Notice of Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, Pinal County, Arizona, 69201-69202 [2015-28495]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 216 / Monday, November 9, 2015 / Notices related to SERO’s administration of the permit and a more accurate estimate of the number of respondents, reducing the estimated number of respondents from 4,000, to 500 based on recent landings data. Specifically for the smoothhound shark commercial permit, NMFS estimates 500 respondents to apply. If a respondent already holds a SEROadministered permit, applying for a smoothhound shark permit would only require checking an additional box on the permits application form, which would take approximately 10 seconds. If the respondent does not hold a SEROadministered permit, a new application must be filled out, which would take approximately 30 minutes. Thus, the total annual burden estimate is between 1.4 hours and 250 hours. It is likely that many respondents already hold a permit issued through the SERO Permits Office due to participation in other SERO fisheries (including other shark fisheries), thus, they would simply need to check a box on their existing form. However, at this time, NMFS does not have an estimate of the number of respondents who would apply for this permit and that already hold a permit administered through the SERO Permits Office, and therefore, for the purpose of this revision request, NMFS assumes the high estimate of 250 burden hours annually for the commercial smoothhound shark permit. There is a $25 fee for a stand-alone commercial smoothhound shark permit or a $10 fee if issued in conjunction with another SERO-administered permit. Thus, the total annual cost to the public for the permit is between $12,500 if none of the 500 respondents hold another SERO-administered permit and $5,000 if all the respondents hold another SERO-administered permit. For the purpose of this revision request, NMFS assumes the high estimate of $12,500 in total annual costs for the commercial smoothhound shark permit. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households. Frequency: Annually and on occasion. Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:52 Nov 06, 2015 Jkt 238001 Dated: November 4, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–28435 Filed 11–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, Pinal County, Arizona Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps) in partnership with the Pinal County Flood Control District intends to prepare an Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study. DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on November 9, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Submit written comments concerning this notice on or before December 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location is: City of Casa Grande Council Chambers, 510 East Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ 85122. Mail written comments to: Mr. Kenneth Wong, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL– PD–RQ, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kenneth Wong, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL– PD–RQ, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, (213) 452–3847, kenneth.wong@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study is authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 (Pub. L. 761, 75th Congress) for flood control studies on the Gila River and its tributaries in Arizona and New Mexico. The Santa Cruz River is a major tributary of the Gila River. The study will evaluate strategies for minimizing flood risks along the Lower Santa Cruz River and its major tributaries within an approximately 1,400 square mile study area in Pinal County. The northern boundary of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69201 study is the Santa Cruz River’s confluence with the Gila River near the Maricopa County line. The southern boundary is the Pinal County-Pima County line. The study will primarily focus on minimizing flood risks associated with large storm events originating from Mexico and Southern/Central Arizona. The study area has long been subject to damaging floods. Since 1887, 34 major floods have occurred on the river, an average of one event every three to four years. Six of the seven most damaging floods have occurred in the last 50 years. Damage has been widespread and devastating, including forced aerial evacuations; the loss of entire buildings; road and bridge closures; destruction of dams, levees, dikes, high-pressure gas lines, and crops; and severe erosion, channel migration, and sedimentation. The potential for flood related damages has increased with continued population growth within the study area. Pinal County was the second fastest growing county in the United States during the past decade, nearly doubling its population to 375,000, with a projected population of one million by 2030. Potential alternatives to be evaluated during the course of the study include: Diversion/Bypass Channels. Capture floodwaters at an upstream location, and divert them away from high damage areas to Tat Momolikot Reservoir. Channelization. Capture flood flows at an upstream location near Red Rock, and contain these flows in a channel to a point where they could be discharged into the Gila River. Detention. Detain floodwaters upstream and release at a non-damaging flow rate. Levees. Construct levees near populated areas and critical infrastructure. Nonstructural. Prepare floodplain management plans; install flood warning systems and prepare emergency evacuation plans; elevate structures; flood proof structures; and relocate and/ or buyout structures. Additional alternatives that combine elements of those listed above may also be evaluated. In addition, the study would also evaluate the No Action alternative pursuant to NEPA. The Corps and Pinal County Flood Control District will jointly conduct a public scoping meeting at the date and address indicated above. The purpose of the meeting is to present information regarding the study and receive public comment regarding the appropriate scope, potential alternatives, and environmental resources of concern. Participation of affected Federal, state E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 69202 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 216 / Monday, November 9, 2015 / Notices and local resource agencies, Native American groups and concerned interest groups/individuals is encouraged. The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be available for public review and comment in May 2017. Dated: October 30, 2015. Kirk E. Gibbs, Colonel, U.S. Army, Commander and District Engineer. [FR Doc. 2015–28495 Filed 11–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FE Docket No. 15–149–LNG] ConocoPhillips Alaska Natural Gas Corporation; Application for Blanket Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations on a Short-Term Basis Electronic Filing by Email fergas@hq.doe.gov. Regular Mail Office of Fossil Energy, DOE. ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on September 28, 2015, by ConocoPhillips Alaska Natural Gas Corporation (CPANGC), requesting blanket authorization to export a quantity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of 40 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas on a cumulative basis over a two-year period. In the portion of the Application subject to this Notice, CPANGC seeks blanket authorization to export this volume of LNG from facilities located near Kenai, Alaska (Kenai LNG Facility), to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries).1 CPANGC seeks to export this LNG on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the LNG at the time of export. CPANGC requests the authorization for a two-year term to commence on February 19, 2016.2 The srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 1 In the Application, CPANGC also requests blanket authorization to export the same volume of LNG to any country that currently has, or in the future may enter into, a FTA requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (FTA countries). DOE/FE will review that request separately pursuant to section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. 717b(c). 2 According to CPANGC, February 19, 2016, is the day after its existing blanket authorization to export LNG from the Kenai LNG Facility to FTA countries will expire. CPANGC further states that its existing VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:52 Nov 06, 2015 Jkt 238001 Application was filed under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in CPANGC’s Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/ files/2015/10/f27/ConocoPhillips15_ 149_LNG.pdf. Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited. DATES: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, December 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, Washington, DC 20026–4375. Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.) U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larine Moore or Marc Talbert, U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586– 9478; (202) 586–7991. Cassandra Bernstein, U.S. Department of Energy (GC–76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586– 9793. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: blanket authorization to export LNG from Alaska to non-FTA countries, issued in DOE/FE Order No. 3418, began on April 14, 2014, and extends through April 13, 2016. CPANGC states, however, that if the requested non-FTA authorization is granted to commence on February 19, 2016, CPANGC will relinquish the remainder of its non-FTA authorization in DOE/FE Order No. 3418 in light of DOE’s policy against allowing a single entity to hold duplicate permits running concurrently. App. at 3. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DOE/FE Evaluation The Application will be reviewed pursuant to section 3(a) of the NGA, 15 U.S.C. 717b(a). In reviewing this LNG export Application, DOE will consider issues required by law or policy. The Application is considered a renewal of previously issued authority (see supra n.2). To the extent determined to be relevant or appropriate, DOE/FE’s review will include the impact of LNG exports associated with this Application on Alaskan regional domestic need for the natural gas proposed for export, adequacy of domestic natural gas supply in Alaska, and other issues, including whether the arrangement is consistent with DOE’s policy of promoting competition in the marketplace by allowing commercial parties to freely negotiate their own trade arrangements. Parties that may oppose the Application should address these issues in their comments and/or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant to the Application. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities. Interested persons will be provided 30 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, or motions for additional procedures. Public Comment Procedures In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable. Interested parties will be provided 30 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention. Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests and comments received from persons who are not parties will be considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations in 10 CFR part 590. Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Emailing the E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility Report and 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Santa Cruz River Flood 
Risk Management Feasibility Study, Pinal County, Arizona

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps) in 
partnership with the Pinal County Flood Control District intends to 
prepare an Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk Management 
Feasibility Study.

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on November 9, 2015 from 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Submit written comments concerning this notice 
on or before December 9, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location is: City of Casa Grande Council 
Chambers, 510 East Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
    Mail written comments to: Mr. Kenneth Wong, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL-PD-RQ, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los 
Angeles, CA 90017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kenneth Wong, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL-PD-RQ, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los 
Angeles, CA 90017, (213) 452-3847, kenneth.wong@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lower Santa Cruz River Flood Risk 
Management Feasibility Study is authorized by the Flood Control Act of 
1938 (Pub. L. 761, 75th Congress) for flood control studies on the Gila 
River and its tributaries in Arizona and New Mexico. The Santa Cruz 
River is a major tributary of the Gila River.
    The study will evaluate strategies for minimizing flood risks along 
the Lower Santa Cruz River and its major tributaries within an 
approximately 1,400 square mile study area in Pinal County. The 
northern boundary of the study is the Santa Cruz River's confluence 
with the Gila River near the Maricopa County line. The southern 
boundary is the Pinal County-Pima County line.
    The study will primarily focus on minimizing flood risks associated 
with large storm events originating from Mexico and Southern/Central 
Arizona. The study area has long been subject to damaging floods. Since 
1887, 34 major floods have occurred on the river, an average of one 
event every three to four years. Six of the seven most damaging floods 
have occurred in the last 50 years. Damage has been widespread and 
devastating, including forced aerial evacuations; the loss of entire 
buildings; road and bridge closures; destruction of dams, levees, 
dikes, high-pressure gas lines, and crops; and severe erosion, channel 
migration, and sedimentation.
    The potential for flood related damages has increased with 
continued population growth within the study area. Pinal County was the 
second fastest growing county in the United States during the past 
decade, nearly doubling its population to 375,000, with a projected 
population of one million by 2030.
    Potential alternatives to be evaluated during the course of the 
study include:
    Diversion/Bypass Channels. Capture floodwaters at an upstream 
location, and divert them away from high damage areas to Tat Momolikot 
Reservoir.
    Channelization. Capture flood flows at an upstream location near 
Red Rock, and contain these flows in a channel to a point where they 
could be discharged into the Gila River.
    Detention. Detain floodwaters upstream and release at a non-
damaging flow rate.
    Levees. Construct levees near populated areas and critical 
infrastructure.
    Nonstructural. Prepare floodplain management plans; install flood 
warning systems and prepare emergency evacuation plans; elevate 
structures; flood proof structures; and relocate and/or buyout 
structures.
    Additional alternatives that combine elements of those listed above 
may also be evaluated. In addition, the study would also evaluate the 
No Action alternative pursuant to NEPA.
    The Corps and Pinal County Flood Control District will jointly 
conduct a public scoping meeting at the date and address indicated 
above. The purpose of the meeting is to present information regarding 
the study and receive public comment regarding the appropriate scope, 
potential alternatives, and environmental resources of concern. 
Participation of affected Federal, state

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and local resource agencies, Native American groups and concerned 
interest groups/individuals is encouraged.
    The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact 
Statement is expected to be available for public review and comment in 
May 2017.

    Dated: October 30, 2015.
Kirk E. Gibbs,
Colonel, U.S. Army, Commander and District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 2015-28495 Filed 11-6-15; 8:45 am]
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