Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Shipping Facility Project, 54871-54873 [2013-21780]

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[FR Doc. 2013–21748 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals–Longview Shipping Facility Project U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: Millennium Bulk Terminals– Longview, LLC (MBTL) is proposing to construct and operate a shipping facility near Longview, Washington. Department of the Army (DA) authorization is required pursuant to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54871 Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. The Corps is working in collaboration with the Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department (County) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE), to prepare separate federal and state Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps will serve as the lead federal agency for purposes of preparing a NEPA EIS, while the County and WDOE will serve as lead agencies for purposes of preparing a SEPA EIS. This Notice of Intent amends the notice published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2013 (78 FR 49484) by providing additional and updated information on a separate but synchronized environmental review and public scoping process. DATES: The scoping period for the EIS began August 16, 2013. Written comments regarding the scope of the EIS, including the environmental analysis, range of alternatives, and potential mitigation actions should be submitted to the address below or by email to comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov by the closing date of the EIS scoping period, November 18, 2013. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding issues to be addressed in the NEPA EIS and requests to be included on the EIS notification mailing list should be submitted to Ms. Danette L. Guy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District in care of MBTL EIS, 710 Second Avenue, Suite 550, Seattle, Washington, 98104. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Danette L. Guy by email at danette.l.guy@usace.army.mil, by regular mail at (see ADDRESSES), or by telephone at (206) 316–3048. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Preparation of an EIS will support the Corps’ eventual decision to either issue, issue with conditions, or deny a DA permit for the proposed action. As part of the NEPA process, the Corps will gather and analyze information to compare the potential environmental effects of possible project alternatives and a ‘‘no action’’ alternative in the EIS. An EIS will be prepared to assess the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the project, and will be sufficient in scope to address Federal regulatory requirements E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 54872 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices and pertinent environmental and socioeconomic issues. The federal EIS process began with publication of a Notice of Intent on August 14, 2013. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the Corps’ procedures for implementing NEPA (33 CFR Part 325, Appendix B) and consistent with the Corps’ policy to facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals. 1. Proposed Action. The decision to issue, issue with conditions, or to deny a permit for various activities within the Corps’ jurisdiction associated with the proposed construction and operation of a shipping facility by Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBTL). Currently, MBTL intends to ship coal from the facility. 2. Project Description. The project site is located in Cowlitz County, Washington, in an industrial area along the Columbia River just west of the city of Longview. MBTL proposes to construct the project on approximately 190 acres of a 536-acre site. The project includes construction of two piers in the Columbia River connected by a conveyor and access ramp. One pier would be up to 1,400 feet long and range from approximately 90 to 130 feet wide. The second pier would be approximately 900 feet long and 100 feet wide. Both would be connected to dry land by an access trestle approximately 800 feet long and range in width from up to 35 feet on the north end to up to 60 feet on the south end. The piers and trestle would support two ship loaders. MBTL proposes to dredge approximately 500,000 cubic yards of substrate from a 48-acre berthing area along the riverward side of the proposed piers. The dredged material would be disposed in the flow lane of the Columbia River. Periodic future maintenance dredging of the berthing area is also proposed. The shipping facility would include an open-air storage area approximately 75 acres in size serviced by an on-site balloon track system with parking capacity for eight trains. A system of rail-mounted reclaimers would convey coal from the storage area to the loading facility. The terminal would also include rail car unloading facilities, roadways, service buildings, storm water treatment facilities, and utility infrastructure. Constructing the portion of the terminal adjacent to the Columbia River would impact approximately 38 acres of waters of the U.S., including wetlands and drainage ditches. Any compensatory mitigation for impacts to waters of the U.S. would comply with the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule for Losses of Aquatic Resources, 33 CFR VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 parts 325 and 332; 73 FR 19594 (April 10, 2008). 3. Alternatives. The EIS will address an array of alternatives for a facility to receive material by rail and load ships for ocean transport. Alternatives may include, but will not be limited to, no action, alternative sites, alternative methods for on-site handling, and alternative facility designs. Mitigation measures could include, but would not be limited to, avoidance of sensitive areas, creation or enhancement of riverine nearshore habitats, and creation, restoration, or enhancement of wetlands. 4. Scope of Analysis. The scope of analysis identifies the federal action area under NEPA and, along with public input through the scoping process, informs the impacts (direct, indirect, and cumulative) analyzed in the EIS. In determining the scope of analysis for this EIS, the Corps must identify the scope of the activities under consideration and decide, for the purposes of NEPA, whether the agency has ‘‘control and responsibility’’ for activities outside of waters of the U.S. such that issuance of a permit would amount to approval of those activities (33 CFR Part 325 Appendix B, Par. 7(b)(1)). As a general rule, the Corps extends its scope of analysis beyond waters of the U.S. where the environmental consequences of upland elements of the project may be considered products of either the Corps permit action or the permit action in conjunction with other federal involvement (33 CFR Part 325 Appendix B, Para. 7(b)(2)). For this EIS, the Corps’ scope of analysis will include the entire MBTL project area and any offsite area that might be used for compensatory mitigation. The project area consists of the approximately 190-acre shipping terminal project site, the area to be dredged, the dredged material disposal site(s), and any other area in or adjacent to the Columbia River that would be affected by, and integral to, the proposed project. 5. Scoping Process. The scoping period began August 16, 2013, and will continue for 95 days until November 18, 2013. The Corps invites Federal agencies, state and local governments, Native American Tribes, and the public to participate in the scoping process by providing written comments and/or attending the public scoping meetings scheduled for the dates and locations listed below. Written comments will be considered during preparation of the Draft EIS. Comments postmarked or emailed after the closing date of the PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 scoping period will be considered to the extent feasible. The purpose of scoping is to assist the Corps in identifying pertinent issues, public concerns, and alternatives, and the depth to which they should be evaluated in the EIS, consistent with the Corps’ scope of analysis for this project, as stated above. The Corps has prepared project information documents to familiarize agencies, tribes, interested organizations, and the public with the proposed project and potential environmental impacts. Copies of these documents will be available at the public meetings and on the Internet Web site developed for this EIS, www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov, or may be requested from Corps project manager, Ms. Danette L. Guy (see contact information above). Corps representatives will also answer scoping-related questions and accept comments at public scoping meetings. a. Public scoping meetings will be held to present an overview of the MBTL project and afford participants an opportunity to provide comments on the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts. Two of the scoping meetings announced in the August 14, 2013, Notice of Intent have been revised to reflect the Corps’ public scoping meetings schedule. The Corps official public scoping meetings are as follows: Cowlitz Expo Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington 98632 on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 Northeast Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Washington 98642 on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, public scoping meetings previously announced by the County and WDOE will be held as scheduled. The Corps will attend these meetings as well, and will accept and review all comments received. These meetings will be held as follows: Cowlitz Expo Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington 98632 on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Spokane Convention Center, 334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, Washington 99201 on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Trac Center, 6600 Burden Boulevard, Pasco, Washington 99301 on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 Northeast Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Washington 98642 on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington 98402 on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition, an ‘‘online scoping meeting’’ will be continuously hosted on the EIS Internet Web site at www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov for the duration of the scoping period. b. Potentially significant issues to be analyzed in the EIS include, but are not limited to direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the project-specific activities proposed within the NEPA scope of analysis as described above on navigation (e.g., vessel traffic and navigational safety); aquatic habitats; aquatic species, including Endangered Species Act-listed species and Washington State species of concern; Tribal treaty rights; wetland and riparian habitat; wildlife; vehicle traffic; cultural, historic, and archeological resources; air and water quality; noise; recreation; land use; and aesthetics. c. The Corps will consult with the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer and applicable Tribes to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Endangered Species Act; the National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Essential Fish Habitat provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; and applicable Tribes to comply with reserved treaty fishing rights. d. Preparation of the draft EIS will begin after the close of the scoping period. The draft EIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review and comment by June 2015. e. A 90-day public review period will be provided for interested parties to review and comment on the draft EIS. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Corps if they wish to be notified when the draft EIS is issued. f. All comments received will become part of the administrative record for this project and subject to public release to third-parties, including any personally identifiable information such as name, phone number, and address, included in the comment. Dated: August 29, 2013. Bruce A. Estok, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 2013–21780 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Multiple Projects in Support of the Marine Barracks Washington, District of Columbia Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500–1508), Department of the Navy (DoN) NEPA regulations (32 CFR Part 775), and United States Marine Corps (USMC) NEPA directives (Marine Corps Order P5090.2A, changes 1 and 2), the DoN intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for several proposed construction, repair, and renovation projects in support of the Marine Barracks Washington (MBW), District of Columbia (DC). Dates and Addresses: The DoN, USMC, is initiating a 30-day public scoping process to identify community interests and local concerns to be addressed in the EIS, which starts with the publication of this Notice of Intent and ends on October 7, 2013. A public scoping meeting, using an informal open house format, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 24, 2013 at Tyler Elementary School, 1001 G St SE., Washington, DC 20390. The public is invited to attend this meeting to view project-related displays, speak with USMC representatives, and submit verbal or written comments. All comments regarding the scope of issues that the USMC should consider during EIS preparation must be received prior to October 7, 2013 to be fully considered. Additional information concerning the meeting and the proposed alternatives is available on the EIS Web site at www.mbweis.com and will be announced in local and regional newspapers. Please submit requests for special assistance, sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired, or other auxiliary aids needed at the scoping meeting to the MBW Public Affairs Officer, Captain Jack Norton, at 202–433–6682 by September 13, 2013. Concurrent with the NEPA process, the USMC is initiating National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Consultation to determine the potential effects of the proposed action on historic properties. During the scoping SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54873 meeting, one designated area of the room will focus on the Section 106 process and solicit public input on the identification of historic properties and potential effects of the proposed action on historic properties. Submitting Comments: Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public are encouraged to provide oral and written comments regarding the scope of the EIS, reasonable alternatives, and specific issues or topics of interest. There are three ways comments can be submitted: (1) In person at the public scoping open house meeting, (2) using the project’s public Web site comment form at www.mbweis.com, or (3) providing written comments through U.S. mail. All comments on the scope of the EIS or any specific concerns regarding potential impacts to the environment should be submitted or postmarked no later than October 1, 2013. Comments submitted by mail should be sent to: Mr. William Sadlon, MBW CIMP EIS Project Manager, 1314 Harwood St. SE., Bldg. 212, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374–5018. The USMC will consider all comments received during the scoping period. A mailing list has been assembled to facilitate preparation of the EIS. This list includes DC and federal agencies with jurisdiction or other interests in the alternatives. In addition, the mailing list includes adjacent property owners and other interested parties, such as historic preservation groups. Those on this list will receive notices and documents related to EIS preparation. Anyone wishing to be added to the mailing list may request to be added at the project Web site www.mbweis.com or by contacting the EIS project manager at the address provided below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William Sadlon, MBW EIS Project Manager, 1314 Harwood St. SE., Bldg. 212, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374– 5018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USMC is preparing an EIS to analyze the potential effects resulting from implementation of several construction, repair, and renovation projects at or proximate to the Marine Barracks Washington scheduled for completion within the next 5 years. The principal project to be analyzed is a land acquisition and construction project to replace a Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) Complex (including supporting facilities and parking) currently housed in Building 20. Renovation and improvement projects include interior renovations to Buildings 7 and 8 at the Main Post; improvements to the MBW E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-
Longview Shipping Facility Project

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, LLC (MBTL) is proposing to 
construct and operate a shipping facility near Longview, Washington. 
Department of the Army (DA) authorization is required pursuant to 
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the 
Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have 
significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human 
environment. The Corps is working in collaboration with the Cowlitz 
County Building and Planning Department (County) and the Washington 
State Department of Ecology (WDOE), to prepare separate federal and 
state Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the 
Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps will serve 
as the lead federal agency for purposes of preparing a NEPA EIS, while 
the County and WDOE will serve as lead agencies for purposes of 
preparing a SEPA EIS. This Notice of Intent amends the notice published 
in the Federal Register on August 14, 2013 (78 FR 49484) by providing 
additional and updated information on a separate but synchronized 
environmental review and public scoping process.

DATES: The scoping period for the EIS began August 16, 2013. Written 
comments regarding the scope of the EIS, including the environmental 
analysis, range of alternatives, and potential mitigation actions 
should be submitted to the address below or by email to 
comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov by the closing date of the EIS scoping 
period, November 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding issues to be addressed in the 
NEPA EIS and requests to be included on the EIS notification mailing 
list should be submitted to Ms. Danette L. Guy, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Seattle District in care of MBTL EIS, 710 Second Avenue, 
Suite 550, Seattle, Washington, 98104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Danette L. Guy by email at 
danette.l.guy@usace.army.mil, by regular mail at (see ADDRESSES), or by 
telephone at (206) 316-3048.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Preparation of an EIS will support the Corps' eventual decision to 
either issue, issue with conditions, or deny a DA permit for the 
proposed action. As part of the NEPA process, the Corps will gather and 
analyze information to compare the potential environmental effects of 
possible project alternatives and a ``no action'' alternative in the 
EIS. An EIS will be prepared to assess the potential social, economic 
and environmental impacts of the project, and will be sufficient in 
scope to address Federal regulatory requirements

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and pertinent environmental and socio-economic issues.
    The federal EIS process began with publication of a Notice of 
Intent on August 14, 2013. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with 
the Corps' procedures for implementing NEPA (33 CFR Part 325, Appendix 
B) and consistent with the Corps' policy to facilitate public 
understanding and review of agency proposals.
    1. Proposed Action. The decision to issue, issue with conditions, 
or to deny a permit for various activities within the Corps' 
jurisdiction associated with the proposed construction and operation of 
a shipping facility by Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBTL). 
Currently, MBTL intends to ship coal from the facility.
    2. Project Description. The project site is located in Cowlitz 
County, Washington, in an industrial area along the Columbia River just 
west of the city of Longview. MBTL proposes to construct the project on 
approximately 190 acres of a 536-acre site. The project includes 
construction of two piers in the Columbia River connected by a conveyor 
and access ramp. One pier would be up to 1,400 feet long and range from 
approximately 90 to 130 feet wide. The second pier would be 
approximately 900 feet long and 100 feet wide. Both would be connected 
to dry land by an access trestle approximately 800 feet long and range 
in width from up to 35 feet on the north end to up to 60 feet on the 
south end. The piers and trestle would support two ship loaders. MBTL 
proposes to dredge approximately 500,000 cubic yards of substrate from 
a 48-acre berthing area along the riverward side of the proposed piers. 
The dredged material would be disposed in the flow lane of the Columbia 
River. Periodic future maintenance dredging of the berthing area is 
also proposed. The shipping facility would include an open-air storage 
area approximately 75 acres in size serviced by an on-site balloon 
track system with parking capacity for eight trains. A system of rail-
mounted reclaimers would convey coal from the storage area to the 
loading facility. The terminal would also include rail car unloading 
facilities, roadways, service buildings, storm water treatment 
facilities, and utility infrastructure. Constructing the portion of the 
terminal adjacent to the Columbia River would impact approximately 38 
acres of waters of the U.S., including wetlands and drainage ditches. 
Any compensatory mitigation for impacts to waters of the U.S. would 
comply with the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule for Losses of Aquatic 
Resources, 33 CFR parts 325 and 332; 73 FR 19594 (April 10, 2008).
    3. Alternatives. The EIS will address an array of alternatives for 
a facility to receive material by rail and load ships for ocean 
transport. Alternatives may include, but will not be limited to, no 
action, alternative sites, alternative methods for on-site handling, 
and alternative facility designs. Mitigation measures could include, 
but would not be limited to, avoidance of sensitive areas, creation or 
enhancement of riverine nearshore habitats, and creation, restoration, 
or enhancement of wetlands.
    4. Scope of Analysis. The scope of analysis identifies the federal 
action area under NEPA and, along with public input through the scoping 
process, informs the impacts (direct, indirect, and cumulative) 
analyzed in the EIS. In determining the scope of analysis for this EIS, 
the Corps must identify the scope of the activities under consideration 
and decide, for the purposes of NEPA, whether the agency has ``control 
and responsibility'' for activities outside of waters of the U.S. such 
that issuance of a permit would amount to approval of those activities 
(33 CFR Part 325 Appendix B, Par. 7(b)(1)). As a general rule, the 
Corps extends its scope of analysis beyond waters of the U.S. where the 
environmental consequences of upland elements of the project may be 
considered products of either the Corps permit action or the permit 
action in conjunction with other federal involvement (33 CFR Part 325 
Appendix B, Para. 7(b)(2)).
    For this EIS, the Corps' scope of analysis will include the entire 
MBTL project area and any offsite area that might be used for 
compensatory mitigation. The project area consists of the approximately 
190-acre shipping terminal project site, the area to be dredged, the 
dredged material disposal site(s), and any other area in or adjacent to 
the Columbia River that would be affected by, and integral to, the 
proposed project.
    5. Scoping Process. The scoping period began August 16, 2013, and 
will continue for 95 days until November 18, 2013. The Corps invites 
Federal agencies, state and local governments, Native American Tribes, 
and the public to participate in the scoping process by providing 
written comments and/or attending the public scoping meetings scheduled 
for the dates and locations listed below. Written comments will be 
considered during preparation of the Draft EIS. Comments postmarked or 
emailed after the closing date of the scoping period will be considered 
to the extent feasible.
    The purpose of scoping is to assist the Corps in identifying 
pertinent issues, public concerns, and alternatives, and the depth to 
which they should be evaluated in the EIS, consistent with the Corps' 
scope of analysis for this project, as stated above. The Corps has 
prepared project information documents to familiarize agencies, tribes, 
interested organizations, and the public with the proposed project and 
potential environmental impacts. Copies of these documents will be 
available at the public meetings and on the Internet Web site developed 
for this EIS, www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov, or may be requested from 
Corps project manager, Ms. Danette L. Guy (see contact information 
above). Corps representatives will also answer scoping-related 
questions and accept comments at public scoping meetings.
    a. Public scoping meetings will be held to present an overview of 
the MBTL project and afford participants an opportunity to provide 
comments on the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts. 
Two of the scoping meetings announced in the August 14, 2013, Notice of 
Intent have been revised to reflect the Corps' public scoping meetings 
schedule. The Corps official public scoping meetings are as follows:
    Cowlitz Expo Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington 98632 on 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 Northeast Delfel Road, Ridgefield, 
Washington 98642 on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 
p.m.
    In addition, public scoping meetings previously announced by the 
County and WDOE will be held as scheduled. The Corps will attend these 
meetings as well, and will accept and review all comments received. 
These meetings will be held as follows:
    Cowlitz Expo Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington 98632 on 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Spokane Convention Center, 334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, 
Spokane, Washington 99201 on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 5:00 
p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    The Trac Center, 6600 Burden Boulevard, Pasco, Washington 99301 on 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 Northeast Delfel Road, Ridgefield, 
Washington 98642 on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 
p.m.

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    Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington 98402 
on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    In addition, an ``online scoping meeting'' will be continuously 
hosted on the EIS Internet Web site at www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov for 
the duration of the scoping period.
    b. Potentially significant issues to be analyzed in the EIS 
include, but are not limited to direct, indirect, and cumulative 
effects of the project-specific activities proposed within the NEPA 
scope of analysis as described above on navigation (e.g., vessel 
traffic and navigational safety); aquatic habitats; aquatic species, 
including Endangered Species Act-listed species and Washington State 
species of concern; Tribal treaty rights; wetland and riparian habitat; 
wildlife; vehicle traffic; cultural, historic, and archeological 
resources; air and water quality; noise; recreation; land use; and 
aesthetics.
    c. The Corps will consult with the Washington State Historic 
Preservation Officer and applicable Tribes to comply with the National 
Historic Preservation Act; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 
National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Endangered Species 
Act; the National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Essential 
Fish Habitat provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act; and applicable Tribes to comply with reserved 
treaty fishing rights.
    d. Preparation of the draft EIS will begin after the close of the 
scoping period. The draft EIS is currently scheduled to be available 
for public review and comment by June 2015.
    e. A 90-day public review period will be provided for interested 
parties to review and comment on the draft EIS. Interested parties are 
encouraged to contact the Corps if they wish to be notified when the 
draft EIS is issued.
    f. All comments received will become part of the administrative 
record for this project and subject to public release to third-parties, 
including any personally identifiable information such as name, phone 
number, and address, included in the comment.

     Dated: August 29, 2013.
Bruce A. Estok,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 2013-21780 Filed 9-5-13; 8:45 am]
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