Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area and California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA, 54676-54677 [2013-21603]

Download as PDF ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 54676 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 172 / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / Notices parking spaces, two of which are accessible. Volunteer docents offer regularly-scheduled guided tours of the house and adjacent farmstead. Other interpreted sites in the White Reef Park include the late-19th century W. McMullin farmstead and the 1950’s era movie set for Columbia Pictures’ film, ‘‘They Came to Cordura.’’ Amenities in the White Reef Park include janitorial, maintenance, law enforcement, and visitor contact services. Additional outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail riding on an eight-milelong designated non-motorized trail system, with links to other, longerdistance trails outside the NCA. Pursuant to 43 CFR Part 2930, standard amenity fees will be collected through the issuance of a BLM Recreation Use Permit for day-use of the White Reef Park amenities. Fees will be collected through a self-service pay station located at White Reef Park. Visitors holding the America the Beautiful—The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Interagency Senior Pass (Golden Age Passport) or Interagency Access Pass (Golden Access Passport) will be entitled to a 50 percent discount on standard amenity recreation fees. On February 22, 2013, the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) reviewed and unanimously approved the proposal to establish a new fee site at the White Reef Park where standard amenity fees for day-use would be collected. Standard amenity fees for the White Reef Park will be $5 per vehicle, and would only be adjusted after appropriate public notice and involvement, and additional consultation with the Utah RRAC. The February 2013, Red Cliffs Recreation Area Business Plan was prepared by the BLM to address fee collection, site operation, and proposed fee expenditures for White Reef Park. Copies of the Red Cliffs Recreation Area Business Plan are available at the Interagency Visitor Center in St. George, Utah. Fee amounts will be posted at a pay station kiosk at the White Reef Park, included in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area information brochure, available at the Interagency Visitor Center, and posted on the BLM St. George Field Office Web site. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6801 et seq. Jenna Whitlock, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–21584 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:10 Sep 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [13X.LLAZ956000.L14200000.BJ0000.241A] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the described lands were officially filed in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix, Arizona, on dates indicated. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: The Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona The plat representing the survey of a portion of the Ninth Standard Parallel North (south boundary) of Township 37 North, Range 10 East, and the south, west and north boundaries, the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of certain sections, Township 38 North, Range 10 East, accepted August 1, 2013, and officially filed August 6, 2013, for Group 1114, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the south and east boundaries and a portion of the subdivisional lines and survey of the subdivision of certain sections and metes-and-bounds surveys of portions of the administrative boundary of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Township 14 South, Range 14 East, accepted August 7, 2013, and officially filed August 9, 2013, for Group 1111, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the General Services Administration. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the east and north boundaries and a portion of the subdivisional lines and survey of the subdivision of certain sections and metes-and-bounds surveys of portions of the administrative boundary of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Township 15 South, Range 14 East, accepted August 7, 2013, and officially filed August 9, 2013, for Group 1111, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the General Services Administration. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the subdivisional lines and survey of the subdivision of section 30 and metes-and-bounds surveys of portions of the administrative boundary of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Township 14 South, Range PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15 East, accepted August 7, 2013, and officially filed August 9, 2013, for Group 1111, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the General Services Administration. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the north boundary and a portion of the subdivisional lines and survey of the subdivision of certain sections and metes-and-bounds surveys of portions of the administrative boundary of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Township 15 South, Range 15 East, accepted August 7, 2013, and officially filed August 9, 2013, for Group 1111, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the General Services Administration. A person or party who wishes to protest against any of these surveys must file a written protest with the Arizona State Director, Bureau of Land Management, stating that they wish to protest. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest to the State Director, or the statement of reasons must be filed with the State Director within thirty (30) days after the protest is filed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: These plats will be available for inspection in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004–4427. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the 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. Stephen K. Hansen, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Arizona. [FR Doc. 2013–21589 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD070000, L91310000, E10000] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area and California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 172 / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / Notices The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area (REEA) located in Imperial County, California. The BLM California State Director signed the ROD on August 12, 2013, which constitutes the BLM’s final decision. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/ Approved Amendment to the CDCA Plan are available upon request from the Field Manager, BLM El Centro Field Office, 1661 S 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; California Desert District Office at 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA; or via the Internet at the following Web site: http:// www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/ nepa/wcm.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra McGinnis, BLM Project Manager, telephone 916–978–4427; address 2800 Cottage Way Suite W–1623, Sacramento, CA 95825; email smcginni@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the 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: The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Plan Amendment (PA) for the REEA analyzed the potential environmental impacts of making available approximately 20,762 acres of BLM-managed surface lands in the REEA for testing and developing solar and wind energy facilities and for leasing approximately 19,162 acres of Federal mineral estate for geothermal energy testing and development near Niland, California. The Final EIS also analyzed the potential environmental impacts of approving a pending geothermal lease application in the REEA. The purpose of the proposed action was to facilitate appropriate development of geothermal, solar, and wind energy in the REEA and make appropriate land use plan decisions regarding the location, development, and management of those resources. The Final EIS/Proposed PA fully analyzed six alternatives. The preferred alternative and the BLM’s final decision is Alternative 6—Geothermal Development Emphasis with Moderate Solar Development and No Wind ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:10 Sep 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 Development. Selection of this alternative amends the CDCA Plan to identify areas in the REEA as suitable for geothermal leasing and development and solar energy development, subject to constraints related to the presence of sensitive resources. Standard stipulations as well as a stipulation for groundwater usage to require preparation of a Water Supply Assessment under California Code §§ 10910–10915 are included. In addition, renewable energy development that would require high water usage will not be allowed. The CDCA Plan is also amended to identify the REEA as unsuitable for wind energy development. Additionally, lands east of the Coachella Canal will have a disturbance cap of 10 percent. BLM lands west of the Coachella Canal are identified as a Solar Energy Zone. Finally, a noncompetitive Federal geothermal lease application is approved; however, before development of the lease is authorized, site specific NEPA analysis will be required. The Notice of Availability of the Final EIS/ Proposed PA for the REEA was published in the Federal Register December 14, 2012 (77 FR 74479 and 77 FR 71446), which initiated a 30-day protest period for the proposed amendment to the CDCA Plan. During this time no protests were submitted. Simultaneously with the protest period, the Governor of California conducted a consistency review of the proposed CDCA Plan amendment to identify any inconsistencies with State or local plan, policies or programs; no inconsistencies were identified. The agency decision to authorize a geothermal lease is an implementation decision and is appealable under 43 CFR part 4. Any party adversely affected by the leasing decision may appeal within 30 days of publication of this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR part 4, subpart E. The appeal must be filed with the BLM at 2800 Cottage Way Suite W–1623, Sacramento, CA 95825 as well as the Regional Solicitor Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Department of Interior, 2800 Cottage Way, E–1712, Sacramento, CA 95825. Please consult the appropriate regulations (43 CFR part 4, subpart E) for further appeal requirements. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–21603 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54677 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 332–543] Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy; Institution of Investigation and Scheduling of Hearing United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of investigation and scheduling of public hearing. AGENCY: Following receipt of a request on August 2, 2013 from the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means (Committees) under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)), the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) instituted investigation No. 332–543, Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy. DATES: January 21, 2014: Deadline for filing requests to appear at the public hearing. January 30, 2014: Deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements. February 13, 2014: Public hearing. February 25, 2014: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and statements. April 11, 2014: Deadline for filing all other written statements. November 30, 2014: Transmittal of Commission report to the Committees. ADDRESSES: All Commission offices, including the Commission’s hearing rooms, are located in the United States International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC. All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov/edis3-internal/ app. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Leader Bill Powers (202–708– 5405 or william.powers@usitc.gov) or Deputy Project Leader Renee Berry (202–205–3498 or renee.berry@ usitc.gov) for information specific to this investigation. For information on the legal aspects of these investigations, contact William Gearhart of the Commission’s Office of the General Counsel (202–205–3091 or william.gearhart@usitc.gov). The media should contact Margaret O’Laughlin, Office of External Relations (202–205– 1819 or margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired individuals may obtain information on this matter by E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the West 
Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area and California 
Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved Amendment to the California 
Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan for the West Chocolate Mountains 
Renewable Energy Evaluation Area (REEA) located in Imperial County, 
California. The BLM California State Director signed the ROD on August 
12, 2013, which constitutes the BLM's final decision.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/Approved Amendment to the CDCA Plan are 
available upon request from the Field Manager, BLM El Centro Field 
Office, 1661 S 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243; California Desert 
District Office at 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, 
CA; or via the Internet at the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/nepa/wcm.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra McGinnis, BLM Project Manager, 
telephone 916-978-4427; address 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1623, 
Sacramento, CA 95825; email smcginni@blm.gov. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the 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: The Final Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) and Proposed Plan Amendment (PA) for the REEA analyzed the 
potential environmental impacts of making available approximately 
20,762 acres of BLM-managed surface lands in the REEA for testing and 
developing solar and wind energy facilities and for leasing 
approximately 19,162 acres of Federal mineral estate for geothermal 
energy testing and development near Niland, California. The Final EIS 
also analyzed the potential environmental impacts of approving a 
pending geothermal lease application in the REEA.
    The purpose of the proposed action was to facilitate appropriate 
development of geothermal, solar, and wind energy in the REEA and make 
appropriate land use plan decisions regarding the location, 
development, and management of those resources. The Final EIS/Proposed 
PA fully analyzed six alternatives. The preferred alternative and the 
BLM's final decision is Alternative 6--Geothermal Development Emphasis 
with Moderate Solar Development and No Wind Development. Selection of 
this alternative amends the CDCA Plan to identify areas in the REEA as 
suitable for geothermal leasing and development and solar energy 
development, subject to constraints related to the presence of 
sensitive resources. Standard stipulations as well as a stipulation for 
groundwater usage to require preparation of a Water Supply Assessment 
under California Code Sec. Sec.  10910-10915 are included. In addition, 
renewable energy development that would require high water usage will 
not be allowed. The CDCA Plan is also amended to identify the REEA as 
unsuitable for wind energy development. Additionally, lands east of the 
Coachella Canal will have a disturbance cap of 10 percent. BLM lands 
west of the Coachella Canal are identified as a Solar Energy Zone. 
Finally, a noncompetitive Federal geothermal lease application is 
approved; however, before development of the lease is authorized, site 
specific NEPA analysis will be required. The Notice of Availability of 
the Final EIS/Proposed PA for the REEA was published in the Federal 
Register December 14, 2012 (77 FR 74479 and 77 FR 71446), which 
initiated a 30-day protest period for the proposed amendment to the 
CDCA Plan. During this time no protests were submitted. Simultaneously 
with the protest period, the Governor of California conducted a 
consistency review of the proposed CDCA Plan amendment to identify any 
inconsistencies with State or local plan, policies or programs; no 
inconsistencies were identified.
    The agency decision to authorize a geothermal lease is an 
implementation decision and is appealable under 43 CFR part 4. Any 
party adversely affected by the leasing decision may appeal within 30 
days of publication of this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR 
part 4, subpart E. The appeal must be filed with the BLM at 2800 
Cottage Way Suite W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825 as well as the Regional 
Solicitor Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Department of Interior, 2800 
Cottage Way, E-1712, Sacramento, CA 95825. Please consult the 
appropriate regulations (43 CFR part 4, subpart E) for further appeal 
requirements.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6.

Thomas Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director.
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