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supplemental EIS or a new EIS would environmental impacts of the several states have adopted renewable
be needed. construction, operation and energy portfolio standards requiring
Under the proposed transportation maintenance of the wind farm. utilities to purchase power from
action compared to that analyzed for the DATES: Comments on the proposed renewable energy sources. The proposed
WM PEIS, there would be a reduced scope of the Wind Farm EIS are invited facilities would support both the need
total number of curies being shipped from the public. To ensure for additional generation and provide
from the Mound Site to SRS, a lower consideration in the preparation of the utilities the opportunity to meet their
external exposure rate, and the same or EIS, comments must be postmarked by requirements to purchase renewable
lower number of shipments. Under even August 24, 2001. Late comments will be energy.
severe accident scenarios, the releases of considered to the extent practicable. As the Federal agency charged with
plutonium would be similar to those Two public scoping meetings to discuss operating and managing the NTS, DOE,
previously analyzed. The transportation issues and receive oral comments on the in October 1996, prepared a site-wide
risk analysis DOE prepared to support scope of the EIS will be held in southern EIS for the site, ‘‘Final Environmental
the DOT exemption for the proposed Nevada. The scoping meetings will Impact Statement for the Nevada Test
transportation action is summarized in provide the public with an opportunity Site and Off Site Locations in the State
and attached to the Supplement to present comments, ask questions, and of Nevada’’ (DOE/EIS 0243). The Record
Analysis. DOE has concluded that the discuss concerns with DOE/NNSA of Decision (ROD) for that site-wide EIS
proposed action would not, either under officials regarding the EIS. The location, stated: ‘‘This decision will result in the
incident-free or accident conditions, date, and time for these public scoping continuation of the multipurpose, multi-
present a substantial change relevant to meetings are as follows: program use of the Nevada Test Site,
environmental concerns or significant Las Vegas, Nevada—August 16, 2001 5 under which DOE will pursue a further
new circumstances or information p.m.–8 p.m., Department of Energy, diversification of interagency, private
relevant to environmental concerns and National Nuclear Security industry, and public-education uses
bearing on the proposed action or its Administration, Nevada Operations while meeting its Defense Program,
impacts. Therefore, DOE concluded that Office, 232 Energy Way, North Las Waste Management, and Environmental
a supplemental EIS or a new EIS is not Vegas, Nevada. Restoration mission requirements.’’
required under 40 CFR 1502.9(c) or 10 Pahrump, Nevada —August 17, 2001 6 Section 3161 of the National Defense
CFR 1021.314(c) to implement this p.m.–9 p.m. Bob Rudd Community Authorization Act for fiscal year 1993
proposal. Center, 150 No. Highway 160, encouraged DOE to minimize the social
Pahrump, Nevada. and economic impacts on workers and
Issued in Washington, D.C., this 13 day of communities affected by downsizing of
July, 2001. ADDRESSES: General questions
defense-related facilities. One of the
Carolyn L. Huntoon, concerning the Wind Farm project may methods DOE uses to implement this
Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental be directed to Kevin Thornton at (702) Congressional direction was to establish
Management. 295–1541 or in writing to: Mr. Kevin local Community Reuse Organizations
[FR Doc. 01–18539 Filed 7–24–01; 8:45 am] Thornton, Department of Energy, (CROs) to assist economic development
BILLING CODE 6450–01–P National Nuclear Security efforts. The CRO for the NTS is the NTS
Administration, Nevada Operations Development Corporation (NTSDC).
Office, P.O. Box 98518, Las Vegas, NV Among other things, section 3161
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 89193–8518. authorized DOE to encourage private
Comments may also be submitted to sector economic development at DOE
National Nuclear Security Mr. Thornton at the address above; or sites and facilities. The NTS site-wide
Administration; Notice of Intent To faxed to 1–702–295–2261; or e-mailed to EIS ROD indicates that as part of its
Prepare an Environmental Impact Please mark decision, DOE would continue to
Statement for the Proposed Wind Farm envelopes, faxes, and E-mail: ‘‘Wind support ongoing program operations
at the Nevada Test Site Farm EIS Comments.’’ and pursue diversification of use to
AGENCY: Department of Energy, National FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For include non-defense and private use.
Nuclear Security Administration. general information on the NNSA NEPA The proposed wind farm would be a
ACTION: Notice of intent.
process, please contact: Mr. Henry private sector enterprise located on the
Garson, NEPA Compliance Officer for NTS. The development of the facilities
SUMMARY: The Department of Energy, Defense Programs, U.S. Department of would be authorized pursuant to an
National Nuclear Security Energy/NNSA, 1000 Independence easement issued by NNSA, Nevada
Administration (DOE/NNSA), Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; or Operations Office (NV) to NTSDC, and
announces its intention to prepare an telephone 1–800–832–0885, ext. 30470. a subsequent sub-easement from NTSDC
environmental impact statement (EIS) For general information on the DOE to MNS, subject to NNSA/NV approval.
for a proposal to allow the Nevada Test NEPA process, please contact: Ms. Carol DOE has received a proposal from
Site (NTS) Development Corporation M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA MNS to develop, operate, and maintain
(the designated community reuse Policy and Compliance (EH–42), U.S. a wind farm at the NTS to help fulfill
organization for the NTS) and M&N Department of Energy, 1000 a national need for additional electrical
Wind Power, Inc. and Siemens (MNS) to Independence Avenue, SW., energy generation. The purpose of the
construct, operate and maintain a wind Washington, DC 20585, telephone 202– proposed facilities would be to provide
farm at the Nevada Test Site. This 586–4600, or leave a message at 1–800– a viable renewable energy source. DOE
proposal, if fully implemented, would 472–2756. believes that the wind farm would be
consist of up to 545 wind turbines SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: compatible with other NTS missions
generating up to approximately 600 Background: The current power and programs.
megawatts of electricity. The wind farm shortage in California has focused In November 2000, NNSA/NV began
would encompass approximately 432 national attention on the need for preparation of an environmental
hectares (1069 acres) of land on the additional generation facilities in the assessment (EA) for the proposed
NTS. The EIS will address potential western United States. Additionally, project. A public scoping meeting for

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the EA was held in Pahrump, Nevada, Proposed Action: MNS proposes to Electrical power from the wind farms
at that time. The Draft EA was provided develop, operate, and maintain a wind would be collected by cable systems and
for review and comment to Nevada State farm at the NTS. These activities would fed to one or two proposed substations
agencies, other Federal agencies, proceed in accordance with an easement on the NTS. Because the existing 138-
affiliated American Indian tribes, and to the NTS Development Corporation kilovolt (kV) NTS power loop can
other interested parties in March 2001. and sub-easement between the NTS handle approximately 85 MW, a limited
Several issues were raised by the Development Corporation and MNS. number of turbines could be
commentors including the surrounding The wind farm would consist of as interconnected to it at any given time.
NTS land use, inadequacy of current many as 545 wind turbine generators A new transmission line is proposed to
power distribution systems, and the that would generate up to 600 MW of be constructed along the existing Forty
potential impacts on cultural and energy. Two general areas of the NTS— Mile Canyon power corridor and
biological resources at the proposed the Shoshone Mountain area and the brought off site to connect with a new
sites and the need to gather additional Pahute Mesa area—have been suggested substation proposed to be built.
information on these concerns. Based as suitable for wind power development Alternatives: The alternatives for this
upon its analysis, NNSA/NV has because they are located at high project consist of locations on the NTS
determined that an EA would not elevations near steep-sided ridges and and a no-action alternative. The
support a Finding of No Significant have winds of sufficient velocity and alternative sites include: (1) Pahute
Impact and, therefore, pursuant to the duration to make wind power Mesa and/or the Shoshone Mountain
National Environmental Policy Act economically feasible. area (the preferred alternative); (2) Skull
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. The Shoshone Mountains are located Mountain; and (3) Rainier Mesa. Off-site
4321 et seq.), and DOE Regulations on the NTS in Areas 29 and 30. The locations will not be evaluated because
Implementing NEPA (10 CFR part 1021), proposed Shoshone Mountain wind they would not fall within the DOE/
DOE/NNSA has decided to prepare an farm area includes the Shoshone NNSA need for considering the request
EIS for the Proposed Wind Farm at the Mountain, Dome Mountain, local north from the NTS development corporation
NTS. The Wind Farm EIS will evaluate and south ridges in Areas 29 and 30, (on behalf of MNS) to site the Wind
the environmental impacts associated and Tippipah Ridge in Area 16. Farm at the NTS.
with the proposed construction and The proposed Pahute Mesa wind farm Identification of Environmental and
operation of a wind turbine farm at the area is located primarily on the NTS in Other Issues: The NNSA has identified
following alternative locations: (1) Area 19 with a few wind turbines to be the following issues for analysis in the
Pahute Mesa and the Shoshone located in the northwest portion of Area EIS. Additional issues may be identified
Mountain area (the MNS preferred 12. as a result of the scoping process.
alternative) on the NTS; (2) Skull As currently envisioned, The 1. Impacts to cultural resources with
Mountain on the NTS; and (3) Rainier Shoshone Mountain wind farm would archeological significance on Shoshone
Mesa on the NTS. It is possible that this primarily use the wind turbine Mountain and Pahute Mesa.
list of reasonable alternatives may 2. Impacts to resources/sites
generators with a three-bladed, upwind,
change during the scoping process. The important to the 17 native American
stall-regulated, horizontal axis design.
EIS will also evaluate the no-action Indian tribes with cultural affiliation to
The rotors would have blades that are
alternative of not establishing a wind the NTS.
25.5 meters (83.6 feet) long. The
farm at the NTS. 3. Impacts to plants, animals, and
turbine’s nacelles would be mounted on
habitats, including threatened or
In association with the preparation of self-supporting tubular steel towers, 55
endangered species and their habitats,
an EIS, NNSA/NV will enter into meters (180 feet) tall, with a bottom
associated with clearing, grading and
consultation with the 17 American diameter of 3.5 meters (11 feet). The
constructing roads and operating wind
Indian tribes with established cultural concrete foundations for the heavy-duty,
turbines in previously undisturbed
affiliation to the NTS. tapered, monopole towers would be
Purpose and Need for Agency Action: approximately 5 meters (15 feet) in 4. The consumption of natural
The NTS Development Corporation, on diameter and 9 meters (30 feet) deep, resources and energy associated with
behalf of MNS, has requested although final design would depend on constructing and operating a wind
authorization from NNSA (pursuant to site-specific soil conditions. Depending turbine farm.
an NNSA issued easement and NTSDC on the final measured winds and siting 5. Socioeconomic impacts to affected
sub-easement to MNS), to proceed with considerations, MNS may use some communities from construction and
the installation and operation of up to larger turbines such as those turbines operation associated with locating a
600 megawatts (MW) of wind turbine discussed below, substituting for some wind farm on NTS.
generated power using as many as 545 or all of the smaller turbines. 6. A potential need to upgrade or
wind turbine generators at the NTS. The Pahute Mesa wind farm would develop new power substations off of
This project is consistent with DOE/ primarily use turbines with rotor blades the NTS capable of accepting the power
NNSA’s Congressionally mandated as large as 36.5 meters (119 feet), generated on the NTS by the wind farm.
purpose to further diversify and mounted on towers up to 66 meters (217 7. Cumulative impacts from the
encourage private sector economic feet) tall with a bottom flange of 4 proposed action and other past, present,
development at the NTS. The DOE/ meters (13 feet) in diameter. The and reasonably foreseeable actions at
NNSA is pursuing alternative uses for concrete foundation required for these the alternative sites.
the NTS, which has a mandate to larger turbines would be approximately 8. Potential irreversible and
support alternative and renewable 6 meters (19 feet) in diameter and 9 irretrievable commitments of resources
energy sources. As steward of the NTS, meters (30 feet) deep. Depending on the associated with locating, constructing,
DOE/NNSA must decide if the proposed final measured winds and siting and operating a wind farm on the NTS.
action is consistent with current and considerations, MNS may use the 9. Status of compliance with all
future planned uses of the NTS and smaller turbine generators on Pahute applicable Federal, state, and local
what the impacts will be to the Mesa as substitutes for some or all of the statutes and regulations; required
environment. larger turbines. Federal, state, and tribe environmental

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consultations and notifications; and SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of ACTION: Notice of proposed information
DOE Orders on waste management, Energy (DOE), Albuquerque Operations collection and request for comments.
waste minimization, and environmental Office (AL), is seeking applications for
protection. research and development to increase SUMMARY: In compliance with the
10. Impacts to air quality, visual engine efficiency, reduce emissions, and requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(a) of
resources, NTS and surrounding land improvement in systems efficiency for the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
uses, NTS missions and infrastructure off-highway vehicles, including (Pub. L. 104–13), the Federal Energy
and impacts to transportation during the construction, agriculture, and mining Regulatory Commission (Commission) is
construction phase. equipment. Through this solicitation, soliciting public comment on the
EIS Schedule: The sensitivity to DOE seeks to improve the energy specific aspects of the information
respond to the current energy needs has efficiency and emissions performance of collection described below.
placed this project on an accelerated Class 1–8 trucks and off-highway DATES: Consideration will be given to
schedule. To support a Record of vehicles. A DOE technical panel will comments submitted on or before
Decision for this EIS by April 2002, the perform a scientific and engineering September 24, 2001.
major milestones that must be met for evaluation of each responsive ADDRESSES: Copies of the proposed
the EIS are shown below. application to determine the merit of the collection of information can be
Public Scoping Meetings—August 2001 approach. DOE anticipates issuing one obtained from and written comments
or more financial assistance instruments may be submitted to the Federal Energy
Issue Draft EIS October—2001
from this solicitation. Funding in the Regulatory Commission, Attn: Michael
Draft EIS Public Hearings—December
amount of $2,500,000 and $5,000,000 is Miller, Office of the Chief Information
anticipated to be available. Cost sharing Officer, CI–1, 888 First Street NE.,
Issue Final EIS—March 2002
of 50% by the applicant is required. Washington, DC 20426.
Record of Decision—April 2002
DATES: Applications are to be received FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Public Scoping Process: To assist in no later than 3 p.m. local prevailing Michael Miller may be reached by
defining the appropriate scope of the time on August 15, 2001. Any telephone at (202) 208–1415, by fax at
EIS and to identify significant application received after the due date (202) 208–1415, and by e-mail at
environmental issues to be addressed, will not be evaluated.
NNSA representatives will conduct
public scoping meetings at the
locations, dates, and times described Erwin E. Fragua, Contract Specialist, information collected under the
above under DATES. Each scoping DOE/AL, at (505) 845–6442 or by e-mail requirements of FERC–576 ‘‘Report by
meeting will begin with an overview of at Certain Natural Gas Companies on
the proposed project, the current EIS SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service Interruptions’’ (OMB No. 1902–
alternatives, and the proposed EIS solicitation will be available on the 0004 is used by the Commission to
scope. Following the initial internet on or about July 20, 2001 at the implement the statutory provisions of
presentation, NNSA representatives will following web site: http:// Sections 4, 7, 10 and 16, of the Natural
answer questions and accept comments. Gas Act (NGA)(PL 75–688, 52 Stat. 821–
Copies of handouts from the meetings Applications must be prepared and 833, 15 U.S.C. 717–717w). The
will be available to those unable to submitted in accordance with the Commission is empowered to oversee
attend, by contacting the NNSA as instructions and forms contained in the continuity of service in the
described above under ADDRESSES. DOE solicitation. For profit and not-for-profit transportation of natural gas in
invites the public to comment on the organizations, state and local interstate commerce. The information
proposed project. To ensure governments, Indian tribes, and collected by FERC–576 notifies the
consideration in the preparation of the institutions of higher learning are Commission in a timely manner of any
EIS, written comments must be eligible for awards under this interruption of service or possible
postmarked by August 24, 2001. solicitation. Collaboration between hazard to public health or safety.
industry, industry organizations, and The Commission in response to
Issued in Washington, DC, this 17th day of universities are encouraged. timely notification of a serious
July 2001. interruption, may contact other
Francis S. Blake, Issued in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July
16, 2001. pipelines to determine available supply,
Deputy Secretary of Energy, Department of and if required, authorize transportation
Energy. Martha L. Youngblood,
Contracting Officer, Complex Support
or construction of facilities to alleviate
[FR Doc. 01–18430 Filed 7–24–01; 8:45 am] the problem. The data collected pertains
Branch, Contracts and Procurement Division.
[FR Doc. 01–18428 Filed 7–24–01; 8:45 am]
to serious interruptions of service to any
wholesale customer involving facilities
operated under certificate authorization
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY from the Commission. Specifically, the
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY data collected may include: (1) Date of
Notice of Availability of Solicitation
service interruption, (2) date of
AGENCY: Albuquerque Operations Federal Energy Regulatory reporting the interruption to the
Office, Department of Energy. Commission Commission, (3) the location, (4) brief
ACTION: Notice of availability of
description of facility involved and
[Docket No. IC01–576–000, FERC–576]
solicitation-research and development cause of interruption, (5) customers
to increase engine efficiency, reduce Proposed Information Collection and affected, (6) duration of interruption,
emissions, and improvement in systems Request for Comments and (7) volumes of gas interrupted.
These data are required by the
efficiency for off-highway vehicles,
July 19, 2001. Commission to provide timely
including construction, agriculture, and
AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory information concerning interruptions to
mining equipment.
Commission, DOE. wholesale service. The reporting of

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