Environmental Impact Statement-Multiple Reservoirs Land Management Plans, 11344-11346 [2016-04745]

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [Docket No. FD 35874] [FR Doc. 2016–04668 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Lone Star Railroad, Inc. and Southern Switching Company—Track Construction and Operation Exemption—in Howard County, Texas Surface Transportation Board. ACTION: Notice of construction and operation exemption. AGENCY: The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 for Lone Star Railroad, Inc., to construct and operate a new line of railroad in Howard County, Tex. The Line would be used to provide rail service to an industrial park near Big Spring, Tex., via a connection with an existing Union Pacific Railroad Company mainline that extends between Dallas and El Paso, Tex. This exemption is subject to environmental mitigation conditions. The Board, however, is denying, without prejudice, the petition for exemption with respect to Southern Switching Company’s proposed operation of the newly constructed line mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:17 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Environmental Impact Statement— Multiple Reservoirs Land Management Plans Tennessee Valley Authority. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) addressing the impacts of alternative plans for managing public lands on eight TVA reservoirs in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee: Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson. TVA also proposes to use the information included in these eight reservoir land management plans (RLMP) to revise its Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan. Public comment is invited concerning the scope of the EIS, including the appropriate uses for TVA-managed public lands on these SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reservoirs and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part of this EIS. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2016. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Matthew Higdon, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive (WT11D), Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. Comments may also be emailed to mshigdon@tva.gov or submitted on the TVA Web site at: https:// www.tva.com/Environment/ Environmental-Stewardship/ Environmental-Reviews. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the EIS process, contact Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, by email at mshigdon@tva.gov, or by phone at (865) 632–8051. For information about the reservoir land plans, contact Heather Montgomery by email at hlmcgee@tva.gov or by phone at (256) 386–3803. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 to 1508) and TVA’s procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations (36 CFR part 800). TVA is a corporate agency and instrumentality of the United States, established by an act of Congress in 1933, to foster the social and economic welfare of the people of the Tennessee Valley region and to promote the proper use and conservation of the region’s natural resources. Shortly after its creation, TVA began a dam and reservoir construction program that required the purchase of approximately 1.3 million acres of land for the creation of 46 reservoirs within the Tennessee Valley region. Most of these lands are located underneath the water of the reservoir system or have since been sold by TVA or transferred to other state or federal agencies. Today, approximately 293,000 acres of land along TVA reservoirs are managed by TVA for the benefit of the public. Reservoir Land Management Plans TVA’s eight RLMPs will address management of approximately 138,222 acres of TVA-managed public lands surrounding the following reservoirs: Chickamauga, Fort Loudon, Great Falls, Nickajack and Normandy in Tennessee; Wheeler and Wilson in Alabama; and Kentucky in Tennessee and Kentucky. In the EIS, TVA will consider the potential environmental impacts of the eight RLMPs and the allocation of E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2016 / Notices reservoir parcels to one of seven land use zones: Non-TVA Shoreland, Project Operations, Sensitive Resource Management, Natural Resource Conservation, Industrial, Developed Recreation and Shoreline Access. These allocations will then be used to guide the types of activities that will be considered on each parcel of land. Proposed allocations will take into account past land use allocations, current land uses, existing land rights (easements, leases, etc.), public needs, the presence of sensitive environmental resources, and TVA policies. The RLMPs and parcel allocations would establish clear blueprints for future management of the public land TVA manages on these reservoirs. TVA has developed a proposed RLMP for each reservoir and made initial land use zone allocations for each reservoir parcel. These proposed RLMPs are the result of TVA’s initial review of the suitable uses of parcels at each reservoir and will be considered as an Action Alternative in the EIS. TVA invites the public to review the proposed plans and parcel allocations on the TVA Web site during the scoping period and to submit comments, questions or suggestions on its proposal. Additional Action Alternative(s) may be developed based on public input submitted to TVA during the scoping period. If multiple Action Alternatives are considered, the primary difference between alternatives would be the amount of land allocated to each of these zones. Typically, lands currently committed to a specific use would be allocated in the RLMP to that current use; however, changes that support TVA goals and objectives will be considered. Committed lands include those subject to existing long-term easements, leases, licenses and contracts; lands with outstanding land rights; and lands that are necessary for TVA project operations. In the EIS, TVA will also consider a No Action alternative, under which TVA would continue to rely on previous land planning designations or current management of parcels. Of the eight reservoirs, seven have land use plans that were developed using different methodology and land use categories. Two reservoirs (Fort Loudoun and Normandy) were planned using TVA’s Forecast System in the 1960s or 1970s; four reservoirs (Chickamauga, Kentucky, Nickajack, and Wheeler) were planned in the 1980s and 1990s under the Multiple-Use Tract Allocation Methodology. A land plan has never been developed for Great Falls Reservoir, and only a portion of Wilson Reservoir has been planned previously. TVA will apply the single-use allocation VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:17 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 methodology in developing new RLMPs for the eight reservoirs. Once completed, all TVA land plans will be based on the same methodology, ensuring that future management policies can be consistently applied across the region, as intended under TVA’s 2011 Natural Resource Plan. Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan In its Natural Resource Plan, TVA established a Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP) to guide uses of the 293,000 acres of TVAmanaged property on 46 reservoirs. The CVLP identifies target ranges for different types of land use allocations for the region. When establishing the CVLP in 2011, TVA based these ranges on parcel allocations from existing plans as well as ‘‘rapid assessments,’’ which were initial allocation designations of reservoir parcels conducted in order to establish an initial CVLP target range. Since 2011, TVA has conducted more thorough assessments of parcels on the eight reservoirs and found in many cases that the initial allocations do not accurately reflect actual uses of parcels, the presence of sensitive resources, or existing land rights or restrictions for parcels. Incorporating these corrections into the proposed RLMPs would necessitate minor revisions to the CVLP target ranges. Therefore, as part of this planning effort, TVA proposes to revise the CVLP ranges accordingly to the zone allocations proposed in the Action Alternative(s). The proposed revisions to the CVLP target ranges do not reflect a change to any other decisions made by TVA in its Natural Resource Plan. TVA remains committed to implementing its Natural Resource Plan and meeting the goals and objectives of the CVLP. In addition to the Natural Resource Plan, this planning process is necessary to comply with TVA’s Land Policy (2006), which governs the planning, retention and disposal of land under TVA’s stewardship. The reservoir land planning process provides a consistent method of evaluating suitable uses of TVA public land in a manner that systematically incorporates information, analyses, and input from the public, stakeholders, partners and TVA specialists, and protects significant resources (including threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, wetlands, unique habitats, natural areas, water quality and the visual character of the reservoir). This planning effort is also consistent with TVA’s Shoreline Management Initiative (SMI). The EIS will tier from the Final EIS for the SMI (1998), which evaluated alternative policies for managing residential shoreline development on TVA PO 00000 Frm 00173 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11345 reservoirs. Residential shoreline properties occur on the eight reservoirs, and the proposed RLMPs will not affect the policies for their management. Scoping Process Public scoping is integral to the process for implementing NEPA and ensures that issues are identified early and properly studied; issues of little significance do not consume substantial time and effort; and analysis is thorough and balanced. TVA’s NEPA procedures require that the scoping process commence soon after a decision has been reached to prepare an EIS to ensure an early and open process for determining the scope and for identifying the significant issues related to a proposed action. TVA anticipates that the major issues addressed in the EIS include water quality, water supply, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, endangered and threatened species, wetlands, prime farmlands, floodplains, recreation, aesthetics including visual resources, land use, historic and archaeological resources and socioeconomic resources. TVA invites members of the public as well as Federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes to comment on the scope of the EIS. Comments on the scope should be submitted no later than the date given under the DATES section of this notice. Pursuant to the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation implementing Section 106 of the NHPA, TVA also solicits comments on the potential of the proposed Plan to affect historic properties. This notice also provides an opportunity under Executive Orders 11990 and 11988 for early public review of the potential for TVA’s Plan to affect wetlands and floodplains, respectively. Please note, any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection. After consideration of the public’s input and analyzing the environmental consequences of each alternative, TVA will issue a draft EIS for public review and comment. TVA will notify the public of the draft EIS’ availability and plans to hold public meetings during the review period. TVA expects to release the draft EIS and associated RLMPs in late 2016 and the final EIS and RLMPs in 2017. Once the NEPA review is completed, the final RLMPs and revised CVLP allocations will be submitted to the TVA Board of Directors for approval and adopted as guidelines for management of TVA public land consistent with the agency’s E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1 11346 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2016 / Notices responsibilities under the TVA Act of 1933. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Wilbourne (Skip) C. Markham, Director, Environmental Permitting and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2016–04745 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Public Notice for Waiver for Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance at Fort Worth Spinks Airport, Fort Worth, TX Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use. AGENCY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:17 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on 15 January, 2016. Ignacio Flores, Manager, Airports Division, FAA, Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2016–04737 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to nonaeronautical use and to authorize the conversion of the airport property. The proposal consists of one parcel of land containing a total of approximately 2.583. The property was acquired using City and FAA funds through the AIP Program from 1983–1987. The land comprising this parcel is outside the forecasted need for aviation development and, thus, is no longer needed for indirect or direct aeronautical use. The airport wishes to develop this land for compatible commercial, nonaeronautical use. The income from the conversion of this parcel will benefit the aviation community by reinvestment in the airport. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the conversion of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the conversion of the airport property will be in accordance with FAA’s Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with Section 47107(h) of Title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2016. 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AGENCY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by Lafayette Airport Commission under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ‘‘the Act’’) and 14 CFR part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96–52 (1980). On April 4, 2012, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by Lafayette Airport Commission under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On November 23, 2015, the FAA approved the Lafayette Regional Airport noise compatibility program. Both of the recommendations of the program were approved. SUMMARY: The effective date of the FAA’s approval of the Lafayette Regional Airport noise compatibility program is November 23, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DOT/FAA Southwest Region, Tim Tandy, Environmental Protection DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00174 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Specialist, ASW–640D, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177. Telephone (817) 222–5644. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces that the FAA has given its overall approval to the noise compatibility program for Lafayette Regional Airport, effective November 23, 2015. Under section 47504 of the Act, an airport operator who has previously submitted a noise exposure map may submit to the FAA a noise compatibility program which sets forth the measures taken or proposed by the airport operator for the reduction of existing non-compatible land uses and prevention of additional non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the noise exposure maps. The Act requires such programs to be developed in consultation with interested and affected parties including local communities, government agencies, airport users, and FAA personnel. 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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY


Environmental Impact Statement--Multiple Reservoirs Land 
Management Plans

AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to prepare an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) addressing the impacts of 
alternative plans for managing public lands on eight TVA reservoirs in 
Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee: Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great 
Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson. TVA also 
proposes to use the information included in these eight reservoir land 
management plans (RLMP) to revise its Comprehensive Valleywide Land 
Plan. Public comment is invited concerning the scope of the EIS, 
including the appropriate uses for TVA-managed public lands on these 
reservoirs and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part 
of this EIS.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Matthew Higdon, Tennessee 
Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive (WT11D), Knoxville, 
Tennessee 37902. Comments may also be emailed to mshigdon@tva.gov or 
submitted on the TVA Web site at: https://www.tva.com/Environment/Environmental-Stewardship/Environmental-Reviews.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the EIS process, 
contact Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, by email at mshigdon@tva.gov, 
or by phone at (865) 632-8051. For information about the reservoir land 
plans, contact Heather Montgomery by email at hlmcgee@tva.gov or by 
phone at (256) 386-3803.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with 
the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 
to 1508) and TVA's procedures for implementing the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations (36 CFR part 
800).
    TVA is a corporate agency and instrumentality of the United States, 
established by an act of Congress in 1933, to foster the social and 
economic welfare of the people of the Tennessee Valley region and to 
promote the proper use and conservation of the region's natural 
resources. Shortly after its creation, TVA began a dam and reservoir 
construction program that required the purchase of approximately 1.3 
million acres of land for the creation of 46 reservoirs within the 
Tennessee Valley region. Most of these lands are located underneath the 
water of the reservoir system or have since been sold by TVA or 
transferred to other state or federal agencies. Today, approximately 
293,000 acres of land along TVA reservoirs are managed by TVA for the 
benefit of the public.

Reservoir Land Management Plans

    TVA's eight RLMPs will address management of approximately 138,222 
acres of TVA-managed public lands surrounding the following reservoirs: 
Chickamauga, Fort Loudon, Great Falls, Nickajack and Normandy in 
Tennessee; Wheeler and Wilson in Alabama; and Kentucky in Tennessee and 
Kentucky. In the EIS, TVA will consider the potential environmental 
impacts of the eight RLMPs and the allocation of

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reservoir parcels to one of seven land use zones: Non-TVA Shoreland, 
Project Operations, Sensitive Resource Management, Natural Resource 
Conservation, Industrial, Developed Recreation and Shoreline Access. 
These allocations will then be used to guide the types of activities 
that will be considered on each parcel of land. Proposed allocations 
will take into account past land use allocations, current land uses, 
existing land rights (easements, leases, etc.), public needs, the 
presence of sensitive environmental resources, and TVA policies. The 
RLMPs and parcel allocations would establish clear blueprints for 
future management of the public land TVA manages on these reservoirs.
    TVA has developed a proposed RLMP for each reservoir and made 
initial land use zone allocations for each reservoir parcel. These 
proposed RLMPs are the result of TVA's initial review of the suitable 
uses of parcels at each reservoir and will be considered as an Action 
Alternative in the EIS. TVA invites the public to review the proposed 
plans and parcel allocations on the TVA Web site during the scoping 
period and to submit comments, questions or suggestions on its 
proposal. Additional Action Alternative(s) may be developed based on 
public input submitted to TVA during the scoping period. If multiple 
Action Alternatives are considered, the primary difference between 
alternatives would be the amount of land allocated to each of these 
zones. Typically, lands currently committed to a specific use would be 
allocated in the RLMP to that current use; however, changes that 
support TVA goals and objectives will be considered. Committed lands 
include those subject to existing long-term easements, leases, licenses 
and contracts; lands with outstanding land rights; and lands that are 
necessary for TVA project operations.
    In the EIS, TVA will also consider a No Action alternative, under 
which TVA would continue to rely on previous land planning designations 
or current management of parcels. Of the eight reservoirs, seven have 
land use plans that were developed using different methodology and land 
use categories. Two reservoirs (Fort Loudoun and Normandy) were planned 
using TVA's Forecast System in the 1960s or 1970s; four reservoirs 
(Chickamauga, Kentucky, Nickajack, and Wheeler) were planned in the 
1980s and 1990s under the Multiple-Use Tract Allocation Methodology. A 
land plan has never been developed for Great Falls Reservoir, and only 
a portion of Wilson Reservoir has been planned previously. TVA will 
apply the single-use allocation methodology in developing new RLMPs for 
the eight reservoirs. Once completed, all TVA land plans will be based 
on the same methodology, ensuring that future management policies can 
be consistently applied across the region, as intended under TVA's 2011 
Natural Resource Plan.

Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan

    In its Natural Resource Plan, TVA established a Comprehensive 
Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP) to guide uses of the 293,000 acres of TVA-
managed property on 46 reservoirs. The CVLP identifies target ranges 
for different types of land use allocations for the region. When 
establishing the CVLP in 2011, TVA based these ranges on parcel 
allocations from existing plans as well as ``rapid assessments,'' which 
were initial allocation designations of reservoir parcels conducted in 
order to establish an initial CVLP target range. Since 2011, TVA has 
conducted more thorough assessments of parcels on the eight reservoirs 
and found in many cases that the initial allocations do not accurately 
reflect actual uses of parcels, the presence of sensitive resources, or 
existing land rights or restrictions for parcels. Incorporating these 
corrections into the proposed RLMPs would necessitate minor revisions 
to the CVLP target ranges. Therefore, as part of this planning effort, 
TVA proposes to revise the CVLP ranges accordingly to the zone 
allocations proposed in the Action Alternative(s). The proposed 
revisions to the CVLP target ranges do not reflect a change to any 
other decisions made by TVA in its Natural Resource Plan. TVA remains 
committed to implementing its Natural Resource Plan and meeting the 
goals and objectives of the CVLP.
    In addition to the Natural Resource Plan, this planning process is 
necessary to comply with TVA's Land Policy (2006), which governs the 
planning, retention and disposal of land under TVA's stewardship. The 
reservoir land planning process provides a consistent method of 
evaluating suitable uses of TVA public land in a manner that 
systematically incorporates information, analyses, and input from the 
public, stakeholders, partners and TVA specialists, and protects 
significant resources (including threatened and endangered species, 
cultural resources, wetlands, unique habitats, natural areas, water 
quality and the visual character of the reservoir). This planning 
effort is also consistent with TVA's Shoreline Management Initiative 
(SMI). The EIS will tier from the Final EIS for the SMI (1998), which 
evaluated alternative policies for managing residential shoreline 
development on TVA reservoirs. Residential shoreline properties occur 
on the eight reservoirs, and the proposed RLMPs will not affect the 
policies for their management.

Scoping Process

    Public scoping is integral to the process for implementing NEPA and 
ensures that issues are identified early and properly studied; issues 
of little significance do not consume substantial time and effort; and 
analysis is thorough and balanced. TVA's NEPA procedures require that 
the scoping process commence soon after a decision has been reached to 
prepare an EIS to ensure an early and open process for determining the 
scope and for identifying the significant issues related to a proposed 
action. TVA anticipates that the major issues addressed in the EIS 
include water quality, water supply, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, 
endangered and threatened species, wetlands, prime farmlands, 
floodplains, recreation, aesthetics including visual resources, land 
use, historic and archaeological resources and socioeconomic resources.
    TVA invites members of the public as well as Federal, state, and 
local agencies and Native American tribes to comment on the scope of 
the EIS. Comments on the scope should be submitted no later than the 
date given under the DATES section of this notice. Pursuant to the 
regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 
implementing Section 106 of the NHPA, TVA also solicits comments on the 
potential of the proposed Plan to affect historic properties. This 
notice also provides an opportunity under Executive Orders 11990 and 
11988 for early public review of the potential for TVA's Plan to affect 
wetlands and floodplains, respectively. Please note, any comments 
received, including names and addresses, will become part of the 
administrative record and will be available for public inspection.
    After consideration of the public's input and analyzing the 
environmental consequences of each alternative, TVA will issue a draft 
EIS for public review and comment. TVA will notify the public of the 
draft EIS' availability and plans to hold public meetings during the 
review period. TVA expects to release the draft EIS and associated 
RLMPs in late 2016 and the final EIS and RLMPs in 2017. Once the NEPA 
review is completed, the final RLMPs and revised CVLP allocations will 
be submitted to the TVA Board of Directors for approval and adopted as 
guidelines for management of TVA public land consistent with the 
agency's

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responsibilities under the TVA Act of 1933.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7.

Wilbourne (Skip) C. Markham,
Director, Environmental Permitting and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-04745 Filed 3-2-16; 8:45 am]
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