Natural Resources Conservation Service September 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of the Record of Decisions (ROD) for Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) Fayetteville/Greenville Expansion Project
Document Number: E8-22332
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice presents the Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) to cross NRCS held conservation easements associated with the Arkansas Fayetteville Lateral to Mississippi Greenville Lateral Expansion Project in Humphreys County, Mississippi. The project will affect approximately one NRCS held WRP easement in Mississippi creating a 50- foot permanent right-of-way, being 5 feet on each side of the center of the pipeline, and the temporary right-of-way shall be no greater than 25 feet wide. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FERC issued the order of issuing certificate on May 2, 2008.
Denbury Onshore, LLC 24″ CO2
Document Number: E8-22331
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Denbury Onshore, LLC 24'' CO2 Delhi PipelineMadison and Richland Parishes, Louisiana and Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo Counties, Mississippi.
Regulations for Complying With the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: E8-22090
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS or Agency) published an Interim Final Rule on June 25, 2008, amending its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance regulations by clarifying the appropriate use of a program environmental assessment (EA) and by aligning its NEPA public involvement process with that of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations that implement NEPA. Both changes would better align the Agency regulations with the CEQ NEPA regulations and provide for the efficient and timely environmental review of NRCS actions, particularly those actions where Congress has directed NRCS action within short time periods of 60-90 days. The Council on Environmental Quality, in accordance with their regulations, reviewed and approved the proposed changes on June 11, 2008. The comment period on the interim final rule closed on July 25, 2008. No comments were received on the interim final rule. Accordingly, NRCS is issuing this final rule to indicate that no comments were received and to announce that the interim rule is final without change.
Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Docket Nos. CP08-6-000, PF07-4-000 FERC EIS 0220F; May 2008
Document Number: E8-22093
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650), the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent), to cross NRCS held conservations easements associated with the Midcontinent Project in Madison Parish, LA and Fannin County, Texas. On October 9, 2007, Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent) filed an application under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct and operate a pipeline and facilities to be known as the Midcontinent Express Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this document was to make public the analysis of the environmental impacts that would likely result from the construction and operation of the proposed Project. The NRCS participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The project will affect approximately 5 NRCS held Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements by creating a 50 ft. permanent right of way (within a 100 ft. construction right of way) that extends for approximately 506 miles of which 1.41 miles is over lands encumbered under WRP easements located in Madison Parish, Louisiana and Fannin, Texas.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E8-21653
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Deep Tillage (Code 324); Waste Transfer (Code 634); and, Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment (Code 654). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land or on land determined to be a wetland.
White Tanks No. 4 Flood Retarding Structure Rehabilitation Plan, Maricopa County, AZ
Document Number: E8-20533
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regulations (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the White Tanks No. 4 Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) Rehabilitation Plan, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Plant Materials Centers (PMC)
Document Number: E8-20401
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Minor editorial changes are being made to clarify and update the existing regulation. These changes do not significantly affect part 613, however we present the entire part, as amended, for the convenience of the reader.