Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for EA-18G “Growler” Airfield Operations at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Complex, Washington, 81748-81750 [2016-27827]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 81748 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices during follow-on meetings. Agenda items for this meeting will include the following: (1) Final discussions and deliberations on 10 U.S.C. 2320 and 2321 tension points; (2) Report framework and collaboration; (3) Comment Adjudication and Planning for follow-on meeting. Availability of Materials for the Meeting: A copy of the agenda or any updates to the agenda for the November 29, 2016 meeting will be available as requested or at the following site: https://database.faca.gov/committee/ meetings.aspx?cid=2561. It will also be distributed upon request. Minor changes to the agenda will be announced at the meeting. All materials will be posted to the FACA database after the meeting. Public Accessibility to the Meeting: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102–3.140 through 102– 3.165, and subject to the availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Registration of members of the public who wish to attend the meeting will begin upon publication of this meeting notice and end three business days (November 23) prior to the start of the meeting. All members of the public must contact LTC Lunoff at the phone number or email listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to make arrangements for Pentagon escort, if necessary. Public attendees should arrive at the Pentagon’s Visitor’s Center, located near the Pentagon Metro Station’s south exit and adjacent to the Pentagon Transit Center bus terminal with sufficient time to complete security screening no later than 8:30 a.m. on November 29. To complete security screening, please come prepared to present two forms of identification of which one must be a pictured identification card. Government and military DoD CAC holders are not required to have an escort, but are still required to pass through the Visitor’s Center to gain access to the Building. Seating is limited and is on a first-toarrive basis. Attendees will be asked to provide their name, title, affiliation, and contact information to include email address and daytime telephone number to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Any interested person may attend the meeting, file written comments or statements with the committee, or make verbal comments from the floor during the public meeting, at the times, and in the manner, permitted by the committee. Special Accommodations: The meeting venue is fully handicap accessible, with wheelchair access. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 Individuals requiring special accommodations to access the public meeting or seeking additional information about public access procedures, should contact LTC Lunoff, the committee DFO, at the email address or telephone number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section, at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Written Comments or Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.105(j) and 102–3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the public or interested organizations may submit written comments or statements to the Government-Industry Advisory Panel about its mission and/or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. Written comments or statements should be submitted to LTC Lunoff, the committee DFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the email address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the following formats: Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. The comment or statement must include the author’s name, title, affiliation, address, and daytime telephone number. Written comments or statements being submitted in response to the agenda set forth in this notice must be received by the committee DFO at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that they may be made available to the Government-Industry Advisory Panel for its consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments or statements received after this date may not be provided to the panel until its next meeting. Please note that because the panel operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, all written comments will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection. Verbal Comments: Members of the public will be permitted to make verbal comments during the meeting only at the time and in the manner allowed herein. If a member of the public is interested in making a verbal comment at the open meeting, that individual must submit a request, with a brief statement of the subject matter to be addressed by the comment, at least three (3) business days in advance to the committee DFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the email address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. The committee DFO will log each request to make a comment, in the order received, and determine whether the subject matter of each comment is relevant to the panel’s mission and/or the topics to PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be addressed in this public meeting. A 30-minute period near the end of the meeting will be available for verbal public comments. Members of the public who have requested to make a verbal comment and whose comments have been deemed relevant under the process described in this paragraph, will be allotted no more than five (5) minutes during this period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their requests were received by the DFO. Dated: November 15, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2016–27773 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for EA–18G ‘‘Growler’’ Airfield Operations at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Complex, Washington Department of the Navy, DoD Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500–1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of adding up to 36 Growler aircraft at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island complex, and continuing and increasing Growler airfield operations. The NAS Whidbey Island complex is located in Island County, Washington, on Whidbey Island, in the northern Puget Sound region. The complex includes the main air station (Ault Field), which is in the north-central part of the island, adjacent to the city of Oak Harbor, and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville. The OLF is approximately 10 miles south of Ault Field and is dedicated primarily to Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). With the filing of the Draft EIS, the DoN is initiating an extended public comment period of 75 days, beginning on November 10, 2016 and ending on January 25, 2017. Public meetings are scheduled to inform the public and receive comments on the environmental analysis presented in the Draft EIS. This notice announces the dates, times, and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices locations of the public meetings and provides supplementary information about the Draft EIS. DATES AND ADDRESSES: The DoN will hold public meetings to inform the public about the Draft EIS and the proposed action and alternatives under consideration and to provide opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft EIS. Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, and interested organizations and individuals are encouraged to provide comments in person at the public meetings or in writing during the 75-day public review period. Public meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations: 1. Monday, December 5, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Fort Worden State Park Conference Center, USO Hall, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, Washington 98368. 2. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge Grande Hall, 155 NE Ernst Street, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277. 3. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 204 Village Road, Lopez Island, Washington 98261. 4. Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building, 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, Washington 98221. 5. Friday, December 9, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Coupeville High School Commons, 501 South Main Street, Coupeville, Washington 98239. The public meetings will be open house sessions with informational poster stations. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of DoN representatives and subject matter experts. Attendees will also be able to provide verbal comments to a stenographer or submit written comments during the public meetings. In addition to participating in the public meetings, members of the public may submit comments via the U.S. Postal Service using the mailing address identified in the contact information later in this notice or electronically using the project Web site (http:// www.whidbeyeis.com). All comments made at the public meetings or postmarked or received online by January 25 will become part of the public record and be considered in the Final EIS. The DoN may release the city, state, and 5-digit zip code of individuals who provide comments during the Draft EIS public review period. However, the names, street addresses, email addresses VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 and screen names, telephone numbers, or other personally identifiable information of those individuals will not be released by the DoN unless required by law. Prior to each commenter making verbal comments to the stenographer at the public meetings the commenter will be asked whether he/she agrees to a release of their personally identifiable information. Those commenters submitting written comments, either using comment forms or via the project Web site, will be asked whether they authorize release of personally identifiable information by checking a ‘‘release’’ box. EA– 18G EIS Project Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Attention: Code EV21/SS; 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23508. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: On September 5, 2013, the DoN published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register (78 FR 54635) to analyze the potential addition of 13 Growler aircraft to the existing Growler community stationed at NAS Whidbey Island. A revised NOI was published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014 (79 FR 61296), which modified the proposed action by increasing the number of aircraft analyzed to 36 in order to account for the possible procurement of additional aircraft. Comments received during the two scoping periods were used to shape the analysis contained in the Draft EIS. The DoN’s proposed action is to: (1) Continue and expand existing Growler operations at Ault Field and OLF Coupeville; (2) increase capabilities to accommodate up to 36 additional aircraft, including the construction and renovation of facilities at Ault Field; (3) support flight operations of other aircraft, and (4) station additional personnel in the region. The purpose of the proposed action is to augment the DoN’s existing Electronic Attack community at NAS Whidbey Island by operating additional Growler aircraft as appropriated by Congress. The DoN needs to effectively and efficiently increase electronic attack capabilities in order to counter increasingly sophisticated threats and provide more aircraft per squadron in order to give operational commanders more flexibility in addressing future threats and missions. The need for the proposed action is to maintain and expand Growler operational readiness to support national defense requirements under Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 5062. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81749 In developing the proposed range of alternatives that meet the purpose of and need for the proposed action, the DoN carefully reviewed important considerations unique to the Growler community that is single-sited at NAS Whidbey Island, as well as Growler squadron training in light of Title 10 responsibilities; existing training requirements and regulations; existing DoN infrastructure; and Chief of Naval Operations guidance to support operating Naval Forces. Furthermore, the DoN evaluated past home basing decisions, reconsidered alternatives previously eliminated from analysis, and thoughtfully considered basing and training options suggested by the public during the two scoping periods. The Draft EIS explains the DoN’s reasons for eliminating some alternatives and suggested options from further consideration. In addition, the Draft EIS explains why some alternatives presented in the October 10, 2014 revised NOI were not carried forward. The action alternatives evaluated in the Draft EIS vary in terms of force structure and operations to accommodate the proposed increase in Growler aircraft. In addition, three operational scenarios (sub-alternatives) are evaluated, all of which focus on the distribution of annual FCLP airfield operations between Ault Field and OLF Coupeville. In addition to the action alternatives, the DoN evaluated the potential environmental effects of the No Action Alternative. Under this alternative, the proposed action would not occur. Although the No Action Alternative would not meet the purpose of or need for the proposed action, the conditions associated with the No Action Alternative serve as reference points for describing and quantifying the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action alternatives. For this Draft EIS, the DoN is using the year 2021 for the No Action Alternative because it represents conditions when events at Ault Field affecting aircraft loading, facility and infrastructure assets, personnel levels, and number of aircraft are expected to be fully implemented and complete from previous aircraft home basing, aircraft retirement, and other related decisions. The Draft EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposed action on the following resources: Airspace and airfield operations; noise; public health and safety; air quality; land use; cultural resources; American Indian traditional resources; biological resources; water resources; socioeconomics; environmental justice; transportation; E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 81750 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices infrastructure; geological resources; hazardous materials and wastes; and climate change and greenhouse gases. Consultation with the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is pending. The Navy will also engage in consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Native American Tribes and Nations. The Draft EIS was distributed to federal, state, and local agencies and elected officials, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, and other interested individuals and organizations. The Draft EIS is available for public electronic viewing or download at the project Web site (http:// www.whidbeyeis.com). A paper copy of the Draft EIS may be reviewed at 22 public libraries in the northern Puget Sound region. The full list of and addresses for each of the libraries may be found at the project Web site. To be included on the DoN’s mailing list for future updates on the EIS, submit a request electronically using the project Web site or submit a written request to the address previously identified for further information. The same policy for release of personally identifiable information as identified above will be maintained by the DoN for individuals requesting to be included on the EIS mailing list. Dated: November 9, 2016. C.D. Mora, Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–27827 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2082–062; Project No. 2082– 063; Project No. 14803–000; Project No. 14803–001] mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES PacifiCorp, Klamath River Renewal Corporation; Notice of Applications Filed With the Commission Take notice that the following hydroelectric applications have been filed with the Commission and are available for public inspection: a. Types of Applications: Application for Amendment and Partial Transfer of License; Application for Surrender of License. b. Project Nos.: 2082–062 and 14803– 000 (amendment and transfer VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 application); 2082–063 and 14803–001 (surrender application). c. Date Filed: September 23, 2016. d. Applicants: For license amendment and transfer: PacifiCorp (transferor) and Klamath River Renewal Corporation (transferee). For license surrender: Klamath River Renewal Corporation. e. Name of Projects: Klamath Project (P–2082). Lower Klamath Project (P–14803). f. Locations: Klamath Project—on the Klamath River in Klamath County, Oregon, and on the Klamath River and Fall Creek in Siskiyou County, California. The project includes about 477 acres of federal lands administered by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management. Lower Klamath Project—on the Klamath River in Klamath County, Oregon, and Siskiyou County, California. The project would include about 395 acres of federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r. h. Applicants Contact: Sarah Kamman, Vice President and General Counsel, PacifiCorp, 825 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 2000, Portland, OR 97232, (503) 813–5865, sarah kamman@ pacificorp.com. Michael Carrier, President, Klamath River Renewal Corporation, 423 Washington Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 820–4441, michael@klamathrenewal.org. i. FERC Contacts: Amendment and Transfer: Steve Hocking, (202) 502– 8753, Steve.Hocking@ferc.gov. Surrender: John Mudre: (202) 502– 8902, john.mudre@ferc.gov. j. Description of Amendment and Transfer Request: The applicants request that the Commission transfer the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate developments of the existing Klamath Project No. 2082 from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Renewal Corporation) and create a new project, the Lower Klamath Project, for the transferred developments with the Renewal Corporation as the sole licensee. PacifiCorp requests that the license for Project No. 2082 be amended to delete references to the four transferred developments. The applicants state that they will make a supplemental filing on or before March 1, 2017, demonstrating the legal, technical, and financial capabilities of the Renewal Corporation to perform its responsibilities as transferee. Applicants further request that the Commission act on the amendment and transfer PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 application by December 31, 2017, and allow the Renewal Corporation six months from the issuance date of the order approving transfer to submit proof of its acceptance of license transfer. k. Description of Surrender Request: The Renewal Corporation’s request to surrender and decommission the Lower Klamath Project, including removal of the project dams is contingent upon a Commission order amending PacifiCorp’s existing Klamath Project (P–2082) license to create a new project, the Lower Klamath Project, and transferring the Lower Klamath Project to the Renewal Corporation, as described in item (j), above. The Lower Klamath Project, as envisioned by the Renewal Corporation, would consist of the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate developments of the existing Klamath Project No. 2082, and the Renewal Corporation would be the sole licensee. The Renewal Corporation requests that the Commission not act on this request until it is ready to accept license transfer and states that it will file, by December 31, 2017, its decommissioning plan to serve as the basis for Commission staff’s environmental and engineering review of the surrender application. Because only a licensee may file to surrender a license and the Commission does not accept contingent applications, the surrender application is deemed to be filed by both PacifiCorp and the Renewal Corporation. See 18 CFR 6.1 and 4.32(j). Therefore, while action on the amendment and transfer application is pending, the Commission will maintain both applications in the dockets for both project numbers. If the Commission approves the transfer and the Renewal Corporation accepts the license, following which the Renewal Corporation would become the sole licensee, the surrender proceeding would continue solely in Project No. 14803. l. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with: (a) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency implementing regulations at 50 CFR part 402; (b) NOAA Fisheries under section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.920; and (c) the California and Oregon State Historic Preservation Officers, as required by section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR part 800. m. With this notice, we are designating PacifiCorp and the Renewal E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 81748-81750]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27827]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for EA-18G ``Growler'' Airfield Operations at the Naval Air 
Station Whidbey Island Complex, Washington

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD

ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on 
Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500-1508), 
the Department of the Navy (DoN) has prepared and filed with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of adding up to 36 
Growler aircraft at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island complex, 
and continuing and increasing Growler airfield operations. The NAS 
Whidbey Island complex is located in Island County, Washington, on 
Whidbey Island, in the northern Puget Sound region. The complex 
includes the main air station (Ault Field), which is in the north-
central part of the island, adjacent to the city of Oak Harbor, and 
Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville. The OLF is approximately 10 
miles south of Ault Field and is dedicated primarily to Field Carrier 
Landing Practice (FCLP).
    With the filing of the Draft EIS, the DoN is initiating an extended 
public comment period of 75 days, beginning on November 10, 2016 and 
ending on January 25, 2017. Public meetings are scheduled to inform the 
public and receive comments on the environmental analysis presented in 
the Draft EIS. This notice announces the dates, times, and

[[Page 81749]]

locations of the public meetings and provides supplementary information 
about the Draft EIS.

DATES AND ADDRESSES: The DoN will hold public meetings to inform the 
public about the Draft EIS and the proposed action and alternatives 
under consideration and to provide opportunities for the public to 
comment on the Draft EIS. Federal, state, and local agencies and 
officials, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, and interested 
organizations and individuals are encouraged to provide comments in 
person at the public meetings or in writing during the 75-day public 
review period. Public meetings will be held at the following dates, 
times, and locations:
    1. Monday, December 5, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 
Fort Worden State Park Conference Center, USO Hall, 200 Battery Way, 
Port Townsend, Washington 98368.
    2. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the 
Oak Harbor Elks Lodge Grande Hall, 155 NE Ernst Street, Oak Harbor, 
Washington 98277.
    3. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 
Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 204 Village Road, Lopez 
Island, Washington 98261.
    4. Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 
Seafarers' Memorial Park Building, 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, 
Washington 98221.
    5. Friday, December 9, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the 
Coupeville High School Commons, 501 South Main Street, Coupeville, 
Washington 98239.
    The public meetings will be open house sessions with informational 
poster stations. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask 
questions of DoN representatives and subject matter experts. Attendees 
will also be able to provide verbal comments to a stenographer or 
submit written comments during the public meetings. In addition to 
participating in the public meetings, members of the public may submit 
comments via the U.S. Postal Service using the mailing address 
identified in the contact information later in this notice or 
electronically using the project Web site (http://www.whidbeyeis.com). 
All comments made at the public meetings or postmarked or received 
online by January 25 will become part of the public record and be 
considered in the Final EIS.
    The DoN may release the city, state, and 5-digit zip code of 
individuals who provide comments during the Draft EIS public review 
period. However, the names, street addresses, email addresses and 
screen names, telephone numbers, or other personally identifiable 
information of those individuals will not be released by the DoN unless 
required by law. Prior to each commenter making verbal comments to the 
stenographer at the public meetings the commenter will be asked whether 
he/she agrees to a release of their personally identifiable 
information. Those commenters submitting written comments, either using 
comment forms or via the project Web site, will be asked whether they 
authorize release of personally identifiable information by checking a 
``release'' box.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EA-18G EIS Project Manager, Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Attention: Code EV21/
SS; 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23508.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 5, 2013, the DoN published a 
notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register (78 FR 54635) to analyze 
the potential addition of 13 Growler aircraft to the existing Growler 
community stationed at NAS Whidbey Island. A revised NOI was published 
in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014 (79 FR 61296), which 
modified the proposed action by increasing the number of aircraft 
analyzed to 36 in order to account for the possible procurement of 
additional aircraft. Comments received during the two scoping periods 
were used to shape the analysis contained in the Draft EIS.
    The DoN's proposed action is to: (1) Continue and expand existing 
Growler operations at Ault Field and OLF Coupeville; (2) increase 
capabilities to accommodate up to 36 additional aircraft, including the 
construction and renovation of facilities at Ault Field; (3) support 
flight operations of other aircraft, and (4) station additional 
personnel in the region.
    The purpose of the proposed action is to augment the DoN's existing 
Electronic Attack community at NAS Whidbey Island by operating 
additional Growler aircraft as appropriated by Congress. The DoN needs 
to effectively and efficiently increase electronic attack capabilities 
in order to counter increasingly sophisticated threats and provide more 
aircraft per squadron in order to give operational commanders more 
flexibility in addressing future threats and missions. The need for the 
proposed action is to maintain and expand Growler operational readiness 
to support national defense requirements under Title 10, United States 
Code (U.S.C.), Section 5062.
    In developing the proposed range of alternatives that meet the 
purpose of and need for the proposed action, the DoN carefully reviewed 
important considerations unique to the Growler community that is 
single-sited at NAS Whidbey Island, as well as Growler squadron 
training in light of Title 10 responsibilities; existing training 
requirements and regulations; existing DoN infrastructure; and Chief of 
Naval Operations guidance to support operating Naval Forces. 
Furthermore, the DoN evaluated past home basing decisions, reconsidered 
alternatives previously eliminated from analysis, and thoughtfully 
considered basing and training options suggested by the public during 
the two scoping periods. The Draft EIS explains the DoN's reasons for 
eliminating some alternatives and suggested options from further 
consideration. In addition, the Draft EIS explains why some 
alternatives presented in the October 10, 2014 revised NOI were not 
carried forward.
    The action alternatives evaluated in the Draft EIS vary in terms of 
force structure and operations to accommodate the proposed increase in 
Growler aircraft. In addition, three operational scenarios (sub-
alternatives) are evaluated, all of which focus on the distribution of 
annual FCLP airfield operations between Ault Field and OLF Coupeville.
    In addition to the action alternatives, the DoN evaluated the 
potential environmental effects of the No Action Alternative. Under 
this alternative, the proposed action would not occur. Although the No 
Action Alternative would not meet the purpose of or need for the 
proposed action, the conditions associated with the No Action 
Alternative serve as reference points for describing and quantifying 
the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action 
alternatives. For this Draft EIS, the DoN is using the year 2021 for 
the No Action Alternative because it represents conditions when events 
at Ault Field affecting aircraft loading, facility and infrastructure 
assets, personnel levels, and number of aircraft are expected to be 
fully implemented and complete from previous aircraft home basing, 
aircraft retirement, and other related decisions.
    The Draft EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental 
effects of the proposed action on the following resources: Airspace and 
airfield operations; noise; public health and safety; air quality; land 
use; cultural resources; American Indian traditional resources; 
biological resources; water resources; socioeconomics; environmental 
justice; transportation;

[[Page 81750]]

infrastructure; geological resources; hazardous materials and wastes; 
and climate change and greenhouse gases. Consultation with the 
Washington State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act is pending. The Navy will also 
engage in consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington State Department of 
Ecology, and Native American Tribes and Nations.
    The Draft EIS was distributed to federal, state, and local agencies 
and elected officials, Native American Indian Tribes and Nations, and 
other interested individuals and organizations. The Draft EIS is 
available for public electronic viewing or download at the project Web 
site (http://www.whidbeyeis.com). A paper copy of the Draft EIS may be 
reviewed at 22 public libraries in the northern Puget Sound region. The 
full list of and addresses for each of the libraries may be found at 
the project Web site.
    To be included on the DoN's mailing list for future updates on the 
EIS, submit a request electronically using the project Web site or 
submit a written request to the address previously identified for 
further information. The same policy for release of personally 
identifiable information as identified above will be maintained by the 
DoN for individuals requesting to be included on the EIS mailing list.

    Dated: November 9, 2016.
C.D. Mora,
Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register 
Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-27827 Filed 11-17-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3810-FF-P