[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 37 (Friday, February 24, 2006)]
[Pages 9540-9541]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-2661]




Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of 
EPA Comments

    Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental 
Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and 
Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. 
Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of 
Federal Activities at 202-564-7167.
    An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental 
impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 1, 2005 (70 FR 

Draft EISs

EIS No. 20050428, ERP No. D-FRC-K03028-CA, Long Beach Liquefied Natural 
Gas (LNG) Import Project, Construction and Operation of a LNG Receiving 
Terminal and Associated Facilities, U.S. Army COE 10 and 404 Permits, 
Long Beach, CA.

    Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the projected 
modeled exceedance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for 
fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from operational emissions of the 
project. EPA believes there are additional control measures that could 
be evaluated to mitigate the proposed projects impact on ambient PM2.5 
concentrations. Concerns were also expressed about localized air 
emission impacts to surrounding communities and the safety risk 
evaluation of the onsite storage of certain products. Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20050487, ERP No. D-NRS-J36054-UT, Coal Creek Flood Control

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and Parkway Project, Proposed Channel Improvements, Two Irrigation 
Division Structures on Coal Creek (the Main Street Diversion and the 
Woodbury Diversion), Cedar City, Iron County, UT.

    Summary: EPA expressed concerns about the formulation of the 
purpose and need statement and the limited range of alternatives 
analyzed, and requested clarification about air quality impacts the 
cumulative impacts analysis and whether the impacts in the riparian 
area have been significant enough to warrant mitigation. Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20050432, ERP No. DS-FHW-E40714-GA, US 411 Connector, From 
US411/GA-20 Interchange with US41 to US 411 Interchange with I-75, 
Updated Information, Funding and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, 
Bartow County, GA.

    Summary: EPA has expressed environmental concerns about the 
proposed project because of the potential for significant direct and 
indirect impacts to water quality and threatened and endangered fish 
species as well as water quality. Rating EC2.

Final EISs

EIS No. 20050238, ERP No. F-AFS-J36053-UT, Monticello and Blanding 
Municipal Watershed Improvement Projects, Implementation, Manti-La Sal 
National Forest, Monticello Ranger District, San Juan County, UT.

    Summary: EPA supports Alternative C which should reduce the wetland 
and stream impacts associated with replacement of the water collection 
and piping systems for the municipal water supply system for the City 
of Monticello. EPA remains concerned about the level of ecological 
benefits attributed to logging spruce stands at risk for a spruce 
beetle invasion.

EIS No. 20050313, ERP No. F-DOE-J39033-UT, Moab Uranium Mill Trailings 
Remediation, Proposal to Clean Up Surface Contamination and Implement a 
Ground Water Strategy, Grand and San Juan Counties, UT.

    Summary: EPA supports the Department of Energy's selection of the 
Crescent Junction off-site location and the movement of these tailings 
by rail. This location has the least environmental and cultural impact 
of any of the alternatives considered. The stable geologic and surface 
conditions at the Crescent Junction alternative will provide isolation 
of these tailings without public health risks for the long term. Moving 
these tailings by rail will avoid disruption of highway traffic and can 
be accomplished in the least amount of time.

EIS No. 20050439, ERP No. F-COE-E09810-MS, Enhanced Evaluation of 
Cumulative Effects Associated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Permitting Activity for Large-Scale Development in Coastal Mississippi, 
Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Mississippi Counties, MS.

    Summary: EPA supports the use of the proposed permitting 
methodologies along with the trends analysis approach.

    EIS No. 20060012, ERP No. FS-COE-K60105-CA, U.S. Army National 
Training Center, Additional Maneuver Training Land at Fort Irwin, 
Implementation, San Bernardino County, CA.

    Summary: EPA's concerns were addressed in the EIS; therefore, EPA 
had no objection to the proposed project.

    Dated: February 21, 2006.
Robert W. Hargrove,
Director, NEPA Compliance Division Office of Federal Activities.
 [FR Doc. E6-2661 Filed 2-23-06; 8:45 am]