Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credit Purchase, 85936-85937 [2016-28617]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 85936 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices meeting its obligations under the AIDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every five years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with AIDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation. 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[FR Doc. 2016–28731 Filed 11–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF025 Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credit Purchase National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment; request for comments. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a document entitled, ‘‘Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credits Purchase’’ (Draft EA) is available for public review and comment. This document has been prepared by the state, tribal, and Federal natural resource trustee agencies (the ‘‘Trustees’’)—NOAA, United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Washington Department of Ecology (as lead State trustee), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Suquamish Tribe—to evaluate potential impacts to the environment from purchasing 30 credits in the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project (Site 2). The proposed credits purchase in the Site 2 project is a component of the overall effort to restore natural resources and resource services that have been injured and lost resulting from releases of hazardous substances into the Lower Duwamish River (LDR). This draft EA is tiered from the June 2013 Final LDR NRDA Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (RP/EIS). The EA describes the Trustees’ proposed plan to purchase 30 credits in the Site 2 project. The purchase would utilize a portion of the funds provided to the Trustees from the Pacific Sound Resources settlement (United States et al. v. Pacific Sound Resources et al., Civ. No. C94–687 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 29, 1994)). The Trustees may only use these funds for restoration purposes. The Trustees will consider comments received during the public comment period before finalizing this EA. SUMMARY: Comments on the Draft EA must be submitted in writing on or before December 27, 2016. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Requests for copies of the Draft EA should be sent to Rebecca Hoff of NOAA at 7600 Sand Point Way NE., DARC Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115 or by email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. The Draft EA is also available for downloading at http://bit.ly/2fJlE8G. Comments on this plan are to be sent in writing to Rebecca Hoff of NOAA. These written comments may be submitted either by mail at the address provided above; by fax to 206–526–6665, or by email to Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Hoff, at 206–526–6276, or email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The LDR is the estuarine portion of the Duwamish River, and starts from the mouth at the East and West Waterways on both sides of Harbor Island at Seattle’s Elliott Bay and ends at the natural rock formation commonly known as North Winds Weir (approximately 7 miles), in central Puget Sound. Historic operations of various entities resulted in releases of hazardous substances, such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, and other hazardous compounds, into the LDR. The RP/PEIS describes the type of restoration that the Trustees believe would be most effective in addressing the injuries in the LDR resulting from releases of hazardous substances— Integrated Habitat Restoration. The Site 2 project will create the full suite of habitats identified in the Integrated Habitat Restoration approach, and is consistent with the description of projects and project impacts discussed in the RP/PEIS. The Draft EA released today identifies the Trustees’ proposed use of some of the settlement funds to purchase restoration credits sufficient to allow Bluefield Holdings to begin implementing the Site 2 project. The Site 2 project will create and/or rehabilitate shallow subtidal habitat, intertidal mudflat habitat, marsh habitat, and riparian habitat. In undertaking this NRDA restoration effort and in releasing this Draft EA, the Trustees are acting in accordance with their designation and authorities under section 107(f) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9607(f) of the Federal Water Pollution and Control Act (FWPCA), 33 U.S.C. 1321, Subpart G of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR 300.600 through 300.615, and regulations at 43 CFR part 11, which are applicable to natural resource ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices damage assessments under CERCLA. The Trustees act on behalf of the public under these authorities to protect and restore natural resources injured or lost resulting from discharges or releases of hazardous substances. Dated: November 22, 2016. Patricia A. 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ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Public comments may be mailed to: Digital Economy Board of Advisors, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230; or emailed to: DEBA@ntia.doc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evelyn Remaley, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at (202) 482–3821 or DEBA@ntia.doc.gov; and/or visit NTIA’s Web site at https://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/digital-economy-boardadvisors. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Economic prosperity is increasingly tied to the digital economy, which is a key driver of competitiveness, business expansion, and innovation. Indeed, virtually every modern company relies on the Internet to grow and thrive. As a result, the Department of Commerce (Department) asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 has made technology and Internet policy a top priority, investing resources to address challenges and opportunities businesses face in a global economy. Last year, the Secretary of Commerce unveiled the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, which will help businesses and consumers realize the potential of the digital economy to advance growth and opportunity. The Agenda focuses on four key objectives: Promoting a free and open Internet worldwide; promoting trust online; ensuring access for workers, families, and companies; and promoting innovation. To support the Agenda, the Secretary directed NTIA to create the Digital Economy Board of Advisors as a mechanism for receiving regular advice from leaders in industry, academia, and civil society. See Committee Charter at https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/ publications/deba_charter_ 12222015.pdf. The Digital Economy Board of Advisors convened its first meeting on May 16, 2016, to determine preliminary priorities and work streams. The Board convened its second meeting on September 30, 2016, and reviewed progress made on each of the work streams identified during the first open meeting. This Board is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and is consistent with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Act, 47 U.S.C. 904(b). The Board functions solely as an advisory body in compliance with the FACA. For more information about the Board, visit https://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/ digital-economy-board-advisors. Matters to be Considered: The Board provides independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary, on a broad range of policy issues impacting the digital economy. The Board’s mission is to provide advice to the Department on increasing domestic prosperity, improving education, and facilitating participation in political and cultural life through the application and expansion of digital technologies. The Board’s advice focuses on ensuring the Internet continues to thrive as an engine of growth, innovation, and free expression. The Department will use the advice provided by the Board to inform its decision-making processes and to advance Administration goals. NTIA will post a detailed agenda on its Web site, https://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/digital-economy-boardadvisors, prior to the meeting. To the extent that the meeting time and agenda permit, any member of the public may PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 85937 speak to or otherwise address the Board regarding the agenda items during the meeting. Time and Date: The meeting will be held on December 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). The meeting will be available via two-way audio link and may be webcast. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, https://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/digital-economy-boardadvisors, for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and access information for the meeting. Place: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Public comments may be mailed to: Digital Economy Board of Advisors, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230. The meeting will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Ms. Remaley at (202) 482–3821 or DEBA@ntia.doc.gov at least five (5) business days before the meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF025


Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for 
the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project 
Credit Purchase

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS); National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a document entitled, ``Draft 
Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 
Shoreline Restoration Project Credits Purchase'' (Draft EA) is 
available for public review and comment. This document has been 
prepared by the state, tribal, and Federal natural resource trustee 
agencies (the ``Trustees'')--NOAA, United States Fish & Wildlife 
Service (USFWS) acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior 
(DOI), Washington Department of Ecology (as lead State trustee), 
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, 
and the Suquamish Tribe--to evaluate potential impacts to the 
environment from purchasing 30 credits in the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. 
Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project (Site 2). The proposed credits 
purchase in the Site 2 project is a component of the overall effort to 
restore natural resources and resource services that have been injured 
and lost resulting from releases of hazardous substances into the Lower 
Duwamish River (LDR). This draft EA is tiered from the June 2013 Final 
LDR NRDA Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (RP/EIS). The EA describes the Trustees' proposed plan to 
purchase 30 credits in the Site 2 project. The purchase would utilize a 
portion of the funds provided to the Trustees from the Pacific Sound 
Resources settlement (United States et al. v. Pacific Sound Resources 
et al., Civ. No. C94-687 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 29, 1994)). The Trustees may 
only use these funds for restoration purposes. The Trustees will 
consider comments received during the public comment period before 
finalizing this EA.

DATES: Comments on the Draft EA must be submitted in writing on or 
before December 27, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Draft EA should be sent to 
Rebecca Hoff of NOAA at 7600 Sand Point Way NE., DARC Building 1, 
Seattle, WA 98115 or by email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. The Draft EA is 
also available for downloading at http://bit.ly/2fJlE8G. Comments on 
this plan are to be sent in writing to Rebecca Hoff of NOAA. These 
written comments may be submitted either by mail at the address 
provided above; by fax to 206-526-6665, or by email to 
Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Hoff, at 206-526-6276, or 
email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The LDR is the estuarine portion of the 
Duwamish River, and starts from the mouth at the East and West 
Waterways on both sides of Harbor Island at Seattle's Elliott Bay and 
ends at the natural rock formation commonly known as North Winds Weir 
(approximately 7 miles), in central Puget Sound. Historic operations of 
various entities resulted in releases of hazardous substances, such as 
polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls 
(PCBs), heavy metals, and other hazardous compounds, into the LDR.
    The RP/PEIS describes the type of restoration that the Trustees 
believe would be most effective in addressing the injuries in the LDR 
resulting from releases of hazardous substances--Integrated Habitat 
Restoration. The Site 2 project will create the full suite of habitats 
identified in the Integrated Habitat Restoration approach, and is 
consistent with the description of projects and project impacts 
discussed in the RP/PEIS. The Draft EA released today identifies the 
Trustees' proposed use of some of the settlement funds to purchase 
restoration credits sufficient to allow Bluefield Holdings to begin 
implementing the Site 2 project. The Site 2 project will create and/or 
rehabilitate shallow subtidal habitat, intertidal mudflat habitat, 
marsh habitat, and riparian habitat.
    In undertaking this NRDA restoration effort and in releasing this 
Draft EA, the Trustees are acting in accordance with their designation 
and authorities under section 107(f) of the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9607(f) 
of the Federal Water Pollution and Control Act (FWPCA), 33 U.S.C. 1321, 
Subpart G of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution 
Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR 300.600 through 300.615, and regulations 
at 43 CFR part 11, which are applicable to natural resource

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damage assessments under CERCLA. The Trustees act on behalf of the 
public under these authorities to protect and restore natural resources 
injured or lost resulting from discharges or releases of hazardous 
substances.

    Dated: November 22, 2016.
Patricia A. Montanio,
Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-28617 Filed 11-28-16; 8:45 am]
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