Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed East Smoky Panel Mine Project at Smoky Canyon Mine, Caribou County, ID, 12014-12015 [2020-03970]

Download as PDF 12014 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2020 / Notices other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed action being evaluated are invited to participate in the public comment process. These entities may request, or be requested by the BIA and BLM, to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as cooperating agencies, if eligible. Additionally, the BLM and BIA will continue to consult with the cooperating agencies, as appropriate. You may submit comments on the Draft RMPA/EIS in writing at any public comment meeting, or by using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be included in the analysis, all comments must be received by the date set forth in the DATES section above and must be submitted using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. Please include your name, return address, and the caption ‘‘Draft EIS Comments, Farmington Mancos-Gallup RMPA/EIS’’ on the first page of your written comments. Written comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at one of the addresses listed in the ADDRESSES section above, 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, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. You can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2 Timothy R. Spisak, BLM New Mexico State Director. Bartholomew Stevens, BIA Navajo Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2020–04111 Filed 2–27–20; 8:45 am] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Feb 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [19XL.LLIDI00000.L71220000.EO0000. LVTFD1900100.241A.4500134029] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed East Smoky Panel Mine Project at Smoky Canyon Mine, Caribou County, ID Bureau of Land Management, Interior; Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF), have prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the proposed East Smoky Panel Mine Project (Project) and by this notice are announcing its availability. DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 30 days after the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Final EIS and the Draft USFS Record of Decision (ROD) are now available for public review. A 60-day objection period for the Draft USFS ROD will start when the USFS publishes a legal notice in the newspaper of record. ADDRESSES: Copies of the East Smoky Panel Mine Project Final EIS are available for public inspection at the BLM Pocatello Field Office at 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204. Interested persons may also review the Final EIS on the internet at the following locations: • BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register: https://go.usa.gov/xnYTG • Caribou-Targhee National Forest Current and Recent Projects: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/projects/ctnf/ landmanagement/projects FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Free, BLM Pocatello Field Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204; phone 208–478–6352; email: kfree@blm.gov; fax 208–478–6376. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Free. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Mr. Free. You SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) submitted a proposed lease modification (enlargement) and Mine and Reclamation Plan (M&RP) for the East Smoky Panel leases (IDI–015259, IDI– 26843, and IDI–012890), with the intent of expanding the current Smoky Canyon Phosphate Mine in Caribou County, Idaho. The BLM, as the Federal lease administrator, is the lead agency, and the USFS is the co-lead agency. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Department of Lands, and Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources are cooperating agencies. The NOA for the Draft EIS published on September 28, 2018, initiating a 90day public comment period. Agencies, organizations, and interested parties provided comments on the Draft EIS via mail, email, and public meetings. The Final EIS fully addresses issues identified during scoping and during public review of the Draft EIS by analyzing impacts to water resources, air quality, human health and safety, socioeconomics, and wildlife. It also addresses reclamation, financial assurance, mitigation and monitoring. The Final EIS evaluates three alternatives: The Proposed Action, the Preferred Alternative, and a No Action Alternative. The agencies identified Alternative 1 as the Preferred Alternative because it reduces impacts to groundwater and other resources. Under the Preferred Alternative, overall mining operations, mining sequences, and other associated ancillary operations remain the same as described for the Proposed Action. Use of a steeper pit wall would reduce the ultimate pit footprint by approximately 78 acres. This eliminates the need to mine the highly seleniferous cherty shale overburden. The reduction of seleniferous overburden material eliminates the need for the Proposed Action’s geologic store-and-release cover and substitutes a less expensive and less complex, soil-only cover. The BLM and USFS will make separate but coordinated decisions related to the proposed Project. The BLM will either approve, approve with modifications, or deny the M&RP; recommend whether or not to modify lease IDI–015259; and decide whether to grant a modification to the previously approved B-Panel Mine Plan of the Smoky Canyon Mine. The BLM will base its decisions on the Final EIS, public and agency input, and any E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2020 / Notices recommendations the USFS may have regarding surface management of leased National Forest System lands. The USFS will make recommendations to the BLM concerning surface management and best management practices on leased lands within the CTNF and will issue decisions on special use authorizations (SUAs) for off-lease mining support activities. The USFS SUAs are necessary for any off-lease disturbances/structures associated with the Project located within the CTNF. The Preferred Alternative requires an amendment to the forest plan as outlined in the Final EIS. The portion of the Project related to USFS SUAs for off-lease activities is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR parts 218 and 219. The USFS will provide instructions for filing objections in the legal notice published in the newspaper of record for the Draft USFS ROD. The USFS will only accept objections from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunities for public comment in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5(a) and 219.53(a). Objection issues must be based on previously submitted, timely, and specific written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based on new information arising after designated opportunities. The BLM will release a ROD concurrent with release of the Final USFS ROD. (Authority: 36 CFR parts 218 and 219; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 40 CFR parts 1500–1508; 43 CFR part 46; 43 U.S.C. 1701; and 43 CFR part 3590) John F. Ruhs, State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho. Mel Bolling, Forest Supervisor, Caribou-Targhee National Forest. [FR Doc. 2020–03970 Filed 2–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P You may obtain a copy of the decision from the BLM, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bettie J. Shelby, BLM Alaska State Office, 907–271–5596 or bshelby@ blm.gov. The BLM Alaska State Office may also be contacted via a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) through the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. The relay service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the BLM. The BLM will reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that the BLM will issue an appealable decision to Saguyak Incorporated. The decision approves conveyance of the surface estate in certain lands pursuant to ANCSA (43 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.). As provided by ANCSA, the subsurface estate in the same lands will be conveyed to Bristol Bay Native Corporation when the surface estate is conveyed to Saguyak Incorporated. The lands are located in the vicinity of Clarks Point, Alaska, and are described as: ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Block 3, Tract B, U.S. Survey No. 4992, Alaska. Containing 0.36 acres. Bureau of Land Management Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 14 S., R. 55 W., Sec. 8. Containing 46.62 acres. T. 14 S., R. 57 W., Sec. 25. Containing 638.74 acres. T. 15 S., R. 57 W., Secs. 2, 3, and 4; Secs. 9, 10, 11 and 16; Sec. 31. Containing 3,399.16 acres. Aggregating 4,084.88 acres. [AA–6657–A; AA–6657–C; AA–6657–F; AA– 6657–I; AA–6657–A2; 20X.LLAK.944000.L14100000.HY0000.P] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby provides constructive notice that it will issue an appealable decision approving conveyance of the surface estate in certain lands to Saguyak Incorporated, for the Native village of Clarks Point, pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), as amended. As provided by ANCSA, the BLM will convey the subsurface estate in the same lands to Bristol Bay Native Corporation when the BLM conveys the surface estate to Saguyak Incorporated. DATES: Any party claiming a property interest in the lands affected by the decision may appeal the decision in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4 within the time limits set out in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. SUMMARY: Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Feb 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12015 The decision addresses public access easements, if any, to be reserved to the United States pursuant to Sec. 17(b) of ANCSA (43 U.S.C. 1616(b)), in the lands described above. The BLM will also publish notice of the decision once a week for four consecutive weeks in the ‘‘The Bristol Bay Times & The Dutch Harbor Fisherman’’ newspaper. Any party claiming a property interest in the lands affected by the decision may appeal the decision in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4 within the following time limits: 1. Unknown parties, parties unable to be located after reasonable efforts have been expended to locate, parties who fail or refuse to sign their return receipt, and parties who receive a copy of the decision by regular mail which is not certified, return receipt requested, shall have until March 30, 2020 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR part 4 shall be deemed to have waived their rights. Notices of appeal transmitted by facsimile will not be accepted as timely filed. Bettie J. Shelby, Land Law Examiner, Adjudication Section. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[19XL.LLIDI00000.L71220000.EO0000.LVTFD1900100.241A.4500134029]


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed East Smoky Panel Mine Project at Smoky 
Canyon Mine, Caribou County, ID

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior; Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) Caribou-Targhee 
National Forest (CTNF), have prepared a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (Final EIS) for the proposed East Smoky Panel Mine Project 
(Project) and by this notice are announcing its availability.

DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a 
minimum of 30 days after the date the Environmental Protection Agency 
publishes its notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Final 
EIS and the Draft USFS Record of Decision (ROD) are now available for 
public review. A 60-day objection period for the Draft USFS ROD will 
start when the USFS publishes a legal notice in the newspaper of 
record.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the East Smoky Panel Mine Project Final EIS are 
available for public inspection at the BLM Pocatello Field Office at 
4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204. Interested persons may also 
review the Final EIS on the internet at the following locations:

 BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register: https://go.usa.gov/xnYTG
 Caribou-Targhee National Forest Current and Recent Projects: 
http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/ctnf/landmanagement/projects

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Free, BLM Pocatello Field Office, 
4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204; phone 208-478-6352; email: 
[email protected]; fax 208-478-6376. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 to contact Mr. Free. The FIRS is available 24 hours a 
day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Mr. Free. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) submitted 
a proposed lease modification (enlargement) and Mine and Reclamation 
Plan (M&RP) for the East Smoky Panel leases (IDI-015259, IDI-26843, and 
IDI-012890), with the intent of expanding the current Smoky Canyon 
Phosphate Mine in Caribou County, Idaho.
    The BLM, as the Federal lease administrator, is the lead agency, 
and the USFS is the co-lead agency. The Idaho Department of 
Environmental Quality, Idaho Department of Lands, and Idaho Governor's 
Office of Energy and Mineral Resources are cooperating agencies.
    The NOA for the Draft EIS published on September 28, 2018, 
initiating a 90-day public comment period. Agencies, organizations, and 
interested parties provided comments on the Draft EIS via mail, email, 
and public meetings.
    The Final EIS fully addresses issues identified during scoping and 
during public review of the Draft EIS by analyzing impacts to water 
resources, air quality, human health and safety, socioeconomics, and 
wildlife. It also addresses reclamation, financial assurance, 
mitigation and monitoring. The Final EIS evaluates three alternatives: 
The Proposed Action, the Preferred Alternative, and a No Action 
Alternative. The agencies identified Alternative 1 as the Preferred 
Alternative because it reduces impacts to groundwater and other 
resources. Under the Preferred Alternative, overall mining operations, 
mining sequences, and other associated ancillary operations remain the 
same as described for the Proposed Action. Use of a steeper pit wall 
would reduce the ultimate pit footprint by approximately 78 acres. This 
eliminates the need to mine the highly seleniferous cherty shale 
overburden. The reduction of seleniferous overburden material 
eliminates the need for the Proposed Action's geologic store-and-
release cover and substitutes a less expensive and less complex, soil-
only cover.
    The BLM and USFS will make separate but coordinated decisions 
related to the proposed Project. The BLM will either approve, approve 
with modifications, or deny the M&RP; recommend whether or not to 
modify lease IDI-015259; and decide whether to grant a modification to 
the previously approved B-Panel Mine Plan of the Smoky Canyon Mine. The 
BLM will base its decisions on the Final EIS, public and agency input, 
and any

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recommendations the USFS may have regarding surface management of 
leased National Forest System lands. The USFS will make recommendations 
to the BLM concerning surface management and best management practices 
on leased lands within the CTNF and will issue decisions on special use 
authorizations (SUAs) for off-lease mining support activities. The USFS 
SUAs are necessary for any off-lease disturbances/structures associated 
with the Project located within the CTNF. The Preferred Alternative 
requires an amendment to the forest plan as outlined in the Final EIS.
    The portion of the Project related to USFS SUAs for off-lease 
activities is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR parts 
218 and 219. The USFS will provide instructions for filing objections 
in the legal notice published in the newspaper of record for the Draft 
USFS ROD. The USFS will only accept objections from those who have 
previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed 
project during scoping or other designated opportunities for public 
comment in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5(a) and 219.53(a). Objection 
issues must be based on previously submitted, timely, and specific 
written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based 
on new information arising after designated opportunities. The BLM will 
release a ROD concurrent with release of the Final USFS ROD.

(Authority: 36 CFR parts 218 and 219; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508; 43 CFR part 46; 43 U.S.C. 1701; and 43 CFR part 
3590)


John F. Ruhs,
State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho.
Mel Bolling,
Forest Supervisor, Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
[FR Doc. 2020-03970 Filed 2-27-20; 8:45 am]
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