Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project, Uintah County, Utah, 23299-23300 [2018-10573]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 97 / Friday, May 18, 2018 / Notices ROW application, and would not amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. The Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment included analysis of the revised ROW application as it related 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 proposed project and the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, including the amendment to the CDCA Plan by the 2016 Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. A Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR was released in October 2017, which included a formal 45-day public comment period. The BLM held a public meeting on November 14, 2017, in Palm Desert, CA. Fourteen individuals attended that meeting. The BLM received 40 comment letters during the comment period. Comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment received from the public and internal agency review were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the proposed plan amendment. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. A response to substantive comments is included in the Final Supplemental EIS/EIR and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment. The BLM has selected Alternative 1, the Reduced Footprint, as the Agency Proposed Alternative in the Final Supplemental EIS/EIR and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment/ Final Supplemental EIS may be found in the ‘‘Dear Reader’’ Letter of the Final Supplemental EIS/EIR and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the email as an advanced copy, and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 notification, please direct emails to: protest@blm.gov. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest 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, 43 CFR 1610.5. Danielle Chi, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. 2018–10574 Filed 5–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [17XL5017AP LLUTG01100 L51010000.ER0000.LVRWJ17J8060] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project, Uintah County, Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. 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 final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project (Utility Corridor Project) and is announcing a 45-day wait period before making any final decisions. DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 45 days after the date on which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) of the final EIS in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: Copies of the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project final EIS are available for public inspection in the BLM Vernal Field Office at 170 South 500 East Vernal, Utah 84078. Interested persons may also review the final EIS on the internet at http://go.usa.gov/csa9j. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Howard, NEPA Coordinator; telephone 435–781–4469; address 170 ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23299 South 500 East Vernal, Utah 84078; email BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@ blm.gov. Persons who use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Enefit American Oil (Enefit) submitted five right-of-way applications to the BLM which are collectively known as the Utility Corridor Project. The Project Area is located in the southern portion of Townships 8–10 South, Ranges 24–25 East, Salt Lake Meridian, in Uintah County, Utah, approximately 40 miles south of Vernal, Utah. The entire project area is located within the original extent of the Uinta and Ouray Reservation. The purpose of this Federal action is to respond to the applicant’s right-ofway applications for construction, operation, and maintenance of the Utility Corridor Project infrastructure across Federal land. FLPMA provides the BLM with discretionary authority to grant use of public lands, including rights-of-way, taking into consideration impacts on natural, cultural, and historical resources. The BLM is the lead Federal agency for this EIS as defined at 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1501.5. Cooperating agencies include the U.S. EPA Region 8, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Utah Regulatory Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Utah Field Office, the State of Utah’s Public Lands Policy and Coordination Office, and Uintah County. In accordance with NEPA, the BLM prepared an EIS analyzing the right-ofway applications using an interdisciplinary approach in order to consider a variety of resource issues and concerns identified during internal, interagency, and public scoping. On April 8, 2016, the BLM published in the Federal Register (81 FR 20671) a NOA of the Draft EIS for public review and comment. The EPA published in the Federal Register (81 FR 22263) a NOA of the draft EIS for public review and comment on April 15, 2016, which initiated the 60-day public comment period. To allow the public an opportunity to review information associated with the utility corridor project and comment on the draft EIS, the BLM conducted three open-house meetings in May 2016 in Vernal and Salt Lake City, Utah and in Rangely, Colorado. During the comment period, E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 23300 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 97 / Friday, May 18, 2018 / Notices the BLM received 69 comment letters on the draft EIS from Federal, State, and local agencies; public and private organizations; and individuals. In addition, approximately 15,500 form letters were sent to the BLM from various organizations. Additional comments from a special interest group were submitted after the comment period closed, but were included in the comment response effort, bringing the total of unique comment submittals to 70. The 70 comment submittals contained 241 substantive comments. Principal issues identified in the comments received by BLM included: Utility corridor project description, alternatives considered, air quality, and impacts on sensitive plant species. The BLM responded to comments received on the draft EIS in the final EIS. As a result of the comments, the presentation order of the EIS has been changed to clarify the project description and resulting impacts. No significant new information was identified that necessitated a supplemental draft EIS. The final EIS describes and analyzes the impacts of the utility corridor project and the No Action Alternative. The following is a summary of the alternatives: Proposed Action—The proposed action consists of five right-of-way applications: 19 Miles of water supply line (116 acres); 8.8 miles of buried natural gas supply line (52.6 acres); 11.2 miles of buried oil product line (68.3 acres); 5.7 miles of Dragon Road upgrade and pavement (41.7 acres); and 30 miles of 138-kV power lines (501.4 acres). The proposed action also includes the utilization of some temporary lay-down areas during construction of the pipelines (31.2 acres). No Action Alternative—Under the No Action Alternative, the right-of-way applications listed in the Proposed Action Alternative would be denied. The final EIS contains detailed analysis of direct and indirect impacts from the Proposed Action to: Air quality including greenhouse gases, soils including biological soils, vegetation including weeds, minerals, surface waters, wildlife, special status plants and animals, cultural, paleontological, and visual resources as well as lands and access, recreation and travel management, and local social and economic resources. After the final waiting period, and based on the environmental analysis in the final EIS, the BLM will prepare a Record of Decision (ROD) documenting the BLM Authorized Officer’s decision VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 whether to authorize, authorize with modifications, or deny the applications. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10. Edwin L. Roberson, State Director. [FR Doc. 2018–10573 Filed 5–17–18; 8:45 am] have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P Background INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–603–605 and 731–TA–1413–1415 (Preliminary)] Glycine From China, India, Japan, and Thailand Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of glycine from India, Japan, and Thailand, provided for in subheading 2922.49.4300 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and imports of glycine that are alleged to be subsidized by the governments of China, India, and Thailand. Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations On March 28, 2018, GEO Specialty Chemicals (‘‘GEO’’), Inc., Lafayette, Indiana, and Chattem Chemicals Inc. (‘‘Chattem’’), Chattanooga, Tennessee filed petitions with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV imports of glycine from India, Japan, and Thailand and subsidized imports of glycine from China, India, and Thailand. Accordingly, effective March 28, 2018, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–603-605 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731–TA–1413-1415 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of April 3, 2018 (83 FR 14291). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on April 18, 2018, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on May 14, 2018. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4786 (May 2018), entitled Glycine from China, India, Japan, and Thailand: Investigation Nos. 701-TA-603-605 and 731-TA-1413-1415 (Preliminary). By order of the Commission. Issued: May 14, 2018. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2018–10598 Filed 5–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 97 (Friday, May 18, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23299-23300]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[17XL5017AP LLUTG01100 L51010000.ER0000.LVRWJ17J8060]


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project, Uintah 
County, Utah

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Enefit 
American Oil Utility Corridor Project (Utility Corridor Project) and is 
announcing a 45-day wait period before making any final decisions.

DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a 
minimum of 45 days after the date on which the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) of the final 
EIS in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project 
final EIS are available for public inspection in the BLM Vernal Field 
Office at 170 South 500 East Vernal, Utah 84078. Interested persons may 
also review the final EIS on the internet at http://go.usa.gov/csa9j.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Howard, NEPA Coordinator; 
telephone 435-781-4469; address 170 South 500 East Vernal, Utah 84078; 
email [email protected]. Persons who use a 
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during 
normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a 
week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Enefit American Oil (Enefit) submitted five 
right-of-way applications to the BLM which are collectively known as 
the Utility Corridor Project. The Project Area is located in the 
southern portion of Townships 8-10 South, Ranges 24-25 East, Salt Lake 
Meridian, in Uintah County, Utah, approximately 40 miles south of 
Vernal, Utah. The entire project area is located within the original 
extent of the Uinta and Ouray Reservation.
    The purpose of this Federal action is to respond to the applicant's 
right-of-way applications for construction, operation, and maintenance 
of the Utility Corridor Project infrastructure across Federal land. 
FLPMA provides the BLM with discretionary authority to grant use of 
public lands, including rights-of-way, taking into consideration 
impacts on natural, cultural, and historical resources.
    The BLM is the lead Federal agency for this EIS as defined at 40 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1501.5. Cooperating agencies 
include the U.S. EPA Region 8, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Utah 
Regulatory Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Utah 
Field Office, the State of Utah's Public Lands Policy and Coordination 
Office, and Uintah County. In accordance with NEPA, the BLM prepared an 
EIS analyzing the right-of-way applications using an interdisciplinary 
approach in order to consider a variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified during internal, interagency, and public scoping. On April 
8, 2016, the BLM published in the Federal Register (81 FR 20671) a NOA 
of the Draft EIS for public review and comment. The EPA published in 
the Federal Register (81 FR 22263) a NOA of the draft EIS for public 
review and comment on April 15, 2016, which initiated the 60-day public 
comment period. To allow the public an opportunity to review 
information associated with the utility corridor project and comment on 
the draft EIS, the BLM conducted three open-house meetings in May 2016 
in Vernal and Salt Lake City, Utah and in Rangely, Colorado. During the 
comment period,

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the BLM received 69 comment letters on the draft EIS from Federal, 
State, and local agencies; public and private organizations; and 
individuals. In addition, approximately 15,500 form letters were sent 
to the BLM from various organizations. Additional comments from a 
special interest group were submitted after the comment period closed, 
but were included in the comment response effort, bringing the total of 
unique comment submittals to 70. The 70 comment submittals contained 
241 substantive comments. Principal issues identified in the comments 
received by BLM included: Utility corridor project description, 
alternatives considered, air quality, and impacts on sensitive plant 
species.
    The BLM responded to comments received on the draft EIS in the 
final EIS. As a result of the comments, the presentation order of the 
EIS has been changed to clarify the project description and resulting 
impacts. No significant new information was identified that 
necessitated a supplemental draft EIS.
    The final EIS describes and analyzes the impacts of the utility 
corridor project and the No Action Alternative. The following is a 
summary of the alternatives:
    Proposed Action--The proposed action consists of five right-of-way 
applications: 19 Miles of water supply line (116 acres); 8.8 miles of 
buried natural gas supply line (52.6 acres); 11.2 miles of buried oil 
product line (68.3 acres); 5.7 miles of Dragon Road upgrade and 
pavement (41.7 acres); and 30 miles of 138-kV power lines (501.4 
acres). The proposed action also includes the utilization of some 
temporary lay-down areas during construction of the pipelines (31.2 
acres).
    No Action Alternative--Under the No Action Alternative, the right-
of-way applications listed in the Proposed Action Alternative would be 
denied.
    The final EIS contains detailed analysis of direct and indirect 
impacts from the Proposed Action to: Air quality including greenhouse 
gases, soils including biological soils, vegetation including weeds, 
minerals, surface waters, wildlife, special status plants and animals, 
cultural, paleontological, and visual resources as well as lands and 
access, recreation and travel management, and local social and economic 
resources.
    After the final waiting period, and based on the environmental 
analysis in the final EIS, the BLM will prepare a Record of Decision 
(ROD) documenting the BLM Authorized Officer's decision whether to 
authorize, authorize with modifications, or deny the applications.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10.

Edwin L. Roberson,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2018-10573 Filed 5-17-18; 8:45 am]
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