Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Burbank to Los Angeles Section, 70582 [2021-26709]

Download as PDF 70582 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 service day inspection must be completed for one year until June 1, 2023. GGRM states that the annual inspection of #2472 was completed, but the extension would allow GGRM to recover from schedule delays and revenue losses caused by the COVID–19 pandemic. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. 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DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacy-notice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. John Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–26721 Filed 12–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Dec 09, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2021–0082] Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Burbank to Los Angeles Section Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is issuing a Final General Conformity Determination (FCD) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andre´a Martin, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Railroad Policy and Development (RPD), telephone: (202) 493–6201, email: Andrea.Martin@dot.gov; or Marlys Osterhues, Chief, Environment and Project Engineering, RPD, telephone: (202) 493–0413, email: Marlys.Osterhues@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 (Section 327), the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA or Authority) has assumed FRA’s environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). However, under Section 327, FRA remains responsible for compliance with the Clean Air Act General Conformity requirements. In compliance with NEPA and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Authority published a Final Environmental Impact Record/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/ EIS) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System on November 5, 2021. The Final EIR/EIS is available at https://hsr.ca.gov/programs/ environmental-planning/project-sectionenvironmental-documents-tier-2/ burbank-to-los-angeles-project-sectiondraft-environmental-impact-reportenvironmental-impact-statement/. FRA prepared a Draft General Conformity Determination, pursuant to 40 CFR part 93, subpart B, which establishes the process for complying with the General Conformity requirements of the Clean Air Act. FRA published a notice in the Federal Register on September 20, 2021 advising the public of the availability of the Draft Conformity Determination for a 30-day review and comment period. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00153 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Draft Conformity Determination was published at http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket No. FRA– 2021–0082. The comment period of the Draft Conformity Determination closed on October 20, 2021. FRA received one comment expressing support for the project and Draft General Conformity Determination. FRA prepared the Final General Conformity Determination pursuant to 40 CFR part 93, subpart B, and based on the Authority’s coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The analysis found that construction period emissions would exceed the General Conformity de minimis threshold for Nitrogen Oxides (NOX). However, operation of the Project would result in an overall reduction of regional emissions of all applicable air pollutants and would not cause a localized exceedance of an air quality standard. Consistent with the General Conformity Rule, the Authority will ensure all remaining emissions that exceed the de minimis thresholds, after implementation of the impact avoidance and minimization features and onsite mitigation measures, will be offset through an agreement with SCAQMD. The Authority and SCAQMD will enter into an agreement after receipt of construction funding but prior to the start of construction. Based on this commitment, FRA determined the Project will conform to the requirements in the approved State Implementation Plan. The Final General Conformity Determination is available at http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket No. FRA– 2021–0082, and FRA’s website at https://railroads.dot.gov/environment/ environmental-reviews/clean-air-actcalifornia-general-conformitydeterminations. Issued in Washington, DC, Jamie P. Rennert, Director, Office of Infrastructure Investment. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 235 (Friday, December 10, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket No. FRA-2021-0082]


Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity 
Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Burbank to Los 
Angeles Section

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is 
issuing a Final General Conformity Determination (FCD) for the Burbank 
to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andr[eacute]a Martin, Senior 
Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Railroad Policy and 
Development (RPD), telephone: (202) 493-6201, email: 
[email protected]; or Marlys Osterhues, Chief, Environment and 
Project Engineering, RPD, telephone: (202) 493-0413, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 (Section 327), the 
California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA or Authority) has assumed 
FRA's environmental review responsibilities under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). However, under 
Section 327, FRA remains responsible for compliance with the Clean Air 
Act General Conformity requirements. In compliance with NEPA and the 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Authority published a 
Final Environmental Impact Record/Final Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIR/EIS) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California 
High-Speed Rail (HSR) System on November 5, 2021. The Final EIR/EIS is 
available at https://hsr.ca.gov/programs/environmental-planning/project-section-environmental-documents-tier-2/burbank-to-los-angeles-project-section-draft-environmental-impact-report-environmental-impact-statement/.
    FRA prepared a Draft General Conformity Determination, pursuant to 
40 CFR part 93, subpart B, which establishes the process for complying 
with the General Conformity requirements of the Clean Air Act. FRA 
published a notice in the Federal Register on September 20, 2021 
advising the public of the availability of the Draft Conformity 
Determination for a 30-day review and comment period. The Draft 
Conformity Determination was published at http://www.regulations.gov, 
Docket No. FRA-2021-0082. The comment period of the Draft Conformity 
Determination closed on October 20, 2021. FRA received one comment 
expressing support for the project and Draft General Conformity 
Determination.
    FRA prepared the Final General Conformity Determination pursuant to 
40 CFR part 93, subpart B, and based on the Authority's coordination 
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air 
Resources Board (CARB), and the South Coast Air Quality Management 
District (SCAQMD). The analysis found that construction period 
emissions would exceed the General Conformity de minimis threshold for 
Nitrogen Oxides (NOX). However, operation of the Project 
would result in an overall reduction of regional emissions of all 
applicable air pollutants and would not cause a localized exceedance of 
an air quality standard. Consistent with the General Conformity Rule, 
the Authority will ensure all remaining emissions that exceed the de 
minimis thresholds, after implementation of the impact avoidance and 
minimization features and onsite mitigation measures, will be offset 
through an agreement with SCAQMD. The Authority and SCAQMD will enter 
into an agreement after receipt of construction funding but prior to 
the start of construction. Based on this commitment, FRA determined the 
Project will conform to the requirements in the approved State 
Implementation Plan.
    The Final General Conformity Determination is available at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket No. FRA-2021-0082, and FRA's website at 
https://railroads.dot.gov/environment/environmental-reviews/clean-air-act-california-general-conformity-determinations.

    Issued in Washington, DC,
Jamie P. Rennert,
Director, Office of Infrastructure Investment.
[FR Doc. 2021-26709 Filed 12-9-21; 8:45 am]
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