Natural Resource Plan in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, 41656-41658 [2020-14846]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 41656 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices temporary trackage rights, for overhead operations, by AGR over a 100-mile rail line (the Line) of The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) between KCS milepost 15.1 in Columbus, Miss., and KCS milepost 135.2 in Meridian, Miss., including yard trackage at KCS Meridian Yard at KCS milepost 135 as necessary to connect with the Meridian & Bigbee Railroad, L.L.C., pursuant to the terms of a temporary trackage rights agreement dated July 1, 2020 (Agreement).1 AGR states that an AGR train derailed and damaged a bridge two miles north of Aliceville, Ala., rendering the bridge inoperable. The purpose of the temporary trackage rights is to accommodate AGR’s emergency detour operations over the Line while AGR’s main line is repaired and the bridge is replaced. AGR states that it will cease use of the Line upon completion of the repairs and that the temporary trackage rights will expire no later than August 31, 2020. AGR concurrently filed a petition for waiver of the 30-day period under 49 CFR 1180.4(g)(1) to allow the proposed temporary trackage rights to become effective immediately. By decision served July 2, 2020, the Board granted AGR’s request. As a result, this exemption is now effective. As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the acquisition of the temporary trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk & Western Railway—Trackage Rights—Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway—Lease & Operate—California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980), and any employees affected by the discontinuance of those trackage rights will be protected by the conditions set out in Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36418, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board either via e-filing or in writing addressed to 395 E 1 A redacted copy of the Agreement is attached to the verified notice. An unredacted copy has been filed under seal along with a motion for protective order pursuant to 49 CFR 1104.14. That motion is addressed in a separate decision. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on ARG’s representative, Eric M. Hocky, Esq., Clark Hill, PLC, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Suite 2620, Philadelphia, PA 19103. According to AGR, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and historic reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b)(3). Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: July 2, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Tammy Lowery, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–14786 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Natural Resource Plan in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tennessee Valley Authority. Issuance of record of decision. AGENCY: ACTION: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has decided to adopt the preferred alternative in its final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Natural Resource Plan (NRP). The TVA Board of Directors (Board) accepted the NRP and authorized TVA’s Chief Executive Officer to implement the preferred alternative at its May 7, 2020, meeting. This alternative updates the NRP and will guide TVA’s natural resource management over the next 20 years. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B–K, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902–1499. Telephone 865–632–8051. Email: mshigdon@tva.gov. Ben Bean, NRP Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority, 3941 Brashers Chapel Road, Guntersville, Alabama 35976. Telephone: 256–891–6611. Email: bjbean@tva.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 to 1508) and TVA’s procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 18 CFR part 1318). TVA is an agency and instrumentality of the United States, established by an act of Congress in 1933, to foster the social and economic welfare of the people of the Tennessee Valley region SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and to promote the proper use and conservation of the region’s natural resources. TVA’s threefold mission is to provide affordable and reliable power, promote sustainable economic development, and act as a steward of the Valley’s natural resources. The lands managed by TVA in the name of the United States of America are some of the most important resources of the region. These lands include approximately 293,000 acres associated with the TVA reservoir system that are managed for the benefit of the public. Most of these lands remain undeveloped and are managed by TVA to provide natural resource conservation, recreation, and the protection of cultural resources. In 2011, TVA completed its first NRP to guide its natural resource stewardship efforts. After considering alternative approaches to resource management, the Board adopted a Blended Management alternative as the NRP because it aligned best with TVA’s Environmental Policy, focused on key programs that establish a baseline for future enhanced implementation efforts, and provided flexibility to use partnerships and other sources of funding to leverage programs to their full potential while working within resource and staff constraints (75 FR 57100, September 15, 2011). The 2011 NRP addressed TVA’s management of programs and activities for six resource areas: Biological, cultural, and water resources; recreation; reservoir lands planning; and public engagement. In the 2011 NRP, TVA committed to reviewing the NRP every five years and updating the plan as needed to ensure it remains relevant and current. In 2016, as part of the NRP review process, TVA staff reviewed the NRP and determined that a Blended Management approach continues to be the most appropriate and effective plan for managing the waters and public lands of the Tennessee River Valley. However, TVA determined that because the 2011 NRP did not encompass all of the resource stewardship programs managed by TVA, the NRP was not fully serving as the comprehensive strategic guide as was first envisioned. Based on this assessment, TVA determined that updating the NRP was the best path forward to address identified concerns. After developing the initial scope of changes needed, TVA initiated a NEPA review to supplement the 2011 Environmental Impact Statement. Alternatives Considered Consistent with the requirements of NEPA, TVA analyzed two alternatives in the NRP SEIS. Under the No Action E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES alternative (identified as Alternative A in the SEIS), TVA would not change the Blended Management approach outlined in the 2011 NRP to address management, programs, and activities for six resource areas. Under its Proposed Action alternative (identified as Alternative B in the SEIS), TVA would continue implementing a Blended Management approach and update the NRP such that it would serve as a strategic document that addresses focus areas along with their programs, objectives, and anticipated benefits. Existing and proposed programs would be categorized into ten proposed focus areas, which represents an expansion of the NRP’s focus from the original six resource areas to the ten focus areas that encompass the entire scope of TVA’s natural resource stewardship efforts. The new focus areas in the updated NRP would address Section 26a Permits and Land Use Agreements; Public Land Protection; and Ecotourism. In addition, Nuisance and Invasive Species Management, which was addressed on a limited basis in the 2011 NRP, would be included in the updated NRP as the Nuisance and Invasive Species Management Focus Area. There are six resource areas in the 2011 NRP that would be carried forward to the updated NRP with changes to their names, programs, and/or activities: Reservoir Lands Planning; Land and Habitat Stewardship; Cultural Resource Management; Water Resources Stewardship; Recreation; and Public Outreach and Information. TVA would develop five-year action plans that guide implementation of the NRP. In the draft and final SEIS, TVA identified the Proposed Action alternative as its preferred alternative. Public Involvement On July 16, 2018, TVA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (Notice) to conduct the environmental review of a proposed NRP update in accordance with NEPA and published information about the review and planning effort on the TVA web page (83 FR 32945, July 16, 2018). The Notice initiated a 30-day public scoping period, which concluded on August 20, 2018. TVA also issued a press release announcing that public input was being sought on the proposed update to the NRP and placed newspaper advertisements in 37 newspapers around the region to provide notice of the review, public scoping meetings, and to invite public comments. Media outlets across the region published or broadcast stories based on the release. TVA also notified approximately 250 individuals, organizations, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 intergovernmental partners with an interest in the review or with prior involvement in TVA stewardship efforts. TVA hosted four public scoping meetings at locations throughout the Tennessee Valley: Knoxville, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; and Buchanan, Tennessee. The four public meetings were attended by a total of 66 people. TVA also hosted a public webinar to provide the public another opportunity to obtain information on the proposed update to the NRP; 28 people registered for the webinar. On May 17, 2019, TVA issued the Draft NRP and Draft SEIS for public review and comment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability on May 24, 2019, initiating a 45-day comment period (84 FR 24135, May 24, 2019). TVA provided notice to interested parties and published 37 newspaper advertisements around the region to notify the public of the release of the Draft NRP and Draft SEIS and that TVA would be hosting public open houses during the review period. In June 2019, TVA held four open houses to provide information and obtain public input on the proposed NRP updates. The open houses were held in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Camden, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In addition, TVA hosted a webinar that included a presentation and question and answer session. During the 45-day public comment period, TVA received 19 submissions from the public, organizations, and state and Federal agencies. After careful consideration of and response to all comments and refinement of the focus areas and their objectives and anticipated benefits, TVA issued the Final NRP and Final SEIS on February 14, 2020. A notice of availability for the Final NRP and Final SEIS was published in the Federal Register (85 FR 8585, February 14, 2020). Throughout the NEPA process, TVA maintained a web page (http:// www.tva.gov/nrp) to publish information and materials related to its proposal, including information about the NRP, meeting information, project updates, webinar presentations, relevant documents, and contact information. Environmentally Preferred Alternative TVA’s Proposed Action, identified as Alternative B in the SEIS, is the environmentally preferred alternative. Under this alternative, the NRP would become a strategic document which includes focus area programs, objectives PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41657 and anticipated benefits, and introduces four additional focus areas into the NRP. In addition, the five-year action plans provide a tactical approach to implement the specific activities associated with the ten focus areas’ programs. This new framework would allow TVA to adapt more quickly to changes in interests, needs, and funding. Depending on the type and location of activities, there could be minor to moderate beneficial impacts on environmental resources on TVA lands. TVA also anticipates that the NRP’s five-year action plans would likely result in more effective prioritization of future, site-specific projects that address environmental resources on TVA lands. Comments on the Final SEIS After publication of the Final SEIS, EPA provided comments to TVA in support of the proposed NRP and, in particular, TVA’s intent to prepare annual updates of the five-year action plans. The EPA recommended that TVA continue to reevaluate the NRP as additional future programs become available and that the public remain involved in any NEPA document development for future changes to the NRP. Errata After publication of the Final SEIS, TVA found that there were minor differences between the depiction of the Land Use Planning Focus Area objectives in the main body of the NRP and the depictions included in the NRP’s Executive Summary and the SEIS. The objectives described in the NRP Executive Summary correctly matched the SEIS, and TVA has updated the NRP accordingly. In addition, the title of one Public Land Protection Focus Area program in the main body of the NRP has been revised to match the title in the NRP Executive Summary and SEIS. Decision On May 7, 2020, the Board determined that updating the NRP as proposed and reviewed by TVA in the SEIS was in the best interest of TVA, and the Board accepted the proposed update and authorized its implementation by the TVA Chief Executive Officer. This decision was based on that alternative supporting a more strategic, flexible, and comprehensive approach to TVA’s natural and cultural resource stewardship work and the corresponding benefits to stakeholders, customers, and the public. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 41658 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices Mitigation Measures The natural and cultural resource management programs and activities associated with the NRP have been designed to result in minimal adverse environmental impacts during their implementation and to result in longterm beneficial impacts. During implementation of the NRP, TVA will continue to conduct site- or activityspecific environmental reviews of its actions as appropriate and will incorporate appropriate mitigation measures, including those identified through associated consultation processes, to address adverse impacts. In January 2020, TVA completed a programmatic agreement (PA) with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and seven State Historic Preservation Officers to address a suite of activities. In addition, 21 federally recognized Indian tribes were invited to be signatories to the agreement. The PA addresses TVA’s compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act when implementing the various NRP activities. David L. Bowling, Jr. Vice President, River and Resources Stewardship. [FR Doc. 2020–14846 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusions and Amendments: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of product exclusions. AGENCY: On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional duties of 10 percent ad valorem on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. On August 30, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to increase the rate of the additional duty applicable to the tariff subheadings covered by the action jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 announced in the August 20 notice from 10 to 15 percent. On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to reduce the rate from 15 to 7.5 percent. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, and interested persons have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to this notice, and make certain amendments to previously announced exclusions. The U.S. Trade Representative will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis. DATES: The product exclusions in this notice apply as of September 1, 2019, the effective date of List 1 of the $300 billion action, and will extend to September 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about this notice, contact Associate General Counsel Philip Butler, Assistant General Counsel Megan Grimball, or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395–5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact traderemedy@ cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see prior notices including: 82 FR 40213 (August 24, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 33608 (July 17, 2018), 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), 83 FR 49153 (September 28, 2018), 84 FR 20459 (May 9, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 30, 2019), 84 FR 57144 (October 24, 2019), 84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 2020), 85 FR 13970 (March 10, 2020), 85 FR 15244 (March 17, 2020), 85 FR 17936 (March 31, 2020), 85 FR 28693 (May 13, 2020), 85 FR 32098 (May 28, 2020), and 85 FR 35975 (June 12, 2020). In a notice published on August 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative, at the direction of the President, announced a determination to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation by imposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual aggregate trade value of approximately $300 billion. 84 FR 43304 (August 20 PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice). The August 20 notice contains two separate lists of tariff subheadings, with two different effective dates. List 1, which is set out in Annex A of the August 20 notice, was effective September 1, 2019. List 2, which is set out in Annex C of the August 20 notice, was scheduled to take effect on December 15, 2019. On August 30, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative, at the direction of the President, determined to modify the action being taken in the investigation by increasing the rate of additional duty from 10 to 15 percent ad valorem on the goods of China specified in Annex A (List 1) and Annex C (List 2) of the August 20 notice. See 84 FR 45821. On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process by which U.S. stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading covered by List 1 of the $300 billion action from the additional duties. See 84 FR 57144 (October 24 notice). On December 18, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative announced a determination to suspend until further notice the additional duties on products set out in Annex C (List 2) of the August 20 notice. See 84 FR 69447. On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to further modify the action being taken by reducing the additional duties for the products covered in Annex A of the August 20 notice (List 1) from 15 to 7.5 percent. See 85 FR 3741. Under the October 24 notice, requests for exclusion had to identify the product subject to the request in terms of the physical characteristics that distinguish the product from other products within the relevant eight-digit subheading covered by the $300 billion action. Requestors also had to provide the tendigit subheading of the HTSUS most applicable to the particular product requested for exclusion, and could submit information on the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to administer the requested exclusion. Requestors were asked to provide the quantity and value of the Chinese-origin product they purchased in the last three years, among other information. With regard to the rationale for the requested exclusion, requests had to address the following factors: • Whether the particular product is available only from China and specifically whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or third countries. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY


Natural Resource Plan in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, 
North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority.

ACTION: Issuance of record of decision.

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SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has decided to adopt the 
preferred alternative in its final supplemental environmental impact 
statement (SEIS) for the Natural Resource Plan (NRP). The TVA Board of 
Directors (Board) accepted the NRP and authorized TVA's Chief Executive 
Officer to implement the preferred alternative at its May 7, 2020, 
meeting. This alternative updates the NRP and will guide TVA's natural 
resource management over the next 20 years.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist, 
Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B-K, 
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1499. Telephone 865-632-8051. Email: 
[email protected]. Ben Bean, NRP Project Manager, Tennessee Valley 
Authority, 3941 Brashers Chapel Road, Guntersville, Alabama 35976. 
Telephone: 256-891-6611. Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with 
the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 
to 1508) and TVA's procedures for implementing the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 18 CFR part 1318).
    TVA is an agency and instrumentality of the United States, 
established by an act of Congress in 1933, to foster the social and 
economic welfare of the people of the Tennessee Valley region and to 
promote the proper use and conservation of the region's natural 
resources. TVA's threefold mission is to provide affordable and 
reliable power, promote sustainable economic development, and act as a 
steward of the Valley's natural resources. The lands managed by TVA in 
the name of the United States of America are some of the most important 
resources of the region. These lands include approximately 293,000 
acres associated with the TVA reservoir system that are managed for the 
benefit of the public. Most of these lands remain undeveloped and are 
managed by TVA to provide natural resource conservation, recreation, 
and the protection of cultural resources.
    In 2011, TVA completed its first NRP to guide its natural resource 
stewardship efforts. After considering alternative approaches to 
resource management, the Board adopted a Blended Management alternative 
as the NRP because it aligned best with TVA's Environmental Policy, 
focused on key programs that establish a baseline for future enhanced 
implementation efforts, and provided flexibility to use partnerships 
and other sources of funding to leverage programs to their full 
potential while working within resource and staff constraints (75 FR 
57100, September 15, 2011). The 2011 NRP addressed TVA's management of 
programs and activities for six resource areas: Biological, cultural, 
and water resources; recreation; reservoir lands planning; and public 
engagement.
    In the 2011 NRP, TVA committed to reviewing the NRP every five 
years and updating the plan as needed to ensure it remains relevant and 
current. In 2016, as part of the NRP review process, TVA staff reviewed 
the NRP and determined that a Blended Management approach continues to 
be the most appropriate and effective plan for managing the waters and 
public lands of the Tennessee River Valley. However, TVA determined 
that because the 2011 NRP did not encompass all of the resource 
stewardship programs managed by TVA, the NRP was not fully serving as 
the comprehensive strategic guide as was first envisioned. Based on 
this assessment, TVA determined that updating the NRP was the best path 
forward to address identified concerns. After developing the initial 
scope of changes needed, TVA initiated a NEPA review to supplement the 
2011 Environmental Impact Statement.

Alternatives Considered

    Consistent with the requirements of NEPA, TVA analyzed two 
alternatives in the NRP SEIS. Under the No Action

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alternative (identified as Alternative A in the SEIS), TVA would not 
change the Blended Management approach outlined in the 2011 NRP to 
address management, programs, and activities for six resource areas.
    Under its Proposed Action alternative (identified as Alternative B 
in the SEIS), TVA would continue implementing a Blended Management 
approach and update the NRP such that it would serve as a strategic 
document that addresses focus areas along with their programs, 
objectives, and anticipated benefits. Existing and proposed programs 
would be categorized into ten proposed focus areas, which represents an 
expansion of the NRP's focus from the original six resource areas to 
the ten focus areas that encompass the entire scope of TVA's natural 
resource stewardship efforts. The new focus areas in the updated NRP 
would address Section 26a Permits and Land Use Agreements; Public Land 
Protection; and Ecotourism. In addition, Nuisance and Invasive Species 
Management, which was addressed on a limited basis in the 2011 NRP, 
would be included in the updated NRP as the Nuisance and Invasive 
Species Management Focus Area. There are six resource areas in the 2011 
NRP that would be carried forward to the updated NRP with changes to 
their names, programs, and/or activities: Reservoir Lands Planning; 
Land and Habitat Stewardship; Cultural Resource Management; Water 
Resources Stewardship; Recreation; and Public Outreach and Information. 
TVA would develop five-year action plans that guide implementation of 
the NRP. In the draft and final SEIS, TVA identified the Proposed 
Action alternative as its preferred alternative.

Public Involvement

    On July 16, 2018, TVA published in the Federal Register a Notice of 
Intent (Notice) to conduct the environmental review of a proposed NRP 
update in accordance with NEPA and published information about the 
review and planning effort on the TVA web page (83 FR 32945, July 16, 
2018). The Notice initiated a 30-day public scoping period, which 
concluded on August 20, 2018. TVA also issued a press release 
announcing that public input was being sought on the proposed update to 
the NRP and placed newspaper advertisements in 37 newspapers around the 
region to provide notice of the review, public scoping meetings, and to 
invite public comments. Media outlets across the region published or 
broadcast stories based on the release. TVA also notified approximately 
250 individuals, organizations, and intergovernmental partners with an 
interest in the review or with prior involvement in TVA stewardship 
efforts.
    TVA hosted four public scoping meetings at locations throughout the 
Tennessee Valley: Knoxville, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Muscle 
Shoals, Alabama; and Buchanan, Tennessee. The four public meetings were 
attended by a total of 66 people. TVA also hosted a public webinar to 
provide the public another opportunity to obtain information on the 
proposed update to the NRP; 28 people registered for the webinar.
    On May 17, 2019, TVA issued the Draft NRP and Draft SEIS for public 
review and comment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published 
in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability on May 24, 2019, 
initiating a 45-day comment period (84 FR 24135, May 24, 2019). TVA 
provided notice to interested parties and published 37 newspaper 
advertisements around the region to notify the public of the release of 
the Draft NRP and Draft SEIS and that TVA would be hosting public open 
houses during the review period. In June 2019, TVA held four open 
houses to provide information and obtain public input on the proposed 
NRP updates. The open houses were held in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and 
Camden, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In addition, TVA hosted 
a webinar that included a presentation and question and answer session. 
During the 45-day public comment period, TVA received 19 submissions 
from the public, organizations, and state and Federal agencies.
    After careful consideration of and response to all comments and 
refinement of the focus areas and their objectives and anticipated 
benefits, TVA issued the Final NRP and Final SEIS on February 14, 2020. 
A notice of availability for the Final NRP and Final SEIS was published 
in the Federal Register (85 FR 8585, February 14, 2020).
    Throughout the NEPA process, TVA maintained a web page (http://www.tva.gov/nrp) to publish information and materials related to its 
proposal, including information about the NRP, meeting information, 
project updates, webinar presentations, relevant documents, and contact 
information.

Environmentally Preferred Alternative

    TVA's Proposed Action, identified as Alternative B in the SEIS, is 
the environmentally preferred alternative. Under this alternative, the 
NRP would become a strategic document which includes focus area 
programs, objectives and anticipated benefits, and introduces four 
additional focus areas into the NRP. In addition, the five-year action 
plans provide a tactical approach to implement the specific activities 
associated with the ten focus areas' programs. This new framework would 
allow TVA to adapt more quickly to changes in interests, needs, and 
funding. Depending on the type and location of activities, there could 
be minor to moderate beneficial impacts on environmental resources on 
TVA lands. TVA also anticipates that the NRP's five-year action plans 
would likely result in more effective prioritization of future, site-
specific projects that address environmental resources on TVA lands.

Comments on the Final SEIS

    After publication of the Final SEIS, EPA provided comments to TVA 
in support of the proposed NRP and, in particular, TVA's intent to 
prepare annual updates of the five-year action plans. The EPA 
recommended that TVA continue to reevaluate the NRP as additional 
future programs become available and that the public remain involved in 
any NEPA document development for future changes to the NRP.

Errata

    After publication of the Final SEIS, TVA found that there were 
minor differences between the depiction of the Land Use Planning Focus 
Area objectives in the main body of the NRP and the depictions included 
in the NRP's Executive Summary and the SEIS. The objectives described 
in the NRP Executive Summary correctly matched the SEIS, and TVA has 
updated the NRP accordingly. In addition, the title of one Public Land 
Protection Focus Area program in the main body of the NRP has been 
revised to match the title in the NRP Executive Summary and SEIS.

Decision

    On May 7, 2020, the Board determined that updating the NRP as 
proposed and reviewed by TVA in the SEIS was in the best interest of 
TVA, and the Board accepted the proposed update and authorized its 
implementation by the TVA Chief Executive Officer. This decision was 
based on that alternative supporting a more strategic, flexible, and 
comprehensive approach to TVA's natural and cultural resource 
stewardship work and the corresponding benefits to stakeholders, 
customers, and the public.

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Mitigation Measures

    The natural and cultural resource management programs and 
activities associated with the NRP have been designed to result in 
minimal adverse environmental impacts during their implementation and 
to result in long-term beneficial impacts. During implementation of the 
NRP, TVA will continue to conduct site- or activity-specific 
environmental reviews of its actions as appropriate and will 
incorporate appropriate mitigation measures, including those identified 
through associated consultation processes, to address adverse impacts. 
In January 2020, TVA completed a programmatic agreement (PA) with the 
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and seven State Historic 
Preservation Officers to address a suite of activities. In addition, 21 
federally recognized Indian tribes were invited to be signatories to 
the agreement. The PA addresses TVA's compliance with Section 106 of 
the National Historic Preservation Act when implementing the various 
NRP activities.

David L. Bowling, Jr.
Vice President, River and Resources Stewardship.
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