Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, 23253-23254 [2015-09639]

Download as PDF 23253 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 80 Monday, April 27, 2015 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 AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service [Docket No. NRCS–2015–0004] Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program Natural Resources Conservation Service. ACTION: Notice of availability of draft environmental assessment for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. AGENCY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a draft programmatic environmental assessment (EA) for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA–HIP). The purpose of the draft programmatic EA is to briefly review the effects of activities that are likely to occur when NRCS awards future VPA–HIP grant funds so NRCS can decide whether VPA–HIP is likely to result in significant adverse impacts requiring preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). NRCS is soliciting comments on the draft programmatic EA from interested parties for 30 days from the date of this notice. Comments may be sent by mail or email to the contact listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send public comments to ´ Andree DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013–2890; email: andree.duvarney@ wdc.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the draft programmatic EA can be accessed on the Internet by clicking Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:41 Apr 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 the appropriate link at www.nrcs.usda.gov/ea. Single copies of the draft programmatic EA or additional information may be obtained by ´ contacting Andree DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013–2890; email: andree.duvarney@ wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VPA–HIP is a competitive grants program available to State and Tribal governments. The program is authorized under the Food Security Act of 1985, and governed by regulations at 7 CFR part 1455. The primary objective of VPA–HIP is to support State and Tribal government programs that encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that land accessible to the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Grant recipients may also use VPA–HIP funds to improve habitat on enrolled public-access-program lands. NRCS expects most habitat improvement actions carried out with VPA–HIP funds to follow NRCS conservation practice standards and fall within existing categorical exclusions. Although VPA–HIP applicants that agree to follow NRCS conservation practice standards will receive preference for acceptance and funding, there is no requirement to do so. Therefore, NRCS has decided to prepare a programmatic EA to review the effects of activities that are likely to occur with VPA–HIP grants. Proposed Action: The proposed action is to award grants in accordance with 7 CFR part 1455. Under this alternative, NRCS will provide an opportunity for State and Tribal governments to apply for grants to encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that land accessible to the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlifedependent recreation, and to improve and manage fish and wildlife habitat on their land under programs administered by State or Tribal governments. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Alternatives: The draft programmatic EA evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and the no-action alternative. The proposed action is the agency’s preferred alternative because it meets the purpose of and need for the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 project with only minor, short-term adverse impacts to the environment anticipated. The no-action alternative does not meet the purpose and need for the action, and results in more adverse impacts to the environment than the preferred alternative. Scoping: In developing the draft programmatic EA, NRCS conducted internal scoping with various agency discipline experts, and used experience gained from previous VPA–HIP grants and associated EAs. Potential adverse impacts identified through the scoping process may include localized, temporary, and minor increases in soil erosion, sediment transport, and particulate matter from ground disturbing activities and the use of agricultural equipment during the installation of conservation practices. In the longer term, there will be habitat improvements, and increased recreational and economic benefits. No public scoping meetings are planned. Comments received from Federal, State or local agencies, Native American Tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and interested citizens within 60 days of the date of this notice will be used to assist in the development of the final EA, and help NRCS determine whether to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact or an EIS. Comments may be submitted to Ms. ´ Andree DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013–2890; email: andree.duvarney@ wdc.usda.gov. Public Involvement: NRCS invites full public participation to promote open communication and better decisionmaking. All persons and organizations with an interest in the environmental effects of VPA–HIP grants are urged to comment on the draft programmatic EA. Copies of the comments received will be included in the administrative record without change, and may include any personal information provided unless the commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be confidential business information. Other Environmental Review and Coordination Requirements: VPA–HIP grant recipients will conduct sitespecific evaluations of lands where habitat improvement projects are planned to address project compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including NEPA, the Clean Water Act, E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 23254 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 80 / Monday, April 27, 2015 / Notices the Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. NRCS will conduct or oversee any required consultation with VPA–HIP grant recipients in accordance with applicable regulations. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–921; C–570–931; C–570–936; C– 570–938; C–570–940; C–570–942; C–570– 944; C–570–946; C–570–955; C–570–957; C– 570–959; C–570–966; C–570–968; C–570– 978; C–570–980] Signed this 14th day of April 2015, in Washington, DC. Jason A. Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. [FR Doc. 2015–09639 Filed 4–24–15; 8:45 am] Notice of Commencement of Compliance Proceedings Pursuant to Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act BILLING CODE 3410–16–P AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective date: April 27, 2015. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), 19 U.S.C. 3538, the Department of Commerce (Department), is commencing 15 separate proceedings to gather information, analyze record evidence, and consider the determinations which would be necessary to bring its measures into conformity with the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in United States— Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China (WTO/ DS437). This dispute concerns the final determinations/amended final determinations issued in countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of various merchandise from the People’s Republic of China. Eric B. Greynolds, Program Manager, AD/ CVD Operations Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; Telephone: (202) 482–6071. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 13, 2015, the United States informed the DSB that the United States intends to implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings in WTO/ DS437. The CVD investigations at issue are as follows: Case No. Full title FR Cite/Publication date C–570–921 .......... Lightweight Thermal Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination 1. Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. Certain Tow-Behind Lawn Groomers and Certain Parts Thereof From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. Certain Kitchen Shelving and Racks from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Final Negative Critical Circumstances Determination 2. Pre–Stressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination 3. Certain Magnesia Carbon Bricks from the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order. Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination 4. Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination 5. Drill Pipe From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination. Aluminum Extrusions From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. High Pressure Steel Cylinders From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination. 73 FR 57323 (October 2, 2008) 74 FR 4936 (January 28, 2009) 73 FR 70961 (November 24, 2008) 69 FR 16836 (April 13, 2009) C–570–931 .......... C–570–936 .......... C–570–938 .......... C–570–940 .......... C–570–942 .......... C–570–944 .......... C–570–946 .......... C–570–955 .......... C–570–957 .......... C–570–959 .......... C–570–966 .......... C–570–968 .......... Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C–570–978 .......... 1 Amended, see Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Notice of Countervailing Duty Order, 74 FR 4136 (January 23, 2009). 2 Amended, see Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the People’s Republic of China: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:41 Apr 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 75 FR 3203 (January 20, 2010). 3 Amended, see Pre-Stressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Notice of Countervailing Duty Order, 75 FR 38977 (July 7, 2010). 4 Amended, see Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Amended Final PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74 FR 29180 (June 19, 2009) 74 FR 37012 (July 27, 2009) 74 FR 64045 (December 7, 2009) 75 FR 28557 (May 21, 2010) 75 FR 57442 (September 21, 2010) 75 FR 57444 (September 21, 2010) 75 FR 59212 (September 27, 2010) 76 FR 1971 (January 11, 2010) 76 FR 18521 (April 4, 2011) 77 FR 26738 (May 7, 2012) Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 75 FR 69050 (November 10, 2010). 5 Amended, see Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From the People’s Republic of China: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 75 FR 70201 (November 17, 2010). 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Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 80 / Monday, April 27, 2015 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Natural Resources Conservation Service

[Docket No. NRCS-2015-0004]


Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive 
Program

AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service.

ACTION: Notice of availability of draft environmental assessment for 
the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a draft 
programmatic environmental assessment (EA) for the Voluntary Public 
Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). The purpose of the 
draft programmatic EA is to briefly review the effects of activities 
that are likely to occur when NRCS awards future VPA-HIP grant funds so 
NRCS can decide whether VPA-HIP is likely to result in significant 
adverse impacts requiring preparation of an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS). NRCS is soliciting comments on the draft programmatic 
EA from interested parties for 30 days from the date of this notice. 
Comments may be sent by mail or email to the contact listed below.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 27, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send public comments to Andr[eacute]e DuVarney, National 
Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 
20013-2890; email: andree.duvarney@wdc.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the draft programmatic EA 
can be accessed on the Internet by clicking the appropriate link at 
www.nrcs.usda.gov/ea. Single copies of the draft programmatic EA or 
additional information may be obtained by contacting Andr[eacute]e 
DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post Office Box 
2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890; email: andree.duvarney@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VPA-HIP is a competitive grants program 
available to State and Tribal governments. The program is authorized 
under the Food Security Act of 1985, and governed by regulations at 7 
CFR part 1455. The primary objective of VPA-HIP is to support State and 
Tribal government programs that encourage owners and operators of 
privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that 
land accessible to the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-
dependent recreation. Grant recipients may also use VPA-HIP funds to 
improve habitat on enrolled public-access-program lands.
    NRCS expects most habitat improvement actions carried out with VPA-
HIP funds to follow NRCS conservation practice standards and fall 
within existing categorical exclusions. Although VPA-HIP applicants 
that agree to follow NRCS conservation practice standards will receive 
preference for acceptance and funding, there is no requirement to do 
so. Therefore, NRCS has decided to prepare a programmatic EA to review 
the effects of activities that are likely to occur with VPA-HIP grants.
    Proposed Action: The proposed action is to award grants in 
accordance with 7 CFR part 1455. Under this alternative, NRCS will 
provide an opportunity for State and Tribal governments to apply for 
grants to encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, 
and forest land to voluntarily make that land accessible to the public 
for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation, and to 
improve and manage fish and wildlife habitat on their land under 
programs administered by State or Tribal governments. Grants will be 
awarded through a competitive process.
    Alternatives: The draft programmatic EA evaluates the environmental 
impacts of the proposed action and the no-action alternative. The 
proposed action is the agency's preferred alternative because it meets 
the purpose of and need for the project with only minor, short-term 
adverse impacts to the environment anticipated. The no-action 
alternative does not meet the purpose and need for the action, and 
results in more adverse impacts to the environment than the preferred 
alternative.
    Scoping: In developing the draft programmatic EA, NRCS conducted 
internal scoping with various agency discipline experts, and used 
experience gained from previous VPA-HIP grants and associated EAs. 
Potential adverse impacts identified through the scoping process may 
include localized, temporary, and minor increases in soil erosion, 
sediment transport, and particulate matter from ground disturbing 
activities and the use of agricultural equipment during the 
installation of conservation practices. In the longer term, there will 
be habitat improvements, and increased recreational and economic 
benefits.
    No public scoping meetings are planned. Comments received from 
Federal, State or local agencies, Native American Tribes, 
nongovernmental organizations, and interested citizens within 60 days 
of the date of this notice will be used to assist in the development of 
the final EA, and help NRCS determine whether to prepare a Finding of 
No Significant Impact or an EIS. Comments may be submitted to Ms. 
Andr[eacute]e DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, NRCS, Post 
Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890; email: 
andree.duvarney@wdc.usda.gov.
    Public Involvement: NRCS invites full public participation to 
promote open communication and better decision-making. All persons and 
organizations with an interest in the environmental effects of VPA-HIP 
grants are urged to comment on the draft programmatic EA. Copies of the 
comments received will be included in the administrative record without 
change, and may include any personal information provided unless the 
commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be 
confidential business information.
    Other Environmental Review and Coordination Requirements: VPA-HIP 
grant recipients will conduct site-specific evaluations of lands where 
habitat improvement projects are planned to address project compliance 
with applicable laws and regulations, including NEPA, the Clean Water 
Act,

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the Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. 
NRCS will conduct or oversee any required consultation with VPA-HIP 
grant recipients in accordance with applicable regulations.

    Signed this 14th day of April 2015, in Washington, DC.
Jason A. Weller,
Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-09639 Filed 4-24-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-16-P