Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the West Region of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, 33870 [2017-15312]

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[FR Doc. 2017–15352 Filed 7–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration First Responder Network Authority [Docket Number 160830796–6796–02] RIN 0660–XC030 Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the West Region of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of a final programmatic environmental impact statement. AGENCY: The First Responder Network Authority (‘‘FirstNet’’) announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the West Region (‘‘Final PEIS’’). The Final PEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed nationwide public safety broadband network in the West Region (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). ADDRESSES: The Final PEIS is available for download from www.regulations.gov FIRSTNET–2017–0004. A CD of this document is also available for viewing at public libraries (see Chapter 14 of the Final PEIS for the complete distribution list). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Final PEIS, contact Amanda Goebel Pereira, NEPA Coordinator, First Responder Network sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:50 Jul 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S 243, Reston, VA 20192. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–96, Title VI, 126 Stat. 256 (codified at 47 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.)) 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The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347) (‘‘NEPA’’) requires federal agencies to undertake an assessment of environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making a final decision and implementing the action. NEPA requirements apply to any federal project, decision, or action that may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. NEPA also establishes the Council on Environmental Quality (‘‘CEQ’’), which issued regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (see 40 CFR parts 1500–1508). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

First Responder Network Authority

[Docket Number 160830796-6796-02]
RIN 0660-XC030


Notice of Availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement for the West Region of the Nationwide Public Safety 
Broadband Network

AGENCY: First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications 
and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of a final programmatic environmental 
impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The First Responder Network Authority (``FirstNet'') announces 
the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement for the West Region (``Final PEIS''). The Final PEIS 
evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed 
nationwide public safety broadband network in the West Region (Arizona, 
California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington).

ADDRESSES: The Final PEIS is available for download from 
www.regulations.gov FIRSTNET-2017-0004. A CD of this document is also 
available for viewing at public libraries (see Chapter 14 of the Final 
PEIS for the complete distribution list).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Final 
PEIS, contact Amanda Goebel Pereira, NEPA Coordinator, First Responder 
Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 12201 Sunrise Valley 
Drive, M/S 243, Reston, VA 20192.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation 
Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-96, Title VI, 126 Stat. 256 (codified at 47 
U.S.C. 1401 et seq.)) (the ``Act'') created and authorized FirstNet to 
take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and 
operation of an interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband 
network (``NPSBN'') based on a single, national network architecture. 
The Act meets a longstanding and critical national infrastructure need, 
to create a single, nationwide network that will, for the first time, 
allow police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service 
professionals, and other public safety entities to effectively 
communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. The 
NPSBN is intended to enhance the ability of the public safety community 
to perform more reliably, effectively, and safely; increase situational 
awareness during an emergency; and improve the ability of the public 
safety community to effectively engage in those critical activities.
    The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) 
(``NEPA'') requires federal agencies to undertake an assessment of 
environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making a final 
decision and implementing the action. NEPA requirements apply to any 
federal project, decision, or action that may have a significant impact 
on the quality of the human environment. NEPA also establishes the 
Council on Environmental Quality (``CEQ''), which issued regulations 
implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (see 40 CFR parts 1500-
1508). Among other considerations, CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1508.28 
recommend the use of tiering from a ``broader environmental impact 
statement (such as a national program or policy statements) with 
subsequent narrower statements or environmental analysis (such as 
regional or basin wide statements or ultimately site-specific 
statements) incorporating by reference the general discussions and 
concentrating solely on the issues specific to the statement 
subsequently prepared.''
    Due to the geographic scope of FirstNet (all 50 states, the 
District of Columbia, and five territories) and the diversity of 
ecosystems potentially traversed by the project, FirstNet has elected 
to prepare five regional PEISs. The five PEISs are divided into the 
East, Central, West, South, and Non-Contiguous Regions. The West Region 
consists of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. 
The Final PEIS analyzes potential impacts of the deployment and 
operation of the NPSBN on the natural and human environment in the West 
Region, in accordance with FirstNet's responsibilities under NEPA.
    Now that this PEIS has been completed and once a Record of Decision 
(ROD) has been signed, the proposed FirstNet projects can begin to 
submit the site-specific environmental documentation to determine if 
the proposed project has been adequately evaluated in the PEIS or 
whether it instead warrants a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental 
Assessment, or an Environmental Impact Statement.

    Dated: July 17, 2017.
Amanda Goebel Pereira,
NEPA Coordinator, First Responder Network Authority.
[FR Doc. 2017-15312 Filed 7-20-17; 8:45 am]
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