Atlantic Ocean off John F. Kennedy Space Center, FL; Restricted Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to revise its regulations to establish a new restricted area in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. The KSC is the main launch facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and they need to have the capability to secure their shoreline at KSC. This amendment to the existing regulations is necessary to enhance KSC's ability to secure their shoreline to counter postulated threats to their facilities and to provide for safe launch operations.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, Offshore Wind Demonstration Project Within the Pamlico Sound, Dare County, NC
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, Regulatory Division 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 Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, to construct up to three (3) power generating wind turbines within the Pamlico Sound and to conduct research relating to the development of future offshore wind energy projects. This project is located within a 3-mile square area located approximately 7.3 miles west of Avon and 9.1 miles north of Frisco within the Pamlico Sound, NC. In order to maximize exposure to prevailing winds, the turbines will be oriented in a northwest to southeast configuration (NW corner: Lat. 188.8.131.52 N, Long. 184.108.40.206 W/SE corner: Lat. 220.127.116.11 N, Long. 18.104.22.168 W). Construction will require barge-supported equipment to install the foundations supporting the turbines, rock aprons may be installed to protect the base of each structure, and an approximately 6-inch diameter electric cable will be buried within the bottom of Pamlico Sound for connection to an existing, land-based substation near the communities of either Avon, Buxton, Frisco, or Hatteras, NC. Power generated by this project would be supplied to the electric grid on Hatteras Island. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) will conduct research on the project to evaluate water user conflicts, ecological risks, engineering obstacles, and measures to mitigate the effects of the turbines on the public.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report for the Lower Walnut Creek General Reevaluation Report
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (USACE) intends to prepare a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the Lower Walnut Creek General Reevaluation Report (LWCGRR). USACE will serve as lead agency for compliance with NEPA, and the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (CCCFCWCD) will serve as lead agency for compliance with CEQA. The LWCGRR will evaluate alternatives, including a locally preferred plan, for providing flood risk management and ecosystem restoration along the northern portion of the Walnut Creek watershed in the Central Coast of California. The approximate drainage area of the proposed action and analysis is 180 square miles.
Extension of the Public Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Moffat Collection System Project, City and County of Denver, Adams County, Boulder County, Jefferson County, and Grand County, CO
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Omaha District is announcing a 16-day extension of the public comment period for the Moffat Collection System Project (Moffat Project) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). The originally announced comment period ends on March 1, 2010, but has been extended until March 17, 2010. The original Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56186) and included an initial 90-day comment period (October 30, 2009 to January 27, 2010). A second Notice of Availability announcing an extension of 32 days (January 27, 2010 to March 1, 2010) was issued on December 18, 2009 (74 FR 67180).
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the State of Alaska's Proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) Natural Gas Transportation Pipeline
In December 4, 2009, issue of the Federal Register (74 FR 63736), the Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to identify and analyze the potential impacts associated with the construction of the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) natural gas transportation pipeline. In that notice, the Alaska District stated that the scoping period would end on February 5, 2010. In response to several requests, the Alaska District has decided to extend the scoping period to March 8, 2010.
Notice of Availability for a Draft General Conformity Determination for the Pacific L.A. Marine Terminal LLC Crude Oil Terminal Project, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
In November 2008, the Los Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division (Corps) published a joint Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) for the development of a marine oil terminal at Berth 408 on Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California (Project). The Corps is currently processing a permit application submitted by the LAHD to undertake various activities and construct structures in and over navigable waters of the U.S. associated with the Project. Issuance of a Corps permit is a Federal action, which must comply with the air quality general conformity requirements specified in Section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act.
Process for Requesting a Variance From Vegetation Standards for Levees and Floodwalls
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to update its current process for requesting a variance from vegetation standards for levees and floodwalls to reflect organizational changes and incorporate current agency-wide review processes.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Dam Safety Assurance Program Modification Report for the Isabella Dam Project, Kern County, CA
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest, intends to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Federal action to remediate seismic, seepage, and hydrologic dam safety concerns at the Isabella Lake main and auxiliary dams. Isabella Lake is located on the Kern River approximately 45 miles northeast of Bakersfield, Kern County, California. The proposed action is being conducted through the Corps' Dam Safety Assurance Program (DSAP) for the evaluation of existing dams.