Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Twin Metals Project in the Superior National Forest, Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota, 39206-39208 [2020-14051]

Download as PDF 39206 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 126 / Tuesday, June 30, 2020 / Notices for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. Carlos Graham, Social Science Analyst. [FR Doc. 2020–13986 Filed 6–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162–20–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651–0131] Agency Information Collection Activities: e-Allegations Submission U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-Day notice and request for comments; extension of an existing collection of information. AGENCY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. 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All comments will become a matter of public record. Overview of This Information Collection Title: e-Allegations Submission. OMB Number: 1651–0131. Form Number: None. Current Actions: CBP proposes to extend the expiration date of this information collection. There is no change to the burden hours or to the information collected. Type of Review: Extension (without change). Affected Public: Businesses, Individuals. Abstract: In the interest of detecting trade violations to customs laws, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) established the e-Allegations website to provide a means for concerned members of the trade community to confidentially report violations to CBP. The eAllegations site allows the public to submit pertinent information that assists CBP in its decision whether or not to pursue the alleged violations by initiating an investigation. The information collected includes the PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 name, phone number and email address of the member of the trade community reporting the alleged violation. It also includes a description of the alleged violation, and the name and address of the potential violators. The eAllegations website is accessible at https://apps.cbp.gov/eallegations/. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,600. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 1,600. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 400. Dated: June 16, 2020. Seth Renkema, Branch Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2020–13295 Filed 6–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES00000.L51100000.GF0000. LVEMM19M2070.19X] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Twin Metals Project in the Superior National Forest, Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northeastern States District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of issuing a proposed new preference right lease (MNES 57965) and approving a Mine Plan of Operation in the Superior National Forest in Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota. The approval of a Mine Plan of Operation allows the lessee to access, and once other necessary permits are obtained, to mine federal minerals. The BLM will conduct a public scoping process, including public meetings. During this time, the public will be invited to submit comments. SUMMARY: The BLM will announce the dates of public scoping, including dates and locations of public meetings and the ways in which people may submit scoping comments, on its e-Planning DATES: E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 126 / Tuesday, June 30, 2020 / Notices website. The BLM will notify the public of scoping meetings at least 15 days prior to the event. Meeting dates, venues, and times will be announced by a news release to the media and postings on the project website. ADDRESSES: The page that is dedicated to this project and its EIS is located at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/ project/1503233/510. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek Strohl, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, telephone: (414) 297–4416; address: 626 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 43202; email: BLM_ES_TMM_comments@ blm.gov. Contact Mr. Strohl if you wish to add your name to our project notification list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 43 CFR 3592.1, the BLM must consult with other agencies involved when approving a Mine Plan of Operation. In addition, the State of Minnesota would need to issue a number of permits before mining activity could begin. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will serve as the responsible governmental unit for the preparation of a separate, state-level EIS. The BLM and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expect to coordinate their efforts on their respective EISs as appropriate, including during public scoping periods. The Forest Service is serving as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The Forest Service decisions to be made are (1) whether to consent to the leasing of certain National Forest System lands requested in the preference right lease application (PRLA, MNES 57965) and, if consent is granted, whether lease stipulations are necessary for the protection of surface resources; (2) whether to approve the Mine Plan of Operation pursuant to Section 14a of TMM’s existing leases (MNES 1352 and MNES 1353); (3) whether to issue a Special Use Permit to allow the portion of the project that is on off-lease National Forest System lands; and (4) whether to approve a Forest Plan amendment, if analysis leads the Forest Service to conclude that an amendment is necessary and appropriate to complete the Action. This notice does not commit the Forest VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Jun 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Service to amending the Forest Plan. However, scoping comments can help to inform the Forest Service’s decision as to the need for a Forest Plan amendment. In the event that the Forest Service determines that it intends to amend the Forest Plan, the public is hereby notified that the substantive requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR part 219) likely to be directly related to the Forest Plan amendment are 36 CFR 219.8 (b)(1), (2), and (3) regarding social and economic sustainability, 36 CFR 219.10(a)(1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), and (9), regarding integrated resource management for multiple use, 36 CFR 219.10 (b)(1)(vi), regarding management of designated areas, and 36 CFR 219.11(c), regarding timber requirements based on the National Forest Management Act. The proposed action is to issue a preference right lease and approve a Mine Plan of Operation for the mining of federal hard rock minerals in the Superior National Forest. The proposed activities would occur approximately 10 miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota, South of State Highway 1, in an area southeast of the South Kawishiwi River. The proposed Mine Plan of Operation details the proposed exploration, prospecting, testing, development and mining operations to be conducted to access federal minerals. Additional approvals by the State of Minnesota are required to conduct any mining. Mining would include critical minerals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, precious and platinum-group metals. The total surface footprint for mining is estimated at 1,156 acres, 400 acres of which is federal land managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The surface-disturbing components include a processing facility, a tailings management site, three ventilation shafts, a power line corridor, access roads, and a water intake corridor. The proposed Mine Plan of Operation describes the lifecycle of the mine. Construction of the mine would take two and a half years. After construction, the mine would operate for 25 years. Interim reclamation would begin on the dry stack facility as portions of it are completed, and final reclamation would follow the end of the 25-year period of mine operation. The Mine Plan of Operation estimates that approximately 163 million tons of ore would be removed. Mining and crushing would occur 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Ore would be crushed underground and processed in the plant to recover copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39207 Tailings generated by this process would be dewatered and placed either in the tailings management site, also known as the dry stack facility, or mixed with a binder and used to backfill mined-out stopes. The current Mine Plan of Operation is available on the BLM’s e-planning website at https:// eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/ project/1503233/510. The public will be invited to submit comments during a scoping period. Prior to the submission of any comments, if you provide 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 can 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. The purpose of the public scoping process will be to identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the federal EIS. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues associated with the project: (1) The potential for acid-rock drainage or other water quality impacts from ore and tailings; (2) regional socioeconomics, including the generation of high wage-paying jobs and the potential for impacts to water resources to degrade Ely’s tourism-based economy; and (3) the potential impacts to recreation and wilderness, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), approximately five miles from the proposed mine site. Scoping will also be used to determine if it is necessary to amend the Forest Plan to accommodate the Proposed Action. The BLM will coordinate the scoping process as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3) (54 U.S.C. 306108) to help fulfill the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, as amended) review process. The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed project will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Native American tribes on a government-togovernment basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 39208 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 126 / Tuesday, June 30, 2020 / Notices Federal, state, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders who may be interested in or affected by the proposed project that the BLM is evaluating, will be invited to participate in the scoping process. Six federal and tribal agencies have agreed to participate in this process as cooperating agencies, as follows: • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa • Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. 60, comments are being accepted concerning the significance of the nominated properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation. 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 can 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. Nominations submitted by State or Tribal Historic Preservation Officers: KENTUCKY Gary Torres, Acting State Director, BLM-Eastern States. Jefferson County Kirby, Harriet Griswold and Judge Samuel Bonner, House (Jefferson County MRA), 2722 Maxey Ln., Louisville, MP100005344 [FR Doc. 2020–14051 Filed 6–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Jasper County National Park Service Webb, Elijah Thomas, House, 4 South Liberty St., Webb City, SG100005346 [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–DTS#–30430; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] McDonald County Old McDonald County Jail, 200 East 3rd St., Pineville, SG100005347 National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Morgan County National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before June 6, 2020, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. DATES: Comments should be submitted electronically by July 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments are encouraged to be submitted electronically to National_Register_Submissions@ nps.gov with the subject line ‘‘Public Comment on <property or proposed district name, (County) State>.’’ If you have no access to email you may send them via U.S. Postal Service and all other carriers to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, MS 7228, Washington, DC 20240. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The properties listed in this notice are being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. Nominations for their consideration were received by the National Park Service before June 6, 2020. Pursuant to § 60.13 of 36 CFR part khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Jun 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Second Baptist Church and Booker T. Washington School Historic District, 313 South Monroe St., Versailles, SG100005348 St. Louis Independent City Kingshighway Hills Commercial District, 3701–3835 South Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, SG100005349 OREGON Washington County Fogelbo House, 8740 SW Oleson Road, Portland, SG100005343 Additional documentation has been received for the following resource: KANSAS Harvey County Newton Main Street Historic District II (Additional Documentation), 411–825 North Main St. and 414–726 North Main St., Newton, AD03001146 Authority: Section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60. Dated: June 9, 2020. Sherry A. Frear, Chief, National Register of Historic Places/ National Historic Landmarks Program. [FR Doc. 2020–14032 Filed 6–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR83550000, 201R5065C6, RX.59389832.1009676] Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other WaterRelated Contract Actions Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of contract actions. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action. ADDRESSES: The identity of the approving officer and other information pertaining to a specific contract proposal may be obtained by calling or writing the appropriate regional office at the address and telephone number given for each region in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Kelly, Reclamation Law Administration Division, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225–0007; mkelly@usbr.gov; telephone 303–445–2888. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and the rules and regulations published in 52 FR 11954, April 13, 1987 (43 CFR 426.22), Reclamation will publish notice of proposed or amendatory contract actions for any contract for the delivery of project water for authorized uses in newspapers of general circulation in the affected area at least 60 days prior to contract execution. Announcements may be in the form of news releases, legal notices, official letters, memorandums, or other forms of written material. Meetings, workshops, and/or hearings may also be used, as appropriate, to provide local publicity. The public participation procedures do not apply to proposed contracts for the sale of surplus or interim irrigation water for a term of 1 year or less. Either SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1

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Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Twin Metals Project in the Superior National Forest, Lake and St. 
Louis Counties, Minnesota

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Northeastern States District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, intends to prepare 
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential 
impacts of issuing a proposed new preference right lease (MNES 57965) 
and approving a Mine Plan of Operation in the Superior National Forest 
in Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota. The approval of a Mine Plan 
of Operation allows the lessee to access, and once other necessary 
permits are obtained, to mine federal minerals. The BLM will conduct a 
public scoping process, including public meetings. During this time, 
the public will be invited to submit comments.

DATES: The BLM will announce the dates of public scoping, including 
dates and locations of public meetings and the ways in which people may 
submit scoping comments, on its e-Planning

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website. The BLM will notify the public of scoping meetings at least 15 
days prior to the event. Meeting dates, venues, and times will be 
announced by a news release to the media and postings on the project 
website.

ADDRESSES: The page that is dedicated to this project and its EIS is 
located at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1503233/510.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek Strohl, Planning and 
Environmental Coordinator, telephone: (414) 297-4416; address: 626 E 
Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 43202; email: 
[email protected]. Contact Mr. Strohl if you wish to add your 
name to our project notification list. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
per day, 7 days per week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 43 CFR 3592.1, the BLM must consult 
with other agencies involved when approving a Mine Plan of Operation. 
In addition, the State of Minnesota would need to issue a number of 
permits before mining activity could begin. The Minnesota Department of 
Natural Resources will serve as the responsible governmental unit for 
the preparation of a separate, state-level EIS. The BLM and the 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expect to coordinate their 
efforts on their respective EISs as appropriate, including during 
public scoping periods.
    The Forest Service is serving as a cooperating agency in the 
preparation of the EIS. The Forest Service decisions to be made are (1) 
whether to consent to the leasing of certain National Forest System 
lands requested in the preference right lease application (PRLA, MNES 
57965) and, if consent is granted, whether lease stipulations are 
necessary for the protection of surface resources; (2) whether to 
approve the Mine Plan of Operation pursuant to Section 14a of TMM's 
existing leases (MNES 1352 and MNES 1353); (3) whether to issue a 
Special Use Permit to allow the portion of the project that is on off-
lease National Forest System lands; and (4) whether to approve a Forest 
Plan amendment, if analysis leads the Forest Service to conclude that 
an amendment is necessary and appropriate to complete the Action. This 
notice does not commit the Forest Service to amending the Forest Plan. 
However, scoping comments can help to inform the Forest Service's 
decision as to the need for a Forest Plan amendment.
    In the event that the Forest Service determines that it intends to 
amend the Forest Plan, the public is hereby notified that the 
substantive requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR part 219) 
likely to be directly related to the Forest Plan amendment are 36 CFR 
219.8 (b)(1), (2), and (3) regarding social and economic 
sustainability, 36 CFR 219.10(a)(1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), and (9), 
regarding integrated resource management for multiple use, 36 CFR 
219.10 (b)(1)(vi), regarding management of designated areas, and 36 CFR 
219.11(c), regarding timber requirements based on the National Forest 
Management Act.
    The proposed action is to issue a preference right lease and 
approve a Mine Plan of Operation for the mining of federal hard rock 
minerals in the Superior National Forest. The proposed activities would 
occur approximately 10 miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota, South of 
State Highway 1, in an area southeast of the South Kawishiwi River. The 
proposed Mine Plan of Operation details the proposed exploration, 
prospecting, testing, development and mining operations to be conducted 
to access federal minerals. Additional approvals by the State of 
Minnesota are required to conduct any mining. Mining would include 
critical minerals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, precious and 
platinum-group metals. The total surface footprint for mining is 
estimated at 1,156 acres, 400 acres of which is federal land managed by 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The surface-
disturbing components include a processing facility, a tailings 
management site, three ventilation shafts, a power line corridor, 
access roads, and a water intake corridor.
    The proposed Mine Plan of Operation describes the lifecycle of the 
mine. Construction of the mine would take two and a half years. After 
construction, the mine would operate for 25 years. Interim reclamation 
would begin on the dry stack facility as portions of it are completed, 
and final reclamation would follow the end of the 25-year period of 
mine operation.
    The Mine Plan of Operation estimates that approximately 163 million 
tons of ore would be removed. Mining and crushing would occur 24 hours 
per day, 7 days per week. Ore would be crushed underground and 
processed in the plant to recover copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, 
platinum, and palladium. Tailings generated by this process would be 
dewatered and placed either in the tailings management site, also known 
as the dry stack facility, or mixed with a binder and used to backfill 
mined-out stopes. The current Mine Plan of Operation is available on 
the BLM's e-planning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1503233/510.
    The public will be invited to submit comments during a scoping 
period. Prior to the submission of any comments, if you provide 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 can 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.
    The purpose of the public scoping process will be to identify 
relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental 
analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing 
the federal EIS. The BLM has identified the following preliminary 
issues associated with the project: (1) The potential for acid-rock 
drainage or other water quality impacts from ore and tailings; (2) 
regional socioeconomics, including the generation of high wage-paying 
jobs and the potential for impacts to water resources to degrade Ely's 
tourism-based economy; and (3) the potential impacts to recreation and 
wilderness, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness 
(BWCAW), approximately five miles from the proposed mine site. Scoping 
will also be used to determine if it is necessary to amend the Forest 
Plan to accommodate the Proposed Action.
    The BLM will coordinate the scoping process as provided in 36 CFR 
800.2(d)(3) (54 U.S.C. 306108) to help fulfill the National Historic 
Preservation Act (NHPA, as amended) review process. The information 
about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially 
affected by the proposed project will assist the BLM in identifying and 
evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and 
the NHPA.
    The BLM will consult with Native American tribes on a government-
to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and 
potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due 
consideration.

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Federal, state, and local agencies, along with tribes and other 
stakeholders who may be interested in or affected by the proposed 
project that the BLM is evaluating, will be invited to participate in 
the scoping process. Six federal and tribal agencies have agreed to 
participate in this process as cooperating agencies, as follows:

 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
 Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
 Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7.

Gary Torres,
Acting State Director, BLM-Eastern States.
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