Notice of Intent To Prepare Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements and Conduct Scoping for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, 67156-67157 [2014-26772]

Download as PDF 67156 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 218 Wednesday, November 12, 2014 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 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The SOC collects VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 monthly data on new residential construction from a sample of owners or builders. The Census Bureau uses the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic questionnaires SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC– QI/MF.1 to collect data on start and completion dates of construction, physical characteristics of the structure (floor area, number of bathrooms, type of heating system, etc.), and if applicable, date of sale, sales price, and type of financing. The SOC provides widely used measures of construction activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts and Housing Completions, which are from the New Residential Construction series, and New Residential Sales. We sample about 1,700 new buildings each month (20,400 per year). We inquire about the progress of each building multiple times until it is completed (and a sales contract is signed, if it is a single-family house that is built for sale). For single-family buildings, we conduct an average of 8.17 interviews and for multifamily buildings, we conduct an average of 7.0 interviews. The total number of interviews conducted each year for single-family buildings is about 107,844 and for multifamily buildings is about 50,400. Each interview takes 5 minutes on average. Therefore, the total annual burden is 13,187 hours. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to collect the data. The field representatives conduct interviews to obtain data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0110. Form Number(s): SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC–QI/MF.1. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households, business, or other for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,400. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13,187. 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Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: November 6, 2014. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–26734 Filed 11–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration First Responder Network Authority [Docket Number: 141104926–4926–01] RIN 0660–XC014 Notice of Intent To Prepare Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements and Conduct Scoping for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The First Responder Network Authority (‘‘FirstNet’’) announces its intent to prepare five regional SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 67157 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 218 / Wednesday, November 12, 2014 / Notices Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (‘‘PEISs’’) and conduct public scoping meetings to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed nationwide public safety broadband network. The specific locations, dates, and times for the scoping meetings will be announced on the FirstNet Web site, no later than one week prior to each meeting. The scoping period for this notice will begin on the date of publication of this notice and will end December 29, 2014. Comments to this notice must be submitted on or before December 29, 2014. DATES: The public is invited to submit written comments to this Notice. Written comments may be submitted electronically via email to PEIScomments@firstnet.gov or by mail (to the address listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Comments received will be made a part of the public record and may be posted to FirstNet’s Web site (www.firstnet.gov) without change. Comments should be machine readable and should not be copy-protected. All personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business ADDRESSES: East TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Delaware District of Columbia Connecticut Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Rhode Island Vermont Virginia West Virginia information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Pereira, NEPA Coordinator, First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S 243, Reston, VA 20192. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–96, Title VI, 126 Stat. 256 (codified at 47 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.)) (the ‘‘Act’’) created and authorized FirstNet to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of an interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband network (‘‘NPSBN’’) based on a single, national network architecture. The Act meets a longstanding and critical national infrastructure need, to create a single, nationwide network that will, for the first time, allow police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety entities to effectively communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347) (‘‘NEPA’’) requires federal agencies to Central West Colorado Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Michigan Minnesota Missouri Montana Nebraska North Dakota Ohio South Dakota Utah Wisconsin Wyoming Arizona California Idaho Nevada Oregon Washington Once a PEIS is completed and a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed, the proposed FirstNet projects can begin to submit the site-specific environmental documentation to determine if the proposed project has been adequately evaluated in the PEIS or warrants a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Assessment, or an Environmental Impact Statement. undertake an assessment of environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making a final decision and implementing the action. NEPA requirements apply to any federal project, decision, or action that may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. NEPA also establishes the Council on Environmental Quality (‘‘CEQ’’), which issued regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (see 40 CFR parts 1500–1508). Among other considerations, CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1508.28 recommend the use of tiering from a ‘‘broader environmental impact statement (such as a national program or policy statements) with subsequent narrower statements or environmental analysis (such as regional or basin wide statements or ultimately site-specific statements) incorporating by reference the general discussions and concentrating solely on the issues specific to the statement subsequently prepared.’’ Due to the geographic scope of FirstNet (all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories) and the diversity of ecosystems potentially traversed by the project, FirstNet has elected to prepare five regional PEISs. The five PEISs will be divided as follows: South Non-contiguous Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi New Mexico North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee Texas Dated: November 6, 2014. Genevieve Walker, Director of Environmental Compliance, First Responder Network Authority. [FR Doc. 2014–26772 Filed 11–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–TL–P Alaska American Samoa CNMI Guam Hawaii Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration First Responder Network Authority Special Meeting of the First Responder Network Authority Board Finance Committee First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 218 (Wednesday, November 12, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67156-67157]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26772]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

First Responder Network Authority

[Docket Number: 141104926-4926-01]
RIN 0660-XC014


Notice of Intent To Prepare Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statements and Conduct Scoping for the Nationwide Public Safety 
Broadband Network

AGENCY: First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications 
and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The First Responder Network Authority (``FirstNet'') announces 
its intent to prepare five regional

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Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (``PEISs'') and conduct 
public scoping meetings to evaluate the potential environmental impacts 
of the proposed nationwide public safety broadband network. The 
specific locations, dates, and times for the scoping meetings will be 
announced on the FirstNet Web site, no later than one week prior to 
each meeting.

DATES: The scoping period for this notice will begin on the date of 
publication of this notice and will end December 29, 2014. Comments to 
this notice must be submitted on or before December 29, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The public is invited to submit written comments to this 
Notice. Written comments may be submitted electronically via email to 
PEIScomments@firstnet.gov or by mail (to the address listed in FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Comments received will be made a part of 
the public record and may be posted to FirstNet's Web site 
(www.firstnet.gov) without change. Comments should be machine readable 
and should not be copy-protected. All personally identifiable 
information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the 
commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential 
business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Pereira, NEPA Coordinator, 
First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 12201 Sunrise 
Valley Drive, M/S 243, Reston, VA 20192.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation 
Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-96, Title VI, 126 Stat. 256 (codified at 47 
U.S.C. 1401 et seq.)) (the ``Act'') created and authorized FirstNet to 
take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and 
operation of an interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband 
network (``NPSBN'') based on a single, national network architecture. 
The Act meets a long-standing and critical national infrastructure 
need, to create a single, nationwide network that will, for the first 
time, allow police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service 
professionals, and other public safety entities to effectively 
communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions.
    The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) 
(``NEPA'') requires federal agencies to undertake an assessment of 
environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making a final 
decision and implementing the action. NEPA requirements apply to any 
federal project, decision, or action that may have a significant impact 
on the quality of the human environment. NEPA also establishes the 
Council on Environmental Quality (``CEQ''), which issued regulations 
implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (see 40 CFR parts 1500-
1508). Among other considerations, CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1508.28 
recommend the use of tiering from a ``broader environmental impact 
statement (such as a national program or policy statements) with 
subsequent narrower statements or environmental analysis (such as 
regional or basin wide statements or ultimately site-specific 
statements) incorporating by reference the general discussions and 
concentrating solely on the issues specific to the statement 
subsequently prepared.''
    Due to the geographic scope of FirstNet (all 50 states, the 
District of Columbia, and five territories) and the diversity of 
ecosystems potentially traversed by the project, FirstNet has elected 
to prepare five regional PEISs. The five PEISs will be divided as 
follows:

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         East                 Central                  West                  South             Non-contiguous
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Delaware               Colorado               Arizona                Alabama                Alaska
District of Columbia   Illinois               California             Arkansas               American Samoa
Connecticut            Indiana                Idaho                  Florida                CNMI
Maine                  Iowa                   Nevada                 Georgia                Guam
Maryland               Kansas                 Oregon                 Kentucky               Hawaii
Massachusetts          Michigan               Washington             Louisiana              Puerto Rico
New Hampshire          Minnesota              .....................  Mississippi            U.S. Virgin Islands
New Jersey             Missouri               .....................  New Mexico             ....................
New York               Montana                .....................  North Carolina         ....................
Pennsylvania           Nebraska               .....................  Oklahoma               ....................
Rhode Island           North Dakota           .....................  South Carolina         ....................
Vermont                Ohio                   .....................  Tennessee              ....................
Virginia               South Dakota           .....................  Texas                  ....................
West Virginia          Utah                   .....................  .....................  ....................
                       Wisconsin
                       Wyoming
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    Once a PEIS is completed and a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed, 
the proposed FirstNet projects can begin to submit the site-specific 
environmental documentation to determine if the proposed project has 
been adequately evaluated in the PEIS or warrants a Categorical 
Exclusion, an Environmental Assessment, or an Environmental Impact 
Statement.

    Dated: November 6, 2014.
Genevieve Walker,
Director of Environmental Compliance, First Responder Network 
Authority.
[FR Doc. 2014-26772 Filed 11-10-14; 8:45 am]
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