Revise Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement: North-South Corridor Study: Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 60, Pinal County, Arizona, 68095-68096 [2016-23784]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 191 / Monday, October 3, 2016 / Notices up to 1.500 mgd (peak day) (Docket No. 20120912). 13. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Chiques Creek), West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). 14. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Conestoga River-1), Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 0.360 mgd (peak day). 15. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Conestoga River-1), Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd (peak day). 16. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Conestoga River-2), Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 0.360 mgd (peak day). 17. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Conestoga River-2), Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd (peak day). 18. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Deep Creek), Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). 19. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Fishing Creek), Sugarloaf Township, Columbia County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.592 mgd (peak day). 20. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Pequea Creek), Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). 21. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Roaring Creek), Franklin Township, Columbia County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). 22. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River), Eaton Township, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Sep 30, 2016 Jkt 241001 Wyoming County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.592 mgd (peak day). 23. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River), Eaton Township, Wyoming County, Pa. Consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd (peak day). 24. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River-1), Montour Township and Catawissa Borough, Columbia County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 0.360 mgd (peak day). 25. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River-1), Montour Township and Catawissa Borough, Columbia County, Pa. Consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd (peak day). 26. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Swatara Creek), East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pa. Surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). Project Applications Tabled The Commission tabled action on the following project applications: 1. Project Sponsor: Exelon Generation Company, LLC. Project Facility: Muddy Run Pumped Storage Project, Drumore and Martic Townships, Lancaster County, Pa. Application for an existing hydroelectric facility. 2. Project Sponsor and Facility: Gilberton Power Company, West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Application for renewal of consumptive water use of up to 1.510 mgd (peak day) (Docket No. 19851202). 3. Project Sponsor and Facility: Gilberton Power Company, West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Application for groundwater withdrawal of up to 1.870 mgd (30-day average) from the Gilberton Mine Pool. 4. Project Sponsor and Facility: Manbel Devco I, LP, Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Application for groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.320 mgd (30-day average) from the Belmont Quarry. 5. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River-2), Montour Township, Columbia County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). 6. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68095 Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Susquehanna River-2), Montour Township, Columbia County, Pa. Application for consumptive water use of up to 0.100 mgd (peak day). 7. Project Sponsor and Facility: Village of Windsor, Broome County, N.Y. Application for groundwater withdrawal of up to 0.380 mgd (30-day average) from Well 2. 8. Project Sponsor and Facility: West Manchester Township Authority, West Manchester Township, York County, Pa. Application for groundwater withdrawal of up to 0.216 mgd (30-day average) from Well 7. Project Application Withdrawn by Project Sponsor The following project sponsor withdrew its project application: 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Project: Atlantic Sunrise (Little Fishing Creek), Mount Pleasant Township, Columbia County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 2.880 mgd (peak day). Authority: Pub.L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806, 807, and 808. Dated: September 27, 2016. Stephanie L. Richardson, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2016–23737 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Revise Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement: North-South Corridor Study: Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 60, Pinal County, Arizona Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent (NOI). AGENCY: A NOI to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2010. The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a change to the environmental review process for the proposed North-South Corridor. The FHWA and the project sponsor, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), intend to use a tiered process in which a Tier 1 EIS will be prepared to evaluate potential corridor alternatives, along with a NoAction alternative, for a future projectspecific alignment. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 68096 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 191 / Monday, October 3, 2016 / Notices The proposed tiering approach will allow FHWA and ADOT to evaluate a range of potential corridors within the North-South Corridor Study (NSCS) area boundaries and to broadly evaluate social, economic, and environmental impacts and mitigation approaches in the Tier 1 EIS. In addition, the NSCS area will be expanded to include an adjacent State Route 24 (SR 24) corridor study resulting in an updated study area encompassing the original study area between Interstate 10 (I–10) and U.S. Highway 60 (U.S. 60) and adding the extension of SR 24 from Ironwood Drive to the North-South Corridor in Pinal County, Arizona. The Tier 1 analysis will utilize technical data obtained thus far in the environmental review process and collect other information as required. If the Record of Decision identifies an Action (Build) corridor alternative, subsequent projects will complete a Tier 2 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review where the agencies will evaluate project-level, site-specific impacts, and required mitigation and commitments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aryan Lirange, Senior Urban Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, 4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500, Phoenix, AZ 85012, Telephone: (602) 382–8973, Email: aryan.lirange@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 20, 2010, at 75 FR 57327, FHWA, in cooperation with ADOT, issued an NOI to prepare an EIS on a proposed 40-mile-long project along a new route located between U.S. 60 on the north and I–10 on the south, in Pinal County, Arizona. The project is considered necessary to achieve a transportation objective identified in Pinal County’s 2008 Regionally Significant Routes for Safety and Mobility. The Study would address current and future transportation needs in an area that currently exceeds existing road capacity and is expected to continue to worsen with the projected increase in traffic demand associated with regional growth. The project scope also incorporates the extension of SR 24 from Ironwood Drive to the NSCS boundary. Information and documents regarding the environmental review process will be made available for the duration of the Tier 1 EIS process on the following Web site: https:// www.azdot.gov/projects/south-central/ north-south-corridor-study. The Tier 1 EIS will use all existing data including the NSCS Alternatives Selection Report completed in October 2014 and engineering, environmental, and socioeconomic data collected since VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Sep 30, 2016 Jkt 241001 the issuance of the original NOI. The FHWA intends to issue a single Final Tier 1 EIS and Record of Decision document pursuant to Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act Section 1311 requirements, unless FHWA determines statutory criteria or practicability considerations preclude issuance of a combined document. Stakeholder and Public Involvement: Stakeholder and public outreach will continue throughout this Tier 1 EIS process to provide opportunities for agency and public input on the study. A public hearing will be held upon release of the Tier 1 Draft EIS for public and agency review. Alternatives: Corridor alternatives with widths appropriate for the evaluation of the full range of potential impacts will be developed within the updated study area. The Tier 1 EIS will evaluate a reasonable range of ‘‘Action’’ corridor alternatives and the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative. Environmental Review Process: The Tier 1 EIS will be developed in accordance with Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] part 1500 et seq.) implementing NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and FHWA regulations. The FHWA and ADOT will use a tiered process, as provided for in 40 CFR 1508.28 and in accordance with FHWA guidance, in the completion of the environmental study. If the Record of Decision indicates that FHWA has selected one of the corridor alternatives as the environmentally preferred alternative, the evaluation of a specific highway alignment within the selected corridor would occur in a subsequent phase of the study. Subsequent Tier 2 assessment(s) would address a proposed highway alignment to be developed within the corridor alternative selected in the Tier 1 EIS, and would incorporate by reference the Tier 1 data, evaluations, and findings. The Tier 2 NEPA evaluation(s) would concentrate on sitespecific issues and alternatives relevant to implementing a new highway alignment within the selected Tier 1 alternative corridor, and would identify the environmental consequences and measures necessary to mitigate environmental impacts at a site-specific level of detail. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Research, Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; U.S.C. 771.123. PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued on: September 27, 2016. Karla S. Petty, Arizona Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–23784 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0003] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 26 individuals for an exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in interstate commerce. Granting these exemptions would enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 2, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2016–0003 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 191 (Monday, October 3, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-23784]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Revise Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement: 
North-South Corridor Study: Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 60, Pinal 
County, Arizona

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), United States Department 
of Transportation (USDOT).

ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent (NOI).

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SUMMARY: A NOI to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was 
published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2010. The FHWA is 
issuing this notice to advise the public of a change to the 
environmental review process for the proposed North-South Corridor. The 
FHWA and the project sponsor, the Arizona Department of Transportation 
(ADOT), intend to use a tiered process in which a Tier 1 EIS will be 
prepared to evaluate potential corridor alternatives, along with a No-
Action alternative, for a future project-specific alignment.

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    The proposed tiering approach will allow FHWA and ADOT to evaluate 
a range of potential corridors within the North-South Corridor Study 
(NSCS) area boundaries and to broadly evaluate social, economic, and 
environmental impacts and mitigation approaches in the Tier 1 EIS. In 
addition, the NSCS area will be expanded to include an adjacent State 
Route 24 (SR 24) corridor study resulting in an updated study area 
encompassing the original study area between Interstate 10 (I-10) and 
U.S. Highway 60 (U.S. 60) and adding the extension of SR 24 from 
Ironwood Drive to the North-South Corridor in Pinal County, Arizona.
    The Tier 1 analysis will utilize technical data obtained thus far 
in the environmental review process and collect other information as 
required. If the Record of Decision identifies an Action (Build) 
corridor alternative, subsequent projects will complete a Tier 2 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review where the agencies will 
evaluate project-level, site-specific impacts, and required mitigation 
and commitments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aryan Lirange, Senior Urban Engineer, 
Federal Highway Administration, 4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500, 
Phoenix, AZ 85012, Telephone: (602) 382-8973, Email: 
aryan.lirange@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 20, 2010, at 75 FR 57327, FHWA, 
in cooperation with ADOT, issued an NOI to prepare an EIS on a proposed 
40-mile-long project along a new route located between U.S. 60 on the 
north and I-10 on the south, in Pinal County, Arizona. The project is 
considered necessary to achieve a transportation objective identified 
in Pinal County's 2008 Regionally Significant Routes for Safety and 
Mobility. The Study would address current and future transportation 
needs in an area that currently exceeds existing road capacity and is 
expected to continue to worsen with the projected increase in traffic 
demand associated with regional growth. The project scope also 
incorporates the extension of SR 24 from Ironwood Drive to the NSCS 
boundary. Information and documents regarding the environmental review 
process will be made available for the duration of the Tier 1 EIS 
process on the following Web site: https://www.azdot.gov/projects/south-central/north-south-corridor-study.
    The Tier 1 EIS will use all existing data including the NSCS 
Alternatives Selection Report completed in October 2014 and 
engineering, environmental, and socioeconomic data collected since the 
issuance of the original NOI. The FHWA intends to issue a single Final 
Tier 1 EIS and Record of Decision document pursuant to Fixing America's 
Surface Transportation Act Section 1311 requirements, unless FHWA 
determines statutory criteria or practicability considerations preclude 
issuance of a combined document.
    Stakeholder and Public Involvement: Stakeholder and public outreach 
will continue throughout this Tier 1 EIS process to provide 
opportunities for agency and public input on the study. A public 
hearing will be held upon release of the Tier 1 Draft EIS for public 
and agency review.
    Alternatives: Corridor alternatives with widths appropriate for the 
evaluation of the full range of potential impacts will be developed 
within the updated study area. The Tier 1 EIS will evaluate a 
reasonable range of ``Action'' corridor alternatives and the ``No 
Action'' alternative.
    Environmental Review Process: The Tier 1 EIS will be developed in 
accordance with Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 
Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] part 1500 et seq.) implementing NEPA 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and FHWA regulations. The FHWA and ADOT will 
use a tiered process, as provided for in 40 CFR 1508.28 and in 
accordance with FHWA guidance, in the completion of the environmental 
study.
    If the Record of Decision indicates that FHWA has selected one of 
the corridor alternatives as the environmentally preferred alternative, 
the evaluation of a specific highway alignment within the selected 
corridor would occur in a subsequent phase of the study. Subsequent 
Tier 2 assessment(s) would address a proposed highway alignment to be 
developed within the corridor alternative selected in the Tier 1 EIS, 
and would incorporate by reference the Tier 1 data, evaluations, and 
findings. The Tier 2 NEPA evaluation(s) would concentrate on site-
specific issues and alternatives relevant to implementing a new highway 
alignment within the selected Tier 1 alternative corridor, and would 
identify the environmental consequences and measures necessary to 
mitigate environmental impacts at a site-specific level of detail.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, 
Highway Research, Planning and Construction. The regulations 
implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental 
consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this 
program.)

    Authority:  23 U.S.C. 315; U.S.C. 771.123.

    Issued on: September 27, 2016.
Karla S. Petty,
Arizona Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
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