Notice of Availability for a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment Addressing the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN, 51247-51248 [2015-20810]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 2015 / Notices Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: August 18, 2015. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–20754 Filed 8–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2015–OS–0032] Notice of Availability for a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment Addressing the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), DoD. ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) for a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) Addressing the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN. AGENCY: On April 10, 2015, DLA published a NOA in the Federal Register (80 FR 19290) announcing the publication of the EA Addressing the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN. The EA was available for a 30-day public comment period that ended May 11, 2015. The EA was prepared as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. In addition, the EA complied with DLA Regulation 1000.22. No comments were received during the public comment period. This FONSI documents the decision of DLA to proceed with the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN. DLA has determined that the Proposed Action is not a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the context of NEPA and that no significant impacts on the human environment are associated with this decision. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ira Silverberg at 703–767–0705 during normal business hours Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) or by email: ira.silverberg@ dla.mil. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 DLA completed an EA to address the potential environmental consequences associated with the proposed upgrade and storage of beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN. This FONSI incorporates the EA by reference and summarizes the results of the analyses in the EA. Purpose and Need for Action: The purpose of the Proposed Action is to upgrade and store a portion of the existing U.S. National Defense Stockpile (NDS) of beryllium. DLA Strategic Materials has determined that a portion of the existing beryllium billets are not in forms readily useable by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or its subcontractors in times of national emergency. The proposed upgrade would convert the existing beryllium billets into one or more final products that would meet current specifications for many modern DoD applications. The upgraded and converted beryllium is also expected to be applicable to these same manufacturing processes for the foreseeable future. Proposed Action and Alternatives: Under the proposed action, the DLA Strategic Materials would have up to 20 tons (18,140 kg) of the existing NDS beryllium billets upgraded and converted at one or more off-site commercial facilities and then will return the converted beryllium to the Hammond Depot for continued safe and environmentally sound long-term storage. Each crate containing a single beryllium billet would be removed from its storage location at the Hammond Depot by forklift and loaded onto a truck located adjacent to the storage structure. The truck would then transport the crate/billet to an off-site commercial facility where the upgrade and conversion process would occur. All such upgrade and conversion activities would be conducted at the offsite facilities in compliance with all applicable state, local and federal laws, regulations, requirements and permits. The upgraded billet would then be returned and received for storage at the Hammond Depot. DLA Strategic Materials expects to complete the beryllium upgrade and conversion portion of the Proposed Action within a five-year period and before the end of calendar year 2020. Under the Proposed Action, long-term storage of the upgraded and converted forms of beryllium at the Hammond Depot would then continue after that date. A minimally intrusive inspection methodology would be employed by DLA Strategic Materials for the periodic, on-going quality surveillance of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 16:48 Aug 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51247 upgraded and converted beryllium and to verify the continued integrity of the storage containers, the internal inert atmosphere status, and the product quality for the duration of the long-term storage period. The proposed beryllium upgrade and conversion would result in the creation of forms of beryllium that are highly compatible with the inputs required for current and future manufacturing processes. The Proposed Action is also required to ensure that the installation is able to meet its current and future mission requirements. Description of the No Action Alternative: Under the No Action Alternative, DLA would not upgrade the beryllium. The NDS beryllium stockpile would continue to be stored at the Hammond Depot in its current billet form. In the event the beryllium was needed to satisfy future critical U.S. security, military or aerospace uses, it would not be available in the forms required as input to current manufacturing processes, and the billets would likely require conversion at that time. DLA Strategic Materials has obtained estimates that it takes about 10 weeks to turn beryllium billets into powder. Hence, the usefulness of the beryllium in billet form would be questionable for any such future U.S. critical needs. The No Action Alternative would not meet the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action. Potential Environmental Impacts: No significant effects on environmental resources would be expected from the Proposed Action. Potential insignificant, adverse effects on transportation, land use, water resources, and ecological resources, air quality, and waste management could be expected. No effects on environmental justice, cultural resources, noise, recreation, socioeconomics, or aesthetics would be expected. Details of the environmental consequences are discussed in the EA, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Determination: Based on the analysis of the Proposed Action’s potential impacts to the human environment from routine operations, it was concluded that the Proposed Action would produce no significant adverse impacts. Human environment was interpreted comprehensively to include the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment. No significant cumulative effects were identified. Implementation of the Proposed Action will not violate any Federal, state, or local laws. Based on the results of the analyses performed during preparation of the EA, Ms. Mary D. Miller, Director, DLA Installation E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 51248 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 2015 / Notices Support, concludes that the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the context of NEPA. Therefore, an environmental impact statement for the Proposed Action is not required. Dated: August 19, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2015–20810 Filed 8–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting Defense Acquisition University, DoD. ACTION: Meeting notice. AGENCY: The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce a Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: DAU Headquarters, 9820 Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Dorer, Acting Protocol Director, DAU. Phone: 703–805–2777. Fax: 703– 805–5940. Email: barbara.dorer@ dau.mil. SUMMARY: This meeting is being held under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150. Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of this meeting is to report back to the Board of Visitors on continuing items of interest. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public’s Accessibility to the Meeting Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102–3.140 through 102–3.165, and the availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. However, because of space limitations, allocation of seating will be made on a first-come, first served basis. Persons desiring to attend the meeting should call Ms. Barbara Dorer at 703–805–2777. Written Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.140, and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the public or interested organizations may submit written statements to the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors about its mission and functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time or in response to the stated agenda of a planned meeting of the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors. All written statements shall be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer for the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors, and this individual will ensure that the written statements are provided to the membership for their consideration. Statements being submitted in response to the agenda mentioned in this notice must be received by the Designated Federal Officer at least five calendar days prior to the meeting which is the subject of this notice. Written statements received after this date may not be provided to or considered by the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors until its next meeting. Committee’s Designated Federal Officer or Point of Contact: Ms. Christen Goulding, 703–805–5412, christen.goulding@dau.mil. Dated: August 19, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2015–20814 Filed 8–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agenda Notice of Public Hearing and Business Meeting; September 15–16, 2015 9:00 a.m.—DAU Update 9:45 a.m.—Massive Open Online Courses 10:45 a.m.—Competencies versus Mental Models for Critical Thinking 12:00 p.m.—Working Lunch-Discussion 1:45 p.m.—Industry Understanding for the Acquisition Workforce 4:30 p.m.—Adjourn Notice is hereby given that the Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. A business meeting will be held the following day on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The hearing and business meeting are open to the public and will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Dravo VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Aug 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Auditorium, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware. Public Hearing. The public hearing on September 15, 2015 will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items will include: Draft dockets for the withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission’s review; and a resolution adopting amendments to the Administrative Manual—By-Laws, Management and Personnel regarding electronic communications. The list of projects scheduled for hearing, including project descriptions, will be posted on the Commission’s Web site, www.drbc.net, in a long form of this notice at least ten days before the hearing date. Draft resolutions scheduled for hearing also will be posted at www.drbc.net ten or more days prior to the hearing. Written comments on draft dockets and the resolution scheduled for hearing on September 15 will be accepted through the close of the hearing that day. After the hearing on all scheduled matters has been completed, and as time allows, an opportunity for open public comment, formerly referred to as ‘‘public dialogue,’’ will also be provided. The public is advised to check the Commission’s Web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is deemed necessary to complete the Commission’s review, and items may be added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public is also asked to be aware that project details commonly change in the course of the Commission’s review, which is ongoing. Public Meeting. The public business meeting on September 16, 2015 will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include: Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s June 10, 2015 business meeting, announcements of upcoming meetings and events, a report on hydrologic conditions, reports by the Executive Director and the Commission’s General Counsel, a presentation by a representative from the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, and consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required. There will be no opportunity for additional public comment at the September 16 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on September 15 or a previous date. Commission consideration on September 16 of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in either approval of the item (by docket or resolution) as proposed, approval with changes, denial, or deferral. When the E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Docket ID: DoD-2015-OS-0032]


Notice of Availability for a Finding of No Significant Impact for 
the Environmental Assessment Addressing the Upgrade and Storage of 
Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN

AGENCY: Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) for a Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) Addressing the 
Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot 
in Hammond, IN.

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SUMMARY: On April 10, 2015, DLA published a NOA in the Federal Register 
(80 FR 19290) announcing the publication of the EA Addressing the 
Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot 
in Hammond, IN. The EA was available for a 30-day public comment period 
that ended May 11, 2015. The EA was prepared as required under the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. In addition, the EA 
complied with DLA Regulation 1000.22. No comments were received during 
the public comment period. This FONSI documents the decision of DLA to 
proceed with the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA Strategic 
Materials Depot in Hammond, IN. DLA has determined that the Proposed 
Action is not a major Federal action significantly affecting the 
quality of the human environment within the context of NEPA and that no 
significant impacts on the human environment are associated with this 
decision.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ira Silverberg at 703-767-0705 during 
normal business hours Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. (EST) or by email: ira.silverberg@dla.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DLA completed an EA to address the potential 
environmental consequences associated with the proposed upgrade and 
storage of beryllium at the DLA Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, 
IN. This FONSI incorporates the EA by reference and summarizes the 
results of the analyses in the EA.
    Purpose and Need for Action: The purpose of the Proposed Action is 
to upgrade and store a portion of the existing U.S. National Defense 
Stockpile (NDS) of beryllium. DLA Strategic Materials has determined 
that a portion of the existing beryllium billets are not in forms 
readily useable by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or its 
subcontractors in times of national emergency. The proposed upgrade 
would convert the existing beryllium billets into one or more final 
products that would meet current specifications for many modern DoD 
applications. The upgraded and converted beryllium is also expected to 
be applicable to these same manufacturing processes for the foreseeable 
future.
    Proposed Action and Alternatives: Under the proposed action, the 
DLA Strategic Materials would have up to 20 tons (18,140 kg) of the 
existing NDS beryllium billets upgraded and converted at one or more 
off-site commercial facilities and then will return the converted 
beryllium to the Hammond Depot for continued safe and environmentally 
sound long-term storage.
    Each crate containing a single beryllium billet would be removed 
from its storage location at the Hammond Depot by forklift and loaded 
onto a truck located adjacent to the storage structure. The truck would 
then transport the crate/billet to an off-site commercial facility 
where the upgrade and conversion process would occur. All such upgrade 
and conversion activities would be conducted at the off-site facilities 
in compliance with all applicable state, local and federal laws, 
regulations, requirements and permits. The upgraded billet would then 
be returned and received for storage at the Hammond Depot. DLA 
Strategic Materials expects to complete the beryllium upgrade and 
conversion portion of the Proposed Action within a five-year period and 
before the end of calendar year 2020.
    Under the Proposed Action, long-term storage of the upgraded and 
converted forms of beryllium at the Hammond Depot would then continue 
after that date. A minimally intrusive inspection methodology would be 
employed by DLA Strategic Materials for the periodic, on-going quality 
surveillance of the upgraded and converted beryllium and to verify the 
continued integrity of the storage containers, the internal inert 
atmosphere status, and the product quality for the duration of the 
long-term storage period.
    The proposed beryllium upgrade and conversion would result in the 
creation of forms of beryllium that are highly compatible with the 
inputs required for current and future manufacturing processes. The 
Proposed Action is also required to ensure that the installation is 
able to meet its current and future mission requirements.
    Description of the No Action Alternative: Under the No Action 
Alternative, DLA would not upgrade the beryllium. The NDS beryllium 
stockpile would continue to be stored at the Hammond Depot in its 
current billet form. In the event the beryllium was needed to satisfy 
future critical U.S. security, military or aerospace uses, it would not 
be available in the forms required as input to current manufacturing 
processes, and the billets would likely require conversion at that 
time. DLA Strategic Materials has obtained estimates that it takes 
about 10 weeks to turn beryllium billets into powder. Hence, the 
usefulness of the beryllium in billet form would be questionable for 
any such future U.S. critical needs. The No Action Alternative would 
not meet the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action.
    Potential Environmental Impacts: No significant effects on 
environmental resources would be expected from the Proposed Action. 
Potential insignificant, adverse effects on transportation, land use, 
water resources, and ecological resources, air quality, and waste 
management could be expected. No effects on environmental justice, 
cultural resources, noise, recreation, socioeconomics, or aesthetics 
would be expected. Details of the environmental consequences are 
discussed in the EA, which is hereby incorporated by reference.
    Determination: Based on the analysis of the Proposed Action's 
potential impacts to the human environment from routine operations, it 
was concluded that the Proposed Action would produce no significant 
adverse impacts. Human environment was interpreted comprehensively to 
include the natural and physical environment and the relationship of 
people with that environment. No significant cumulative effects were 
identified. Implementation of the Proposed Action will not violate any 
Federal, state, or local laws. Based on the results of the analyses 
performed during preparation of the EA, Ms. Mary D. Miller, Director, 
DLA Installation

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Support, concludes that the Upgrade and Storage of Beryllium at the DLA 
Strategic Materials Depot in Hammond, IN does not constitute a major 
Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
environment within the context of NEPA. Therefore, an environmental 
impact statement for the Proposed Action is not required.

    Dated: August 19, 2015.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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