National Indian Gaming Commission February 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Final Conformity Determination for the Proposed Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Casino and Hotel Project, Sonoma County, CA
Document Number: E9-4263
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
In accordance with Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NIGC, in cooperation with the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria (the ``Graton Rancheria''), has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for a proposed casino and hotel project/action to be located in Sonoma County, California. The purpose of the proposed project/action is to help address the socio-economic needs of the Graton Rancheria. The FEIS includes an analysis of potential environmental impacts on those resources as a result of implementing each of the alternatives. A Response to Comments document is included within the FEIS which provides agency responses to substantive environmental comments raised during the DEIS comment period. The alternatives considered in detail within the FEIS are: (A) A casino/ hotel project on the ``Wilfred Site'' (the proposed project/action), (B, C) a casino/hotel project on the ``Stony Point Site,'' (D) a reduced intensity casino/hotel project on the ``Stony Point'' site, (E) an alternate use project on the ``Stony Point'' site, (F) a casino/ hotel project on the ``Lakeville Site,'' (G) a no proposed project/ action alternative, and (H) a reduced intensity casino/hotel on the ``Wilfred Site.'' This notice advises the public that the NIGC has filed the FEIS with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In accordance with Section 176 of the Clean Air Act 42 U.S.C. 7506, and the EPA general conformity regulations 40 CFR part 93, subpart B, a Final Conformity Determination (FCD) has been prepared for the proposed project. The FCD is contained within Appendix W of the FEIS.