Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI), 4631-4632 [2018-02028]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices River Road, Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3468. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. Total Burden Hours: 63. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01983 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2018–0002] Notice of Request for Revision To and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Trichinae Certification Program Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of an approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 2, 2018. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2018-0002. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2018–0002, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2018-0002 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call 202–799–7039 before coming. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: For information on the Trichinae Certification Program, contact Dr. John Korslund, Staff Epidemiologist, Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 Title: Trichinae Certification Program. OMB Control Number: 0579–0323. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and dissemination within the United States of livestock diseases and pests and to conduct programs to detect, control, and eradicate pests and diseases of livestock. In addition, under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1622), the APHIS Administrator has authority with respect to voluntary inspection and certification of animal products and the inspection, testing, treatment, and certification of animals. APHIS regulations in 9 CFR part 149 contain certification requirements for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, which is a cooperative effort by APHIS and the U.S. pork industry. The program is intended to enhance the ability of swine producers, as well as slaughter facilities and other persons that handle or process swine from pork production sites that have been certified under the program, to export fresh pork and pork products to foreign markets. There are a number of information collection activities associated with the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, such as requests to temporarily withdraw from the program, notification to APHIS of program withdrawal, requests for review of audit results or other determinations, certification site audit forms and requests for certification site audits, spot audits, animal disposal plans, animal movement records, rodent control logbooks, feed mill quality assurance affidavits, slaughter testing records, and recordkeeping. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4631 information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.48 hours per response. Respondents: Auditors (accredited veterinarians or State animal health officials), pork producers, mill managers, slaughter facility personnel, and personnel from approved laboratories. Estimated annual number of respondents: 66. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 16. Estimated annual number of responses: 1,085. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 521 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 26th day of January 2018. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2018–01993 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency, USDA. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 4632 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices Notice of withdrawal and cancellation. ACTION: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the BPI payments to companies that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to supply biofuels to the Navy. USDA has reassessed how to best use limited available funds and has determined that the BPI is no longer a priority for CCC funding. The impact of this withdrawal is that suppliers of fuel containing a biofuel blend to the U.S. Navy are no longer eligible to receive a CCC incentive payment, through the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program. DATES: Effective: February 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Novak, (202) 720–4053. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice of funds availability for the Farm-toFleet Feedstock BPI was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2016, (81 FR 95956–95958). The BPI payments were intended to support a joint USDA and U.S. Navy Farm-to-Fleet Program that was announced in December 2013, which provided incentive funds to companies that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to supply biofuels to the Navy. CCC funds, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), were used for BPI payments to help increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities in the biofuel market. Up to $50 million of CCC funds was announced as being available through FY 2018. This notice withdraws the availability of BPI payments for deliveries not yet solicited or procured by the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy office and cancels USDA support for biofuel blends solicited by the DLA Energy office and US Navy. Specifically, FSA will continue to make the BPI payments required under the existing commitments. BPI payments will continue to be made to the eligible claimant awarded a contract under DLA Energy’s Rocky Mountain West solicitation (SPE600–17–R–0709) and BPI payments will be made on any awards resulting from the Rocky Mountain West and Inland East Gulf solicitations published prior to the publication of this withdrawal. No BPI payments will be made related to any sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 DLA Energy solicitations that are announced after this withdrawal is published. Steven J. Peterson, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2018–02028 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket Number: 131219999–7305–03] RIN 0660–XC009 First Responder Network Authority; Revised National Environmental Policy Act Procedures and Categorical Exclusions First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The First Responder Network Authority (‘‘FirstNet’’) publishes this notice of its final procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (‘‘NEPA’’). The final procedures include a revised list of, and replace, previously established categorical exclusions (‘‘CEs’’) and extraordinary circumstances. SUMMARY: These procedures take effect as of February 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eli Veenendaal, First Responder Network Authority, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 3122 Sterling Circle, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301 or elijah.veenendaal@firstnet.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Background The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) (the ‘‘Act’’) established the First Responder Network Authority (‘‘FirstNet’’) as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (‘‘NTIA’’). FirstNet’s statutory mission is to take all actions necessary to ensure the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network (‘‘NPSBN’’).1 Moreover, the Act meets a long-standing and critical 1 47 PO 00000 U.S.C. 1426(b). Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 national infrastructure need to create a single, nationwide interoperable network that will, for the first time, allow public safety entities such as police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety personnel to effectively communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. On April 28, 2014, FirstNet, as a newly created federal entity, published a notice in the Federal Register finalizing its NEPA implementing procedures.2 These NEPA implementing procedures provided the framework for FirstNet’s establishment of a NEPA compliance program and for applying the appropriate level of NEPA review for major federal actions related to the deployment of the NPSBN. More specifically, FirstNet’s NEPA implementing procedures supplemented the Council on Environmental Quality (‘‘CEQ’’) regulations and provided guidance to FirstNet employees and potential Applicants regarding the procedural requirements for the application of NEPA.3 As it has continued to mature as an organization, FirstNet has identified the need to modify its NEPA implementing procedures and revise its list of categorical exclusions and extraordinary circumstances (CEs) to ensure that such procedures better align with FirstNet’s statutory mission and activities related to the deployment of the NPSBN, as well as better assist FirstNet in complying with NEPA as well as CEQ and Federal Communications Commission (‘‘FCC’’) regulations. More specifically, FirstNet, as both an independent federal authority and a licensee of the FCC, must satisfy its own NEPA obligations as well as comply with FCC-promulgated NEPA procedures.4 Accordingly, on June 23, 2017, FirstNet published for comment proposed revisions to its NEPA implementing procedures and 2 FirstNet, National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Categorical Exclusions, 79 FR 23,950 (April 29, 2014). 3 The term ‘‘Applicant’’ means any person, entity, or federal, state, tribal, or territorial government body that seeks to take an action related to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) or an action that is otherwise under the direct control and responsibility of FirstNet, including, but not limited to, actions that occur under any type of agreement related to the use of the spectrum licensed to FirstNet under station license call sign WQQE234, or actions requiring the approval of or funding provided by FirstNet. 4 See generally 40 CFR 1507.3 (stating federal agencies with overlapping NEPA requirements related to the same project are encouraged to streamline their NEPA implementing procedures to avoid duplicative NEPA review). 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 22 (Thursday, February 1, 2018)]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-02028]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the 
Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production 
Incentive (BPI)

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency, USDA.

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ACTION: Notice of withdrawal and cancellation.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit 
Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI 
Program, and is cancelling funding for the BPI payments to companies 
that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain 
domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery 
to supply biofuels to the Navy. USDA has reassessed how to best use 
limited available funds and has determined that the BPI is no longer a 
priority for CCC funding. The impact of this withdrawal is that 
suppliers of fuel containing a biofuel blend to the U.S. Navy are no 
longer eligible to receive a CCC incentive payment, through the Farm-
to-Fleet BPI Program.

DATES: Effective: February 1, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Novak, (202) 720-4053.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice of funds availability for the Farm-
to-Fleet Feedstock BPI was published in the Federal Register on 
December 29, 2016, (81 FR 95956-95958). The BPI payments were intended 
to support a joint USDA and U.S. Navy Farm-to-Fleet Program that was 
announced in December 2013, which provided incentive funds to companies 
that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain 
domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery 
to supply biofuels to the Navy.
    CCC funds, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), were used 
for BPI payments to help increase the domestic consumption of 
agricultural commodities in the biofuel market. Up to $50 million of 
CCC funds was announced as being available through FY 2018. This notice 
withdraws the availability of BPI payments for deliveries not yet 
solicited or procured by the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency 
(DLA) Energy office and cancels USDA support for biofuel blends 
solicited by the DLA Energy office and US Navy. Specifically, FSA will 
continue to make the BPI payments required under the existing 
commitments. BPI payments will continue to be made to the eligible 
claimant awarded a contract under DLA Energy's Rocky Mountain West 
solicitation (SPE600-17-R-0709) and BPI payments will be made on any 
awards resulting from the Rocky Mountain West and Inland East Gulf 
solicitations published prior to the publication of this withdrawal. No 
BPI payments will be made related to any DLA Energy solicitations that 
are announced after this withdrawal is published.

Steven J. Peterson,
Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2018-02028 Filed 1-31-18; 8:45 am]
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