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[FR Doc. 2012–25020 Filed 10–10–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:03 Oct 10, 2012 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Military Relocation (2012 Roadmap Adjustments) and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to expand the scope of the ongoing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for a live-fire training range complex on Guam to evaluate the potential environmental consequences from construction and operation of a main cantonment area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure on Guam to support the relocation of a substantially reduced number of Marines than previously analyzed. This SEIS will supplement the Final EIS for the ‘‘Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Military Relocation; Relocating Marines from Okinawa, Visiting Aircraft Carrier Berthing, and Army Air and Missile Defense Task Force’’ dated July 2010. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9(c), the SEIS is being prepared for the limited purpose of supplementing the 2010 Final EIS regarding the establishment of a live-fire training range complex, a main cantonment area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure on Guam. The purpose and need for the proposed action is to ensure that the relocated Marines are organized, trained, and equipped as mandated in Section 5063 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, to satisfy individual live-fire training requirements as described in the Final EIS and associated Record of Decision (ROD), and to establish an operational U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) presence in Guam in accordance with April 2012 adjustments to the May 2006 United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation (Roadmap). The proposed action that will be analyzed in the SEIS is to construct and operate a live-fire training range complex on Guam that allows for simultaneous use of all firing ranges to support training and operations of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 relocated Marines, and a main cantonment area of sufficient size and layout to provide military support functions, including family housing. The proposed action also includes the construction of utilities and infrastructure to support the range complex, main cantonment, and housing. The live-fire training range complex will consist of a Known Distance (KD) rifle range, a KD pistol range, a Modified Record of Fire Range, a nonstandard small arms range, a Multipurpose Machine Gun (MPMG) range, and a hand grenade range. The main cantonment area will provide military support functions (also known as base operations and support) to the relocated Marines. Such functions include, but are not limited to, headquarters and administrative support, bachelor housing, family housing, supply, maintenance, open storage, community support (e.g., retail, education, recreation, medical, and day care), some site-specific training, and open space (e.g., parade grounds, open training areas, and open green space in communities). The proposed action also includes the utilities and infrastructure required to support the range, cantonment, and housing areas. The DoN has identified seven (7) preliminary alternative locations for the live-fire training range complex: Two are adjacent to Route 15 in northeastern Guam, three are located at or immediately adjacent to the Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), also known as the Naval Munitions Site, one is located at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) Northwest Field in northern Guam, and one is located at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Finegayan on the northwest coast of Guam. The DoN has identified five (5) preliminary alternatives for the main cantonment/family housing: AAFB, NCTS Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan (main cantonment)/South Finegayan Navy Housing (family housing), Navy and Air Force Barrigada in the central area of Guam, and Naval Base Guam in the Apra Harbor area. The preliminary alternatives may continue to evolve as the DoN considers public and regulatory agency input through the NEPA process. For example, the DoN is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine whether airspace impacts would render an otherwise preliminary alternative untenable. Should the FAA conclude that an alternative’s conflicts with existing airspace are unmitigatable, that preliminary alternative would not be carried forward for evaluation in the SEIS. E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 197 / Thursday, October 11, 2012 / Notices The DoN encourages government agencies, private-sector organizations, and the general public to participate in the NEPA process for the SEIS. The DoN has invited the U.S. Air Force, the FAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, and the Office of Insular Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior to participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the SEIS. The DoN invites comments on the expanded proposed scope and content of the SEIS from all interested parties. Comments on the scope of the SEIS may be provided by mail and through the SEIS Web site at: http:// guambuildupeis.us. In addition, the DoN will conduct open-house style public scoping meetings on Guam to obtain comments on the scope of the SEIS and to identify specific environmental concerns or topics for consideration in the SEIS. Meetings will be held at the following locations and times: Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bldg. 4175 (Old McCool School) Gym/Cafeteria, Santa Rita, Guam; Friday, November 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Okkodo High School, Dededo, Guam; and Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., University of Guam Field House, Mangilao, Guam. Interested agencies, individuals, and groups unable to attend the open-house public scoping meetings are encouraged to submit comments by December 10, 2012, Chamorro Standard Time (ChST). Mailed comments should be postmarked no later than December 10, 2012, ChST to ensure they are considered. Mail comments to: Joint Guam Program Office Forward, P.O. Box 153246, Santa Rita, Guam 96915. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Todd Spitler, Communications Director, Joint Guam Program Office, phone 703– 602–4728. On Guam, please contact Major Darren Alvarez, Joint Guam Program Office Forward, phone 671– 339–3337. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DoN’s proposed action is to construct and operate a live-fire training range complex, a main cantonment area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure in support of the Guam Military Relocation. Background A ROD for the Final EIS was signed on September 20, 2010 (75 FR 60438, September 30, 2010). The ROD deferred a decision on the specific site for a livefire training range complex. Regarding VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:03 Oct 10, 2012 Jkt 229001 the establishment of the main cantonment area, the ROD selected an area utilizing Department of Defense (DoD)-owned lands at NCTS Finegayan and South Finegayan Navy Housing and acquiring land known as the former FAA parcel. The Final EIS identified this total area as the Preferred Alternative for establishment of the main cantonment area. In the months following the issuance of the ROD, the DoN made adjustments with regards to the live-fire training range complex, including application of probabilistic modeling that shrank the overall footprint of the MPMG range. DoN also formally committed that if the Route 15 area was selected for the livefire training range complex, DoN would provide for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to Pagat Village and Pagat Cave historical sites, to include the trail leading to both. Faced with this new information, the DoN initially elected to prepare a SEIS limited solely to the evaluation of impacts associated with the location, construction, and operation of the livefire training range complex. The DoN issued its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the SEIS in February 2012 (77 FR 6787, February 9, 2012). In the NOI, the DoN preliminarily identified five alternatives for the range complex: Two were adjacent to Route 15 in northeastern Guam, and three were located at or immediately adjacent to the NAVMAG. Public scoping meetings were conducted for the SEIS in March 2012, and the public scoping comment period closed on April 6, 2012. Shortly after the close of the public comment period, on April 27, 2012, the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) issued a joint statement announcing its decision to adjust the plans outlined in the May 2006 Realignment Roadmap. In accordance with the SCC’s adjustments, the DoD adopted a new force posture in the Pacific providing for a materially smaller force on Guam. Specifically, the adjustments include reducing the originally planned relocation of approximately 8,600 Marines and 9,000 dependents to a force of approximately 5,000 Marines and approximately 1,300 dependents on Guam. That decision prompted the DoN’s review of the major actions previously planned for Guam and approved in the September 2010 ROD. This review concluded that while some actions remain unchanged as a result of the smaller force size, others, such as the main cantonment and family housing areas, could significantly change as a result of the modified force. The DoN has opted to issue a new NOI and amend the scope of the ongoing PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61747 SEIS to add those actions that may materially change as a result of the new force posture. Range of Preliminary Alternatives The proposed reduction in the size of the new force structure does not affect all of the decisions that were made in the September 2010 ROD. For example, the relocation of the Marine Corps Aviation Combat Element facilities to AAFB, the development of the North Gate and access road at AAFB, the establishment of training ranges on Tinian, Apra Harbor wharf improvements, and the non-live-fire training ranges on Andersen South remain unaffected by the changes in force structure resulting from the April 2012 Roadmap adjustments. These actions will occur no matter where on Guam the main cantonment and family housing areas and live-fire training range complex are situated. The potential environmental effects of these actions were fully and accurately considered and analyzed in the 2010 Final EIS. For those decisions that are not affected by the new force structure, the September 2010 ROD stands as the final agency action for those elements. The expanded scope of the SEIS does not include the transient aircraft carrier berthing in Apra Harbor and the Army Air and Missile Defense Task Force. The reduction in the number of Marines and dependents to be relocated to Guam led to a reduction in the footprint for the main cantonment area, enabling development of new preliminary alternatives to be considered. The possibility of not establishing the main cantonment area at NCTS Finegayan opened that area up for consideration as a new preliminary alternative for the live-fire training range complex. Consideration of public input, refinement of range designs, and a reassessment of operational requirements, conflicts, and opportunities resulted in AAFB Northwest Field being added as a new preliminary range alternative. The number and size of the ranges comprising the live-fire training range complex are unaffected by the April 2012 adjustments to the Roadmap and will remain as described in the 2010 Final EIS. Similarly, the qualification standards have not changed. The DoN has identified five (5) preliminary alternatives for establishment of the main cantonment/ family housing area: AAFB, NCTS Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan (main cantonment)/South Finegayan Navy Housing (family housing), Navy and Air Force Barrigada, and Naval Base Guam. E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61748 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 197 / Thursday, October 11, 2012 / Notices The SEIS will also consider the No Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, the DoN would continue to implement the September 2010 ROD. The decision to construct and operate the live-fire training range complex would remain deferred, and DoN would establish a main cantonment area for approximately 8,600 Marines and approximately 9,000 dependents on DoD-controlled lands at NCTS Finegayan and South Finegayan and by acquiring land known as the former FAA parcel. Although the No Action Alternative presumes the present course of action identified in the September 2010 ROD, for purposes of assessing the environmental impacts of the proposed alternatives in the SEIS, the DoN will compare the impacts of the proposed action to the baseline conditions identified in the July 2010 Final EIS. Baseline conditions will be updated in the SEIS, as appropriate, if new information is made available. The No Action Alternative is not a reasonable alternative. Foremost, it is inconsistent with the new force posture adopted by the DoD in accordance with the SCC’s April 27, 2012 adjustments to the Roadmap, which provide for a materially smaller relocated force on Guam. Furthermore, the No Action Alternative neither satisfies the need for training requirements for the relocated Marines as mandated in Section 5063 of Title 10 the U.S. Code, nor the individual live-fire training requirements as described in the Final EIS and ROD. The SEIS will evaluate environmental effects associated with: Geology and soils; water resources, which may include surface and ground water, floodplains, wetlands, wild and scenic rivers; terrestrial biology; threatened and endangered species and their designated critical habitat (if applicable); air quality; noise; airspace; cultural resources; socioeconomics; environmental justice (minority and low income populations and children); land use and coastal zone management federal consistency; utilities, transportation; hazardous materials/ hazardous waste/installation restoration; public health and safety; and other environmental concerns as identified through scoping. The analysis will include an evaluation of direct and indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative impacts from other relevant activities in the area of Guam. Additionally, the DoN will undertake any consultations required by all applicable laws or regulations. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 
Military Relocation (2012 Roadmap Adjustments) and Notice of Public 
Scoping Meetings

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 (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the 
Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to expand the scope 
of the ongoing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for a 
live-fire training range complex on Guam to evaluate the potential 
environmental consequences from construction and operation of a main 
cantonment area, including family housing, and associated 
infrastructure on Guam to support the relocation of a substantially 
reduced number of Marines than previously analyzed. This SEIS will 
supplement the Final EIS for the ``Guam and Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands Military Relocation; Relocating Marines from 
Okinawa, Visiting Aircraft Carrier Berthing, and Army Air and Missile 
Defense Task Force'' dated July 2010.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9(c), the SEIS is being prepared for the 
limited purpose of supplementing the 2010 Final EIS regarding the 
establishment of a live-fire training range complex, a main cantonment 
area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure on Guam.
    The purpose and need for the proposed action is to ensure that the 
relocated Marines are organized, trained, and equipped as mandated in 
Section 5063 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, to satisfy individual live-
fire training requirements as described in the Final EIS and associated 
Record of Decision (ROD), and to establish an operational U.S. Marine 
Corps (USMC) presence in Guam in accordance with April 2012 adjustments 
to the May 2006 United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment 
Implementation (Roadmap).
    The proposed action that will be analyzed in the SEIS is to 
construct and operate a live-fire training range complex on Guam that 
allows for simultaneous use of all firing ranges to support training 
and operations of the relocated Marines, and a main cantonment area of 
sufficient size and layout to provide military support functions, 
including family housing. The proposed action also includes the 
construction of utilities and infrastructure to support the range 
complex, main cantonment, and housing.
    The live-fire training range complex will consist of a Known 
Distance (KD) rifle range, a KD pistol range, a Modified Record of Fire 
Range, a nonstandard small arms range, a Multipurpose Machine Gun 
(MPMG) range, and a hand grenade range. The main cantonment area will 
provide military support functions (also known as base operations and 
support) to the relocated Marines. Such functions include, but are not 
limited to, headquarters and administrative support, bachelor housing, 
family housing, supply, maintenance, open storage, community support 
(e.g., retail, education, recreation, medical, and day care), some 
site-specific training, and open space (e.g., parade grounds, open 
training areas, and open green space in communities). The proposed 
action also includes the utilities and infrastructure required to 
support the range, cantonment, and housing areas.
    The DoN has identified seven (7) preliminary alternative locations 
for the live-fire training range complex: Two are adjacent to Route 15 
in northeastern Guam, three are located at or immediately adjacent to 
the Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), also known as the Naval Munitions Site, 
one is located at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) Northwest Field in 
northern Guam, and one is located at Naval Computer and 
Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Finegayan on the northwest coast of 
Guam. The DoN has identified five (5) preliminary alternatives for the 
main cantonment/family housing: AAFB, NCTS Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan 
(main cantonment)/South Finegayan Navy Housing (family housing), Navy 
and Air Force Barrigada in the central area of Guam, and Naval Base 
Guam in the Apra Harbor area.
    The preliminary alternatives may continue to evolve as the DoN 
considers public and regulatory agency input through the NEPA process. 
For example, the DoN is currently working with the Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) to determine whether airspace impacts would render 
an otherwise preliminary alternative untenable. Should the FAA conclude 
that an alternative's conflicts with existing airspace are 
unmitigatable, that preliminary alternative would not be carried 
forward for evaluation in the SEIS.

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    The DoN encourages government agencies, private-sector 
organizations, and the general public to participate in the NEPA 
process for the SEIS. The DoN has invited the U.S. Air Force, the FAA, 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
the Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency 
Region 9, and the Office of Insular Affairs in the U.S. Department of 
the Interior to participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation 
of the SEIS.
    The DoN invites comments on the expanded proposed scope and content 
of the SEIS from all interested parties. Comments on the scope of the 
SEIS may be provided by mail and through the SEIS Web site at: http://guambuildupeis.us. In addition, the DoN will conduct open-house style 
public scoping meetings on Guam to obtain comments on the scope of the 
SEIS and to identify specific environmental concerns or topics for 
consideration in the SEIS. Meetings will be held at the following 
locations and times: Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 
Bldg. 4175 (Old McCool School) Gym/Cafeteria, Santa Rita, Guam; Friday, 
November 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Okkodo High School, Dededo, 
Guam; and Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 
University of Guam Field House, Mangilao, Guam.
    Interested agencies, individuals, and groups unable to attend the 
open-house public scoping meetings are encouraged to submit comments by 
December 10, 2012, Chamorro Standard Time (ChST). Mailed comments 
should be postmarked no later than December 10, 2012, ChST to ensure 
they are considered. Mail comments to: Joint Guam Program Office 
Forward, P.O. Box 153246, Santa Rita, Guam 96915.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Todd Spitler, Communications 
Director, Joint Guam Program Office, phone 703-602-4728. On Guam, 
please contact Major Darren Alvarez, Joint Guam Program Office Forward, 
phone 671-339-3337.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DoN's proposed action is to construct 
and operate a live-fire training range complex, a main cantonment area, 
including family housing, and associated infrastructure in support of 
the Guam Military Relocation.

Background

    A ROD for the Final EIS was signed on September 20, 2010 (75 FR 
60438, September 30, 2010). The ROD deferred a decision on the specific 
site for a live-fire training range complex. Regarding the 
establishment of the main cantonment area, the ROD selected an area 
utilizing Department of Defense (DoD)-owned lands at NCTS Finegayan and 
South Finegayan Navy Housing and acquiring land known as the former FAA 
parcel. The Final EIS identified this total area as the Preferred 
Alternative for establishment of the main cantonment area.
    In the months following the issuance of the ROD, the DoN made 
adjustments with regards to the live-fire training range complex, 
including application of probabilistic modeling that shrank the overall 
footprint of the MPMG range. DoN also formally committed that if the 
Route 15 area was selected for the live-fire training range complex, 
DoN would provide for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to Pagat 
Village and Pagat Cave historical sites, to include the trail leading 
to both.
    Faced with this new information, the DoN initially elected to 
prepare a SEIS limited solely to the evaluation of impacts associated 
with the location, construction, and operation of the live-fire 
training range complex. The DoN issued its Notice of Intent (NOI) to 
prepare the SEIS in February 2012 (77 FR 6787, February 9, 2012). In 
the NOI, the DoN preliminarily identified five alternatives for the 
range complex: Two were adjacent to Route 15 in northeastern Guam, and 
three were located at or immediately adjacent to the NAVMAG. Public 
scoping meetings were conducted for the SEIS in March 2012, and the 
public scoping comment period closed on April 6, 2012.
    Shortly after the close of the public comment period, on April 27, 
2012, the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) issued a 
joint statement announcing its decision to adjust the plans outlined in 
the May 2006 Realignment Roadmap. In accordance with the SCC's 
adjustments, the DoD adopted a new force posture in the Pacific 
providing for a materially smaller force on Guam. Specifically, the 
adjustments include reducing the originally planned relocation of 
approximately 8,600 Marines and 9,000 dependents to a force of 
approximately 5,000 Marines and approximately 1,300 dependents on Guam. 
That decision prompted the DoN's review of the major actions previously 
planned for Guam and approved in the September 2010 ROD. This review 
concluded that while some actions remain unchanged as a result of the 
smaller force size, others, such as the main cantonment and family 
housing areas, could significantly change as a result of the modified 
force. The DoN has opted to issue a new NOI and amend the scope of the 
ongoing SEIS to add those actions that may materially change as a 
result of the new force posture.

Range of Preliminary Alternatives

    The proposed reduction in the size of the new force structure does 
not affect all of the decisions that were made in the September 2010 
ROD. For example, the relocation of the Marine Corps Aviation Combat 
Element facilities to AAFB, the development of the North Gate and 
access road at AAFB, the establishment of training ranges on Tinian, 
Apra Harbor wharf improvements, and the non-live-fire training ranges 
on Andersen South remain unaffected by the changes in force structure 
resulting from the April 2012 Roadmap adjustments. These actions will 
occur no matter where on Guam the main cantonment and family housing 
areas and live-fire training range complex are situated. The potential 
environmental effects of these actions were fully and accurately 
considered and analyzed in the 2010 Final EIS. For those decisions that 
are not affected by the new force structure, the September 2010 ROD 
stands as the final agency action for those elements. The expanded 
scope of the SEIS does not include the transient aircraft carrier 
berthing in Apra Harbor and the Army Air and Missile Defense Task 
Force.
    The reduction in the number of Marines and dependents to be 
relocated to Guam led to a reduction in the footprint for the main 
cantonment area, enabling development of new preliminary alternatives 
to be considered. The possibility of not establishing the main 
cantonment area at NCTS Finegayan opened that area up for consideration 
as a new preliminary alternative for the live-fire training range 
complex. Consideration of public input, refinement of range designs, 
and a reassessment of operational requirements, conflicts, and 
opportunities resulted in AAFB Northwest Field being added as a new 
preliminary range alternative. The number and size of the ranges 
comprising the live-fire training range complex are unaffected by the 
April 2012 adjustments to the Roadmap and will remain as described in 
the 2010 Final EIS. Similarly, the qualification standards have not 
changed.
    The DoN has identified five (5) preliminary alternatives for 
establishment of the main cantonment/family housing area: AAFB, NCTS 
Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan (main cantonment)/South Finegayan Navy 
Housing (family housing), Navy and Air Force Barrigada, and Naval Base 
Guam.

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    The SEIS will also consider the No Action Alternative. Under the No 
Action Alternative, the DoN would continue to implement the September 
2010 ROD. The decision to construct and operate the live-fire training 
range complex would remain deferred, and DoN would establish a main 
cantonment area for approximately 8,600 Marines and approximately 9,000 
dependents on DoD-controlled lands at NCTS Finegayan and South 
Finegayan and by acquiring land known as the former FAA parcel. 
Although the No Action Alternative presumes the present course of 
action identified in the September 2010 ROD, for purposes of assessing 
the environmental impacts of the proposed alternatives in the SEIS, the 
DoN will compare the impacts of the proposed action to the baseline 
conditions identified in the July 2010 Final EIS. Baseline conditions 
will be updated in the SEIS, as appropriate, if new information is made 
available. The No Action Alternative is not a reasonable alternative. 
Foremost, it is inconsistent with the new force posture adopted by the 
DoD in accordance with the SCC's April 27, 2012 adjustments to the 
Roadmap, which provide for a materially smaller relocated force on 
Guam. Furthermore, the No Action Alternative neither satisfies the need 
for training requirements for the relocated Marines as mandated in 
Section 5063 of Title 10 the U.S. Code, nor the individual live-fire 
training requirements as described in the Final EIS and ROD.
    The SEIS will evaluate environmental effects associated with: 
Geology and soils; water resources, which may include surface and 
ground water, floodplains, wetlands, wild and scenic rivers; 
terrestrial biology; threatened and endangered species and their 
designated critical habitat (if applicable); air quality; noise; 
airspace; cultural resources; socioeconomics; environmental justice 
(minority and low income populations and children); land use and 
coastal zone management federal consistency; utilities, transportation; 
hazardous materials/hazardous waste/installation restoration; public 
health and safety; and other environmental concerns as identified 
through scoping. The analysis will include an evaluation of direct and 
indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative impacts from other 
relevant activities in the area of Guam. Additionally, the DoN will 
undertake any consultations required by all applicable laws or 
regulations.
    No decision will be made to implement any alternative until the 
SEIS process is completed and a ROD is signed by the Assistant 
Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) or her/
his designee.
    By publishing this Notice, the DoN is initiating a scoping process 
to identify community concerns and issues that should be addressed in 
the SEIS. Federal, Territorial, and local agencies, and interested 
parties and persons are encouraged to provide comments on the proposed 
action that clearly describe specific issues or topics of environmental 
concern that the commenter believes the DoN should consider. Additional 
information will be posted on the project web site as it becomes 
available.
    Comments may be submitted in writing at one of the public scoping 
meetings, through the project web site at: http://guambuildupeis.us, or 
may be mailed to: Joint Guam Program Office Forward, P.O. Box 153246, 
Santa Rita, Guam, 96915.
    To ensure consideration, all written comments on the scope of the 
SEIS must be submitted or postmarked by December 10, 2012, ChST.

    Dated: October 4, 2012.
C.K. Chiappetta,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-24972 Filed 10-10-12; 8:45 am]
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