Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico; Notice of Availability, 75370-75371 [2013-29047]

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[FR Doc. 2013–29460 Filed 12–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico; Notice of Availability United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), United States and Mexico. ACTION: Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the USIBWC’s Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico are available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gilbert Anaya, Environmental Management Division; United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission; 4171 N. Mesa, C– 100; El Paso, Texas 79902. Telephone: (915) 832–4703, email: gilbertanaya@ ibwc.state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Action emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES The USIBWC is considering relocating the Rio Grande river channel in the Canalization Project Levee System in a 1.08 mile stretch in Vado, New Mexico and create new levees where no flood control measures exist in an effort to meet current flood control requirements. The Preferred Alternative would relocate the river channel approximately 100 feet west due to the river channel moving east against the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad. The preferred alternative would then create a new levee that would tie into existing levee structures to the north and south of the project area. These improvements will be subject to availability of funds. The Supplemental Environmental Assessment assesses potential environmental impacts of the No Action Alternative and the Preferred Alternative. Two additional alternatives were considered but were not evaluated as they were determined to be more costly, more difficult to achieve, less reliable, and more difficult to maintain. Potential impacts on natural, cultural, and other resources were evaluated. A Finding of No Significant Impact was issued for the Preferred Alternative based on a review of the facts and analyses contained in the Environmental Assessment when taking the proposed mitigation into account. Alternatives Considered A No Action Alternative was evaluated for the flood control improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project Levee System. This alternative would retain the existing configuration of the system, and the level of protection currently associated VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 with this system. Under severe storm events, current containment capacity may be insufficient to fully control Rio Grande flooding, with risks to personal safety and potential property damage, as well as risks to the railroad system. Design alternatives were conducted and evaluated in the final design memorandum entitled ‘‘Rehabilitation Improvements for the Vado East Levee, ˜ Dona Ana County, New Mexico,’’ dated July 29, 2011. The final design memorandum evaluated three alternatives as described below. Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative would allow the levees to meet the design criteria to contain flood flows and to comply with FEMA specifications for the levees in the Rio Grande Canalization Project Levee System. This would be accomplished by creating a flood containment levee 1.08 miles in length that would continue from the current levee system to the north and south of the project area. Fill material, obtained from commercial sources would be used to create a levee to meet the 3 foot freeboard criterion established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In order to create the levee in this area, the river channel would have to be relocated 100 feet to the west and the floodplain would have to be re-established on the eastern side of the river. Flood Wall Alternative. This alternative would construct a flood wall that would tie into the existing levee system to the north and south of the project. The flood wall would require dredging the river channel along the section that is currently against the railroad easement and construction of a concrete or metal wall that would extend 888 feet along the river and existing flood plain to the current levees. The wall would be 8 feet tall above the flood plain and require pilings to be driven 40 feet in the ground. Sheet Pile Wall Alternative. This alternative would construct a sheet pile wall instead of the flood wall. This wall would follow the same requirements but would consist of interlocked metal sheets driven into the ground instead of a concrete wall. Therefore, the pilings would also have to be driven 40 feet into the ground but would instead of a few like in the flood wall; all of the pilings across the entire length would have to be driven down to bedrock. Availability Single hard copies of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact may be obtained by request at the above address. Electronic copies may also be PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75371 obtained from the USIBWC Web page: www.ibwc.gov/Organization/ Environmental/EIS_EA_Public_ Comment.html. Dated: November 27, 2013. Luisa Alvarez, General Counsel. 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AGENCY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping investigation No. 731–TA–1206 (Final) under section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)) (the Act) to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of less-than-fair-value imports from Japan of diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products, provided for primarily in subheadings 7210.90.60 and 7212.50.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.1 For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 CFR part 207). DATES: Effective Date: November 19, 2013. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathanael Comly (202–205–3174), Office of Investigations, U.S. 1 For purposes of this investigation, the Department of Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as flat-rolled, cold reduced steel products, regardless of chemistry; whether or not in coils; either plated or coated with nickel or nickelbased alloys and subsequently annealed (i.e., ‘‘diffusion-annealed’’); whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other metallic or nonmetallic substances; and less than or equal to 2.0 mm in nominal thickness. For purposes of this investigation, ‘‘nickel-based alloys’’ include all nickel alloys with other metals in which nickel accounts for at least 80 percent of the alloy by volume. (78 FR 69371, November 19, 2013) E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande 
Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico; Notice of Availability

AGENCY: United States Section, International Boundary and Water 
Commission (USIBWC), United States and Mexico.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental 
Assessment (SEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy

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Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 
CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the USIBWC's Operational Procedures 
for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register 
September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that 
the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact 
for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project 
in Vado, New Mexico are available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gilbert Anaya, Environmental 
Management Division; United States Section, International Boundary and 
Water Commission; 4171 N. Mesa, C-100; El Paso, Texas 79902. Telephone: 
(915) 832-4703, email: gilbertanaya@ibwc.state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Action

    The USIBWC is considering relocating the Rio Grande river channel 
in the Canalization Project Levee System in a 1.08 mile stretch in 
Vado, New Mexico and create new levees where no flood control measures 
exist in an effort to meet current flood control requirements. The 
Preferred Alternative would relocate the river channel approximately 
100 feet west due to the river channel moving east against the 
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad. The preferred alternative 
would then create a new levee that would tie into existing levee 
structures to the north and south of the project area. These 
improvements will be subject to availability of funds.
    The Supplemental Environmental Assessment assesses potential 
environmental impacts of the No Action Alternative and the Preferred 
Alternative. Two additional alternatives were considered but were not 
evaluated as they were determined to be more costly, more difficult to 
achieve, less reliable, and more difficult to maintain. Potential 
impacts on natural, cultural, and other resources were evaluated. A 
Finding of No Significant Impact was issued for the Preferred 
Alternative based on a review of the facts and analyses contained in 
the Environmental Assessment when taking the proposed mitigation into 
account.

Alternatives Considered

    A No Action Alternative was evaluated for the flood control 
improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project Levee System. This 
alternative would retain the existing configuration of the system, and 
the level of protection currently associated with this system. Under 
severe storm events, current containment capacity may be insufficient 
to fully control Rio Grande flooding, with risks to personal safety and 
potential property damage, as well as risks to the railroad system.
    Design alternatives were conducted and evaluated in the final 
design memorandum entitled ``Rehabilitation Improvements for the Vado 
East Levee, Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico,'' dated July 29, 2011. 
The final design memorandum evaluated three alternatives as described 
below.
    Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative would allow the 
levees to meet the design criteria to contain flood flows and to comply 
with FEMA specifications for the levees in the Rio Grande Canalization 
Project Levee System. This would be accomplished by creating a flood 
containment levee 1.08 miles in length that would continue from the 
current levee system to the north and south of the project area. Fill 
material, obtained from commercial sources would be used to create a 
levee to meet the 3 foot freeboard criterion established by the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In order to create the levee in 
this area, the river channel would have to be relocated 100 feet to the 
west and the floodplain would have to be re-established on the eastern 
side of the river.
    Flood Wall Alternative. This alternative would construct a flood 
wall that would tie into the existing levee system to the north and 
south of the project. The flood wall would require dredging the river 
channel along the section that is currently against the railroad 
easement and construction of a concrete or metal wall that would extend 
888 feet along the river and existing flood plain to the current 
levees. The wall would be 8 feet tall above the flood plain and require 
pilings to be driven 40 feet in the ground.
    Sheet Pile Wall Alternative. This alternative would construct a 
sheet pile wall instead of the flood wall. This wall would follow the 
same requirements but would consist of interlocked metal sheets driven 
into the ground instead of a concrete wall. Therefore, the pilings 
would also have to be driven 40 feet into the ground but would instead 
of a few like in the flood wall; all of the pilings across the entire 
length would have to be driven down to bedrock.

Availability

    Single hard copies of the Final Environmental Assessment and 
Finding of No Significant Impact may be obtained by request at the 
above address. Electronic copies may also be obtained from the USIBWC 
Web page: www.ibwc.gov/Organization/Environmental/EIS_EA_Public_Comment.html.

    Dated: November 27, 2013.
Luisa Alvarez,
General Counsel.
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