Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities and Finding of No Significant Impact, 34574-34576 [2018-15348]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 34574 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 140 / Friday, July 20, 2018 / Notices Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566–2083; fax number: (202) 566–0409; email address: fontenelle.samantha@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents, which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting, are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: In 1993, EPA began compiling information on fish advisories provided by the states in its biannual 305(b) Water Quality Inventory Reports. In 1994, EPA’s Office of Water began conducting a voluntary annual Fish Program Survey to obtain the most up-to-date information on fish advisories. This information is collected under the authority of section 104 of the Clean Water Act, which provides for the collection of information to be used to protect human health and the environment. The advisory information collected identifies the waterbody under advisory, the fish or shellfish species and size ranges included in the advisory, the chemical contaminants and residue levels causing the advisory to be issued, the waterbody type (river, lake, estuary, coastal waters), and the target populations to whom the advisory is directed. The results of the survey are shared with states, territories, tribes, other federal agencies, and the public through an online database. The responses to the survey are voluntary and the information requested is part of the state/tribal public record associated with the advisories. No confidential business information is requested. Form numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Administrators of Public Health and Environmental Quality Programs in state and tribal governments (NAICS 92312/SIC 9431 and NAICS 92411/SIC 9511). Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary, (Clean Water Act, Section 104). Estimated number of respondents: 100 states, territories and tribes. Frequency of response: Annual. Total estimated burden: 2,468 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $110,517.20 (per year), which includes no annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jul 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Changes in the estimates: There is an increase of 584 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. The increase is due to revised hourly burden estimates based on input from three states and the addition of two new activities to increase communication, engagement, information sharing and support between the EPA and the states, territories and tribes. EIS No. 20180163, Draft, USFWS, CA, Green Diamond Forest Habitat Conservation Plan, Comment Period Ends: 09/04/2018, Contact: Dan Cox 916–414–6539. EIS No. 20180164, Final, USFS, CA, Exchequer Restoration Project, Review Period Ends: 08/20/2018, Contact: Elaine Locke 559–855–5355. Amended Notice BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Revision to the Federal Register Notice published 06/01/2018, extend comment period from 07/16/2018 to 07/ 31/2018, EIS No. 20180113, Draft, DHS, ID, Bog Creek Road Project, Contact: Paul Enriquez, 949–643–6365. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Dated: July 17, 2018. Robert Tomiak, Director, Office of Federal Activities. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Regulatory Support Division. [FR Doc. 2018–15516 Filed 7–19–18; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2018–15514 Filed 7–19–18; 8:45 am] [ER–FR–9040–4] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564–7156 or https://www2.epa.gov/ nepa/. Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements, Filed 07/09/2018 Through 07/13/2018, Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. Notice Section 309(a) of the Clean Air Act requires that EPA make public its comments on EISs issued by other Federal agencies. EPA’s comment letters on EISs are available at: https:// cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-public/ action/eis/search. EIS No. 20180156, Final, USFS, OR, Lobert Restoration Project, Review Period Ends: 08/20/2018, Contact: William Conroy 541–783–4039. EIS No. 20180158, Final, HHS, OH, Final Environmental Impact Statement for Site Acquisition and Campus Consolidation for NIOSH, Review Period Ends: 08/20/2018, Contact: Harry Marsh 770–488–8170. EIS No. 20180160, Final, BLM, UT, Alton Coal Tract Lease by Application, Review Period Ends: 08/ 20/2018, Contact: Keith Rigtrup 435– 865–3063. EIS No. 20180161, Final Supplement, USFS, MT, Rock Creek Mine Project, Review Period Ends: 08/23/2018, Contact: Katelyn Miller 406–293– 6211. EIS No. 20180162, Final, USACE, CO, Northern Integrated Supply Project, Review Period Ends: 09/04/2018, Contact: John E. Urbanic 303–979– 4120. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9980–79–OW] Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities and Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) have prepared the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities (Final RP/EA #2). The Final RP/EA #2 describes and, in conjunction with the associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), selects four preferred project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to compensate for recreational use services lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana TIG evaluated alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) regulations, and evaluated the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with NEPA. The selected projects are consistent with the restoration alternatives selected in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Final Programmatic SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 140 / Friday, July 20, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). The Federal Trustees of the Louisiana TIG have determined that implementation of the Final RP/EA #2 is not a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the context of NEPA. They have concluded a FONSI is appropriate, and, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the approval and availability of the Final RP/EA #2 and FONSI. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final RP/EA #2 and FONSI at any of the following sites: • http://www.gulfspill restoration.noaa.gov • http://www.la-dwh.com Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Final RP/EA #2 and FONSI (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document at any of the public facilities listed at http:// www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: • Louisiana—Joann Hicks, 225–342– 5477 • EPA—Tim Landers, 202–566–2231 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction On April 20, 2010, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, which was being used to drill a well for BP Exploration and Production, Inc. (BP), in the Macondo prospect (Mississippi Canyon 252– MC252), experienced a significant explosion, fire, and subsequent sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an unprecedented volume of oil and other discharges from the rig and from the wellhead on the seabed. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest off shore oil spill in U.S. history, discharging millions of barrels of oil over a period of 87 days. The Trustees conducted the natural resource damage assessment for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Under OPA, Federal and State agencies act as trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate the public for those injuries and losses. OPA further instructs the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, including the loss of use and services from those resources from the time of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jul 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 injury until the time restoration to baseline (the resource quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) is complete. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Trustees are: • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); • State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO), Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and Department of Natural Resources (LDNR); • State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; • State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama; • State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and • State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, General Land Office, and Commission on Environmental Quality. On April 4, 2016, the Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their natural resource damage claims with BP in a Consent Decree approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in the Louisiana Restoration Area are now chosen and managed by the Louisiana TIG. The Louisiana TIG is composed of the following Trustees: CPRA, LOSCO, LDEQ, LDWF, LDNR, EPA, DOI, NOAA, USDA. Background A Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities (Draft RP/EA #2) was published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2017. The Louisiana TIG hosted a public meeting on January 24, 2018, in New Orleans, and the public comment period for the Draft RP/EA #2 closed on February 2, 2018. The Draft RP/EA #2 proposed four restoration projects, evaluated in accordance with OPA and NEPA. In response to public comments received on the Draft RP/EA #2, the Louisiana PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34575 TIG prepared a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer’s Island Access Project Modification (Draft Supplemental RP/EA) to evaluate proposed changes to the Elmer’s Island Access project. A Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental RP/EA was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2018. The Louisiana TIG hosted a public meeting on May 22, 2018, in New Orleans, and the public comment period for the Draft Supplemental RP/ EA closed on June 20, 2018. The Louisiana TIG considered the public comments received on both the Draft RP/EA #2, and Draft Supplemental RP/ EA, which informed the Louisiana TIG’s analyses and selection of the restoration projects in the Final RP/EA #2. A summary of the public comments received and the Trustees’ responses to those comments are included in Section 7 of the Final RP/EA #2. Overview of the Final RP/EA #2 The Final RP/EA #2 is being released in accordance with OPA NRDA regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR 990, and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). In the Final RP/EA #2, the Louisiana TIG selects the following preferred project alternatives: • Elmer’s Island Access, as modified • Island Road Piers • Statewide Artificial Reefs • Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex The Louisiana TIG has examined the injuries assessed by the Deepwater Horizon Trustees and evaluated restoration alternatives to address the injuries. In the Final RP/EA #2, the Louisiana TIG presents to the public its plan for providing partial compensation for lost recreational use services in the Louisiana Restoration Area. The selected projects are intended to continue the process of restoring recreational use services lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total estimated cost of the selected projects is $22 million. Additional restoration planning for the Louisiana Restoration Area will continue. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Final RP/ EA #2 and FONSI can be viewed electronically at http://www.doi.gov/ deepwaterhorizon/administrativerecord. Authority The authority for this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), its implementing NRDA E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 34576 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 140 / Friday, July 20, 2018 / Notices regulations found at 15 CFR part 990, and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Dated: July 3, 2018. Benita Best-Wong, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water. [FR Doc. 2018–15348 Filed 7–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9980–59—Region 8] Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent, Black Swan Restoration Reach Good Samaritan Superfund Site, Boulder County, Colorado Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of proposed agreement; request for public comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the requirements of section 122 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (‘‘CERCLA’’), notice is hereby given of the proposed administrative settlement under sections 104, 106, 107, and 122 of CERCLA, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (‘‘EPA’’) and the Fourmile Watershed Coalition and Four Mile Fire Protection District (‘‘Settling Party’’). Pursuant to the terms of the proposed settlement, the Settling Party will conduct a Removal Action to abate an actual or threat of release of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants at the Black Swan Restoration Reach Good Samaritan Superfund Site located in Boulder County, Colorado. In exchange, the EPA will resolve any potential liability the Settling Party may have under CERCLA. The State of Colorado was consulted on this settlement regarding applicable state laws and regulations. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 20, 2018. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the agreement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the agreement if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. ADDRESSES: The Agency’s response to any comments, the proposed agreement and additional background information relating to the agreement is available for daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jul 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 public inspection at the EPA Superfund Record Center, 1595 Wynkoop Denver, Colorado. Comments and requests for a copy of the proposed agreement should be addressed to Maureen O’Reilly, Enforcement Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency—Region 8, Mail Code 8ENF–RC, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202–2466, and should reference the Black Swan Restoration Reach Good Samaritan Superfund Site, Central City, Gilpin County, Colorado. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Chalfant, Enforcement Attorney, Legal Enforcement Program, Environmental Protection Agency— Region 8, Mail Code 8ENF–L, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202–2466, (303) 312–6177. Dated: June 29, 2018. Deb Thomas, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VIII. [FR Doc. 2018–15602 Filed 7–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2018–0220; FRL–9980–99– OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Mobile Air Conditioner Retrofitting Program (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Mobile Air Conditioner Retrofitting Program (EPA ICR No. 1774.07, OMB Control No. 2060–0350) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through July 31, 2018. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on April 27, 2018 during a 60-day comment period. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan/
Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational 
Opportunities and Finding of No Significant Impact

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal and State natural 
resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation 
Group (Louisiana TIG) have prepared the Final Restoration Plan and 
Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational 
Opportunities (Final RP/EA #2). The Final RP/EA #2 describes and, in 
conjunction with the associated Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI), selects four preferred project alternatives considered by the 
Louisiana TIG to compensate for recreational use services lost as a 
result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana TIG evaluated 
alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource 
damage assessment (NRDA) regulations, and evaluated the environmental 
consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with NEPA. 
The selected projects are consistent with the restoration alternatives 
selected in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Final Programmatic

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Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). The Federal Trustees of the Louisiana 
TIG have determined that implementation of the Final RP/EA #2 is not a 
major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
environment within the context of NEPA. They have concluded a FONSI is 
appropriate, and, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not 
be prepared. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the 
approval and availability of the Final RP/EA #2 and FONSI.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final RP/EA #2 and 
FONSI at any of the following sites:

 http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov
 http://www.la-dwh.com
    Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Final RP/EA #2 and FONSI 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document 
at any of the public facilities listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
 Louisiana--Joann Hicks, 225-342-5477
 EPA--Tim Landers, 202-566-2231

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    On April 20, 2010, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater 
Horizon, which was being used to drill a well for BP Exploration and 
Production, Inc. (BP), in the Macondo prospect (Mississippi Canyon 252-
MC252), experienced a significant explosion, fire, and subsequent 
sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an unprecedented volume of 
oil and other discharges from the rig and from the wellhead on the 
seabed. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest off shore oil 
spill in U.S. history, discharging millions of barrels of oil over a 
period of 87 days.
    The Trustees conducted the natural resource damage assessment for 
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 
U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Under OPA, Federal and State agencies act as 
trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural resource injuries 
and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate the 
public for those injuries and losses. OPA further instructs the 
designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for the 
restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the 
equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, 
including the loss of use and services from those resources from the 
time of injury until the time restoration to baseline (the resource 
quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) 
is complete.
    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Trustees are:
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
     U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by 
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau 
of Land Management;
     National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on 
behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
     U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA);
     State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration 
Authority (CPRA), Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO), Department of 
Environmental Quality (LDEQ), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 
(LDWF), and Department of Natural Resources (LDNR);
     State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality;
     State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama;
     State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and
     State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, General Land 
Office, and Commission on Environmental Quality.
    On April 4, 2016, the Trustees reached and finalized a settlement 
of their natural resource damage claims with BP in a Consent Decree 
approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District 
of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in 
the Louisiana Restoration Area are now chosen and managed by the 
Louisiana TIG. The Louisiana TIG is composed of the following Trustees: 
CPRA, LOSCO, LDEQ, LDWF, LDNR, EPA, DOI, NOAA, USDA.

Background

    A Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan and 
Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational 
Opportunities (Draft RP/EA #2) was published in the Federal Register on 
December 20, 2017. The Louisiana TIG hosted a public meeting on January 
24, 2018, in New Orleans, and the public comment period for the Draft 
RP/EA #2 closed on February 2, 2018. The Draft RP/EA #2 proposed four 
restoration projects, evaluated in accordance with OPA and NEPA. In 
response to public comments received on the Draft RP/EA #2, the 
Louisiana TIG prepared a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and 
Environmental Assessment for the Elmer's Island Access Project 
Modification (Draft Supplemental RP/EA) to evaluate proposed changes to 
the Elmer's Island Access project. A Notice of Availability of the 
Draft Supplemental RP/EA was published in the Federal Register on May 
21, 2018. The Louisiana TIG hosted a public meeting on May 22, 2018, in 
New Orleans, and the public comment period for the Draft Supplemental 
RP/EA closed on June 20, 2018. The Louisiana TIG considered the public 
comments received on both the Draft RP/EA #2, and Draft Supplemental 
RP/EA, which informed the Louisiana TIG's analyses and selection of the 
restoration projects in the Final RP/EA #2. A summary of the public 
comments received and the Trustees' responses to those comments are 
included in Section 7 of the Final RP/EA #2.

Overview of the Final RP/EA #2

    The Final RP/EA #2 is being released in accordance with OPA NRDA 
regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR 
990, and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). In the Final RP/EA #2, the 
Louisiana TIG selects the following preferred project alternatives:

 Elmer's Island Access, as modified
 Island Road Piers
 Statewide Artificial Reefs
 Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex

    The Louisiana TIG has examined the injuries assessed by the 
Deepwater Horizon Trustees and evaluated restoration alternatives to 
address the injuries. In the Final RP/EA #2, the Louisiana TIG presents 
to the public its plan for providing partial compensation for lost 
recreational use services in the Louisiana Restoration Area. The 
selected projects are intended to continue the process of restoring 
recreational use services lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil 
spill. The total estimated cost of the selected projects is $22 
million. Additional restoration planning for the Louisiana Restoration 
Area will continue.

Administrative Record

    The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Final 
RP/EA #2 and FONSI can be viewed electronically at http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/administrativerecord.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 
U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), its implementing NRDA

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regulations found at 15 CFR part 990, and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.).

    Dated: July 3, 2018.
Benita Best-Wong,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water.
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