The Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for United States Department of the Navy Training Activities in the Gulf of Alaska has been published in the Federal Register (Wednesday, January 16, 2013). The Notice of Intent document is available in the following formats: Text, PDF, View on Federal Register Website.
Federal Register, Volume 78 Issue 11 (Wednesday, January 16, 2013)
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 11 (Wednesday, January 16, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00847]
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Department of the Navy
Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplement to the Gulf of Alaska
Navy Training Activities Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas
Environmental Impact Statement and to Announce Public Scoping
AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on
Environmental Quality Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
parts 1500-1508), and Executive Order 12114, the Department of the Navy
(DoN) announces its intent to prepare a supplement to the 2011 Gulf of
Alaska Navy Training Activities Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/
Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS). The SEIS/OEIS will
support authorization of incidental takes of marine mammals under the
Marine Mammal Protection Act and incidental takes of threatened and
endangered marine species, under the Endangered Species Act. These
federal regulatory permits and authorizations expire in May 2016. The
DoN will evaluate new, relevant information and incorporate that
information into revised analyses where appropriate. The SEIS/OEIS will
also analyze data using an acoustic model not available for the 2011
EIS/OEIS, the Navy Acoustics Effects Model, to estimate potential
marine species effects.
The DoN has requested the National Marine Fisheries Service be a
cooperating agency in preparation of this SEIS/OEIS pursuant to 40 CFR
Dates and Addresses: Given that the DoN's Proposed Action and
alternatives have not changed, public scoping meetings will not be
held, but public comments will be accepted during the scoping period
from January 16, 2013 to March 18, 2013. The DoN will accept scoping
comments through the Web site
and mail. Additional information concerning acceptance of scoping
comments is available on the SEIS/OEIS web page located at: http://www.GOAEIS.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Amy Burt, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203,
Silverdale, Washington 98315-1101, Attn: GOA SEIS/OEIS Project Manager.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This SEIS/OEIS is a supplement to the 2011
Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities EIS/OEIS and Record of
Decision. The SEIS/OEIS will be used to renew current regulatory
permits and authorizations and to support U.S. Pacific Command,
Northern Command, and Joint Task Force Commander training requirements
to achieve and maintain Fleet readiness as required by Title 10 of the
U.S. Code. The DoN's Proposed Action is to continue DoN training in the
Gulf of Alaska as detailed under the Preferred Alternative in the 2011
EIS/OEIS, and implemented with the 2011 EIS/OEIS Record of Decision.
The Proposed Action does not alter the DoN's original purpose and need
or alternative analysis as discussed in the 2011 EIS/OEIS; therefore,
the alternative analysis presented in the EIS/OEIS remains relevant and
is not proposed to be reanalyzed in the SEIS/OEIS. The continued
conduct of at-sea joint exercises in the Gulf of Alaska is needed to
support the training of combat-capable naval forces. An SEIS/OEIS is
considered to be the appropriate document as the DoN's Proposed Action
may significantly impact or harm marine resources.
Resources that will be addressed due to the potential effects from
the Proposed Action, new available scientific data, and modeling
results will include, but are not limited to, marine mammals and
threatened and endangered species.
The Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Navy Training Activities SEIS/OEIS Study
Area consists of three components: (1) the GOA Temporary Maritime
Activities Area, (2) U.S. Air Force over-land Special Use Airspace and
air routes over the GOA and State of Alaska, and (3) U.S. Army training
lands underlying Special Use Airspace. Collectively, for the purposes
of the SEIS/OEIS, these areas are referred to as the Alaska Training
Areas. The U.S. Air Force Special Use Airspace and U.S. Army training
lands were previously analyzed for NEPA purposes under separate
environmental documents and are not included in the analysis in this
SEIS/OEIS but are included by reference.
The scoping process will be used to identify community concerns and
local issues that will be addressed in the SEIS/OEIS. Federal agencies,
Alaska Native Tribes, state agencies, local agencies, the public, and
interested persons are encouraged to provide comments to the DoN to
identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern. All
comments, provided via the Web site or in writing via postal
submission, will receive the same consideration during SEIS/OEIS
preparation. Written comments must be postmarked, and Web site comments
must be completed no later than March 18, 2013. Written comments should
be mailed to: Mrs. Amy Burt, Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, Washington 98315-
1101, Attn: GOA SEIS/OEIS Project Manager.
Dated: January 11, 2013.
C. K. Chiappetta,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy,
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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