Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Announcement of Public Scoping Meetings for Continued Operation of the Paradox Valley Unit, Montrose County, CO, 55497-55498 [2012-22176]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Notices 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: This closure affects all public lands bounded by the Juniper Ridge and Tuledad Roads, (combined Lassen County Road 522), the Stage Road (Lassen County Road 504), Marr Road (Lassen County Road 526) and the BLM Buckhorn Road on the north; U. S. Highway 395 on the west; Nevada Highway 447 and the Sand Pass Road on the east; and the Wendel Road on the south. The closure begins at T34N, R13E, SE corner of Section 25 and continues through the entire fire area. This closure is made under authority of 43 CFR 8364. Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this closure order may be subject to the penalties provided in 43 CFR 8360.0–7. Specific roads included in the closure are Ryepatch Road, Horn Road, Garate Road, Ramhorn Road, Shinn Ranch Road, Stoney Road, Deep Cut Road, Smoke Creek Road, Skedaddle Ranch Road, Brubeck Road, Dry Valley Road, and Buckhorn Road from the junction with Lassen County Road 526 (the Marr Road) to the junction with Nevada State Highway 447. The Ramhorn Springs Campground and the Dodge Reservoir and Campground are also closed. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. 2012–22222 Filed 9–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Announcement of Public Scoping Meetings for Continued Operation of the Paradox Valley Unit, Montrose County, CO Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to identify and evaluate brine disposal alternatives to replace or supplement the existing Brine Injection Well No. 1 which has a projected remaining useful life of three to five years under current operations. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 Comments on the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS) will be accepted from September 10, 2012, to November 26, 2012. Three public scoping meetings will be held to solicit public input on the scope of the EIS, potential alternatives, and issues to be addressed in the EIS. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting dates. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the scope and content of the EIS should be sent to Mr. Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506; telephone (970) 248– 0608; facsimile (970) 248–0601; or email at paradoxeis@usbr.gov. Those not desiring to submit comments or suggestions at this time, but who would like to receive a copy of the EIS, should contact Mr. Stroh using the information cited above. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations of public scoping meetings. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506; telephone (970) 248–0608; email at TStroh@usbr.gov; or Mr. Andy Nicholas, Bureau of Reclamation, Paradox Valley Field Office, P.O. Box 20, Bedrock, Colorado 81411; telephone (970) 859– 7214; email at ANicholas@usbr.gov; or Mr. Kib Jacobson, Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138; telephone (801) 524–3753; email at KJacobson@usbr.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual(s) 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(s). You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paradox Valley Unit was constructed to assist in meeting the objectives and standards of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 (Pub. L. 80–845) and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act of 1974, as amended and supplemented (Pub. L. 93–320), which authorizes the construction, operation, and maintenance of works in the Colorado River Basin to control the salinity of water delivered to users in the United States and Mexico. Authorized facilities included wells, pumps, pipelines, solar evaporation ponds, and all necessary appurtenant and associated works such as roads, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55497 fences, dikes, power transmission facilities, and permanent operating facilities. Background The Paradox Valley Unit is located along the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley in Montrose County, Colorado, about ten miles east of the ColoradoUtah state line. The Dolores River is a major tributary to the Colorado River. Groundwater in the Paradox Valley is highly saline. Saline concentrations in this area have been measured in excess of 250,000 milligrams per liter; by far one of the most concentrated sources in the Colorado River Basin. Groundwater then surfaces into the Dolores River. Studies show that the Dolores River accumulated more than 205,000 tons of salt annually before the Paradox Valley Unit began operation. The Paradox Valley Unit presently consists of a brine collection well field, brine surface treatment facility, brine injection facility, a 16,000-foot injection well, and associated roads, pipelines, and electrical facilities. Unit operations have been adjusted over time to address increased seismic activity and injection pressures. Under normal operations, the Paradox Valley Unit averages injection of about nine to ten million gallons of brine per month. The Unit currently controls about 110,000 tons of salt per year that would have entered the Dolores River and, in turn, degraded the water quality of the mainstem of the Colorado River. Proposed Action The proposed action is to identify, evaluate, and implement brine disposal alternatives to replace or supplement Brine Injection Well No. 1 which was built in 1988 and has a projected remaining useful life of three to five years, under current operations, provided that acceptable seismicity levels and well integrity are maintained. Need for Action The Bureau of Reclamation’s Paradox Valley Unit is one of the most effective salinity control projects in the Colorado River Basin and provides about ten percent of the total salinity control in the Colorado River at Imperial Dam. Because the existing brine injection well is nearing the end of its useful life, another well or alternative brine disposal mechanism is needed for continued enhancement and protection of the quality of water available in the Colorado River for use in the United States and the Republic of Mexico, and to enable the United States to comply with its obligations under the agreement with Mexico of August 30, 1973. E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 55498 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Notices Scoping Information This notice of intent initiates the scoping process which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. Scoping is an early and public process for determining concerns to be addressed and for identifying significant issues and suggested alternatives related to the proposed action. In addition to oral comments provided at the scoping meetings, Reclamation also invites written comments during the scoping period. To be most effectively considered, written comments should be received no later than November 26, 2012. When the EIS is complete, its availability will be announced in the Federal Register, in the local news media, through direct contact with interested parties, and on the project Web site. Comments will be solicited on the document at that time. If special assistance is required to participate in the public scoping meetings, please contact Ms. Justyn Hock at 970–248–0625 or email at JHock@usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. Hock as far in advance as possible to enable Reclamation to secure the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified. Dates and Addresses of Public Scoping Meetings The scoping meeting dates and addresses are: • Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Paradox Valley School, 21501 6 Mile Road, Paradox, Colorado 81429. • Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 1391 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, Colorado, 81401. • Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Colorado Mesa University, University Center—Room 221, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501–3122. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Disclosure 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 Dated: July 17, 2012. Larry Walkoviak, Regional Director—Upper Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation. [FR Doc. 2012–22176 Filed 9–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–850] Certain Electronic Imaging Devices; Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Granting a Joint Motion To Amend the Notice of Investigation and Complaint U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge’s (‘‘ALJ’’) initial determination (‘‘ID’’) (Order No. 6) granting a motion by complainant FlashPoint Technology, Inc. (‘‘Flashpoint’’) and respondents Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and FutureWei Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies (USA) (collectively ‘‘the Huawei Respondents’’) to amend the Notice of Investigation (‘‘NOI’’) and complaint to replace the Huawei Respondents with Huawei Device Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China and Huawei Device USA Inc. of Plano, Texas. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda S. Pitcher, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2737. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https:// edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on June 29, 2012, based on a complaint SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filed by FlashPoint Technology, Inc. (‘‘Flashpoint’’) of Peterborough, New Hampshire alleging violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337) by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,400,471; U.S. Patent No. 6,222,538; U.S. Patent No. 6,504,575; and U.S. Patent No. 6,223,190. The NOI named HTC Corporation of Taoyuan, Taiwan; HTC America, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington; Pantech Co., Ltd. of Seoul, Korea; Pantech Wireless, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China; FutureWei Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies (USA) of Plano, Texas; ZTE Corporation of Shenzhen, China; and ZTE (USA) Inc. of Richardson, Texas. On August 2, 2012, Flashpoint and respondents Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and FutureWei Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies (USA) (collectively ‘‘the Huawei Respondents’’) filed a motion to amend the complaint and NOI to replace the currently named Huawei Respondents with Huawei Device Co., Ltd., having a principal place of business at Section B, Huawei Administration Building, Bantian, Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, P.R. China, 518129, and Huawei Device USA Inc., having a principal place of business at 5700 Tennyson Parkway, Suite #600, Plano, Texas 75024. On August 9, 2012, the ALJ issued an ID granting the joint motion to amend the complaint and NOI to replace the named Huawei Respondents with Huawei Device Co., Ltd. and Huawei Device USA Inc. The ALJ found that good cause exists to amend the complaint and NOI because Flashpoint recently learned which entities are responsible for the accused products based on communications with counsel for the Huawei Respondents. In addition, the ALJ found that the substitution of the parties will not require extension of the target date, will not change the scope of the investigation, and will assist in obtaining a complete record for the investigation. No petitions for review were filed. The Commission has determined not to review the ID. The authority for the Commission=s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in sections 210.43–45 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.43–45). By order of the Commission. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 175 (Monday, September 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55497-55498]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22176]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Announcement of Public Scoping Meetings for Continued Operation of the 
Paradox Valley Unit, Montrose County, CO

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as 
amended, the Bureau of Reclamation intends to prepare an environmental 
impact statement to identify and evaluate brine disposal alternatives 
to replace or supplement the existing Brine Injection Well No. 1 which 
has a projected remaining useful life of three to five years under 
current operations.

DATES: Comments on the scope of the environmental impact statement 
(EIS) will be accepted from September 10, 2012, to November 26, 2012.
    Three public scoping meetings will be held to solicit public input 
on the scope of the EIS, potential alternatives, and issues to be 
addressed in the EIS. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for 
meeting dates.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the scope and content of the EIS 
should be sent to Mr. Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, Western 
Colorado Area Office, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, 
Colorado 81506; telephone (970) 248-0608; facsimile (970) 248-0601; or 
email at paradoxeis@usbr.gov.
    Those not desiring to submit comments or suggestions at this time, 
but who would like to receive a copy of the EIS, should contact Mr. 
Stroh using the information cited above. See the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section for locations of public scoping meetings.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Terence Stroh, Bureau of 
Reclamation, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, Colorado 
81506; telephone (970) 248-0608; email at TStroh@usbr.gov; or Mr. Andy 
Nicholas, Bureau of Reclamation, Paradox Valley Field Office, P.O. Box 
20, Bedrock, Colorado 81411; telephone (970) 859-7214; email at 
ANicholas@usbr.gov; or Mr. Kib Jacobson, Bureau of Reclamation, 125 
South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138; telephone 
(801) 524-3753; email at KJacobson@usbr.gov.
    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individual(s) 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(s). You will receive a reply during 
normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paradox Valley Unit was constructed to 
assist in meeting the objectives and standards of the Federal Water 
Pollution Control Act of 1948 (Pub. L. 80-845) and the Colorado River 
Basin Salinity Control Act of 1974, as amended and supplemented (Pub. 
L. 93-320), which authorizes the construction, operation, and 
maintenance of works in the Colorado River Basin to control the 
salinity of water delivered to users in the United States and Mexico. 
Authorized facilities included wells, pumps, pipelines, solar 
evaporation ponds, and all necessary appurtenant and associated works 
such as roads, fences, dikes, power transmission facilities, and 
permanent operating facilities.

Background

    The Paradox Valley Unit is located along the Dolores River in the 
Paradox Valley in Montrose County, Colorado, about ten miles east of 
the Colorado-Utah state line. The Dolores River is a major tributary to 
the Colorado River. Groundwater in the Paradox Valley is highly saline. 
Saline concentrations in this area have been measured in excess of 
250,000 milligrams per liter; by far one of the most concentrated 
sources in the Colorado River Basin. Groundwater then surfaces into the 
Dolores River. Studies show that the Dolores River accumulated more 
than 205,000 tons of salt annually before the Paradox Valley Unit began 
operation.
    The Paradox Valley Unit presently consists of a brine collection 
well field, brine surface treatment facility, brine injection facility, 
a 16,000-foot injection well, and associated roads, pipelines, and 
electrical facilities. Unit operations have been adjusted over time to 
address increased seismic activity and injection pressures. Under 
normal operations, the Paradox Valley Unit averages injection of about 
nine to ten million gallons of brine per month. The Unit currently 
controls about 110,000 tons of salt per year that would have entered 
the Dolores River and, in turn, degraded the water quality of the 
mainstem of the Colorado River.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action is to identify, evaluate, and implement brine 
disposal alternatives to replace or supplement Brine Injection Well No. 
1 which was built in 1988 and has a projected remaining useful life of 
three to five years, under current operations, provided that acceptable 
seismicity levels and well integrity are maintained.

Need for Action

    The Bureau of Reclamation's Paradox Valley Unit is one of the most 
effective salinity control projects in the Colorado River Basin and 
provides about ten percent of the total salinity control in the 
Colorado River at Imperial Dam. Because the existing brine injection 
well is nearing the end of its useful life, another well or alternative 
brine disposal mechanism is needed for continued enhancement and 
protection of the quality of water available in the Colorado River for 
use in the United States and the Republic of Mexico, and to enable the 
United States to comply with its obligations under the agreement with 
Mexico of August 30, 1973.

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Scoping Information

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process which guides 
the development of the environmental impact statement. Scoping is an 
early and public process for determining concerns to be addressed and 
for identifying significant issues and suggested alternatives related 
to the proposed action. In addition to oral comments provided at the 
scoping meetings, Reclamation also invites written comments during the 
scoping period. To be most effectively considered, written comments 
should be received no later than November 26, 2012.
    When the EIS is complete, its availability will be announced in the 
Federal Register, in the local news media, through direct contact with 
interested parties, and on the project Web site. Comments will be 
solicited on the document at that time.
    If special assistance is required to participate in the public 
scoping meetings, please contact Ms. Justyn Hock at 970-248-0625 or 
email at JHock@usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. Hock as far in advance as 
possible to enable Reclamation to secure the needed services. If a 
request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified.

Dates and Addresses of Public Scoping Meetings

    The scoping meeting dates and addresses are:
     Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Paradox 
Valley School, 21501 6 Mile Road, Paradox, Colorado 81429.
     Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Holiday 
Inn Express, 1391 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, Colorado, 81401.
     Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Colorado 
Mesa University, University Center--Room 221, 1100 North Avenue, Grand 
Junction, Colorado 81501-3122.

Public Disclosure

    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.

    Dated: July 17, 2012.
Larry Walkoviak,
Regional Director--Upper Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation.
[FR Doc. 2012-22176 Filed 9-7-12; 8:45 am]
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