Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan Study, Chicago, Illinois, 67240-67241 [2018-28344]

Download as PDF 67240 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices (7) reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as projects that use dredged material for— (A) Construction or fill material; (B) civic improvement objectives; and (C) other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce CA ................. HI ................... IL ................... MS ................. NJ ................... PR .................. SC .................. TX .................. WA ................ WI .................. Dated: December 18, 2018. Thomas P. Smith, Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2018–28306 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan Study, Chicago, Illinois U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan Study. The study is sponsored by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on behalf of the City of Chicago. The purpose of the EIS is to assess the likely social, economic, and environmental effects of a range of potential alternative plans to ensure that amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 Legislative-Links/wrda2016/wrda2016_ impguide. Search Section 1122(a)–(h) for links to the implementation guidance and other Section 1122 information. The ten recommended projects, listed alphabetically by state/territory follow: Restoring San Francisco Bay’s Natural Infrastructure with Dredged Sediment: Strategic Placement. Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor Maintenance Dredging and Beach Restoration. Public Beach Protection Pilot in Four Illinois Coastal Communities. Deer Island Lagoon Project. Beneficial Use Placement Opportunities in the State of New Jersey Using Navigation Channel Sediments: Barnegat Inlet. Condado Lagoon. Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary. Hickory Cove Marsh Restoration and Living Shoreline. Grays Harbor South Jetty Sand Placement Pilot Project. Mississippi River Upper Pool 4, Pierce County Islands and Head of Lake Pepin Backwater Complex—Beneficial Use of Dredged Material. The USACE process for evaluating all of the 95 proposals received and the decision to select the 10 projects is documented in the EA/FONSI. Further project specific evaluation of the 10 selected projects will be accomplished by the appropriate USACE office in accordance with Section 1122 implementation guidance and applicable USACE policies and regulations. AGENCY: public economic or environmental benefits. The USACE has developed implementation guidance for carrying out the provisions of Section 1122. That implementation guidance can be obtained at http://www.usace.army.mil/ Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/ 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 maintenance dredging activities are performed in an environmentally acceptable manner, use sound engineering techniques, are economically warranted, and provide sufficient confined disposal capacity, as needed, for at least the next 20 years. Based on stakeholder and public concerns voiced throughout the process of preparing an Environmental Assessment, the Corps has determined that an EIS is warranted for the study. DATES: Previous Scoping letters and outreach occurred between February 2, 2018 and March 5, 2018. Public Workshops were held on April 28, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to share preliminary analyses and further solicit public input on potential study alternatives. ADDRESSES: Mr. Mike Padilla, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60608. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about this Dredged Material Management Plan and EIS, please contact Mr. Mike Padilla, Project Manager, by telephone: 312–846–5427, by email: michael.c.padilla@ usace.army.mil, or by mail: ATTN: Mike Padilla, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60608. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Chicago District is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine the potential impacts of the Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) for the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The purpose of the DMMP is to find a new location for a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) for contaminated sediment in the CAWS, which includes the Calumet River and Harbor and the Cal-Sag Channel. The PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 current CDF is approaching capacity and will be full by 2022. Dredged material management planning for all federal harbor projects is conducted by the Corps to ensure that maintenance dredging activities are performed in an environmentally acceptable manner, use sound engineering techniques, are economically warranted, and that sufficient confined disposal facilities are available for at least the next 20 years. These plans address dredging needs, disposal capabilities, capacities of disposal areas, environmental compliance requirements, potential for beneficial use of dredged material, and indicators of continued economic justification. The federal navigation channels in the Chicago Area Waterway System are a vital part of the local and regional economy and the Corps regularly performs maintenance dredging to provide sufficient depths for safe and efficient navigation within Calumet Harbor & River. The Calumet Harbor and River navigation project is the third largest by tonnage among Great Lakes harbors, with shipments and receipts totaling 14 million tons annually. Commercial navigation activities at the Calumet Harbor & River and Cal-Sag Channel are locally and regionally significant, supporting more than 3,700 jobs and $600 million in annual sales in the Chicagoland area. If a plan for managing the dredged material is not identified, sediment would accumulate in the federal channel, reducing the safe depth at which vessels can operate, forcing ships to carry less cargo. Shipping costs would increase, impacting businesses at the harbor. The project requires annual dredging of approximately 50,000 cubic yards (CY) to maintain deep draft navigation. Dredged material is currently placed in the Chicago Area E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices Confined Disposal Facility (CDF). With over 1.3 million CY placed since inception in 1984, the CDF will reach capacity in 2022. The plan will include disposal management of more highly contaminated dredged sediment and beneficial use planning for material that is deemed suitable for various identified uses. The study is identifying and analyzing potential locations along the Calumet harbor and River to construct a new sediment management facility, as well as the feasibility of expanding the existing CDF to provide the required capacity for safely handling material that is too contaminated for beneficial use. The Corps has hosted a number of stakeholder engagements and public workshops up to this point and is continuing to coordinate with stakeholders and resource agencies to identify and assess any potentially significant adverse impacts to human health and the environment associated with the study. Availability of the Draft Dredged Material Management Plan and EIS is anticipated in the spring of 2019 for a 45-day period of public review. A public hearing(s) will be conducted following public release. Additional information about the Chicago Area Waterway System and the Dredged Material Management Plan is available on the study website at: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/ Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/CalumetHarbor-and-River/. Felicia Kirksey, Assistant Chief, Planning Programs and Project Management Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. [FR Doc. 2018–28344 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP)—Grants to State Entities Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for CSP— Grants to State Entities, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.282A. DATES: Applications Available: December 28, 2018. Date of Pre-Application Webinar: January 3, 2019, 2 p.m., Eastern Time. 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Through the CSP Grants to State Entities (CSP State Entities) competition (CFDA number 84.282A), the Department awards grants to State entities that, in turn, award subgrants to eligible applicants for the purpose of opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools and replicated high-quality charter schools, and expanding high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may also be used to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants and authorized public chartering agencies in opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools and replicating and expanding high-quality charter schools; 1 Italicized terms are defined in the Definitions section of this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67241 and to work with authorized public chartering agencies in the State to improve authorizing quality, including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter schools. 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All charter schools receiving CSP funds must meet each element of the definition of charter school in section 4310(2) of the ESEA, including the requirement to comply with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), and part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Priorities: This notice includes six competitive preference priorities. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), these priorities are from section 4303(g)(2) of the ESEA. Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2019 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award: • An additional two points to an application that meets competitive preference priority 1; and • Up to an additional 16 points to an application that meets one or more of competitive preference priorities 2 through 6, depending on how well the application addresses the priorities. 2 Prior to enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), authorized the Secretary to make awards to State educational agencies (SEAs) to enable them to conduct charter school subgrant programs in their States. State entities, which include SEAs, are eligible applicants under the ESSA. In December 2015, Congress enacted the ESSA, which reauthorized the ESEA, as amended by NCLB. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Chicago 
Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan Study, Chicago, 
Illinois

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the Chicago Area Waterway System 
Dredged Material Management Plan Study. The study is sponsored by the 
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on behalf of the City of 
Chicago. The purpose of the EIS is to assess the likely social, 
economic, and environmental effects of a range of potential alternative 
plans to ensure that maintenance dredging activities are performed in 
an environmentally acceptable manner, use sound engineering techniques, 
are economically warranted, and provide sufficient confined disposal 
capacity, as needed, for at least the next 20 years. Based on 
stakeholder and public concerns voiced throughout the process of 
preparing an Environmental Assessment, the Corps has determined that an 
EIS is warranted for the study.

DATES: Previous Scoping letters and outreach occurred between February 
2, 2018 and March 5, 2018. Public Workshops were held on April 28, 2018 
and April 30, 2018 to share preliminary analyses and further solicit 
public input on potential study alternatives.

ADDRESSES: Mr. Mike Padilla, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers Chicago District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, 
Chicago, IL 60608.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or 
questions about this Dredged Material Management Plan and EIS, please 
contact Mr. Mike Padilla, Project Manager, by telephone: 312-846-5427, 
by email: michael.c.padilla@usace.army.mil, or by mail: ATTN: Mike 
Padilla, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago 
District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60608.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Chicago District is preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine the potential impacts 
of the Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) for the Chicago Area 
Waterway System (CAWS). The purpose of the DMMP is to find a new 
location for a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) for contaminated 
sediment in the CAWS, which includes the Calumet River and Harbor and 
the Cal-Sag Channel. The current CDF is approaching capacity and will 
be full by 2022.
    Dredged material management planning for all federal harbor 
projects is conducted by the Corps to ensure that maintenance dredging 
activities are performed in an environmentally acceptable manner, use 
sound engineering techniques, are economically warranted, and that 
sufficient confined disposal facilities are available for at least the 
next 20 years. These plans address dredging needs, disposal 
capabilities, capacities of disposal areas, environmental compliance 
requirements, potential for beneficial use of dredged material, and 
indicators of continued economic justification. The federal navigation 
channels in the Chicago Area Waterway System are a vital part of the 
local and regional economy and the Corps regularly performs maintenance 
dredging to provide sufficient depths for safe and efficient navigation 
within Calumet Harbor & River.
    The Calumet Harbor and River navigation project is the third 
largest by tonnage among Great Lakes harbors, with shipments and 
receipts totaling 14 million tons annually. Commercial navigation 
activities at the Calumet Harbor & River and Cal-Sag Channel are 
locally and regionally significant, supporting more than 3,700 jobs and 
$600 million in annual sales in the Chicagoland area. If a plan for 
managing the dredged material is not identified, sediment would 
accumulate in the federal channel, reducing the safe depth at which 
vessels can operate, forcing ships to carry less cargo. Shipping costs 
would increase, impacting businesses at the harbor. The project 
requires annual dredging of approximately 50,000 cubic yards (CY) to 
maintain deep draft navigation. Dredged material is currently placed in 
the Chicago Area

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Confined Disposal Facility (CDF). With over 1.3 million CY placed since 
inception in 1984, the CDF will reach capacity in 2022. The plan will 
include disposal management of more highly contaminated dredged 
sediment and beneficial use planning for material that is deemed 
suitable for various identified uses. The study is identifying and 
analyzing potential locations along the Calumet harbor and River to 
construct a new sediment management facility, as well as the 
feasibility of expanding the existing CDF to provide the required 
capacity for safely handling material that is too contaminated for 
beneficial use.
    The Corps has hosted a number of stakeholder engagements and public 
workshops up to this point and is continuing to coordinate with 
stakeholders and resource agencies to identify and assess any 
potentially significant adverse impacts to human health and the 
environment associated with the study. Availability of the Draft 
Dredged Material Management Plan and EIS is anticipated in the spring 
of 2019 for a 45-day period of public review. A public hearing(s) will 
be conducted following public release.
    Additional information about the Chicago Area Waterway System and 
the Dredged Material Management Plan is available on the study website 
at: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/Calumet-Harbor-and-River/.

Felicia Kirksey,
Assistant Chief, Planning Programs and Project Management Division, 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District.
[FR Doc. 2018-28344 Filed 12-27-18; 8:45 am]
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