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SPA-2012-00253-ABQ

Published March 28, 2014

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District

Public Notice

Application Number: SPA-2012-00253-ABQ

Date: March 28, 2014

SUBJECT:  Notice of Availability, Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project

This notice is to inform interested parties of the availability of the Draft EIS and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) draft decision document (an appendix to the Draft EIS) for review and public comment.

The Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is the lead federal agency for the proposed action.  Copies of the Draft EIS may be found at:

http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/Current_Initiatives/fcnavprj/DocLib.shtm

Additional project information can be found at:

http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/Current_Initiatives/FCNAVPRJ/FCPPEIS.shtm

PUBLIC MEETINGS:  USACE is participating in the OSM-sponsored public meeting process for the EIS, and this is intended to satisfy any public meeting or hearing request or requirement.  Comments may be submitted at the public meetings for the USACE Section 404 permit action.  Full details regarding the public meetings and their specific locations may be found at http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/Current_Initiatives/fcnavprj/PubInv.shtm

USACE personnel will attend the following public meetings:

Burnham, NM             Friday, May 2, 2014               5 to 8 pm

Durango, CO               Saturday, May 3, 2014           9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Farmington, NM         Monday, May 5, 2014                        5 to 8 pm

Shiprock, NM             Tuesday, May 6, 2014                        5 to 8 pm

Nenahnezad, NM        Wednesday, May 7, 2014       5 to 8 pm

Window Rock, AZ      Thursday, May 8, 2014          5 to 8 pm

Albuquerque, NM       Friday, May 9, 2014               5 to 8 pm

OSM COMMENT PERIOD:  OSM is collecting all comments on the Draft EIS.  Comments must be submitted to OSM on or before May 27, 2014.  Comments may be submitted via postal mail, hand delivery, courier, or email to:

Mr. Marcelo Calle

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement

Western Region Office

1999 Broadway, Suite 3320

Denver, CO 80202-3050

E-mail: FCPPNavajoEnergyEIS@osmre.gov

USACE INDIVIDUAL PERMIT CONTACT:  The USACE Regulatory Division is evaluating an Individual Permit (IP) application under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to implement the proposed Pinabete Mine Plan for portions of Area 4 North and Area 4 South of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) Navajo Mine Lease.  The mine plan would result in impacts to approximately 5.0 acres of waters of the United States (WUS) adjacent to Cottonwood and Pinabete Arroyos. For additional information regarding the USACE Individual Permit action, please contact:

Deanna L. Cummings

Regulatory Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

4101 Jefferson Plaza NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109

505-342-3280

Email: Deanna.L.Cummings@usace.army.mil

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ALBUQUERQUE DISTRICT

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