Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact Statement for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, 68910-68911 [2019-27122]

Download as PDF 68910 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 17, 2019 / Notices 4. A determination has been made that Poland can provide substantially the same degree of protection for the sensitive technology being released as the U.S. Government. This sale is necessary in furtherance of the U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives outlined in the Policy Justification. 5. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal are authorized for release and export to the Government of Poland. [FR Doc. 2019–27133 Filed 12–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact Statement for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District (Corps) is preparing an integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed New Jersey Back Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The study is assessing the feasibility of coastal storm risk management alternatives to be implemented within the authorized study area with a specific emphasis on the back bay areas along the New Jersey Atlantic Coast extending from Cape May Inlet to Shark River Inlet including the NJ Coastal Lakes Area. DATES: Comments and suggestions must be submitted by January 16, 2020. ADDRESSES: Pertinent information about the study can be found at: https:// www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/ Civil-Works/New-Jersey-Back-BaysStudy/. Interested parties are welcome to send written comments and suggestions concerning the scope of issues to be evaluated within the Tiered EIS to Steven D. Allen, Environmental Resources Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. Mail: Steven D. Allen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, CENAP–PL–E, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107–3390; jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Dec 16, 2019 Jkt 250001 phone: (215) 656–6559; email: Steven.D.Allen@usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the overall NJBB study should be directed to J.B. Smith, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Planning Division, Project Development Branch. Mail: J.B. Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, CENAP–PL–PC, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107–3390; Phone: (215) 656–6579; email: J.B.Smith@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), as the non-federal sponsor, are undertaking this study. The NJBB CSRM Feasibility Study area is one of 9 focus areas with vulnerable coastal populations identified in the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS). The NACCS was conducted in response to Public Law 113–2 and the Water Resource and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 following the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which greatly affected the study area in October of 2012. The purpose of the NJBB CSRM Feasibility Study is to identify comprehensive CSRM strategies to increase coastal resilience, and to reduce flooding risk from future storms and impacts of sea level change. The objective of the Study is to investigate CSRM problems and solutions to reduce damages from coastal flooding that affect population, critical infrastructure, critical facilities, property, and ecosystems. The authority for the proposed project is the resolution adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Public Works and Transportation and the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works dated December 1987. A Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement (FCSA) was executed in 2016 with the NJDEP. 2. Study Area The study area encompasses approximately 950 square miles located behind the New Jersey barrier islands of Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and includes the set of interconnected water bodies and coastal lakes that are separated from the Atlantic Ocean. 3. Corps Decision Making As required by Council on Environmental Quality’s Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies all reasonable alternatives to the proposed Federal action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the Tiered EIS. Tiering, which is defined in 40 CFR 1508.28, is a means of making the environmental review process more efficient by allowing parties to ‘‘eliminate repetitive discussions of the same issues and to focus on the actual issues suitable for decision at each level of environmental review’’ (40 CFR 1502.20). The Study will consider the full array of structural, non-structural, and natural and nature-based measures, and will consider past, current, and future coastal storm risk management and resilience planning initiatives and projects underway by the USACE and other Federal, State, and local agencies. 4. Public Participation The Corps and the NJDEP hosted two agency workshop meetings in June 2017, with representatives from federal and state agencies, counties, municipalities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), elected officials and academia. The Corps initially announced the preparation of an integrated Feasibility Report/EIS for study in the December 27, 2017 Federal Register. Two public NEPA scoping meetings were later held in the southern and northern regions of the study area in September 2018. Subsequent to the publication of the December 27, 2017 NOI, the Study was granted an exemption from the requirement to complete the feasibility study within 3 years, as required in Section 1001(a) of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This exemption was granted on October 31, 2018 on an interim basis, and allowed for an additional 17 months to complete the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Tier 1 EIS. Therefore, in order to align the revised study schedule with Executive Order 13807, Notice to Withdraw the original NOI was published in the February 20, 2019 Federal Register. To further provide the public with study information, an Interim Feasibility Report and Environmental Scoping Document was released on February 28, 2019 that identified the preliminary economic, environmental, engineering and other studies performed to date of the above referenced alternatives. This report presented the selection of a focused array of alternatives for further evaluation. A webinar was later held on March 14, 2019 to present the findings of the report and to solicit comments from the general public and stakeholders. In addition, comments, E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 17, 2019 / Notices concerns and information submitted to the Corps are being evaluated and considered during the development of the Draft EIS. Comments received are continuing to aid the study progress and included in the draft report and will be part of the administrative record 5. Lead and Cooperating Agencies The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for the preparation of a Tiered EIS in order to meet the requirements of the NEPA and the NEPA Implementing Regulations of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500– 1508). The following agencies have accepted the invitation to be Cooperating Agencies: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The preparation of a Tiered EIS will be coordinated with New Jersey State and local municipalities with discretionary authority relative to the proposed actions. The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered EIS is currently scheduled for distribution to the public in March of 2020. Dated: December 9, 2019. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, Major General, U.S. Army, Commander, North Atlantic Division. [FR Doc. 2019–27122 Filed 12–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2019–ICCD–0154] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Foreign Gifts and Contracts Disclosures Department of Education (ED), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection. DATES: Approval by the OMB has been requested by January 2, 2020. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 27, 2019. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2019–ICCD–0154. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Dec 16, 2019 Jkt 250001 www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W–208D, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Hilary Malawer, Deputy General Counsel, 202– 401–6148. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Foreign Gifts and Contracts Disclosures. OMB Control Number: 1801–NEW. Type of Review: A new information collection. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68911 Respondents/Affected Public: Private and Public Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 400. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8,000. Abstract: Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, provides that institutions of higher education must file a disclosure report with the Secretary of Education under the following circumstances: Whenever any institution is owned or controlled by a foreign source or receives a gift from or enters into a contract with a foreign source, the value of which is $250,000 or more, considered alone or in combination with all other gifts from or contracts with that foreign source within a calendar year, the institution shall file a disclosure report with the Secretary on January 31 or July 31, whichever is sooner. (see https://www.govinfo.gov/ content/pkg/USCODE-2017-title20/pdf/ USCODE-2017-title20-chap28-subchapIpartB-sec1011e.pdf). This collection of information is necessary to implement 20 U.S.C. 1011f. Dated: December 13, 2019. 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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27122]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact 
Statement for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management 
Feasibility Study

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia 
District (Corps) is preparing an integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed New Jersey Back 
Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The 
study is assessing the feasibility of coastal storm risk management 
alternatives to be implemented within the authorized study area with a 
specific emphasis on the back bay areas along the New Jersey Atlantic 
Coast extending from Cape May Inlet to Shark River Inlet including the 
NJ Coastal Lakes Area.

DATES: Comments and suggestions must be submitted by January 16, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Pertinent information about the study can be found at: 
https://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/New-Jersey-Back-Bays-Study/. Interested parties are welcome to send written comments 
and suggestions concerning the scope of issues to be evaluated within 
the Tiered EIS to Steven D. Allen, Environmental Resources Branch, 
Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. 
Mail: Steven D. Allen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia 
District, CENAP-PL-E, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390; phone: (215) 656-6559; email: 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Questions about the overall NJBB 
study should be directed to J.B. Smith, Project Manager, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Planning Division, Project 
Development Branch. Mail: J.B. Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Philadelphia District, CENAP-PL-PC, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square 
East, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390; Phone: (215) 656-6579; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

1. Background

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), in partnership with the 
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), as the non-
federal sponsor, are undertaking this study. The NJBB CSRM Feasibility 
Study area is one of 9 focus areas with vulnerable coastal populations 
identified in the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS). The 
NACCS was conducted in response to Public Law 113-2 and the Water 
Resource and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 following the 
devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which greatly affected the 
study area in October of 2012. The purpose of the NJBB CSRM Feasibility 
Study is to identify comprehensive CSRM strategies to increase coastal 
resilience, and to reduce flooding risk from future storms and impacts 
of sea level change. The objective of the Study is to investigate CSRM 
problems and solutions to reduce damages from coastal flooding that 
affect population, critical infrastructure, critical facilities, 
property, and ecosystems. The authority for the proposed project is the 
resolution adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on 
Public Works and Transportation and the U. S. Senate Committee on 
Environment and Public Works dated December 1987. A Feasibility Cost 
Sharing Agreement (FCSA) was executed in 2016 with the NJDEP.

2. Study Area

    The study area encompasses approximately 950 square miles located 
behind the New Jersey barrier islands of Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, 
Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and includes the set of interconnected 
water bodies and coastal lakes that are separated from the Atlantic 
Ocean.

3. Corps Decision Making

    As required by Council on Environmental Quality's Principles, 
Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources 
Implementation Studies all reasonable alternatives to the proposed 
Federal action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the 
Tiered EIS. Tiering, which is defined in 40 CFR 1508.28, is a means of 
making the environmental review process more efficient by allowing 
parties to ``eliminate repetitive discussions of the same issues and to 
focus on the actual issues suitable for decision at each level of 
environmental review'' (40 CFR 1502.20). The Study will consider the 
full array of structural, non-structural, and natural and nature-based 
measures, and will consider past, current, and future coastal storm 
risk management and resilience planning initiatives and projects 
underway by the USACE and other Federal, State, and local agencies.

4. Public Participation

    The Corps and the NJDEP hosted two agency workshop meetings in June 
2017, with representatives from federal and state agencies, counties, 
municipalities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), elected 
officials and academia. The Corps initially announced the preparation 
of an integrated Feasibility Report/EIS for study in the December 27, 
2017 Federal Register. Two public NEPA scoping meetings were later held 
in the southern and northern regions of the study area in September 
2018. Subsequent to the publication of the December 27, 2017 NOI, the 
Study was granted an exemption from the requirement to complete the 
feasibility study within 3 years, as required in Section 1001(a) of the 
Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This exemption was 
granted on October 31, 2018 on an interim basis, and allowed for an 
additional 17 months to complete the Draft Integrated Feasibility 
Report and Tier 1 EIS. Therefore, in order to align the revised study 
schedule with Executive Order 13807, Notice to Withdraw the original 
NOI was published in the February 20, 2019 Federal Register. To further 
provide the public with study information, an Interim Feasibility 
Report and Environmental Scoping Document was released on February 28, 
2019 that identified the preliminary economic, environmental, 
engineering and other studies performed to date of the above referenced 
alternatives. This report presented the selection of a focused array of 
alternatives for further evaluation. A webinar was later held on March 
14, 2019 to present the findings of the report and to solicit comments 
from the general public and stakeholders. In addition, comments,

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concerns and information submitted to the Corps are being evaluated and 
considered during the development of the Draft EIS. Comments received 
are continuing to aid the study progress and included in the draft 
report and will be part of the administrative record

5. Lead and Cooperating Agencies

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for the 
preparation of a Tiered EIS in order to meet the requirements of the 
NEPA and the NEPA Implementing Regulations of the President's Council 
on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500-1508). The following agencies 
have accepted the invitation to be Cooperating Agencies: The U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The preparation of a Tiered 
EIS will be coordinated with New Jersey State and local municipalities 
with discretionary authority relative to the proposed actions. The 
Draft Integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered EIS is currently scheduled 
for distribution to the public in March of 2020.

    Dated: December 9, 2019.
Jeffrey L. Milhorn,
Major General, U.S. Army, Commander, North Atlantic Division.
[FR Doc. 2019-27122 Filed 12-16-19; 8:45 am]
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