Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, 25302-25303 [2019-11382]

Download as PDF 25302 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 105 / Friday, May 31, 2019 / Notices Authority We provide this notice in accordance with the requirements of section 10(c) of the ESA and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32) and NEPA and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: May 8, 2019. Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, Pacific Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–11393 Filed 5–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [190A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the City of Beloit, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Ho-Chunk Nation (Nation), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serving as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA in connection with the Nation’s application for transfer into trust by the United States of approximately 33 acres for gaming and other purposes in the City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. DATES: The Record of Decision for the proposed action will be issued on or after 30 days from the date the EPA publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Any comments on the FEIS must arrive on or before that date. ADDRESSES: You may mail or handdeliver written comments to Mr. Timothy LaPointe, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, Minnesota 55347. Please include your name, return address, and the caption: ‘‘FEIS Comments, HoChunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for addresses where the FEIS is available for review. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 Mr. Timothy Guyah, Archaeologist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55347; phone: (612) 725–4512; email: timothy.guyah@ bia.gov. Information is also available online at www.ho-chunkbeloiteis.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes to develop a casino-hotel resort on approximately 33 acres in the City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. The BIA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register on November 26, 2012 (77 FR 70460), and in The Daily News, The Janesville Gazette, and The Rockford Register Star. The BIA held a public scoping meeting on December 13, 2012, at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit, Wisconsin. The BIA published a Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on November 9, 2018 (83 FR 56096), and in The Daily News, The Janesville Gazette, and The Rockford Register Star. The BIA held a public hearing for the proposed project on December 11, 2018, at Aldrich Middle School. Background: The Tribe’s proposed project consists of the following components: (1) The Department of the Interior’s (Department) transfer of approximately 33 acres from fee to trust status; (2) issuance of a determination by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 2719; and (3) the development of the trust parcel. The proposed casino-hotel resort would include a hotel, convention center, outdoor amphitheater, several restaurant facilities, waterpark, retail buildings, and parking facilities. Access to the project site would be provided via three driveways, one along Willowbrook Road and two along Colley Road. The following alternatives are considered in the FEIS: (1) Proposed Project; (2) Reduced Casino and Commercial Development; (3) Retail Development; and (4) No Action/No Development. The BIA identifies Alternative 1 the Preferred Alternative as discussed in the FEIS. The information and analysis contained in the FEIS, as well as its evaluation and assessment of the Preferred Alternative, will assist the Department in its review of the issues presented in the fee-to-trust application. The Preferred Alternative does not reflect the Department’s final decision because the Department must further evaluate all of the criteria listed in 25 CFR part 151 and 25 CFR part 292. The Department’s consideration and analysis FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 16:42 May 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the applicable regulations may lead to a final decision that selects an alternative other than the Preferred Alternative, including no action, or a variant of the Preferred or another of the alternatives analyzed in the FEIS. Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include geology and soils, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socio-economic conditions (including environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative effects, and indirect and growth-inducing effects. Locations Where the FEIS is Available for Review: The FEIS will be available for review at the Beloit Public Library located at 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, Wisconsin 53511, and online at www.ho-chunkbeloiteis.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the FEIS, please provide your name and address in writing to Mr. Timothy Guyah, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the FEIS will be provided only upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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 in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will occur. Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of l969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. E:\FR\FM\31MYN1.SGM 31MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 105 / Friday, May 31, 2019 / Notices Dated: May 17, 2019. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. Cottage Way, Room W–2820, Sacramento, California 95825; telephone: (916) 978–6165; email: chad.broussard@bia.gov. Information is also available online at www.tulerivereis.com. [FR Doc. 2019–11382 Filed 5–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P Bureau of Indian Affairs [192D0102DR/DS5A300000/ DR.5A311.IA000118] Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tule River Tribe’s Proposed Fee-to-Trust and Eagle Mountain Casino Relocation Project, Tulare County, California Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the Tule River Indian Tribe (Tribe), City of Porterville (City), Tulare County (County), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serving as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA in connection with the Tribe’s application for transfer into trust by the United States of approximately 40 acres for gaming and other purposes in the City of Porterville, Tulare County, California. DATES: The BIA will issue a Record of Decision for the proposed action on or after 30 days after the date the EPA publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BIA must receive any comments on the FEIS before that date. ADDRESSES: You may mail or handdeliver written comments to Amy Dutschke, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Please include your name, return address, and the caption ‘‘FEIS Comments, Tule River Tribe Casino Relocation Project’’ on the first page of your written comments. You may also submit comments through email to Chad Broussard, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, at chad.broussard@bia.gov. If emailing comments, please use ‘‘FEIS Comments, Tule River Tribe Casino Relocation Project’’ as the subject of your email. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Broussard, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office, 2800 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 May 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 The Tribe proposes to construct a casino resort on the approximately 40-acre trust property in Tulare County, California. The BIA published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register on December 30, 2016 (81 FR 96477), and in the Porterville Recorder, and held a public scoping meeting on January 23, 2017, at the Veterans Memorial Building, in Porterville, California. The BIA published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on September 21, 2018 (83 FR 47935), and held a public hearing on October 15, 2018, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Porterville, California. Background: The Tribe’s proposed project consists of the following components: (1) The Department’s transfer of approximately 40 acres from fee to trust status; (2) issuance of a determination by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 2719; and (3) the development of the trust parcel and the off-site improvement areas. The proposed casino-hotel resort would include a hotel, convention center, multipurpose event space, several restaurant facilities, parking facilities and water reclamation infrastructure. The new facility would replace the Tribe’s existing casino, and the existing casino buildings would be converted to Tribal government or service uses. The following alternatives are considered in the FEIS: (1) Proposed Project; (2) Proposed Project with OnSite Water and Wastewater Systems; (3) Reduced Intensity Hotel and Casino; (4) Non-Gaming Hotel and Conference Center; (5) Expansion of Existing Eagle Mountain Casino; and (6) No Action Alternative. The BIA identified Alternative 1 as the Preferred Alternative as discussed in the FEIS. The information and analysis contained in the FEIS, as well as its evaluation and assessment of the Preferred Alternative, will assist the Department of the Interior (Department) in its review of the issues presented in the fee-to-trust application. The Preferred Alternative does not reflect the Department’s final decision because the Department must further evaluate all of the criteria listed in 25 CFR part 151 and 25 CFR part 292. The Department’s consideration and analysis of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25303 applicable regulations may lead to a final decision that selects an alternative other than the Preferred Alternative, including no action, or a variant of the Preferred or another of the alternatives analyzed in the FEIS. Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include geology and soils, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socioeconomic conditions (including environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative effects, and indirect and growth inducing effects. Locations Where the FEIS is Available for Review: The FEIS is available for review during regular business hours at the BIA Pacific Regional Office at the address noted above in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, and the Porterville Public Library at 41 West Thurman Avenue in Porterville, California. The FEIS is also available online at www.tulerivereis.com. To obtain a compact disc copy of the FEIS, please provide your name and address in writing or by phone to Chad Broussard, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the FEIS will be provided upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone 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 in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will occur. Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA of l969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. E:\FR\FM\31MYN1.SGM 31MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[190A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G]


Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-
to-Trust and Casino Project, City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the City of Beloit, Wisconsin 
Department of Transportation, Ho-Chunk Nation (Nation), and the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serving as cooperating agencies, 
intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the 
EPA in connection with the Nation's application for transfer into trust 
by the United States of approximately 33 acres for gaming and other 
purposes in the City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin.

DATES: The Record of Decision for the proposed action will be issued on 
or after 30 days from the date the EPA publishes its Notice of 
Availability in the Federal Register. Any comments on the FEIS must 
arrive on or before that date.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand-deliver written comments to Mr. Timothy 
LaPointe, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, 
Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, 
Bloomington, Minnesota 55347. Please include your name, return address, 
and the caption: ``FEIS Comments, Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and 
Casino Project,'' on the first page of your written comments. See the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for addresses where 
the FEIS is available for review.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Timothy Guyah, Archaeologist, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 
5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55347; phone: 
(612) 725-4512; email: [email protected]. Information is also 
available online at www.ho-chunkbeloiteis.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes to develop a casino-hotel 
resort on approximately 33 acres in the City of Beloit, Rock County, 
Wisconsin. The BIA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS in 
the Federal Register on November 26, 2012 (77 FR 70460), and in The 
Daily News, The Janesville Gazette, and The Rockford Register Star. The 
BIA held a public scoping meeting on December 13, 2012, at Aldrich 
Middle School in Beloit, Wisconsin. The BIA published a Notice of 
Availability for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on November 9, 
2018 (83 FR 56096), and in The Daily News, The Janesville Gazette, and 
The Rockford Register Star. The BIA held a public hearing for the 
proposed project on December 11, 2018, at Aldrich Middle School.
    Background: The Tribe's proposed project consists of the following 
components: (1) The Department of the Interior's (Department) transfer 
of approximately 33 acres from fee to trust status; (2) issuance of a 
determination by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Section 20 
of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 2719; and (3) the 
development of the trust parcel. The proposed casino-hotel resort would 
include a hotel, convention center, outdoor amphitheater, several 
restaurant facilities, waterpark, retail buildings, and parking 
facilities. Access to the project site would be provided via three 
driveways, one along Willowbrook Road and two along Colley Road. The 
following alternatives are considered in the FEIS: (1) Proposed 
Project; (2) Reduced Casino and Commercial Development; (3) Retail 
Development; and (4) No Action/No Development. The BIA identifies 
Alternative 1 the Preferred Alternative as discussed in the FEIS.
    The information and analysis contained in the FEIS, as well as its 
evaluation and assessment of the Preferred Alternative, will assist the 
Department in its review of the issues presented in the fee-to-trust 
application. The Preferred Alternative does not reflect the 
Department's final decision because the Department must further 
evaluate all of the criteria listed in 25 CFR part 151 and 25 CFR part 
292. The Department's consideration and analysis of the applicable 
regulations may lead to a final decision that selects an alternative 
other than the Preferred Alternative, including no action, or a variant 
of the Preferred or another of the alternatives analyzed in the FEIS.
    Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include geology and 
soils, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and 
paleontological resources, socio-economic conditions (including 
environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, 
public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative 
effects, and indirect and growth-inducing effects.
    Locations Where the FEIS is Available for Review: The FEIS will be 
available for review at the Beloit Public Library located at 605 
Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, Wisconsin 53511, and online at www.ho-chunkbeloiteis.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the FEIS, please 
provide your name and address in writing to Mr. Timothy Guyah, Bureau 
of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office. Contact information is 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. 
Individual paper copies of the FEIS will be provided only upon payment 
of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of 
copies requested.
    Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business 
hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 
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 in your comment that your personal identifying information be 
withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will 
occur.
    Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the 
Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 
CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of l969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), 
and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.


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    Dated: May 17, 2019.
Tara Sweeney,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2019-11382 Filed 5-30-19; 8:45 am]
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