Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transit Projects, 83928-83929 [2016-28104]

Download as PDF 83928 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / Notices agreement. The applicant must acknowledge that it is under a continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Agreement it executes with FTA for its project. The applicant must acknowledge that it understands that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and administrative practices might be modified from time to time and may affect the implementation of the project. The applicant must agree that the most recent Federal requirements will apply to the project, unless FTA issues a written determination otherwise. Issued in Washington, DC, this sixteenth day of November 2016. Matthew Welbes, Executive Director. [FR Doc. 2016–28069 Filed 11–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket Number: FTA–2016–0044 ] Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transit Projects Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of availability; Request for comments. AGENCIES: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of a draft Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transit Projects (Programmatic Assessment) and an accompanying Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Estimator Tool (Estimator Tool). The purpose of the draft Programmatic Assessment is to: (1) Report on whether certain types of proposed transit projects merit detailed analysis of their GHG emissions at the project-level; and (2) provide a source of data and analysis for FTA and its grantees to reference in future environmental documents for projects where detailed, project-level GHG analysis would provide limited information beyond what is collected and considered in the assessment. The draft Programmatic Assessment presents estimates of GHG emissions generated from the construction, operations, and maintenance phases of projects across select transit modes, as well as an estimate of personal vehicle emissions displaced due to transit’s ‘‘ridership effect.’’ The associated Estimator Tool is a spreadsheet tool that allows users to calculate partial lifecycle GHG emissions estimates by transit mode sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 21, 2016 Jkt 241001 based on limited data inputs. FTA’s draft Programmatic Assessment or Estimator Tool is not a requirement; agencies and states may use other methods for reporting GHG emissions related to state GHG reporting regulations, as needed and as appropriate. Use of FTA’s draft Programmatic Assessment or Estimator Tool is not a requirement, if agencies and states are utilizing other methods for reporting GHG emissions related to state GHG reporting regulations. The FTA requests public comments on the Programmatic Assessment and the Estimator Tool. DATES: Comments must be received by January 6, 2017. Late filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to Docket No. FTA–2016–0044 by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Fax: (202) 493–2251. Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and the Docket Number of this notice at the beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Sarna, Office of Environmental Programs, (202) 366–5811, or Christopher Van Wyk, Office of Environmental Programs, (202) 366– 1733; Helen Serassio, Office of Chief Counsel, (202) 366–1974. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In August 2016, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its Final Guidance for Federal PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews. The guidance provides a framework for agencies to consider the effects of a proposed action on climate change, as indicated by its estimated GHG emissions. The CEQ guidance notes that an agency may decide, rather than analyze GHG emissions project-byproject, that it would be useful and efficient to provide an aggregate analysis of GHG emissions or climate change effects through programmatic analysis and then incorporate that analysis by reference into future NEPA reviews. FTA currently considers it practicable to assess the effects of GHG emissions and climate change for a variety of transit projects at a programmatic level. The purpose of the Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transit Projects is to: (1) Report on whether certain types of proposed transit projects merit detailed analysis of their GHG emissions at the project-level; and (2) provide a source of data and analysis for FTA and its grantees to reference in future environmental documents for projects where detailed, project-level GHG analysis would provide only limited information beyond what is collected and considered in the assessment. The Programmatic Assessment presents results from an analysis to estimate direct and indirect GHG emissions generated from the construction, operations, and maintenance phases of projects across select transit modes. The findings provide a reference for FTA and its grantees to use in future NEPA documents to describe the potential effects of proposed transit investments on partial lifecycle GHG emissions. This assessment’s results can inform transit project sponsors who are considering the implications of GHG emissions of future transit investments or who might independently want to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions benefits and cost of such investments. As part of the draft Programmatic Assessment, FTA developed the Estimator Tool. The Estimator Tool is a spreadsheet based tool that allows users to calculate partial lifecycle GHG emissions estimates by transit mode for the construction, maintenance, and operations phases of transit project development, as well as an estimate of personal vehicle emissions displaced due to transit’s ‘‘ridership effect.’’ FTA requests comments on the draft Programmatic Assessment and the accompanying Estimator Tool, which are available on the docket. Comments E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / Notices can be made in the docket (FTA–2016– 0044). FTA will respond to comments received on the draft Programmatic Assessment and Estimator Tool in a second Federal Register notice to be published after the comment period closes. That second notice will also announce the availability of a final Programmatic Assessment and the Estimator Tool that reflects any changes implemented as a result of comments received. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 40 CFR 1507.3; 49 CFR 1.81(a)(5). Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–28104 Filed 11–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [Docket ID OCC–2016–0032] Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee meeting. AGENCY: The OCC announces a meeting of the Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee (MSAAC). SUMMARY: A public meeting of the MSAAC will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). ADDRESSES: The OCC will hold the December 8, 2016 meeting of the MSAAC at the OCC’s offices at 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael R. Brickman, Deputy Comptroller for Thrift Supervision, (202) 649–5420, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC 20219. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By this notice, the OCC is announcing that the MSAAC will convene a meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the OCC’s offices at 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 8:30 a.m. EST. The purpose of the meeting is for the MSAAC to advise the OCC on regulatory changes or other steps the OCC may be able to take to ensure the continued health and viability of mutual sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 21, 2016 Jkt 241001 savings associations and other issues of concern to existing mutual savings associations. The agenda includes a discussion of current topics of interest to the industry. Members of the public may submit written statements to the MSAAC. The OCC must receive written statements no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Members of the public may submit written statements to MSAAC@occ.treas.gov or by mailing them to Michael R. Brickman, Designated Federal Officer, Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. Members of the public who plan to attend the meeting should contact the OCC by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 1, 2016, to inform the OCC of their desire to attend the meeting and to provide information that will be required to facilitate entry into the meeting. Members of the public may contact the OCC via email at MSAAC@ OCC.treas.gov or by telephone at (202) 649–5420. Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing should call (202) 649–5597 (TTY) by 5:00 p.m. EST Thursday, December 1, 2016, to arrange auxiliary aids such as sign language interpretation for this meeting. Attendees should provide their full name, email address, and organization, if any. For security reasons, attendees will be subject to security screening procedures and must present a valid government-issued identification to enter the building. Dated: November 16, 2016. Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency. [FR Doc. 2016–28021 Filed 11–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request November 17, 2016. The Department of the Treasury will submit the following information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, on or after the date of publication of this notice. DATES: Comments should be received on or before December 22, 2016 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimates, or any other aspect of the information collections, PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 83929 including suggestions for reducing the burden, to (1) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for Treasury, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, or email at OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.gov and (2) Treasury PRA Clearance Officer, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 8142, Washington, DC 20220, or email at PRA@treasury.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the submissions may be obtained by emailing PRA@treasury.gov, calling (202) 622–0934, or viewing the entire information collection request at www.reginfo.gov. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OMB Control Number: 1545–0731. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title: Definition of an S Corporation. Abstract: The regulations provide the procedures and the statements to be filed by certain individuals for making the election under section 1361(d)(2). The statements required to be filed would be used to verify that taxpayers are complying with requirements imposed by Congress under subchapter S. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,005. OMB Control Number: 1545–0763. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title: Qualified Conservation Contributions. Abstract: The information is necessary to comply with various substantive requirements of section 170(h), which describes situations in which a taxpayer is entitled to an income tax deduction for a charitable contribution for conservation purposes of a partial interest in real property. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,250. OMB Control Number: 1545–0782. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title: Limitation on reduction in income tax liability incurred to the Virgin Islands. Abstract: The Tax Reform Act of 1986 repealed the mandatory reporting and recordkeeping requirements of section 934(d)(1954 Code). The prior exception to the general rule of section 934 (1954 Code) to prevent the Government of the E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 225 (Tuesday, November 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 83928-83929]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28104]


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

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket Number: FTA-2016-0044 ]


Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse 
Gas Emissions From Transit Projects

AGENCIES:  Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability; Request for comments.

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

SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the 
availability of a draft Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas 
Emissions from Transit Projects (Programmatic Assessment) and an 
accompanying Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Estimator Tool (Estimator 
Tool). The purpose of the draft Programmatic Assessment is to: (1) 
Report on whether certain types of proposed transit projects merit 
detailed analysis of their GHG emissions at the project-level; and (2) 
provide a source of data and analysis for FTA and its grantees to 
reference in future environmental documents for projects where 
detailed, project-level GHG analysis would provide limited information 
beyond what is collected and considered in the assessment. The draft 
Programmatic Assessment presents estimates of GHG emissions generated 
from the construction, operations, and maintenance phases of projects 
across select transit modes, as well as an estimate of personal vehicle 
emissions displaced due to transit's ``ridership effect.'' The 
associated Estimator Tool is a spreadsheet tool that allows users to 
calculate partial lifecycle GHG emissions estimates by transit mode 
based on limited data inputs. FTA's draft Programmatic Assessment or 
Estimator Tool is not a requirement; agencies and states may use other 
methods for reporting GHG emissions related to state GHG reporting 
regulations, as needed and as appropriate. Use of FTA's draft 
Programmatic Assessment or Estimator Tool is not a requirement, if 
agencies and states are utilizing other methods for reporting GHG 
emissions related to state GHG reporting regulations. The FTA requests 
public comments on the Programmatic Assessment and the Estimator Tool.

DATES: Comments must be received by January 6, 2017. Late filed 
comments will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to Docket No. FTA-2016-0044 by any 
of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov and follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 
p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit 
Administration) and the Docket Number of this notice at the beginning 
of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted 
without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 
19477).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Sarna, Office of Environmental 
Programs, (202) 366-5811, or Christopher Van Wyk, Office of 
Environmental Programs, (202) 366-1733; Helen Serassio, Office of Chief 
Counsel, (202) 366-1974. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In August 2016, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released 
its Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on 
Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate 
Change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews. The 
guidance provides a framework for agencies to consider the effects of a 
proposed action on climate change, as indicated by its estimated GHG 
emissions. The CEQ guidance notes that an agency may decide, rather 
than analyze GHG emissions project-by-project, that it would be useful 
and efficient to provide an aggregate analysis of GHG emissions or 
climate change effects through programmatic analysis and then 
incorporate that analysis by reference into future NEPA reviews. FTA 
currently considers it practicable to assess the effects of GHG 
emissions and climate change for a variety of transit projects at a 
programmatic level.
    The purpose of the Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas 
Emissions from Transit Projects is to: (1) Report on whether certain 
types of proposed transit projects merit detailed analysis of their GHG 
emissions at the project-level; and (2) provide a source of data and 
analysis for FTA and its grantees to reference in future environmental 
documents for projects where detailed, project-level GHG analysis would 
provide only limited information beyond what is collected and 
considered in the assessment. The Programmatic Assessment presents 
results from an analysis to estimate direct and indirect GHG emissions 
generated from the construction, operations, and maintenance phases of 
projects across select transit modes. The findings provide a reference 
for FTA and its grantees to use in future NEPA documents to describe 
the potential effects of proposed transit investments on partial 
lifecycle GHG emissions. This assessment's results can inform transit 
project sponsors who are considering the implications of GHG emissions 
of future transit investments or who might independently want to 
evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions benefits and cost of such 
investments. As part of the draft Programmatic Assessment, FTA 
developed the Estimator Tool. The Estimator Tool is a spreadsheet based 
tool that allows users to calculate partial lifecycle GHG emissions 
estimates by transit mode for the construction, maintenance, and 
operations phases of transit project development, as well as an 
estimate of personal vehicle emissions displaced due to transit's 
``ridership effect.''
    FTA requests comments on the draft Programmatic Assessment and the 
accompanying Estimator Tool, which are available on the docket. 
Comments

[[Page 83929]]

can be made in the docket (FTA-2016-0044). FTA will respond to comments 
received on the draft Programmatic Assessment and Estimator Tool in a 
second Federal Register notice to be published after the comment period 
closes. That second notice will also announce the availability of a 
final Programmatic Assessment and the Estimator Tool that reflects any 
changes implemented as a result of comments received.

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 40 CFR 1507.3; 49 CFR 
1.81(a)(5).

Lucy Garliauskas,
Associate Administrator, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal 
Transit Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-28104 Filed 11-21-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-57-P