Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Berths 226-236 [Everport] Container Terminal Improvements Project at the Port of Los Angeles, in the City and County of Los Angeles, California (SPL-2013-00756-TS), 63609-63610 [2014-25267]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Notices Replacement Equipment, Publication of Regulations). Manuel Quinones, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. [FR Doc. 2014–25308 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Berths 226–236 [Everport] Container Terminal Improvements Project at the Port of Los Angeles, in the City and County of Los Angeles, California (SPL–2013–00756–TS) AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. The purpose of this notice is to initiate the scoping process for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) Berths 226– 236 [Everport] Container Terminal Improvements Project. DATES: Submit comments concerning this notice on or before November 24, 2014. A public scoping meeting will be held on November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (PST). ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location is: Los Angeles Harbor Department, Board of Harbor Commissioners hearing room, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California 90731. Mail written comments concerning this notice to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division, Ventura Field Office, ATTN: SPL–2013–00756–TS, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 110, Ventura, CA 93001. Comment letters should include the commenter’s physical mailing address, the project title and the Corps file number in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa Stevens, Ph.D., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division, Ventura Field Office, ATTN: SPL–2013–00756–TS, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 110, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 585–2146, theresa.stevens@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps is requiring the preparation of an asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to any permit action. The Corps may ultimately make a determination to permit or deny the proposed project or a modified version of the proposed project. The primary Federal concerns are dredging, dredged material disposal, addition of permanent structures in and over navigable waters of the U.S., and transport of dredged material for the purpose of ocean disposal. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the LAHD will serve as Lead Agency in preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its consideration of development approvals within its jurisdiction. The Corps and LAHD have agreed to jointly prepare a Draft EIS/EIR to optimize efficiency and avoid duplication. The Draft EIS/EIR is intended to be sufficient in scope to address the Federal, state and local requirements and environmental issues concerning the proposed activities and permit approvals. Authority: 33 U.S.C. 403; 33 U.S.C. 1344; 33 U.S.C. 1413. 1. Project Site and Background Information. The 205-acre project site is located on Terminal Island along the east side of the Main Channel and immediately south of the State Route 47 bridge. The site is within the Port of Los Angeles Community Plan area in the City and County of Los Angeles, near the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, and approximately 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The purpose of the project is to improve marine shipping and maritime commerce to optimize the containerhandling efficiency and capacity at Berths 226–236, and to accommodate berthing and servicing of the largest container ships that may call at the Port of Los Angeles. The terminal is operated by Seaside Transportation Services (STS). Everport Terminal Services Inc. (ETS) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corporation) is the permit holder under a lease agreement (Permit No. 888, as amended) between LAHD and ETS. 2. Proposed Action. The LAHD has proposed to redevelop the existing container terminal at Berths 226–236. The following actions require a Department of the Army permit. Berths 226–229: Approximately 25,000 cubic yards (cy) of dredging would increase the design depth from ¥45 feet to ¥53 feet mean lower low water (MLLW), approximately 1,400 linear feet of king piles and sheet piles would be installed to stabilize the wharf, and three new 100-foot gauge overwater gantry cranes would be installed and three existing PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63609 cranes would be modified to increase their overall height and reach. Berths 230–232: Approximately 7,000 cy of dredging would restore the design depth of ¥47 feet MLLW and approximately 1,400 linear feet of sheet piles would be installed to stabilize the wharf. Approximately 1,300 cy of dredging would restore a design depth of ¥45 feet MLLW between the berthing areas (Berth 229). All proposed depths would include an overdredge depth of an additional two feet below the proposed depths described above. Dredged material would be beneficially re-used, disposed at an approved upland facility, confined disposal facility (CDF) or offshore at LA–2. Construction activities are scheduled to begin in 2016, would take approximately 24 months to complete and would be phased to maintain terminal operations. The following actions do not require a Corps permit but indirect and cumulative impacts of these actions will be evaluated in the Draft EIS/EIR as required by NEPA: Development of approximately 22 acres of existing developed land and 1.5 acres of vacant land as new backlands; installation of infrastructure to support the new backland area (e.g., cable, electricity, lighting, drainage, etc.); closure of portions of Terminal Way, Barracuda Street, Tuna Street, and Ways Street within the Project site and rerouting of Terminal Way traffic to Cannery Street; improvements to Cannery Street; lease amendments to include the new 23.5 acre backland plus 25 acres of existing backlands under space assignment; and, extension of the lease from the current termination date of 2028 to 2038. 3. Issues: Potentially significant issues associated with the project may include: Aesthetics/visual impacts, air quality emissions, biological resource impacts, environmental justice, geologic impacts related to seismicity, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, traffic and transportation, and cumulative impacts from past, present and reasonably foreseeable future projects. 4. Alternatives. The Draft EIS/EIR will include a co-equal analysis of several alternatives. Project alternatives will be further developed during this scoping process. Additional alternatives that may be developed during scoping will also be considered in the Draft EIS/EIR. 5. Scoping Process. The Corps and LAHD will jointly conduct a public scoping meeting for the proposed project to receive public comment regarding the appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft EIS/EIR. Participation by Federal, state, and local agencies and other interested E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63610 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Notices organization and persons is encouraged. This meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish. 6. The Draft EIS/EIR is expected to be available for public review and comment in the fall of 2015, and a public meeting will be held after its publication. Dated: October 2, 2014. David J. Castanon, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2014–25267 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Military Readiness Activities in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to prepare a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) for the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area. This Supplemental DEIS/OEIS will focus on substantial changes in the proposed action and significant new information relevant to environmental concerns per 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1502.9. The Supplemental DEIS/OEIS will also provide additional updated information to further the purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the NEPA, regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Presidential Executive Order 12114, the DoN announced its intent to prepare an EIS/OEIS for the NWTT Study Area in the Federal Register (FR) on February 27, 2012 (77 FR 11497), and invited the public to comment on the scope of the EIS/OEIS. A Draft EIS/OEIS was subsequently released on January 24, 2014 (79 FR 4158), in which the potential environmental effects associated with military readiness training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities (training and testing) conducted within the NWTT Study Area were evaluated. Since the release of the DEIS/OEIS on January 24, 2014, the DoN has determined that a Supplemental DEIS/ asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 OEIS is warranted for two reasons. First, one activity, known as Tracking Exercises—Maritime Patrol (Extended Echo Ranging Sonobuoys), substantially changes the type and number of sonobuoys to be used. This change in the proposed action warrants preparation of a Supplemental DEIS/ OEIS under 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(1)(i). Second, new information relevant to air quality emissions of inland water vessel movements associated with Maritime Security Operations warrants further consideration and preparation of an Supplemental DEIS/OEIS under 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(1)(ii). All public comments received during the DEIS/OEIS comment period (January 24, 2014, through April 15, 2014) are still valid and are being considered in the Final EIS/OEIS for this action. Previously submitted comments need not be resubmitted. The Supplemental DEIS/OEIS is expected to be available in early December 2014. A Notice of Availability of the Supplemental DEIS/ OEIS will be published in the Federal Register at that time, and the Supplemental DEIS/OEIS will be released for a public comment period of 45 days. No decision will be made to implement any alternative in the NWTT Study Area until the NEPA process is complete and a Record of Decision is signed by the DoN. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: Ms. Kimberly Kler—NWTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101. Authority: 35 U.S.C. 207, 37 CFR part 404. Dated: October 20, 2014. N.A. Hagerty-Ford, Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–25316 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–555–000] Dominion Transmission, Inc.: Notice of Application Take notice that on September 30, 2014, Dominion Transmission, Inc. (Dominion), 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 filed an application in the above referenced docket pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) requesting authorization to construct and operate its Lebanon West II Project (Project), PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 located in Armstrong, Allegheny, and Beaver Counties, Pennsylvania and Licking, Fayette, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Harrison, Carroll, and Columbiana Counties, Ohio. Dominion asserts that the proposed project will provide 130,000 dekatherms per day of pipeline capacity on its TL–400 line from Pennsylvania to Ohio. The proposed project involves: (i) 10.08 miles of pipeline replacements; (ii) additional 10,915 horsepower at its existing Rural Valley Compressor Station; (iii) additional regulation at the Newark and Beaver Compressor Stations; and (iv) new valves and other minor facilities. Dominion estimates the cost of the Project to be $112 million, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site web at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Matthew R. Bley, Director Gas Transmission Certificates, Dominion Transmission Inc., 701 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, by telephone at (804) 771–4399, by facsimile at (804) 771– 4804, or by email at Matthew.R.Bley@ dom.com. Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission’s rules (18 CFR 157.9), within 90 days of this Notice, the Commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s EA. There are two ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project. First, any person wishing to E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Berths 226-236 [Everport] Container 
Terminal Improvements Project at the Port of Los Angeles, in the City 
and County of Los Angeles, California (SPL-2013-00756-TS)

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to initiate the scoping process 
for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Los 
Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) Berths 226-236 [Everport] Container 
Terminal Improvements Project.

DATES: Submit comments concerning this notice on or before November 24, 
2014. A public scoping meeting will be held on November 13, 2014 at 
6:00 p.m. (PST).

ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location is: Los Angeles Harbor 
Department, Board of Harbor Commissioners hearing room, 425 S. Palos 
Verdes Street, San Pedro, California 90731.
    Mail written comments concerning this notice to: U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division, Ventura Field 
Office, ATTN: SPL-2013-00756-TS, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 110, 
Ventura, CA 93001. Comment letters should include the commenter's 
physical mailing address, the project title and the Corps file number 
in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa Stevens, Ph.D., U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division, Ventura 
Field Office, ATTN: SPL-2013-00756-TS, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 
110, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 585-2146, theresa.stevens@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps is requiring the preparation 
of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to any permit action. 
The Corps may ultimately make a determination to permit or deny the 
proposed project or a modified version of the proposed project. The 
primary Federal concerns are dredging, dredged material disposal, 
addition of permanent structures in and over navigable waters of the 
U.S., and transport of dredged material for the purpose of ocean 
disposal.
    Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the 
LAHD will serve as Lead Agency in preparing an Environmental Impact 
Report (EIR) for its consideration of development approvals within its 
jurisdiction. The Corps and LAHD have agreed to jointly prepare a Draft 
EIS/EIR to optimize efficiency and avoid duplication. The Draft EIS/EIR 
is intended to be sufficient in scope to address the Federal, state and 
local requirements and environmental issues concerning the proposed 
activities and permit approvals.

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 403; 33 U.S.C. 1344; 33 U.S.C. 1413.

    1. Project Site and Background Information. The 205-acre project 
site is located on Terminal Island along the east side of the Main 
Channel and immediately south of the State Route 47 bridge. The site is 
within the Port of Los Angeles Community Plan area in the City and 
County of Los Angeles, near the communities of San Pedro and 
Wilmington, and approximately 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. 
The purpose of the project is to improve marine shipping and maritime 
commerce to optimize the container-handling efficiency and capacity at 
Berths 226-236, and to accommodate berthing and servicing of the 
largest container ships that may call at the Port of Los Angeles. The 
terminal is operated by Seaside Transportation Services (STS). Everport 
Terminal Services Inc. (ETS) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Evergreen 
Marine Corporation) is the permit holder under a lease agreement 
(Permit No. 888, as amended) between LAHD and ETS.
    2. Proposed Action. The LAHD has proposed to redevelop the existing 
container terminal at Berths 226-236. The following actions require a 
Department of the Army permit. Berths 226-229: Approximately 25,000 
cubic yards (cy) of dredging would increase the design depth from -45 
feet to -53 feet mean lower low water (MLLW), approximately 1,400 
linear feet of king piles and sheet piles would be installed to 
stabilize the wharf, and three new 100-foot gauge overwater gantry 
cranes would be installed and three existing cranes would be modified 
to increase their overall height and reach. Berths 230-232: 
Approximately 7,000 cy of dredging would restore the design depth of -
47 feet MLLW and approximately 1,400 linear feet of sheet piles would 
be installed to stabilize the wharf. Approximately 1,300 cy of dredging 
would restore a design depth of -45 feet MLLW between the berthing 
areas (Berth 229). All proposed depths would include an overdredge 
depth of an additional two feet below the proposed depths described 
above. Dredged material would be beneficially re-used, disposed at an 
approved upland facility, confined disposal facility (CDF) or offshore 
at LA-2. Construction activities are scheduled to begin in 2016, would 
take approximately 24 months to complete and would be phased to 
maintain terminal operations. The following actions do not require a 
Corps permit but indirect and cumulative impacts of these actions will 
be evaluated in the Draft EIS/EIR as required by NEPA: Development of 
approximately 22 acres of existing developed land and 1.5 acres of 
vacant land as new backlands; installation of infrastructure to support 
the new backland area (e.g., cable, electricity, lighting, drainage, 
etc.); closure of portions of Terminal Way, Barracuda Street, Tuna 
Street, and Ways Street within the Project site and rerouting of 
Terminal Way traffic to Cannery Street; improvements to Cannery Street; 
lease amendments to include the new 23.5 acre backland plus 25 acres of 
existing backlands under space assignment; and, extension of the lease 
from the current termination date of 2028 to 2038.
    3. Issues: Potentially significant issues associated with the 
project may include: Aesthetics/visual impacts, air quality emissions, 
biological resource impacts, environmental justice, geologic impacts 
related to seismicity, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and 
water quality, noise, traffic and transportation, and cumulative 
impacts from past, present and reasonably foreseeable future projects.
    4. Alternatives. The Draft EIS/EIR will include a co-equal analysis 
of several alternatives. Project alternatives will be further developed 
during this scoping process. Additional alternatives that may be 
developed during scoping will also be considered in the Draft EIS/EIR.
    5. Scoping Process. The Corps and LAHD will jointly conduct a 
public scoping meeting for the proposed project to receive public 
comment regarding the appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft 
EIS/EIR. Participation by Federal, state, and local agencies and other 
interested

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organization and persons is encouraged. This meeting will be conducted 
in English and Spanish.
    6. The Draft EIS/EIR is expected to be available for public review 
and comment in the fall of 2015, and a public meeting will be held 
after its publication.

    Dated: October 2, 2014.
David J. Castanon,
Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-25267 Filed 10-23-14; 8:45 am]
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