Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Spring Mountain Raceway Northern Expansion, Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada, 62318-62320 [2020-21769]

Download as PDF 62318 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 192 / Friday, October 2, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7024–N–41; OMB Control Number: 2502–0541] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Lender Qualifications for Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide (MAP Guide, 4430.G) Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: November 2, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ Start Printed Page 15501PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–3400. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0541. OMB Expiration Date: December 31, 2020. Type of Request: Revision. Form Number: Guidebook 4430.G. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Multifamily Accelerated Processing VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Oct 01, 2020 Jkt 253001 (MAP) is designed to establish uniform national standards for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lenders to prepare, process and submit loan applications for FHA multifamily mortgage insurance. The MAP Guide provides—in one volume with appendices—guidance for HUD staff, lenders, third party consultants, borrowers, and other industry participants. Topics include mortgage insurance program descriptions, borrower and lender eligibility requirements, application requirements, underwriting standards for all technical disciplines and construction loan administration requirements. The MAP Guide applies only to FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs. Except to the extent lender monitoring or enforcement activities overlap, Section 232 and other programs administered by the Office of Healthcare Programs are not addressed by the MAP Guide. The Guide has been updated to reflect various organizational, policy and processing changes implemented since the last edition was published in 2016. Examples include electronic submission of data in a standardized format, the consolidation of HUD Field Offices to Regional Centers and Satellite Offices, workload sharing, and a ‘‘risk-based’’ underwriting approach. The goal of MAP is to provide a consistent, expedited mortgage insurance application process at each HUD Multifamily Regional Center or Satellite Office. All MAP eligible projects must be submitted using MAP processing unless a waiver is granted to process under Traditional Application Processing (TAP). Such waiver approval authority is retained by HUD Headquarters’ Director of Multifamily Production. Additionally, two new chapters were added to this edition of the Guide: The ‘‘Water and Energy Conservation’’ chapter and the ‘‘Closing Guide’’. Respondents (i.e. affected public): FHA Approved MAP Lenders environmental services agencies, green building services companies, loan closing attorneys, etc. Estimated Number of Respondents: 86. Estimated Number of Responses: 344. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Hours per Response: 30 hours [121 hours/4 = 30.25 hours]. Total Estimated Burden: 10,406. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or the forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. (5) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. C. Authority Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Department Reports Management Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Colette Pollard, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to submitter, Nacheshia Foxx, who is the Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Dated: September 29, 2020. Nacheshia Foxx, Federal Liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [FR Doc. 2020–21814 Filed 10–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0115; FXES11120800000–201–FF08ENVS00] Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Spring Mountain Raceway Northern Expansion, Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 192 / Friday, October 2, 2020 / Notices availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We also announce receipt of an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and of a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP). Spring Mountain Raceway, LLC has applied for an ITP under the ESA for an expansion project in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada. The ITP would authorize the take of one species incidental to the project. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the draft EA, HCP, and permit application. Before issuing the requested ITP, we will take into consideration any information we receive during the public comment period. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before November 2, 2020. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the draft EA, proposed HCP, and permit application in Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0115 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: To submit written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note to which document(s) your comments pertain. • Internet: http:// www.regulations.gov; search for and submit comments in Docket No. FWS– R8–ES–2020–0115. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R8– ES–2020–0115; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Glen W. Knowles, Field Supervisor, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 702–515–5244, or via the Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft Environmental assessment (draft EA) prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1506.6. We also announce receipt of an application submitted by Spring Mountain Raceway, LLC of Pahrump, Nevada (applicant), for a 5-year incidental take jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Oct 01, 2020 Jkt 253001 permit (ITP) under section 10 (a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The application for the permit requires the preparation of a habitat conservation plan (HCP) with measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take of endangered or threatened species to the maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Spring Mountain Raceway Northern Expansion HCP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The purpose of the draft EA is to assess the effects of issuing the ITP and implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human environment. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the draft EA, HCP, and permit application. Before issuing the requested ITP, we will take into consideration any information we receive during the public comment period. Background Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1538) prohibits the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 4 of the ESA; by regulation, take of certain species listed as threatened is also prohibited. (16 U.S.C. 1533(d); 50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the Federal habitat conservation plan (HCP) program, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esalibrary/pdf/hcp.pdf. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with the NEPA. The draft EA was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the public of the proposed action, any alternatives, and associated impacts, and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources. Proposed Action Alternative Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the Service would issue an ITP to the applicant for a period of 5 years for certain covered activities (described below) to construct and operate an extension of the existing Spring Mountain Raceway. The extension includes 2.3 miles of additional track, flood management features, classrooms, parking area, and a paved paddock area for preparing cars. The applicant has requested an ITP for one covered species, the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), which is PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62319 listed under the ESA as threatened (April 2, 1990, 55 FR 12178). Habitat Conservation Plan Area The geographic scope of the draft HCP area comprises 227 acres of private land in the town of Pahrump, in Nye County, Nevada, where the development will occur. Covered Activities The proposed section 10(a) ITP would allow incidental take of one covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities, including construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility within the 227 ac owned by the applicant. Construction would begin after installation of a desert tortoise exclusion fence and removal of all tortoises. Construction would entail clearing of vegetation; grading and leveling of soil to achieve desired topography for the track, facilities, and flood management features; digging and trenching for utilities; placement of the new track base and surface; construction of the flood management features; construction of the buildings, parking areas, and paddock; and installation of the necessary underground power, phone, sewer, and water pipelines to the buildings. These activities would remove approximately half of the native vegetation in the area based on the preliminary design, but may remove more based on final design and future reconfiguration of the facility. Operation and maintenance of the expansion would entail use of the facility in a manner consistent with the existing interconnected facility, all of which will occur on private property within the desert tortoise exclusion fencing. Covered activities also include construction, operation, and maintenance equipment and other vehicle travel on existing access roads to the facility. The applicant is proposing to implement best management practices, as well as general and species-specific measures to avoid and minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities, including worker environmental and desert tortoise awareness training, installation and maintenance of desert tortoise exclusion fencing; tortoise removal, translocation, and monitoring; noxious weed management; dust control; and support of conservation and management measures to offset the loss of occupied habitat. E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 62320 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 192 / Friday, October 2, 2020 / Notices Covered Species The applicant has requested an ITP for one federally listed threatened species: • Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). No Action Alternative Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under this alternative, the applicant may choose not to construct the facility or would do so in a manner presumed not to result in the take of ESA-listed species. Public Comments We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this notice, the draft EA and the draft HCP. If you wish to comment on the permit application, plan, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods in ADDRESSES. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments Any comments we receive will become part of the decision record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Next Steps Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action subject to compliance with NEPA and section 7 of the ESA. We will evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive as part of our NEPA compliance process to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will conduct an intra-Service consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the Federal action for the potential issuance of an ITP. If the intra-Service consultation VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Oct 01, 2020 Jkt 253001 confirms that issuance of the ITP will not jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species, or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the covered species. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.32), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Glen Knowles, Field Supervisor, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megon Noble, NAGPRA Project Manager, University of California, Davis, 412 Mrak Hall, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, telephone (530) 752–8501, email mnoble@ ucdavis.edu. ADDRESSES: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the correction of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects under the control of the University of California, Davis, Davis, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Lake County, CA. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0115; FXES11120800000-201-FF08ENVS00]


Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation 
Plan for the Spring Mountain Raceway Northern Expansion, Pahrump, Nye 
County, Nevada

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the

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availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) under the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We also announce receipt of 
an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA), and of a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP). 
Spring Mountain Raceway, LLC has applied for an ITP under the ESA for 
an expansion project in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada. The ITP would 
authorize the take of one species incidental to the project. We invite 
the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on 
the draft EA, HCP, and permit application. Before issuing the requested 
ITP, we will take into consideration any information we receive during 
the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before November 2, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the draft EA, 
proposed HCP, and permit application in Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0115 
at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submitting Comments: To submit written comments, please use one of 
the following methods, and note to which document(s) your comments 
pertain.
     Internet: http://www.regulations.gov; search for and 
submit comments in Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0115.
     U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2020-0115; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: 
PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability of 
Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glen W. Knowles, Field Supervisor, 
Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 702-515-5244, or 
via the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft Environmental 
assessment (draft EA) prepared pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its 
implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 
CFR 1506.6. We also announce receipt of an application submitted by 
Spring Mountain Raceway, LLC of Pahrump, Nevada (applicant), for a 5-
year incidental take permit (ITP) under section 10 (a)(1)(B) of the 
Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The 
application for the permit requires the preparation of a habitat 
conservation plan (HCP) with measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate 
the impacts of incidental take of endangered or threatened species to 
the maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Spring 
Mountain Raceway Northern Expansion HCP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) 
of the ESA. The purpose of the draft EA is to assess the effects of 
issuing the ITP and implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human 
environment.
    We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies 
to comment on the draft EA, HCP, and permit application. Before issuing 
the requested ITP, we will take into consideration any information we 
receive during the public comment period.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1538) prohibits the taking of fish 
and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 4 of the ESA; 
by regulation, take of certain species listed as threatened is also 
prohibited. (16 U.S.C. 1533(d); 50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing 
permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 
17.32. For more about the Federal habitat conservation plan (HCP) 
program, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf.

National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with 
the NEPA. The draft EA was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing 
an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the public of the proposed 
action, any alternatives, and associated impacts, and to disclose any 
irreversible commitments of resources.

Proposed Action Alternative

    Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the Service would issue an 
ITP to the applicant for a period of 5 years for certain covered 
activities (described below) to construct and operate an extension of 
the existing Spring Mountain Raceway. The extension includes 2.3 miles 
of additional track, flood management features, classrooms, parking 
area, and a paved paddock area for preparing cars. The applicant has 
requested an ITP for one covered species, the Mojave desert tortoise 
(Gopherus agassizii), which is listed under the ESA as threatened 
(April 2, 1990, 55 FR 12178).
Habitat Conservation Plan Area
    The geographic scope of the draft HCP area comprises 227 acres of 
private land in the town of Pahrump, in Nye County, Nevada, where the 
development will occur.
Covered Activities
    The proposed section 10(a) ITP would allow incidental take of one 
covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The 
applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered 
activities, including construction, operation, and maintenance of the 
facility within the 227 ac owned by the applicant.
    Construction would begin after installation of a desert tortoise 
exclusion fence and removal of all tortoises. Construction would entail 
clearing of vegetation; grading and leveling of soil to achieve desired 
topography for the track, facilities, and flood management features; 
digging and trenching for utilities; placement of the new track base 
and surface; construction of the flood management features; 
construction of the buildings, parking areas, and paddock; and 
installation of the necessary underground power, phone, sewer, and 
water pipelines to the buildings. These activities would remove 
approximately half of the native vegetation in the area based on the 
preliminary design, but may remove more based on final design and 
future reconfiguration of the facility. Operation and maintenance of 
the expansion would entail use of the facility in a manner consistent 
with the existing interconnected facility, all of which will occur on 
private property within the desert tortoise exclusion fencing. Covered 
activities also include construction, operation, and maintenance 
equipment and other vehicle travel on existing access roads to the 
facility.
    The applicant is proposing to implement best management practices, 
as well as general and species-specific measures to avoid and minimize 
the impacts of the take from the covered activities, including worker 
environmental and desert tortoise awareness training, installation and 
maintenance of desert tortoise exclusion fencing; tortoise removal, 
translocation, and monitoring; noxious weed management; dust control; 
and support of conservation and management measures to offset the loss 
of occupied habitat.

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Covered Species
    The applicant has requested an ITP for one federally listed 
threatened species:
     Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).

No Action Alternative

    Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP 
to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under 
this alternative, the applicant may choose not to construct the 
facility or would do so in a manner presumed not to result in the take 
of ESA-listed species.

Public Comments

    We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the 
public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific 
community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this 
notice, the draft EA and the draft HCP. If you wish to comment on the 
permit application, plan, and associated documents, you may submit 
comments by any one of the methods in ADDRESSES.

Public Availability of Comments

    Any comments we receive will become part of the decision record 
associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold 
your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their 
entirety.

Next Steps

    Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action 
subject to compliance with NEPA and section 7 of the ESA. We will 
evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments 
we receive as part of our NEPA compliance process to determine whether 
the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If 
we determine that those requirements are met, we will conduct an intra-
Service consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the Federal action 
for the potential issuance of an ITP. If the intra-Service consultation 
confirms that issuance of the ITP will not jeopardize the continued 
existence of any endangered or threatened species, or destroy or 
adversely modify critical habitat, we will issue a permit to the 
applicant for the incidental take of the covered species.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 
1539(c)) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.32), and NEPA (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Glen Knowles,
Field Supervisor, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office.
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