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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 224 / Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Notices special government employees shall serve without compensation except that travel and per diem expenses associated with official Committee activities are reimbursable. Additional information about the Committee is available on the Internet at: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/ AboutUs/Advisory.aspx Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–27491 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Initiate the Public Scoping Period and Host Public Scoping Meetings for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (‘‘GLMRIS’’)— Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls Near Brandon Road Lock and Dam Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces its intent to (1) prepare a Draft EIS, (2) accept public comments and (3) host public scoping meetings in Lemont, Illinois at Argonne National Laboratories and Chicago, Illinois for GLMRIS—Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls near Brandon Road Lock and Dam (GLMRIS—Brandon Road). In collaboration with other Federal, State, and local agencies as well as nongovernmental entities, USACE is evaluating structural and nonstructural options and technologies near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam site. This effort is an interim response to the GLMRIS authority. The purpose of the GLMRIS—Brandon Road evaluation is to consider a control point to reduce the risk of upstream transfer of ANS, from the Mississippi River (MR) Basin into the Great Lakes (GL) Basin through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), to the maximum extent possible. The GLMRIS—Brandon Road effort will seek to minimize adverse impacts to waterway users or resources. DATES: The NEPA scoping period ends on January 16, 2015. The GLMRIS— Brandon Road NEPA Public Scoping meetings are scheduled for December 6, 2014 in Lemont, Illinois at Argonne National Laboratories, and December 9, rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:37 Nov 19, 2014 Jkt 235001 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Please refer to the ‘‘Scoping and Public Involvement’’ section below for information regarding the public scoping meeting and for instructions on how to submit public comments. For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, or by email: david.m.wethington@ usace.army.mil. For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, by phone: 312.846.5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background. In January 2014, USACE released the GLMRIS Report, which evaluated the potential range of alternatives to control ANS transfer between the GL and MR basins via the CAWS. In GLMRIS, USACE has interpreted the term ‘‘prevent’’ to mean the reduction of risk to the maximum extent possible, because it may not be technologically feasible to achieve an absolute solution. The GLMRIS Report identified eight alternatives, six of which were structural alternatives. Three structural alternatives established an ANS control point near Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The GLMRIS Report identified the Brandon Road control point as a single location that can address upstream transfer of MR ANS through the CAWS. Based on evaluations presented in the GLMRIS Report and in response to stakeholder input, USACE has been directed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to proceed with a formal evaluation of potential ANS controls to be applied near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, located near Joliet, Illinois. The GLMRIS—Brandon Road effort will evaluate the range of options or technologies available to prevent additional MR ANS transfer through the CAWS into the GL Basin. This effort will assess the potential of various ANS controls to address the one-way, upstream transfer of ANS through the approach channel and/or lock chamber at Brandon Road Lock and Dam, and seek to minimize any adverse impacts to waterway users or resources. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam Historic District includes the Brandon Road Lock and Dam and was retroactively listed on the National FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69099 Register of Historic Places on March 11, 2004. GLMRIS will be conducted in accordance with NEPA and with the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resource Implementation Studies, Water Resources Council, March 10, 1983. 2. Scoping and Public Involvement. USACE will accept comments related to GLMRIS—Brandon Road until January 16, 2014. All forms of comments received during the scoping period will be weighted equally. Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE will refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study. Comments may be submitted in the following ways: • GLMRIS project Web site: Use the web comment function found at http:// glmris.anl.gov/. • NEPA Scoping Meeting: USACE is hosting scoping meetings and asks those who wish to make oral comments in person to register on the GLMRIS project Web site at http://glmris.anl .gov/. Each meeting’s on-line registration to speak will be closed at 10 a.m. central time the day of the meeting. Those who do not register to speak via the GLMRIS Web site may register at the meeting. Those registering through the Web site may be given a preference over those that register to make an oral comment at the meeting. Each individual wishing to make oral comments shall be given three (3) minutes, and a stenographer will document oral comments; • Mail: Mail written comments to GLMRIS—Brandon Road Scoping, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Comments must be postmarked by January 16, 2014; and • Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand-delivered to the Chicago District, USACE office located at 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Comments must be received by January 16, 2014. The public meetings will begin with a brief presentation regarding the study followed by an oral comment period. During the meeting, USACE will also collect written comments. The public meetings are scheduled for the following: • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Argonne National Laboratory’s Theory and Computing Sciences Building, located at Theory and Computing Sciences Building, Building 240, Argonne National E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 69100 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 224 / Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Notices Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (directions available on the GLMRIS project Web site), and • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Gleacher Center, located at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Please see the GLMRIS project Web site at http://glmris.anl.gov/ for directions, more information regarding the meeting and if you wish to make an oral comment. Comments received during the scoping period will be posted on the GLMRIS project Web site and will become part of the EIS. If you require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Ms. Lynne Whelan via email at lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil or phone at (312) 846–5330 at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting to request arrangements. 3. Significant Issues. Issues associated with the proposed study are likely to include, but will not be limited to impacts of ANS on current waterway uses and resources; impacts of potential ANS controls on current waterway uses and resources; and statutory and legal responsibilities relative to the lakes and waterways. Examples of waterway uses and resources that may be impacted by ANS include significant natural resources such as ecosystems and threatened and endangered species, commercial and recreational fisheries, and current recreational uses of the lakes and waterways. Examples of current waterway uses that may be impacted by potential ANS controls are commercial and recreational navigation, flood risk management and water supply and quality. 4. Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Availability of the Draft EIS is contingent upon sufficient allocation of funding for the study. Draft EIS availability will be announced to the public in the Federal Register in compliance with 40 CFR 1506.9 and 1506.10. 5. Authority. This action is being undertaken pursuant to the Water Resources and Development Act of 2007, Section 3061, Pub. L. 110–114, 121 STAT. 1121, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq., as amended. Dated: November 14, 2014. Susanne J. Davis, P.E., Chief, Planning Branch, Chicago District, Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2014–27531 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:37 Nov 19, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2014–ICCD–0152] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Personal Authentication Service (PAS) for FSA ID Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection. 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Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L–OM–2–2E319, Room 2E103, Washington, DC 20202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202 377–4018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS), Initiate the Public Scoping Period and Host Public 
Scoping Meetings for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin 
Study (``GLMRIS'')--Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls 
Near Brandon Road Lock and Dam

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 
announces its intent to (1) prepare a Draft EIS, (2) accept public 
comments and (3) host public scoping meetings in Lemont, Illinois at 
Argonne National Laboratories and Chicago, Illinois for GLMRIS--
Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls near Brandon Road Lock 
and Dam (GLMRIS--Brandon Road).
    In collaboration with other Federal, State, and local agencies as 
well as non-governmental entities, USACE is evaluating structural and 
nonstructural options and technologies near the Brandon Road Lock and 
Dam site. This effort is an interim response to the GLMRIS authority. 
The purpose of the GLMRIS--Brandon Road evaluation is to consider a 
control point to reduce the risk of upstream transfer of ANS, from the 
Mississippi River (MR) Basin into the Great Lakes (GL) Basin through 
the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), to the maximum extent 
possible. The GLMRIS--Brandon Road effort will seek to minimize adverse 
impacts to waterway users or resources.

DATES: The NEPA scoping period ends on January 16, 2015. The GLMRIS--
Brandon Road NEPA Public Scoping meetings are scheduled for December 6, 
2014 in Lemont, Illinois at Argonne National Laboratories, and December 
9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Please refer to the ``Scoping and Public 
Involvement'' section below for information regarding the public 
scoping meeting and for instructions on how to submit public comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or 
questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project 
Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. 
LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, or by email: 
david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.
    For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public 
Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 
231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, by phone: 
312.846.5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    1. Background. In January 2014, USACE released the GLMRIS Report, 
which evaluated the potential range of alternatives to control ANS 
transfer between the GL and MR basins via the CAWS. In GLMRIS, USACE 
has interpreted the term ``prevent'' to mean the reduction of risk to 
the maximum extent possible, because it may not be technologically 
feasible to achieve an absolute solution.
    The GLMRIS Report identified eight alternatives, six of which were 
structural alternatives. Three structural alternatives established an 
ANS control point near Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. 
The GLMRIS Report identified the Brandon Road control point as a single 
location that can address upstream transfer of MR ANS through the CAWS.
    Based on evaluations presented in the GLMRIS Report and in response 
to stakeholder input, USACE has been directed by the Assistant 
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to proceed with a formal evaluation 
of potential ANS controls to be applied near the Brandon Road Lock and 
Dam, located near Joliet, Illinois. The GLMRIS--Brandon Road effort 
will evaluate the range of options or technologies available to prevent 
additional MR ANS transfer through the CAWS into the GL Basin.
    This effort will assess the potential of various ANS controls to 
address the one-way, upstream transfer of ANS through the approach 
channel and/or lock chamber at Brandon Road Lock and Dam, and seek to 
minimize any adverse impacts to waterway users or resources.
    The Brandon Road Lock and Dam Historic District includes the 
Brandon Road Lock and Dam and was retroactively listed on the National 
Register of Historic Places on March 11, 2004.
    GLMRIS will be conducted in accordance with NEPA and with the 
Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and 
Related Land Resource Implementation Studies, Water Resources Council, 
March 10, 1983.
    2. Scoping and Public Involvement. USACE will accept comments 
related to GLMRIS--Brandon Road until January 16, 2014.
    All forms of comments received during the scoping period will be 
weighted equally. Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE 
will refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well 
as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed 
study.
    Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
     GLMRIS project Web site: Use the web comment function 
found at http://glmris.anl.gov/.
     NEPA Scoping Meeting: USACE is hosting scoping meetings 
and asks those who wish to make oral comments in person to register on 
the GLMRIS project Web site at http://glmris.anl.gov/. Each meeting's 
on-line registration to speak will be closed at 10 a.m. central time 
the day of the meeting. Those who do not register to speak via the 
GLMRIS Web site may register at the meeting. Those registering through 
the Web site may be given a preference over those that register to make 
an oral comment at the meeting. Each individual wishing to make oral 
comments shall be given three (3) minutes, and a stenographer will 
document oral comments;
     Mail: Mail written comments to GLMRIS--Brandon Road 
Scoping, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Comments 
must be postmarked by January 16, 2014; and
     Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand-delivered to the 
Chicago District, USACE office located at 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, 
Chicago, Illinois 60604 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Comments must 
be received by January 16, 2014.
    The public meetings will begin with a brief presentation regarding 
the study followed by an oral comment period. During the meeting, USACE 
will also collect written comments.
    The public meetings are scheduled for the following:
     1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 
Argonne National Laboratory's Theory and Computing Sciences Building, 
located at Theory and Computing Sciences Building, Building 240, 
Argonne National

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Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (directions 
available on the GLMRIS project Web site), and
     3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 
the Gleacher Center, located at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, 
Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Please see the GLMRIS project Web site at http://glmris.anl.gov/ for 
directions, more information regarding the meeting and if you wish to 
make an oral comment.
    Comments received during the scoping period will be posted on the 
GLMRIS project Web site and will become part of the EIS.
    If you require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities 
Act, please contact Ms. Lynne Whelan via email at 
lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil or phone at (312) 846-5330 at least seven 
(7) working days prior to the meeting to request arrangements.
    3. Significant Issues. Issues associated with the proposed study 
are likely to include, but will not be limited to impacts of ANS on 
current waterway uses and resources; impacts of potential ANS controls 
on current waterway uses and resources; and statutory and legal 
responsibilities relative to the lakes and waterways. Examples of 
waterway uses and resources that may be impacted by ANS include 
significant natural resources such as ecosystems and threatened and 
endangered species, commercial and recreational fisheries, and current 
recreational uses of the lakes and waterways. Examples of current 
waterway uses that may be impacted by potential ANS controls are 
commercial and recreational navigation, flood risk management and water 
supply and quality.
    4. Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. 
Availability of the Draft EIS is contingent upon sufficient allocation 
of funding for the study. Draft EIS availability will be announced to 
the public in the Federal Register in compliance with 40 CFR 1506.9 and 
1506.10.
    5. Authority. This action is being undertaken pursuant to the Water 
Resources and Development Act of 2007, Section 3061, Pub. L. 110-114, 
121 STAT. 1121, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq., as amended.

    Dated: November 14, 2014.
Susanne J. Davis, P.E.,
Chief, Planning Branch, Chicago District, Corps of Engineers.
[FR Doc. 2014-27531 Filed 11-19-14; 8:45 am]
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