Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment for the Palen Solar Photovoltaic Project, California, 49846-49847 [2017-23417]

Download as PDF 49846 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Notices Permit application No. Applicant Species/numbers TE 034476–4 ..... Florida Forest Service, Blackwater Forestry Center, Milton, FL. Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis). Authority: We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act. [FR Doc. 2017–23390 Filed 10–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD06000.51010000. ER0000.LVRWB17B5480 17X5017AP; CACA41880] Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment for the Palen Solar Photovoltaic Project, California Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan and a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Palen Solar Photovoltaic (PSP) Project and by this Notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. This document is also an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by Riverside County under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). DATES: To ensure that all comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR within 45 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, on the project Web site, and/or mailings. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 Blackwater River State Forest, Florida. Activity PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of take Population management and monitoring. You may submit comments related to the PSP Project by any of the following methods: Web site: https://eplanning.blm.gov/ epl-front-office/eplanning/ planAndProjectSite.do?method Name=renderDefaultPlanOrProject Site&projectId=68122. Email: palensolar@blm.gov. Mail: Palen Solar PV Project, c/o Aspen Environmental Group, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935, San Francisco, CA 94104 Copies of the Draft Supplemental EIS/ EIR are available in the BLM-Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, and at the BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, and electronically on the project Web site. Compact Disc copies of the document are available through request on this project Web site address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark DeMaio, BLM Project Manager, telephone: (760) 833–7124; address: BLM, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262; email: mdemaio@ blm.gov. Persons who use telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or questions with the above individual regarding the project. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EDF Renewable Energy has applied for a Right-of-Way (ROW) from the BLM to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 500 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility near Desert Center, Riverside County, California. The ROW application area comprises about 4,200 acres, with a proposed project footprint of about 3,400 acres. The proposed project also includes construction of a 6.7-mile single circuit 230 kilovolt generation interconnection (gen-tie) transmission line connecting the project to the Southern California Edison (SCE) Red Bluff Substation. The BLM is also considering an amendment to the CDCA Plan that ADDRESSES: Dated: September 7, 2017. Aaron L. Valenta, Acting Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Southeast Region. SUMMARY: Location Install artificial nest cavities and restrictors, monitor nest cavities, capture, band, and translocate. Permit action Renewal and Amendment. would be necessary to authorize the project. This is a joint EIS/EIR for compliance with NEPA and CEQA. Riverside County is the lead agency under CEQA. This Project application was originally submitted in 2007 as the Palen Solar Power Project (PSPP) by Palen Solar I, LLC (PSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Millennium. The PSPP was proposed as a solar trough project, and was the subject of an EIS under NEPA. The BLM, pursuant to its obligations under FLPMA and NEPA, published a Draft EIS, followed by a Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMP) and Final EIS on May 13, 2011 (76 FR 28064). Before the BLM issued a Record of Decision (ROD), PSI informed the BLM that it would not construct the Project due to bankruptcy. As a result, the BLM did not issue a ROD, did not amend the RMP, and did not issue a ROW grant for the PSPP. On June 21, 2012, the bankruptcy court approved the transfer of the application from PSI to Palen Solar III, LLC (PSIII). BrightSource Energy Inc., (BSE) then acquired all rights to PSIII at auction. PSIII submitted a revised ROW application to the BLM for the Palen Solar Electricity Generating System Project (PSEGS), a 500 MW concentrating solar power tower technology facility and single-circuit 230 kV gen-tie line. On July 27, 2013, the BLM issued a Draft Supplemental EIS and Plan Amendment to evaluate the potential additional environmental impacts caused by PSEGS. As part of the State permitting process, the California Energy Commission evaluated the PSEGS under CEQA, and issued Preliminary and Final Staff Assessments for the amended project in June and November of 2013, respectively. The BLM did not issue a Final Supplemental EIS for the PSEGS Project because BSE and its partner, Abengoa Solar Inc., abandoned the State authorization proceedings at the California Energy Commission. In December 2015, EDF Renewable Energy acquired the PSEGS project. EDF Renewable Energy has submitted a revised ROW application for the Proposed Project, which is analyzed in E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Notices this Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR and Draft Plan Amendment. For the PSP Project, the BLM held public meetings on the revised ROW application in June and August 2016 in Palm Springs, California. The Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR includes analysis of the revised ROW application as it relates to the following issues: (1) Updated description of the Proposed Project, based on the revised ROW application; (2) Impacts to cultural resources and tribal concerns; (3) Impacts to the Sand Transport Corridor and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat and washes; (4) Impacts to Joshua Tree National Park; (5) Impacts to avian species; (6) Impacts to visual resources; and (7) Relationship between the project and the regional renewable energy planning in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. In addition to the Proposed Action, the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR considers a No-Action Alternative and two additional action alternatives. Alternative 1, Reduced Footprint, would be a 500 MW Photovoltaic (PV) array on about 3,100 acres. It avoids the central and largest desert wash and incorporates a more efficient use of the land for the solar array. Alternative 2, Avoidance Alternative, would be an up to 230 MW solar PV array on about 1,620 acres. Like the Proposed Action, under each of these alternatives, the BLM would amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. Under the No-Action Alternative, the BLM would deny the ROW application, and would not amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. The BLM has selected Alternative 1— Reduced Footprint Alternative—as the Agency-Preferred Alternative for the Draft Supplemental EIS. The BLM and other cooperating agencies involved are inviting Draft Supplemental EIS reviewers to offer comments on the comparison of alternatives, as presented in the document. Your input is important and will be considered in the environmental and land-use planning analysis. Please note that public comments and information submitted, including names, street addresses, and email addresses of persons who submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2. Danielle Chi, Deputy State Director, California. [FR Doc. 2017–23417 Filed 10–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–979] Certain Radio Frequency Identification (‘‘RFID’’) Products and Components Thereof Commission Determination Finding No Violation of Section 337; Termination of the Investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to find no violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, in the above-identified investigation. The investigation is terminated in its entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Chen, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2392. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https:// edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on January 11, 2016, based on a complaint filed by Neology, Inc. of Poway, California (‘‘Neology’’). 81 FR SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49847 1205–06 (Jan. 11, 2016). The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain radio frequency identification (‘‘RFID’’) products and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,325,044 (‘‘the ’044 patent’’); 7,119,664 (‘‘the ’664 patent’’); and 8,587,436 (‘‘the ’436 patent’’). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by 19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(2). The notice of investigation named numerous respondents. Respondents Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS, Inc. of McLean, Virginia; Kapsch TrafficCom Holding Corp. of McLean, Virginia; Kapsch TrafficCom Canada, Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Star Systems International, Ltd. of Kwai Chung, Hong Kong; and STAR RFID Co., Ltd. of Bangkok, Thailand (collectively, ‘‘Respondents’’) remain in the investigation. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations is also a party in this investigation. All asserted claims of the ’664 patent and certain asserted claims of the ’044 patent and the ’436 patent have been terminated from the investigation. See Comm’n Notice (Sept. 27, 2016). Only claims 13, 14, and 25 of the ’044 patent and claims 1, 2, and 4 of the ’436 patent remain in the investigation (collectively, ‘‘the Asserted Claims’’). On June 22, 2017, the ALJ issued her final ID finding no violation of section 337 by the Respondents in connection with the Asserted Claims. The final ID found that all of the Asserted Claims are invalid on multiple grounds. Had the Asserted Claims not been found invalid, the final ID also found that the accused products infringe the Asserted Claims; that Neology’s domestic industry products practice claim 25 of the ’044 patent and claims 1, 2, and 4 of the ’436 patent; and that Neology has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement as to the ’044 and the ’436 patents. Neology filed a timely petition for review of the final ID, challenging the final ID’s finding that the Asserted Claims are invalid. That same day, the Commission’s Investigative Attorney (‘‘IA’’) filed a contingent petition for review of the final ID and Respondents filed a joint contingent petition for review of the final ID. Neology and the IA both challenge certain of the final ID’s findings with respect to the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement as to the ’436 patent. Respondents also challenge the final ID’s finding that the Asserted E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCAD06000.51010000.ER0000.LVRWB17B5480 17X5017AP; CACA41880]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Draft Land Use 
Plan Amendment for the Palen Solar Photovoltaic Project, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 
prepared a Draft Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area 
(CDCA) Plan and a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the Palen Solar Photovoltaic (PSP) Project and by this Notice 
is announcing the opening of the comment period. This document is also 
an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by Riverside County under 
the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

DATES: To ensure that all comments will be considered, the BLM must 
receive written comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR within 45 
days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes 
its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will 
announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement 
activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media 
releases, on the project Web site, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the PSP Project by any of 
the following methods:
    Web site: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=68122.
    Email: [email protected].
    Mail: Palen Solar PV Project, c/o Aspen Environmental Group, 235 
Montgomery Street, Suite 935, San Francisco, CA 94104
    Copies of the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR are available in the BLM-
Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm 
Springs, CA 92262, and at the BLM California Desert District Office, 
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, and 
electronically on the project Web site. Compact Disc copies of the 
document are available through request on this project Web site 
address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark DeMaio, BLM Project Manager, 
telephone: (760) 833-7124; address: BLM, Palm Springs-South Coast Field 
Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262; email: 
[email protected].
    Persons who use telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the 
Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual 
during normal business hours. The Service is available 24 hours a day, 
7 days a week, to leave a message or questions with the above 
individual regarding the project. You will receive a reply during 
normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EDF Renewable Energy has applied for a 
Right-of-Way (ROW) from the BLM to construct, operate, maintain, and 
decommission a 500 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility near 
Desert Center, Riverside County, California. The ROW application area 
comprises about 4,200 acres, with a proposed project footprint of about 
3,400 acres. The proposed project also includes construction of a 6.7-
mile single circuit 230 kilovolt generation interconnection (gen-tie) 
transmission line connecting the project to the Southern California 
Edison (SCE) Red Bluff Substation.
    The BLM is also considering an amendment to the CDCA Plan that 
would be necessary to authorize the project. This is a joint EIS/EIR 
for compliance with NEPA and CEQA. Riverside County is the lead agency 
under CEQA.
    This Project application was originally submitted in 2007 as the 
Palen Solar Power Project (PSPP) by Palen Solar I, LLC (PSI), a wholly 
owned subsidiary of Solar Millennium. The PSPP was proposed as a solar 
trough project, and was the subject of an EIS under NEPA. The BLM, 
pursuant to its obligations under FLPMA and NEPA, published a Draft 
EIS, followed by a Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMP) 
and Final EIS on May 13, 2011 (76 FR 28064).
    Before the BLM issued a Record of Decision (ROD), PSI informed the 
BLM that it would not construct the Project due to bankruptcy. As a 
result, the BLM did not issue a ROD, did not amend the RMP, and did not 
issue a ROW grant for the PSPP.
    On June 21, 2012, the bankruptcy court approved the transfer of the 
application from PSI to Palen Solar III, LLC (PSIII). BrightSource 
Energy Inc., (BSE) then acquired all rights to PSIII at auction. PSIII 
submitted a revised ROW application to the BLM for the Palen Solar 
Electricity Generating System Project (PSEGS), a 500 MW concentrating 
solar power tower technology facility and single-circuit 230 kV gen-tie 
line. On July 27, 2013, the BLM issued a Draft Supplemental EIS and 
Plan Amendment to evaluate the potential additional environmental 
impacts caused by PSEGS. As part of the State permitting process, the 
California Energy Commission evaluated the PSEGS under CEQA, and issued 
Preliminary and Final Staff Assessments for the amended project in June 
and November of 2013, respectively.
    The BLM did not issue a Final Supplemental EIS for the PSEGS 
Project because BSE and its partner, Abengoa Solar Inc., abandoned the 
State authorization proceedings at the California Energy Commission. In 
December 2015, EDF Renewable Energy acquired the PSEGS project. EDF 
Renewable Energy has submitted a revised ROW application for the 
Proposed Project, which is analyzed in

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this Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR and Draft Plan Amendment.
    For the PSP Project, the BLM held public meetings on the revised 
ROW application in June and August 2016 in Palm Springs, California. 
The Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR includes analysis of the revised ROW 
application as it relates to the following issues:
    (1) Updated description of the Proposed Project, based on the 
revised ROW application;
    (2) Impacts to cultural resources and tribal concerns;
    (3) Impacts to the Sand Transport Corridor and Mojave fringe-toed 
lizard habitat and washes;
    (4) Impacts to Joshua Tree National Park;
    (5) Impacts to avian species;
    (6) Impacts to visual resources; and
    (7) Relationship between the project and the regional renewable 
energy planning in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
    In addition to the Proposed Action, the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR 
considers a No-Action Alternative and two additional action 
alternatives. Alternative 1, Reduced Footprint, would be a 500 MW 
Photovoltaic (PV) array on about 3,100 acres. It avoids the central and 
largest desert wash and incorporates a more efficient use of the land 
for the solar array. Alternative 2, Avoidance Alternative, would be an 
up to 230 MW solar PV array on about 1,620 acres. Like the Proposed 
Action, under each of these alternatives, the BLM would amend the CDCA 
Plan to allow the project. Under the No-Action Alternative, the BLM 
would deny the ROW application, and would not amend the CDCA Plan to 
allow the project.
    The BLM has selected Alternative 1--Reduced Footprint Alternative--
as the Agency-Preferred Alternative for the Draft Supplemental EIS. The 
BLM and other cooperating agencies involved are inviting Draft 
Supplemental EIS reviewers to offer comments on the comparison of 
alternatives, as presented in the document.
    Your input is important and will be considered in the environmental 
and land-use planning analysis. Please note that public comments and 
information submitted, including names, street addresses, and email 
addresses of persons who submit comments will be available for public 
review and disclosure at the above address during regular business 
hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Danielle Chi,
Deputy State Director, California.
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