Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the Desert Quartzite Solar Project, 51174-51175 [2019-20941]

Download as PDF 51174 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2019 / Notices T. 58 S, R. 71 E, accepted June 12, 2019 T. 65 S, R. 76 E, accepted June 12, 2019 T. 65 S, R. 77 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 66 S, R. 77 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 75 S, R. 83 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 75 S, R. 84 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 75 S, R. 85 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 76 S, R. 85 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 76 S, R. 91 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 78 S, R. 81 E, accepted July 15, 2019 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAK940000.L14100000.BX0000.19X. LXSS001L0100] Filing of Plats of Survey: Alaska Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of official filing. AGENCY: Seward Meridian, Alaska The plats of survey of lands described in this notice are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, Anchorage, Alaska. These surveys were executed at the request of the BLM, and are necessary for the management of these lands. DATES: The BLM must receive protests by October 28, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may buy a copy of the plats from the BLM Alaska Public Information Center, 222 W 7th Avenue, Mailstop 13, Anchorage, AK 99513. Please use this address when filing written protests. You may also view the plats at the BLM Alaska Public Information Center, Fitzgerald Federal Building, 222 W 8th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, at no cost. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas N. Haywood, Chief, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 222 W 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99513; 907– 271–5481; dhaywood@blm.gov. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the BLM during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 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 lands surveyed are: SUMMARY: U.S. Survey No. 1152, accepted July 15, 2019, situated within: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 18 N, R. 2 E U.S. Survey No. 14483, accepted June 11, 2019, situated within: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Copper River Meridian, Alaska T. 28 S, R. 34 E U.S. Survey No. 14484, accepted June 11, 2019, situated within: Copper River Meridian, Alaska T. 26 S, R. 35 E Copper River Meridian, Alaska T. 3 N, R. 1 W, accepted July 11, 2019 T. 3 N, R. 7 W, accepted September 4, 2019 T. 26 S, R. 34 E, accepted June 11, 2019 T. 55 S, R. 72 E, accepted June 11, 2019 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Sep 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 T. 6 S, R. 4 W, accepted September 3, 2019 T. 15 N, R. 1 W, accepted July 15, 2019 T. 15 N, R. 2 W, accepted July 15, 2019 T. 16 N, R. 3 W, accepted July 15, 2019 T. 17 N, R. 2 W, accepted July 15, 2019 T. 18 N, R. 3 W, accepted July 15, 2019 Umiat Meridian, Alaska T. 8 N, R. 19 E, accepted September 3, 2019 A person or party who wishes to protest one or more plats of survey identified above must file a written notice of protest with the State Director for the BLM in Alaska. The notice of protest must identify the plat(s) of survey that the person or party wishes to protest. You must file the notice of protest before the scheduled date of official filing for the plat(s) of survey being protested. The BLM will not consider any notice of protest filed after the scheduled date of official filing. A notice of protest is considered filed on the date it is received by the State Director for the BLM in Alaska during regular business hours; if received after regular business hours, a notice of protest will be considered filed the next business day. A written statement of reasons in support of a protest, if not filed with the notice of protest, must be filed with the State Director for the BLM in Alaska within 30 calendar days after the notice of protest is filed. If a notice of protest against a plat of survey is received prior to the scheduled date of official filing, the official filing of the plat of survey identified in the notice of protest will be stayed pending consideration of the protest. A plat of survey will not be officially filed until the dismissal or resolution of all protests of the plat. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in a notice of protest or statement of reasons, you should be aware that the documents you submit, including your personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available in their entirety at any time. While you can ask the BLM to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: 43 U.S.C. Chap. 3. Douglas N. Haywood, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2019–21028 Filed 9–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD06000 L51010000.ER0000 LVRWB09B2920 19X (MO#4500135014)] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the Desert Quartzite Solar Project 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) has prepared Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan for the Desert Quartzite Solar Project, and by this notice is announcing its availability. This document is also an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by Riverside County under the California Environmental Quality Act. DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may review the Final EIS and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment at https://tinyurl.com/ yy8o33ld. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP Amendments may be found online at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/ planning-and-nepa/publicparticipation/filing-a-plan-protest and at 43 CFR 1610.6–2. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon G. Anderson, BLM Project Manager, telephone (951) 697–5215; address Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 22835 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2019 / Notices Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; email: blm_ca_ desert_quartzite_solar_project@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339 to contact Mr. Anderson during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Desert Quartzite, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Solar Inc., applied for a Right-of-Way (ROW) from the BLM to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 450 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility near the City of Blythe, Riverside County, California. The proposed project includes construction of a 2.8 mile, 230 kilovolt generation interconnection (gen-tie) transmission line connecting the project to the Southern California Edison Colorado River Substation. The BLM is also considering an amendment to the CDCA Plan that would be necessary to authorize the project. On August 8, 2018, the BLM issued the Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment, which analyzed the impacts of the Proposed Action and two action alternatives, in addition to a No Action Alternative. Alternative 2, Resource Avoidance Alternative, would be a 450 MW solar PV array on about 2,800 acres. It reduces effects to portions of the sand corridor and cultural resources. Alternative 3, Reduced Project Alternative, would be a 285 MW solar PV project on about 2,100 acres. Like the Proposed Action, under each of these alternatives, the BLM would amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. Under the No-Action Alternative, the BLM would deny the ROW application, and would not amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. The Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment included analysis of the ROW application as it related to the following issues: (1) Impacts to cultural resources and tribal concerns; (2) Impacts to the sand transport corridor and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat and washes; (3) Impacts to BLM sensitive plants; (4) Impacts to avian species; (5) Impacts to visual resources; (6) Impacts to air and water quality; and (7) The relationship between the proposed project and the CDCA Plan, as amended. The Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment was available for a 90day public comment period. The BLM held public meetings on September 26, 2018, and September 27, 2018, in Palm VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Sep 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 Desert and Blythe, California, respectively. Fourteen individuals attended the meeting on September 26, 2018, and 19 individuals attended the meeting on September 27, 2018. The BLM received 22 comment letters during the comment period. The BLM considered and incorporated, as appropriate, public comments on the Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and internal agency review into the proposed plan amendment. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. Responses to the substantive comments are included in the Final EIS/ EIR and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment. The gen-tie alignment for Alternative 2 and Alternative 3 was adjusted to avoid a potential conflict with another proposed transmission line project. The adjustment does not substantially change the environmental effects analysis. The BLM has selected Alternative 2, the Resource Avoidance Alternative, as the Agency Proposed Alternative in the Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment. All protests must be in writing and submitted, as set forth in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections. The BLM Director will render a written decision on each protest. The decision will be mailed to the protesting party. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest. Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions. Upon resolution of all protests, the BLM will issue a Record of Decision, which will include information on any further opportunities for public involvement. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 1610.5. Danielle Chi, Deputy State Director. [FR Doc. 2019–20941 Filed 9–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51175 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–566 and 731– TA–1342 (Final) (Remand)] Softwood Lumber From Canada United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice of remand proceedings. AGENCY: The U.S. International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) hereby gives notice of the remand of its final determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of softwood lumber from Canada. For further information concerning the conduct of these remand proceedings and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subpart A (19 CFR part 207). DATES: This remand is effective as of September 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nannette Christ (202–205–3263), Office of Investigations, or Jane Dempsey (202– 205–3142), Office of General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202–205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (http:// www.usitc.gov). The public record of Investigation Nos. 701–TA–566 and 731–TA–1342 (Final) may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.—In December 2017, the Commission issued its unanimous determination in Softwood Lumber from Canada, Inv. Nos. 701–TA–566 and 731–TA–1342, USITC Pub. 4749 (December 2017). Respondents Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Government of British Columbia, Government of Ontario, Government of Quebec, Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council, British Columbia Lumber Trade Council, Canfor Corporation, J.D. Irving Limited, West Fraser Mills Ltd., Western Forest Products Inc., Resolute FP Canada Inc., the Conseil de l’industrie forestiere du Quebec, and the Ontario Forest Industries Association contested the Commission’s determinations SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 188 (Friday, September 27, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement and Environmental Impact Report and Proposed Land Use Plan 
Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the 
Desert Quartzite Solar Project

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) has prepared 
Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Land Use Plan 
Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan for 
the Desert Quartzite Solar Project, and by this notice is announcing 
its availability. This document is also an Environmental Impact Report 
(EIR) prepared by Riverside County under the California Environmental 
Quality Act.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final EIS. A person who meets the 
conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of 
the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice 
of Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may review the Final EIS and Proposed Land Use Plan 
Amendment at https://tinyurl.com/yy8o33ld. Instructions for filing a 
protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP 
Amendments may be found online at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing-a-plan-protest and at 43 
CFR 1610.6-2.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon G. Anderson, BLM Project 
Manager, telephone (951) 697-5215; address Bureau of Land Management, 
California Desert District Office, 22835

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Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553; email: 
[email protected]. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service (FRS) at (800) 877-8339 to contact Mr. Anderson during normal 
business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to 
leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Desert Quartzite, LLC, a wholly owned 
subsidiary of First Solar Inc., applied for a Right-of-Way (ROW) from 
the BLM to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 450 
megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility near the City of Blythe, 
Riverside County, California. The proposed project includes 
construction of a 2.8 mile, 230 kilovolt generation interconnection 
(gen-tie) transmission line connecting the project to the Southern 
California Edison Colorado River Substation. The BLM is also 
considering an amendment to the CDCA Plan that would be necessary to 
authorize the project.
    On August 8, 2018, the BLM issued the Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land 
Use Plan Amendment, which analyzed the impacts of the Proposed Action 
and two action alternatives, in addition to a No Action Alternative. 
Alternative 2, Resource Avoidance Alternative, would be a 450 MW solar 
PV array on about 2,800 acres. It reduces effects to portions of the 
sand corridor and cultural resources. Alternative 3, Reduced Project 
Alternative, would be a 285 MW solar PV project on about 2,100 acres. 
Like the Proposed Action, under each of these alternatives, the BLM 
would amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project. Under the No-Action 
Alternative, the BLM would deny the ROW application, and would not 
amend the CDCA Plan to allow the project.
    The Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment included 
analysis of the ROW application as it related to the following issues: 
(1) Impacts to cultural resources and tribal concerns; (2) Impacts to 
the sand transport corridor and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat and 
washes; (3) Impacts to BLM sensitive plants; (4) Impacts to avian 
species; (5) Impacts to visual resources; (6) Impacts to air and water 
quality; and (7) The relationship between the proposed project and the 
CDCA Plan, as amended.
    The Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment was available 
for a 90-day public comment period. The BLM held public meetings on 
September 26, 2018, and September 27, 2018, in Palm Desert and Blythe, 
California, respectively. Fourteen individuals attended the meeting on 
September 26, 2018, and 19 individuals attended the meeting on 
September 27, 2018. The BLM received 22 comment letters during the 
comment period.
    The BLM considered and incorporated, as appropriate, public 
comments on the Draft EIS/EIR and Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and 
internal agency review into the proposed plan amendment. Public 
comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text, but did not 
significantly change proposed land use plan decisions. Responses to the 
substantive comments are included in the Final EIS/EIR and Proposed 
Land Use Plan Amendment. The gen-tie alignment for Alternative 2 and 
Alternative 3 was adjusted to avoid a potential conflict with another 
proposed transmission line project. The adjustment does not 
substantially change the environmental effects analysis. The BLM has 
selected Alternative 2, the Resource Avoidance Alternative, as the 
Agency Proposed Alternative in the Final EIS/EIR and Proposed Land Use 
Plan Amendment.
    All protests must be in writing and submitted, as set forth in the 
DATES and ADDRESSES sections. The BLM Director will render a written 
decision on each protest. The decision will be mailed to the protesting 
party. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of 
the Department of the Interior on each protest. Responses to protest 
issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director's Protest 
Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
    Upon resolution of all protests, the BLM will issue a Record of 
Decision, which will include information on any further opportunities 
for public involvement. Before including your phone number, email 
address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you 
should be aware that your entire protest--including your personal 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information 
from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 
1610.5.

Danielle Chi,
Deputy State Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-20941 Filed 9-26-19; 8:45 am]
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