Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Northwest Training and Testing, 39779-39780 [2017-17618]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / Notices Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http:// www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title. Dated: August 16, 2017. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the DSS Office of Information Management, Russell Knox Building, 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA 22134 or email dss.niss@ mail.mil. Department of the Navy FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 18:00 Aug 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Northwest Training and Testing 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 Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). DATES: Public comments will be accepted during the 30-day scoping period from August 22, 2017 to September 21, 2017. Public scoping meetings will not be held. However, public meetings are planned to occur following the release of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS in early 2019. ADDRESSES: The DoN invites scoping comments on the NWTT 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:// nwtteis.com/. Comments must be postmarked or received online by September 21, 2017 for consideration during the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mosher, (360) 257–3234, john.g.mosher@navy.mil. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 3730 North Charles Porter Avenue, Building 385, Oak Harbor, Washington 98278–3500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DoN will assess the potential environmental effects associated with ongoing and future at-sea military readiness activities conducted within the NWTT EIS/OEIS Study Area (hereafter known as the ‘‘Study Area’’) beyond 2020. Military readiness activities include training and research, development, testing, and SUMMARY: Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: National Industrial Security System (NISS); OMB Control Number 0704–XXXX. Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary for DSS to oversee the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) pursuant to Executive Order 12829. The National Industrial Security System (NISS) will become the repository of records related to the maintenance of information pertaining to contractor facility security clearances (FCL) and contractor capabilities to protect classified information in its possession. Affected Public: Cleared contractor companies participating in the NISP. Annual Burden Hours: 11,671. Number of Respondents: 11,671. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 11,671. Average Burden per Response: 60 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents are security professionals who provide information to DSS in order to process facility security clearances (FCL), report changes of the facility that may affect the FCL, and managing incident response. In addition to this standard processing, NISS will enable security staff to communicate with their DSS representative pursuant to requirement DoD 5220.22–M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. The NISS will be an integrated automated solution that will facilitate efficient execution of the Agency’s core mission. NISS will allow users to manage large amounts of information through increased automated workflows to ensure accuracy, create linkages in data, and close the gap of missing data elements. VerDate Sep<11>2014 [FR Doc. 2017–17686 Filed 8–21–17; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39779 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 EIS/OEIS. New information includes an updated acoustic effects model, updated marine mammal density data, and evolving and emergent best available science. Proposed activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 Final 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 EIS/OEIS. The Study Area is comprised of established maritime operating areas and warning areas in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, including areas within the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Western Behm Canal in southeastern Alaska. The Study Area includes air and water space within and outside Washington state waters, air and water space outside state waters of Oregon and Northern California, and DoN pierside locations where sound navigation and ranging (sonar) maintenance and testing occur. In the supplement to the 2015 Final EIS/ OEIS, the DoN will only analyze those training and testing activities conducted at sea within the Study Area. As part of this process, the DoN will seek the issuance of federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support ongoing and future at-sea military readiness activities within the Study Area beyond 2020. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the DoN will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard to be cooperating agencies in preparation of the Supplemental EIS/ OEIS. The DoN’s lead action proponent is Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Additional action proponents include Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command. The DoN’s Proposed Action is to conduct at-sea training and testing activities within the Study Area. Activities include the use of active sonar and explosives while employing marine species protective mitigation measures. The Proposed Action does not alter the DoN’s original purpose and need as discussed in the 2015 Final EIS/ OEIS. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, which is needed to ensure the DoN can accomplish its mission to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 39780 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / Notices 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. The analysis will support Marine Mammal Protection Act authorization requests. Proposed training and testing activities are generally consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 Final EIS/ OEIS. In the Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the DoN will analyze the proposed 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 warfighting doctrine and procedures, and changes in the organization of vessels, aircraft, weapons systems, and DoN personnel. In the NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the DoN 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 effects 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, threatened and endangered species, and American Indian and Alaska Native Traditional Resources. 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, state 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 21, 2017 for consideration during the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Comments can be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 3730 North Charles Porter Avenue, Building 385, Oak Harbor, Washington 98278–3500. Comments can be submitted online via the project Web VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Aug 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 site at http://www.nwtteis.com/. Also at this Web site, those interested in receiving electronic project updates can subscribe to receive notifications via email for key milestones throughout the environmental planning process. Dated: August 16, 2017. A.M. Nichols, Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–17618 Filed 8–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information To Be Verified for the 2018–2019 Award Year Correction In notice document 2017–09167, appearing on pages 21204 through 21208, in the issue of Friday, May 5, 2017, make the following corrections: 1. On page 21207, in the second column, on the second line, the entry that reads ‘‘I certify that I ___’’, should read: ‘‘I certify that I ___ am’’. 2. On the same page, in the same column, on the nineteenth line, the entry that reads ‘‘I certify that I ___’’, should read: ‘‘I certify that I ___ am’’. [FR Doc. C1–2017–09167 Filed 8–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [EERE–2017–BT–CRT–0054] Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. ACTION: Information collection extension, with changes; notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to extend with changes for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Certification Reports, Compliance Statements, Application for a Test Procedure Waiver, and Recordkeeping for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment subject to Energy or Water Conservation Standards Package under OMB No. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1910–1400. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or before October 23, 2017. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–CRT–0054, by any of the following methods: 1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 2. Email: to InfoCollection2017CRT0054@ ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE–2017–BT–CRT–0054 in the subject line of the message. 3. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (‘‘CD’’), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. 4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted. Docket: The docket for this activity, which includes Federal Register notices, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http:// www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, DATES: E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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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 Northwest 
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 Northwest Training and Testing 
(NWTT) Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS/OEIS).

DATES: Public comments will be accepted during the 30-day scoping 
period from August 22, 2017 to September 21, 2017. Public scoping 
meetings will not be held. However, public meetings are planned to 
occur following the release of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS in early 
2019.

ADDRESSES: The DoN invites scoping comments on the NWTT 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://nwtteis.com/. Comments must be postmarked or received online 
by September 21, 2017 for consideration during the development of the 
Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mosher, (360) 257-3234, 
john.g.mosher@navy.mil. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 
Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 3730 North 
Charles Porter Avenue, Building 385, Oak Harbor, Washington 98278-3500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DoN will assess the potential 
environmental effects associated with ongoing and future at-sea 
military readiness activities conducted within the NWTT EIS/OEIS Study 
Area (hereafter known as 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 EIS/OEIS. New information includes an updated acoustic 
effects model, updated marine mammal density data, and evolving and 
emergent best available science. Proposed activities are generally 
consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 Final 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 EIS/OEIS. The 
Study Area is comprised of established maritime operating areas and 
warning areas in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, including areas within 
the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Western Behm Canal in 
southeastern Alaska. The Study Area includes air and water space within 
and outside Washington state waters, air and water space outside state 
waters of Oregon and Northern California, and DoN pierside locations 
where sound navigation and ranging (sonar) maintenance and testing 
occur. In the supplement to the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS, the DoN will only 
analyze those training and testing activities conducted at sea within 
the Study Area.
    As part of this process, the DoN will seek the issuance of federal 
regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support on-going and 
future at-sea military readiness activities within the Study Area 
beyond 2020.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6, the DoN will invite the National Marine 
Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard to be cooperating agencies 
in preparation of the Supplemental EIS/OEIS.
    The DoN's lead action proponent is Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. 
Additional action proponents include Naval Sea Systems Command and 
Naval Air Systems Command.
    The DoN's Proposed Action is to conduct at-sea training and testing 
activities within the Study Area. Activities include the use of active 
sonar and explosives while employing marine species protective 
mitigation measures. The Proposed Action does not alter the DoN's 
original purpose and need as discussed in the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS.
    The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain a ready force, 
which is needed to ensure the DoN can accomplish its mission to 
maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval

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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. The analysis will support Marine Mammal Protection Act 
authorization requests.
    Proposed training and testing activities are generally consistent 
with those analyzed in the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS. In the Supplemental 
EIS/OEIS, the DoN will analyze the proposed 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 warfighting doctrine and procedures, and changes in 
the organization of vessels, aircraft, weapons systems, and DoN 
personnel. In the NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the DoN 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 effects 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, threatened and 
endangered species, and American Indian and Alaska Native Traditional 
Resources.
    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, state 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 21, 
2017 for consideration during the development of the Draft Supplemental 
EIS/OEIS. Comments can be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering 
Command Northwest, Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project 
Manager, 3730 North Charles Porter Avenue, Building 385, Oak Harbor, 
Washington 98278-3500. Comments can be submitted online via the project 
Web site at http://www.nwtteis.com/. Also at this Web site, those 
interested in receiving electronic project updates can subscribe to 
receive notifications via email for key milestones throughout the 
environmental planning process.

    Dated: August 16, 2017.
A.M. Nichols,
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-17618 Filed 8-21-17; 8:45 am]
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