Dairyland Power Cooperative: CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345-kV Transmission Line Proposal, 9358-9359 [2013-02805]

Download as PDF 9358 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2013 / Notices Improvement Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–134) requires all Federal agencies to obtain taxpayer identifying number (TINs) from all individuals and entities they enter into a direct payment agreement with to furnish the TIN whenever a request for payment is submitted to Federal payment officials. A taxpayer identifying number can be either a Social Security Number or an Employer Identification Number. Need and Use of the Information: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will collect information using form FNS– 711, ‘‘Supplemental Form for Collecting Taxpayer Identifying Numbers’’ from individuals and entities receiving payments directly from the agency under any of the various nutrition and nutrition education programs administered by the Agency. 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AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to providing financial assistance to the Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) for its share in the construction of a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated infrastructure between Hampton, Minnesota and the La Crosse area in Wisconsin (Proposal). The Administrator of RUS has signed the ROD, which was effective upon signing. The EIS was prepared pursuant to the sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Feb 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (U.S.C. 4231 et seq.) and in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508) and RUS’ Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794). ADDRESSES: To obtain copies of the ROD or for further information, contact: Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2244, Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, or email stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov. The ROD is also available at RUS’ Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWPCapX2020-Hampton-RochesterLaCrosse.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As the lead federal agency, and as part of its broad environmental review process, RUS must take into account the effect of the Proposal on historic properties in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) and its implementing regulation ‘‘Protection of Historic Properties’’ (36 CFR part 800). Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS used its procedures for public involvement under NEPA, in part, to meet its responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public and other interested parties during the Section 106 review process. Accordingly, comments submitted in the EIS process also informed RUS’s decision making in the Section 106 review process. Dairyland is participating in the proposal with a number of other utilities. The other participants include Xcel Energy [comprised of Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota Corporation (NSPM), and Northern States Power Company, a Wisconsin Corporation (NSPW)], Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), and WPPI Energy, Inc. (WPPI)]. The purpose of the proposal is to: (1) Improve community reliability of the transmission system in Rochester, Winona, La Crosse, and the surrounding areas, which include areas Dairyland currently provides electrical service; (2) improve the regional reliability of the transmission system; and (3) increase generation outlet capacity. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) participated in the EIS as cooperating agencies, with RUS as the lead federal agency. The USACE and the USFWS will each issue its own ROD as necessary. The proposal includes PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 construction and operation of a 345-kV transmission line and associated infrastructure, two 161-kV transmission lines in the vicinity of Rochester, Minnesota, and two new and three expanded substations, with a total transmission line length of approximately 171 miles. Counties through which the proposal will pass include Dakota, Goodhue, Wabasha, and Olmsted in Minnesota, and La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Buffalo in Wisconsin. The decision documented in RUS’ ROD is that RUS agrees to consider, subject to loan approval, financing Dairyland’s share in the proposal. Details regarding RUS’ regulatory authority, rationale for the decision, and compliance with applicable regulations are included in the ROD. RUS published its Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on December 16, 2011 (76 FR 78235–78236), and in newspapers of general circulation within the proposal’s area of environmental impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published its notice of receipt of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on December 16, 2011 (76 FR 78235– 78236). The comment period for the Draft EIS was extended from 45 to 60 days and ended on February 13, 2012. Public hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS were held from January 9 to 13, 2012, in Alma and Galesville, Wisconsin; Wanamingo, Cannon Falls, and Plainview, Minnesota. All comments received on the Draft EIS were addressed in the Final EIS. RUS published its NOA of the Final EIS in the Federal Register on July 13, 2012 (77 FR 41369–41370), and in newspapers of general circulation within the Proposal’s area of environmental impact. USEPA published its notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register on July 20, 2012 (77 FR 42727–42728). The 30day comment period ended on August 20, 2012. Comments received on the Final EIS were addressed in the ROD. After considering alternatives to meet the purpose and need of the proposal, Dairyland identified participation in construction of the proposal as its best course of action. A number of alternatives to meet the purpose and need were considered, but not studied in detail, including demand side management, use of existing generation and transmission, new generation, decentralized generation systems, undergrounding of the transmission line, and a number of route alternatives. Among the alternatives addressed in detail in the EIS is the No Action alternative, under which the proposal E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2013 / Notices would not be undertaken, and a number of route alternatives identified and considered in the EISs prepared for the proposal by the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based on an evaluation of the information and impact analyses presented in the EIS, RUS finds that the evaluation of reasonable alternatives is consistent with NEPA and RUS Environmental Policies and Procedures. Details regarding RUS’ regulatory authority, rationale for the decision, and compliance with applicable regulations are included in the ROD. Because the proposal may involve action in floodplains or wetlands, this Notice also serves as a final notice of action in floodplains and wetlands (in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990). This ROD is not a decision on Dairyland’s loan application and therefore not an approval of the expenditure of federal funds. This notice of the ROD concludes RUS’ environmental review process in accordance with NEPA and RUS’ Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR 1794). The ultimate decision as to loan approval depends upon the conclusion of this environmental review process plus financial and engineering analyses. Issuance of the ROD will allow these reviews to proceed. Dated: January 11, 2013. John Charles Padalino, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2013–02805 Filed 2–7–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry And Security sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Order Renewing Order Temporarily Denying Export Privileges and Making That Temporary Denial of Export Privilges Applicable to an Additional Related Person Mahan Airways, Mahan Tower, No. 21, Azadegan St., M.A. Jenah Exp. Way, Tehran, Iran Zarand Aviation, a/k/a GIE Zarand Aviation, 42 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France and 112 Avenue Kleber, 75116 Paris, France Gatewick LLC, a/k/a Gatewick Freight & Cargo Services, a/k/a/Gatewick Aviation Services, G#22 Dubai Airport Free Zone, P.O. Box 393754, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and P.O. Box 52404, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Mohamed Abdulla Alqaz Building, Al Maktoum Street, Al Rigga, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Pejman Mahmood Kosarayanifard, a/k/a Kosarian Fard, P.O. Box 52404, Dubai, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Feb 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 United Arab Emirates; Mahmoud Amini, G#22 Dubai Airport Free Zone, P.O. Box 393754, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and P.O. Box 52404, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Mohamed Abdulla Alqaz Building, Al Maktoum Street, Al Rigga, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Kerman Aviation, a/k/a GIE Kerman Aviation, 42 Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris, France Sirjanco Trading. P.O. Box 8709, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Ali Eslamian, 4th Floor, 33 Cavendish Square, London, W1G0PW, United Kingdom and 2 Bentinck Close, Prince Albert Road St. Johns Wood, London NW87RY, United Kingdom Mahan Air General Trading LLC, 19th Floor Al Moosa Tower One Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai 40594, United Arab Emirates Skyco (UK) Ltd., 4th Floor, 33 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PV, United Kingdom Equipco (UK) Ltd., 2 Bentinck Close, Prince Albert Road, London, NW8 7RY, United Kingdom Mehdi Bahrami, Mahan Airways—Istanbul Office, Cumhuriye Cad. Sibil Apt No: 101 D:6, 34374 Emadad, Sisli Istanbul, Turkey Pursuant to Section 766.24 of the Export Administration Regulations, 15 CFR parts 730–774 (2012) (‘‘EAR’’ or the ‘‘Regulations’’), I hereby grant the request of the Office of Export Enforcement (‘‘OEE’’) to renew the August 9, 2012 Order Temporarily Denying the Export Privileges of Mahan Airways, Zarand Aviation, Gatewick LLC, Pejman Mahmood Kosarayanifard, Mahmoud Amini, Kerman Aviation, Sirjanco Trading LLC, Ali Eslamian, Mahan Air General Trading LLC, Skyco (UK) Ltd., and Equipco (UK) Ltd. I find that renewal of the Temporary Denial Order (‘‘TDO’’) is necessary in the public interest to prevent an imminent violation of the EAR. Additionally, pursuant to Section 766.23 of the Regulations, including the provisions of notice and an opportunity to respond, I find it necessary to add the following person as a related person in order to prevent evasion of the TDO: Mehdi Bahrami, Mahan Airways—Istanbul Office, Cumhuriye Cad. Sibil Apt No: 101 D:6, 34374 Emadad, Sisli Istanbul, Turkey I. Procedural History On March 17, 2008, Darryl W. Jackson, the then-Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement (‘‘Assistant Secretary’’), signed a TDO denying Mahan Airways’ export privileges for a period of 180 days on the grounds that its issuance was necessary in the public interest to prevent an imminent violation of the Regulations. The TDO also named as denied persons Blue Airways, of Yerevan, Armenia (‘‘Blue Airways of Armenia’’), as well as the ‘‘Balli Group PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9359 Respondents,’’ namely, Balli Group PLC, Balli Aviation, Balli Holdings, Vahid Alaghband, Hassan Alaghband, Blue Sky One Ltd., Blue Sky Two Ltd., Blue Sky Three Ltd., Blue Sky Four Ltd., Blue Sky Five Ltd., and Blue Sky Six Ltd., all of the United Kingdom. The TDO was issued ex parte pursuant to Section 766.24(a), and went into effect on March 21, 2008, the date it was published in the Federal Register. The TDO subsequently has been renewed in accordance with Section 766.24(d), including most recently on August 9, 2012, with modifications and the additions of related persons having been made to the TDO during 2010, 2011, and most recently on April 9, 2012.1 As of March 9, 2010, the Balli Group Respondents and Blue Airways were no longer subject to the TDO. As part of the February 25, 2011 TDO renewal, Gatwick LLC, Mahmoud Amini, and Pejman Mahmood Kasarayanifard (‘‘Kosarian Fard’’) were added as related persons in accordance with Section 766.23 of the Regulations. On July 1, 2011, the TDO was modified by adding Zarand Aviation as a respondent in order to prevent an imminent violation. Specifically, Zarand Aviation owned an Airbus A310 subject to the Regulations that was being operated for the benefit of Mahan Airways in violation of both the TDO and the Regulations. As part of the August 24, 2011 renewal, Kerman Aviation, Sirjanco Trading LLC, and Ali Eslamian were added to the TDO as related persons. Mahan Air General Trading LLC, Skyco (UK) Ltd., and Equipco (UK) Ltd. were added as related persons on April 9, 2012. On January 15, 2013, BIS, through its Office of Export Enforcement (‘‘OEE’’), submitted a written request for renewal of the TDO. The current TDO dated August 9, 2012, will expire on February 4, 2013, unless renewed on or before that date. Notice of the renewal request was provided to Mahan Airways and Zarand Aviation by delivery of a copy of the request in accordance with Sections 766.5 and 766.24(d) of the Regulations. No opposition to any aspect of the renewal of the TDO has been received from either Mahan Airways or Zarand Aviation. Furthermore, no appeal of the related 1 The August 9, 2012 Order was published in the Federal Register on August 15, 2012. See 77 F.R. 48,960 (Aug. 15, 2012. The TDO previously had been renewed on September 17, 2008, March 16, 2009, September 11, 2009, March 9, 2010, September 3, 2010, February 25, 2011, August 24, 2011, and February 15, 2012. The August 24, 2011 renewal followed the modification of the TDO on July 1, 2011, which added Zarand Aviation as a respondent. Each renewal or modification order was published in the Federal Register. E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 27 (Friday, February 8, 2013)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-02805]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Dairyland Power Cooperative: CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-La 
Crosse 345-kV Transmission Line Proposal

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued a Record of 
Decision (ROD) for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to 
providing financial assistance to the Dairyland Power Cooperative 
(Dairyland) for its share in the construction of a proposed 345-
kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated infrastructure between 
Hampton, Minnesota and the La Crosse area in Wisconsin (Proposal). The 
Administrator of RUS has signed the ROD, which was effective upon 
signing. The EIS was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) (U.S.C. 4231 et seq.) and in accordance with the 
Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing 
the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508) and RUS' 
Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794).

ADDRESSES: To obtain copies of the ROD or for further information, 
contact: Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, 
Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2244, Stop 
1571, Washington, DC 20250-1571, or email 
stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov. The ROD is also available at RUS' Web 
site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-CapX2020-Hampton-Rochester-LaCrosse.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As the lead federal agency, and as part of 
its broad environmental review process, RUS must take into account the 
effect of the Proposal on historic properties in accordance with 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) 
and its implementing regulation ``Protection of Historic Properties'' 
(36 CFR part 800). Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS used its 
procedures for public involvement under NEPA, in part, to meet its 
responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public and 
other interested parties during the Section 106 review process. 
Accordingly, comments submitted in the EIS process also informed RUS's 
decision making in the Section 106 review process.
    Dairyland is participating in the proposal with a number of other 
utilities. The other participants include Xcel Energy [comprised of 
Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota Corporation (NSPM), and 
Northern States Power Company, a Wisconsin Corporation (NSPW)], 
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), Rochester Public 
Utilities (RPU), and WPPI Energy, Inc. (WPPI)]. The purpose of the 
proposal is to: (1) Improve community reliability of the transmission 
system in Rochester, Winona, La Crosse, and the surrounding areas, 
which include areas Dairyland currently provides electrical service; 
(2) improve the regional reliability of the transmission system; and 
(3) increase generation outlet capacity.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service (USFWS) participated in the EIS as cooperating 
agencies, with RUS as the lead federal agency. The USACE and the USFWS 
will each issue its own ROD as necessary. The proposal includes 
construction and operation of a 345-kV transmission line and associated 
infrastructure, two 161-kV transmission lines in the vicinity of 
Rochester, Minnesota, and two new and three expanded substations, with 
a total transmission line length of approximately 171 miles. Counties 
through which the proposal will pass include Dakota, Goodhue, Wabasha, 
and Olmsted in Minnesota, and La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Buffalo in 
Wisconsin.
    The decision documented in RUS' ROD is that RUS agrees to consider, 
subject to loan approval, financing Dairyland's share in the proposal. 
Details regarding RUS' regulatory authority, rationale for the 
decision, and compliance with applicable regulations are included in 
the ROD.
    RUS published its Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS in 
the Federal Register on December 16, 2011 (76 FR 78235-78236), and in 
newspapers of general circulation within the proposal's area of 
environmental impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) 
published its notice of receipt of the Draft EIS in the Federal 
Register on December 16, 2011 (76 FR 78235-78236). The comment period 
for the Draft EIS was extended from 45 to 60 days and ended on February 
13, 2012. Public hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS were 
held from January 9 to 13, 2012, in Alma and Galesville, Wisconsin; 
Wanamingo, Cannon Falls, and Plainview, Minnesota. All comments 
received on the Draft EIS were addressed in the Final EIS. RUS 
published its NOA of the Final EIS in the Federal Register on July 13, 
2012 (77 FR 41369-41370), and in newspapers of general circulation 
within the Proposal's area of environmental impact. USEPA published its 
notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register on July 20, 
2012 (77 FR 42727-42728). The 30-day comment period ended on August 20, 
2012. Comments received on the Final EIS were addressed in the ROD. 
After considering alternatives to meet the purpose and need of the 
proposal, Dairyland identified participation in construction of the 
proposal as its best course of action. A number of alternatives to meet 
the purpose and need were considered, but not studied in detail, 
including demand side management, use of existing generation and 
transmission, new generation, decentralized generation systems, 
undergrounding of the transmission line, and a number of route 
alternatives.
    Among the alternatives addressed in detail in the EIS is the No 
Action alternative, under which the proposal

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would not be undertaken, and a number of route alternatives identified 
and considered in the EISs prepared for the proposal by the States of 
Minnesota and Wisconsin.
    Based on an evaluation of the information and impact analyses 
presented in the EIS, RUS finds that the evaluation of reasonable 
alternatives is consistent with NEPA and RUS Environmental Policies and 
Procedures. Details regarding RUS' regulatory authority, rationale for 
the decision, and compliance with applicable regulations are included 
in the ROD. Because the proposal may involve action in floodplains or 
wetlands, this Notice also serves as a final notice of action in 
floodplains and wetlands (in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 
11990).
    This ROD is not a decision on Dairyland's loan application and 
therefore not an approval of the expenditure of federal funds. This 
notice of the ROD concludes RUS' environmental review process in 
accordance with NEPA and RUS' Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 
CFR 1794). The ultimate decision as to loan approval depends upon the 
conclusion of this environmental review process plus financial and 
engineering analyses. Issuance of the ROD will allow these reviews to 
proceed.

    Dated: January 11, 2013.
John Charles Padalino,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-02805 Filed 2-7-13; 8:45 am]
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