Environmental Impact Statement: Evansville, IN, and Henderson, KY, 10537-10538 [2017-02861]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 28 / Monday, February 13, 2017 / Notices Brownsville-Matamoros West Rail Bypass Plan’’ dated June 2003, all comments submitted by agencies on that document, the responses to those comments, and all correspondence between agencies and the permittee addressing agencies’ concerns. Article 13. The permittee shall file with the appropriate agencies of the United States Government such statements or reports under oath with respect to the United States facilities, and/or permittee’s actions in connection therewith, as are now or may hereafter be required under any laws or regulations of the United States Government or its agencies. In witness whereof, I, Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, have hereunto set my hand this 13th day of January, 2017 in the City of Washington, District of Columbia. Catherine A. Novelli Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. [FR Doc. 2017–02829 Filed 2–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Evansville, IN, and Henderson, KY Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will be prepared for the proposed I–69 Corridor in the Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky area. This Notice of Intent (NOI) represents a revision to the original NOI that was issued for the project on May 10, 2001 (66 FR 23966 May 10, 2001). Under the original NOI, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was completed in 2004 but the project was subsequently suspended in 2005. This NOI reinitiates the NEPA process for the project. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Allen, Planning and Environmental Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Indiana Division, 575 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Room 254, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, Telephone 317–226–7344, Email michelle.allen@dot.gov; Laura Hilden, Director of Environmental Services, jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:41 Feb 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 Indiana Department of Transportation, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, Telephone 317–232–5018, Email lhilden@ indot.in.gov; or David Waldner, Director, Division of Environmental Analysis, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 200 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40622, Telephone 502–564– 7250, Email david.waldner@ky.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), will prepare an EIS to identify a preferred alternative for the I– 69 Corridor through the Evansville, Indiana-Henderson, Kentucky area. The project area will extend from I–69 south of Evansville (formerly I–164) across the Ohio River to the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway (now designated as I–69 up to Mile Point 76.9) near Henderson. The study will build upon the information developed for the 2004 DEIS, the 2008 Conceptual Financing Plan for I–69 Corridor conducted by KYTC, the 2013 I–69 Innovative Financing Study conducted by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) (serving as the project manager for the seven-state I–69 Steering Committee), and the 2014 I–69 Feasibility Study conducted by KYTC. The proposed project would provide an interstate-type facility with at least two lanes in each direction separated by a median. The EIS will analyze environmental, cultural, social, and economic impacts associated with the development of the proposed action. The project’s purpose and need that was developed as part of the 2004 DEIS included the following: (1) Support the completion of the National I–69; (2) Provide sufficient cross-river mobility in the Evansville/Henderson area; and (3) Strengthen the transportation network in the Evansville/Henderson area. The 2004 DEIS initially identified ten alternatives, including six alternatives west of the Evansville/Henderson area; one alternative following existing US 41; one alternative using the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway north to US 41 and continuing north on US 41 to I– 164; and two alternatives east of US 41. The northern terminus for all of the alternatives was I–64 north of Evansville. The southern terminus for all the alternatives was the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway south of Henderson. Based on the ability to meet the project’s purpose and need, environmental impacts, costs, and public and agency input, the DEIS identified Alternative 2 as the Preferred PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10537 Alternative. The DEIS Preferred Alternative utilized the existing I–164 alignment (now designated I–69) from its northern terminus at I–64 in Warrick County, to just east of the Green River Road interchange and west of Angel Mounds State Memorial Site. From that location, the alternative left the existing I–164 alignment and traveled along a new alignment south across the Ohio River immediately west of the mouth of the Green River. The new route continued south to KY 351, then southwest to the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway (now designated I– 69). The alternative was 30.2 miles in length and utilized 18.6 miles of the existing I–164. The 2014 Feasibility Study conducted by KYTC reexamined the possibility of providing a single, new Ohio River bridge at Henderson, replacing the existing US 41 bridges. Seven alternatives, some with variations, were developed and evaluated. The 2014 Feasibility Study also introduced a modified version of the DEIS Preferred Alternative, designated as Alternative 1, that used the same Ohio River crossing location, but connected to the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway just south of Henderson and farther north than the DEIS Preferred Alternative to take advantage of the improvements to and the designation of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway as I–69. This EIS will review and update, as needed, the purpose and need from the 2004 DEIS and will consider changes to the project termini as a result of I–164 and Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway being designated as I–69. It will also review and update the alternatives development and screening process based on the updated purpose and need and project termini. New alternatives will be developed and evaluated, as appropriate, and it is anticipated that this project will consider the potential use of tolls as part of its funding plan. With the resumption of the project, the public and federal, state, and local agencies will be invited to participate in scoping meetings to review the project’s purpose and need and range of alternatives to be considered. These meetings will be scheduled at a later date. Public and agency meetings will also be held at key milestones throughout the EIS process to present project information and to obtain public and agency input. In addition, a project Web site will be established and public information offices will be set up in both Evansville and Henderson to allow the public to view project information and provide comments. Project enewsletters and social media will also E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 10538 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 28 / Monday, February 13, 2017 / Notices be used to present project information and issue notices of upcoming events. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to the FHWA, INDOT, or KYTC contacts at the addresses provided above. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to the program). Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 49 CFR 1.48. Dated: February 6, 2017. Mayela Sosa, Division Administrator, FHWA, Indianapolis, Indiana. [FR Doc. 2017–02861 Filed 2–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2017–0021] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel CLUB M. SEA; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before March 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2017–0021. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:41 Feb 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 entered into this docket is available at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bianca Carr, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–9309, Email Bianca.carr@dot.gov. As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel CLUB M. SEA is: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: —Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: ‘‘The intended commercial use of this vessel is to operate charters of no more than 6 passengers. These charters will consist of whale watching, sport fishing, coastal and harbor cruising.’’ —Geographic Region: ‘‘California’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2017–0021 at http://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT/MARAD solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT/MARAD posts these comments, without edit, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice, DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS, accessible through www.dot.gov/privacy. In order to facilitate comment tracking and response, we encourage commenters to provide their name, or the name of their organization; however, submission of names is completely optional. Whether or not commenters identify themselves, all timely comments will be fully considered. If you wish to provide comments containing proprietary or confidential information, please contact the agency for alternate submission instructions. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: February 8, 2017. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–02897 Filed 2–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2017–0023] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel SATORI; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before March 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2017–0023. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bianca Carr, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–9309, Email Bianca.carr@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel SATORI is: SUMMARY: —INTENDED COMMERCIAL USE OF VESSEL: ‘‘Passenger charters, day sailing and Private charters.’’ —GEOGRAPHIC REGION: ‘‘Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 28 (Monday, February 13, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10537-10538]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-02861]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Evansville, IN, and Henderson, KY

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will be prepared for the proposed I-69 
Corridor in the Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky area. This 
Notice of Intent (NOI) represents a revision to the original NOI that 
was issued for the project on May 10, 2001 (66 FR 23966 May 10, 2001). 
Under the original NOI, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
was completed in 2004 but the project was subsequently suspended in 
2005. This NOI reinitiates the NEPA process for the project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Allen, Planning and 
Environmental Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Indiana 
Division, 575 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Room 254, Indianapolis, Indiana 
46204, Telephone 317-226-7344, Email michelle.allen@dot.gov; Laura 
Hilden, Director of Environmental Services, Indiana Department of 
Transportation, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642, Indianapolis, 
Indiana 46204, Telephone 317-232-5018, Email lhilden@indot.in.gov; or 
David Waldner, Director, Division of Environmental Analysis, Kentucky 
Transportation Cabinet, 200 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40622, 
Telephone 502-564-7250, Email david.waldner@ky.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Indiana 
Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation 
Cabinet (KYTC), will prepare an EIS to identify a preferred alternative 
for the I-69 Corridor through the Evansville, Indiana-Henderson, 
Kentucky area. The project area will extend from I-69 south of 
Evansville (formerly I-164) across the Ohio River to the Edward T. 
Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway (now designated as I-69 up to Mile Point 
76.9) near Henderson. The study will build upon the information 
developed for the 2004 DEIS, the 2008 Conceptual Financing Plan for I-
69 Corridor conducted by KYTC, the 2013 I-69 Innovative Financing Study 
conducted by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department 
(AHTD) (serving as the project manager for the seven-state I-69 
Steering Committee), and the 2014 I-69 Feasibility Study conducted by 
KYTC. The proposed project would provide an interstate-type facility 
with at least two lanes in each direction separated by a median. The 
EIS will analyze environmental, cultural, social, and economic impacts 
associated with the development of the proposed action.
    The project's purpose and need that was developed as part of the 
2004 DEIS included the following: (1) Support the completion of the 
National I-69; (2) Provide sufficient cross-river mobility in the 
Evansville/Henderson area; and (3) Strengthen the transportation 
network in the Evansville/Henderson area. The 2004 DEIS initially 
identified ten alternatives, including six alternatives west of the 
Evansville/Henderson area; one alternative following existing US 41; 
one alternative using the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway north 
to US 41 and continuing north on US 41 to I-164; and two alternatives 
east of US 41. The northern terminus for all of the alternatives was I-
64 north of Evansville. The southern terminus for all the alternatives 
was the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway south of Henderson. Based 
on the ability to meet the project's purpose and need, environmental 
impacts, costs, and public and agency input, the DEIS identified 
Alternative 2 as the Preferred Alternative. The DEIS Preferred 
Alternative utilized the existing I-164 alignment (now designated I-69) 
from its northern terminus at I-64 in Warrick County, to just east of 
the Green River Road interchange and west of Angel Mounds State 
Memorial Site. From that location, the alternative left the existing I-
164 alignment and traveled along a new alignment south across the Ohio 
River immediately west of the mouth of the Green River. The new route 
continued south to KY 351, then southwest to the Edward T. Breathitt 
Pennyrile Parkway (now designated I-69). The alternative was 30.2 miles 
in length and utilized 18.6 miles of the existing I-164.
    The 2014 Feasibility Study conducted by KYTC reexamined the 
possibility of providing a single, new Ohio River bridge at Henderson, 
replacing the existing US 41 bridges. Seven alternatives, some with 
variations, were developed and evaluated. The 2014 Feasibility Study 
also introduced a modified version of the DEIS Preferred Alternative, 
designated as Alternative 1, that used the same Ohio River crossing 
location, but connected to the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway 
just south of Henderson and farther north than the DEIS Preferred 
Alternative to take advantage of the improvements to and the 
designation of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway as I-69.
    This EIS will review and update, as needed, the purpose and need 
from the 2004 DEIS and will consider changes to the project termini as 
a result of I-164 and Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway being 
designated as I-69. It will also review and update the alternatives 
development and screening process based on the updated purpose and need 
and project termini. New alternatives will be developed and evaluated, 
as appropriate, and it is anticipated that this project will consider 
the potential use of tolls as part of its funding plan.
    With the resumption of the project, the public and federal, state, 
and local agencies will be invited to participate in scoping meetings 
to review the project's purpose and need and range of alternatives to 
be considered. These meetings will be scheduled at a later date. Public 
and agency meetings will also be held at key milestones throughout the 
EIS process to present project information and to obtain public and 
agency input. In addition, a project Web site will be established and 
public information offices will be set up in both Evansville and 
Henderson to allow the public to view project information and provide 
comments. Project e-newsletters and social media will also

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be used to present project information and issue notices of upcoming 
events.
    Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS 
should be directed to the FHWA, INDOT, or KYTC contacts at the 
addresses provided above.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 20.205, Highway 
Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive 
Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal 
programs and activities apply to the program).

    Authority:  23 U.S.C. 315; 49 CFR 1.48.

    Dated: February 6, 2017.
Mayela Sosa,
Division Administrator, FHWA, Indianapolis, Indiana.
[FR Doc. 2017-02861 Filed 2-10-17; 8:45 am]
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