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Bog Creek Road Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Reopening of Comment Period

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Bog Creek Road Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Reopening of Comment Period

Gregory C. Smith
Department of Agriculture
Christopher Oh
Department of Homeland Security
20 July 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 140 (Friday, July 20, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34601-34602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-15684]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Bog Creek Road Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement; 
Reopening of Comment Period

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

ACTION: Notice of reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document provides additional time for interested parties 
to submit comments on the Bog Creek Road Project Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement (Draft EIS) concerning the repair and maintenance of 
Bog Creek Road and closure of certain roads within the Blue-Grass Bear 
Management Unit in the Selkirk Mountains in Boundary County, Idaho. 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the United States 
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USDA, Forest Service) Idaho 
Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) (collectively, the Agencies) 
published a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal 
Register on June 1, 2018, with comments due on or before July 16, 2018. 
In the interest of receiving well thought out and developed comments 
from stakeholders, the Agencies are reopening the comment period until 
July 31, 2018.

DATES: The comment period for the Draft EIS published at 83 FR 25472 on 
June 1, 2018, is reopened. Comments must be received on or before July 
31, 2018.

ADDRESSES: 
    For Obtaining Copies of the Draft EIS: Electronic copies of the 
Draft EIS are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41296 and https://www.cbp.gov/document/environmental-assessments/bog-creek-road-project-environmental-impact-statement.
    CD-ROM and print copies are available by sending a request to Paul 
Enriquez at Paul.Enriquez@cbp.dhs.gov or 949-643-6365 or at the 
following USDA, Forest Service locations:
     The IPNF Supervisors Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur 
d'Alene, Idaho;
     Sandpoint Ranger District, 1602 Ontario Street, Sandpoint, 
Idaho;
     Bonners Ferry Ranger District, 6286 Main Street, Bonners 
Ferry, Idaho; and
     Priest Lake Ranger District, 32203 Highway 57, Priest 
River, Idaho
    For Submitting Comments: You may submit written comments on the 
Draft EIS by mail or email. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
information on the public comment process. Please submit your written 
comments using one of the following methods:
     Mail: Bog Creek Road EIS, P.O. Box 643, Flagstaff, Arizona 
86002-0643;
     Email: SPWBogCreekEIS@cbp.dhs.gov;
     Hand delivered to any of the USDA, Forest Service 
locations where CD-ROM and print copies of the Draft EIS are available; 
or
     FAX: 208-765-7426.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Enriquez, CBP, Border Patrol and 
Air and Marine Program Management Office, by telephone at 949-643-6365, 
or email at Paul.Enriquez@cbp.dhs.gov. Persons who require assistance

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accessing information, please contact the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's (USDA) Target Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD) or 
contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on all 
aspects of the Draft EIS. Comments that will provide the most 
assistance to the Agencies will reference a specific section of the 
Draft EIS, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include 
data, information, or authority that supports such recommended change. 
Substantive comments received during the comment period will be 
addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). The 
Final EIS will be made available to the public through a Notice of 
Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register.
    This project is subject to 36 CFR part 218, subparts A and B of the 
USDA, Forest Service's Project-level Pre-decisional Administrative 
Review Process. Pursuant to 36 CFR part 218, only those who provide 
timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project 
during a comment period are eligible to file an objection with the 
USDA, Forest Service. Comments received regarding this Draft EIS are 
considered part of the administrative record for the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. Within this context, a 
commenter's personally identifiable information, such as name and 
contact information, may be released to a third party upon request 
under the Freedom of Information Act. Comments submitted anonymously, 
without a name and contact information, will be accepted and 
considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the commenter 
with standing to participate in the USDA, Forest Service objection 
process.
    This process is being conducted pursuant to the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 
4321 et seq.), the President's Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations for Implementing the NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), DHS 
Directive 023-01 and Instruction 023-01-001-01, and CBP and USDA, 
Forest Service NEPA guidelines.

Background

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the United States 
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USDA, Forest Service) Idaho 
Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) (collectively, the Agencies) 
published a notice in the Federal Register (83 FR 25472) on June 1, 
2018, announcing the availability of the Bog Creek Road Project Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). That document solicited 
public comments and requested that comments be received no later than 
July 16, 2018.

Reopening of Comment Period

    Several stakeholders have requested that the Agencies extend the 
comment period so that they can take additional time to review the 
proposed action and alternatives and submit worthwhile comments. The 
Agencies believe that it is very important to receive well thought out 
and developed comments in the formulation of the Bog Creek Road Project 
Final Environmental Impact Statement. Therefore, the Agencies have 
decided to allow additional time for the public to submit comments on 
the Draft EIS. Accordingly, the comment period is reopened until July 
31, 2018, and comments must be received on or before that date.

    Dated: July 18, 2018.
Christopher Oh,
Director, Energy & Environmental Management Division U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection.

Gregory C. Smith,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-15684 Filed 7-19-18; 8:45 am]
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