Record of Decision for the Final National Flood Insurance Program Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, 24328-24329 [2018-11210]

Download as PDF 24328 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 102 / Friday, May 25, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651–0100] Agency Information Collection Activities: Petition for Remission or Mitigation of Forfeitures and Penalties Incurred U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 30-Day notice and request for comments; extension of an existing collection of information. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted (no later than June 25, 2018) to be assured of consideration. 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ACTION: Notice of availability of the Record of Decision for the final nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the final nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement (NPEIS) evaluating the environmental impacts of proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NPEIS was completed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA, and FEMA’s Directive 108–1 ‘‘Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Responsibilities and Program Requirements.’’ ADDRESSES: Electronic versions of the ROD are available for viewing at FEMA’s website at https:// www.fema.gov/programmaticenvironmental-impact-statement. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the ROD, contact Bret Gates, FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Floodplain Management Division, 400 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, or E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 102 / Friday, May 25, 2018 / Notices via email at Bret.Gates@fema.dhs.gov, or by phone at 202–646–2780. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Development of the NFIP NPEIS began with publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012. (77 FR 28891) The evaluation process included the NFIP Stakeholder Listening Session with key stakeholders in November 2009. In addition, FEMA conducted two public meetings in December 2010 and opened a public comment period on four alternatives for NFIP Reform. Comments received were considered part of the scoping process for this NPEIS. Additionally, FEMA held three public webinars in April and May of 2014 to further the scoping process. (79 FR 16354, March 25, 2014) Publication of the draft NPEIS on April 7, 2017 included a 60-day comment period with public meetings and webinars to obtain comments on the document. (82 FR 17023) FEMA accepted comments on the draft NPEIS until June 6, 2017. Comments on the draft NPEIS were incorporated, as appropriate, into the final NPEIS (see Appendix M). Publication of the final NPEIS on November 3, 2017 (82 FR 51286) initiated a 30-day hold period for the final NPEIS that ended on December 3, 2017. A summary of the comments received on the final NPEIS and explanations as to why changes to the NPEIS were not warranted is included in the ROD. The modifications to the NFIP are needed to (a) implement the legislative requirements of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW–12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA); and (b) to demonstrate compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As stated in the final NPEIS, the need to implement the legislative requirements of BW–12 and HFIAA arises from the recent concerns over the fiscal soundness of the NFIP. The final NPEIS considered four alternatives and described the potential environmental effects of each alternative. With this notice FEMA is announcing the availability of the ROD on the actions to be taken, including potential mitigation measures, and its intent to implement the Preferred Alternative from the NFIP’s final NPEIS. The preferred alternative consists of the following program modifications: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 May 24, 2018 Jkt 241001 —Preferred Alternative 2 (Legislatively Required Changes, Floodplain Management Criteria Guidance, and Letter of Map Change [LOMC] Clarification) (Preferred Alternative) Æ Phase out of subsidies on certain pre-Flood Insurance Rate Map (preFIRM) properties (non-primary residences, business properties, severe repetitive loss properties, substantially damaged or improved properties, and properties for which the cumulative claims payments exceed the fair market value of the property) at a rate of 25 percent premium increases per year. Æ Phase out of subsidies on all other pre-FIRM properties through annual premium rate increases of an average rate of at least 5 percent, but no more than 15 percent, per risk classification, with no individual policy exceeding an 18 percent premium rate increase. Æ Implement a monthly installment plan payment option for non-escrowed flood insurance policies. Æ Clarify that pursuant to 44 CFR 60.3(a)(2), a community must obtain and maintain documentation of compliance with the appropriate Federal or State laws, including the ESA, as a condition of issuing floodplain development permits. Æ Clarify that the issuing of certain LOMC requests (i.e., map revisions) is contingent on the community, or the project proponent on the community’s behalf, submitting documentation of compliance with the ESA. The ROD is available for viewing at https://www.fema.gov/programmaticenvironmental-impact-statement. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.; 40 CFR part 1500; FEMA Instruction 108–1–1. Dated: May 18, 2018. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529–2140, Telephone number (202) 272–8377 (This is not a toll-free number; comments are not accepted via telephone message.). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS website at http:// www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at (800) 375–5283; TTY (800) 767–1833. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments The information collection notice was previously published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2018 at 83 FR 10868, allowing for a 60-day public comment period. USCIS did not receive any comment in connection with the 60day notice. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 102 (Friday, May 25, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24328-24329]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-11210]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012]


Record of Decision for the Final National Flood Insurance Program 
Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Record of Decision for the final 
nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces the 
availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the final nationwide 
programmatic environmental impact statement (NPEIS) evaluating the 
environmental impacts of proposed modifications to the National Flood 
Insurance Program (NFIP). The NPEIS was completed in accordance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the 
Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ's) regulations for implementing 
the procedural provisions of NEPA, and FEMA's Directive 108-1 
``Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Responsibilities and 
Program Requirements.''

ADDRESSES: Electronic versions of the ROD are available for viewing at 
FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the ROD, 
contact Bret Gates, FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation 
Administration, Floodplain Management Division, 400 C Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20472, or

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via email at [email protected], or by phone at 202-646-2780.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Development of the NFIP NPEIS began with 
publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on May 16, 
2012. (77 FR 28891) The evaluation process included the NFIP 
Stakeholder Listening Session with key stakeholders in November 2009. 
In addition, FEMA conducted two public meetings in December 2010 and 
opened a public comment period on four alternatives for NFIP Reform. 
Comments received were considered part of the scoping process for this 
NPEIS. Additionally, FEMA held three public webinars in April and May 
of 2014 to further the scoping process. (79 FR 16354, March 25, 2014)
    Publication of the draft NPEIS on April 7, 2017 included a 60-day 
comment period with public meetings and webinars to obtain comments on 
the document. (82 FR 17023) FEMA accepted comments on the draft NPEIS 
until June 6, 2017. Comments on the draft NPEIS were incorporated, as 
appropriate, into the final NPEIS (see Appendix M).
    Publication of the final NPEIS on November 3, 2017 (82 FR 51286) 
initiated a 30-day hold period for the final NPEIS that ended on 
December 3, 2017. A summary of the comments received on the final NPEIS 
and explanations as to why changes to the NPEIS were not warranted is 
included in the ROD.
    The modifications to the NFIP are needed to (a) implement the 
legislative requirements of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform 
Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act 
of 2014 (HFIAA); and (b) to demonstrate compliance with the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). As stated in the final NPEIS, the need to implement 
the legislative requirements of BW-12 and HFIAA arises from the recent 
concerns over the fiscal soundness of the NFIP.
    The final NPEIS considered four alternatives and described the 
potential environmental effects of each alternative. With this notice 
FEMA is announcing the availability of the ROD on the actions to be 
taken, including potential mitigation measures, and its intent to 
implement the Preferred Alternative from the NFIP's final NPEIS. The 
preferred alternative consists of the following program modifications:

--Preferred Alternative 2 (Legislatively Required Changes, Floodplain 
Management Criteria Guidance, and Letter of Map Change [LOMC] 
Clarification) (Preferred Alternative)

    [cir] Phase out of subsidies on certain pre-Flood Insurance Rate 
Map (pre-FIRM) properties (non-primary residences, business properties, 
severe repetitive loss properties, substantially damaged or improved 
properties, and properties for which the cumulative claims payments 
exceed the fair market value of the property) at a rate of 25 percent 
premium increases per year.
    [cir] Phase out of subsidies on all other pre-FIRM properties 
through annual premium rate increases of an average rate of at least 5 
percent, but no more than 15 percent, per risk classification, with no 
individual policy exceeding an 18 percent premium rate increase.
    [cir] Implement a monthly installment plan payment option for non-
escrowed flood insurance policies.
    [cir] Clarify that pursuant to 44 CFR 60.3(a)(2), a community must 
obtain and maintain documentation of compliance with the appropriate 
Federal or State laws, including the ESA, as a condition of issuing 
floodplain development permits.
    [cir] Clarify that the issuing of certain LOMC requests (i.e., map 
revisions) is contingent on the community, or the project proponent on 
the community's behalf, submitting documentation of compliance with the 
ESA.
    The ROD is available for viewing at https://www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.; 40 CFR part 1500; FEMA 
Instruction 108-1-1.

    Dated: May 18, 2018.
Brock Long,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
[FR Doc. 2018-11210 Filed 5-24-18; 8:45 am]
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