Notice of Availability of the Portland Harbor Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, 49359-49361 [2020-17679]

Download as PDF 49359 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 157 Thursday, August 13, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–52–2020] Foreign-Trade Zone 38—Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Application for Production Authority; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. (Polyacrylonitrile-Based Carbon Fiber); Greenwood, South Carolina An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, grantee of FTZ 38, requesting production authority on behalf of Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. (TCF), located in Greenwood, South Carolina. The application conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.23) was docketed on August 6, 2020. The TCF facility (currently under construction, projected to have 90 employees, 440 acres) is located within Site 35 of FTZ 38. The facility is used for the production of polyacrylonitrilebased carbon fiber. In 2019, TCF requested production authority in a notification proceeding (15 CFR 400.22 and 400.37). After an initial review, the requested production authority was approved subject to a restriction requiring that all foreign-status polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber admitted for production activity be re-exported (entry for U.S. consumption was not authorized) (see B–38–2019, 84 FR 54837, 10/11/2019). If the application were approved, on its domestic sales, TCF would be able to choose the duty rate during custom entry procedures that applies to PAN carbon fiber (duty-free) for the foreignstatus inputs noted below. TCF would be able to avoid duties on foreign-status PAN fiber which becomes scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment. The request indicates that the savings from FTZ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 procedures would help improve the plant’s international competitiveness. Components and materials sourced from abroad (representing 50–60% of the value of the finished product) include: 12,000 tow PAN fiber (precursor) and 24,000 tow PAN fiber (precursor) (duty rates are 8% and 7.5%, respectively). The request indicates that the PAN fiber is subject to special duties under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Section 301), depending on the country of origin. The applicable Section 301 decisions require subject merchandise to be admitted to FTZs in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41). In accordance with the FTZ Board’s regulations, Diane Finver of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the FTZ Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board’s Executive Secretary and sent to: ftz@trade.gov. The closing period for their receipt is October 13, 2020. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to October 27, 2020. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the FTZ Board’s website, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Diane Finver at Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482–1367. Dated: August 7, 2020. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–17723 Filed 8–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [S–104–2020] Approval of Subzone Status; Ipswich Shellfish Company, Inc.; Ipswich, Massachusetts On June 11, 2020, the Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board docketed an application submitted by the Massachusetts Port PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority, grantee of FTZ 27, requesting subzone status subject to the existing activation limit of FTZ 27, on behalf of Ipswich Shellfish Company, Inc., in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The application was processed in accordance with the FTZ Act and Regulations, including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (85 FR 36529–36530, June 17, 2020). The FTZ staff examiner reviewed the application and determined that it meets the criteria for approval. Pursuant to the authority delegated to the FTZ Board Executive Secretary (15 CFR Sec. 400.36(f)), the application to establish Subzone 27Q was approved on August 7, 2020, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.13, and further subject to FTZ 27’s 129-acre activation limit. Dated: August 7, 2020. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–17724 Filed 8–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA350] Notice of Availability of the Portland Harbor Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: The Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Trustee Council) has prepared a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft SRP/ EA). The Draft SRP/EA describes the Trustee Council’s preferred restoration alternative to restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of releases of hazardous substances and discharges of oil within the Portland Harbor assessment area (applicable to the current phase of restoration, but subject to revision in the future). The Federal Trustees also considered potential environmental impacts of the considered alternatives in SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 49360 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 157 / Thursday, August 13, 2020 / Notices the context of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft SRP/EA and to seek public comments on the document. DATES: Submit comments on or before September 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Draft SRP/EA at: https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/ sites/default/files/documents/2020-07_ DraftSRP-EA_forRelease.pdf. Alternatively, you may make arrangements to view the document at the following location (subject to any Federal, state, or local public health restrictions associated with the COVID– 19 pandemic): Parametrix, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97232. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the Draft SRP/EA by one of the following methods: • Via the Web: Email comments to portlandharbor.nrda@gmail.com using the comment table available online at: https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/ news/draft-supplemental-restorationplan-available-comment. • Via U.S. Mail: Lauren Senkyr, NOAA Restoration Center (C/O Parametrix), 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite. 1000, Portland, OR 97232. Please note that mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the comment deadline of September 14, 2020 to be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—Lauren Senkyr, NOAA Restoration Center, 503–231–2110, lauren.senkyr@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction Since January 2007, the Trustee Council has been conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) within the Portland Harbor Assessment Area (PHAA or Portland Harbor). Under the NRDA process, the Trustee Council’s overall goal is to restore, rehabilitate, replace, or acquire the equivalent of natural resources and their services that have been injured by contamination within the PHAA and to compensate the public for those losses. One critical part of this process is identifying suitable activities to restore the injured natural resources. In May 2017, the Trustee Council published its Final Portland Harbor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan (Programmatic Restoration Plan) that provided an overall restoration approach: Integrated habitat restoration. The Programmatic VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 Restoration Plan also provided a comprehensive framework for implementing integrated habitat restoration and a broad analysis of the environmental impacts. The Trustee Council has now developed a Draft SRP/ EA that uses the criteria identified in the Programmatic Restoration Plan to evaluate and select one of three alternatives to implement restoration actions during the Trustee Council’s first phase of restoration. The Trustee Council may revisit its preferred restoration alternatives in future phases of restoration as the ongoing NRDA process continues. The Draft SRP/EA also evaluates potential environmental impacts from the alternatives under the NEPA. The Trustee Council is conducting the NRDA for Portland Harbor under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). Pursuant to CERCLA, CWA, and OPA, natural resource trustees act on behalf of the public to assess natural resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate the public for those injuries and losses. CERCLA, CWA, and OPA further instruct the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, including the loss of use and services from those resources from the time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource quality and conditions that would exist if the releases of hazardous substances and discharges of oil had not occurred) is complete. The Portland Harbor Trustee Council members are as follows: • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI); • State of Oregon, acting through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; • Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; and • Nez Perce Tribe. This restoration planning activity is proceeding in accordance with the Programmatic Restoration Plan. Information on the site background, phased approach to the NRDA, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 restoration concepts considered in the Draft SRP/EA, and the criteria against which project ideas are evaluated can be viewed in the Programmatic Restoration Plan (https://www.fws.gov/ portlandharbor/sites/default/files/201812/201706_FINAL_PEIS.pdf) and its appendices (https://www.fws.gov/ portlandharbor/sites/default/files/201812/201706_FINAL_PEIS_Appendix.pdf). Site Background Since the 1900s, industrial facilities along the Willamette River at Portland Harbor have released an array of hazardous substances and discharged oil into the river system. In December 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed Portland Harbor on the National Priorities List due to elevated concentrations of contaminants. Two months later, the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustees entered into an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding with the EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to coordinate efforts at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. In 2002, the Natural Resource Trustees established the Trustee Council. The restoration activities discussed in the Trustee Council’s 2017 Programmatic Restoration Plan and the current Draft SRP/EA are associated with the Trustee Council’s ongoing NRDA. Overview of the Draft SRP/EA In the Programmatic Restoration Plan, the Trustee Council described the following three ways that a potentially responsible party (PRP) could provide restoration to resolve its liability for damages at Portland Harbor: • Trustee-Led Project Alternative— The Trustee Council would use settlement funds to design and construct a restoration project; • Partnering Project Alternative—The Trustee Council would provide settlement funds to a third-party entity to develop and implement a restoration project; and • Restoration Bank Credit Alternative—The Trustee Council or a PRP would purchase ecological benefits, in the form of credits, from a restoration bank. At the time the Programmatic Restoration Plan was published, it would have been premature for the Trustee Council to evaluate specific actions under these three alternatives. The Trustee Council anticipates that it will soon be in a position to begin its first phase of restoration implementation. In January 2020, the Trustee Council published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for ecological E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 157 / Thursday, August 13, 2020 / Notices restoration projects that outlined the eligibility and evaluation criteria that would be used to select specific restoration actions that could be implemented in the first phase of restoration implementation. Now, having received responses to the RFP, and with the prospect of potential natural resource damages settlements in the near future, the Trustee Council is preparing to implement restoration actions. After evaluating the projects submitted in response to the RFP, the Trustee Council has identified the Restoration Bank Credit Alternative as the Preferred Alternative. Five restoration bank projects were determined to be eligible under the Preferred Alternative. Next Steps The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft SRP/EA. After the close of the public comment period, the Trustee Council will consider and address the comments received before issuing a Final SRP/EA. A summary of comments received and the Trustee Council’s responses will be included in the final document. Invitation to Comment The Trustee Council seeks public review and comment on the Draft SRP/ EA (see ADDRESSES above). Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including your personally identifiable information, will become part of the public record. The Trustee Council will conduct a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time to provide information and answer questions. Information on how to attend the virtual meeting is available at https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/ news/draft-supplemental-restorationplan-available-comment. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Draft SRP/EA can be viewed electronically at https://www.diver.orr.noaa.gov/web/ guest/portland-harbor-admin-record. Authority The authority for this action is the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) and its implementing Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found at 43 CFR part 11, the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), the Oil Pollution VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 Act (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Dated: August 7, 2020. Carrie Selberg, Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W208B, Washington, DC 20202–8240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Andrea Falken, 202–503–8985. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49361 The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Nominee Presentation Form. OMB Control Number: 1860–0509. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Organizations. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 90. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 22. Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED– GRS) is a recognition award that honors schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are making great strides in three Pillars: (1) Reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use, and transportation; (2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff, including environmental health of premises, nutrition, and fitness; and (3) providing effective sustainability education, including STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways. ED collects information on nominees from state nominating authorities regarding their schools, districts, and postsecondary nominees. The recognition award is part of a U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA350]


Notice of Availability of the Portland Harbor Draft Supplemental 
Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Trustee 
Council) has prepared a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and 
Environmental Assessment (Draft SRP/EA). The Draft SRP/EA describes the 
Trustee Council's preferred restoration alternative to restore natural 
resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of 
releases of hazardous substances and discharges of oil within the 
Portland Harbor assessment area (applicable to the current phase of 
restoration, but subject to revision in the future). The Federal 
Trustees also considered potential environmental impacts of the 
considered alternatives in

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the context of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The 
purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of 
the Draft SRP/EA and to seek public comments on the document.

DATES: Submit comments on or before September 14, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Draft SRP/EA at: 
https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/sites/default/files/documents/2020-07_DraftSRP-EA_forRelease.pdf. Alternatively, you may make arrangements 
to view the document at the following location (subject to any Federal, 
state, or local public health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 
pandemic): Parametrix, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1000, Portland, 
OR 97232.
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the Draft SRP/EA by 
one of the following methods:
     Via the Web: Email comments to 
[email protected] using the comment table available online 
at: https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/news/draft-supplemental-restoration-plan-available-comment.
     Via U.S. Mail: Lauren Senkyr, NOAA Restoration Center (C/O 
Parametrix), 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite. 1000, Portland, OR 97232. 
Please note that mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the 
comment deadline of September 14, 2020 to be considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration--Lauren Senkyr, NOAA Restoration Center, 503-231-2110, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    Since January 2007, the Trustee Council has been conducting a 
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) within the Portland Harbor 
Assessment Area (PHAA or Portland Harbor). Under the NRDA process, the 
Trustee Council's overall goal is to restore, rehabilitate, replace, or 
acquire the equivalent of natural resources and their services that 
have been injured by contamination within the PHAA and to compensate 
the public for those losses. One critical part of this process is 
identifying suitable activities to restore the injured natural 
resources. In May 2017, the Trustee Council published its Final 
Portland Harbor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and 
Restoration Plan (Programmatic Restoration Plan) that provided an 
overall restoration approach: Integrated habitat restoration. The 
Programmatic Restoration Plan also provided a comprehensive framework 
for implementing integrated habitat restoration and a broad analysis of 
the environmental impacts. The Trustee Council has now developed a 
Draft SRP/EA that uses the criteria identified in the Programmatic 
Restoration Plan to evaluate and select one of three alternatives to 
implement restoration actions during the Trustee Council's first phase 
of restoration. The Trustee Council may revisit its preferred 
restoration alternatives in future phases of restoration as the ongoing 
NRDA process continues. The Draft SRP/EA also evaluates potential 
environmental impacts from the alternatives under the NEPA.
    The Trustee Council is conducting the NRDA for Portland Harbor 
under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Oil 
Pollution Act (OPA). Pursuant to CERCLA, CWA, and OPA, natural resource 
trustees act on behalf of the public to assess natural resource 
injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate 
the public for those injuries and losses. CERCLA, CWA, and OPA further 
instruct the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for 
the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the 
equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, 
including the loss of use and services from those resources from the 
time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource 
quality and conditions that would exist if the releases of hazardous 
substances and discharges of oil had not occurred) is complete.
    The Portland Harbor Trustee Council members are as follows:
     National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on 
behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
     U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI);
     State of Oregon, acting through the Oregon Department of 
Fish and Wildlife;
     Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of 
Oregon;
     Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians;
     Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation;
     Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon; and
     Nez Perce Tribe.
    This restoration planning activity is proceeding in accordance with 
the Programmatic Restoration Plan. Information on the site background, 
phased approach to the NRDA, restoration concepts considered in the 
Draft SRP/EA, and the criteria against which project ideas are 
evaluated can be viewed in the Programmatic Restoration Plan (https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/sites/default/files/2018-12/201706_FINAL_PEIS.pdf) and its appendices (https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/sites/default/files/2018-12/201706_FINAL_PEIS_Appendix.pdf).

Site Background

    Since the 1900s, industrial facilities along the Willamette River 
at Portland Harbor have released an array of hazardous substances and 
discharged oil into the river system. In December 2000, the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed Portland Harbor on the 
National Priorities List due to elevated concentrations of 
contaminants. Two months later, the Portland Harbor Natural Resource 
Trustees entered into an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding 
with the EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) 
to coordinate efforts at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. In 2002, 
the Natural Resource Trustees established the Trustee Council. The 
restoration activities discussed in the Trustee Council's 2017 
Programmatic Restoration Plan and the current Draft SRP/EA are 
associated with the Trustee Council's ongoing NRDA.

Overview of the Draft SRP/EA

    In the Programmatic Restoration Plan, the Trustee Council described 
the following three ways that a potentially responsible party (PRP) 
could provide restoration to resolve its liability for damages at 
Portland Harbor:
     Trustee-Led Project Alternative--The Trustee Council would 
use settlement funds to design and construct a restoration project;
     Partnering Project Alternative--The Trustee Council would 
provide settlement funds to a third-party entity to develop and 
implement a restoration project; and
     Restoration Bank Credit Alternative--The Trustee Council 
or a PRP would purchase ecological benefits, in the form of credits, 
from a restoration bank.
    At the time the Programmatic Restoration Plan was published, it 
would have been premature for the Trustee Council to evaluate specific 
actions under these three alternatives. The Trustee Council anticipates 
that it will soon be in a position to begin its first phase of 
restoration implementation. In January 2020, the Trustee Council 
published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for ecological

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restoration projects that outlined the eligibility and evaluation 
criteria that would be used to select specific restoration actions that 
could be implemented in the first phase of restoration implementation. 
Now, having received responses to the RFP, and with the prospect of 
potential natural resource damages settlements in the near future, the 
Trustee Council is preparing to implement restoration actions.
    After evaluating the projects submitted in response to the RFP, the 
Trustee Council has identified the Restoration Bank Credit Alternative 
as the Preferred Alternative. Five restoration bank projects were 
determined to be eligible under the Preferred Alternative.

Next Steps

    The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft SRP/EA. 
After the close of the public comment period, the Trustee Council will 
consider and address the comments received before issuing a Final SRP/
EA. A summary of comments received and the Trustee Council's responses 
will be included in the final document.

Invitation to Comment

    The Trustee Council seeks public review and comment on the Draft 
SRP/EA (see ADDRESSES above). Before including your address, telephone 
number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in 
your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including your 
personally identifiable information, will become part of the public 
record.
    The Trustee Council will conduct a virtual public meeting on 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time to provide 
information and answer questions. Information on how to attend the 
virtual meeting is available at https://www.fws.gov/portlandharbor/news/draft-supplemental-restoration-plan-available-comment.

Administrative Record

    The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Draft 
SRP/EA can be viewed electronically at https://www.diver.orr.noaa.gov/web/guest/portland-harbor-admin-record.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) and 
its implementing Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found 
at 43 CFR part 11, the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), the 
Oil Pollution Act (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), and the National 
Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

    Dated: August 7, 2020.
Carrie Selberg,
Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
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