Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Stateline Solar Farm and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, 68860-68861 [2013-27416]

Download as PDF 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. [FR Doc. 2013–27374 Filed 11–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD09000, L51010000.LVRWB09B2380.FX0000] Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Stateline Solar Farm and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment and a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Stateline Solar Farm Project (SSFP) and by this notice is announcing its availability. DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed CDCA Amendment. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the SSFP Final EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment have been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies and to other stakeholders. Copies of the SSFP Final EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment are available for public inspection at the BLM Needles Field Office and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 221 / Friday, November 15, 2013 / Notices California Desert District Office. Interested persons may also review the SSFP Final EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ cdd.html. All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1382. Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery Childers, Project Manager; telephone 951–697–5308; address BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553–9046; email jchilders@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: First Solar Development, Inc. (First Solar) has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, maintain and decommission the 300megawatt (MW) photovoltaic SSFP from the BLM and a well permit from the County of San Bernardino. The BLM is responding to the ROW application as required by FLPMA. The proposed project located on BLM-administered lands would include access roads, photovoltaic arrays, electrical substation, meteorological station, monitoring and maintenance facility, water wells, and a 2.3 mile generation tie-line on up to 2,143 acres. The project location is in San Bernardino County approximately 2 miles south of the Nevada-California border and 0.5 miles west of Interstate 15. The BLM’s purpose and need for the SSFP is to respond to First Solar’s application for a ROW grant to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a photovoltaic solar energy facility on public lands in compliance with FLPMA, BLM ROW regulations, and other applicable Federal laws. The BLM will decide whether to grant, grant with modification, or deny a ROW to First Solar for the proposed SSFP. The CDCA Plan (1980, as amended), while recognizing the potential compatibility of solar energy generation facilities with other uses on public lands, requires that VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Nov 14, 2013 Jkt 232001 all sites proposed for power generation or transmission not already identified in the plan be considered through the plan amendment process. The BLM is proposing to amend the CDCA Plan by designating the project area as either suitable or unsuitable for solar energy projects. In addition to the proposed action, which is analyzed as Alternative 1: 300 MWs on 2,143 acres, the BLM is analyzing three other project alternatives: Alternative 2: 300 MW on 2,385 acres; Revised Alternative 3: 300 MW on 1,685 acres; and, Alternative 4: 232 MW generated on 1,766 acres. All project alternatives also analyze an expansion of the Ivanpah Desert Wildlife Management Area (DWMA). The management prescriptions for the Ivanpah DWMA are defined in Appendix A, Section A.2, of the Northern and Eastern Mojave Desert Management Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan (July 2002). If the DWMA is expanded, these management prescriptions will be applied to the expansion. The Proposed Plan Amendment and Final EIS/EIR also analyzes three No Project alternatives: Alternative 5: No Action; Alternative 6: No Project, Amend the CDCA Plan to find the Project area unsuitable for solar development; and Alternative 7: No Project, Amend the CDCA Plan to find the Project area suitable for solar development. The Final EIS/EIR and CDCA Plan Amendment evaluates the potential impacts of the proposed SSFP on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; biological resources; cultural resources; special status species; geology and soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; land use; noise; recreation; traffic; visual resources; lands with wilderness characteristics; cumulative effects and areas with high potential for renewable energy development. Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR and CDCA Plan Amendment received from the public and internal BLM review were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Plan Amendment. Public comments resulted in modification of Alternative 3, now evaluated in the Final EIS/EIR as Revised Alternative 3. However, the public comments did not significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed Plan Amendment may be found in the ‘‘Dear Reader’’ letter of the SSFP Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Plan Amendment and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. All protests must be PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68861 in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the email as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to bhudgens@blm.gov. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director, Natural Resources. [FR Doc. 2013–27416 Filed 11–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Inv. No. 337–TA–900] Certain Navigation Products, Including GPS Devices, Navigation and Display Systems, Radar Systems, Navigational Aids, Mapping Systems and Related Software; Institution of Investigation Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337 U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on September 23, 2013, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan and Furuno U.S.A., Inc. of Camas, Washington. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain navigation products, including GPS devices, navigation and display systems, radar systems, navigational aids, mapping systems and related software by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,084,565 (‘‘the ’565 patent’’); SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 221 (Friday, November 15, 2013)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement 
and Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Stateline Solar Farm 
and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 
prepared a Proposed California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan 
Amendment and a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft 
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Stateline Solar Farm Project 
(SSFP) and by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed CDCA Amendment. A person who meets the conditions and files a 
protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the 
Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in 
the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the SSFP Final EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan 
Amendment have been sent to affected Federal, State, and local 
government agencies and to other stakeholders. Copies of the SSFP Final 
EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment are available for public 
inspection at the BLM Needles Field Office and

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California Desert District Office. Interested persons may also review 
the SSFP Final EIS and Proposed CDCA Plan Amendment on the Internet at 
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html. All protests must be in 
writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 
71383, Washington, DC 20024-1382.
Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 
M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery Childers, Project Manager; 
telephone 951-697-5308; address BLM California Desert District Office, 
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553-
9046; email jchilders@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: First Solar Development, Inc. (First Solar) 
has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, 
maintain and decommission the 300-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic SSFP from 
the BLM and a well permit from the County of San Bernardino. The BLM is 
responding to the ROW application as required by FLPMA. The proposed 
project located on BLM-administered lands would include access roads, 
photovoltaic arrays, electrical substation, meteorological station, 
monitoring and maintenance facility, water wells, and a 2.3 mile 
generation tie-line on up to 2,143 acres. The project location is in 
San Bernardino County approximately 2 miles south of the Nevada-
California border and 0.5 miles west of Interstate 15.
    The BLM's purpose and need for the SSFP is to respond to First 
Solar's application for a ROW grant to construct, operate, maintain, 
and decommission a photovoltaic solar energy facility on public lands 
in compliance with FLPMA, BLM ROW regulations, and other applicable 
Federal laws. The BLM will decide whether to grant, grant with 
modification, or deny a ROW to First Solar for the proposed SSFP. The 
CDCA Plan (1980, as amended), while recognizing the potential 
compatibility of solar energy generation facilities with other uses on 
public lands, requires that all sites proposed for power generation or 
transmission not already identified in the plan be considered through 
the plan amendment process. The BLM is proposing to amend the CDCA Plan 
by designating the project area as either suitable or unsuitable for 
solar energy projects. In addition to the proposed action, which is 
analyzed as Alternative 1: 300 MWs on 2,143 acres, the BLM is analyzing 
three other project alternatives: Alternative 2: 300 MW on 2,385 acres; 
Revised Alternative 3: 300 MW on 1,685 acres; and, Alternative 4: 232 
MW generated on 1,766 acres. All project alternatives also analyze an 
expansion of the Ivanpah Desert Wildlife Management Area (DWMA). The 
management prescriptions for the Ivanpah DWMA are defined in Appendix 
A, Section A.2, of the Northern and Eastern Mojave Desert Management 
Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan (July 
2002). If the DWMA is expanded, these management prescriptions will be 
applied to the expansion.
    The Proposed Plan Amendment and Final EIS/EIR also analyzes three 
No Project alternatives: Alternative 5: No Action; Alternative 6: No 
Project, Amend the CDCA Plan to find the Project area unsuitable for 
solar development; and Alternative 7: No Project, Amend the CDCA Plan 
to find the Project area suitable for solar development. The Final EIS/
EIR and CDCA Plan Amendment evaluates the potential impacts of the 
proposed SSFP on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; biological 
resources; cultural resources; special status species; geology and 
soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; 
land use; noise; recreation; traffic; visual resources; lands with 
wilderness characteristics; cumulative effects and areas with high 
potential for renewable energy development.
    Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR and CDCA Plan Amendment received from 
the public and internal BLM review were considered and incorporated as 
appropriate into the Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Plan Amendment. Public 
comments resulted in modification of Alternative 3, now evaluated in 
the Final EIS/EIR as Revised Alternative 3. However, the public 
comments did not significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. 
Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM 
regarding the Proposed Plan Amendment may be found in the ``Dear 
Reader'' letter of the SSFP Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Plan Amendment 
and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to 
the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. 
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the 
protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular 
mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest 
period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the email as an 
advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to 
provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to 
bhudgens@blm.gov.
    Before including your phone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware 
that your entire protest--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Thomas Pogacnik,
Deputy State Director, Natural Resources.
[FR Doc. 2013-27416 Filed 11-14-13; 8:45 am]
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