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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No.

14 / Tuesday, January 22, 2008 / Notices 3691

Early Notice of Importance of Public (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Kountze and one-half mile west of U.S.
Participation in Subsequent Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section Highway 69/287, and will be adjacent to
Environmental Review 21) an existing Entergy electrical substation.
Dated: January 15, 2008. Construction on the proposal is
A draft environmental impact Clifford J. Dils, expected to commence in June 2008
statement will be prepared for comment. Forest Supervisor. with an expected completion date of
The comment period on the draft [FR Doc. E8–982 Filed 1–18–08; 8:45 am] May 2009. The generation facility will
environmental impact statement will be be constructed, owned, operated, and
45 days from the date the maintained by ETEC.
Environmental Protection Agency
The generation units at the HCPF will
publishes the notice of availability in DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE consist of two (2) natural gas fired
the Federal Register. The Forest Service combustion turbines that have a net
believes, at this early stage, it is Rural Utilities Service output of 84 MW each. The proposal
important to give reviewers notice of will require the construction of a 1,200
several court rulings related to public East Texas Electric Cooperative:
Notice of Availability of an foot 230 kV transmission line to
participation in the environmental interconnect with Entergy’s existing
review process. First, reviewers of draft EnvironmentalAssessment
Cypress substation. The output of the
environmental impact statements must AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA. HCPF will be used to meet ETEC’s
structure their participation in the ACTION: Notice of availability of an power and energy requirements in east
environmental review of the proposal so Environmental Assessment for public Texas, along with providing added
that it is meaningful and alerts an review. reliability and stability to the region’s
agency to the reviewer’s position and power and transmission system.
contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service
(RUS), an agency delivering the United Alternatives considered by USDA
Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553
States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and ETEC included:
(1978). Also, environmental objections
(USDA) Rural Development Utilities (a) No action; (b) alternate generation
that could be raised at the draft
Programs, hereinafter referred to as alternatives, and (c) other electrical
environmental impact statement stage
Rural Development, is issuing an alternatives. An Environmental Report
but that are not raised until after
Environmental Assessment (EA) related (ER) that described the proposal in
completion of the final environmental detail and discusses its anticipated
impact statement may be waived or to possible financial assistance to East
Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) of environmental impacts has been
dismissed by the courts. City of Angoon prepared by ETEC. The USDA Rural
v. Hodel, 803 F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. Nacogdoches, Texas, for the proposed
construction of approximately 168 MW Development has accepted the ER as its
1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. EA for the proposal. The EA is available
Harris, 490 F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D. simple cycle combustion turbine
generation station in Hardin County, for public review at the addresses
Wis. 1980). Because of these court provided above in this Notice.
rulings, it is very important that those Texas. ETEC is requesting USDA Rural
interested in this proposed action Development to provide financial Written comments received by the
participate by the close of the 45-day assistance for the proposed project. due date will be considered in the
comment period so that substantive DATES: Written comments on this Notice environmental impact determination.
comments and objections are made must be received on or before February Should USDA Rural Development
available to the Forest Service at a time 16, 2008. determine, based on the EA of the
when it can meaningfully consider them ADDRESSES: To send questions and proposal, that the impacts of the
and respond to them in the final comments or for further information, construction and operation of the
environmental impact statement. contact: Dennis Rankin, Environmental proposal would not have a significant
Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural environmental impact, it will prepare a
To assist the Forest Service in Development Utilities Programs,
identifying and considering issues and Finding of No Significant Impact. Public
Engineering and Environmental Staff, notification of a Finding of No
concerns on the proposed action, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop
comments on the draft environmental Significant Impact will be published in
1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, the Federal Register and in newspapers
impact statement should be as specific telephone (202) 720–1953, or e-mail:
as possible. It is also helpful if with circulation in the project area.
dennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov. The EA
comments refer to specific pages or Any final action by USDA Rural
will be available for public review at the
chapters of the draft statement. Development related to the proposal
USDA Rural Development, Utilities
Comments may also address the will be subject to, and contingent upon,
Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue,
adequacy of the draft environmental compliance with all relevant federal,
SW., Washington, DC 20250–1571: at
impact statement or the merits of the state and local environmental laws and
the USDA Rural Development’s Web
alternatives formulated and discussed in regulations and completion of the
the statement. Reviewers may wish to environmental review procedures as
ees/ea.htm; at ETEC’s Web site—http://
refer to the Council on Environmental prescribed by USDA Rural Development
www.etec.coop/projects.html; and the
Quality Regulations for implementing Environmental Policies and Procedures
Kountze Public Library, 800 South
the procedural provisions of the (7 CFR 1794).
Redwood Avenue, Kountze, TX 77625.
National Environmental Policy Act at 40 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ETEC Dated: January 14, 2008.
CFR 1503.3 in addressing these points. is constructing the Hardin County Mark S. Plank,
sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES

Comments received, including the Peaking Facility (HCPF), a 168 MW Director, Engineering and Environmental
names and addresses of those who simple cycle combustion turbine Staff, USDA/Rural Development/Utilities
comment, will be considered part of the generation station, in Hardin County, Programs.
public record on this proposal and will Texas. The proposal is located [FR Doc. E8–955 Filed 1–18–08; 8:45 am]
be available for public inspection. approximately 6 miles southeast of BILLING CODE 3410–15–P

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