom of Information Act. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: August 9, 2012. Donald E. Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–20833 Filed 8–23–12; 8:45 am] erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:22 Aug 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUTC010000–L51010000–ER0000– LVRWJ10J4080; UTU–044897] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Cameron to Milford—138 kV Transmission Line Project and Possible Amendment to the Cedar Beaver Garfield Antimony Resource Management Plan for the Cedar City Field Office, Cedar City, UT Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office, Cedar City, Utah, intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and possible Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EA and possible RMP amendment. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until September 24, 2012. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: https://www.ut.blm.gov/enbb/ index.php. In order to be included in the EA, all comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Cameron to Milford—138 kV Transmission Line Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: https://www.ut.blm.gov/ enbb/index.php. • Email: kkunze@blm.gov. • Fax: 435–865–3058. • Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Cedar City Field Office, 176 East DL Sargent Drive, Cedar City, Utah 84721, ATTN: Karen McAdams-Kunze. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Cedar City Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Karen McAdams-Kunze, telephone 435– 865–3073; Bureau of Land Management, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51559 Cedar City Field Office, 176 East DL Sargent Drive, Cedar City, Utah; email kkunze@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, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power, has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 138 kV single-circuit overhead transmission line on Federal lands. The project would provide an additional 27 megawatts of reliable electrical capacity by 2014 to resolve current system constraints and respond to anticipated load growth in western Beaver County, Utah. The proposed project would begin at the existing Cameron Substation near Beaver, Utah, and terminate at the existing Milford Substation near the town of Milford, Utah. The project area would span approximately 19 miles, about 12 of which would be on BLM-administered lands, depending on the route selected. Rocky Mountain Power has identified alternative routes between the two substations. These routes would affect Federal, State, and private lands. The requested ROW width on Federal lands is 60 feet except for a portion of one alternative route. The requested width for that portion is 100 feet where it passes over steep terrain. Rocky Mountain Power proposes to use predominately single wood pole structures, approximately 55 to 90 feet in height with average spans between poles of 350 to 500 feet. No new permanent roads would be constructed. Temporary spur routes approximately 12 feet wide and temporary workspace would be needed during construction for material storage, conductortensioning sites, and to accommodate vehicles and equipment. Authorization of this proposal may require amending the Cedar Beaver Garfield Antimony RMP, approved in 1986, by changing approximately 594 acres of an existing 27,494-acre Visual Resource Management (VRM) Class II to Class III or IV. This would occur in the Mineral Mountains along the existing Pass Road, which is a Beaver County, Utah, recorded Class B Road. By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use plans, E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and 
Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi 
Indians (Tribe), intends to gather the information necessary for 
preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the conveyance 
into trust of 164.22 acres of land currently held by the Tribe in the 
City of South Bend, Indiana. The purpose of the proposed action is to 
help create a tribal land base and to meet the Tribe's economic 
development needs in Indiana. The Tribe is federally recognized, but 
does not currently have a federally protected reservation or have land 
that is held in trust for the Tribe by the United States in the State 
of Indiana.
    This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify 
potential issues, alternatives, and content for inclusion in the EIS.

DATES: The public scoping meeting will be held on September 27, 2012, 
and will begin at 6 p.m. and last until the last public comment is 
received. Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of 
the proposal must arrive by October 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held at the South Bend 
Century Center, 120 South Saint Joseph Street, South Bend, Indiana 
46601. The meeting will be co-hosted by the BIA and the Tribe. You may 
mail, hand deliver, or telefax written comments to Diane Rosen, 
Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 
5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55437; Telefax 
(612) 713-4401. Please include your name, return address and the 
caption specifying ``Scoping Comments for Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal 
Village'' on the first page of your written comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Doig, Regional Environmental 
Protection Specialist, Midwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 
55437; telephone: (612) 725-4514; email: scott.doig@bia.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes to take into trust 164.22 
acres of land located within the municipal limits of the City of South 
Bend, Indiana pursuant to Section 6 of the Pokagon Restoration Act (25 
U.S.C. 1300j-5). The proposed trust acquisition of the property is for 
the development of a Tribal Village, which will include 44 housing 
units, a multi-purpose facility, health service and other tribal 
government facilities. Proposed development for the property also 
includes a Class III gaming facility with a hotel, restaurants, meeting 
space, and a parking garage.
    The property is located approximately 5.25 miles from Interstate 
80/90 and approximately 2.5 miles southwest of downtown South Bend and 
consists of 17 contiguous parcels of land that are bounded on the 
northwest by Indiana State Road 23, on the southwest by U.S. Highway 
31/20, and on the east by Locust Street. The site of the gaming 
facility is proposed to be accessible from Indiana State Road 23 and 
the Tribal Village is proposed to be accessible from Locust Road.
    The purpose of the proposed action is to improve access to 
essential tribal government services, provide housing, economic 
development, and employment opportunities for the Pokagon Band tribal 
community residing in northern Indiana. Areas of environmental concern 
so far identified that the EIS will address include soils and geology, 
air quality, water supply, wastewater and storm water, biological 
resources, traffic and transportation, cultural and historic resources, 
socioeconomics, public health and safety, noise, and visual resources/
aesthetics. Alternatives identified for analysis include the proposed 
action, a no-action alternative, a non-gaming alternative, and an 
alternate gaming site

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alternative. The range of issues addressed in the EIS may also be 
revised based on comments received at the public scoping meeting and in 
response to this notice. The Tribe consists of approximately 4,400 
members and is governed by a Tribal Council under a constitution. The 
United States presently holds approximately 2,883 acres of land in the 
lower peninsula of the State of Michigan in trust for the Tribe.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at all of the mailing addresses shown in 
the ADDRESSES section (except those for the public meetings) during 
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. While you can 
request your comment to exclude personal identifying information from 
public review, BIA cannot guarantee our ability to do so under the 
guidelines of the Freedom of Information Act.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council of Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of Interior Regulations (43 CFR 
part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), 
the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the 
exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: August 9, 2012.
Donald E. Laverdure,
Acting Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2012-20833 Filed 8-23-12; 8:45 am]
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