Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Interconnection of the Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project, Brookings and Deuel Counties, SD (DOE/EIS-0437), 52320 [2012-21302]

Download as PDF 52320 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04922. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202–401–0920. 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The results of the survey will be used to prioritize the assistance that REL Midwest provides to educators in the region for utilizing their longitudinal data systems, conducting high quality research and evaluation; learning about the best education research; and incorporating data into policy and practice. Dated: August 24, 2012. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2012–21309 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Interconnection of the Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project, Brookings and Deuel Counties, SD (DOE/EIS–0437) Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is cancelling the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on an SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 interconnection request by Heartland Wind, LLC (Heartland), a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. This cancellation is effective on August 29, 2012. DATES: For additional information on the cancellation of this EIS process, contact Matt Marsh, NEPA Document Manager, Upper Great Plains Regional Office, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 35800, Billings, MT 59107– 5800, email MMarsh@wapa.gov, telephone (406) 255–2811. For general information on DOE’s NEPA review process, contact Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and Compliance, GC–54, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0119, telephone (202) 586–4600 or (800) 472– 2756, facsimile (202) 586–7031. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heartland proposed to design, construct, operate, and maintain a 170-megawatt Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project (Project) in Brookings and Deuel counties, South Dakota, and interconnect that Project with Western’s transmission system. Heartland’s interconnection request caused Western to initiate a NEPA review of its proposal to allow the interconnection. Western published a Notice of Intent for the EIS in the Federal Register on November 27, 2009 (74 FR 62298), and started the EIS process. A public scoping meeting was held subsequent to the Notice of Intent, but a Draft EIS was not produced because Heartland decided to suspend further action on its proposed Project. Heartland notified Western of its decision, and Western is now terminating the NEPA review process on its interconnection proposal and Heartland’s proposed Project. Heartland could decide to reinitiate the proposed Project at some future date. In that event Western would issue a new Notice of Intent, and would start a new NEPA process. The DOE’s Acting General Counsel provided a ‘‘Restatement of Delegations of Environmental Impact Statement Authorities’’ to Western’s Administrator in a November 16, 2011, memorandum. Under the authority granted by that memorandum, I have terminated the NEPA process for Heartland’s proposed Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project with the publication of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 17, 2012. Anthony H. Montoya, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2012–21302 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Interconnection of the Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project, 
Brookings and Deuel Counties, SD (DOE/EIS-0437)

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public 
that it is cancelling the preparation of an environmental impact 
statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on 
an interconnection request by Heartland Wind, LLC (Heartland), a wholly 
owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.

DATES: This cancellation is effective on August 29, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on the 
cancellation of this EIS process, contact Matt Marsh, NEPA Document 
Manager, Upper Great Plains Regional Office, Western Area Power 
Administration, P.O. Box 35800, Billings, MT 59107-5800, email 
MMarsh@wapa.gov, telephone (406) 255-2811. For general information on 
DOE's NEPA review process, contact Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA 
Policy and Compliance, GC-54, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0119, telephone (202) 586-4600 or 
(800) 472-2756, facsimile (202) 586-7031.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Heartland proposed to design, construct, 
operate, and maintain a 170-megawatt Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project 
(Project) in Brookings and Deuel counties, South Dakota, and 
interconnect that Project with Western's transmission system. 
Heartland's interconnection request caused Western to initiate a NEPA 
review of its proposal to allow the interconnection. Western published 
a Notice of Intent for the EIS in the Federal Register on November 27, 
2009 (74 FR 62298), and started the EIS process. A public scoping 
meeting was held subsequent to the Notice of Intent, but a Draft EIS 
was not produced because Heartland decided to suspend further action on 
its proposed Project. Heartland notified Western of its decision, and 
Western is now terminating the NEPA review process on its 
interconnection proposal and Heartland's proposed Project. Heartland 
could decide to reinitiate the proposed Project at some future date. In 
that event Western would issue a new Notice of Intent, and would start 
a new NEPA process.
    The DOE's Acting General Counsel provided a ``Restatement of 
Delegations of Environmental Impact Statement Authorities'' to 
Western's Administrator in a November 16, 2011, memorandum. Under the 
authority granted by that memorandum, I have terminated the NEPA 
process for Heartland's proposed Buffalo Ridge III Wind Project with 
the publication of this notice.

    Dated: August 17, 2012.
Anthony H. Montoya,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-21302 Filed 8-28-12; 8:45 am]
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