Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Report, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, NC, 48131-48132 [2019-19742]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 177 / Thursday, September 12, 2019 / Notices Dr. Jim Seger, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: At its meeting, the SaMTAAC will continue to develop alternatives that address obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the groundfish trawl catch share plan related to under-attainment of non-sablefish shore based trawl allocations. The SaMTAAC’s work on alternatives will be presented at the November 2019 Pacific Council meeting. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. 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[FR Doc. 2019–19728 Filed 9–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Report, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, NC AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) has prepared a feasibility study and draft environmental report pursuant to Section 203 of Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (WRDA) that evaluates potential improvements to the Wilmington Harbor federal navigation channel in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. On June 26th, 2019, the NCSPA submitted the study to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works [ASA(CW)] for purposes of review and determining whether the study, and the process under which the study was developed, complies with Federal laws and regulations applicable to feasibility studies for potential water resources development projects. This notice advises the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District (Corps), at the direction of the ASA(CW), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to support the ASA(CW) review of the NCSPA study. The Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project (WHNIP) DEIS is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended. DATES: The earliest the DEIS will be available for public review would be November 2019. ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington; 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and DEIS can be directed to Emily E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 48132 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 177 / Thursday, September 12, 2019 / Notices Hughes, Environmental Resources Section; U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington; 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403; telephone: 910–251–4635; email: Emily.b.hughes@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (a) Background. The existing Wilmington Harbor federal navigation channel originates offshore and extends approximately 38 miles through the Atlantic Ocean and up the Cape Fear River to the City of Wilmington, NC where it services the Port of Wilmington. The existing project provides for a channel -44 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) through the ocean bar and entrance channel, changing to -42 feet (MLLW) extending to just downstream of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The Port of Wilmington has experienced significant increases in cargo volume and in the size of vessels calling at the port since the last major channel improvements were completed by the USACE under the Wilmington Harbor 1996 WRDA Project. Due to expansion of the Panama Canal and navigation improvement projects at all other major U.S. East Coast ports, the U.S. East Coast to Asia shipping alliances are currently transitioning to vessels that are substantially larger and more economically efficient than the vessels that the -42-foot channel was designed to accommodate. Currently authorized channel dimensions at Wilmington Harbor are impacting trade at the Port of Wilmington and are projected to have a greater detrimental impact on trade in the future as ocean carriers continue to transition to larger containerships. Purpose. The purpose of the proposed project is to accommodate larger cargo vessels and improve the efficiency of cargo vessel operations at Wilmington Harbor and the Port of Wilmington. The proposed navigation improvements would enable the Port of Wilmington to continue as a port-of- call for shipping alliances with direct service to Asian markets. (b) Alternatives. Structural and nonstructural measures are being evaluated to meet planning objectives. Measures that contribute to meeting the planning objectives will be combined to develop alternative plans. Potential harbor improvements under consideration include deepening the existing federal navigational channel to the Port of Wilmington, extending the ocean entrance channel farther offshore, and widening channels in the Cape Fear River where needed. The range of depths being considered is from -44 feet VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 to -48 feet. Under the No Action alternative, no improvements would be made to the Wilmington Harbor project. (c) Environmental Impacts. Environmental impacts to be addressed in the DEIS include, but are not limited to: (1) Endangered and threatened species; (2) Marine and estuarine resources; (3) Beach and dune resources; (4) Fish and wildlife and their habitats; (5) Essential Fish Habitat (EFH); (6) Salinity and tidal amplitude; (7) Water quality; (8) Air quality; (9) Socioeconomic resources; (10) Cultural resources; (11) Groundwater; (12) Shoreline erosion; (13) Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste (HTRW); (14) Noise; and (15) Socioeconomics. (d) Scoping. All private parties and Federal, State, and local agencies having an interest in the study are invited to comment at this time. A scoping letter requesting comments on the study will be sent to all known interested parties. All interested parties will be invited to attend a public scoping meeting to be held in Wilmington, NC in September 2019. All comments received as a result of this NOI, the scoping letter, and the scoping meeting will be considered in the preparation of the DEIS. (e) Authority. Studies of potential navigation improvements to the Wilmington Harbor navigation channel are being conducted under the authority granted by Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1986 (Pub. L. 99–662), as amended. Section 203 of WRDA 86, as amended, states: Sec 203. Studies of Projects by Non– Federal Interests. Public Law 99–662, Nov. 17, 1986. 33 U.S.C. 2231 (a) SUBMISSION TO SECRETARY. (1) In general. A non-Federal interest may on its own undertake a feasibility study of a proposed water resources development project and submit the study to the Secretary. (2) Guidelines. To assist non-Federal interests, the Secretary shall, as soon as practicable, issue guidelines for feasibility studies of water resources development projects to provide sufficient information for the formulation of studies. (b) REVIEW BY SECRETARY—The Secretary shall review each feasibility study received under subsection (a) (1) for the purpose of determining whether or not the study, and the process under which the study was developed, each comply with Federal laws and regulations applicable to feasibility studies of water resources development projects. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (c) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS— Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of a feasibility study of a project under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of representatives a report that describes. (1) The results of the Secretary’s review of the study under subsection (b), Including a determination of whether the project is feasible; (2) Any recommendations the Secretary may have concerning the plan or design of the project; and (3) Any conditions the Secretary may require for construction of the project. Dated: September 5, 2019. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Civil Works). [FR Doc. 2019–19742 Filed 9–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee Office of Science, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces a meeting of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: October 2, 2019; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: Hilton Washington DC/ Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Samuel J. Barish, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); U.S. Department of Energy; Office of Science; 1000 Independence Avenue SW; Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903–2917 or email at: sam.barish@science.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the development and implementation of the fusion energy sciences program. Tentative Agenda Items: • FES perspective • FES community: status of its longrange strategic planning activity SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) for the Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement 
Project Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Report, New 
Hanover and Brunswick Counties, NC

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) has prepared 
a feasibility study and draft environmental report pursuant to Section 
203 of Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (WRDA) that evaluates 
potential improvements to the Wilmington Harbor federal navigation 
channel in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. On June 
26th, 2019, the NCSPA submitted the study to the Assistant Secretary of 
the Army for Civil Works [ASA(CW)] for purposes of review and 
determining whether the study, and the process under which the study 
was developed, complies with Federal laws and regulations applicable to 
feasibility studies for potential water resources development projects. 
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(USACE), Wilmington District (Corps), at the direction of the ASA(CW), 
intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
support the ASA(CW) review of the NCSPA study. The Wilmington Harbor 
Navigation Improvement Project (WHNIP) DEIS is being prepared in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended.

DATES: The earliest the DEIS will be available for public review would 
be November 2019.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington; 69 Darlington 
Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and DEIS can be directed to Emily

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Hughes, Environmental Resources Section; U.S. Army Engineer District, 
Wilmington; 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403; 
telephone: 910-251-4635; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (a) Background. The existing Wilmington 
Harbor federal navigation channel originates offshore and extends 
approximately 38 miles through the Atlantic Ocean and up the Cape Fear 
River to the City of Wilmington, NC where it services the Port of 
Wilmington. The existing project provides for a channel -44 feet Mean 
Lower Low Water (MLLW) through the ocean bar and entrance channel, 
changing to -42 feet (MLLW) extending to just downstream of the Cape 
Fear Memorial Bridge. The Port of Wilmington has experienced 
significant increases in cargo volume and in the size of vessels 
calling at the port since the last major channel improvements were 
completed by the USACE under the Wilmington Harbor 1996 WRDA Project. 
Due to expansion of the Panama Canal and navigation improvement 
projects at all other major U.S. East Coast ports, the U.S. East Coast 
to Asia shipping alliances are currently transitioning to vessels that 
are substantially larger and more economically efficient than the 
vessels that the -42-foot channel was designed to accommodate.
    Currently authorized channel dimensions at Wilmington Harbor are 
impacting trade at the Port of Wilmington and are projected to have a 
greater detrimental impact on trade in the future as ocean carriers 
continue to transition to larger containerships.
    Purpose. The purpose of the proposed project is to accommodate 
larger cargo vessels and improve the efficiency of cargo vessel 
operations at Wilmington Harbor and the Port of Wilmington. The 
proposed navigation improvements would enable the Port of Wilmington to 
continue as a port-of- call for shipping alliances with direct service 
to Asian markets.
    (b) Alternatives. Structural and non-structural measures are being 
evaluated to meet planning objectives. Measures that contribute to 
meeting the planning objectives will be combined to develop alternative 
plans. Potential harbor improvements under consideration include 
deepening the existing federal navigational channel to the Port of 
Wilmington, extending the ocean entrance channel farther offshore, and 
widening channels in the Cape Fear River where needed. The range of 
depths being considered is from -44 feet to -48 feet. Under the No 
Action alternative, no improvements would be made to the Wilmington 
Harbor project.
    (c) Environmental Impacts. Environmental impacts to be addressed in 
the DEIS include, but are not limited to: (1) Endangered and threatened 
species; (2) Marine and estuarine resources; (3) Beach and dune 
resources; (4) Fish and wildlife and their habitats; (5) Essential Fish 
Habitat (EFH); (6) Salinity and tidal amplitude; (7) Water quality; (8) 
Air quality; (9) Socioeconomic resources; (10) Cultural resources; (11) 
Groundwater; (12) Shoreline erosion; (13) Hazardous, Toxic, and 
Radioactive Waste (HTRW); (14) Noise; and (15) Socioeconomics.
    (d) Scoping. All private parties and Federal, State, and local 
agencies having an interest in the study are invited to comment at this 
time. A scoping letter requesting comments on the study will be sent to 
all known interested parties. All interested parties will be invited to 
attend a public scoping meeting to be held in Wilmington, NC in 
September 2019. All comments received as a result of this NOI, the 
scoping letter, and the scoping meeting will be considered in the 
preparation of the DEIS.
    (e) Authority. Studies of potential navigation improvements to the 
Wilmington Harbor navigation channel are being conducted under the 
authority granted by Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act 
(WRDA) of 1986 (Pub. L. 99-662), as amended. Section 203 of WRDA 86, as 
amended, states:

Sec 203. Studies of Projects by Non-Federal Interests.

Public Law 99-662, Nov. 17, 1986. 33 U.S.C. 2231
    (a) SUBMISSION TO SECRETARY.
    (1) In general. A non-Federal interest may on its own undertake a 
feasibility study of a proposed water resources development project and 
submit the study to the Secretary.
    (2) Guidelines. To assist non-Federal interests, the Secretary 
shall, as soon as practicable, issue guidelines for feasibility studies 
of water resources development projects to provide sufficient 
information for the formulation of studies.
    (b) REVIEW BY SECRETARY--The Secretary shall review each 
feasibility study received under subsection (a) (1) for the purpose of 
determining whether or not the study, and the process under which the 
study was developed, each comply with Federal laws and regulations 
applicable to feasibility studies of water resources development 
projects.
    (c) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS--Not later than 180 days after the date 
of receipt of a feasibility study of a project under subsection (a)(1), 
the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public 
Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure of the House of representatives a report that describes.
    (1) The results of the Secretary's review of the study under 
subsection (b), Including a determination of whether the project is 
feasible;
    (2) Any recommendations the Secretary may have concerning the plan 
or design of the project; and
    (3) Any conditions the Secretary may require for construction of 
the project.

    Dated: September 5, 2019.
R.D. James,
Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Civil Works).
[FR Doc. 2019-19742 Filed 9-11-19; 8:45 am]
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