Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices                                              54...
54570                     Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices

Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices                                            5457...
54572                     Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices

Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices                                                ...
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  1. 1. Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices 54569 Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are 2004; and (2) the relative effectiveness DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, October 7, encouraged to submit responses of the law in achieving its purposes. The 2008, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. electronically by e-mail to IDEA National Assessment PLACE: U.S. Election Assistance oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or via fax Implementation Study (NAIS) will Commission, 1225 New York Ave., NW., to (202) 395–6974. Commenters should inform the National Assessment by Suite 150, Washington, DC 20005 include the following subject line in providing a representative, national (Metro Stop: Metro Center). their response ‘‘Comment: [insert OMB picture of the implementation of early AGENDA: Commissioners will consider number], [insert abbreviated collection intervention and special education and vote on Draft EAC Guidance to name, e.g., ‘‘Upward Bound policies and practices at the state and States Regarding Material Changes to Evaluation’’]. Persons submitting district levels with a focus on new State Plans. Commissioners will comments electronically should not provisions included in IDEA 2004. Data consider and vote on the accreditation submit paper copies. collection will include three surveys of of CIBER, Inc. Commissioners will SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section state administrators: (1) All State Part B consider a Draft Working Group Policy 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of administrators responsible for programs [formally known as Draft Policy for Joint 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires providing special education services to Partnership Task Force of EAC and State that the Office of Management and school aged children with disabilities Election Officials Regarding Spending of Budget (OMB) provide interested (6–21); (2) all State 619 coordinators HAVA Funds]. Commissioners will Federal agencies and the public an early who oversee preschool programs for discuss revisions to the advisory opportunity to comment on information children with disabilities ages 3–5, and; opinion process. The Commission will collection requests. OMB may amend or (3) all State IDEA Part C coordinators consider other administrative matters. waive the requirement for public who are responsible for early This meeting will be open to the consultation to the extent that public intervention programs serving infants public. participation in the approval process and toddlers. A fourth survey will PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: would defeat the purpose of the collect district level data from a Bryan Whitener, Telephone: (202) 566– information collection, violate State or nationally representative sample of local 3100. Federal law, or substantially interfere special education administrators about with any agency’s ability to perform its preschool and school-age programs for Thomas R. Wilkey, statutory obligations. The IC Clearance children with disabilities ages 3–21. The Election Director, U.S. Election Assistance Official, Regulatory Information U.S. Department of Education has Commission. Management Services, Office of commissioned Abt Associates to [FR Doc. E8–22130 Filed 9–17–08; 4:15 pm] Management, publishes that notice conduct this study. BILLING CODE 6820–KF–P containing proposed information Requests for copies of the information collection requests prior to submission collection submission for OMB review of these requests to OMB. Each may be accessed from http:// DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY proposed information collection, edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the grouped by office, contains the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and Notice of Intent to Prepare an following: (1) Type of review requested, by clicking on link number 3753. When Environmental Impact Statement and e.g. new, revision, extension, existing or you access the information collection, Notice of Proposed Floodplain and reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to Wetlands Involvement for the Kemper the collection; (4) Description of the view. Written requests for information County IGCC Project, Kemper County, need for, and proposed use of, the should be addressed to U.S. Department MS information; (5) Respondents and of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, AGENCY: Department of Energy. frequency of collection; and (6) SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. ACTION:Notice of Intent and Notice of Reporting and/or Recordkeeping Requests may also be electronically Proposed Floodplain and Wetlands burden. OMB invites public comment. mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed Involvement. Dated: September 16, 2008. to 202–401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Angela C. Arrington, collection when making your request. Energy (DOE) announces its intent to IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Comments regarding burden and/or Management Services, Office of Management. prepare an Environmental Impact the collection activity requirements Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Institute of Education Sciences should be electronically mailed to Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of Type of Review: New Collection. ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et Title: Individuals with Disabilities use a telecommunications device for the seq.), the Council on Environmental Education Act (IDEA) 2004 National deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Quality NEPA regulations (40 CFR Parts Assessment Implementation Study Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 1500–1508), and the DOE NEPA (NAIS). 800–877–8339. regulations (10 CFR Part 1021), to assess Frequency: Other: One time. [FR Doc. E8–22041 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] the potential environmental impacts Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal BILLING CODE 4000–01–P associated with the construction and Gov’t, SEAs or LEAs (primary). operation of a project proposed by Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Southern Company, through its affiliate Burden: Mississippi Power Company Responses: 541. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION (Mississippi Power), which has been Burden Hours: 1,021. selected by DOE for consideration for sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Abstract: The current reauthorization Sunshine Act Notice cost-shared funding under the Clean of IDEA (2004) instructs the Department AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) program. In of Education to carry out a National Commission. addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Assessment of the law to measure: (1) Engineers will be a cooperating agency ACTION: Notice of public meeting. 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  2. 2. 54570 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices U.S. Environmental Protection Agency present at the informal session to the CCPI program plans to advance Region IV has expressed an interest in discuss the proposed project and the EIS selected coal technologies to also participating in the preparation of process. commercialization. the EIS as a cooperating agency. The ADDRESSES: Written comments on the The Energy Policy Act of 2005 proposed project would demonstrate proposed EIS scope and requests to established a Federal loan guarantee Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle participate in the public scoping program for eligible energy projects that (IGCC) technology using lignite coal as meeting should be addressed to: Mr. employ innovative technologies. Title a feedstock for a new electrical Richard A. Hargis, U.S. Department of XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 generating plant at a site in Kemper Energy, National Energy Technology authorizes the Secretary of Energy to County, Mississippi. The facilities Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, make loan guarantees for a variety of would convert lignite coal into P.O. Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236– types of projects, including projects that synthesis gas for generating electricity 0940. Individuals who would like to ‘‘avoid, reduce, or sequester air while minimizing sulfur dioxide, oxides orally or electronically provide pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen, mercury, and particulate comments should contact Mr. Hargis of greenhouse gases; and employ new or emissions as compared to conventional directly by telephone: 412–386–6065; significantly improved technologies as lignite-fired power plants. toll-free number: 1–888–322–7436; fax: compared to commercial technologies in The EIS will help DOE decide 412–386–4604; or electronic mail: service in the United States at the time whether to provide a total of $294 Richard.Hargis@netl.doe.gov. the guarantee is issued.’’ Section million in cost-shared funding (15% or 1703(a)(1), 42 U.S.C. 16513. Mississippi FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For less of the total project cost, which is Power has submitted a pre-application information about this project or to currently projected to be greater than $2 to DOE and was invited to submit a receive a copy of the draft EIS when it billion) for the proposed project under formal application for a loan guarantee. is issued, contact Mr. Richard A. Hargis Proposed Action: The proposed action the CCPI program. In addition, the EIS as described above. For general would help DOE decide, pending for DOE is to provide a total of $294 information on the DOE NEPA process, million in cost-shared funding under receipt of an application from contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Mississippi Power, whether to provide a CCPI for the proposed project. DOE has Director, Office of NEPA Policy and already provided a portion of the total loan guarantee pursuant to the Energy Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department Policy Act of 2005. Accordingly, the EIS funding ($24.4 million) to Southern of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, Company for cost-sharing for will evaluate the potential impacts of SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103; the proposed project, connected actions, preliminary design and project telephone: 202–586–4600; fax: 202– definition, prior to completion of the and reasonable alternatives. The 586–7031; or leave a toll-free message at NEPA process. In addition, DOE may purpose of this Notice of Intent is to 1–800–472–2756. also provide a loan guarantee pursuant inform the public about the proposed SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: to section 1703 of the Energy Policy Act project; invite public participation in Background and Need for Agency of 2005. the EIS process; announce the plans for Action: Since the early 1970s, DOE and The proposed IGCC electricity a public scoping meeting; solicit public its predecessor agencies have pursued generating facility would be constructed comments for consideration in research and development programs on an undeveloped site of establishing the scope and content of that include long-term, technically approximately 1,650 acres in Kemper the EIS; and provide notice of proposed complex activities that support the County, Mississippi. The site is located floodplain and wetlands involvement. development of innovative concepts for in east-central Mississippi near the town DATES: To ensure that all of the issues a wide variety of coal technologies of Liberty, approximately 20 miles north related to this proposal are addressed, through the proof-of-concept stage. of the city of Meridian and consists DOE invites comments on the proposed However, the availability of a principally of uplands and some scope and content of the EIS from all technology at the proof-of-concept stage wetlands. The uplands are mostly of interested parties. Comments must be is not sufficient to ensure its continued managed pine timberlands, large received by October 23, 2008, to ensure development and subsequent portions of which have been clear-cut, consideration. Late comments will be commercialization. Before any while the wetlands are mostly mixed considered to the extent practicable. In technology can be considered seriously hardwood forest. Significant portions of addition to receiving comments in for commercialization, it must be the wetlands have been previously writing and by telephone, DOE will demonstrated at a sufficient scale to altered by human influences, including conduct a public scoping meeting in prove its reliability and to show clear-cutting and conversion to grazing which agencies, organizations, and economically competitive performance. areas. Siltation from upland silvaculture members of the general public are The financial risk associated with such has also previously impacted some invited to present oral comments or large-scale demonstration is, in general, wetlands. The generally undisturbed suggestions with regard to the range of too high for the private sector to assume wetlands on the site have a canopy of actions, alternatives, and potential in the absence of strong incentives. red maple, yellow poplar and sweet impacts to be considered in the EIS. The The CCPI program was established in gum. The site’s topography is scoping meeting will be held at Kemper 2002 as a government/industry characterized by undulating sand and County High School, 429 Philadelphia partnership to implement the clay hills, and elevations vary from 400 Road, DeKalb, Mississippi, at 7 p.m. on President’s National Energy Policy feet above sea level along an unnamed October 14, 2008. The public is also recommendation to increase investment tributary to Chickasawhay Creek in the invited to learn more about the in clean coal technology. The goal of the site’s southwestern corner to 500 feet proposed project at an informal session CCPI program is to accelerate above sea level in the site’s northeastern sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES at this location beginning at 5 p.m. commercial deployment of advanced corner. Displays and other forms of information coal technologies that provide the The IGCC facilities would occupy about the proposed agency action and United States with clean, reliable, and approximately 150 acres (or less than 10 the demonstration plant will be affordable energy. Through cooperative percent) of the site. The rest of the site available, and DOE personnel will be agreements established with industry, would remain undeveloped, with the VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1
  3. 3. Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices 54571 exception of new transmission lines, a draft cooling towers, synthesis gas mine area. Actual mining—the natural gas supply pipeline, a carbon cleanup facilities, and particulate uncovering and removal of lignite— dioxide (CO2) pipeline and site access filtration systems. The height of the would disturb approximately 275 acres and fuel handling infrastructure. proposed main stacks would be per year for about 40 years, or a total of The proposed facilities would approximately 325 feet above ground. about 11,000 acres. The mine would use demonstrate IGCC technology in a new The project would also require systems draglines and a truck and shovel power plant consisting of two lignite for coal handling and storage, as well as operation to remove the overburden, coal gasifiers with gas cleanup systems, plant roads, administration buildings, mine the lignite coal, and reclaim the two gas combustion turbines (CTs), two water and wastewater treatment site in accordance with a mine plan heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), systems, and ash handling and approved by the Mississippi Department a single steam turbine, and associated management facilities. Connected of Environmental Quality. Actual support facilities. Onsite non-potable actions would include a natural gas mining would disturb uplands and deep wells would provide supply pipeline, planned CO2 capture wetlands and require stream diversions. approximately 6 million gallons per day systems and CO2 pipeline, electric The lignite coal would be transported by of groundwater required for cooling transmission facilities, and a surface truck and/or overland conveyor. water makeup, steam cycle makeup, and lignite mine. Following lignite removal, other processes. The IGCC facility The overall objective of the project is approximately 275 acres per year of would produce synthesis gas from to demonstrate the feasibility of this mined land would be restored to lignite coal and use this gas to drive the selected IGCC technology at a size that approximate the pre-mine land contour two CTs. Hot exhaust gas from the gas would be attractive to utilities for and re-vegetated to a land use consistent turbines would generate steam from commercial operation. The lignite coal with a mine reclamation plan approved water in the HRSGs to drive the steam gasifier is based on a technology that by the Mississippi Department of turbine; all three turbines would Southern Company, KBR Inc., and DOE Environmental Quality. generate electricity. The gas turbines have been developing since 1996 at a The second type of landscape would be capable of operating on either research facility near Wilsonville, disturbance is the associated mining natural gas or synthesis gas. At full Alabama. The technology is unique disturbance that would result from the capacity, the two new lignite coal among coal gasification technologies in installation of facilities and structures gasifiers would be expected to use about that it is cost-effective when using low- supporting the actual mining operation. 12,000 tons of lignite coal per day to rank coal, including lignite, as well as Facilities would include an entrance produce synthesis gas. Combined, the coals with high moisture or high ash road, office, shop, fuel farm complex, three turbines would generate content. These coals comprise about dragline assembly area, employee and approximately 550 MW of electricity. half the proven U.S. and worldwide equipment parking areas, and electrical This combined-cycle approach of using reserves. Project activities would include substations and transmission lines. gas turbines and a steam turbine in engineering and design, permitting, Support structures would include tandem increases the amount of equipment procurement, construction, temporary reservoirs, ponds, and electricity that can be generated from a startup, operations, and demonstration associated stream diversions to route given amount of lignite coal. The proposed project would minimize of the commercial feasibility of the rainfall and surface water flows (e.g. sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, technology. If DOE decides to streams, drainages, and tributaries) from mercury, and particulate emissions as implement the proposed action upon undisturbed areas away from or around compared to conventional lignite-fired completing the EIS and issuing a Record areas where actual mining disturbance power plants. The project would be of Decision, the approximately 3-year would occur, and storm water expected to remove in excess of 99% of construction period would be expected sedimentation control ponds to retain the sulfur dioxide produced in the IGCC to commence in 2010, and operation of and treat surface runoff from areas process. The removal of nearly all of the the plant would be expected to begin in disturbed by the mining and fuel-bound nitrogen from the synthesis 2013. Following a 4.5-year reclamation operations. As mining gas prior to combustion in the gas demonstration period, the facility would advances, those diversions, ponds and turbines would result in oxides of continue with commercial operations roads that would no longer be needed to nitrogen emissions of less than 0.07 immediately afterward. support mining would either be restored pounds per million Btu. At least 90% of Connected Actions: While the to their approximate pre-mine contour the mercury in the lignite would be proposed project under the cooperative or retained as permanent post-mine removed. Over 99% of the particulates agreement would consist of the gasifiers, structures with appropriate landowner in the synthesis gas would be removed synthesis gas cleanup systems, two CT/ and regulatory agency approval. using high-temperature, high-pressure HRSGs, a steam turbine, and supporting The outer boundary of the mining filtration. In addition, the facility is facilities and infrastructure, the EIS will area would encompass approximately planned for carbon capture systems also address the construction and 31,000 acres principally in Kemper sufficient to remove approximately 25% operation of the neighboring surface County and partially in Lauderdale of CO2. The CO2 would be piped off-site lignite coal mine, associated County. Within this area, a total of for geologic sequestration via enhanced transmission lines (and substations), approximately 15,500 acres would be oil recovery in Jasper County, CO2 capture systems and CO2 pipeline, disturbed and reclaimed over the life of approximately 60 miles southwest of the and a natural gas pipeline, as connected the mine. These 15,500 acres would project location. Ash generated by the actions. include approximately 11,000 acres for gasifiers would be stored onsite or made The mine would be operated by North mining, approximately 4,000 acres for available for appropriate recycling American Coal Corporation and would temporary reservoirs, ponds and stream sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES alternatives. provide the primary source of fuel for diversions, and approximately 500 acres In addition to the gasifiers and the project; the secondary source of fuel for mining support facilities. The mine turbines, new equipment for the project would be natural gas. Mining would would produce approximately 3.8 would include stacks, onsite deep result in two types of landscape million tons of lignite per year to supply groundwater supply wells, mechanical- disturbance during the 40-year life of the IGCC project. The mine area has VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1
  4. 4. 54572 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices similar topographical characteristics as Project, DOE identified the reasonable Mississippi Power’s site selection described for the plant site area above. alternatives that would satisfy the process in the EIS, however DOE does The proposed plant site is about 20 underlying purpose and need for agency not plan to analyze in detail the miles north of the existing Mississippi action. Because of DOE’s limited role in alternatives sites considered by Power transmission infrastructure in the deciding whether to provide cost-shared Mississippi Power, because DOE agrees Meridian, Mississippi, metro area. New funding, and possibly a loan guarantee with Mississippi Power’s conclusion transmission facilities, including for the project, DOE currently plans to that the sites are not reasonable appropriate lines and substations, analyze in detail the project as proposed alternatives. would be constructed to interconnect by Mississippi Power (proposed action), Floodplains and Wetlands the plant to the existing grid and to the proposed action as modified by Involvement: Plans for siting the IGCC provide firm transmission service for conditions (e.g., mitigation), and the no facility on the plant site are such that the plant’s output. The new action alternative. the IGCC footprint would avoid to the transmission lines would include In analyzing the proposed action, extent practicable wetlands and construction of approximately 57 miles DOE will analyze implementing options floodplains impacts. Final design for the of 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission and for the location of the plant footprint access roads from the mine to the coal approximately nine miles of 115 kV within the site boundaries, the route of handling facilities and other ancillary transmission. Rights-of-way (ROW) up linear facilities (transmission lines and plant facilities is not yet complete, but to 125 feet would be required for these pipelines), options for CO2 sequestration may involve impacts to both wetlands new transmission lines. The IGCC plant (e.g., saline aquifers), and other and floodplains. Impacts on wetlands would also require approximately 27 reasonable alternatives that may be and floodplains would be avoided to the miles of existing transmission lines to suggested during the public scoping extent practicable and any unavoidable be upgraded. The new and upgraded period. impacts would be minimized and transmission lines would be in Kemper, Under the no action alternative, DOE mitigated appropriately. Lauderdale and Clarke Counties in would not provide continued funding Linear facilities include new and Mississippi. An approximately 5-mile under the cooperative agreement or upgraded transmission lines, CO2 natural gas pipeline extending due east provide a loan guarantee for the project. pipeline, and natural gas pipeline. from the proposed facilities and an In the absence of DOE funding, Wetlands delineation surveys are not approximately 60-mile CO2 pipeline Mississippi Power could reasonably yet complete; however, it is expected would also be built. The CO2 pipeline pursue two options. These options will that some wetland impacts would occur. would extend from the plant through be analyzed under the no action Construction and operation of the linear Lauderdale and Clarke counties and end alternative. First, the gasifiers, synthesis facilities are not expected to impact in Jasper County, connecting to an gas cleanup systems, CT/HRSGs and floodplains. Wetland impacts would be existing CO2 pipeline used for enhanced supporting infrastructure could be built avoided to the extent practicable and oil recovery. The ROW for these as proposed without DOE funding; therefore, this option is essentially the any direct impacts would be minimized underground facilities would be up to same as the proposed action. The and mitigated appropriately. 75 feet wide for the CO2 pipeline and 50 connected actions would remain As noted above, the lignite mine feet wide for the natural gas pipeline. Alternatives: NEPA requires that unchanged. Second, Mississippi Power operations would disturb uplands and agencies evaluate the reasonable could choose not to pursue the IGCC wetlands and will require stream alternatives to the proposed action in an project. None of the connected actions diversions. Wetlands delineation EIS. The range of reasonable alternatives would likely be built. This option surveys are not yet complete; however, encompasses those alternatives that would not contribute to the goal of the wetlands and floodplain impacts are an would satisfy the underlying purpose CCPI program, which is to accelerate inevitable part of surface mine and need for agency action. The CCPI commercial deployment of advanced operations due to the acreage required program was established to help coal technologies that provide the for the operation. Minimization and implement the President’s National United States with clean, reliable, and mitigation of these impacts and Energy Policy recommendation to affordable energy. Similarly, the no- reclamation of disturbed areas would increase investment in clean coal action alternative would not contribute comply with the Mississippi technology, thus improving the to the Federal loan guarantee program Department of Environmental Quality reliability and affordability of domestic goals to make loan guarantees for energy approved mine plan. energy supplies while simultaneously projects that ‘‘avoid, reduce, or DOE will prepare a floodplain and protecting the environment. The CCPI sequester air pollutants or wetlands assessment in accordance with program was structured to achieve anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse its regulations at 10 CFR Part 1022 and National Energy Policy goals by gases; and employ new or significantly include the assessment in the EIS. promoting private sector initiatives to improved technologies.’’ Preliminary Identification of invest in demonstrations of advanced Alternatives considered by Environmental Issues: The following coal technologies that could be widely Mississippi Power in developing the environmental issues have been deployed commercially. Rather than proposed project will be presented in tentatively identified for analysis in the being responsible for the siting, the EIS. An analysis of alternative sites EIS. This list, which was developed construction, and operation of the has been prepared by Mississippi Power from preliminary internal scoping of the projects, DOE’s role is limited to indicating that the only reasonable site proposed technology, permit evaluating applications by project alternative is the Kemper County site applications that have been filed for the sponsors to determine if they meet the based on location of accessible lignite proposed project, and information from CCPI program goals. The same is true of reserves near Mississippi Power’s similar projects, is neither intended to sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES DOE’s role with regard to applications service territory, proximity to be all-inclusive nor a predetermined set under the loan guarantee program. infrastructure, topography, including of potential impacts, but is presented to In determining the range of reasonable the location of floodplains and facilitate public comment on the alternatives to be considered in the EIS wetlands, and available open space. planned scope of the EIS. Additions to for the proposed Kemper County IGCC DOE will describe and consider or deletions from this list may occur as VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1
  5. 5. Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices 54573 a result of the public scoping process. management of process chemicals and phone, fax, computer, or in writing (see The environmental issues include: materials. ADDRESSES). (1) Atmospheric Resources: Potential (10) Construction: Potential impacts Individuals who do not make advance air quality impacts resulting from air associated with noise, traffic patterns, arrangements to speak may register at emissions during construction and and construction-related emissions. the meeting and will be given the operation of the proposed Kemper (11) Community Impacts: Potential opportunity to speak following County IGCC Project and the connected congestion and other impacts to local previously scheduled speakers. actions (e.g., effects of ground-level traffic patterns; socioeconomic impacts Speakers who need more than five concentrations of criteria pollutants and on public services and infrastructure minutes should indicate the length of trace metals including mercury, on (e.g., police protection, schools, and time desired in their request. Depending surrounding areas, including those of utilities); noise associated with project on the number of speakers, DOE may special concern such as Prevention of operation; and environmental justice need to limit speakers to five-minute Significant Deterioration Class I areas). issues with respect to the surrounding presentations initially, but will provide Potential effects of greenhouse gas community. additional opportunities as time emissions. (12) Cultural and Archaeological permits. Speakers can also provide (2) Water Resources: Potential effects Resources: Potential impacts to such written material to supplement their of groundwater withdrawals and resources associated with construction presentations. Oral and written discharges of effluents to surface waters. of the project and connected actions. comments will be given equal weight. (13) Cumulative Effects: The DOE will begin the formal meeting Potential water resources impacts incremental impacts of the proposed resulting from construction and with an overview of the proposed project (e.g., incremental air emissions operation of the connected actions. Kemper County IGCC Project. DOE will affecting ambient air quality) when (3) Infrastructure and Land Use: designate a presiding officer to chair the added to other past, present, and Potential effects on existing meeting. The meeting will not be reasonably foreseeable future actions, infrastructure and land uses resulting conducted as an evidentiary hearing, including the connected actions. This from the construction and operation of and speakers will not be cross- analysis will include potential impacts the proposed IGCC project and examined. However, speakers may be on global climate change. connected action facilities. For example, The level of analysis of issues asked questions to ensure that DOE fully potential traffic effects resulting from analyzed in the EIS will be in understands their comments or the proposed project and potential land accordance with their level of suggestions. The presiding officer will use impacts of committing land to importance and as determined by the establish the order of speakers and power plant or temporary land use scoping process. The most detailed provide any additional procedures impacts of mining. analyses are tentatively expected to necessary to conduct the meeting. (4) Solid Waste: Pollution prevention focus on potential impacts on air Issued in Washington, DC, this 17th day of and waste management issues, resources, cultural and archaeological September 2008. including potential solid waste impacts resources, communities (noise and James A. Slutz, caused by the generation, treatment, traffic), water resources, wetlands, and Assistant Secretary (Acting), Office of Fossil transport, storage, and management of ecological resources. Energy. ash and solid wastes. Public Scoping Process: To ensure [FR Doc. E8–22100 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] (5) Visual: Potential aesthetic impacts that all issues related to this proposal BILLING CODE 6450–01–P associated with new stacks, mechanical- are properly addressed, DOE will draft cooling tower, two flare derricks, conduct an open process to define the and other plant structures included in scope of the EIS. The public scoping DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY the IGCC plant and from the connected period will end on October 23, 2008. actions. Interested agencies, organizations, and Notice of Interim Approval (6) Floodplain: Potential impacts (e.g., the general public are encouraged to impeding floodwaters, re-directing AGENCY: Southeastern Power submit comments or suggestions Administration, DOE. floodwaters, onsite property damage) of concerning the content of the EIS, issues siting structures and infrastructure ACTION: Notice of Interim Approval for and impacts to be addressed in the EIS, within a floodplain. and alternatives that should be Southeastern Power Administration (7) Wetlands: Potential effects to considered. Scoping comments should Cumberland System. wetlands due to construction and clearly describe specific issues or topics SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of operation of the power plant and the that the EIS should address in order to Energy confirmed and approved, on an connected action facilities. assist DOE in identifying significant interim basis, Rate Schedules CBR–1–G, (8) Ecological: Potential onsite and issues. Written, e-mailed, faxed, or CSI–1–G, CEK–1–G, CM–1–G, CC–1–H, offsite impacts to vegetation, terrestrial telephoned comments should be CK–1–G, CTV–1–G, and Replacement-3. wildlife, aquatic wildlife, threatened communicated by October 23, 2008 (see The rates were approved on an interim and endangered species (other than ADDRESSES). basis through September 30, 2013. The broadly distributed and wide ranging In addition, DOE will conduct a new rates take effect on October 1, 2008, species such as the bald eagle and red- public scoping meeting at the Kemper and are subject to confirmation and cockaded woodpecker, the threatened County High School, 429 Philadelphia approval on a final basis by the Federal Price’s potato bean is the only Federally Road, DeKalb, Mississippi, at 7 PM on Energy Regulatory Commission protected species known to occur in October 14, 2008. The public is also (‘‘FERC’’). Kemper County), and ecologically invited to learn more about the sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES sensitive habitats due to the proposed project at an informal session DATES: Approval of the rate schedules construction and operation of the power at this location beginning at 5 PM. DOE on an interim basis is effective October plant and connected actions. requests that anyone who wishes to 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013. (9) Safety and Health: Construction- speak at this public scoping meeting FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: related safety, process safety, and contact Mr. Richard A. Hargis, either by Leon Jourolmon, Assistant VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1