Notice of Availability for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Potential Amendment for the Approved Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming, 22515-22516 [2019-10289]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Notices extending mining and ore processing activities to 2041; increasing the rate of process water pumping and extending until 2041; constructing and operating the Northeast Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) and associated pipeline corridor and haul road; constructing and operating the North Heap Leach Facility (HLF) East expansion and associated solution ponds; expanding the existing Brimstone Pit below the pre-mining groundwater table; conducting active dewatering of the Brimstone Pit through the installation and operation of dewatering wells; conducting passive dewatering within the expanded pit footprint; expanding the South Waste Rock Facility (WRF); modifying the approved land use in the South Processing Complex to allow for the option of constructing the Southwest WRF in place of the complex, if desired; modifying waste backfill plans with respect to the proposed mining plan; expanding haul and secondary roads around the pits, WRFs, HLFs, and TSF; modifying the milling operation to process ore in an ambient oxidation and leaching process; constructing and operating an oxygen plant; constructing stormwater diversions, installing culverts, and other stormwater controls; constructing growth media stockpiles; incorporating four HRDI rights-of-way (ROWs) (microwave repeater site and road [NVN046292], Floka access road [NVN054893], buried pipeline, wells, power distribution and access roads [NVN046564], and road and water pipeline [NVN039119]) that exist wholly within the authorized Plan boundary into the amendment to the Plan and relinquish the ROWs with the BLM; continuing use of the well field ROW; relocating rangeland improvement facilities within the footprint of the Northeast TSF; rerouting Rosebud Road around the Northeast TSF; reallocating 10 acres of exploration disturbance on private land to public land; and implementing the authorized and proposed additional applicantcommitted Environmental Protection Measures to new facilities and activities. In addition, the Project would affect golden eagle nests and territories; therefore, HRDI has requested authorization from the USFWS to remove inactive eagle nests and a 30year incidental take permit for golden eagles under the Eagle Act. HRDI’s ECP is the foundation of the permit application and contains commitments to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse effects on golden eagles resulting from the implementation of the Project. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 The purpose of this comment period is for the public to comment on the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS, through scoping, has identified and analyzed impacts to the following resources areas: Air and atmospheric resources; cultural resources (including National Historic Trails); noxious weeds, invasive species, and nonnative species; migratory birds; Native American religious concerns; wastes and materials (hazardous and solid); water quality (surface and ground); geology, minerals, and energy; golden eagles; lands and realty; paleontology; rangeland management; recreation; social values and economics; soils; special status species (plants and wildlife); transportation and access; vegetation; visual resources; and wildlife. The Draft EIS describes and analyzes the proposed Project’s direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on all affected resources. In addition to the Mine Expansion Proposed Action (BLM Decision) and the Eagle Take Permit Proposed Action (USFWS Eagle Permit Decision), the following alternatives are also analyzed in the document: The Mine Expansion Alternative A (BLM Alternative Decision), referred to as Alternative A; Eagle Take Permit Alternative A (USFWS Alternative A Eagle Permit Decision); the BLM No Action Alternative; and the USFWS No Action Alternative. The BLM and USFWS have consulted and continue to consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts to Indian trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources have been analyzed in the Draft EIS. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed Project that the BLM and USFWS is evaluating, are invited to participate in the comment process. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22515 Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Mark Hall, Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Black Rock Field Office. Jody Holzworth, Deputy Regional Director, Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2019–10290 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [L13200000 DS0000 LXSSK1700000 19X LLWYP07000] Notice of Availability for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Potential Amendment for the Approved Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming Buffalo Field Office is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2015 Buffalo Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP). This effort is in response to a United States District Court of Montana opinion and order (Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al. v. BLM). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the public comment period on the Draft Supplemental EIS. DATES: To ensure that we can adequately consider all comments, the BLM must receive written comments by August 15, 2019. During the public comment period, the BLM will hold a public meeting to discuss the project with interested parties. The BLM will announce this meeting through local news media, newsletters, our ePlanning website (http://go.usa.gov/xP6S3), and the BLM website (http://www.blm.gov/ wyoming) at least 15 days prior to the meeting. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Draft Supplemental EIS by any of the following methods: • Website: http://go.usa.gov/xP6S3. • Email: blm_wy_bfo_coal_seis@ blm.gov. • Mail: Buffalo RMP SEIS, Attn: Thomas Bills, Project Manager, BLM SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 22516 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Notices Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Thomas (Tom) Bills, RMP Supplemental EIS Project Manager; Telephone 307– 684–1133; or at the above mailing address or email. 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, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2015 Buffalo Approved RMP provides a single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLMadministered lands and minerals in the Buffalo Field Office, which consists of approximately 800,000 acres of BLM surface land and 4.7 million acres of BLM mineral estate in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties in north-central Wyoming. Based on the court decision Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al. v. BLM (CV 16–21–GF–BMM; 3/23/ 2018 and 7/31/2018); feedback from cooperating agencies and stakeholders; and public scoping, the BLM developed and analyzed a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative, which are detailed in the Draft Supplemental EIS. The alternatives focus solely on the leasing of BLM-administered coal, in response to the court order. The No Action Alternative represents the decision area from the 2015 RMP and brings forward all management decisions that precluded coal development in the 2015 RMP. It relies on the decisions from the 2001 coal screening process that informed the 2015 RMP, but uses an updated 2018 coal production baseline. The BLM also used the 2019 U.S. Energy Information Administration development forecast to project development over the 20-year planning period. The No Action Alternative covers a total area of approximately 968,252 acres, including approximately 59.324 billion tons of BLM-administered coal reserves. The Action Alternative also uses the 2018 coal production baseline and the 2019 U.S. Energy Information Administration development forecast. In addition, the Action Alternative applies new coal screens (as described in 43 CFR 3420.1–4(e)), considers new scientific and GIS data, and evaluates issues identified through internal and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 public scoping. Based on these factors, the Action Alternative area contains approximately 328,578 acres, including approximately 37.345 billion tons of BLM-administered coal reserves. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Supplemental Draft EIS by any of the following methods: • Website: https://go.usa.gov/xmbE4. • Mail: Miles City Field Office; Irma Nansel; 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT 59301. Copies of the Supplemental Draft EIS are available at the Miles City Field Office at the above address, or may be viewed at: https://go.usa.gov/xmbE4. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irma Nansel, RMP Supplemental EIS Project Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2(c) and Manager, Miles City Field Office, at 3420.1–2. (406) 233–3653, or at the above mailing address or website. Persons who use a Mary Jo Rugwell, telecommunications device for the deaf Wyoming State Director. (TDD) may call the Federal Relay [FR Doc. 2019–10289 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to BILLING CODE 4310–22–P contact Ms. Nansel during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. Bureau of Land Management SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2015 [L16100000 DS0000 LXSS036E0000 19X Miles City Approved RMP provides a LLMTC020000] single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLMNotice of Availability of the Draft Amendment to the Approved Resource administered lands and minerals in the Miles City Field Office, which consists Management Plan for the Miles City of approximately 2.7 million acres of Field Office, Montana, and the BLM surface land and 10.6 million acres Associated Supplemental Draft of BLM mineral estate across 17 Environmental Impact Statement counties in eastern Montana. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Based on the above-referenced court Interior. decision, feedback from cooperating agencies and stakeholders, and public ACTION: Notice of availability. scoping, the BLM developed and SUMMARY: In accordance with the analyzed a No Action Alternative and National Environmental Policy Act of two Action Alternatives, which are 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the detailed in the Supplemental Draft EIS. Federal Land Policy and Management The No Action Alternative represents Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of the decision area from the 2015 RMP Land Management (BLM) Montana and brings forward all management Miles City Field Office has prepared a decisions that precluded coal Supplemental Draft Environmental development in the 2015 RMP. It relies Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2015 on the decisions from the 1985 Power Miles City Field Office Approved River RMP and 1996 Big Dry RMP coal Resource Management Plan (RMP). This screening process. The No Action effort is in response to a United States Alternative includes a total area of District Court of Montana opinion and approximately 1,581,240 acres available order (Western Organization of Resource for further consideration for leasing of Councils, et al. v. BLM). By this notice, BLM-administered coal. the BLM is announcing the opening of The Action alternatives applied the the comment period. coal screens (43 CFR 3420.1–4(e)) using current data and evaluate the issues DATES: To ensure that comments will be identified through internal and public considered, the BLM must receive scoping. The Action alternatives also written comments on the Draft address the NEPA deficiencies Supplemental EIS within 90 days identified by the court order associated following the date the Environmental with the application of the multiple-use Protection Agency publishes its Notice screen. Alternative B considers the of Availability of the Supplemental development of air resources as a Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings and multiple-use screen in accordance with PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability for the Draft Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement and Potential Amendment for the Approved Resource 
Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming Buffalo 
Field Office is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the 2015 Buffalo Field Office Approved Resource Management 
Plan (RMP). This effort is in response to a United States District 
Court of Montana opinion and order (Western Organization of Resource 
Councils, et al. v. BLM). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the 
opening of the public comment period on the Draft Supplemental EIS.

DATES: To ensure that we can adequately consider all comments, the BLM 
must receive written comments by August 15, 2019. During the public 
comment period, the BLM will hold a public meeting to discuss the 
project with interested parties. The BLM will announce this meeting 
through local news media, newsletters, our ePlanning website (http://go.usa.gov/xP6S3), and the BLM website (http://www.blm.gov/wyoming) at 
least 15 days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Draft Supplemental 
EIS by any of the following methods:
     Website: http://go.usa.gov/xP6S3.
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: Buffalo RMP SEIS, Attn: Thomas Bills, Project 
Manager, BLM

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Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Thomas (Tom) Bills, RMP 
Supplemental EIS Project Manager; Telephone 307-684-1133; or at the 
above mailing address or email. 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, seven days a week, to leave 
a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a 
reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2015 Buffalo Approved RMP provides a 
single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLM-
administered lands and minerals in the Buffalo Field Office, which 
consists of approximately 800,000 acres of BLM surface land and 4.7 
million acres of BLM mineral estate in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan 
counties in north-central Wyoming.
    Based on the court decision Western Organization of Resource 
Councils, et al. v. BLM (CV 16-21-GF-BMM; 3/23/2018 and 7/31/2018); 
feedback from cooperating agencies and stakeholders; and public 
scoping, the BLM developed and analyzed a No Action Alternative and an 
Action Alternative, which are detailed in the Draft Supplemental EIS. 
The alternatives focus solely on the leasing of BLM-administered coal, 
in response to the court order.
    The No Action Alternative represents the decision area from the 
2015 RMP and brings forward all management decisions that precluded 
coal development in the 2015 RMP. It relies on the decisions from the 
2001 coal screening process that informed the 2015 RMP, but uses an 
updated 2018 coal production baseline. The BLM also used the 2019 U.S. 
Energy Information Administration development forecast to project 
development over the 20-year planning period. The No Action Alternative 
covers a total area of approximately 968,252 acres, including 
approximately 59.324 billion tons of BLM-administered coal reserves.
    The Action Alternative also uses the 2018 coal production baseline 
and the 2019 U.S. Energy Information Administration development 
forecast. In addition, the Action Alternative applies new coal screens 
(as described in 43 CFR 3420.1-4(e)), considers new scientific and GIS 
data, and evaluates issues identified through internal and public 
scoping. Based on these factors, the Action Alternative area contains 
approximately 328,578 acres, including approximately 37.345 billion 
tons of BLM-administered coal reserves.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Authority:  43 CFR 1610.2(c) and 3420.1-2.

Mary Jo Rugwell,
Wyoming State Director.
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