Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar, 58920-58921 [2016-20500]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 58920 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2016 / Notices federal land to expand existing land ranges; expansion of associated SUA, as well as reconfiguration of existing airspace; and modification of range infrastructure to support expansion and modernization. The aviation and ground training to be conducted in the modernized FRTC would be of the same general types and at the same tempos as analyzed by PACFLT in Alternative 2 of the Final EIS for Military Readiness Activities at Fallon Range Training Complex, Nevada (December 2015). Specific details concerning the proposed land expansion and SUA reconfiguration may be found on the project Web site at www.FRTCModernization.com. The EIS will also assess the potential environmental effects of the no action alternative. Under the no action alternative, there would be no renewal of the existing land withdrawal, which expires on November 6, 2021, and there would be no range expansion, airspace changes, or modification of range infrastructure. As a result, the DoN would reassess the military mission of NAS Fallon and the FRTC. In addition to the proposed action and the no action alternative, the EIS will also assess the potential environmental effects of other action alternatives. Public comments submitted during the scoping process will inform PACFLT’s development of other action alternatives for analysis in the EIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies, Native American Tribes and Nations, and interested persons are encouraged to provide comments to PACFLT to identify specific community interests, issues, or topics of environmental concern that PACFLT should consider in the EIS. Resource areas to be addressed in the EIS will include soils; air quality/climate; water quality; airborne noise; biological resources; land use and recreation; socioeconomics, environmental justice, and the protection of children; transportation; cultural resources; Native American traditional resources; and public health and safety. The public scoping process starts with the publication of this Notice of Intent. Seven open house information sessions are scheduled to receive oral or written comments on issues to be addressed in the EIS: 1. Monday, October 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fallon Convention Center, 100 Campus Way, Fallon, NV 89406. 2. Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pershing County Community Center, 820 6th Street, Lovelock, NV 89419. 3. Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Evelyn Mount Northeast VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:17 Aug 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Community Center, 1301 Valley Road, Reno, NV 89512. 4. Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Emma Nevada Town Hall, 135 Court Street, Austin, NV 89310. 5. Thursday, October 6, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eureka Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 431 McCoy Street, Eureka, NV 89316. 6. Friday, October 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hawthorne Convention Center, 950 E Street, Hawthorne, NV 89415. 7. Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Gabbs School Gymnasium, 511 E Avenue, Gabbs, NV 89409. Each of the seven information sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the project, followed by an open house with information stations staffed by PACFLT and DoN representatives. Additional information concerning each open house, as well as further project information, is available on the EIS Web page: http:// www.FRTCModernization.com. All comments, provided orally or in writing at the scoping meetings, or submitted via the project Web site or the U.S. Postal Service will be taken into consideration during EIS preparation. All comments must be postmarked or received online no later than November 25, 2016. Comments should be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest; Attention: Amy P. Kelley, Code EV21.AK; 1220 Pacific Highway; Building 1, 5th Floor; San Diego, California 92132. Dated: August 18, 2016. C. Pan, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–20502 Filed 8–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) and Executive SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Order 12114, the United States Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/ Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS/SOEIS) for employment of SURTASS LFA sonar. DATES AND ADDRESSES: The public comment period for the SURTASS LFA sonar Draft SEIS/SOEIS will be open for 45 days, from August 26 to October 11, 2016. The Final SEIS/SOEIS is expected to be completed by June 2017. Written comments on the SURTASS LFA sonar Draft SEIS/SOEIS may be submitted by mail to: SURTASS LFA sonar SEIS/ SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203– 1632, or by Email: eisteam@surtass-lfaeis.com. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS is available for download via the project Web site: http://www.surtass-lfaeis.com. Comments must be postmarked or received by October 11, 2016, to ensure they are considered in the Final SEIS/SOEIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SURTASS LFA sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203–1632, Email: eisteam@surtass-lfa-eis.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In continuance of the Navy’s commitment to responsible stewardship of the marine environment and building upon analyses and information included in the Navy’s 2001 Final Overseas Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS/ EIS) published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2001 (66 FR 8788), 2007 Final Supplemental EIS (SEIS) published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2007 (72 FR 25302), 2012 Final SEIS/SOEIS published in the Federal Register on June 8, 2012 (77 FR 34041), and 2015 Final SEIS/SOEIS published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2015 (80 FR 5109), the Navy has prepared a comprehensive assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with continued employment of SURTASS LFA sonar systems. Hereafter, ‘‘SURTASS LFA sonar systems’’ is inclusive of both the LFA and Compact LFA sonar systems, each having similar acoustic transmission characteristics. The Navy proposes to continue employing up to four SURTASS LFA sonar systems onboard up to four Navy surveillance ships for routine training, testing, and military operations in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, including certain geographic limitations on E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES operation of SURTASS LFA sonar and implementation of mitigation and monitoring measures. The Draft SEIS/ SOEIS evaluates the environmental impacts associated with two action alternatives and a No-Action Alternative. The primary difference between the action alternatives is that the Navy’s preferred alternative reduces the annual permitted allowance of LFA sonar transmissions from 432 hours (Alternative 1) to 255 hours (Alternative 2) per ship. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS and associated analyses will also be used to support consultations associated with required regulatory permits and authorizations effective in 2017. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS was distributed to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, Native Alaskan and Native Tribal governments and organizations, and other interested parties. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS is available for public viewing and downloading at the following project Web site: http://www.surtass-lfaeis.com. Compact disc copies of the Draft SEIS/SOEIS are available upon request from: SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203–1632, Email: eisteam@surtasslfa-eis.com. Compact discs of the Draft SEIS/OEIS are available for public review at the following public libraries: 1. Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202; 2. Camden County Public Library, 1410 Hwy 40 E, Kingsland, GA 31548; 3. Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602; 4. Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library, 2517 7th Street, Meridian, MS 39301; 5. New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112; 6. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77002; 7. New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401; 8. Anne Arundel County Public Library, 1410 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; 9. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401; 10. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503; 11. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101; 12. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903; 13. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116; 14. The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104; 15. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 16. San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; 17. Oregon State University, 250 Winter Street NE., Salem, OR 97301; VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:17 Aug 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 18. Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508; 19. Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813; 20. Nieves M. Flores Memorial Public ˚ ˜ Library, 254 Martyr Street, Hagatna, Guam 96910; and 21. The Feleti Barstow Public Library, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 96799. Written comments on the Draft SEIS/ SOEIS can be submitted by mail: SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203–1632, or by Email: eisteam@surtass-lfaeis.com. All written comments must be postmarked by October 11, 2016 to ensure that they become part of the official record. All timely comments will be addressed in the Final SEIS/ SOEIS. No public hearings or meetings will be held. Dated: August 18, 2016. C. Pan, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–20500 Filed 8–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Disposition of Depleted Uranium Oxide Conversion Product Generated From DOE’s Inventory of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride U.S. Department of Energy. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces its intention to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for its proposal to disposition depleted uranium oxide (DUOX) conversion product from its depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at the Paducah, Kentucky, and Portsmouth, Ohio, sites at up to three offsite low-level waste disposal facilities. The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Disposition of Depleted Uranium Oxide Conversion Product Generated from DOE’s Inventory of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DOE/ EIS–0359–S1; DOE/EIS–0360–S1) will analyze potential environmental impacts from the proposed action to identify a final disposition location or locations for the DUOX conversion product from both operating DUF6 conversion facilities. The proposed scope of the draft SEIS includes an analysis of potential SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58921 environmental impacts from activities associated with the transportation to and disposition of depleted uranium oxide at three proposed disposition location alternatives: the DOE-owned low-level radioactive waste disposal facility at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) in Nye County, Nevada; the EnergySolutions, LLC (formerly known as Envirocare of Utah, Inc.) low-level waste disposal facility in Clive, Utah; and the newly identified location at the Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) low-level waste disposal facility in Andrews, Texas. ADDRESSES: Questions concerning the project or requests to be placed on the document distribution list can be sent to: Ms. Jaffet Ferrer-Torres, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Manager, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy, EM–4.22, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; or to DUF6_ NEPA@em.doe.gov. Additional information regarding the SEIS is available at: http://www.energy.gov/em/ disposition-uranium-oxide-conversiondepleted-uranium-hexafluoride. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on DOE’s DUF6 long-term management and disposal program, please contact Ms. Jaffet Ferrer-Torres, U.S. Department of Energy at the above ADDRESSES. For information on DOE’s NEPA process, please contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103; Telephone: (202) 586–4600, or leave a message at (800) 472–2756; or email at askNEPA@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The use of uranium as fuel for nuclear power plants or for military applications requires increasing the proportion of the uranium-235 isotope found in natural uranium. Industrial uranium enrichment in the United States began as part of atomic bomb development during World War II. Uranium enrichment for both civilian and military uses was continued by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and its successor agencies, including DOE. Uranium enrichment by gaseous diffusion was carried out at three locations: the Paducah Site in Kentucky, the Portsmouth Site in Ohio, and the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 166 (Friday, August 26, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58920-58921]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20500]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement/Supplemental Overseas Environmental Impact Statement 
for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active 
(SURTASS LFA) Sonar

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act as 
implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508) and Executive Order 12114, the United States 
Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the United 
States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) a Draft Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Overseas Environmental 
Impact Statement (Draft SEIS/SOEIS) for employment of SURTASS LFA 
sonar.

DATES AND ADDRESSES:  The public comment period for the SURTASS LFA 
sonar Draft SEIS/SOEIS will be open for 45 days, from August 26 to 
October 11, 2016. The Final SEIS/SOEIS is expected to be completed by 
June 2017. Written comments on the SURTASS LFA sonar Draft SEIS/SOEIS 
may be submitted by mail to: SURTASS LFA sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program 
Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203-1632, or by 
Email: lfa-eis.com">eisteam@surtass-lfa-eis.com. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS is available 
for download via the project Web site: lfa-eis.com">http://www.surtass-lfa-eis.com. 
Comments must be postmarked or received by October 11, 2016, to ensure 
they are considered in the Final SEIS/SOEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SURTASS LFA sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program 
Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203-1632, 
Email: lfa-eis.com">eisteam@surtass-lfa-eis.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In continuance of the Navy's commitment to 
responsible stewardship of the marine environment and building upon 
analyses and information included in the Navy's 2001 Final Overseas 
Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS/
EIS) published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2001 (66 FR 
8788), 2007 Final Supplemental EIS (SEIS) published in the Federal 
Register on May 4, 2007 (72 FR 25302), 2012 Final SEIS/SOEIS published 
in the Federal Register on June 8, 2012 (77 FR 34041), and 2015 Final 
SEIS/SOEIS published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2015 (80 FR 
5109), the Navy has prepared a comprehensive assessment of the 
potential environmental impacts associated with continued employment of 
SURTASS LFA sonar systems. Hereafter, ``SURTASS LFA sonar systems'' is 
inclusive of both the LFA and Compact LFA sonar systems, each having 
similar acoustic transmission characteristics.
    The Navy proposes to continue employing up to four SURTASS LFA 
sonar systems onboard up to four Navy surveillance ships for routine 
training, testing, and military operations in the Pacific, Atlantic, 
and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, including certain 
geographic limitations on

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operation of SURTASS LFA sonar and implementation of mitigation and 
monitoring measures. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS evaluates the environmental 
impacts associated with two action alternatives and a No-Action 
Alternative. The primary difference between the action alternatives is 
that the Navy's preferred alternative reduces the annual permitted 
allowance of LFA sonar transmissions from 432 hours (Alternative 1) to 
255 hours (Alternative 2) per ship. The Draft SEIS/SOEIS and associated 
analyses will also be used to support consultations associated with 
required regulatory permits and authorizations effective in 2017.
    The Draft SEIS/SOEIS was distributed to appropriate federal, state, 
and local agencies and organizations, Native Alaskan and Native Tribal 
governments and organizations, and other interested parties. The Draft 
SEIS/SOEIS is available for public viewing and downloading at the 
following project Web site: lfa-eis.com">http://www.surtass-lfa-eis.com. Compact 
disc copies of the Draft SEIS/SOEIS are available upon request from: 
SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 
600, Arlington, VA 22203-1632, Email: lfa-eis.com">eisteam@surtass-lfa-eis.com. 
Compact discs of the Draft SEIS/OEIS are available for public review at 
the following public libraries:

    1. Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street, 
Jacksonville, FL 32202;
    2. Camden County Public Library, 1410 Hwy 40 E, Kingsland, GA 
31548;
    3. Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Mobile, AL 
36602;
    4. Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library, 2517 7th Street, 
Meridian, MS 39301;
    5. New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, 
LA 70112;
    6. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 
77002;
    7. New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut Street, 
Wilmington, NC 28401;
    8. Anne Arundel County Public Library, 1410 West Street, 
Annapolis, MD 21401;
    9. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, 
Charleston, SC 29401;
    10. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View 
Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503;
    11. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 
04101;
    12. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 
02903;
    13. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 
02116;
    14. The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 
98104;
    15. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 
CA 90071;
    16. San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San 
Francisco, CA 94102;
    17. Oregon State University, 250 Winter Street NE., Salem, OR 
97301;
    18. Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, 3211 
Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508;
    19. Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 
96813;
    20. Nieves M. Flores Memorial Public Library, 254 Martyr Street, 
Hag[aring]t[ntilde]a, Guam 96910; and
    21. The Feleti Barstow Public Library, Pago Pago, American 
Samoa, 96799.

    Written comments on the Draft SEIS/SOEIS can be submitted by mail: 
SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Program Manager, 4350 Fairfax Drive, Suite 
600, Arlington, VA 22203-1632, or by Email: lfa-eis.com">eisteam@surtass-lfa-eis.com. All written comments must be postmarked by October 11, 2016 to 
ensure that they become part of the official record. All timely 
comments will be addressed in the Final SEIS/SOEIS. No public hearings 
or meetings will be held.

    Dated: August 18, 2016.
C. Pan,
Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-20500 Filed 8-25-16; 8:45 am]
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