Adoption of Another Agency's Final Environmental Impact Statement To Implement the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program, 34118-34119 [2019-15211]

Download as PDF 34118 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Notices performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Federal animal health authorities of certain regions that export live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products; importers; pet bird owners; and zoological facilities. 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[FR Doc. 2019–15186 Filed 7–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service [Docket No. NRCS–2019–0010] jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Adoption of Another Agency’s Final Environmental Impact Statement To Implement the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to adopt a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS, titled ‘‘Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS’’, prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), under the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) adoption provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). DATES: Comment date: NRCS will accept comments that are received or postmarked by August 16, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments concerning the adoption of the FEIS titled, ‘‘Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS,’’ or submit comments on actions being proposed by NRCS regarding this matter to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. The FEIS can be accessed here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/ nepa/sa_environmental_ assessments+%28ea%29/sa_ws_ environmental_assessments_state/ct_ united_states. The associated NRCS Announcement of Program Funding can be accessed on grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin Lowenfish, Branch Chief for Areawide Planning, Natural Resources Conservation Service, at Martin.Lowenfish@usda.gov or (202) 690–4979. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS titled, ‘‘Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS’’, prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the EIS adoption provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1506.3). NRCS is proposing this action to address the mandates in section 2408 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Pub. L. 115–334) to provide financial assistance for a Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program in collaboration with APHIS. Prior to proposing adoption, NRCS reviewed the FEIS and determined that it adequately addresses the alternatives and environmental impacts related to reducing feral swine damage to agriculture, natural resources, property, animal health, and human health and safety on private lands per NRCS’s Title 190—National Environmental Compliance Handbook, part 610, subpart F, section 610.83(D), and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 subpart H, section 610.134. As described in the FEIS, the APHIS project area includes all the United States and its Territories where feral swine exist or may occur. The APHIS Wildlife Services (APHIS–WS) program currently works with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies; tribes; organizations; and private individuals to address specific localized feral swine damage problems. As NRCS collaborates with farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest landowners to address natural resource management objectives on private land throughout the United States and its Territories, NRCS is able to implement actions that complement those of APHIS with NRCS’ constituency. Feral swine are a threat nationwide; private lands currently or will soon face growing threats from feral swine. Therefore, section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill requires that APHIS and NRCS cooperate in this effort. The FEIS states that APHIS would serve as the lead agency in a nationally coordinated cooperative effort with other agency partners, tribes, organizations, and local entities. NRCS was a participating agency, but not a cooperating agency, in the preparation of the Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach— Final Environmental Impact Statement when it was finalized in 2015. As required in the 2018 Farm Bill, NRCS, through this pilot program, will cooperate with APHIS nationally and will serve as the lead agency for implementing the complementary NRCS action. The FEIS states that the proposed action is needed to: 1. Expand feral swine management programs nationwide to stabilize and eventually reduce the national feral swine population and associated threats to agriculture, natural resources, property, animal health, and human health; 2. Further develop cooperative partnerships with other pertinent federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local agencies, and private organizations working to reduce impacts of feral swine; 3. Expand feral swine disease monitoring to protect agriculture and human health; 4. Develop and improve tools and methods to manage feral swine populations, predictive models to assess feral swine population expansion and economic impacts, and risk analyses for feral swine impacts to agriculture, animal health, and human health; 5. Develop outreach materials and activities to educate the public about feral swine damage and related E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Notices activities to prevent or reduce damage; and 6. Coordinate with Canada and Mexico to establish a collaborative plan to address the feral swine threat along the common borders. The NRCS actions under section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill are narrower than the scope of the larger APHIS effort defined in the FEIS and are limited to providing financial assistance specifically for outreach, training, equipment, and operations for feral swine trapping, consistent with APHIS technical standards. Subsequent actions, including disposal, are the responsibility of those carrying out the trapping activities, and must occur consistent with all associated federal, state, and local laws. These actions are fully covered by the FEIS Alternative 2, which was considered by APHIS to be the environmentally preferable and preferred alternative. NRCS has determined that these actions are substantially the same those analyzed in the 2015 Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach— Final Environmental Impact Statement, and is circulating the statement in Final form. For its proposed action, NRCS also has determined that Alternative 2 would be environmentally preferable and preferred. Section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill requires that NRCS establish this effort as a pilot program. The specific locations chosen by NRCS for this pilot are based on the severity of damage. NRCS has determined that 11 states, where APHIS has determined feral swine population densities and corresponding associated damages are highest, will be the target of the initial NRCS pilot effort. These 11 states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California,1 Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. NRCS may consider expanding beyond these 11 pilot states, consistent with the nationwide scope of the FEIS. NRCS and APHIS will collaborate through State technical committees to identify projects under the pilot program and will do so in a way that places a priority where feral swine are a significant threat to agriculture, native ecosystems, or human or animal health. Prior to recommending adoption, NRCS completed an internal checklist, titled ‘‘NEPA Supplementation Review and Documentation Checklist,’’ as required by its National Environmental Compliance Handbook. It was determined that the FEIS does not need to be supplemented prior to adoption. 1 California chose not to participate at this time. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 Further, the FEIS evaluated five alternatives, incorporated mitigation into those alternatives, and included a comprehensive evaluation of environmental impacts. Given this, NRCS has determined the FEIS adequately covers NRCS’ proposed action, as encompassed by section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill, and has, therefore, proposed its adoption. An associated decision will not be made earlier than 30 days following the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. NRCS requests feedback from the public, other agencies, tribes, and other interested parties on the proposal to adopt the APHIS FEIS, the FEIS itself, and any associated issues and concerns. Kevin Norton, Acting Associate Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15211 Filed 7–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–580–887] Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016– 2018 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that the POSCO single entity and eleven non-examined companies made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR) November 14, 2016 through April 30, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review. DATES: Applicable July 17, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Bowen or William Horn, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0768 or (202) 482–4868, respectively. AGENCY: Scope of the Order The products covered by the order are certain carbon and alloy steel hot-rolled or forged flat plate products not in coils, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non- PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34119 metallic substances from the Republic of Korea. Products subject to the order are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers: 7208.40.3030, 7208.40.3060, 7208.51.0030, 7208.51.0045, 7208.51.0060, 7208.52.0000, 7211.13.0000, 7211.14.0030, 7211.14.0045, 7225.40.1110, 7225.40.1180, 7225.40.3005, 7225.40.3050, 7226.20.0000, and 7226.91.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise subject to this scope is dispositive.1 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 12, 2018, based on a timely request for review, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we initiated an administrative review on certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from the Republic of Korea for fourteen companies.2 We selected POSCO/ POSCO Daewoo Corporation as the mandatory respondent because it was the only company under review that had entries of subject merchandise during the POR.3 In December 2018, we extended the preliminary results of this review to no later than May 1, 2019.4 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the partial federal government closure from December 22, 2018 through the resumption of operations on January 29, 2019.5 In June 2019, we extended the preliminary results of this review to no later than July 10, 2019.6 For a complete 1 For a full description of the scope of the order see Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of the 2016–2018 Administrative Review: Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from the Republic of Korea,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 2 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 83 FR 32273 (July 12, 2018). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from the Republic of Korea: Respondent Selection’’ dated October 4, 2018. 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Steel CutTo-Length Plate from the Republic of Korea: Extension of the Deadline for Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016–2018,’’ dated December 17, 2018. 5 See Memorandum to the Record from Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Deadlines Affected by the Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government,’’ dated January 28, 2019. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 40 days. 6 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Steel CutTo-Length Plate from the Republic of Korea: E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM Continued 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 17, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Natural Resources Conservation Service

[Docket No. NRCS-2019-0010]


Adoption of Another Agency's Final Environmental Impact Statement 
To Implement the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department 
of Agriculture (USDA).

ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to adopt a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS).

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SUMMARY: NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS, titled ``Feral 
Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS'', prepared by the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS), under the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
adoption provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

DATES: Comment date: NRCS will accept comments that are received or 
postmarked by August 16, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments concerning the adoption of the FEIS 
titled, ``Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS,'' or 
submit comments on actions being proposed by NRCS regarding this matter 
to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.
    The FEIS can be accessed here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/nepa/sa_environmental_assessments+%28ea%29/sa_ws_environmental_assessments_state/ct_united_states.
    The associated NRCS Announcement of Program Funding can be accessed 
on grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin Lowenfish, Branch Chief for 
Areawide Planning, Natural Resources Conservation Service, at 
[email protected] or (202) 690-4979.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS 
titled, ``Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS'', 
prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the EIS adoption provisions of 
the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1506.3). 
NRCS is proposing this action to address the mandates in section 2408 
of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Pub. L. 
115-334) to provide financial assistance for a Feral Swine Eradication 
and Control Pilot Program in collaboration with APHIS.
    Prior to proposing adoption, NRCS reviewed the FEIS and determined 
that it adequately addresses the alternatives and environmental impacts 
related to reducing feral swine damage to agriculture, natural 
resources, property, animal health, and human health and safety on 
private lands per NRCS's Title 190--National Environmental Compliance 
Handbook, part 610, subpart F, section 610.83(D), and subpart H, 
section 610.134. As described in the FEIS, the APHIS project area 
includes all the United States and its Territories where feral swine 
exist or may occur. The APHIS Wildlife Services (APHIS-WS) program 
currently works with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies; 
tribes; organizations; and private individuals to address specific 
localized feral swine damage problems. As NRCS collaborates with 
farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest landowners to 
address natural resource management objectives on private land 
throughout the United States and its Territories, NRCS is able to 
implement actions that complement those of APHIS with NRCS' 
constituency. Feral swine are a threat nationwide; private lands 
currently or will soon face growing threats from feral swine. 
Therefore, section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill requires that APHIS and 
NRCS cooperate in this effort.
    The FEIS states that APHIS would serve as the lead agency in a 
nationally coordinated cooperative effort with other agency partners, 
tribes, organizations, and local entities. NRCS was a participating 
agency, but not a cooperating agency, in the preparation of the Feral 
Swine Damage Management: A National Approach--Final Environmental 
Impact Statement when it was finalized in 2015. As required in the 2018 
Farm Bill, NRCS, through this pilot program, will cooperate with APHIS 
nationally and will serve as the lead agency for implementing the 
complementary NRCS action.
    The FEIS states that the proposed action is needed to:
    1. Expand feral swine management programs nationwide to stabilize 
and eventually reduce the national feral swine population and 
associated threats to agriculture, natural resources, property, animal 
health, and human health;
    2. Further develop cooperative partnerships with other pertinent 
federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local agencies, and private 
organizations working to reduce impacts of feral swine;
    3. Expand feral swine disease monitoring to protect agriculture and 
human health;
    4. Develop and improve tools and methods to manage feral swine 
populations, predictive models to assess feral swine population 
expansion and economic impacts, and risk analyses for feral swine 
impacts to agriculture, animal health, and human health;
    5. Develop outreach materials and activities to educate the public 
about feral swine damage and related

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activities to prevent or reduce damage; and
    6. Coordinate with Canada and Mexico to establish a collaborative 
plan to address the feral swine threat along the common borders.
    The NRCS actions under section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill are 
narrower than the scope of the larger APHIS effort defined in the FEIS 
and are limited to providing financial assistance specifically for 
outreach, training, equipment, and operations for feral swine trapping, 
consistent with APHIS technical standards. Subsequent actions, 
including disposal, are the responsibility of those carrying out the 
trapping activities, and must occur consistent with all associated 
federal, state, and local laws. These actions are fully covered by the 
FEIS Alternative 2, which was considered by APHIS to be the 
environmentally preferable and preferred alternative. NRCS has 
determined that these actions are substantially the same those analyzed 
in the 2015 Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach--Final 
Environmental Impact Statement, and is circulating the statement in 
Final form. For its proposed action, NRCS also has determined that 
Alternative 2 would be environmentally preferable and preferred.
    Section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill requires that NRCS establish 
this effort as a pilot program. The specific locations chosen by NRCS 
for this pilot are based on the severity of damage. NRCS has determined 
that 11 states, where APHIS has determined feral swine population 
densities and corresponding associated damages are highest, will be the 
target of the initial NRCS pilot effort. These 11 states are: Alabama, 
Arkansas, California,\1\ Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. NRCS may consider 
expanding beyond these 11 pilot states, consistent with the nationwide 
scope of the FEIS. NRCS and APHIS will collaborate through State 
technical committees to identify projects under the pilot program and 
will do so in a way that places a priority where feral swine are a 
significant threat to agriculture, native ecosystems, or human or 
animal health.
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    \1\ California chose not to participate at this time.
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    Prior to recommending adoption, NRCS completed an internal 
checklist, titled ``NEPA Supplementation Review and Documentation 
Checklist,'' as required by its National Environmental Compliance 
Handbook. It was determined that the FEIS does not need to be 
supplemented prior to adoption. Further, the FEIS evaluated five 
alternatives, incorporated mitigation into those alternatives, and 
included a comprehensive evaluation of environmental impacts. Given 
this, NRCS has determined the FEIS adequately covers NRCS' proposed 
action, as encompassed by section 2408 of the 2018 Farm Bill, and has, 
therefore, proposed its adoption. An associated decision will not be 
made earlier than 30 days following the publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register.
    NRCS requests feedback from the public, other agencies, tribes, and 
other interested parties on the proposal to adopt the APHIS FEIS, the 
FEIS itself, and any associated issues and concerns.

Kevin Norton,
Acting Associate Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15211 Filed 7-16-19; 8:45 am]
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