Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC: Notice of availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement, 11340-11341 [2017-03404]

Download as PDF 11340 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices Comments may also be sent to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC 20503. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. E-Government Act Compliance FAS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act of 2002, to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Dated: February 13, 2017. Holly Higgins, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03429 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC: Notice of availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within the Department of Agriculture (USDA), has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), RUS’s implementing regulations, 7 CFR part 1970, and other applicable environmental requirements related to providing financial assistance for Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC’s (Energy Answers) proposed (Project) in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. RUS will also use the FEIS to meet its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 54 U.S.C. 300101, and its implementing regulations, ‘‘Protection of Historic Properties’’ (36 CFR part 800). The FEIS addresses the construction, operation, and maintenance of Energy Answers’ sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 proposed Project, a waste-to-energy generation and resource recovery facility described previously in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). It also addresses the roughly 3,820 comments received during the comment periods for the DEIS. The overall project area encompasses parts of the Cambalache Ward in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. DATES: Written comments on the FEIS will be accepted 30 days following the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental impact statement receipt notice in the Federal Register. Notices of Availability of the FEIS will be published in the local newspapers. After a 30-day public review period on the FEIS, RUS will consider comments and prepare a Record of Decision for its respective action. The environmental review process is expected to conclude in the late winter or spring of 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To receive copies of the FEIS or request information on the proposed Project, the FEIS process, and RUS financing, contact Mr. Steven Polacek, Environmental Protection Specialist, Rural Utilities Service, Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250, telephone: (202) 205–9805, fax: (202) 690–0649, or email: Steve.Polacek@wdc.usda.gov. Copies of the FEIS will be available for review in the Arecibo Public Library (Nicolas Nabal Barreto), located at: 210 Santiago Iglesias Pantin Ave., Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Energy Answers plans to request financial assistance for the proposed Project from RUS. Completing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a precursor requirement to processing a loan application from Energy Answers. Upon completion of the EIS process, RUS would review Energy Answers’ application along with other technical and financial considerations. Energy Answers proposes to construct a waste to energy generation and resource recovery facility in the Cambalache Ward of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The proposed facility would receive and process approximately 2,300 tons of municipal waste per day and generate a gross capacity of 77 megawatts (MW). The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will purchase power generated from the facility. The preferred location of the facility is the site of a former paper mill and would cover approximately 79.6 acres of the 90-acre parcel. The proposal would include the following facility PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 components: A municipal solid waste receiving and processing building; processed refuse fuel storage building; boiler and steam turbine; emission control system; ash processing and storage building; and other associated infrastructure and buildings. Two other connected actions, which would be constructed by other utilities, include installation of an approximately 2.0mile raw water line and construction of a 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line approximately 0.8 miles in length. The connected actions will be addressed in the proposed Project’s EIS. In accordance with 7 CFR 1970.15(c)(2) and 40 CFR 1502.18, RUS incorporates as an appendix received on the environmental impact analyses and associated documentation prepared by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) where appropriate. PRIDCO served as a lead agency in preparing an EIS under the Puerto Rico Environmental Public Policy Act, Article 4(B)(3), Law No. 416 (September 22, 2004). The USEPA completed air quality analyses and issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for the proposed Project on June 11, 2013. As applicable, the EIS documents changes in the affected environment and environmental consequences that may have changed since issuance of the PRIDCO–EIS and USEPA PSD permit. Under NEPA regulations, RUS is required to identify and evaluate reasonable alternatives to the Project, as well as a no-action alternative. Reasonable alternatives are those that are ‘‘practical or feasible from the technical and economic standpoint.’’ In determining reasonable alternatives, RUS considered a number of factors including the proposed action’s size and scope, state of the technology, economic considerations, legal considerations, socioeconomic concerns, availability of resources, and the timeframe in which the identified need must be fulfilled. Alternative site locations, thermal conversion technologies, cooling process water sources, alternative fuels and renewable energy technologies were also considered. RUS reviewed multiple needs including (1) providing a dispatchable electrical generation resource that adds to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) reserve capacity levels, (2) helping PREPA meet the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard enacted by Puerto Rico and use cleaner and more environmentally friendly energy resources, and (3) decreasing Puerto Rico’s dependence on imported E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices fossil fuels and contributing to the fuel diversification of the generation both owned and purchased by PREPA. Of the alternatives considered by RUS, the Arecibo Waste-to-Energy and Resource Recovery Project best minimizes or mitigates the potential impacts on the environment while meeting the proposed purpose and need for the project. RUS is authorized to make loans and loan guarantees that finance the construction of water lines, electrical transmission lines, Waste-to-Energy and Resource Recovery facilities. RUS is responsible for completing the environmental review process prior to processing Energy Answers’ application. Completion of the environmental review process allows the project proponents to submit an application for financing to RUS. It does not represent a commitment to fund the project or a determination that the applicant has met the agency’s underwriting criteria. All loan applicants are required to demonstrate eligibility, financial feasibility and provide reasonably adequate security for any financing made available from RUS.The proposed Project is subject to the jurisdiction of, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant presidential executive orders and federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations in addition to the completion of the environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS’s Environmental Policies and Procedures, 7 CFR part 1970. RUS has prepared the FEIS to analyze the impacts of its respective Federal actions and the proposed Project in accordance with NEPA, as amended, the Council in Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Rural Development’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1970). RUS has already prepared and published a DEIS which can be found on the Agency Web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/ publications/environmental-studies/ impact-statements/arecibo-wasteenergy-generation-and-resource. In accordance with 7 CFR 1970.15(c)(2) and 40 CFR 1502.18, RUS incorporates, as an appendix, the environmental impact analyses and associated documentation prepared by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) and the USEPA where appropriate. PRIDCO served as a lead agency in preparing an EIS under the Puerto Rico Environmental Public Policy Act, Article 4(B)(3), Law No. 416 (September 22, 2004). The USEPA completed air quality analyses and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for the proposed Project on June 11, 2013. As applicable, the EIS documents changes in the affected environment and environmental consequences that may have changed since issuance of the PRIDCO–EIS and USEPA PSD permit. RUS has determined that its action regarding the proposed Project would be an undertaking subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 470 and its implementing regulations, ‘‘Protection of Historic Properties’’ (36 CFR part 800). As part of its broad environmental review process, RUS must take into account the effect of the proposed Project on historic properties in accordance with Section 106. Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS is using its procedures for public involvement under NEPA to meet its responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public during Section 106 review. Accordingly, comments submitted in response to this Notice will inform RUS decision-making in its Section 106 review process. The Final EIS is available in both Spanish and English for review at the following Web site: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/publications/ environmental-studies/impactstatements/arecibo-waste-energygeneration-and-resource. The Final EIS will be available for review 30 days after the USEPA’s EIS receipt notice in the Federal Register. Following this review period, RUS will publish a Record of Decision (ROD). Notices announcing the availability of the ROD will be published in the Federal Register and in local newspapers. This Notice of Availability also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain and wetland action. It is anticipated that Energy Answers would need to fill 2.4 acres (9,793.4 square meters) of on-site wetlands for proposed Project. Energy Answers will be required to implement mitigation for the wetland conversion, as contained in their Section 404 permit. Additionally, excavation required for the proposed Project is expected to result in a small increase in base flood elevations along predominately undeveloped properties located east and west, as well as immediately upstream, of the Project site. Christopher A. McLean, Assistant Administrator—Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03404 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11341 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [S–16–2017] Foreign-Trade Zone 20—Norfolk, Virginia; Application for Expansion of Subzone 20E; STIHL Incorporated; Virginia Beach, Virginia An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Virginia Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 20, requesting the expansion of Subzone 20E to include an additional site of STIHL Incorporated, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a– 81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on February 6, 2017. Subzone 20E was approved on April 24, 2009 (Board Order 1612, 74 FR 21623, May 8, 2009) and consists of five sites (86.56 acres). They are as follows: Site 1 (47.02 acres)—536 Viking Drive, Virginia Beach; Site 2 (19.52 acres)— 2525 International Parkway, Virginia Beach; Site 3 (7.14 acres)—601 Central Drive, Virginia Beach; Site 4 (10.26 acres)—825 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach; and, Site 5 (2.62 acres)—528 Viking Drive, Virginia Beach. The applicant is requesting authority to expand the subzone to include an additional site: Proposed Site 6 (45 acres)—2600 International Parkway, Virginia Beach. The existing subzone and the proposed site would be subject to the existing activation limit of FTZ 20. No additional authorization for production activity has been requested at this time. In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Kathleen Boyce of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to review the application and make recommendations to the Executive Secretary. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is April 3, 2017. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to April 18, 2017. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC: Notice of availability of a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within the 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), has prepared a Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (FEIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), RUS's implementing regulations, 7 CFR 
part 1970, and other applicable environmental requirements related to 
providing financial assistance for Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC's 
(Energy Answers) proposed (Project) in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. RUS will 
also use the FEIS to meet its responsibilities under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act, 54 U.S.C. 300101, and its 
implementing regulations, ``Protection of Historic Properties'' (36 CFR 
part 800). The FEIS addresses the construction, operation, and 
maintenance of Energy Answers' proposed Project, a waste-to-energy 
generation and resource recovery facility described previously in the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). It also addresses the 
roughly 3,820 comments received during the comment periods for the 
DEIS. The overall project area encompasses parts of the Cambalache Ward 
in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

DATES: Written comments on the FEIS will be accepted 30 days following 
the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's environmental 
impact statement receipt notice in the Federal Register. Notices of 
Availability of the FEIS will be published in the local newspapers. 
After a 30-day public review period on the FEIS, RUS will consider 
comments and prepare a Record of Decision for its respective action. 
The environmental review process is expected to conclude in the late 
winter or spring of 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To receive copies of the FEIS or 
request information on the proposed Project, the FEIS process, and RUS 
financing, contact Mr. Steven Polacek, Environmental Protection 
Specialist, Rural Utilities Service, Water and Environmental Programs, 
1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250, 
telephone: (202) 205-9805, fax: (202) 690-0649, or email: 
Steve.Polacek@wdc.usda.gov. Copies of the FEIS will be available for 
review in the Arecibo Public Library (Nicolas Nabal Barreto), located 
at: 210 Santiago Iglesias Pantin Ave., Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Energy Answers plans to request financial 
assistance for the proposed Project from RUS. Completing the 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a precursor requirement to 
processing a loan application from Energy Answers. Upon completion of 
the EIS process, RUS would review Energy Answers' application along 
with other technical and financial considerations. Energy Answers 
proposes to construct a waste to energy generation and resource 
recovery facility in the Cambalache Ward of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The 
proposed facility would receive and process approximately 2,300 tons of 
municipal waste per day and generate a gross capacity of 77 megawatts 
(MW). The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will purchase power 
generated from the facility. The preferred location of the facility is 
the site of a former paper mill and would cover approximately 79.6 
acres of the 90-acre parcel. The proposal would include the following 
facility components: A municipal solid waste receiving and processing 
building; processed refuse fuel storage building; boiler and steam 
turbine; emission control system; ash processing and storage building; 
and other associated infrastructure and buildings. Two other connected 
actions, which would be constructed by other utilities, include 
installation of an approximately 2.0-mile raw water line and 
construction of a 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line approximately 0.8 
miles in length. The connected actions will be addressed in the 
proposed Project's EIS.
    In accordance with 7 CFR 1970.15(c)(2) and 40 CFR 1502.18, RUS 
incorporates as an appendix received on the environmental impact 
analyses and associated documentation prepared by the Puerto Rico 
Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) and the United States 
Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) where appropriate. PRIDCO 
served as a lead agency in preparing an EIS under the Puerto Rico 
Environmental Public Policy Act, Article 4(B)(3), Law No. 416 
(September 22, 2004). The USEPA completed air quality analyses and 
issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for the 
proposed Project on June 11, 2013. As applicable, the EIS documents 
changes in the affected environment and environmental consequences that 
may have changed since issuance of the PRIDCO-EIS and USEPA PSD permit.
    Under NEPA regulations, RUS is required to identify and evaluate 
reasonable alternatives to the Project, as well as a no-action 
alternative. Reasonable alternatives are those that are ``practical or 
feasible from the technical and economic standpoint.'' In determining 
reasonable alternatives, RUS considered a number of factors including 
the proposed action's size and scope, state of the technology, economic 
considerations, legal considerations, socioeconomic concerns, 
availability of resources, and the timeframe in which the identified 
need must be fulfilled. Alternative site locations, thermal conversion 
technologies, cooling process water sources, alternative fuels and 
renewable energy technologies were also considered.
    RUS reviewed multiple needs including (1) providing a dispatchable 
electrical generation resource that adds to Puerto Rico Electric Power 
Authority's (PREPA) reserve capacity levels, (2) helping PREPA meet the 
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard enacted by Puerto Rico and use 
cleaner and more environmentally friendly energy resources, and (3) 
decreasing Puerto Rico's dependence on imported

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fossil fuels and contributing to the fuel diversification of the 
generation both owned and purchased by PREPA.
    Of the alternatives considered by RUS, the Arecibo Waste-to-Energy 
and Resource Recovery Project best minimizes or mitigates the potential 
impacts on the environment while meeting the proposed purpose and need 
for the project.
    RUS is authorized to make loans and loan guarantees that finance 
the construction of water lines, electrical transmission lines, Waste-
to-Energy and Resource Recovery facilities. RUS is responsible for 
completing the environmental review process prior to processing Energy 
Answers' application.
    Completion of the environmental review process allows the project 
proponents to submit an application for financing to RUS. It does not 
represent a commitment to fund the project or a determination that the 
applicant has met the agency's underwriting criteria. All loan 
applicants are required to demonstrate eligibility, financial 
feasibility and provide reasonably adequate security for any financing 
made available from RUS.The proposed Project is subject to the 
jurisdiction of, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant 
presidential executive orders and federal, state, and local 
environmental laws and regulations in addition to the completion of the 
environmental review requirements as prescribed in RUS's Environmental 
Policies and Procedures, 7 CFR part 1970.
    RUS has prepared the FEIS to analyze the impacts of its respective 
Federal actions and the proposed Project in accordance with NEPA, as 
amended, the Council in Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for 
Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508), and Rural Development's Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 
CFR part 1970). RUS has already prepared and published a DEIS which can 
be found on the Agency Web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/environmental-studies/impact-statements/arecibo-waste-energy-generation-and-resource.
    In accordance with 7 CFR 1970.15(c)(2) and 40 CFR 1502.18, RUS 
incorporates, as an appendix, the environmental impact analyses and 
associated documentation prepared by the Puerto Rico Industrial 
Development Company (PRIDCO) and the USEPA where appropriate. PRIDCO 
served as a lead agency in preparing an EIS under the Puerto Rico 
Environmental Public Policy Act, Article 4(B)(3), Law No. 416 
(September 22, 2004). The USEPA completed air quality analyses and 
issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for the 
proposed Project on June 11, 2013. As applicable, the EIS documents 
changes in the affected environment and environmental consequences that 
may have changed since issuance of the PRIDCO-EIS and USEPA PSD permit.
    RUS has determined that its action regarding the proposed Project 
would be an undertaking subject to review under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 470 and its implementing 
regulations, ``Protection of Historic Properties'' (36 CFR part 800). 
As part of its broad environmental review process, RUS must take into 
account the effect of the proposed Project on historic properties in 
accordance with Section 106. Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS is 
using its procedures for public involvement under NEPA to meet its 
responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public during 
Section 106 review. Accordingly, comments submitted in response to this 
Notice will inform RUS decision-making in its Section 106 review 
process.
    The Final EIS is available in both Spanish and English for review 
at the following Web site: http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/environmental-studies/impact-statements/arecibo-waste-energy-generation-and-resource. The Final EIS will be available for review 30 
days after the USEPA's EIS receipt notice in the Federal Register. 
Following this review period, RUS will publish a Record of Decision 
(ROD). Notices announcing the availability of the ROD will be published 
in the Federal Register and in local newspapers.
    This Notice of Availability also serves as a notice of proposed 
floodplain and wetland action. It is anticipated that Energy Answers 
would need to fill 2.4 acres (9,793.4 square meters) of on-site 
wetlands for proposed Project. Energy Answers will be required to 
implement mitigation for the wetland conversion, as contained in their 
Section 404 permit. Additionally, excavation required for the proposed 
Project is expected to result in a small increase in base flood 
elevations along predominately undeveloped properties located east and 
west, as well as immediately upstream, of the Project site.

Christopher A. McLean,
Assistant Administrator--Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03404 Filed 2-21-17; 8:45 am]
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