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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 the Federal Register dated April 7, 2006 (71 FR 17845).

Draft EISs

EIS No. 20060300, ERP No. D-AFS-J65469-CO, White River National Forest Travel Management Plan, To Accommodate and Balance Transportation Needs, Implementation, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit Counties, CO.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for adverse impacts to water quality from non-system roads and from roads needing repair or maintenance. The final EIS should address the strategy for implementing effective enforcement and compliance with new road designations and restrictions, as well as repairing and maintaining existing roads.

Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20060501, ERP No. D-BLM-K65323-00, Yuma Field Office (YFO) Resource Management Plan, Provide Direction Managing Public Lands, Implementation, Yuma, La Paz and Maricopa Counties, AZ and Imperial and Riverside Counties, CA.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts from off-highway vehicles and requested clarification on the Travel Management Network, and recommends restricting OHV usage and implementing other mitigation measures.

Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20070007, ERP No. D-NPS-G65103-NM, Bandelier National Monument, Ecological Restoration Plan, Reestablish Healthy, Sustainable Vegetative Conditions within the Pinon-Juniper Woodland, Los Alamos and Sandoval Counties, NM.

Summary: EPA does not object to the preferred action.

Rating LO.

EIS No. 20070015, ERP No. D-CDB-C80016-NY, East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project, Revitalization, Connecting Whitehall Ferry Terminal and Peter Minuit Plaza to East River Park, Funding New York, NY.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about traffic and related air quality impacts.

Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20070016, ERP No. D-COE-F36167-OH, Dover Dam Safety Assurance Program Project, Modifications and Upgrades, Funding, Muskingum River Basin, Tscarawas County, OH.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the proposed approach to remediate potential hazardous wastes that may be present in the project area, and recommended that a detailed evaluation and remediation plan be developed and included in the Final EIS to support the proposed approach.

Rating EC2.

EIS No. 20070025, ERP No. D-AFS-L65531-OR, Invasive Plant Treatments within the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland, Reduction of Invasive Plant Infestation and Protection of Uninfested Areas, Implementation, Several Cos. OR.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential adverse impacts to water quality from both herbicides and sediment. The final EIS should include information about aquatic invasive plant infestations and how these would be treated to prevent deterioration of water quality.

Rating EC1.

EIS No. 20070026, ERP No. D-FRC-G03033-LA, Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline Project, Natural Gas Pipeline Facilities, Construction and Operation, U.S. Army COE Section 10 and 404 Permits, Evangeline, Cameron, and Acadia Parishes, LA.

Summary: EPA does not object to the preferred actions as described in the DEIS.

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Rating LO.

Final EISs

EIS No. 20060459, ERP No. F-NPS-J61108-SD, Badlands National Park/North Unit General Management Plan, Implementation, Jackson, Pennington and Shananon Counties, SD.

Summary: The final EIS addressed EPA's concerns about impacts on water quality and riparian habitat; however, we continue to have concerns about the downward trend in air quality, which is believed to be due to human-caused sources and fires within and outside of the Park. EPA encourages the NPS to continue taking actions to mitigate these sources of air pollution in and around the Park.

EIS No. 20060470, ERP No. F-FHW-J40170-CO, I-25 Valley Highway Project, Transportation Improvement from Logan to U.S. 6, Denver County, CO.

Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project.

EIS No. 20070012, ERP No. F-FHW-K40258-CA, Campus Parkway Project, Construction of a New Expressway from Mission Avenue Interchange to Yosemite Avenue/Lake Road, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, City of Merced, Merced County, CA.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential indirect and cumulative impacts associated with induced growth.

EIS No. 20070022, ERP No. F-AFS-F65062-MN, Echo Trail Area Forest Management Project, Forest Vegetation Management and Related Transportation System, Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, Implementation, Lacroix Ranger District and Kawishiwi Ranger District, St. Louis and Lake Counties, MN.

Summary: The final EIS addressed previous concerns regarding mitigation for impacts to water quality and operational maintenance of logging equipment; therefore, EPA does not object to the proposed action.

EIS No. 20070037, ERP No. F-FHW-J40165-MT, U.S. Highway 89, Improvements, from Browning to Hudson Bay Divide, Endangered Species Act, NPDES Permit and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Glacier County, MT.

Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to water quality, wetlands, and aquatic habitat, as well as impacts to wildlife and wildlife movement.

EIS No. 20070040, ERP No. F-DOD-A10076-00, Programmatic—Missile Defense Agency, To Incrementally Develop, Test, Deploy, and Plan for Decommissioning of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency.

EIS No. 20070043, ERP No. F-AFS-K65302-CA, Commercial Park Stock Permit Reissuance for the Sierra National Forest and Trail Management Plan for the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Application Reissuance Special-Use-Permit, Mariposa, Madera and Fresno Counties, CA.

Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency.

EIS No. 20070086, ERP No. F-USA-D15000-VA, Fort Lee, Virginia and Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia Project, Implementation of Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Recommendations and Other Army Actions, Prince George County, Petersburg, Virginia Hopewell, Virginia; Caroline County, Essex County, VA.

Summary: The Final EIS adequately addressed EPA's comments; therefore, EPA does not object to the proposed project.

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Dated: March 27, 2007.

Ken Mittelholtz,

Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Federal Activities.

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[FR Doc. E7-5905 Filed 3-29-07; 8:45 am]

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