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Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Finding of No Significant Impact: City of Sumas, WA

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Department of State.


Notice of a finding of no significant impact with regard to an application to construct, operate and maintain a pipeline to transport water across the U.S.-Canada border.


The Department of State has conducted an environmental assessment of the proposed construction by the City of Sumas, Washington, of a pipeline for the transport of water crossing the international boundary near the City of Sumas, Washington. This information may be viewed upon request in the Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy at the Department of State.

Based on this information, the Department of State has concluded that issuance of a Presidential Permit authorizing construction of the pipeline will not have a significant effect on the existing vegetation and wildlife, water resources, land use, air quality and human population within the United States. In reaching this conclusion, the Department of State considered several alternatives, including a no-action alternative. Start Printed Page 39976

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 4321 et seq., Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, 40 CFR 1501.4 and 1508.13 and Department of State Regulations, 22 CFR 161.8 (C), an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.


Bill Memler, Office of International Energy Policy, Room 3535, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., 20520, (202) 647-4557.

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The City of Sumas is a municipality organized and chartered in the State of Washington. On October 14, 1999, the Department of State published a Notice of Application for a Presidential Permit in the Federal Register. No public comments were received and concerned agencies expressed no opposition to issuing the permit. A finding of no significant impact is adopted, and an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.

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Stephen Gallogly,

Director, Office of International Energy and Commodities Policy.

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[FR Doc. 00-16221 Filed 6-27-00; 8:45 am]