Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blackrock Land Exchange, Bannock and Power Counties, Idaho, 31804-31805 [2020-11365]

Download as PDF 31804 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 102 / Wednesday, May 27, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [20X LLAZ920000.71220000.KD0000. LVTFA2058950; AZA31116] Public Land Order No. 7894; Partial Revocation of a Withdrawal Created by an Executive Order Dated April 17, 1926, Which Established the Public Water Reserve No. 107; Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. AGENCY: This Order revokes portions of a withdrawal created by an Executive Order dated April 17, 1926, which established Public Water Reserve (PWR) No. 107 insofar as it affects 378.29 acres of public lands withdrawn from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the public land laws, including location for non-metalliferous minerals under the United States mining laws, for protection of springs and waterholes. This Order opens the land to the public land laws. DATES: This Public Land Order took effect on May 14, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Werner, BLM, Arizona State Office, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602–417–9561. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A portion of the withdrawal created by Executive Order dated April 17, 1926, which established Public Water Reserve No. 107 (PWR No. 107), is no longer necessary for the purpose for which the land was withdrawn, and partial revocation of the withdrawal is needed to facilitate a land exchange. SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714, it is ordered as follows: 1. The withdrawal created by the Executive Order dated April 17, 1926, which established Public Water Reserve No. 107, is hereby revoked insofar as it affects the following described Federal lands: Gila & Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 3 S., R. 12 E., VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 May 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 Sec. 25, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4 and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4. T. 3 S., R. 14 E., Sec. 33, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4 and SW1/4SE1⁄4; Sec. 34, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4. T. 4 S., R. 14 E., Sec. 4, lots 3 and 4; Sec. 5, lot 1. The areas described aggregate 378.29 acres in Pinal County, Arizona. 2. On May 14, 2020 the land described in Paragraph 1 opened to settlement, sale, or entry under the public land laws described by the Executive Order in Paragraph 1, subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law. Dated: May 14, 2020. David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2020–11265 Filed 5–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 20X.LLIDI02000. L71220000.FR0000.LVTFD2015100. 241A.4500131504] Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blackrock Land Exchange, Bannock and Power Counties, Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pocatello Field Office, in Pocatello, Idaho, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Blackrock Land Exchange and by this notice is announcing its availability. DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 60 days after the date that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/xEUuc. If you are unable to access the documents online and would like a paper copy, please contact the Project Lead identified below. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryce Anderson, Project Manager by telephone: 208–478–6353; address: 4350 S Cliffs Dr., Pocatello, ID 83204; or email: bdanderson@blm.gov. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Anderson. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Mr. Anderson. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is the lead agency for the land exchange that was proposed in 2019. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR), EPA, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are Cooperating Agencies. In 1994, the J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) submitted a proposal to acquire 719 acres of Federal land managed by the BLM in exchange for 667 acres of non-Federal land. The Federal lands are adjacent to Simplot’s Don Plant in Power and Bannock Counties, Idaho. The non-Federal lands are located in the Blackrock and Caddy Canyon areas in Bannock County approximately 5 miles east-southeast of Pocatello. In 1998, pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Don Plant facilities and the surrounding area, known as the Eastern Michaud Flats (EMF), were designated as a Superfund Site, including a portion of the proposed Federal lands to be exchanged. The BLM prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed land exchange and issued a Decision Record/Finding of No Significant Impact (DR/FONSI) on December 21, 2007. The ShoshoneBannock Tribes litigated the decision in District Court. In May 2011, the Court granted the Tribes’ motion and remanded the DR/FONSI to the BLM, ordering the agency to prepare an EIS. The BLM’s purpose is to evaluate the current land exchange proposal and the need is to respond to the proposal pursuant to FLPMA. The land exchange would result in improved resource management in an area containing crucial mule deer winter range and would secure permanent public access within a popular recreation area. Simplot’s purpose for the proposed land exchange is to implement legally enforceable controls as directed by the EPA and IDEQ. To meet fluoride reduction requirements from a 2016 Consent Order with the IDEQ, Simplot has proposed construction of cooling E:\FR\FM\27MYN1.SGM 27MYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 102 / Wednesday, May 27, 2020 / Notices ponds adjacent to the Don Plant, which would require the acquisition of adjacent Federal lands. Additionally, this acquisition would allow Simplot to maximize the operational life of its ongoing phosphate processing operations at the Don Plant by expanding gypsum stacks onto adjacent land. The formal public scoping process for the EIS began on May 20, 2019, with publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, which initiated a 45day public comment period. Key resource issues identified during scoping include: Air quality, cultural resources, fish and wildlife, hazardous and solid wastes, lands and realty, recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, tribal treaty rights, visual resources, and water resources. The Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published on December 20, 2019, initiating a 45-day public comment period. The public comments resulted in the addition of: (1) Information on radioactivity and radionuclides, (2) information on water quality in the Portneuf River, including contributions from upstream sources, especially phosphorous and arsenic, and (3) qualitative information describing how a complete liner failure could occur and general types of effects/ impacts. The BLM has responded to substantive comments and made appropriate revisions to the Final EIS or explained why a comment did not warrant a change. The Final EIS evaluates the Proposed Action and two action alternatives, in addition to a No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action is to exchange 719 acres of Federal land for 667 acres of non-Federal land. Alternative A (Increased Non-Federal Land Acreage) includes the same area of Federal (719 acres) and non-Federal lands (667 acres) as the proposed action, with the addition of voluntary mitigation and donation parcels (A and B) proposed by Simplot. Parcel A is voluntary mitigation that includes an additional 160 acres of non-Federal land within Blackrock Canyon to mitigate the net loss of Federal acres in the proposed action. The acquired lands would be available to tribal members for aboriginal purposes and would improve existing public access to the Chinese Peak/Blackrock Trail system. Parcel B is a proposed donation consisting of approximately 950 acres within the Fort Hall Reservation that would be offered to the Secretary of the Interior, or to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Alternative B (Avoiding the West Canyon) was developed from comments received during scoping to adjust the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 May 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 boundary of the Federal lands to minimize impacts to cultural and tribal resources in the West Canyon area on the north side of Howard Mountain. The Federal lands that would be acquired by Simplot would be reconfigured to eliminate the West Canyon area from the land exchange. This alternative would involve exchanging 711 acres of Federal land for 667 acres of nonFederal land. This alternative also includes the voluntary mitigation and donation parcels (A and B). Simplot would donate $25,000 to the ShoshoneBannock Tribes’ Language Program as voluntary mitigation for the BLM’s conveyance of a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible site within the Federal land. Under the No Action Alternative, the proposed land exchange would not be authorized. The BLM selected Alternative B as the Preferred Alternative, because it adjusts the boundary of the Federal lands to minimize impacts to cultural resources, allows for a net gain of public lands, and makes additional lands available for tribal uses. The BLM will continue consultation with Native American Tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. The BLM will give tribal concerns due consideration, including impacts on Native American trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10. John F. Ruhs, BLM Idaho State Director. [FR Doc. 2020–11365 Filed 5–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 332–578] Generalized System of Preferences: Possible Modifications, 2020 Review United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice of institution of investigation and scheduling of public hearing. AGENCY: Following receipt of a request on May 4, 2020, from the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) instituted Investigation No. 332–578, Generalized System of Preferences: Possible Modifications, 2020 Review, for the purpose of providing advice and information relating to the possible addition of articles and removal of articles. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31805 DATES: June 3, 2020: Deadline for filing requests to appear at the public hearing. June 3, 2020: Deadline for filing prehearing briefs and statements. June 19, 2020: Public hearing. June 29, 2020: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and statements. June 29, 2020: Deadline for filing all other written submissions. August 31, 2020: Transmittal of Commission report to the USTR. Because COVID–19 mitigation measures are in effect, the Commission will hold the public hearing virtually. For further information on the hearing, see the section below on ‘‘public hearing’’ and also the Commission’s ongoing investigations website (https:// usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/what_ we_are_working_on.htm), before June 22, 2020 for details about the hearing format. All Commission offices are located in the United States International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC. All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information specific to this investigation may be obtained from Sharon Ford, Project Leader, Office of Industries (202–205–3084 or sharon.ford@ usitc.gov), or Greg LaRocca, Deputy Project Leader, Office of Industries (202–205–3405 or gregory.larocca@ usitc.gov) or Marin Weaver, Technical Advisor, Office of Industries (202–205– 3461 or marin.weaver@usitc.gov). For information on the legal aspects of this investigation, contact William Gearhart of the Commission’s Office of the General Counsel (202–205–3091 or william.gearhart@usitc.gov). The media should contact Margaret O’Laughlin, Office of External Relations (202–205– 1819 or margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired individuals may obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal at 202–205–1810. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its website (http://www.usitc.gov). 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. Background: In his letter, the USTR requested the advice and information described below. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\27MYN1.SGM 27MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Blackrock Land Exchange, Bannock and Power 
Counties, Idaho

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Pocatello Field Office, in Pocatello, Idaho, has prepared a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Blackrock Land 
Exchange and by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a 
minimum of 60 days after the date that the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability in the 
Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning project 
website at https://go.usa.gov/xEUuc. If you are unable to access the 
documents online and would like a paper copy, please contact the 
Project Lead identified below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryce Anderson, Project Manager by 
telephone: 208-478-6353; address: 4350 S Cliffs Dr., Pocatello, ID 
83204; or email: [email protected]. People who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact Mr. Anderson. The FRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with Mr. Anderson. You will receive a reply during normal business 
hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is the lead agency for the land 
exchange that was proposed in 2019. The Idaho Department of 
Environmental Quality (IDEQ), Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and 
Mineral Resources (OEMR), EPA, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are 
Cooperating Agencies.
    In 1994, the J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) submitted a proposal to 
acquire 719 acres of Federal land managed by the BLM in exchange for 
667 acres of non-Federal land. The Federal lands are adjacent to 
Simplot's Don Plant in Power and Bannock Counties, Idaho. The non-
Federal lands are located in the Blackrock and Caddy Canyon areas in 
Bannock County approximately 5 miles east-southeast of Pocatello.
    In 1998, pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response 
Compensation and Liability Act, the Don Plant facilities and the 
surrounding area, known as the Eastern Michaud Flats (EMF), were 
designated as a Superfund Site, including a portion of the proposed 
Federal lands to be exchanged. The BLM prepared an Environmental 
Assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed land exchange and issued a 
Decision Record/Finding of No Significant Impact (DR/FONSI) on December 
21, 2007. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes litigated the decision in 
District Court. In May 2011, the Court granted the Tribes' motion and 
remanded the DR/FONSI to the BLM, ordering the agency to prepare an 
EIS.
    The BLM's purpose is to evaluate the current land exchange proposal 
and the need is to respond to the proposal pursuant to FLPMA. The land 
exchange would result in improved resource management in an area 
containing crucial mule deer winter range and would secure permanent 
public access within a popular recreation area. Simplot's purpose for 
the proposed land exchange is to implement legally enforceable controls 
as directed by the EPA and IDEQ. To meet fluoride reduction 
requirements from a 2016 Consent Order with the IDEQ, Simplot has 
proposed construction of cooling

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ponds adjacent to the Don Plant, which would require the acquisition of 
adjacent Federal lands. Additionally, this acquisition would allow 
Simplot to maximize the operational life of its ongoing phosphate 
processing operations at the Don Plant by expanding gypsum stacks onto 
adjacent land.
    The formal public scoping process for the EIS began on May 20, 
2019, with publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, 
which initiated a 45-day public comment period. Key resource issues 
identified during scoping include: Air quality, cultural resources, 
fish and wildlife, hazardous and solid wastes, lands and realty, 
recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, tribal treaty 
rights, visual resources, and water resources. The Notice of 
Availability for the Draft EIS was published on December 20, 2019, 
initiating a 45-day public comment period. The public comments resulted 
in the addition of: (1) Information on radioactivity and radionuclides, 
(2) information on water quality in the Portneuf River, including 
contributions from upstream sources, especially phosphorous and 
arsenic, and (3) qualitative information describing how a complete 
liner failure could occur and general types of effects/impacts. The BLM 
has responded to substantive comments and made appropriate revisions to 
the Final EIS or explained why a comment did not warrant a change.
    The Final EIS evaluates the Proposed Action and two action 
alternatives, in addition to a No Action Alternative. The Proposed 
Action is to exchange 719 acres of Federal land for 667 acres of non-
Federal land.
    Alternative A (Increased Non-Federal Land Acreage) includes the 
same area of Federal (719 acres) and non-Federal lands (667 acres) as 
the proposed action, with the addition of voluntary mitigation and 
donation parcels (A and B) proposed by Simplot. Parcel A is voluntary 
mitigation that includes an additional 160 acres of non-Federal land 
within Blackrock Canyon to mitigate the net loss of Federal acres in 
the proposed action. The acquired lands would be available to tribal 
members for aboriginal purposes and would improve existing public 
access to the Chinese Peak/Blackrock Trail system. Parcel B is a 
proposed donation consisting of approximately 950 acres within the Fort 
Hall Reservation that would be offered to the Secretary of the 
Interior, or to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
    Alternative B (Avoiding the West Canyon) was developed from 
comments received during scoping to adjust the boundary of the Federal 
lands to minimize impacts to cultural and tribal resources in the West 
Canyon area on the north side of Howard Mountain. The Federal lands 
that would be acquired by Simplot would be reconfigured to eliminate 
the West Canyon area from the land exchange. This alternative would 
involve exchanging 711 acres of Federal land for 667 acres of non-
Federal land. This alternative also includes the voluntary mitigation 
and donation parcels (A and B). Simplot would donate $25,000 to the 
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' Language Program as voluntary mitigation for 
the BLM's conveyance of a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-
eligible site within the Federal land.
    Under the No Action Alternative, the proposed land exchange would 
not be authorized.
    The BLM selected Alternative B as the Preferred Alternative, 
because it adjusts the boundary of the Federal lands to minimize 
impacts to cultural resources, allows for a net gain of public lands, 
and makes additional lands available for tribal uses. The BLM will 
continue consultation with Native American Tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. The BLM will give tribal concerns due consideration, 
including impacts on Native American trust assets and potential impacts 
to cultural resources.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10.

John F. Ruhs,
BLM Idaho State Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-11365 Filed 5-26-20; 8:45 am]
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