Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Tinian Harbor Modifications Project, Island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 44599-44600 [2016-16188]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2016 / Notices sites, which would be expected regardless of the alternative selected. Operation of the East Campus Integration Program would be expected to result in long-term, negligible to moderate impacts on land use, noise, air quality, geological resources, water resources, biological resources, infrastructure, sustainability, hazardous materials and waste, and socioeconomic resources. Major impacts on transportation (levels of service) would occur during operation; however, traffic impacts are considered major under the existing conditions as levels of service are already degraded. Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures: The Proposed Action has the potential to result in adverse environmental impacts. The Proposed Action includes best management practices, mitigation measures, and design concepts to avoid adverse impacts to the extent practicable. Unavoidable impacts would be minimized or compensated for to the extent practicable. In accordance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations, mitigation measures are considered for adverse environmental impacts. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review at local repositories and by request (see ADDRESSES). The DoD invites public and agency input on the Draft EIS. Please submit comments and materials during the 45-day public review period to allow sufficient time for consideration in development of the Final EIS (see DATES). The DoD will consider all comments received and then prepare the Final EIS. As with the Draft EIS, DoD will announce the availability of the Final EIS and once again give you an opportunity for review and comment. ACTION: Dated: July 5, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2016–16175 Filed 7–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Tinian Harbor Modifications Project, Island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), DoD. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Jul 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 Notice of Intent. Pursuant to the section 102(2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Municipality of Tinian (Municipality)/Commonwealth Ports Authority (CPA) gives notice that an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement (F/EIS) is being prepared for the Proposed Tinian Harbor Modifications Project, Island of Tinian, CNMI. This project is authorized under section 209 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962 (Pub. L. 87–874) and will consider the implementation of navigation improvements at Tinian Harbor. SUMMARY: In order to be considered in the Draft F/EIS, comments and suggestions should be received within 30 days after the last public scoping meeting. Two public scoping meetings will be held in Saipan and Tinian in mid/late July 2016. A separate notice will be published for meeting times and places. ADDRESSES: Mail written comments concerning this notice to: Mr. Milton Yoshimoto, Project Manager, Civil and Public Works Branch, Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil and Public Works Branch, Bldg 230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858. Comment letters should include the commenter’s physical mailing address and the project title in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Milton Yoshimoto, Civil and Public Works Branch, Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bldg 230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858, (808) 835–4034, Email: milton.t.yoshimoto@ usace.army.mil. DATES: In accordance with NEPA, the Corps intends to prepare an F/EIS report. The primary Federal actions under consideration are: (1) Navigation improvement measures that expand the turning basin; (2) surge reduction measures by constructing protective structures at both harbors; and (3) dredging harbor sediments to allow larger vessels access to the harbor. The F/EIS reports shall meet the requirements of NEPA, including all applicable federal regulations implementing those statutes. Evaluation will examine the costs and benefits of this project, as well as the environmental impacts of modifying the maintained dimensions of the existing harbor. The purpose of this effort is to conduct a study to assess the technical, environmental and economic feasibility PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44599 in the implementation of navigation improvement at Tinian Harbor. Project Site and Background Information: Tinian Harbor is the sole commercial harbor servicing the island of Tinian, CNMI and is owned and maintained by the CPA. Due to its isolation, the harbor is extremely important for the continual flow and transit of goods and materials for the small island community. The CNMI is threatened annually by typhoons and tropical storms which has resulted in the deterioration of the protective breakwater and harbor facilities. Failure of the breakwater would result in complete closure of the harbor, requiring costly air transport as the only remaining option to deliver essential commodities to the island. The project will focus on the repair/reconfiguration of the breakwater and an incremental analysis of the harbor depth to assure safe and efficient operation of commercial vessels. Proposed Action(s): The study reports will assess the technical, environmental and economic feasibility in the implementation of navigation improvement. These include: (1) Navigation improvement measures that expand the federal turning basin; (2) surge reduction measures by constructing protective structures; and (3) expand and deepen the harbor basin and entrance channel to accommodate larger vessels by dredging. Issues: Potentially significant issues associated with the project may include: aesthetics/visual impacts, air quality emissions, biological resource impacts, environmental justice, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, traffic and transportation, and cumulative impacts from past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future projects. Scoping Process: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking participation and input of all interested federal, state, and local agencies, Native American groups, and other concerned private organizations or individuals on the scope of the F/EIS through this public notice. The purpose of the public scoping meeting is to solicit comments regarding the potential impacts, environmental issues, and alternatives associated with the proposed action to be considered in the study report. The meeting place, date, and time will be advertised in advance in local newspapers, and meeting announcement letters will be sent to interested parties. The draft F/EIS is expected to be available for public review and comment in the summer of 2017 and a public meeting will be held after its publication. E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 44600 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2016 / Notices Dated: July 1, 2016. Christopher W. Crary, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 2016–16188 Filed 7–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rota Harbor Modifications Project, Island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Pursuant to the section 102(2) (C) of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI), Municipality of Rota (Municipality)/Commonwealth Ports Authority (CPA) gives notice that an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact Statement (F/EIS) report is being prepared for the Proposed Rota Harbor Modifications Project, Island of Rota, CNMI. This project is authorized under section 209 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962 (Pub. L. 87–874) and will consider the implementation of navigation improvements at Rota Harbor. DATES: In order to be considered in the Draft F/EIS, comments and suggestions should be received within 30 days after the last public scoping meeting. Two public scoping meetings will be held in Saipan and Rota in mid/late July 2016. A separate notice will be published for meeting times and places. ADDRESSES: Mail written comments concerning this notice to: Mr. Milton Yoshimoto, Project Manager, Civil and Public Works Branch, Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bldg. 230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858. Comment letters should include the commenter’s physical mailing address and the project title in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Milton Yoshimoto, Project Manager, Civil and Public Works Branch, Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bldg. 230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858, (808) 835–4034, E-Mail: milton.t.yoshimoto@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with NEPA, the Corps asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Jul 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 intends to prepare an F/EIS report. The primary Federal actions under consideration are: (1) Navigation improvement measures that expand the federal turning basin; (2) surge reduction measures by constructing protective structures at both harbors; and (3) expand and deepen the harbor basin and entrance channel to accommodate larger vessels by dredging. The F/EIS reports shall meet the requirements of NEPA, including all applicable federal regulations implementing those statutes. Evaluation will examine the costs and benefits of this project, as well as the environmental impacts of modifying the maintained dimensions of the existing Federal project within its authorized limits. The purpose of this effort is to conduct a study to assess the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility in the implementation of navigation improvement at Rota Harbor. Project Site and Background Information: Since its construction in 1985, users of the Rota West Harbor have experienced problems with navigation within the entrance channel and with vessels docked at the piers attributable to adverse wave conditions and the current harbor configuration. As recently as late 2013, there have been periods when the harbor has shut down and cargo flown to the island at a considerable cost to the island residents. The project will evaluate wave action within the harbor and identify modifications to general navigations features to improve operating inefficiency and safe navigation and address the need to expand the harbor basin to accommodate larger vessels. Proposed Action(s): The study reports will assess the technical, environmental and economic feasibility in the implementation of navigation improvement. These include: (1) Navigation improvement measures that expand the federal turning basin; (2) surge reduction measures by constructing protective structures; and (3) dredging harbor sediments to allow larger vessels access to the harbor. Issues: Potentially significant issues associated with the project may include: aesthetics/visual impacts, air quality emissions, biological resource impacts, environmental justice, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, traffic and transportation, and cumulative impacts from past, present and reasonably foreseeable future projects. Scoping Process: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking participation and input of all interested federal, state, and local agencies, Native American groups, and other concerned PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 private organizations or individuals on the scope of the F/EIS through this public notice. The purpose of the public scoping meeting is to solicit comments regarding the potential impacts, environmental issues, and alternatives associated with the proposed action to be considered in the study report. The meeting place, date, and time will be advertised in advance in local newspapers, and meeting announcement letters will be sent to interested parties. The draft F/EIS report is expected to be available for public review and comment in the summer of 2017 and a public meeting will be held after its publication. Dated: July 1, 2016. Christopher W. Crary, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 2016–16189 Filed 7–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2016–ICCD–0081] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2017 National Supplement National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 6, 2016. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2016–ICCD–0081. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the DATES: E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 131 (Friday, July 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16188]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Tinian Harbor Modifications Project, Island 
of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the section 102(2) (C) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969; the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), 
Municipality of Tinian (Municipality)/Commonwealth Ports Authority 
(CPA) gives notice that an Integrated Feasibility/Environmental Impact 
Statement (F/EIS) is being prepared for the Proposed Tinian Harbor 
Modifications Project, Island of Tinian, CNMI. This project is 
authorized under section 209 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962 
(Pub. L. 87-874) and will consider the implementation of navigation 
improvements at Tinian Harbor.

DATES: In order to be considered in the Draft F/EIS, comments and 
suggestions should be received within 30 days after the last public 
scoping meeting. Two public scoping meetings will be held in Saipan and 
Tinian in mid/late July 2016. A separate notice will be published for 
meeting times and places.

ADDRESSES: Mail written comments concerning this notice to: Mr. Milton 
Yoshimoto, Project Manager, Civil and Public Works Branch, Honolulu 
District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil and Public Works Branch, 
Bldg 230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858. Comment letters should include 
the commenter's physical mailing address and the project title in the 
subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Milton Yoshimoto, Civil and Public 
Works Branch, Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bldg 
230, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858, (808) 835-4034, Email: 
milton.t.yoshimoto@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with NEPA, the Corps intends 
to prepare an F/EIS report. The primary Federal actions under 
consideration are: (1) Navigation improvement measures that expand the 
turning basin; (2) surge reduction measures by constructing protective 
structures at both harbors; and (3) dredging harbor sediments to allow 
larger vessels access to the harbor. The F/EIS reports shall meet the 
requirements of NEPA, including all applicable federal regulations 
implementing those statutes.
    Evaluation will examine the costs and benefits of this project, as 
well as the environmental impacts of modifying the maintained 
dimensions of the existing harbor. The purpose of this effort is to 
conduct a study to assess the technical, environmental and economic 
feasibility in the implementation of navigation improvement at Tinian 
Harbor.
    Project Site and Background Information: Tinian Harbor is the sole 
commercial harbor servicing the island of Tinian, CNMI and is owned and 
maintained by the CPA. Due to its isolation, the harbor is extremely 
important for the continual flow and transit of goods and materials for 
the small island community. The CNMI is threatened annually by typhoons 
and tropical storms which has resulted in the deterioration of the 
protective breakwater and harbor facilities. Failure of the breakwater 
would result in complete closure of the harbor, requiring costly air 
transport as the only remaining option to deliver essential commodities 
to the island. The project will focus on the repair/reconfiguration of 
the breakwater and an incremental analysis of the harbor depth to 
assure safe and efficient operation of commercial vessels.
    Proposed Action(s): The study reports will assess the technical, 
environmental and economic feasibility in the implementation of 
navigation improvement. These include: (1) Navigation improvement 
measures that expand the federal turning basin; (2) surge reduction 
measures by constructing protective structures; and (3) expand and 
deepen the harbor basin and entrance channel to accommodate larger 
vessels by dredging.
    Issues: Potentially significant issues associated with the project 
may include: aesthetics/visual impacts, air quality emissions, 
biological resource impacts, environmental justice, hazards and 
hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, traffic and 
transportation, and cumulative impacts from past, present, and 
reasonably foreseeable future projects.
    Scoping Process: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking 
participation and input of all interested federal, state, and local 
agencies, Native American groups, and other concerned private 
organizations or individuals on the scope of the F/EIS through this 
public notice. The purpose of the public scoping meeting is to solicit 
comments regarding the potential impacts, environmental issues, and 
alternatives associated with the proposed action to be considered in 
the study report. The meeting place, date, and time will be advertised 
in advance in local newspapers, and meeting announcement letters will 
be sent to interested parties. The draft F/EIS is expected to be 
available for public review and comment in the summer of 2017 and a 
public meeting will be held after its publication.


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    Dated: July 1, 2016.
Christopher W. Crary,
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer.
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