Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Transfer of Property and Subsequent Development of a Resort/Hotel and Ancillary Facilities in the City of Taunton, Massachusetts and Tribal Government Facilities in the Town of Mashpee, Massachusetts by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, 68859-68860 [2013-27374]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 221 / Friday, November 15, 2013 / Notices President Richard M. Nixon on August 29, 1972. The Refuge boundaries, which are located entirely within Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, were determined by the Secretary of the Interior with the advice and consent of the Secretary of the Navy. In accordance with the authorizing legislation, the Refuge is to be managed pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended, and pursuant to plans that are mutually acceptable to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Navy. The 956-acre Refuge was officially established on July 11, 1974, following approval of a general management plan for the Refuge by the Service and the Navy. Refuge purposes include preservation and management of habitat for endangered species (i.e., light-footed clapper rail, California least tern) and preservation of habitat to support migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other water birds. We announce our decision and the availability of the FONSI for the final CCP for the Seal Beach NWR in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.6(b)) requirements. We completed a thorough analysis of impacts on the human environment, which we included in the environmental assessment (EA) that accompanied the draft CCP. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation. We intend to review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Our draft CCP and EA were available for a 45-day public review and comment period, which we announced via several methods, including press releases, updates to constituents, and a Federal Register notice (76 FR 16634; March 24, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Nov 14, 2013 Jkt 232001 2011). The draft CCP/EA identified and evaluated three alternatives for managing the Refuge for the next 15 years. Under Alternative A (No Action), management would continue unchanged. Under Alternative B, the Service would expand current management to include evaluation of current Refuge baseline data for fish, wildlife, and plants; identification of data gaps; implementation of species surveys to address data gaps; restoration of intertidal and native upland habitat; implementation of an integrated approach to pest management; and support for new research projects that would benefit Refuge resources and Refuge management. Alternative C, which was identified as the preferred alternative, would implement the majority of the management activities proposed in Alternative B and expand opportunities for wildlife observation on the Refuge. The primary differences in habitat management between Alternatives B and C relate to the extent of intertidal restoration proposed in Alternative B versus the extent of upland and wetland/upland transitional habitat restoration proposed in Alternative C. We received five letters on the draft CCP and EA during the review and comment period. Comments focused on constituents of concern related to past activities on Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, mosquito management, and habitat management and restoration. We incorporated comments we received into the CCP when appropriate, and we responded to the comments in an appendix to the CCP. In the FONSI, we selected Alternative C for implementation. The FONSI documents our decision and is based on information and analysis contained in the EA. Under the selected alternative, the Service will expand both natural resource management and opportunities of wildlife observation on the Refuge. Wildlife and habitat management actions will be implemented to support listed species, coastal habitats, and migratory birds; native upland and wetland/upland transitional habitat will be restored to provide refugia for rails and shorebirds during high tide; and existing visitor serving facilities will be improved. The selected alternative most effectively achieves Refuge’s purposes, goals, and objectives, particularly those related to the recovery and protection of federally listed species and the enhancement of public appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of Refuge resources; contributes to the Refuge PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68859 System mission; and is consistent with principles of sound fish and wildlife management. Based on the associated environmental assessment, this alternative is not expected to result in significant environmental impacts and therefore does not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement. Alexandra Pitts, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2013–27405 Filed 11–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [AAK6006201 134A2100DD AOR3B3030.999900] Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Transfer of Property and Subsequent Development of a Resort/Hotel and Ancillary Facilities in the City of Taunton, Massachusetts and Tribal Government Facilities in the Town of Mashpee, Massachusetts by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lead agency, with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, serving as a cooperating agency, intends to file a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Tribe’s application for the conveyance into trust of title to lands located in Mashpee and Taunton, Massachusetts, for the benefit of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. This notice also announces that the DEIS is now available for public review and that public hearings will be held to receive comments on the DEIS. DATES: The date of the public hearing will be announced at least 15 days in advance through notices in the following newspapers: Taunton Daily Gazette and the Cape Cod Times, and on the following Web site: www.mwteis.com. Written comments on the DEIS must arrive within 45 days after the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may mail or handdeliver written comments to Mr. Franklin Keel, Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Region, 545 Marriott Drive, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 68860 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 221 / Friday, November 15, 2013 / Notices Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Public hearings will be held at the Taunton High School, 50 William Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, and Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, Massachusetts. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for addresses where the DEIS is available for review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chet L. McGhee, Regional Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Office, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214; fax (615) 564–6571; telephone (615) 564–6500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public review of the DEIS is part of the administrative process for the evaluation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s application under section 5 of Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) (25 U.S.C. 461, et. seq). Under Council on Environmental Quality National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (40 CFR 1506.10), the publication of the Notice of Availability by Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register initiates the 45-day public comment period. The Tribe’s proposed development contemplated for the trust lands consists of the following components: (1) Acquisition in trust of approximately 151 acres in Taunton, Massachusetts, and approximately 170 acres in Mashpee in accordance with section 5 of the IRA and the procedures set forth in 25 CFR part 151; (2) The Secretary of the Interior’s issuance of a reservation proclamation under section 7 of the IRA under which the site would be the ‘‘initial reservation’’ of the Tribe eligible for gaming under section 20(b)(1)(B) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; and (3) Development of a resort/hotel and gaming facility within the project site in Taunton, Massachusetts, and development of Tribal Government facilities within the site area located in Mashpee, Massachusetts. At full build-out, the Tribe’s proposed resort/hotel and gaming facility would have approximately132,000 square feet of gaming floor. Access to the Taunton site would be via O’Connell Way, off of Stevens Street, near the intersection of Stevens Street and Route 140 in Taunton, Massachusetts. The following alternatives are considered in the DEIS: (A) The development as proposed by the Tribe; (B) Reduced Intensity I Alternative; (C) Reduced Intensity II Alternative; and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Nov 14, 2013 Jkt 232001 (D) No Action Alternative. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include: Transportation; wetlands and other waters of the U.S.; storm water; geology and soils; rare species and wildlife habitat; hazardous materials; water supply; wastewater; utilities; solid waste; air quality; greenhouse gas; cultural resources; noise, visual impacts; socio-economics; environmental justice; cumulative effects and indirect and growthinducing effects. The BIA held public scoping meetings for the project on June 20, 2012, at Taunton High School in Taunton, Massachusetts, and on June 21, 2012, at Mashpee High School in Mashpee, Massachusetts. Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, return address, and the caption: ‘‘DEIS comments for proposed fee-to-trust transfer of lands by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’’ on the first page of your written comments. Locations Where the DEIS Is Available for Review: The DEIS will be available for review at the Taunton Public Library, 12 Pleasant St Taunton, Massachusetts 02780; the Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple Street, Mashpee, Massachusetts 02649; and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Headquarters at 483 Great Neck Rd. South, Mashpee, Massachusetts, 02649. The DEIS is also available online at: http://www.mwteis.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS, please provide your name and address in writing or by voicemail to Mr. Chet L. McGhee, Regional Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Office. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS will be provided only upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will occur. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with § 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance with the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Department Manual. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[AAK6006201 134A2100DD AOR3B3030.999900]


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-
Trust Transfer of Property and Subsequent Development of a Resort/Hotel 
and Ancillary Facilities in the City of Taunton, Massachusetts and 
Tribal Government Facilities in the Town of Mashpee, Massachusetts by 
the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs as lead agency, with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, serving as a 
cooperating agency, intends to file a draft environmental impact 
statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
regarding the Tribe's application for the conveyance into trust of 
title to lands located in Mashpee and Taunton, Massachusetts, for the 
benefit of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. This notice also announces that 
the DEIS is now available for public review and that public hearings 
will be held to receive comments on the DEIS.

DATES: The date of the public hearing will be announced at least 15 
days in advance through notices in the following newspapers: Taunton 
Daily Gazette and the Cape Cod Times, and on the following Web site: 
www.mwteis.com. Written comments on the DEIS must arrive within 45 days 
after the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand-deliver written comments to Mr. 
Franklin Keel, Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 
Eastern Region, 545 Marriott Drive,

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Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Public hearings will be held at 
the Taunton High School, 50 William Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, and 
Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, Massachusetts. 
See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for addresses 
where the DEIS is available for review.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chet L. McGhee, Regional 
Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional 
Office, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214; fax 
(615) 564-6571; telephone (615) 564-6500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public review of the DEIS is part of the 
administrative process for the evaluation of the Mashpee Wampanoag 
Tribe's application under section 5 of Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) 
(25 U.S.C. 461, et. seq). Under Council on Environmental Quality 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (40 CFR 1506.10), 
the publication of the Notice of Availability by Environmental 
Protection Agency in the Federal Register initiates the 45-day public 
comment period.
    The Tribe's proposed development contemplated for the trust lands 
consists of the following components:
    (1) Acquisition in trust of approximately 151 acres in Taunton, 
Massachusetts, and approximately 170 acres in Mashpee in accordance 
with section 5 of the IRA and the procedures set forth in 25 CFR part 
151;
    (2) The Secretary of the Interior's issuance of a reservation 
proclamation under section 7 of the IRA under which the site would be 
the ``initial reservation'' of the Tribe eligible for gaming under 
section 20(b)(1)(B) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; and
    (3) Development of a resort/hotel and gaming facility within the 
project site in Taunton, Massachusetts, and development of Tribal 
Government facilities within the site area located in Mashpee, 
Massachusetts.
    At full build-out, the Tribe's proposed resort/hotel and gaming 
facility would have approximately132,000 square feet of gaming floor. 
Access to the Taunton site would be via O'Connell Way, off of Stevens 
Street, near the intersection of Stevens Street and Route 140 in 
Taunton, Massachusetts.
    The following alternatives are considered in the DEIS:
    (A) The development as proposed by the Tribe;
    (B) Reduced Intensity I Alternative;
    (C) Reduced Intensity II Alternative; and
    (D) No Action Alternative.
    Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include: Transportation; 
wetlands and other waters of the U.S.; storm water; geology and soils; 
rare species and wildlife habitat; hazardous materials; water supply; 
wastewater; utilities; solid waste; air quality; greenhouse gas; 
cultural resources; noise, visual impacts; socio-economics; 
environmental justice; cumulative effects and indirect and growth-
inducing effects.
    The BIA held public scoping meetings for the project on June 20, 
2012, at Taunton High School in Taunton, Massachusetts, and on June 21, 
2012, at Mashpee High School in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
    Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, 
return address, and the caption: ``DEIS comments for proposed fee-to-
trust transfer of lands by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe'' on the first 
page of your written comments.
    Locations Where the DEIS Is Available for Review: The DEIS will be 
available for review at the Taunton Public Library, 12 Pleasant St 
Taunton, Massachusetts 02780; the Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple 
Street, Mashpee, Massachusetts 02649; and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 
Headquarters at 483 Great Neck Rd. South, Mashpee, Massachusetts, 
02649. The DEIS is also available online at: http://www.mwteis.com.
    To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS, please provide your name 
and address in writing or by voicemail to Mr. Chet L. McGhee, Regional 
Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional 
Office. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS 
will be provided only upon payment of applicable printing expenses by 
the requestor for the number of copies requested.
    Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business 
hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 
Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you may 
ask in your comment that your personal identifying information be 
withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will 
occur.

    Authority:  This notice is published in accordance with Sec.  
1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 
1500 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR 
part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance with the exercise of 
authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 
part 209 of the Department Manual.

Kevin K. Washburn,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-27374 Filed 11-14-13; 8:45 am]
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