Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Supply Header Project, 55189-55190 [2016-19751]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 160 / Thursday, August 18, 2016 / Notices Dated: August 12, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FR Doc. 2016–19750 Filed 8–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Combined Notice of Filings #2 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER16–2414–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Service Agreement Nos. 4511 and 4512, Queue Positions AB1–127 and AB1–128 to be effective 7/13/2016. Filed Date: 8/12/16. Accession Number: 20160812–5145. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 9/2/16. Docket Numbers: ER16–2415–000. Applicants: ISO New England Inc. Description: ISO New England Inc. submits Second Quarter 2016 Capital Budget Report. Filed Date: 8/12/16. Accession Number: 20160812–5153. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 9/2/16. Docket Numbers: ER16–2416–000. Applicants: Central Maine Power Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Amended CSIA with Brookfield White Pine Hydro LLC to be effective 8/1/ 2016. Filed Date: 8/12/16. Accession Number: 20160812–5160. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 9/2/16. Docket Numbers: ER16–2417–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: Compliance filing: 2016– 08–12_Removal of MVP Pricing Limitation to PJM (ER10–1791) to be effective 7/13/2016. Filed Date: 8/12/16. Accession Number: 20160812–5197. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 9/2/16. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Aug 17, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 55189 Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: June 30, 2017. 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: September 28, 2017. If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the projects’ progress. Project Description The Atlantic Coast Pipeline consists of 333.1 miles of 42-inch-diameter mainline pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina; 186.0 miles of 36-inch-diameter mainline Docket Nos. pipeline in North Carolina; 83.0 miles of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, CP15–554–000 20-inch-diameter lateral pipeline in LLC ................................. CP15–554–001 North Carolina and Virginia; and two Dominion Transmission, short 16-inch-diameter lateral pipelines Inc ............................... CP15–555–000 in Brunswick and Greenville Counties, Virginia. In addition, Atlantic proposes to construct and operate three new On September 18, 2015, Atlantic compressor stations totaling 130,345 Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) and horsepower in Lewis County, West Dominion Transmission, Inc. (Dominion) filed applications in Docket Virginia; Buckingham County, Virginia; Nos. CP15–554–000 and CP15–555–000 and Northampton County, North Carolina, along with other aboveground requesting a Certificate of Public facilities along the mainline and lateral Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas pipelines. The Supply Header Project consists of Act to construct, operate, and maintain 3.9 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline certain natural gas pipeline facilities. loop in Westmoreland County, Atlantic’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pennsylvania; 33.6 miles of 30-inchPipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and diameter pipeline loop in West Virginia; North Carolina would transport about and modifications to four existing 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural compressor stations in Westmoreland gas from production areas in the County, Pennsylvania; Greene County, Appalachian Basin to markets in Pennsylvania; and Marshall and Wetzel Virginia and North Carolina. Counties, West Virginia. Dominion’s proposed Supply Header Project in Pennsylvania and West Background Virginia would allow additional gas On November 13, 2014, the transportation on its existing system and Commission staff granted Atlantic’s and would transport gas to various Dominion’s request to use the FERC’s customers, including Atlantic. Because Pre-filing environmental review process these are interrelated projects, the and assigned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Federal Energy Regulatory Commission temporary Docket No. PF15–6–000 and (FERC or Commission) deemed it was the Supply Header Project temporary appropriate to analyze them in a single Docket No. PF15–5–000. On February environmental impact statement (EIS). 27, 2015, the Commission issued a On October 2, 2015, the FERC issued Notice of Intent to Prepare an its Notice of Application for the Environmental Impact Statement for the projects. Among other things, that Planned Supply Header Project and notice alerted other agencies issuing Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, Request federal authorizations of the for Comments on Environmental Issues, requirement to complete all necessary and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings reviews and to reach a final decision on (NOI). On March 22, 2016, the FERC the request for a federal authorization issued a Notice of Amendment to within 90 days of the date of issuance Application announcing that Atlantic of the Commission staff’s final EIS for had filed an amendment to its the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply application. On May 3, 2016, the Header Project. This instant notice Commission issued a Supplemental NOI identifies the FERC staff’s planned that discussed the amendments to schedule for completion of the final EIS Atlantic’s application and opened a for the projects, which is based on an scoping period for route modifications issuance of the draft EIS in December that Atlantic incorporated into the 2016. Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Supply Header Project PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1 55190 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 160 / Thursday, August 18, 2016 / Notices The NOIs were sent to our environmental mailing list that include federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; affected landowners; regional environmental groups and nongovernmental organizations; Native Americans and Indian tribes; local libraries and newspapers; and other interested parties. Major environmental issues raised during scoping included karst terrain and caves; impacts on groundwater and springs, drinking water supplies, and surface waterbodies; impacts on forest; impacts on property values and the use of eminent domain; impacts on tourism; impacts on public recreational areas such as the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway; impacts on historic properties and districts; and pipeline safety. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Monongahela National Forest and George Washington National Forest; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Additional Information rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp). Additional data about the projects can be obtained electronically through the Commission’s Internet Web site (www.ferc.gov). Under ‘‘Dockets & Filings,’’ use the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link, select ‘‘General Search’’ from the menu, enter the docket numbers excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP15–554 or CP15–555), and the search dates. Questions about the projects can be directed to the Commission’s Office of External Affairs at (866) 208–FERC. Dated: August 12, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–19751 Filed 8–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 Aug 17, 2016 Jkt 238001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9951–02—Region 1] Program Requirement Revisions Related to the Public Water System Supervision Programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island and the State of Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island and the State of Vermont are in the process of revising their respective approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) programs to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has adopted drinking water regulations for the Ground Water Rule (71 FR 65574) promulgated on November 8, 2006, the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (71 FR 654) promulgated on January 5, 2006, and the Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (71 FR 388) promulgated on January 4, 2006. After review of the submitted documentation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Ground Water Rule, Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, and Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve Massachusetts’ PWSS program revision for these rules. The State of Rhode Island has adopted drinking water regulations for the Lead and Copper Rule (56 FR 26460–26564) promulgated on June 7, 1991, the Lead and Copper Minor Revisions Rule (65 FR 1950) promulgated on January 12, 2000, the Lead and Copper Short-Term Revisions Rule (72 FR 57782) promulgated on October 10, 2007, the Ground Water Rule (71 FR 65574) promulgated on November 8, 2006, and the Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (71 FR 388) promulgated on January 4, 2006. After review of the submitted documentation, EPA has determined that the State of Rhode Island’s Lead and Copper Rule, Lead and Copper Short-Term Revisions Rule, Lead and Copper Minor Revisions Rule, Ground Water Rule, and Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule are no less stringent than the corresponding SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 federal regulations, with the understanding that the state regulations include a small number of typographical errors or other very minor, nonsubstantive differences that the state has agreed to correct. These issues are discussed in further detail in EPA’s administrative record. Therefore, EPA intends to approve Rhode Island’s PWSS program revision for these rules. The State of Vermont has adopted drinking water regulations for the Ground Water Rule (71 FR 65574) promulgated on November 6, 2008, the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (71 FR 654) promulgated on January 5, 2006, and the Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (71 FR 388) promulgated on January 4, 2006. After review of the submitted documentation, EPA has determined that the State of Vermont’s Ground Water Rule, Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, and Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rule are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve Vermont’s PWSS program revision for these rules. All interested parties may request a public hearing for any of the above EPA determinations. A request for a public hearing must be submitted within thirty (30) days of this Federal Register publication date to the Regional Administrator at the address shown below. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 160 (Thursday, August 18, 2016)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Atlantic Coast 
Pipeline and the Supply Header Project

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                                                          Docket Nos.
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Atlantic Coast Pipeline,                                    CP15-554-000
LLC..................................................       CP15-554-001
Dominion Transmission, Inc...........................       CP15-555-000
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    On September 18, 2015, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) and 
Dominion Transmission, Inc. (Dominion) filed applications in Docket 
Nos. CP15-554-000 and CP15-555-000 requesting a Certificate of Public 
Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the 
Natural Gas Act to construct, operate, and maintain certain natural gas 
pipeline facilities. Atlantic's proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in 
West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina would transport about 1.5 
billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from production areas in the 
Appalachian Basin to markets in Virginia and North Carolina. Dominion's 
proposed Supply Header Project in Pennsylvania and West Virginia would 
allow additional gas transportation on its existing system and would 
transport gas to various customers, including Atlantic. Because these 
are interrelated projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(FERC or Commission) deemed it was appropriate to analyze them in a 
single environmental impact statement (EIS).
    On October 2, 2015, the FERC issued its Notice of Application for 
the projects. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies 
issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all 
necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a 
federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the 
Commission staff's final EIS for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply 
Header Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff's planned 
schedule for completion of the final EIS for the projects, which is 
based on an issuance of the draft EIS in December 2016.

Schedule for Environmental Review

    Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: June 30, 2017.
    90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: September 28, 2017.
    If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an 
additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are 
kept informed of the projects' progress.

Project Description

    The Atlantic Coast Pipeline consists of 333.1 miles of 42-inch-
diameter mainline pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North 
Carolina; 186.0 miles of 36-inch-diameter mainline pipeline in North 
Carolina; 83.0 miles of 20-inch-diameter lateral pipeline in North 
Carolina and Virginia; and two short 16-inch-diameter lateral pipelines 
in Brunswick and Greenville Counties, Virginia. In addition, Atlantic 
proposes to construct and operate three new compressor stations 
totaling 130,345 horsepower in Lewis County, West Virginia; Buckingham 
County, Virginia; and Northampton County, North Carolina, along with 
other aboveground facilities along the mainline and lateral pipelines.
    The Supply Header Project consists of 3.9 miles of 30-inch-diameter 
pipeline loop in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; 33.6 miles of 30-
inch-diameter pipeline loop in West Virginia; and modifications to four 
existing compressor stations in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; 
Greene County, Pennsylvania; and Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West 
Virginia.

Background

    On November 13, 2014, the Commission staff granted Atlantic's and 
Dominion's request to use the FERC's Pre-filing environmental review 
process and assigned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline temporary Docket No. 
PF15-6-000 and the Supply Header Project temporary Docket No. PF15-5-
000. On February 27, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Supply Header 
Project and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on 
Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). On 
March 22, 2016, the FERC issued a Notice of Amendment to Application 
announcing that Atlantic had filed an amendment to its application. On 
May 3, 2016, the Commission issued a Supplemental NOI that discussed 
the amendments to Atlantic's application and opened a scoping period 
for route modifications that Atlantic incorporated into the Atlantic 
Coast Pipeline.

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    The NOIs were sent to our environmental mailing list that include 
federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; 
affected landowners; regional environmental groups and nongovernmental 
organizations; Native Americans and Indian tribes; local libraries and 
newspapers; and other interested parties. Major environmental issues 
raised during scoping included karst terrain and caves; impacts on 
groundwater and springs, drinking water supplies, and surface 
waterbodies; impacts on forest; impacts on property values and the use 
of eminent domain; impacts on tourism; impacts on public recreational 
areas such as the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests, 
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway; impacts 
on historic properties and districts; and pipeline safety.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Monongahela 
National Forest and George Washington National Forest; U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; West 
Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; and West Virginia 
Division of Natural Resources are cooperating agencies in the 
preparation of the EIS.

Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to 
keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, 
the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp). Additional data about the 
projects can be obtained electronically through the Commission's 
Internet Web site (www.ferc.gov). Under ``Dockets & Filings,'' use the 
``eLibrary'' link, select ``General Search'' from the menu, enter the 
docket numbers excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP15-554 or CP15-
555), and the search dates. Questions about the projects can be 
directed to the Commission's Office of External Affairs at (866) 208-
FERC.

    Dated: August 12, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
 Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-19751 Filed 8-17-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6717-01-P