Department of the Navy June 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of Finding
Document Number: E8-14811
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), implementing procedural provisions of NEPA, and Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, the Department of the Navy (DON) gives notice that a combined Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/Finding of No Significant Harm (FONSH) has been issued and is available for Expeditionary Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise (ESG COMPTUEX) July 2008.
Notice of Cancellation of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for TRIDENT Support Facilities Explosives Handling Wharf, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, Kitsap County, WA
Document Number: E8-14810
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
The Department of the Navy (DON) hereby cancels its notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for TRIDENT Support Facilities Explosives Handling Wharf, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, Kitsap County, WA, as published in the Federal Register, June 10, 2008 (73 FR 112). The previously published notice is cancelled because the DON has determined that this MILCON project is not ready for consideration in the current budget cycle and therefore the project will not be funded. DON will perform a thorough Business Case Analysis on this project, a thorough review and validation of the project requirement and timeline, and will explore and identify other alternative solutions to this $780M MILCON project.
Notice of Public Hearings for the Jacksonville Range Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E8-14541
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] Sec. 4321); the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508); Department of the Navy Procedures for Implementing NEPA (32 CFR 775); Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions; and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations implementing EO 12114 (32 CFR Part 187), the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) on June 18, 2008. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a Cooperating Agency for the EIS/OEIS. The EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts over a 10-year planning horizon associated with Navy Atlantic Fleet training; research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities; and associated range capabilities enhancements (including infrastructure improvements) within the existing Jacksonville (JAX) Range Complex Operating Area (OPAREA). The JAX Range Complex geographically encompasses offshore, near-shore, and onshore OPAREA, ranges, and special use airspace (SUA). Components of the JAX Range Complex encompass 50,090 square nautical miles (nm\2\) of sea space and 62,596 nm \2\ of SUA off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, as well as 20 miles\2\ of inland range area in north-central Florida. A Notice of Intent for this Draft EIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2007 (72 FR 3806). The Navy will conduct four public hearings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, and local agencies and interested individuals are invited to be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS. An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals to review the information presented in the JAX Range Complex Draft EIS/OEIS. Navy representatives will be available during the open house sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS/OEIS.
Notice of Public Hearings for the Virginia Capes Range Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E8-14539
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] 4321); the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508); Department of the Navy Procedures for Implementing NEPA (32 CFR 775); Executive Order (EO) 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions; and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations implementing EO 12114 (32 CFR 187) the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) on June 16, 2008. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a Cooperating Agency for the EIS/OEIS. The EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts over a 10-year planning horizon associated with Navy Atlantic Fleet training; research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities; and associated range capabilities enhancements (including infrastructure improvements) within the existing Virginia Capes (VACAPES) Range Complex Operating Area (OPAREA). The components of the VACAPES Range Complex include 28,672 square nautical miles (nm\2\) of special use area (SUA) warning area; 27,661 nm\2\ of offshore surface and subsurface OPAREA; and 18,092 nm\2\ of deep ocean area greater than 100 fathoms (600 feet). The geographic scope of the EIS/OEIS includes the airspace, seaspace, and undersea space of the VACAPES Range Complex. This area is referred to as the VACAPES Study Area. The VACAPES Study Area does not include any dry land. However, it does include the area from the mean high tide line east (seaward) to the 3nm boundary of the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. This 3-nm state boundary also serves as the western boundary of the VACAPES OPAREA. The VACAPES Study Area also includes 420 nm\2\ of the lower Chesapeake Bay. A Notice of Intent (NOI) for the EIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2006 (Federal Register Volume 71, No. 236, pp 71143-71145). A revised NOI was issued in the Federal Register (Volume 72, No. 171, pp 50940-50941) on September 5, 2007 when training areas in the southern Chesapeake Bay were identified for analysis. The Navy will conduct four public hearings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, and local agencies and interested individuals are invited to be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft EIS/OEIS. An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals to review the information presented in the VACAPES Range Complex Draft EIS/OEIS. Navy representatives will be available during the open house sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS/OEIS.
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
Document Number: E8-14196
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS TRUXTUN (DDG 103) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
Document Number: E8-14195
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
Document Number: E8-13857
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Use of Pinecastle Training Range, Florida
Document Number: E8-13284
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (DON) announces its intent to prepare a SEIS on the use of Pinecastle Training Range in Florida. The SEIS supplements the FEIS for ``Renewal of Authorization to Use Pinecastle Range, Ocala National Forest, Florida'' dated January 2002. The Record of Decision for the FEIS for ``Renewal of Authorization to Use Pinecastle Range, Ocala National Forest, Florida'' was dated March 29, 2002 and published in the Federal Register on April 10, 2002 (67 FR 17418). Pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9, a SEIS is being prepared for the limited purpose of supplementing the 2002 FEIS to analyze new information regarding Range Compatibility Zones (RCZs) and to assess the effectiveness of existing mitigation measures to determine if any additional mitigation measures or a modification to the governing range Operating Plan are warranted. After completion of the 2002 FEIS, a new safety modeling program was adopted by the Navy. This new modeling program, SAFERANGE, when applied to current training operations, indicates that the Range Compatibility Zones, formerly referred to as Range Safety Zones, are larger than previously modeled. Impacts associated with this significant new information are the focus of the SEIS. The new RCZs could affect the following counties in Florida: Marion, Lake, Volusia, and Putnam. The SEIS will analyze the environmental effects resulting from the revised RCZs and the effectiveness of existing mitigation measures to determine if additional actions or modifications to the range Operating Plan are necessary to maintain public safety and ensure range sustainability. The SEIS will also evaluate past, present and reasonably foreseeable future land use proposals and forestry actions from a cumulative impacts perspective. The SEIS will not propose any changes to the Fleet's Training and Readiness Program. The targets, ordnance, method of delivery (air-to- ground), and volume of munitions utilized at Pinecastle for military training are not changing, and, therefore, will not be re-analyzed in the SEIS. The Navy is also initiating a public scoping period for the SEIS with this announcement. Public input is requested to ensure the scope of the SEIS analysis incorporates public concerns and affords the public an input in the decision-making process. Dates and Addresses: The Navy must receive scoping comments within 30 days of June 12, 2008. Comments may be submitted by mail or electronically through the project Web site at www.pinecastleseis.com. Mail scoping comments to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Attention: Mr. Richard Davis (Code EV21), 2155 Eagle Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for TRIDENT Support Facilities Explosives Handling Wharf, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, Kitsap County, WA and To Announce Public Scoping Meeting
Document Number: E8-12993
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
Pursuant to section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (Navy) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of a proposed new Explosives Handling Wharf (EHW) located adjacent to, but separate from, the existing EHW on Hood Canal, NBK-Bangor, WA, to support TRIDENT submarines. The proposed action consists of in-water and land-based construction and infrastructure enhancements including a covered ordnance operations area, a support building on the wharf, and a warping wharf. As part of the Navy's sea-based strategic deterrence mission, the Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) directs research, development, manufacturing, test, evaluation, and operational support of the TRIDENT Fleet Ballistic Missile program. SSP is the Action Proponent and the Navy is the lead agency for this project. The Navy will hold a public scoping meeting for the purpose of further identifying the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. Federal, State, and local agencies and the public are invited to participate in the scoping process for the EIS. Comments are being solicited to help identify significant issues or concerns related to the proposed action, determine the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS, and identify and refine alternatives to the proposed action. The Navy will conduct a public scoping meeting to receive oral and/ or written comments on environmental concerns that should be addressed in the EIS. The public scoping meeting will be conducted in English and will be arranged in an informal, open house format. Attendees will be asked to sign in and will be directed to various stations manned by Navy representatives and technical staff assigned to provide information and answer questions. Several large display boards will be located throughout the meeting location to assist attendees in understanding the project and the alternatives. A comment table, supplied with comment sheets, will be placed in an easily accessible and comfortable location. Fact sheets about the project and alternatives will be available to participants.
Notice of Closed Meeting of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel
Document Number: E8-12962
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Navy Department
The CNO Executive Panel will report on the findings and recommendations of the Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee to the Chief of Naval Operations. The meeting will consist of discussions of current and future Navy strategy, plans, and policies to both increase the Navy's energy efficiency and reduce the Navy's environmental footprint while maintaining combat readiness.