Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Mariana Islands Training and Testing, 35767-35768 [2017-15939]

Download as PDF 35767 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices SIDCO/SUBPART C DCO REGULATIONS—RECORDKEEPING COLLECTION—Continued Estimated number of recordkeepers per year Records to be kept annually by each Total annual responses Estimated average number of hours per record Estimated total number of hours of annual burden in fiscal year Liquidity Resource Due Diligence and Testing ................... Financial and Liquidity Resources, Excluding Due Diligence ................................................................................ Generally .............................................................................. 7 4 28 10 280 7 7 4 28 28 196 10 10 280 1960 Totals ............................................................................ ........................ 118 662 31 4570 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE [FR Doc. 2017–16019 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Mariana Islands Training and Testing DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University (BOV MCU) will meet to review, develop and provide recommendations on all aspects of the academic and administrative policies of the University; examine all aspects of professional military education operations; and provide such oversight and advice, as is necessary, to facilitate high educational standards and cost effective operations. The Board will be focusing primarily on the internal procedures of Marine Corps University. All sessions of the meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, September 15, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. The address is: 2076 South St., Quantico, VA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kim Florich, Director of Faculty Development and Outreach, Marine Corps University Board of Visitors, 2076 South Street, Quantico, Virginia 22134, telephone number 703–432–4682. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Dated: July 24, 2017. A.M. Nichols, Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–16150 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to prepare a supplement to the 2015 Final Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). DATES: Public scoping meetings will not be held, but public comments will be accepted during the scoping period from August 1, 2017 to September 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: The DoN invites scoping comments on the MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS from all interested parties. Substantive comments may be provided by mail to the address below and through the project Web site at http:// mitt-eis.com/. Comments must be postmarked or received by September 15, 2017, for consideration during the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860–3134. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy will assess the potential environmental impacts associated with ongoing and proposed military readiness activities conducted within the MITT EIS/OEIS Study Area (hereafter known as the ‘‘Study Area’’). The Supplement to the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2015 Final EIS/OEIS is being prepared to support ongoing and future activities conducted at sea and on Farallon de Medinilla (FDM) within the Study Area beyond 2020. Military readiness activities include training and research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereafter known as ‘‘testing’’). The Supplemental EIS/OEIS will include an analysis of training and testing activities using new information available after the release of the 2015 Final MITT EIS/ OEIS. New information includes an updated acoustic effects model, updated marine mammal density data, and other best available science. Proposed activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 Final MITT EIS/OEIS and are representative of training and testing activities the DoN has been conducting in the Study Area for decades. The Study Area remains unchanged since the 2015 Final MITT EIS/OEIS. The Study Area includes the existing Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC); areas on the high seas to the north and west of the MIRC; a transit corridor between the MIRC and the Hawaii Range Complex, starting at the International Date Line; and Apra Harbor and select DoN pierside and harbor locations. The Study Area includes only the in-water components of the range complex and FDM; land components associated with the range complex are not included in the Study Area. As part of this process the DoN will seek the issuance of regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support training and testing requirements within the Study Area, beyond 2020, thereby ensuring critical Department of Defense requirements are met. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the DoN will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the Supplemental EIS/OEIS. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 35768 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices The DoN’s lead action proponent is Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Additional action proponents include Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, and the Office of Naval Research. The DoN’s Proposed Action is to conduct military training and testing activities within the Study Area. Activities include the use of active sonar and explosives while employing appropriate marine species protective mitigation measures. The Proposed Action does not alter the DoN’s original purpose and need as presented in the 2015 MITT Final EIS/OEIS. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, which is needed to ensure the military can accomplish its mission to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, consistent with Congressional direction in section 5062 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code. A Supplemental EIS/OEIS is considered the appropriate document, as there is recent scientific information including revised acoustic criteria to consider, in furtherance of NEPA, relevant to the environmental effects of the DoN’s Proposed Action, and the analysis will support Marine Mammal Protection Act authorization requests. Proposed training and testing activities are generally consistent to those analyzed in the 2015 MITT Final EIS/OEIS. The Supplemental EIS/OEIS will propose changes to the tempo and types of training and testing activities, accounting for the introduction of new technologies, the evolving nature of international events, advances in war fighting doctrine and procedures, and changes in the organization of vessels, aircraft, weapon systems, and military personnel. The MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS will reflect the compilation of training and testing activities required to fulfill the DoN’s military readiness requirements beyond 2020, and therefore includes the analysis of newly proposed activities and changes to previously analyzed activities. In the Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the DoN will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a No Action Alternative and action alternatives. Resources to be evaluated include, but are not limited to, marine mammals, sea turtles, essential fish habitat, and threatened and endangered species. The scoping process is used to identify public concerns and local issues to be considered during the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, local agencies, the public, and interested VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 persons are encouraged to provide substantive comments to the DoN on environmental resources and issue areas of concern the commenter believes the DoN should consider. Comments must be postmarked or received online by September 15, 2017, for consideration during the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Comments can be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI, 96869–3134. Comments can be submitted online via the project Web site at http://mitt-eis.com/. Dated: July 20, 2017. A.M. Nichols, Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–15939 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program [Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.101A] Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Final waiver and extension of the project period. AGENCY: For the 24-month projects originally funded in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and extended for an additional 24months in FY 2015 under the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP), the Secretary: Waives the requirements in Education Department regulations that generally prohibit project extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds; and extends the project period for the current 30 NACTEP grantees for an additional 12 months under the existing program authority. This waiver and extension will allow the 30 current NACTEP grantees to seek FY 2017 continuation awards for the project period through FY 2018. DATES: As of August 1, 2017, the waiver and extension of the project period are finalized. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gwen Washington by telephone at (202) 245–7790 or by email at gwen.washington@ed.gov. You may also contact Linda Mayo by telephone at (202) 245–7792 or by email at SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 linda.mayo@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1– 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 26, 2017, we published a notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 19240) proposing to waive the requirements of 34 CFR 75.261(a) and (c)(2) that generally prohibit project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. In that notice, the Secretary also proposed to extend the NACTEP project period for up to an additional 12 months. The proposed waiver and extension of project period would enable the Secretary to provide continuation awards to the current NACTEP grantees through FY 2018 under the existing program authority. That notice contained background information and our reasons for proposing the waiver and extension of the project period. This notice makes the waiver and extension of the project period final. Any activities carried out during the period of a NACTEP continuation award must be consistent with, or a logical extension of, the scope, goals, and objectives of the grantee’s application as approved in the FY 2013 NACTEP competition. The requirements applicable to continuation awards for this competition set forth in the 2013 notice inviting applications and the requirements in 34 CFR 75.253 will apply to any continuation awards sought by the current NACTEP grantees. We will make decisions regarding the continuation awards based on grantee program narratives, budgets and budget narratives, program performance reports, and the requirements in 34 CFR 75.253. We will not announce a new competition or make new awards in FY 2017. The final waiver and project period extension will not exempt the current NACTEP grantees from the appropriation account closing provisions of 31 U.S.C. 1552(a), nor will it extend the availability of funds previously awarded to current NACTEP grantees. As a result of 31 U.S.C. 1552(a), appropriations available for a limited period may be used for payment of valid obligations for only five years after the expiration of their period of availability for Federal obligation. After that time, the unexpended balance of those funds is canceled and returned to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is unavailable for restoration for any purpose (31 U.S.C. 1552(b)). Public Comment: In response to our invitation in the proposed waiver and extension, we received 85 comments. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Mariana Islands 
Training and Testing

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 
1969 and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental 
Quality, the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to 
prepare a supplement to the 2015 Final Mariana Islands Training and 
Testing (MITT) Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).

DATES: Public scoping meetings will not be held, but public comments 
will be accepted during the scoping period from August 1, 2017 to 
September 15, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The DoN invites scoping comments on the MITT Supplemental 
EIS/OEIS from all interested parties. Substantive comments may be 
provided by mail to the address below and through the project Web site 
at http://mitt-eis.com/. Comments must be postmarked or received by 
September 15, 2017, for consideration during the development of the 
Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command 
Pacific, Attention: MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 
Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Navy will assess the potential 
environmental impacts associated with ongoing and proposed military 
readiness activities conducted within the MITT EIS/OEIS Study Area 
(hereafter known as the ``Study Area''). The Supplement to the 2015 
Final EIS/OEIS is being prepared to support ongoing and future 
activities conducted at sea and on Farallon de Medinilla (FDM) within 
the Study Area beyond 2020. Military readiness activities include 
training and research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereafter 
known as ``testing''). The Supplemental EIS/OEIS will include an 
analysis of training and testing activities using new information 
available after the release of the 2015 Final MITT EIS/OEIS. New 
information includes an updated acoustic effects model, updated marine 
mammal density data, and other best available science. Proposed 
activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 
Final MITT EIS/OEIS and are representative of training and testing 
activities the DoN has been conducting in the Study Area for decades.
    The Study Area remains unchanged since the 2015 Final MITT EIS/
OEIS. The Study Area includes the existing Mariana Islands Range 
Complex (MIRC); areas on the high seas to the north and west of the 
MIRC; a transit corridor between the MIRC and the Hawaii Range Complex, 
starting at the International Date Line; and Apra Harbor and select DoN 
pierside and harbor locations. The Study Area includes only the in-
water components of the range complex and FDM; land components 
associated with the range complex are not included in the Study Area.
    As part of this process the DoN will seek the issuance of 
regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support training and 
testing requirements within the Study Area, beyond 2020, thereby 
ensuring critical Department of Defense requirements are met.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the DoN will invite the National Marine 
Fisheries Service to be a cooperating agency in preparation of the 
Supplemental EIS/OEIS.

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    The DoN's lead action proponent is Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. 
Additional action proponents include Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval 
Air Systems Command, and the Office of Naval Research.
    The DoN's Proposed Action is to conduct military training and 
testing activities within the Study Area. Activities include the use of 
active sonar and explosives while employing appropriate marine species 
protective mitigation measures. The Proposed Action does not alter the 
DoN's original purpose and need as presented in the 2015 MITT Final 
EIS/OEIS.
    The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, 
which is needed to ensure the military can accomplish its mission to 
maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning 
wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, 
consistent with Congressional direction in section 5062 of Title 10 of 
the U.S. Code. A Supplemental EIS/OEIS is considered the appropriate 
document, as there is recent scientific information including revised 
acoustic criteria to consider, in furtherance of NEPA, relevant to the 
environmental effects of the DoN's Proposed Action, and the analysis 
will support Marine Mammal Protection Act authorization requests.
    Proposed training and testing activities are generally consistent 
to those analyzed in the 2015 MITT Final EIS/OEIS. The Supplemental 
EIS/OEIS will propose changes to the tempo and types of training and 
testing activities, accounting for the introduction of new 
technologies, the evolving nature of international events, advances in 
war fighting doctrine and procedures, and changes in the organization 
of vessels, aircraft, weapon systems, and military personnel. The MITT 
Supplemental EIS/OEIS will reflect the compilation of training and 
testing activities required to fulfill the DoN's military readiness 
requirements beyond 2020, and therefore includes the analysis of newly 
proposed activities and changes to previously analyzed activities.
    In the Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the DoN will evaluate the potential 
environmental impacts of a No Action Alternative and action 
alternatives. Resources to be evaluated include, but are not limited 
to, marine mammals, sea turtles, essential fish habitat, and threatened 
and endangered species.
    The scoping process is used to identify public concerns and local 
issues to be considered during the development of the Draft 
Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, local agencies, the public, 
and interested persons are encouraged to provide substantive comments 
to the DoN on environmental resources and issue areas of concern the 
commenter believes the DoN should consider.
    Comments must be postmarked or received online by September 15, 
2017, for consideration during the development of the Draft 
Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Comments can be mailed to: Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS 
Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI, 
96869-3134. Comments can be submitted online via the project Web site 
at http://mitt-eis.com/.

    Dated: July 20, 2017.
A.M. Nichols,
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-15939 Filed 7-31-17; 8:45 am]
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