Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings, 69952-69953 [2015-28748]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 69952 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 218 / Thursday, November 12, 2015 / Notices Proposed Action is to conduct military readiness activities in the AFTT Study Area. These training and testing activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the AFTT EIS/OEIS completed in August 2013 and are representative of training and testing that the Navy has been conducting in the AFTT Study Area for decades. The following range complexes fall within the AFTT Study Area: Northeast Range Complexes, Virginia Capes Range Complex, Navy Cherry Point Range Complex, Jacksonville Range Complex, Key West Range Complex, and Gulf of Mexico Range Complex. The testing ranges in the AFTT Study Area include: Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division, Panama City, Florida; and NSWC Carderock Division South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility, Dania, Florida. While most Navy military readiness activities take place in operating and warning areas in the AFTT Study Area, some activities, such as sonar maintenance and gunnery exercises, are conducted concurrent with normal transits and occur outside of these areas, but still within the Study Area. The pierside testing locations and associated port transit channels are located at the following Navy ports and naval shipyards: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine; Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut; Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia; Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Kings Bay, Georgia; Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia; and Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Additional AFTT Study Area pierside testing locations and associated port transit channels are located in Bath, Maine; Groton, Connecticut; Newport News, Virginia; and Pascagoula, Mississippi. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the Navy will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the EIS/OEIS. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, which is needed to ensure that the Navy can meet its mission to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, as consistent with Congressional direction Section 5062, of Title 10 U.S. Code. The AFTT Phase III EIS/OEIS will consider a No Action Alternative and action alternatives that account for types and tempo of training and testing VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Nov 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 activities beginning in 2018 as necessary to meet future readiness requirements. Resource areas that will be addressed include, but are not limited to: Biological resources (including marine mammals and threatened and endangered species), sediments and water quality, air quality, noise, cultural resources, socioeconomic resources, and public health and safety. The scoping process will be used to identify community concerns and local issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, the public, and interested persons are encouraged to identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern that the Navy should consider. Written comments must be postmarked no later than January 12, 2016 to ensure they are considered in the development of the EIS/OEIS and mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Code: EV22LDN (AFTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager), 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia, 23508–1278. Comments also can be submitted electronically by January 12, 2016 via the project Web site at http:// www.AFTTEIS.com. consist of training activities and research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘testing’’) activities in the HawaiiSouthern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Study Area. The Study Area consists of the in-water areas of the Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex (including San Diego Bay); inwater areas of Silver Strand Training Complex (SSTC); the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC); areas on the high seas where training and sonar testing and maintenance may occur during vessel transit between the Hawaii and Southern California Range Complexes; the Temporary Operating Area north and west of the Hawaii Range Complex; and specific Navy pierside, port, and harbor locations. In order to achieve and maintain military readiness, the Navy proposes to: • Conduct training and testing activities at levels required to support Navy military readiness requirements beginning in December 2018 into the reasonably foreseeable future; and • Accommodate evolving mission requirements associated with force structure changes, including those resulting from the development, testing, and ultimate introduction of new Dated: November 5, 2015. platforms (vessels, aircraft, and weapon N.A. Hagerty-Ford, systems) into the fleet; thereby ensuring Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, critical Navy requirements are met. U.S. Navy, Administrative Law Division, As part of this process the Navy will Federal Register Liaison Officer. seek to obtain authorization and [FR Doc. 2015–28750 Filed 11–10–15; 8:45 am] permitting, as required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P Endangered Species Act, respectively. The Navy invites comments on the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE scope and content of the EIS/OEIS from all interested parties. Comments may be Department of the Navy provided by mail and through the EIS/ OEIS Web site at: http:// Notice of Intent To Prepare an www.hstteis.com. Mailed comments Environmental Impact Statement/ must be postmarked no later than Overseas Environmental Impact January 16, 2016 and mailed to the Statement for Hawaii-Southern address below to ensure they are California Training and Testing and considered. Notice of Public Scoping Meetings In addition, the Navy will conduct public scoping meetings to obtain AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD. comments on the scope of the EIS/OEIS ACTION: Notice. and to identify specific environmental concerns or topics for consideration in SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) the document. of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by DATES: Dates and Addresses: Three the Council on Environmental Quality public scoping meetings will be held on: Regulations (40 Code of Federal 1. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5:00– Regulations [CFR] parts 1500–1508), 8:00 p.m., Marina Village Conference and Executive Order (EO) 12114, the Center Starboard Room, 1936 Quivira Department of the Navy (Navy) Way, San Diego, CA 92109 announces its intent to prepare an 2. Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:00– Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/ 8:00 p.m., Island School Main Hall, 3– Overseas EIS (OEIS) to evaluate the 1901 Kaumuali’i Highway Lihue, potential environmental effects Kauai, HI 96766 3. Saturday, December 5, 2015, 11:00– associated with continuing to conduct 2:00 p.m., Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial, military readiness activities, which PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 218 / Thursday, November 12, 2015 / Notices 2685 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819 The scoping meetings will consist of an informal, open-house session with informational stations staffed by Navy representatives. Meeting details will be announced in local newspapers. Additional information on the public scoping meetings will be available on the EIS/OEIS Web page located at: http://www.hstteis.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Macariola-See, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific. Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860–3134. 808–472–1402. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy’s lead action proponent is Commander, United States Pacific Fleet. Additional action proponents include Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Proposed Action is to conduct military readiness activities in the HSTT Study Area. These training and testing activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the HSTT EIS/OEIS completed in August 2013 and are representative of training and testing that the Navy has been conducting in the HSTT Study Area for decades. The HSTT EIS/OEIS Study Area includes the HRC, the SOCAL Range Complex, in-water areas of SSTC, and San Diego Bay. It also includes the transit corridor between the HRC and the SOCAL Range Complex, as well as the Temporary Operating Area north and west of the HRC. Analysis will include in-water areas and activities, including pierside locations and harbors. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the Navy will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the EIS/OEIS. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, which is needed to ensure that the Navy can meet its mission to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, consistent with Congressional direction in section 5062 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code. The HSTT Phase III EIS/OEIS will consider a No Action Alternative and action alternatives that account for levels of training and testing activities beginning in December 2018 as necessary to meet future readiness requirements. Refurbishment of existing VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Nov 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 undersea instrumented ranges is also being considered. Resource areas that will be addressed include, but are not limited to, biological resources (including marine mammals and threatened and endangered species), sediments and water quality, air quality, noise, cultural resources, socioeconomic resources, and public health and safety. The scoping process will be used to identify community concerns and local issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, Native Hawaiian Organizations, the public, and interested persons are encouraged to provide comments to the Navy to identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern that the commenter believes the Navy should consider. All comments provided orally or in writing at the scoping meetings will receive the same consideration during EIS/OEIS preparation. Written comments must be postmarked no later than January 12, 2016 to ensure they are considered in the development of the EIS/OEIS and be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860–3134, Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager. Comments also can be submitted electronically by January 12, 2016 via the project Web site at http://www.hstteis.com. 69953 of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (WASC ACCJC), and clarifies the scope of review to be conducted at the meeting for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (MWCCU) and WASC ACCJC. Further, this notice adds an item to the agenda. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended. DATES: The NACIQI meeting will be held on December 16, 17, and 18, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hong, Executive Director/ Designated Federal Official, NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8073, Washington, DC 20006–8129, telephone: (202) 502– 7696; fax: (202) 502–7874, or email: Jennifer.Hong@ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Meeting Agenda Correction: A correction to current and requested scopes of recognition for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC ACCJC); clarification regarding the scope of review at the meeting for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Dated: November 5, 2015. Universities (NWCCU) and WASC N.A. Hagerty-Ford, ACCJC; and addition of an agenda item. Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Below is the requested and current U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. scopes of recognition for WASC ACCJC, [FR Doc. 2015–28748 Filed 11–10–15; 8:45 am] scheduled for review during the BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P December 2015 meeting: Compliance Report DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity Meeting; Update and Correction National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of the time and location of the NACIQI meeting; and a correction to the agenda. AGENCY: This meeting notice is an update to the previous notice published in the Federal Register (176 FR 54774) on September 11, 2015, and sets forth the time and location for the December 16, 17, and 18, 2015 NACIQI meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/
Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii-Southern California 
Training and Testing and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 
parts 1500-1508), and Executive Order (EO) 12114, the Department of the 
Navy (Navy) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS)/Overseas EIS (OEIS) to evaluate the potential 
environmental effects associated with continuing to conduct military 
readiness activities, which consist of training activities and 
research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereinafter referred to 
as ``testing'') activities in the Hawaii-Southern California Training 
and Testing (HSTT) Study Area. The Study Area consists of the in-water 
areas of the Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex (including San 
Diego Bay); in-water areas of Silver Strand Training Complex (SSTC); 
the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC); areas on the high seas where training 
and sonar testing and maintenance may occur during vessel transit 
between the Hawaii and Southern California Range Complexes; the 
Temporary Operating Area north and west of the Hawaii Range Complex; 
and specific Navy pierside, port, and harbor locations.
    In order to achieve and maintain military readiness, the Navy 
proposes to:
     Conduct training and testing activities at levels required 
to support Navy military readiness requirements beginning in December 
2018 into the reasonably foreseeable future; and
     Accommodate evolving mission requirements associated with 
force structure changes, including those resulting from the 
development, testing, and ultimate introduction of new platforms 
(vessels, aircraft, and weapon systems) into the fleet; thereby 
ensuring critical Navy requirements are met.
    As part of this process the Navy will seek to obtain authorization 
and permitting, as required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and 
Endangered Species Act, respectively.
    The Navy invites comments on the scope and content of the EIS/OEIS 
from all interested parties. Comments may be provided by mail and 
through the EIS/OEIS Web site at: http://www.hstteis.com. Mailed 
comments must be postmarked no later than January 16, 2016 and mailed 
to the address below to ensure they are considered.
    In addition, the Navy will conduct public scoping meetings to 
obtain comments on the scope of the EIS/OEIS and to identify specific 
environmental concerns or topics for consideration in the document.

DATES: Dates and Addresses: Three public scoping meetings will be held 
on:

1. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Marina Village Conference 
Center Starboard Room, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
2. Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Island School Main Hall, 
3-1901 Kaumuali'i Highway Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
3. Saturday, December 5, 2015, 11:00-2:00 p.m., Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial,

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2685 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819
    The scoping meetings will consist of an informal, open-house 
session with informational stations staffed by Navy representatives. 
Meeting details will be announced in local newspapers. Additional 
information on the public scoping meetings will be available on the 
EIS/OEIS Web page located at: http://www.hstteis.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Macariola-See, Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command, Pacific. Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS, 258 Makalapa 
Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134. 808-472-1402.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy's lead action proponent is 
Commander, United States Pacific Fleet. Additional action proponents 
include Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command 
(NAVAIR), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and the 
Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Proposed Action is to conduct 
military readiness activities in the HSTT Study Area. These training 
and testing activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in 
the HSTT EIS/OEIS completed in August 2013 and are representative of 
training and testing that the Navy has been conducting in the HSTT 
Study Area for decades.
    The HSTT EIS/OEIS Study Area includes the HRC, the SOCAL Range 
Complex, in-water areas of SSTC, and San Diego Bay. It also includes 
the transit corridor between the HRC and the SOCAL Range Complex, as 
well as the Temporary Operating Area north and west of the HRC. 
Analysis will include in-water areas and activities, including pierside 
locations and harbors.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the Navy will invite the National Marine 
Fisheries Service to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the EIS/
OEIS.
    The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, 
which is needed to ensure that the Navy can meet its mission to 
maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning 
wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, 
consistent with Congressional direction in section 5062 of Title 10 of 
the U.S. Code.
    The HSTT Phase III EIS/OEIS will consider a No Action Alternative 
and action alternatives that account for levels of training and testing 
activities beginning in December 2018 as necessary to meet future 
readiness requirements. Refurbishment of existing undersea instrumented 
ranges is also being considered.
    Resource areas that will be addressed include, but are not limited 
to, biological resources (including marine mammals and threatened and 
endangered species), sediments and water quality, air quality, noise, 
cultural resources, socioeconomic resources, and public health and 
safety.
    The scoping process will be used to identify community concerns and 
local issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state 
agencies, local agencies, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, 
Native Hawaiian Organizations, the public, and interested persons are 
encouraged to provide comments to the Navy to identify specific issues 
or topics of environmental concern that the commenter believes the Navy 
should consider. All comments provided orally or in writing at the 
scoping meetings will receive the same consideration during EIS/OEIS 
preparation.
    Written comments must be postmarked no later than January 12, 2016 
to ensure they are considered in the development of the EIS/OEIS and be 
mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, 258 Makalapa 
Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134, Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS 
Project Manager. Comments also can be submitted electronically by 
January 12, 2016 via the project Web site at http://www.hstteis.com.

    Dated: November 5, 2015.
N.A. Hagerty-Ford,
Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register 
Liaison Officer.
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