Record of Decision for Activities and Operations at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, 51192 [2016-18364]

Download as PDF 51192 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 149 / Wednesday, August 3, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Record of Decision for Activities and Operations at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for implementation of activities and operations at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), AZ. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of the Army prepared a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that evaluated the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of proposed construction and demolition of facilities and infrastructure, and proposed changes to current types and levels of testing and training at YPG. The Army selected the Preferred Alternative identified in the Final PEIS. The ROD explains that the Army will proceed with its Preferred Alternative to implement 296 proposed activities, including construction and demolition of facilities and infrastructure, changes to current types and levels of testing and training, and activities conducted under private industry partnerships. ADDRESSES: For questions concerning the ROD, please contact Mr. Sergio Obregon, U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, IMYM–PWE, Yuma, AZ 85365–9498. Questions may be mailed to that address or emailed to usarmy.ypg.imcom.mbx.nepa@mail.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chuck Wullenjohn, Yuma Proving Ground Public Affairs Office, at (928) 328–6189 Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Yuma Proving Ground is a major range and test facility base, responsible for testing technology, equipment, and weapon systems. The purpose of the selected action is to provide upgraded facilities for testing military ground and aerial vehicle systems, weapons, ammunitions, sensors, and guidance systems for performance and reliability, and to provide realistic training for military units. The Final PEIS, published in April 2015, examined the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with implementing new activities and operations at YPG. Activities addressed in the Final PEIS included construction asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:21 Aug 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 and demolition of facilities and infrastructure, and changes to current types and levels of testing and training. It provided thorough analysis under NEPA for the short-term, well-defined projects and allows less well-defined projects to be implemented following a focused, site-specific NEPA analysis that would tier from the PEIS. The ROD incorporates analysis contained in the Final PEIS for activities and operations at YPG, as well as comments provided during formal comment and review periods, to include the Final PEIS waiting period. The Army considered reasonable alternatives for components of the activities in the Proposed Action and has selected an alternative that will have a lower impact for some projects than would the original Proposed Action. These include reduced areas and selection of a smaller area for some of the proposed activities to avoid or minimize potential impacts. Implementation of this decision is expected to result in direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to environmental resources. To minimize the potential adverse impacts from implementation of the selected alternative, the Army will mitigate these effects through a variety of mitigation and control measures, as described in the ROD. All practicable means to avoid or minimize environmental harm from the selected alternative have been adopted. In making this decision, the Army is aware that implementation of the selected alternative could result in potentially significant impacts to Fire Management, Soils, and Vegetation, even after implementation of mitigation measures. The selected alternative represents a balance between mission requirements and stewardship of the environment. The full text of the ROD and the Final PEIS are available at the following Web site: http://www.yuma.army.mil/ Documents.aspx. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–18364 Filed 8–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–03–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Notice of Intent To Return Human Remains: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Defense Health Agency, Silver Spring, MD Office of the Secretary, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), in consultation with appropriate descendant and memorial organizations, shall release the human remains of an unidentified child’s skull, aged 6–10 years, for burial alongside other victim remains of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, interred by the U.S. Army in 1859. Next-of-kin, or representatives of any organizations who believe they have a legitimate claim to the remains of victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, who wish to assert a legitimate claim for these remains or otherwise direct their disposition should submit a written request to the NMHM. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of possession of the human remains to the aforementioned descendant and memorial organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Next-of-kin or representatives of any relevant organizations that wish to submit a legitimate claim for these remains or otherwise direct disposition should submit a written request, with information in support of their claim, to the NMHM at the address stated in the ADDRESSES section by September 2, 2016. ADDRESSES: Brian Spatola, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2460 Linden Lane #2500, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: 301–319–3353; Email: brian.f.spatola.civ@mail.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Statutory Authority for the intended actions include: Public Law 103–337, div. A, title X, § 1067, Oct. 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 2851, as amended by Pub. L. 105–78, title VII, § 702, Nov. 13, 1997, 111 Stat. 1524 (reprinted in the notes to 10 U.S.C. 176) as statutory authority for the NMHM; and DoDD 5136.13, as the Director, Defense Health Agency’s general authority over matters concerning the Museum as a component of the Defense Health Agency. History and Description of Human Remains: The human remains consist of the cranium of a child with an estimated age of 6–10 years, based on dental development. The cranium shows evidence of a perforating gunshot wound. In 1857, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (allegedly in coordination with Native American allies) murdered approximately 120 members of a wagon train travelling from Arkansas to California in an event known historically as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The victims included men, women, and children. In 1859, the U.S. Army travelled to Utah to investigate the incident, bury the dead, and return the surviving children to Arkansas. At SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Record of Decision for Activities and Operations at Yuma Proving 
Ground, Arizona

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the 
Record of Decision (ROD) for implementation of activities and 
operations at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), AZ. Pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of the Army prepared a 
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that evaluated the 
potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of proposed 
construction and demolition of facilities and infrastructure, and 
proposed changes to current types and levels of testing and training at 
YPG. The Army selected the Preferred Alternative identified in the 
Final PEIS. The ROD explains that the Army will proceed with its 
Preferred Alternative to implement 296 proposed activities, including 
construction and demolition of facilities and infrastructure, changes 
to current types and levels of testing and training, and activities 
conducted under private industry partnerships.

ADDRESSES: For questions concerning the ROD, please contact Mr. Sergio 
Obregon, U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground, National Environmental 
Policy Act Coordinator, IMYM-PWE, Yuma, AZ 85365-9498. Questions may be 
mailed to that address or emailed to 
usarmy.ypg.imcom.mbx.nepa@mail.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chuck Wullenjohn, Yuma Proving 
Ground Public Affairs Office, at (928) 328-6189 Monday through Thursday 
from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Yuma Proving Ground is a major range and 
test facility base, responsible for testing technology, equipment, and 
weapon systems. The purpose of the selected action is to provide 
upgraded facilities for testing military ground and aerial vehicle 
systems, weapons, ammunitions, sensors, and guidance systems for 
performance and reliability, and to provide realistic training for 
military units. The Final PEIS, published in April 2015, examined the 
potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with 
implementing new activities and operations at YPG. Activities addressed 
in the Final PEIS included construction and demolition of facilities 
and infrastructure, and changes to current types and levels of testing 
and training. It provided thorough analysis under NEPA for the short-
term, well-defined projects and allows less well-defined projects to be 
implemented following a focused, site-specific NEPA analysis that would 
tier from the PEIS.
    The ROD incorporates analysis contained in the Final PEIS for 
activities and operations at YPG, as well as comments provided during 
formal comment and review periods, to include the Final PEIS waiting 
period.
    The Army considered reasonable alternatives for components of the 
activities in the Proposed Action and has selected an alternative that 
will have a lower impact for some projects than would the original 
Proposed Action. These include reduced areas and selection of a smaller 
area for some of the proposed activities to avoid or minimize potential 
impacts.
    Implementation of this decision is expected to result in direct, 
indirect, and cumulative impacts to environmental resources. To 
minimize the potential adverse impacts from implementation of the 
selected alternative, the Army will mitigate these effects through a 
variety of mitigation and control measures, as described in the ROD. 
All practicable means to avoid or minimize environmental harm from the 
selected alternative have been adopted. In making this decision, the 
Army is aware that implementation of the selected alternative could 
result in potentially significant impacts to Fire Management, Soils, 
and Vegetation, even after implementation of mitigation measures. The 
selected alternative represents a balance between mission requirements 
and stewardship of the environment.
    The full text of the ROD and the Final PEIS are available at the 
following Web site: http://www.yuma.army.mil/Documents.aspx.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-18364 Filed 8-2-16; 8:45 am]
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