Availability of Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Proposed Modification of the Bayonne Bridge Across the Kill Van Kull Between Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey and Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, 28873-28875 [2013-11627]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 95 / Thursday, May 16, 2013 / Notices individual certifying his/her agreement for you to access his/her records. Without the above information, the component(s) may not be able to conduct an effective search, and your request may be denied due to lack of specificity or lack of compliance with applicable regulations. RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES: See ‘‘Notification procedure’’ above. CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: See ‘‘Notification procedure’’ above. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2012–1091] Availability of Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Proposed Modification of the Bayonne Bridge Across the Kill Van Kull Between Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey and Staten Island, Richmond County, New York Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of availability. AGENCY: RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: ACTION: Records in the system are supplied by several sources. 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Because the Bayonne Bridge is a structure over navigable waters of the United States, the proposed bridge modification requires a Coast Guard Bridge Permit Amendment. This notice provides information on where to view the Final EA and FONSI, which consider an application by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for Coast Guard approval of the modification to the Bayonne Bridge across the Kill Van Kull. ADDRESSES: We have provided a copy of the Final EA and FONSI in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov. Also, the Coast Guard First District Bridge Office at 1 South Street Bldg 1, New York, NY 10004–1466 will maintain a printed copy of the Final EA and FONSI for public viewing. The document will be available for inspection at this location between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The document will also be available for inspection in the locations shown in the section below titled ‘‘Viewing the Final EA and FONSI.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, call or email Christopher Bisignano, Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 212–668–7165, email Christopher.J.Bisignano@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing material on the docket, call Docket Operations at 202–366–9826. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28873 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact have been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et. seq.); Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500–1508) and associated CEQ guidelines; Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program; and United States Coast Guard Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Policy for Considering Environmental Impacts. Viewing the Final EA and FONSI: To view Final EA and FONSI go to http://www.regulations.gov, insert ‘‘USCG–2012–1091’’ in the Search box, press Enter, then click on the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ option. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility. The Final EA and FONSI are also available online at http://www.uscg.mil/d1/prevention/ Bridges.asp, www.dhs.gov/nepa, and http://www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/, and are available from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday (except federal holidays and as noted below), for inspection at the following locations: 1. U.S. Coast Guard Battery Bldg, 1 South Street, Building 1, New York, NY 10004 2. U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, 212 Coast Guard Drive, Staten Island, NY 10305 3. Bayonne City Hall, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 4. Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 100, Staten Island, NY 10301 5. Bayonne Public Library, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 (Also available from 12 p.m.–5 p.m. on Saturdays) 6. Port Richmond–NY Public Library, 75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Also available 12 p.m.–5 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays) 7. Ironbound Community Corp, 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ 07105 8. New York Assembly District 61, 853 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 28874 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 95 / Thursday, May 16, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 9. New Jersey Legislative District 31, 447 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002 10. New York City Council District 49, 130 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301 11. Staten Island Community Board 1, 1 Edgewater Plaza, Room 217, Staten Island, NY 10305 Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act, system of records notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). Background and Purpose Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has proposed to modify the Bayonne Bridge across navigable waters of the United States by raising the roadway thereby increasing the vertical navigational clearance from approximately 151 feet to 215 feet at Mean High Water. A thorough description of the project and how it would be completed can be found at the project’s Web site: http:// www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/. The proposed bridge modification project has been identified as a nationally or regionally significant project under ’’Implementing Executive Order 13604 on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects: A Federal Plan for Modernizing the Federal Permitting and Review Process for Better Projects, Improved Environmental and Community Outcomes, and Quicker Decisions,’’ dated June 2012, which requires agencies to identify and expedite the permitting and environmental review process for regionally or nationally significant infrastructure projects. The existing Bayonne Bridge has a vertical navigational clearance of approximately 151 feet above the Kill Van Kull at Mean High Water. The applicant proposes to increase the vertical navigational clearance to approximately 215 feet above the waterway at Mean High Water to provide greater clearances to accommodate larger, Post-Panamax vessels and thereby ensure the longterm viability of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Post-Panamax vessels are wider and taller ships with deeper drafts that will be able to traverse through the Panama Canal once improvements on the canal are completed in 2014. The expanded purpose of the Bayonne Bridge project is to improve the substandard features VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 May 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 and seismic stability of the existing bridge and ensure it conforms to modern highway and structural design standards. In addition, the existing bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, the Coast Guard initiated consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation accepted the Coast Guard invitation to participate in the Section 106 process. As a result, a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement was formulated and then executed on May 7, 2013. The Section 106 Programmatic Agreement has been included in the Final EA. The Coast Guard issued a NEPA Workplan, dated September 2011, which provided a discussion of the project’s Purpose and Need, project alternatives and the framework of the environmental analysis. On October 31, 2011, the Coast Guard held a coordination meeting with city, state and federal agencies to discuss the project’s scope and the NEPA Workplan. On November 14, 2011, the Coast Guard issued a solicitation requesting comments from the general public for the scope of the project and the NEPA Workplan. Comments received following the meeting and during the solicitation comment period included concerns from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, various private organizations and individuals, and others regarding additional cargo volumes due to larger ships entering the Port of New York and New Jersey, the expansion of the port and port facilities, and the related impacts to air quality and traffic. In response to these comments, an Induced Demand Analysis was conducted by an independent source to study the impact of the proposed action to those communities surrounding the Port of New York and New Jersey. Further information regarding this analysis can be found in Chapter 18 of the Final EA and in Appendix I. In addition, the Coast Guard met with representatives from minority and low income communities in Staten Island, NY and Newark, NJ to explain the Coast Guard bridge permit process and to ensure those communities had a voice in the public comment process. On January 4, 2013, the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Draft EA, inviting comments on it, and announcing the dates and locations of two public meetings on the Draft EA (78 FR 740). On January 25, 2013, the Coast Guard published a supplemental PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice in the Federal Register announcing the extension of the comment period to 60 days, and a third public meeting. Public meetings were held on February 5, 2013, in Bayonne, NJ, February 7, 2013, in Staten Island, NY, and February 13, 2013, in Newark, NJ. Based on the information received during the 60-day public comment period, and during the three public meetings, the Coast Guard has determined that a Final Environmental Assessment is the most appropriate level of environmental documentation for this project. The Coast Guard has determined that there are no significant impacts and has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact. The Final EA and appendices and FONSI are available online in the www.regulations.gov docket as well as at http:// www.uscg.mil/d1/prevention/ Bridges.asp. Alternatives for the proposed project considered include: (1) Taking no action; (2) various build alternatives that satisfy the purpose and need; (3) a tunnel; (4) new cargo terminals constructed downstream of the Bayonne Bridge; and (5) a ferry service in lieu of the bridge. Build alternatives included raising the roadway within the existing superstructure (preferred), jacking the arch superstructure, converting to a lift bridge, or constructing a new bridge. As a structure over navigable waters of the United States, it requires a Coast Guard Bridge Permit Amendment pursuant to the Bridge Act of March 23, 1906, as amended, Title 33 U.S.C. 491. Additionally, the bridge permit amendment would be the major federal action in this undertaking since federal funds will not be used, and therefore the Department of Homeland Security, through the Coast Guard is the federal lead agency for review of potential effects on the human environment, including historic properties, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.). The Coast Guard, with assistance from PANYNJ, has prepared a Final EA in accordance with NEPA. See ‘‘Viewing the Final EA and FONSI’’ above. The Final EA identifies and examines the reasonable alternatives (including ‘‘No Build’’) and assesses the potential for impact to the human environment, including historic properties, of the alternative proposals. This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552 (a). Additionally, the Final EA and FONSI have been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 95 / Thursday, May 16, 2013 / Notices (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500– 1508) and associated CEQ guidelines; Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program; and United States Coast Guard Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Policy for Considering Environmental Impacts. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of an emergency declaration for the State of Texas is hereby amended to include the following area determined to have been adversely affected by the event declared an emergency by the President in his declaration of April 19, 2013. McLennan County for debris removal (Category A) under the Public Assistance program (already designated for the Individuals and Households Program and emergency protective measures [Category B], including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program). (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 May 15, 2013 Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: New or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for each of the communities listed in the table below are finalized. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. DATES: The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table below. ADDRESSES: Each LOMR is available for inspection at both the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the table below and online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov; or visit SUMMARY: SUMMARY: DATES: Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28875 the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/ fmx_main.html. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final flood hazard determinations as shown in the LOMRs for each community listed in the table below. Notice of these modified flood hazard determinations has been published in newspapers of local circulation and ninety (90) days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification. The modified flood hazard determinations are made pursuant to section 206 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR part 65. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown and must be used for all new policies and renewals. The new or modified flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These new or modified flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These new or modified flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings, and for the contents in those buildings. The changes in flood hazard determinations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4. Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the final flood hazard information available at the address cited below for each community or online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2012-1091]


Availability of Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact for the Proposed Modification of the Bayonne Bridge 
Across the Kill Van Kull Between Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey and 
Staten Island, Richmond County, New York

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of a Final 
Environmental Assessment (Final EA) which examines the reasonably 
foreseeable environmental impacts and socio-economic impacts of the 
proposed modification of the historic Bayonne Bridge across the Kill 
Van Kull between Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. This 
notice also announces the availability of the Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI). Because the Bayonne Bridge is a structure over 
navigable waters of the United States, the proposed bridge modification 
requires a Coast Guard Bridge Permit Amendment. This notice provides 
information on where to view the Final EA and FONSI, which consider an 
application by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for 
Coast Guard approval of the modification to the Bayonne Bridge across 
the Kill Van Kull.

ADDRESSES: We have provided a copy of the Final EA and FONSI in our 
online docket at http://www.regulations.gov. Also, the Coast Guard 
First District Bridge Office at 1 South Street Bldg 1, New York, NY 
10004-1466 will maintain a printed copy of the Final EA and FONSI for 
public viewing. The document will be available for inspection at this 
location between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays. The document will also be available for inspection in 
the locations shown in the section below titled ``Viewing the Final EA 
and FONSI.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, 
call or email Christopher Bisignano, Bridge Management Specialist, 
First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 212-668-7165, 
email Christopher.J.Bisignano@uscg.mil. If you have questions on 
viewing material on the docket, call Docket Operations at 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Authority: The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact have been prepared in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et. seq.); Council on 
Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR 
1500-1508) and associated CEQ guidelines; Department of Homeland 
Security Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program; 
and United States Coast Guard Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, 
National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Policy 
for Considering Environmental Impacts.
    Viewing the Final EA and FONSI: To view Final EA and FONSI go to 
http://www.regulations.gov, insert ``USCG-2012-1091'' in the Search 
box, press Enter, then click on the ``Open Docket Folder'' option. If 
you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online 
by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the 
ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement 
with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management 
Facility. The Final EA and FONSI are also available online at http://www.uscg.mil/d1/prevention/Bridges.asp, www.dhs.gov/nepa, and http://www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/, and are available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 
Monday through Friday (except federal holidays and as noted below), for 
inspection at the following locations:
    1. U.S. Coast Guard Battery Bldg, 1 South Street, Building 1, New 
York, NY 10004
    2. U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, 212 Coast Guard Drive, Staten 
Island, NY 10305
    3. Bayonne City Hall, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002
    4. Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 100, 
Staten Island, NY 10301
    5. Bayonne Public Library, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 (Also 
available from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays)
    6. Port Richmond-NY Public Library, 75 Bennett Street, Staten 
Island, NY 10302 (Also available 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays and 
Saturdays)
    7. Ironbound Community Corp, 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ 07105
    8. New York Assembly District 61, 853 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, 
NY 10301

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    9. New Jersey Legislative District 31, 447 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 
07002
    10. New York City Council District 49, 130 Stuyvesant Place, Staten 
Island, NY 10301
    11. Staten Island Community Board 1, 1 Edgewater Plaza, Room 217, 
Staten Island, NY 10305
    Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a 
Privacy Act, system of records notice regarding our public dockets in 
the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Background and Purpose

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has proposed to 
modify the Bayonne Bridge across navigable waters of the United States 
by raising the roadway thereby increasing the vertical navigational 
clearance from approximately 151 feet to 215 feet at Mean High Water. A 
thorough description of the project and how it would be completed can 
be found at the project's Web site: http://www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/.
    The proposed bridge modification project has been identified as a 
nationally or regionally significant project under ''Implementing 
Executive Order 13604 on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting 
and Review of Infrastructure Projects: A Federal Plan for Modernizing 
the Federal Permitting and Review Process for Better Projects, Improved 
Environmental and Community Outcomes, and Quicker Decisions,'' dated 
June 2012, which requires agencies to identify and expedite the 
permitting and environmental review process for regionally or 
nationally significant infrastructure projects. The existing Bayonne 
Bridge has a vertical navigational clearance of approximately 151 feet 
above the Kill Van Kull at Mean High Water. The applicant proposes to 
increase the vertical navigational clearance to approximately 215 feet 
above the waterway at Mean High Water to provide greater clearances to 
accommodate larger, Post-Panamax vessels and thereby ensure the long-
term viability of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Post-Panamax 
vessels are wider and taller ships with deeper drafts that will be able 
to traverse through the Panama Canal once improvements on the canal are 
completed in 2014. The expanded purpose of the Bayonne Bridge project 
is to improve the substandard features and seismic stability of the 
existing bridge and ensure it conforms to modern highway and structural 
design standards. In addition, the existing bridge is eligible for 
listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, the 
Coast Guard initiated consultation under Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act. The Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation accepted the Coast Guard invitation to participate in the 
Section 106 process. As a result, a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement 
was formulated and then executed on May 7, 2013. The Section 106 
Programmatic Agreement has been included in the Final EA.
    The Coast Guard issued a NEPA Workplan, dated September 2011, which 
provided a discussion of the project's Purpose and Need, project 
alternatives and the framework of the environmental analysis. On 
October 31, 2011, the Coast Guard held a coordination meeting with 
city, state and federal agencies to discuss the project's scope and the 
NEPA Workplan. On November 14, 2011, the Coast Guard issued a 
solicitation requesting comments from the general public for the scope 
of the project and the NEPA Workplan. Comments received following the 
meeting and during the solicitation comment period included concerns 
from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental 
Protection Agency, various private organizations and individuals, and 
others regarding additional cargo volumes due to larger ships entering 
the Port of New York and New Jersey, the expansion of the port and port 
facilities, and the related impacts to air quality and traffic. In 
response to these comments, an Induced Demand Analysis was conducted by 
an independent source to study the impact of the proposed action to 
those communities surrounding the Port of New York and New Jersey. 
Further information regarding this analysis can be found in Chapter 18 
of the Final EA and in Appendix I. In addition, the Coast Guard met 
with representatives from minority and low income communities in Staten 
Island, NY and Newark, NJ to explain the Coast Guard bridge permit 
process and to ensure those communities had a voice in the public 
comment process.
    On January 4, 2013, the Coast Guard published a notice in the 
Federal Register announcing the availability of the Draft EA, inviting 
comments on it, and announcing the dates and locations of two public 
meetings on the Draft EA (78 FR 740). On January 25, 2013, the Coast 
Guard published a supplemental notice in the Federal Register 
announcing the extension of the comment period to 60 days, and a third 
public meeting. Public meetings were held on February 5, 2013, in 
Bayonne, NJ, February 7, 2013, in Staten Island, NY, and February 13, 
2013, in Newark, NJ. Based on the information received during the 60-
day public comment period, and during the three public meetings, the 
Coast Guard has determined that a Final Environmental Assessment is the 
most appropriate level of environmental documentation for this project. 
The Coast Guard has determined that there are no significant impacts 
and has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact. The Final EA and 
appendices and FONSI are available online in the www.regulations.gov 
docket as well as at http://www.uscg.mil/d1/prevention/Bridges.asp.
    Alternatives for the proposed project considered include: (1) 
Taking no action; (2) various build alternatives that satisfy the 
purpose and need; (3) a tunnel; (4) new cargo terminals constructed 
downstream of the Bayonne Bridge; and (5) a ferry service in lieu of 
the bridge. Build alternatives included raising the roadway within the 
existing superstructure (preferred), jacking the arch superstructure, 
converting to a lift bridge, or constructing a new bridge.
    As a structure over navigable waters of the United States, it 
requires a Coast Guard Bridge Permit Amendment pursuant to the Bridge 
Act of March 23, 1906, as amended, Title 33 U.S.C. 491. Additionally, 
the bridge permit amendment would be the major federal action in this 
undertaking since federal funds will not be used, and therefore the 
Department of Homeland Security, through the Coast Guard is the federal 
lead agency for review of potential effects on the human environment, 
including historic properties, pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the 
National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.).
    The Coast Guard, with assistance from PANYNJ, has prepared a Final 
EA in accordance with NEPA. See ``Viewing the Final EA and FONSI'' 
above. The Final EA identifies and examines the reasonable alternatives 
(including ``No Build'') and assesses the potential for impact to the 
human environment, including historic properties, of the alternative 
proposals.
    This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552 (a). 
Additionally, the Final EA and FONSI have been prepared in accordance 
with the National Environmental Policy Act

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(NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508) and associated CEQ 
guidelines; Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 
5100.1, Environmental Planning Program; and United States Coast Guard 
Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, National Environmental Policy Act 
Implementing Procedures and Policy for Considering Environmental 
Impacts.

    Dated: May 10, 2013.
Brian L. Dunn,
Administrator, Office of Bridge Programs, U.S. Coast Guard.
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