Notice of Availability of a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) and Extension of Comment Period for the Proposed Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Mine Continuation Near Aurora, in Beaufort County, NC
The notice of availability of Supplement I of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Division (PCS) for the continuation of its phosphate mining operation near Aurora, Beaufort County, NC published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (72 FR 62634), required comments be submitted by December 21, 2007. The comment period has been extended until December 31, 2007.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Section 404 Permit Application for the Southern Beltway Transportation Project From I-79 to the Mon/Fayette Expressway, Washington County, PA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a Cooperating Agency, have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Section 404 Permit Application (DEIS) for the Southern Beltway Transportation Project from I-79 to the Mon/Fayette Expressway in Washington County, PA. The overall purpose of the project is to provide transportation mobility safety improvements, to relieve congestion, and to support economic development plans in southwestern Pennsylvania. The DEIS assesses the environmental effects of the various alternatives developed to address the project needs.
The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the Announcement of a Public Hearing for the North Topsail Beach Shoreline Protection Project, in North Topsail Beach, Onslow County, NC
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, from the Town of North Topsail Beach to nourish approximately 11.1 miles of beachfront to protect residential homes and town infrastructures, to reposition the New River Inlet channel, and to implement an inlet management plan to control the positioning of the new inlet channel, and to conduct periodic renourishment events. The new channel will be centrally located and the proposal will be to maintain that position, which essentially will be located perpendicular to the adjacent shorelines of North Topsail Beach and Onslow Beach. The proposed source of the material for the nourishment will be dredged from an offshore borrow area and from the repositioning of the inlet. The projected amount of material needed to nourish the oceanfront shoreline is approximately 3.21 million cubic yards. The placement of beach fill along the Town's shoreline would result in the initial widening of the beach by 50 to 100 feet. The widened beach would be maintained through a program of periodic beach nourishment events with the material extracted from the New River Inlet; and if necessary, supplemental materials from the offshore borrow area. All work will be accomplished using a hydraulic dredge. The proposed project construction will be conducted in a five phase approach to correspond with the Town's anticipated annual generation of funds. The ocean shoreline of the Town of North Topsail Beach encompasses approximately 11.1 miles along the northern end of Topsail Island. Of the 11.1 miles, approximately 7.25-miles of the shoreline in the project area, with the exception of two small areas, is located within the Coastal Barrier Resource System (CBRS), which prohibits the expenditure of Federal funds that would encourage development. The channel through New River Inlet has been maintained by the COE for commercial and recreational boating interest for over 55 years. The COE is authorized to maintain the channel in the inlet to a depth of 6 feet mean low water (mlw) over a width of 90 feet.
Conservation Measures for Transfer of Federal Land at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Dublin, CA
Pursuant to the proposed conservation measures found within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion 1106F1752 dated December 18, 2006, acceptance of any portion of the 170.5-acre land exchange property located at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (PFRTA), Dublin, CA is conditioned on the developer engaging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Section 7 or Section 10 Endangered Species Act consultation prior to the development of the aforementioned land. This consultation requirement is because of the potential loss of habitat and potential for take of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica), the threatened California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii), and the threatened California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense).
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) 07-02: Exemptions for Construction or Maintenance of Irrigation Ditches and Maintenance of Drainage Ditches under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA)
The Corps issued RGL 07-02 to further explain the regulatory exemptions for construction or maintenance of irrigation ditches and maintenance of drainage ditches consistent with Section 404(f) of the CWA (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) and implementing regulations. Specifically, the RGL clarifies when Section 404(f) exempts from permitting requirements discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States associated with the construction and maintenance of irrigation ditches and maintenance of drainage ditches. The RGL also clarifies how certain terms in the regulations at 33 CFR 323.4 are applied in the context of the Sections 404(f) exemptions, including irrigation ditch, drainage ditch, construction, and maintenance. In addition, the guidance provides a framework for determining the applicability of the exemptions and the recapture provision, consistent with the CWA and implementing regulations. This RGL was effective July 4, 2007.
Army Science Board Plenary Meeting
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Sunshine in the Government Act of 1976 (U.S.C. 552b, as amended) and 41 Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR 102-3. 140 through 160, the Department of the Army announces the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Army Science Board (ASB). Date(s) of Meeting: January 15 & 16, 2008. Time(s) of Meeting: 0800-1700, January 15, 2008. 0800-1600, January 16, 2008. Place of Meeting: University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Inn and Conference Center, Adelphi, MD. 3501 University Boulevard E, Adelphi, MD.
Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Expansion of Lake Worth Inlet (Palm Beach Harbor), FL
The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps (Corps) of Engineers intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for expansion, including widening and deepening of existing channels and turning basins in Lake Worth Inlet (Palm Beach Harbor). The project is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (lead Federal agency) and Port of Palm Beach District (non- Federal sponsor and cooperating agency).
Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Implementation of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 and Transformation Actions at Fort Benning, GA
The Department of the Army announces the availability of the ROD, which summarizes the decision for implementing BRAC actions as directed by the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission and DoD Transformation Actions at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Mandatory Provision of Full Replacement Value Coverage by Department of Defense Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)/Contractors
This cancels the notice previously published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2006 (71 FR 75509). Pursuant to Chapter 157, Sec. 2636a of Title 10 United States Code enacted by Congress on November 26, 2003, as amended by the Department of Defense Authorizations Act for FY 2007, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), as the Traffic Manager for Department of Defense (DOD) Personal Property Program, is informing the Transportation Service Provider (TSP)/ contractor community of the mandatory requirement to provide Full Replacement Value (FRV) coverage to all customers of the DOD Personal Property Program. The cost of FRV shall be included in contracts with movers and FRV shall be made available to Service members and civilian employees. All shipments that have been picked up or are already in storage prior to the effective dates noted below will not be required to be covered by FRV. This notice updates the implementation timeline for providing FRV for loss/ damage protection. Current Program Implementation: The cost for FRV coverage shall be included in all rates for the International Household Goods (iHHG) program, the Unaccompanied Baggage (UB) program, the Domestic Household Goods (dHHG) program, Intra-Theater Tender (ITT) program, Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) program, and the Direct Procurement Method (DPM) program according to the following schedule: The international household goods (iHHG) program and unaccompanied baggage (UB), shall have FRV coverage for all shipments picked up on or after October 1, 2007. For the domestic household goods (dHHG) program, all shipments picked up on or after November 1, 2007, shall have FRV coverage. For the Intra-Theater Tender (ITT) program all rates effective on or after March 1, 2008 shall include FRV coverage. The current rate cycle will expire February 29, 2008, with the next rate cycle beginning on March 1, 2008 and shall be inclusive of FRV coverage. For the Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) program, shipments ordered with a date on or after March 1, 2008 shall include FRV coverage. New rates that include the cost of providing FRV must be postmarked between December 16, 2007 and January 15, 2008. All DPM contracts will be modified to require the provision of FRV by March 1, 2008. (See Traffic Management Advisory released by USTRANSCOM, September 13, 2007).
Availability of Non-Exclusive, Exclusive License or Partially Exclusive Licensing of U.S. Patent Concerning Polymerization of Aromatic Monomers Using Derivatives of Hematin
In accordance with 37 CFR 404.6, announcement is made of the availability for licensing of U.S. Patent No. U.S. 7,294,686 entitled ``Polymerization of Aromatic Monomers Using Derivatives of Hematin'' issued November 13, 2007. This patent has been assigned to the United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Army.