Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Virtual Meeting Room for the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage Project, Chelan County, Washington, 23058-23059 [2020-08671]

Download as PDF 23058 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices 2020. The Governor did not respond with any findings of inconsistency. With this ROD, the BLM adopts the Agency Preferred Alternative. The decision to authorize the existing noncompetitive geothermal lease applications may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals in accordance with the regulations contained in 43 CFR part 4. Appeal and stay procedures are outlined in Form 1842–1. All Notices of Appeal, Statement of Reasons, and mailing must follow the requirements and timelines outlined in 43 CFR part 4. (Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10; 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 1610.5; 42 U.S.C. 4370m–6(a)(1)) Danielle Chi, Deputy State Director, Resources. [FR Doc. 2020–08659 Filed 4–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR01114000, 20XR0680A5, RA.5221203.0019100] Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Virtual Meeting Room for the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage Project, Chelan County, Washington Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH) Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage (SWISP) Project. Reclamation is requesting public and agency comment to identify significant issues or other alternatives to be considered in the EIS. DATES: The public will have the opportunity to participate in the scoping process by providing written scoping comments, providing input through a web-based virtual meeting room from April 24, 2020, to May 26, 2020, and/ or participating in a question and answer teleconference on May 18, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (PDT). ADDRESSES: Provide written scoping comments, requests to be added to the mailing list, or other special assistance needs to Mr. Jason Sutter, EIS Team Lead, Bureau of Reclamation, Columbia–Pacific Northwest Regional khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 Office, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Boise, ID 83706 or email BOR-SHA-PNRLSWISP@ usbr.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For requests to be added to the mailing list, or other special assistance needs, please contact Mr. Jason Sutter, at the address or email provided in the ADDRESSES section or by telephone at (208) 378– 5390 or facsimile (509) 454–5650. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FedRelay) at 1–800–877– 8339 TTY/ASCII to contact the above individual during normal business hours or to leave a message or question after hours. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. Information on this project, including details for the public question and answer teleconference, may also be found at: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/ programs/leavenworth/swisp/ index.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Reclamation is issuing this notice pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing NEPA, 43 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; and the Department of the Interior’s NEPA regulations, 43 CFR part 46. The virtual meeting will be accessible at https://virtualpublic meeting.com/leavenworth-swisp-eis. Website visitors will be able to view public meeting materials, pose questions, view answers, and submit comments. Please monitor the project website for any changes or updates at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ leavenworth/swisp/. Background The LNFH was designed and constructed in the late 1930s as mitigation for the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. The hatchery, which is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and funded by Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration, produces 1.2 million spring Chinook Salmon smolts annually that are released into Icicle Creek. The LNFH’s primary point of diversion and water delivery system on Icicle Creek is nearly 80 years old and is reaching or exceeding its operational life. Rehabilitation, replacement, and modernization of the LNFH surface water intake and delivery system was evaluated in the 2002 USFWS Icicle Creek Restoration Project Final EIS and the 2019 Icicle Creek Water Resource Management Strategy Final Programmatic EIS prepared by the State of Washington Department of Ecology PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Chelan County under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act. Currently, the intake facility does not comply with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) criteria for anadromous salmonids. The 2017 NMFS biological opinion covering LNFH operations requires the LNFH to have a surface water intake and delivery system that complies with NMFS current screening and fish passage criteria for anadromous fish passage facilities in place and operating by May 2023. In addition to meeting legal requirements, LNFH needs to improve employee safety when operating and maintaining intake and delivery facilities, improve flow control and water conservation capabilities, effectively manage sediment adversely affecting the water delivery system, and increase reliability and longevity of the system. The purpose of the SWISP Project is to minimize take of ESA-listed fish species, provide fish passage that complies with current regulatory criteria, and ensure safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of LNFH’s full surface water rights from Icicle Creek. Reclamation proposes to rehabilitate the LNFH intake and delivery system on Icicle Creek by constructing new headworks and a creek-width roughened channel, and replacing/ lining the surface water conveyance pipeline to the hatchery. In addition, the current intake access road would be modified and extended to provide better entry to an expanded intake operations and maintenance area. Construction of the headworks and roughened channel would incorporate the existing low-head diversion dam and intake channel. Selfcleaning, cylindrical fish screens would be installed at the diversion headworks, and a low-flow boulder weir fishway would be integrated into the roughened channel. A new pipeline would be placed in the intake channel to connect the headworks to the conveyance pipeline. The intake channel would be filled to cover the pipeline and create the intake operations and maintenance area. The conveyance pipeline would be replaced on USFWS lands and lined with cure-in-place liner on private parcels. Several manhole access points along the existing conveyance pipeline alignment would be constructed to provide ingress and egress for pipe lining on private lands. Reclamation is not presently aware of any known or possible Indian Trust Assets, Indian Sacred Sites, or Environmental Justice issues associated with the proposed action, but requests any information relative to this issue be submitted during the scoping period. E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices Reclamation intends to complete an EIS for this project pursuant to the NEPA. The EIS will analyze the potential environmental effects of the proposed action, a no-action alternative, and a reasonable range of alternatives designed to respond to the purpose and need for the project. The 30-day scoping process and the virtual meetings identified in this notice are intended to inform the public about the project and to request public and agency comment to identify significant issues or alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Lorri J. Gray, Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Interior Region 9—Columbia–Pacific Northwest. [FR Doc. 2020–08671 Filed 4–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Petitions for Duty Suspensions and Reductions; Notice That the Commission Will Accept Additional Comments Through Its Website Relating to Certain Petitions Included in Its Preliminary Report to the Congress United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice that the Commission will accept additional comments from the public, during the period June 12 to June 22, 2020, on petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that the Commission places in Category VI in the preliminary report that it sends to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance on June 9, 2020. AGENCY: The Commission will provide a limited opportunity for members of the public to submit additional comments on certain petitions for duty suspensions and reductions. Under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act), the Commission must submit its preliminary report on the petitions for khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 duty suspensions and reductions that have been filed with it to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance on June 9, 2020. In that report, the Commission must categorize each petition as either (a) a petition that meets the requirements of the Act with or without modification (Category I, II, III, or IV petitions), (b) a petition that does not contain the information required by the Act or that was not filed by a likely beneficiary (Category V petitions), or (c) a petition that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill (Category VI petitions). The Commission has decided that it will accept additional comments from the public on any petitions that are listed as Category VI petitions for a tenday period beginning on June 12, 2020, at 8:45 a.m. As provided below, all such comments must be submitted to the Commission electronically through the Commission website https:// mtbps.usitc.gov. The Commission will not accept comments filed in paper form or in any other form or format. DATES: June 12, 2020, 8:45 a.m. EST: Opening date and time for submission of additional comments on Category VI petitions. June 22, 2020, 5:15 p.m. EST: Closing date and time for submission of comments on Category VI petitions. ADDRESSES: All Commission offices are located in the United States International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC. You may view the public file for this proceeding on the Commission’s Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition System (MTBPS) at https:// mtbps.usitc.gov. For general inquiries, contact Jennifer Rohrbach at mtbinfo@usitc.gov. For filing inquiries, contact the Office of the Secretary, Docket Services, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205–3238. The media should contact Peg O’Laughlin, Public Affairs Officer (202–205–1819 or margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). You may obtain general information concerning the Commission at https:// www.usitc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act), 19 U.S.C. 1332 note, established a process for the submission and consideration of requests for temporary duty suspensions and reductions. As required by the Act, the PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23059 Commission initiated the process by publishing a notice in the Federal Register permitting members of the public to submit petitions for duty suspensions and reductions to the Commission during a 60-day period beginning October 11, 2019 (84 FR 54924). After the period for filing petitions closed on December 10, 2020, the Commission published, as required by the Act, a notice in the Federal Register announcing publication on its website of the petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that were submitted to the Commission and not withdrawn (85 FR 1327). The notice invited members of the public to submit comments on these petitions during a 45-day period, which ended February 24, 2020. Pursuant to the Act, the Commission is required to submit preliminary and final reports on the petitions to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance (the Committees). The Commission’s preliminary report must be submitted to the Committees by June 9, 2020. In its preliminary report to the Committees, the Commission must evaluate each petition to determine whether it meets the requirements of the Act and should be included in an omnibus miscellaneous tariff bill. In preparing its report, the Act requires that the Commission take into account the report of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), issued April 9, 2020. In that report, the Secretary analyzed, for each petition, whether there was domestic production of the article that was the subject of a petition, and, if so, whether a domestic producer of the article objected to the petition. Based on consultations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Secretary also recommended in that report whether any technical changes were necessary to make each petition’s article description administrable. In its preliminary report, the Commission must place each petition into one of six categories. Specifically, the Commission must categorize each petition as: (1) A petition that meets the requirements of the Act without modification (Category I petition); (2) a petition that meets the requirements of the Act with certain modifications (Category II, III, or IV petitions); (3) a petition that does not contain the information required by the Act or was not filed by a likely beneficiary (Category V petition); or (4) a petition that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill (Category VI petition). E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[RR01114000, 20XR0680A5, RA.5221203.0019100]


Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Public Scoping Virtual Meeting Room for the Leavenworth National Fish 
Hatchery Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage Project, 
Chelan County, Washington

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Leavenworth National Fish 
Hatchery (LNFH) Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage 
(SWISP) Project. Reclamation is requesting public and agency comment to 
identify significant issues or other alternatives to be considered in 
the EIS.

DATES: The public will have the opportunity to participate in the 
scoping process by providing written scoping comments, providing input 
through a web-based virtual meeting room from April 24, 2020, to May 
26, 2020, and/or participating in a question and answer teleconference 
on May 18, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (PDT).

ADDRESSES: Provide written scoping comments, requests to be added to 
the mailing list, or other special assistance needs to Mr. Jason 
Sutter, EIS Team Lead, Bureau of Reclamation, Columbia-Pacific 
Northwest Regional Office, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Boise, ID 83706 or 
email [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For requests to be added to the 
mailing list, or other special assistance needs, please contact Mr. 
Jason Sutter, at the address or email provided in the ADDRESSES section 
or by telephone at (208) 378-5390 or facsimile (509) 454-5650. Persons 
who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal 
Relay Service (FedRelay) at 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII to contact the 
above individual during normal business hours or to leave a message or 
question after hours. You will receive a reply during normal business 
hours. Information on this project, including details for the public 
question and answer teleconference, may also be found at: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/leavenworth/swisp/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Reclamation is issuing this notice pursuant 
to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations 
for implementing NEPA, 43 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; and the 
Department of the Interior's NEPA regulations, 43 CFR part 46. The 
virtual meeting will be accessible at https://virtualpublic 
meeting.com/leavenworth-swisp-eis. Website visitors will be able to 
view public meeting materials, pose questions, view answers, and submit 
comments. Please monitor the project website for any changes or updates 
at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/leavenworth/swisp/.

Background

    The LNFH was designed and constructed in the late 1930s as 
mitigation for the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. The hatchery, 
which is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and 
funded by Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration, produces 1.2 
million spring Chinook Salmon smolts annually that are released into 
Icicle Creek.
    The LNFH's primary point of diversion and water delivery system on 
Icicle Creek is nearly 80 years old and is reaching or exceeding its 
operational life. Rehabilitation, replacement, and modernization of the 
LNFH surface water intake and delivery system was evaluated in the 2002 
USFWS Icicle Creek Restoration Project Final EIS and the 2019 Icicle 
Creek Water Resource Management Strategy Final Programmatic EIS 
prepared by the State of Washington Department of Ecology and Chelan 
County under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act. Currently, 
the intake facility does not comply with National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) criteria for anadromous salmonids. The 2017 NMFS 
biological opinion covering LNFH operations requires the LNFH to have a 
surface water intake and delivery system that complies with NMFS 
current screening and fish passage criteria for anadromous fish passage 
facilities in place and operating by May 2023.
    In addition to meeting legal requirements, LNFH needs to improve 
employee safety when operating and maintaining intake and delivery 
facilities, improve flow control and water conservation capabilities, 
effectively manage sediment adversely affecting the water delivery 
system, and increase reliability and longevity of the system. The 
purpose of the SWISP Project is to minimize take of ESA-listed fish 
species, provide fish passage that complies with current regulatory 
criteria, and ensure safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of LNFH's 
full surface water rights from Icicle Creek.
    Reclamation proposes to rehabilitate the LNFH intake and delivery 
system on Icicle Creek by constructing new headworks and a creek-width 
roughened channel, and replacing/lining the surface water conveyance 
pipeline to the hatchery. In addition, the current intake access road 
would be modified and extended to provide better entry to an expanded 
intake operations and maintenance area. Construction of the headworks 
and roughened channel would incorporate the existing low-head diversion 
dam and intake channel. Self-cleaning, cylindrical fish screens would 
be installed at the diversion headworks, and a low-flow boulder weir 
fishway would be integrated into the roughened channel. A new pipeline 
would be placed in the intake channel to connect the headworks to the 
conveyance pipeline. The intake channel would be filled to cover the 
pipeline and create the intake operations and maintenance area. The 
conveyance pipeline would be replaced on USFWS lands and lined with 
cure-in-place liner on private parcels. Several manhole access points 
along the existing conveyance pipeline alignment would be constructed 
to provide ingress and egress for pipe lining on private lands.
    Reclamation is not presently aware of any known or possible Indian 
Trust Assets, Indian Sacred Sites, or Environmental Justice issues 
associated with the proposed action, but requests any information 
relative to this issue be submitted during the scoping period.

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    Reclamation intends to complete an EIS for this project pursuant to 
the NEPA. The EIS will analyze the potential environmental effects of 
the proposed action, a no-action alternative, and a reasonable range of 
alternatives designed to respond to the purpose and need for the 
project. The 30-day scoping process and the virtual meetings identified 
in this notice are intended to inform the public about the project and 
to request public and agency comment to identify significant issues or 
alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.

Public Disclosure

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you may 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Lorri J. Gray,
Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Interior Region 9--Columbia-
Pacific Northwest.
[FR Doc. 2020-08671 Filed 4-23-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4332-90-P