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Federal Register
 /Vol. 64, No. 225/Tuesday, November 23, 1999/Notices
attend. Contact Mr. Karpinski (757–728–5531) for meeting agenda and specificlocations.Any member of the public may file awritten statement with the committeebefore, during, or after the meeting. Tothe extent that time permits, thecommittee chairman may allow publicpresentations or oral statements at themeeting.
Gregory D. Showalter,
 Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 99–30549 Filed 11–22–99; 8:45 am]
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDepartment of the Army, Corps ofEngineersIntent To Prepare a Feasibility Studyand Draft Environmental ImpactStatement (DEIS) for the BloomsburgLocal Flood Protection Project inColumbia County, PA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,DOD.
Notice of intent.
In accordance with theNational Environmental Policy Act(NEPA), the Baltimore District, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, is initiatingthe Bloomsburg Local Flood ProtectionFeasibility Study in Columbia County,Pennsylvania. This study will includean evaluation of levee/floodwallalignment alternatives to provideadequate protection to the Town of Bloomsburg. The level of protection willbe determined through an assessment of flood damages; degree of adverseimpacts to the cultural, environmental,and socio-economic surroundings, and abenefit-cost ratio. A DEIS will beprepared that will document existingconditions, project actions, and projectimpacts. The Town of Bloomsburg is thenon-Federal sponsor.
Questions about the proposed actionand DEIS can be addressed to Ms.Stacey Underwood, Study Team Leader,Baltimore District; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CENAB–PL–P, P.O.Box 1715; Baltimore, Maryland 21203–1715, telephone (410) 962–4977. E-mailaddress:stacey.m.underwood@usace.army.mil
1. The authorization for theBloomsburg Reconnaissance Study wasthe U.S. House of Representatives,Committee on Transportation andInfrastructure resolution, datedSeptember 12, 1996.2. The Bloomsburg ReconnaissanceStudy produced by the Corps in 1998determined that there was both Federaland non-Federal interest in pursuing afeasibility study and implementation of a local flood protection project.3. In June 1999, the Corps and theTown of Bloomsburg executed afeasibility cost-sharing agreement. Thestudy area is the Town of Bloomsburg,located in central Columbia County,Pennsylvania, approximately 50 milessouthwest of Wilkes-Barre. Bloomsburgis situated at the confluence of FishingCreek and the Susquehanna River.4. Environmental issues will focus on,but are not limited to, effects on airquality, wetlands, water quality; fishand wildlife resources (includingthreatened and endangered species);hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste;aesthetic resources; and culturalresources (including archaeological sitesand historic architecture). Benefits,costs, and impacts will be examined indetail to determine whether a floodprotection structure is justified and theappropriate alignment for such astructure. The team will evaluate theenvironmental impacts (both adverseand beneficial) of the proposed actions.5. The decision to implement theseactions will be based on an evaluationof the probable impact of the proposedactivities on the public interest, and willalso be based on the national concernfor protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit thatreasonably may be expected to accruefrom the proposal will be balancedagainst the project’s reasonablyforeseeable costs. The PennsylvaniaDepartment of Environmental Protectionand the Baltimore District are preparinga DEIS that will describe the impacts of the proposed project on environmentaland cultural resources in the study areaand the overall public interest. TheDEIS will be in accordance with NEPAand will document all factors that maybe relevant to the proposal, includingthe cumulative effects thereof. If applicable, the DEIS will also applyguidelines issued by the EnvironmentalProtection Agency, under the authorityof Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean WaterAct of 1977 (Public Law 95–217).6. The public involvement programwill include workshops, meetings, andother coordination with interestedprivate individuals and organizations,as well as with concerned Federal, stateand local agencies. Coordination lettersand newsletters will be sent toappropriate agencies, organizations, andindividuals on an extensive mailing list.Additional public information will beprovided through print media, mailings,radio and television announcements.7. Other participants that will beinvolved in the study and DEIS processin addition to the Corps, thePennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and theTown of Bloomsburg include thefollowing: the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, U.S. Fish andWildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service,U.S. Geological Survey, NaturalResource Conservation Service, and U.S.National Park Service. The BaltimoreDistrict invites potentially affectedFederal, state, and local agencies, andother organizations and entities toparticipate in this study.8. The Bloomsburg Local FloodProtection Feasibility Study and DEISare tentatively scheduled for publicreview in December 2001.
Robert W. Lindner,
Chief, Planning Division.
[FR Doc. 99–30550 Filed 11–22–99; 8:45 am]
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONSubmission for OMB Review;Comment Request
Department of Education.
The Leader, InformationManagement Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer invites commentson the submission for OMB review asrequired by the Paperwork ReductionAct of 1995.
Interested persons are invited tosubmit comments on or beforeDecember 23, 1999.
Written comments shouldbe addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs,Attention: Danny Werfel, Desk Officer,Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17thStreet, NW., Room 10235, NewExecutive Office Building, Washington,D.C. 20503 or should be electronicallymailed to the internet addressDWERFEL@OMB.EOP.GOV.
Section3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requiresthat the Office of Management andBudget (OMB) provide interestedFederal agencies and the public an earlyopportunity to comment on informationcollection requests. OMB may amend orwaive the requirement for publicconsultation to the extent that publicparticipation in the approval processwould defeat the purpose of theinformation collection, violate State orFederal law, or substantially interferewith any agency’s ability to perform itsstatutory obligations. The Leader,

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