Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects, Clark County, Nevada, 29804-29805 [2021-11647]

Download as PDF 29804 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 105 / Thursday, June 3, 2021 / Notices intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(l)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue the requested ITP to the applicant. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Public Comments Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22) and the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) and its implementing 17:23 Jun 02, 2021 Services at (602) 379–6750 or Mr. Garry Cantley at (602) 379–6750. Lori Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2021–11602 Filed 6–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Service invites comments and suggestions from all interested parties during a 30-day public comment period (see DATES). In particular, information and comments regarding the following topics are requested: 1. The environmental effects that implementation of any alternative could have on the human environment; 2. Whether or not the significance of the impact on various aspects of the human environment has been adequately analyzed; and 3. Any threats to the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat that may influence their populations over the life of the ITP that are not addressed in the proposed HCP; and 4. Any other information pertinent to evaluating the effects of the proposed action on the human environment. You may submit comments by one of the methods shown under ADDRESSES. We will post on http://regulations.gov all public comments and information received electronically or via hardcopy. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 regulations (40 CFR 1506.6; 43 CFR part 46). Jkt 253001 Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD AAK6006201 AOR3030.999900] Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects, Clark County, Nevada Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as the lead Federal agency, with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Moapa Band) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects (SBSPs or Project). The FEIS evaluates photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation and storage projects on the Moapa River Indian Reservation (Reservation) and collector lines along with the use of existing access roads and an existing generation interconnection (gen-tie) line located on the Reservation, Reservation lands managed by BLM, and BLM lands. This notice also announces that the FEIS is now available for public review. DATES: To be fully considered, written comments on the FEIS must arrive no later than 30 days after EPA publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The FEIS is available at the following website: www.southernbighornsolar.com/. You may mail, email, hand carry or telefax written comments to Mr. Chip Lewis, Regional Environmental Protection Officer, BIA Western Regional Office, Branch of Environmental Quality Services, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Mail Room, Phoenix, Arizona 85004–3008; fax (602) 379–3833; email: chip.lewis@bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chip Lewis, BIA Western Regional Office, Branch of Environmental Quality SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The proposed Federal action, taken under 25 U.S.C. 415, is the BIA’s approval of two solar energy ground leases and associated agreements entered into by the Moapa Band with 300MS 8me LLC and 425LM 8me LLC (Applicants). The agreements provide for construction, operation and maintenance (O&M), and eventual decommissioning of the PV electricity generation and battery storage facilities located entirely on the Reservation and specifically on lands held in trust for the Moapa Band, in Clark County Nevada. The PV electricity generation and battery storage facilities would be located on up to 3,600 acres of tribal trust land (2,600 acres for SBSP I and 1,000 acres for SBSP II) and would have a combined capacity of up to 400 megawatts alternating current (MWac)— 300 MWac for SBSP I, and 100 MWac for SBSP II. The two solar Projects include the solar fields, access roads, collector lines, and connection with an existing transmission gen-tie line. Construction of the 300MWac project is expected to take approximately 14–16 months, and construction of the up to 100MWac project is expected to take approximately 8–10 months. The two projects may be constructed simultaneously or sequentially. The electricity generation and storage facilities are expected to be operated for up to 50 years under the terms of the leases, with time for construction and decommissioning. Major onsite facilities include multiple blocks of solar PV panels mounted on fixed tilt or tracking systems, pad mounted inverters and transformers, collector lines, up to 1,000 MW-hours of battery storage, access roads, and O&M facilities. Water will be needed during construction for dust control; a minimal amount will be needed during operations for administrative and sanitary use and for panel washing. The water supply required for the Projects would be leased from the Moapa Band. Access to the SBSPs will be provided via North Las Vegas Boulevard from the I–15/US 93 interchange. The purposes of the proposed Project are, among other things, to: (1) Provide a long-term, diverse, and viable economic revenue base and job opportunities for the Moapa Band; (2) assist Nevada to meet their State renewable energy needs; and (3) allow the Moapa Band, in partnership with the Applicant, to optimize the use of the lease site while maximizing the E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 105 / Thursday, June 3, 2021 / Notices potential economic benefit to the Moapa Band. The BIA and BLM will use the EIS to make decisions on the land lease and right-of-way applications under their respective jurisdiction; the EPA may use the document to make decisions under its authorities; the Band may use the FEIS to make decisions under its Environmental Policy Ordinance; and the USFWS may use the FEIS to support its decision under the Endangered Species Act. Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, return address and the caption: ‘‘FEIS Comments, Proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects’’ on the first page of your written comments. Locations Where the FEIS is Available for Review: The FEIS will be available for review at: BIA Western Regional Office, 2600 North Central Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 210, Phoenix, Arizona; BIA Southern Paiute Agency, 180 North 200 East, Suite 111, St. George, Utah; and the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada. The FEIS is also available on line at: www.southernbighornsolar.com. To obtain an electronic copy of the FEIS, please provide your name and address in writing or by voicemail to Mr. Chip Lewis or Mr. Garry Cantley. Their contact information is listed in the khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the FEIS will be provided only upon request. Public Comment Availability: Written comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA Western Regional Office, at the mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the National VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:23 Jun 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance with the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Department Manual. Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–11647 Filed 6–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1250] Certain Cellular Signal Boosters, Repeaters, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, and Components Thereof (II); Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation Based on Settlement; Termination of the Investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has determined not to review an initial determination (‘‘ID’’) (Order No. 8) of the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) granting a joint motion to terminate the investigation in its entirety based on settlement. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Needham, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708–5468. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email EDIS3Help@usitc.gov. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on February 25, 2021, based on a complaint filed by Wilson Electronics LLC of St. George, Utah (‘‘Wilson’’). 86 FR 11555–56 (February 25, 2021). The complaint, as supplemented, alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29805 Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain cellular signal boosters, repeaters, bi-directional amplifiers, and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,221,967; 7,409,186; 7,486,929; 7,729,669; 7,783,318; 8,583,033; 8,583,034 (‘‘the ’034 patent); 8,639,180 (‘‘the ’180 patent); 8,755,399; 8,849,187; 8,874,029 (‘‘the ’029 patent); and 8,874,030 (‘‘the ’030 patent). Id. The Commission’s notice of investigation named as respondents Cellphone-Mate, Inc. d/b/a SureCall of Fremont, California, and Shenzhen SureCall Communication Technology Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China (together, ‘‘SureCall’’). Id. at 11556. The Commission determined to sever the investigation into three separate investigations based on the complaint to further efficient adjudication. The present investigation was instituted to determine whether there is a violation of Section 337 with respect to claims 1–20 of the ’034; claims 10–14, and 16–17 of the ’180 patent; claims 1–10 and 13–15 of the ’029 patent; and claims 1–24 of the ’030 patent. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations is not participating in this investigation. Id. On May 12, 2021, Wilson and SureCall jointly moved to terminate the investigation based on settlement. No responses to the motion were received. On May 13, 2021, the ALJ issued the subject ID, granting the motion and terminating the investigation based on settlement. The ID finds that the motion complies with Commission Rule 210.21(b) and that ‘‘there is no evidence showing that terminating this investigation on the basis of settlement would adversely affect the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or U.S. consumers.’’ Order No. 8, at 2–3. No petitions for review of the ID were filed. The Commission has determined not to review the subject ID. The investigation is hereby terminated in its entirety. The Commission vote for this determination took place on May 27, 2021. The authority for the Commission’s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in part 210 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR part 210). By order of the Commission. E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[212A2100DD AAK6006201 AOR3030.999900]


Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southern 
Bighorn Solar Projects, Clark County, Nevada

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), as the lead Federal agency, with the Bureau of Land 
Management (BLM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians 
(Moapa Band) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a final 
environmental impact statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the proposed 
Southern Bighorn Solar Projects (SBSPs or Project). The FEIS evaluates 
photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation and storage projects on the 
Moapa River Indian Reservation (Reservation) and collector lines along 
with the use of existing access roads and an existing generation 
interconnection (gen-tie) line located on the Reservation, Reservation 
lands managed by BLM, and BLM lands. This notice also announces that 
the FEIS is now available for public review.

DATES: To be fully considered, written comments on the FEIS must arrive 
no later than 30 days after EPA publishes its Notice of Availability in 
the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The FEIS is available at the following website: 
www.southernbighornsolar.com/. You may mail, email, hand carry or 
telefax written comments to Mr. Chip Lewis, Regional Environmental 
Protection Officer, BIA Western Regional Office, Branch of 
Environmental Quality Services, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor, 
Mail Room, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-3008; fax (602) 379-3833; email: 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chip Lewis, BIA Western Regional 
Office, Branch of Environmental Quality Services at (602) 379-6750 or 
Mr. Garry Cantley at (602) 379-6750.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Federal action, taken under 25 
U.S.C. 415, is the BIA's approval of two solar energy ground leases and 
associated agreements entered into by the Moapa Band with 300MS 8me LLC 
and 425LM 8me LLC (Applicants). The agreements provide for 
construction, operation and maintenance (O&M), and eventual 
decommissioning of the PV electricity generation and battery storage 
facilities located entirely on the Reservation and specifically on 
lands held in trust for the Moapa Band, in Clark County Nevada.
    The PV electricity generation and battery storage facilities would 
be located on up to 3,600 acres of tribal trust land (2,600 acres for 
SBSP I and 1,000 acres for SBSP II) and would have a combined capacity 
of up to 400 megawatts alternating current (MWac)--300 MWac for SBSP I, 
and 100 MWac for SBSP II. The two solar Projects include the solar 
fields, access roads, collector lines, and connection with an existing 
transmission gen-tie line.
    Construction of the 300MWac project is expected to take 
approximately 14-16 months, and construction of the up to 100MWac 
project is expected to take approximately 8-10 months. The two projects 
may be constructed simultaneously or sequentially. The electricity 
generation and storage facilities are expected to be operated for up to 
50 years under the terms of the leases, with time for construction and 
decommissioning. Major onsite facilities include multiple blocks of 
solar PV panels mounted on fixed tilt or tracking systems, pad mounted 
inverters and transformers, collector lines, up to 1,000 MW-hours of 
battery storage, access roads, and O&M facilities. Water will be needed 
during construction for dust control; a minimal amount will be needed 
during operations for administrative and sanitary use and for panel 
washing. The water supply required for the Projects would be leased 
from the Moapa Band. Access to the SBSPs will be provided via North Las 
Vegas Boulevard from the I-15/US 93 interchange.
    The purposes of the proposed Project are, among other things, to: 
(1) Provide a long-term, diverse, and viable economic revenue base and 
job opportunities for the Moapa Band; (2) assist Nevada to meet their 
State renewable energy needs; and (3) allow the Moapa Band, in 
partnership with the Applicant, to optimize the use of the lease site 
while maximizing the

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potential economic benefit to the Moapa Band.
    The BIA and BLM will use the EIS to make decisions on the land 
lease and right-of-way applications under their respective 
jurisdiction; the EPA may use the document to make decisions under its 
authorities; the Band may use the FEIS to make decisions under its 
Environmental Policy Ordinance; and the USFWS may use the FEIS to 
support its decision under the Endangered Species Act.
    Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, 
return address and the caption: ``FEIS Comments, Proposed Southern 
Bighorn Solar Projects'' on the first page of your written comments.
    Locations Where the FEIS is Available for Review: The FEIS will be 
available for review at: BIA Western Regional Office, 2600 North 
Central Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 210, Phoenix, Arizona; BIA Southern 
Paiute Agency, 180 North 200 East, Suite 111, St. George, Utah; and the 
BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las 
Vegas, Nevada. The FEIS is also available on line at: 
www.southernbighornsolar.com.
    To obtain an electronic copy of the FEIS, please provide your name 
and address in writing or by voicemail to Mr. Chip Lewis or Mr. Garry 
Cantley. Their contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of 
the FEIS will be provided only upon request.
    Public Comment Availability: Written comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA Western Regional Office, at the mailing address shown in the 
ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, 
telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire 
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Authority: This notice is published in accordance with section 
1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500 
et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 
46) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance 
with the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Department 
Manual.

Bryan Newland,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2021-11647 Filed 6-2-21; 8:45 am]
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