Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Environmental Policy Act Regulations

 
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Par. 2. Section 301.6103(j)(1)–1 is
amended by:
1. Revising paragraph (b)(2)(iii)(I) and
adding paragraphs (b)(2)(iii)(K) through
(M);
2. Revising paragraphs (b)(3)(v) and
(b)(3)(xxv) through (xxx);
3. Adding paragraphs (b)(3)(xxxi)
through (xxxv) and (b)(6)(i)(C) through
(E); and
4. Revising paragraph (e).
The revisions and additions read as
follows:
§ 301.6103(j)(1)–1 Disclosures of return
information reflected on returns to officers
and employees of the Department of
Commerce for certain statistical purposes
and related activities.
* * * * *
(b) * * *
(2) * * *
(iii) * * *
(I) Total taxable wages paid for
purposes of chapter 21;
* * * * *
(K) If a business has closed or stopped
paying wages;
(L) Final date a business paid wages;
and
(M) If a business is a seasonal
employer and does not have to file a
return for every quarter of the year;
* * * * *
(3) * * *
(v) Total expenses or deductions,
including totals of the following
components thereof:
(A) Repairs (and maintenance)
expense;
(B) Rents (or lease) expense;
(C) Taxes and licenses expense;
(D) Interest expense, including
mortgage or other interest;
(E) Depreciation expense;
(F) Depletion expense;
(G) Advertising expense;
(H) Pension and profit-sharing plans
(retirement plans) expense;
(I) Employee benefit programs
expense;
(J) Utilities expense;
(K) Supplies expense;
(L) Contract labor expense; and
(M) Management (and investment
advisory) fees.
* * * * *
(xxv) From Form 6765 (when filed
with corporation income tax returns)—
(A) Indicator that total qualified
research expenses is greater than zero,
but less than $1 million; greater than or
equal to $1 million, but less than $3
million; or, greater than or equal to $3
million;
(B) Cycle posted; and
(C) Research tax credit amount to be
carried over to a business return,
schedule, or form.
(xxvi) Total number of documents
reported on Form 1096 transmitting
Forms 1099–MISC.
(xxvii) Total amount reported on
Form 1096 transmitting Forms 1099–
MISC.
(xxviii) Type of REIT.
(xxix) From Form 1125–A—
purchases.
(xxx) From Form 1040, Schedule C—
(A) Purchases less cost of items
withdrawn for personal use; and
(B) Materials and supplies.
(xxxi) Electronic filing system
indicator.
(xxxii) Posting cycle date relative to
filing.
(xxxiii) Dividends, including ordinary
or qualified.
(xxxiv) From Form 1120S, Schedule
K–1—ordinary business income (loss).
(xxxv) From Form 1065, Schedule K–
1—
(A) Publicly-traded partnership
indicator;
(B) Partner’s share of nonrecourse,
qualified nonrecourse, and recourse
liabilities; and
(C) Ordinary business income (loss).
* * * * *
(6) * * *
(i) * * *
(C) From Form 1120–REIT—
(1) Type of REIT; and
(2) Gross rents from real property;
(D) From Form 1120F—corporation’s
method of accounting.
(E) From Form 1096—total amount
reported.
* * * * *
(e) Applicability date. Paragraphs
(b)(2)(iii)(I), (b)(2)(iii)(K) through
(b)(2)(iii)(M), (b)(3)(v), (b)(3)(xxv)
through (b)(3)(xxxv), and (b)(6)(i)(C)
through (b)(6)(i)(E) of this section apply
to disclosure to the Bureau of the
Census made on or after December 9,
2016. For rules that apply to disclosure
to the Bureau of the Census before
December 9, 2016, see 26 CFR
301.6103(j)(1)–1 (revised as of April 1,
2016).
§ 301.6103(j)(1)–1T [Removed]
Par. 3. Section 301.6103(j)(1)–1T is
removed.
Kirsten Wielobob,
Deputy Commissioner for Services and
Enforcement.
Approved: March 19, 2019.
David J. Kautter,
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax
Policy).
[FR Doc. 2019–07043 Filed 4–5–19; 4:15 pm]
BILLING CODE 4830–01–P
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Federal Bureau of Investigation
28 CFR Part 61
RIN 1110–AA32
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
National Environmental Policy Act
Regulations
AGENCY
: Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Department of Justice.
ACTION
: Final rule.
SUMMARY
: The Department of Justice is
promulgating regulations establishing
the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
(FBI’s) National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA) procedures. These
regulations establish a process for
implementing NEPA, Executive Order
11514, Executive Order 12114, and
Council on Environmental Quality
(CEQ) and Department of Justice (DOJ)
regulations for implementing the
procedural provisions of NEPA.
DATES
: Effective date: May 9, 2019.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Catherine Shaw, FBI Occupational
Safety and Environmental Programs
(OSEP) Unit Chief; 935 Pennsylvania
Avenue NW, Room WB–460,
Washington, DC 20535; (202) 436–7500.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: On May
24, 2016, the FBI published a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) setting
forth the NEPA procedures that are the
subject of this final rule. See 81 FR
32688 (2016). The NPRM provided for a
comment period ending July 25, 2016.
No comments were received.
CEQ’s NEPA implementing
regulations contained in 40 CFR parts
1500–1508 require each Federal agency
to adopt procedures (40 CFR 1507.3) to
ensure that decisions are made in
accordance with the policies and
purposes of NEPA (40 CFR 1505.1). DOJ
has established such policies and
procedures at 28 CFR part 61. The FBI
NEPA regulations supplement DOJ’s
procedures to ensure that environmental
considerations are fully integrated into
the FBI’s mission and activities.
The FBI regulations are intended to
promote reduction of paperwork by
providing guidelines for development of
streamlined and focused NEPA
documents and to reduce delay by
integrating the NEPA process in the
early stages of planning. They are also
intended to promote transparency by
ensuring that NEPA documents are
written in plain language and follow a
clear format so that they are easily
comprehensible by the public and all
parties involved in implementation of
the proposed action.
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The FBI NEPA regulations are not
intended to serve as a comprehensive
NEPA guide, but will serve as a
framework for the FBI NEPA Program.
The FBI plans to apply its NEPA
regulations in conjunction with NEPA,
the CEQ regulations (40 CFR parts
1500–1508), DOJ implementing
regulations (28 CFR part 61), and all
other applicable environmental
regulations, executive orders, and
statutes developed for the protection of
the environment.
The FBI will, as appropriate, keep the
public informed of the FBI NEPA
Program and NEPA actions and ensure
that relevant environmental documents,
comments, and responses accompany
proposals through all levels of decision
making (40 CFR 1505.1(d)). The FBI’s
NEPA Program will be implemented
primarily by the following key persons
within the FBI:
(a) The FBI Director will maintain
signature authority over all Findings of
No Significant Impact (FONSIs) and
Records of Decision (RODs).
(b) The Environmental Executive/
Bureau Designated Environmental,
Safety and Health Official (DESHO) will
offer recommendations to the FBI
Director regarding the disposition of all
FONSIs and RODs; oversee the FBI
NEPA Program; ensure that NEPA
reviews are initiated as early as possible
in the project planning process; ensure
that decisions are made in accordance
with the general policies and purposes
of NEPA; and use his or her best efforts
to ensure that sufficient funds are
available to perform NEPA
management-related planning, actions,
and reporting. These responsibilities
may be delegated to the Program Deputy
Bureau DESHO.
(c) The Program Deputy Bureau
DESHO will designate and assign duties
to the FBI NEPA Program Manager;
ensure that the FBI NEPA Program is
coordinated with other environmental
policies and directives; review the FBI
NEPA Program metrics; and exercise
additional authority as delegated by the
Environmental Executive/Bureau
DESHO.
(d) The FBI NEPA Program Manager
will serve as the FBI’s primary,
centralized NEPA contact; provide for
overall development, implementation,
coordination, administration, and
quality assurance measures associated
with the FBI NEPA Program; advise FBI
employees on NEPA matters; establish
and ensure implementation of FBI-wide
NEPA policy, guidance, and training;
and review NEPA documentation.
(e) The Deputy Bureau DESHOs are
heads of the FBI branches, divisions, or
offices reporting directly to the FBI
Deputy Director or Associate Deputy
Director who, within their span of
control, will ensure the NEPA Program
is properly implemented and managed;
use their best efforts to ensure that
sufficient funds within their branches,
divisions, and offices are available to
perform NEPA management-related
planning, actions, and reporting; and
assign staff to fill NEPA roles as
required.
Regulatory Certifications
Executive Order 12866 and 13563—
Regulatory Review
This regulation has been drafted and
reviewed in accordance with Executive
Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and
Review,’’ section 1(b), The Principles of
Regulation, and in accordance with
Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving
Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’
section 1(b), General Principles of
Regulation.
The FBI has determined that this rule
is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’
under Executive Order 12866, section
3(f), and accordingly, this rule has not
been reviewed by the Office of
Management and Budget. In addition,
because this rule is not ‘‘significant,’’
under Executive Order 12866, it is not
subject to the requirements of Executive
Order 13771, which requires agencies to
eliminate two regulations for each new
one adopted.
Both Executive Orders 12866 and
13563 direct agencies to assess all costs
and benefits of available regulatory
alternatives and, if regulation is
necessary, to select regulatory
approaches that maximize net benefits
(including potential economic,
environmental, public health and safety
effects, distributive impacts, and
equity). Executive Order 13563
emphasizes the importance of
quantifying both costs and benefits, of
reducing costs, of harmonizing rules,
and of promoting flexibility.
DOJ has assessed the costs and
benefits associated with implementation
of this rule and believes that the
regulatory approach selected maximizes
net benefits by better enabling the FBI
to comply with NEPA. Further benefits
associated with implementation of this
rule are a streamlined approach to
performing NEPA reviews, which is
expected to lead to a reduction in delay
and excessive paperwork; enhanced
environmental awareness; collaborative
and participatory public involvement;
clear compliance guidelines resulting in
reduced liability risk; and enhanced
cost savings arising from fewer
requirements to prepare Environmental
Assessments (EAs) where projects are
covered by categorical exclusions
(CATEXs).
The FBI contracts out, on average, 20
EAs annually for actions that would be
covered by the CATEXs instated by the
rule. The average contracting costs
associated with development of each of
these EAs is approximately $50,000.
Therefore, the rule would result in an
annual cost savings of approximately
$1,000,000 in contract payouts. The FBI
anticipates that its own staffing costs
with regard to NEPA compliance will
remain roughly the same upon adoption
of the new rule, as FBI personnel will
still be involved in reviewing projects
and developing/implementing a NEPA
compliance strategy for each one.
The exact impact of the rule on
staffing and funding requirements
cannot be calculated due to uncertainty
about the number of future projects and
the level at which environmental review
will occur (CATEX, EA, or
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)).
However, as discussed in the preceding
paragraphs, the FBI estimates a net
annual cost savings of up to $1,000,000.
Executive Order 13132—Federalism
This regulation will not have a
substantial, direct effect on the states,
on the relationship between the national
government and the states, or on the
distribution of power and
responsibilities among the various
levels of government. In accordance
with Executive Order 13132, this rule
does not have sufficient federalism
implications to warrant the preparation
of a Federalism Assessment.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
DOJ, in accordance with the
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C.
605(b), has reviewed this regulation
and, by approving it, certifies that this
regulation will not have a substantial
economic impact on a substantial
number of small entities.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
This rule will not result in the
expenditure by state, local, and tribal
governments, in the aggregate, or by the
private sector, of $100 million or more
in any one year, and it will not
substantially or uniquely affect small
governments. Therefore, no action was
deemed necessary under the provisions
of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
of 1995.
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act of 1996
This rule is not a major rule as
defined by section 251 of the Small
Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C. 804). This
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rule will not result in an annual effect
on the economy of $100 million or
more, a major increase in costs or prices,
or have substantial adverse effects on
competition, employment, investment,
productivity, innovation, or on the
ability of United States-based
enterprises to compete with foreign-
based enterprises in domestic and
export markets.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
The collection of information
contained in this notice of rulemaking
will be submitted to the Office of
Management and Budget for review in
accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501,
et seq.).
The FBI regulations are intended to
promote reduction of paperwork by
providing guidelines for development of
streamlined and focused NEPA
documents and to reduce delay by
integrating the NEPA process in the
early stages of planning. They are also
intended to promote transparency by
ensuring that NEPA documents are
written in plain language and follow a
clear format so that they are easily
comprehensible by the public and all
parties involved in implementation of
the proposed action. A CATEX is a
category of actions which, barring
extraordinary circumstances, does not
individually or cumulatively have a
significant effect on the quality of the
human environment and for which
neither an EA nor an EIS is required.
Using CATEXs for such activities
reduces unnecessary paperwork and
delay. The estimated average document
length is 15 pages for an EA and 150
pages for an EIS. EAs, EISs, and their
associated administrative records must
be retained for at least six years after
signature of the NEPA decision
document. By contrast, a CATEX
requires either no documentation or
very brief documentation (records of
environmental consideration
documenting CATEXs are typically only
a few pages long). The estimated total
annual NEPA documentation burden
associated with this rulemaking is
unknown at this time because of the
uncertainty of the number of projects
that will require various levels of NEPA
review.
National Environmental Policy Act
The Council on Environmental
Quality regulations do not direct
agencies to prepare a NEPA analysis or
document before establishing agency
procedures (such as this regulation) that
supplement the CEQ regulations for
implementing NEPA. Agencies are
required to adopt NEPA procedures that
establish specific criteria for, and
identification of, three classes of
actions: Those that normally require
preparation of an environmental impact
statement; those that normally require
preparation of an environmental
assessment; and those that are
categorically excluded from further
NEPA review (40 CFR 1507.3(b)).
Categorical exclusions are one part of
those agency procedures, and therefore
establishing categorical exclusions does
not require preparation of a NEPA
analysis or document. Agency NEPA
procedures are procedural guidance to
assist agencies in the fulfillment of
agency responsibilities under NEPA, but
are not the agency’s final determination
of what level of NEPA analysis is
required for a particular proposed
action. The requirements for
establishing agency NEPA procedures
are set forth at 40 CFR 1505.1 and
1507.3. The determination that
establishing categorical exclusions does
not require NEPA analysis and
documentation has been upheld in
Heartwood, Inc. v. United States Forest
Service, 73 F. Supp. 2d 962, 972–73
(S.D. Ill. 1999), aff’d, 230 F.3d 947, 954–
55 (7th Cir. 2000).
List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 61
Environmental protection;
Environmental impact statements.
Authority and Issuance
Accordingly, part 61 of title 28 of the
Code of Federal Regulations is amended
as follows:
PART 61—PROCEDURES FOR
IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT
1. The authority citation for part 61
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 28 U.S.C. 509, 510; 5 U.S.C.
301; Executive Order 11991.
2. Add Appendix F to part 61 to read
as follows:
Appendix F to Part 61—Federal Bureau
of Investigation Procedures Relating to
the Implementation of the National
Environmental Policy Act
1. Authority
These procedures are issued pursuant to
the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.,
regulations of the Council on Environmental
Quality (CEQ), 40 CFR part 1500, regulations
of the Department of Justice (DOJ), 28 CFR
part 61, the Environmental Quality
Improvement Act of 1970, as amended, 42
U.S.C. 4371, et seq., and Executive Order
11514, ‘‘Protection and Enhancement of
Environmental Quality,’’ March 5, 1970, as
amended by Executive Order 11991, May 24,
1977.
2. Purpose
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
NEPA Program has been established to assist
the FBI in integrating environmental
considerations into the FBI’s mission and
activities. The FBI NEPA regulations have
been developed to supplement CEQ and DOJ
NEPA regulations by outlining internal FBI
policy and procedures. Through these
provisions, the FBI shall promote compliance
with NEPA and CEQ’s implementing
regulations, encourage environmental
sustainability by integrating environmental
considerations into mission and planning
activities, and ensure that environmental
analyses reflect consideration of non-
regulatory requirements included in Federal
orders, directives, and policy guidance.
3. Agency Description
The FBI is an intelligence-driven national
security and law enforcement component
within DOJ. The FBI’s mission is to protect
and defend the United States against terrorist
and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold
and enforce the criminal laws of the United
States, and to provide leadership and
criminal justice services to Federal, state,
municipal, and international agencies and
partners. General types of FBI actions
include:
(a) Operational activities, including the
detection, investigation, and prosecution of
crimes against the United States and the
collection of intelligence.
(b) Training activities, including the
training of Federal, state, local, and foreign
law enforcement personnel.
(c) Real estate activities, including
acquisitions and transfers of land and
facilities and leasing.
(d) Construction, including new
construction, renovations, repair, and
demolition of facilities, infrastructure,
utilities systems, and other systems.
(e) Property maintenance and management
activities, including maintenance of facilities,
equipment, and grounds and management of
natural resources.
(f) Administrative and regulatory activities,
including personnel management,
procurement of goods and services, and
preparation of regulations and policy
guidance.
4. NEPA Documentation and Decision
Making
The FBI will use the NEPA process as a
tool to ensure an interdisciplinary review of
its actions and to ensure that impacts of those
actions on the quality of the human
environment are given appropriate
consideration in FBI decisions; to identify
and assess reasonable alternatives to its
actions; and to facilitate early and open
communication, when practicable, with the
public and other agencies and organizations.
(a) Level of NEPA Analysis. The level of
NEPA analysis will depend on the context
and intensity of the environmental impacts
associated with the proposed action.
Environmental Assessments (EAs) and
Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)
should include a range of reasonable
alternatives, as well as other alternatives that
are eliminated from detailed study with a
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brief discussion of the reasons for eliminating
them. If there are no reasonable alternatives,
the EA or EIS must explain why no
reasonable alternative exists. The decision
maker must consider all the alternatives
discussed in the EA or EIS. The decision
maker may choose an alternative that is not
expressly described in a draft EA or EIS,
provided it is qualitatively within the
spectrum of alternatives that were discussed
in the draft.
(b) Responsibility for NEPA Analysis. (1)
The FBI’s responsibility for NEPA review of
actions shall be determined on a case-by-case
basis depending on the extent to which the
entire project is within the FBI’s jurisdiction
and on other factors. For example, factors
relevant to whether construction of a facility
is within FBI’s jurisdiction include the
following: The extent of FBI control and
funding in the construction or use of the
facility, whether the facility is being built
solely for FBI requirements, and whether the
project would proceed without FBI action.
(2) The extent of the FBI’s responsibility
for NEPA review of joint Federal actions,
where the FBI and another Federal agency
are cooperating on a project, shall be
determined on a case-by-case basis
depending on which agency is designated as
the lead agency and which is the cooperating
agency.
(3) In cases where FBI actions are a
component of a larger project involving a
private action or an action by a local or state
government, the FBI’s proposed action
analyzed in the NEPA document shall
include only the portions of the project over
which the FBI has sufficient control and
responsibility to warrant Federal review.
However, the cumulative impacts analysis
shall account for past, present, and
reasonably foreseeable future activities
affecting the same natural resources as the
FBI project. When actions are planned by
private or other non-Federal entities, the FBI
shall provide the potential applicant
reasonably foreseeable requirements for
studies or other information for subsequent
FBI action. In addition, the FBI shall consult
early with appropriate state and local
agencies, tribal entities, interested private
persons, and organizations when its own
involvement is reasonably foreseeable.
(4) Whenever appropriate and practicable,
the FBI shall incorporate by reference and
rely upon the environmental analyses and
reviews of other Federal, tribal, state, and
local agencies.
5. Categorical Exclusions
(a) Categorical Exclusion (CATEX) Criteria
(40 CFR 1508.4). A CATEX is a category of
actions which, barring extraordinary
circumstances, does not individually or
cumulatively have a significant effect on the
quality of the human environment and for
which neither an EA nor an EIS is required.
Using CATEXs for such activities reduces
unnecessary paperwork and delay. Such
activities are not excluded from compliance
with other applicable Federal, state, or local
environmental laws. To qualify for a CATEX,
an action must meet all of the following
criteria:
(1) The proposed action fits entirely within
one or more of the CATEXs;
(2) The proposed action has not been
segmented and is not a piece of a larger
action. For purposes of NEPA, actions must
be considered in the same review if it is
reasonably foreseeable that the actions are
connected (e.g., where one action depends on
another).
(3) No extraordinary circumstances exist
that would cause the normally excluded
proposed action to have significant
environmental effects. Extraordinary
circumstances are assumed to exist when the
proposed action is likely to involve any of
the following circumstances:
(i) An adverse effect on public health or
safety;
(ii) An adverse effect on federally listed
endangered or threatened species, marine
mammals, or critical habitat;
(iii) An adverse effect on archaeological
resources or resources listed or determined to
be eligible for listing in the National Register
of Historic Places;
(iv) An adverse effect on an
environmentally sensitive area, including
floodplains, wetlands, streams, critical
migration corridors, and wildlife refuges;
(v) A material violation of a Federal, state,
or local environmental law by the FBI;
(vi) An effect on the quality of the human
or natural environment that is likely to be
highly scientifically controversial or
uncertain, or likely to involve unique or
unknown environmental risks;
(vii) Establishment of precedents or
decisions in principle for future actions that
have the potential for significant impacts
(e.g., master plans, Integrated Natural
Resource Management Plans, Integrated
Cultural Resource Management Plans);
(viii) Significantly greater scope or size
than normally experienced for a particular
category of action;
(ix) Potential for substantial degradation of
already existing poor environmental
conditions. Also, initiation of a potentially
substantial environmental degrading
influence, activity, or effect in areas not
already substantially modified; or
(x) A connection to other actions with
individually insignificant, but cumulatively
significant, impacts.
(b) Documentation of CATEX usage. As
noted in paragraph (c) below, certain FBI
actions qualifying for a CATEX have been
predetermined to have a low risk of
extraordinary circumstances and, as such,
have been designated as not requiring
preparation of a Record of Environmental
Consideration (REC) Determination Form. A
REC Determination Form must be prepared
for all other FBI actions subject to NEPA
review. The REC Determination Form shall
determine if the proposed action falls within
a category of actions that has been excluded
from further NEPA review or if the action
will require further analysis through an EA
or EIS. The REC Determination Form shall
also identify any extraordinary circumstances
that require the FBI to perform an EA or an
EIS for an action that would otherwise
qualify for a CATEX.
(c) List of No REC Determination Form
Required (NR) FBI CATEXs. (NR1)
Reductions, realignments, or relocation of
personnel, equipment, or mobile assets that
does not result in changing the use of the
space in such a way that could cause
environmental effects or exceed the
infrastructure capacity outside of FBI-
managed property. An example of exceeding
the infrastructure capacity would be an
increase in vehicular traffic beyond the
capacity of the supporting road network to
accommodate such an increase.
(NR2) Personnel, fiscal, management, and
administrative activities, including
recruiting, processing, paying, contract
administration, recordkeeping, budgeting,
personnel actions, and travel.
(NR3) Decisions to close facilities,
decommission equipment, or temporarily
discontinue use of facilities or equipment,
where the facility or equipment is not used
to prevent or control environmental impacts.
This requirement excludes demolition
actions.
(NR4) Preparation of policies, procedures,
manuals, and other guidance documents for
which the environmental effects are too
broad, speculative, or conjectural to lend
themselves to meaningful analysis and for
which the applicability of the NEPA process
will be evaluated upon implementation,
either collectively or case by case.
(NR5) Grants of licenses, easements, or
similar arrangements for use by vehicles (not
to include substantial increases in the
number of vehicles loaded); electrical,
telephone, and other transmission and
communication lines; and pipelines,
pumping stations, and facilities for water,
wastewater, stormwater, and irrigation; and
for similar utility and transportation uses.
Construction or acquisition of new facilities
is not included.
(NR6) Acquisition, installation, operation,
and maintenance of temporary equipment,
devices, or controls necessary to mitigate
effects of the FBI’s missions on health and
the environment. This CATEX is not
intended to cover facility construction or
related activities. Examples include:
(i) Temporary sediment and erosion
control measures required to meet applicable
Federal, tribal, state, or local requirements;
(ii) Installation of temporary diversion
fencing to prevent earth disturbances within
sensitive areas during construction activities;
and
(iii) Installation of temporary markers to
delineate limits of earth disturbances in
forested areas to prevent unnecessary tree
removal.
(NR7) Routine flying operations and
infrequent, temporary (fewer than 30 days)
increases in aircraft operations up to 50
percent of the typical FBI aircraft operation
rate.
(NR8) Proposed new activities and
operations to be conducted in an existing
structure that would be consistent with
previously established safety levels and
would not result in a change in use of the
facility. Examples include new types of
research, development, testing, and
evaluation activities, and laboratory
operations conducted within existing
enclosed facilities designed to support
research and development activities.
(NR9) Conducting audits and surveys; data
collection; data analysis; and processing,
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permitting, information dissemination,
review, interpretation, and development of
documents. If any of these activities results
in proposals for further action, those
proposals must be covered by an appropriate
CATEX or other NEPA analysis. Examples
include:
(i) Document mailings, publication, and
distribution, training and information
programs, historical and cultural
demonstrations, and public affairs actions;
(ii) Studies, reports, proposals, analyses,
literature reviews, computer modeling, and
intelligence gathering and sharing;
(iii) Activities designed to support
improvement or upgrade management of
natural resources, such as surveys for
threatened and endangered species or
cultural resources; wetland delineations; and
minimal water, air, waste, and soil sampling;
(iv) Minimally intrusive geological,
geophysical, and geo-technical activities,
including mapping and engineering surveys;
(v) Conducting facility audits,
Environmental Site Assessments, and
environmental baseline surveys; and
(vi) Vulnerability, risk, and structural
integrity assessments of infrastructure.
(NR10) Routine procurement, use, storage,
and disposal of non-hazardous goods and
services in support of administrative,
operational, or maintenance activities in
accordance with executive orders and
Federal procurement guidelines. Examples
include:
(i) Office supplies and furniture;
(ii) Equipment;
(iii) Mobile assets (i.e., vehicles, vessels,
aircraft);
(iv) Utility services; and
(v) Deployable emergency response
supplies and equipment.
(NR11) Routine use of hazardous materials
(to include procurement, transportation,
distribution, and storage of such materials)
and reuse, recycling, and disposal of solid,
medical, radiological, or hazardous waste in
a manner that is consistent with all
applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
Examples include:
(i) Use of chemicals and low-level radio-
nuclides for laboratory applications;
(ii) Refueling of storage tanks;
(iii) Appropriate treatment and disposal of
medical waste;
(iv) Temporary storage and disposal of
solid waste;
(v) Disposal of radiological waste through
manufacturer return and recycling programs;
and
(vi) Hazardous waste minimization
activities.
(NR12) Acquisition, installation,
maintenance, operation, or evaluation of
security equipment to screen for or detect
dangerous or illegal individuals or materials
at existing facilities or to enhance the
physical security of existing critical assets.
Examples include:
(i) Low-level x-ray devices;
(ii) Cameras and biometric devices;
(iii) Passive inspection devices;
(iv) Detection or security systems for
explosive, biological, or chemical substances;
(v) Access controls, screening devices, and
traffic management systems;
(vi) Motion detection systems;
(vii) Impact-resistant doors and gates;
(viii) Diver and swimmer detection
systems, except sonar; and
(ix) Blast and shock impact-resistant
systems for land-based and waterfront
facilities.
(NR13) Maintenance of facilities,
equipment, and grounds. Examples include
interior utility work, road maintenance,
window washing, lawn mowing, trash
collecting, facility cleaning, and snow
removal.
(NR14) Recreation and welfare activities
(e.g., picnics and Family Day).
(NR15) Training FBI personnel or persons
external to the FBI using existing facilities
and where the training occurs in accordance
with applicable permitting requirements and
other requirements for the protection of the
environment. This exclusion does not apply
to training that involves the use of live
chemical, biological, radiological, or
explosive agents, except when conducted at
a location designed and constructed to
accommodate those materials and their
associated hazards. Examples include:
(i) Administrative or classroom training;
(ii) Tactical training, including training in
explosives and incendiary devices, arson
investigation and firefighting, and emergency
preparedness and response;
(iii) Chemical, biological, explosive, or
hazardous material handling training;
(iv) Vehicle, aircraft, and small boat
operation training;
(v) Small arms and less-than-lethal
weapons training;
(vi) Security specialties and terrorist
response training;
(vii) Crowd control training, including gas
range training;
(viii) Enforcement response, self-defense,
and interdiction techniques training; and
(ix) Fingerprinting and drug analysis
training.
(NR16) Projects, grants, cooperative
agreements, contracts, or activities to design,
develop, and conduct national, state, local, or
international exercises to test the readiness of
the nation to prevent or respond to a terrorist
attack or a natural or manmade disaster,
where the activity in question is conducted
in accordance with existing facility or land
use designations. This exclusion does not
apply to exercises that involve the use of live
chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or
explosive agents/devices (other than small
devices such as practice grenades or flash
bang devices used to simulate an attack
during exercises), unless these exercises are
conducted under the auspices of existing
plans or permits that have undergone NEPA
review.
(d) List of REC Determination Form
Required (R) FBI CATEXs. (R1) Reductions,
realignments, or relocation of personnel,
equipment, or mobile assets that results in
changing the use of the space in such a way
that could cause changes to environmental
effects, but does not result in exceeding the
infrastructure capacity outside of FBI-
managed property. An example of exceeding
the infrastructure capacity would be an
increase in vehicular traffic beyond the
capacity of the supporting road network to
accommodate such an increase.
(R2) Acquisition or use of space within an
existing structure, by purchase, lease, or use
agreement. This requirement includes
structures that are in the process of
construction or were recently constructed,
regardless of whether the existing structure
was built to satisfy an FBI requirement and
the proposed FBI use would not exceed the
carrying capacity of the utilities and
infrastructure for the use and access to the
space. This requirement also includes
associated relocation of personnel,
equipment, or assets into the acquired space.
(R3) Transfer of administrative control over
real property, including related personal
property, between another Federal agency
and the FBI that does not result in a change
in the functional use of the property.
(R4) New construction (e.g., facilities,
roads, parking areas, trails, solar panels, and
wind turbines) or improvement of land
where all of the following conditions are met:
(i) The site is in a developed or a
previously disturbed area;
(ii) The proposed use will not substantially
increase the number of motor vehicles at the
facility or in the area;
(iii) The construction or improvement will
not result in exceeding the infrastructure
capacity outside of FBI-managed property
(e.g., roads, sewer, water, and parking);
(iv) The site and scale of construction or
improvement are consistent with those of
existing, adjacent, or nearby buildings; and
(v) The structure and proposed use are
compatible with applicable Federal, tribal,
state, and local planning and zoning
standards and consistent with federally
approved state coastal management
programs.
(R5) Renovation, addition, repair,
alteration, and demolition projects affecting
buildings, roads, airfields, grounds,
equipment, and other facilities, including
subsequent disposal of debris, which may be
contaminated with hazardous materials such
as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, or
asbestos. Hazardous materials shall be
disposed of at approved sites in accordance
with Federal, state, and local regulations.
Examples include the following:
(i) Realigning interior spaces of an existing
building;
(ii) Adding a small storage shed to an
existing building;
(iii) Retrofitting for energy conservation,
including weatherization, installation of
timers on hot water heaters, installation of
energy efficient lighting, installation of low-
flow plumbing fixtures, and installation of
drip-irrigation systems;
(iv) Installing a small antenna on an
already existing antenna tower that does not
cause the total height to exceed 200 feet and
where the FCC’s NEPA procedures allow for
application of a CATEX; or
(v) Closing and demolishing a building not
eligible for listing under the National Register
of Historic Places.
(R6) Acquisition, installation,
reconstruction, repair by replacement, and
operation of utility (e.g., water, sewer,
electrical), communication (e.g., data
processing cable and similar electronic
equipment), and security systems that use
existing rights-of-way, easements,
distribution systems, or facilities.
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(R7) Acquisition, installation, operation,
and maintenance of permanent equipment,
devices, and/or controls necessary to mitigate
effects of the FBI’s missions on health and
the environment. This CATEX is not
intended to cover facility construction or
related activities. Examples include:
(i) Pollution prevention and pollution
control equipment required to meet
applicable Federal, tribal, state, or local
requirements;
(ii) Installation of fencing, including
security fencing, that would not have the
potential to significantly impede wildlife
population movement (including migration)
or surface water flow;
(iii) Installation and operation of lighting
devices;
(iv) Noise abatement measures, including
construction of noise barriers, installation of
noise control materials, or planting native
trees or native vegetation for use as a noise
abatement measure; and
(v) Devices to protect human or animal life,
such as raptor electrocution prevention
devices, and fencing and grating to prevent
accidental entry to hazardous or restricted
areas.
(R8) Non-routine procurement, use,
storage, and disposal of non-hazardous goods
and services in support of administrative,
operational, or maintenance activities in
accordance with executive orders and
Federal procurement guidelines.
(R9) Use of hazardous materials (to include
procurement, transportation, distribution,
and storage of such materials) and reuse,
recycling, and disposal of solid, medical,
radiological, or hazardous waste in a manner
that is consistent with all applicable laws,
regulations, and policies, but uncharacteristic
of routine FBI use, reuse, recycling, and
disposal of hazardous materials and waste.
Examples include:
(i) Procurement of a new type of chemical
or procurement of a larger quantity of a
particular chemical than generally used by
the FBI; and
(ii) Disposal of items that contain PCBs
(e.g., carpets, lighting, caulk).
(R10) Herbicide application and pest
management, including registered pesticide
application, in accordance with Federal,
state, and local regulations.
(R11) Natural resource management
activities on FBI-managed property to aid in
the maintenance or restoration of native flora
and fauna, including site preparation and
control of non-indigenous species, excluding
the application of herbicides.
6. Environmental Assessment
An EA is a concise public document for
actions that do not meet the requirements for
applying a CATEX, but for which it is
unclear whether an EIS is required. An EA
briefly provides evidence and analysis for
determining whether to prepare an EIS or a
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI),
and facilitates preparation of an EIS when
one is required. The requirements and
contents of an EA are described in 40 CFR
1508.9. Significance of impacts shall be
determined based on the criteria outlined in
40 CFR 1508.27. The FBI will comment on
other agencies’ EAs when relevant to the
FBI’s mission, or where the FBI has
jurisdiction by law or relevant special
expertise.
(a) Examples of types of FBI actions that
typically require an EA include the
following:
(1) Long-term plans for FBI-managed
properties and facilities.
(2) Proposed construction, land use,
activity, or operation where it is uncertain
whether the action will significantly affect
environmentally sensitive areas.
(3) New activities for which the impacts
are not known with certainty, but where the
impacts are not expected to cause significant
environmental degradation.
7. Environmental Impact Statement
An EIS is a detailed, written statement
Federal agencies must prepare for major
Federal actions that will significantly affect
the quality of the human environment, or
when an EA concludes that the significance
threshold of the impacts associated with a
proposed action would be crossed. An EIS
describes effects of the proposed action and
any reasonable alternatives. A Notice of
Intent (NOI) is published in the Federal
Register as soon as practicable after a
decision to prepare an EIS is made. The FBI
may prepare an EIS without prior preparation
of an EA. The format and content of an EIS
are described in 40 CFR part 1502.
(a) A Record of Decision (ROD) is prepared
at the time a decision is made regarding a
proposal that is analyzed and documented in
an EIS. The ROD will state the decision,
discuss the alternatives considered, and state
whether all practicable means to avoid or
minimize environmental harms have been
adopted or, if not, why they were not
adopted. Where applicable, the ROD will also
describe and adopt a monitoring and
enforcement plan for any mitigation. The FBI
will comment on other agencies’ EISs when
relevant to the FBI’s mission, or where the
FBI has jurisdiction by law or relevant
special expertise.
(b) Examples of types of actions that
typically require an EIS include the
following:
(1) Proposed major construction or
construction of facilities that would have a
significant effect on wetlands, coastal zones,
or other environmentally sensitive areas.
(2) Change in area, scope, type, and/or
frequency of operations or training that will
result in significant environmental effects.
(3) Actions where the effects of a project
or operation on the human environment are
likely to be highly scientifically uncertain,
but are perceived to have potential for
significant impacts.
8. Scoping
Scoping may be used for all NEPA
documents in order to streamline the NEPA
process by identifying significant issues and
narrowing the scope of the environmental
review process. The FBI may seek agencies
with specialized expertise or authority in
environmental planning requirements that
may be beneficial to FBI mission planning
and encourage such agencies to be
cooperating agencies (40 CFR 1501.6,
1508.5). In cases where an EIS is prepared in
response to a finding of significant impact
following preparation of an EA, the EIS
scoping process shall incorporate the results
of the EA development process.
9. Public Involvement
The FBI may use such means as newspaper
announcements, electronic media, and public
hearings to disseminate information to
potentially interested or affected parties
about NEPA actions, as appropriate. When
preparing an EIS, and in certain cases an EA,
the FBI shall invite comment from affected
Federal, tribal, state, and local agencies, and
other interested persons in accordance with
40 CFR part 1503.
10. Mitigation
(a) Mitigation measures, such as those
described in 40 CFR 1508.20, may be used to
offset environmental impacts associated with
implementation of an action. If a FONSI or
ROD is based on mitigation measures, all
mitigation measures stipulated in the EA or
EIS must be implemented as described in the
FONSI or ROD.
(b) Mitigation measures, where applicable,
must be included as conditions in grants,
permits, and relevant contract documents.
Funding of actions shall be contingent on
performance of mitigation measures, where
such measures are identified in a FONSI or
ROD. If mitigation is required, a mitigation
monitoring plan shall be developed prior to
the initiation of the proposed action. To the
extent practicable, the FBI shall make
available the progress or results of
monitoring upon request by the public or
cooperating/commenting agencies.
11. Programmatic, Tiered, and Supplemental
NEPA Documents
(a) Programmatic EAs or EISs may be
prepared to cover broad actions, such as
programs or plans (e.g., Master Plan EA).
(b) Tiered EAs or EISs may be prepared to
cover narrower actions that are a component
to previously prepared Programmatic EAs or
EISs as described in 40 CFR 1508.28.
(c) Supplemental EAs or EISs shall be
prepared when the FBI makes substantial
changes to the proposed action that are
relevant to environmental concerns; when
there are significant new circumstances or
information relevant to environmental
concerns and bearing on the proposed action
or its impacts (e.g., new study has revealed
rare, threatened, and endangered species in
the project vicinity); or when the FBI
determines that the purposes of NEPA will be
furthered by doing so.
(1) Supplemental EAs may either be
prepared by tracking changes in the original
EA or by preparing a separate document that
only discusses the changes in the project
scope and/or new information and the
associated changes with regard to impacts.
The process concludes with a decision
regarding whether to issue a revised FONSI
(using one of the methods listed in section
9 of these procedures) or a decision to
prepare an EIS.
(2) Supplemental EISs are prepared in the
same way as an EIS. If, however, a
supplemental EIS is prepared within one
year of filing the ROD for the original EIS, no
new scoping process is required. The process
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concludes with a decision regarding whether
to issue a revised ROD.
Dated: April 3, 2019.
Rod J. Rosenstein,
Deputy Attorney General.
[FR Doc. 2019–06970 Filed 4–8–19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4410–02–P
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY
Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket Number USCG–2019–0217]
RIN 1625–AA87
Security Zones; Corpus Christi Ship
Channel, Corpus Christi, TX
AGENCY
: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION
: Temporary final rule.
SUMMARY
: The Coast Guard establishes
two security zones. One of the zones is
a temporary fixed security zone for the
receiving facility’s mooring basin while
the Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier
(LNGC) CADIZ KNUTSEN is moored at
the facility. The other zone is a moving
security zone encompassing all
navigable waters within a 500-yard
radius around the LNGC CADIZ
KNUTSEN while the vessel transits with
cargo in the La Quinta Channel and
Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Corpus
Christi, TX. The security zones are
needed to protect the vessel and its
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) cargo from
destruction, loss, or injury from
sabotage or other subversive acts,
accidents, or other potential causes.
Entry of vessels and persons into these
zones is prohibited unless specifically
authorized by the Captain of the Port
Sector Corpus Christi or a designated
representative.
DATES
: This rule is effective without
actual notice from April 9, 2019 until
April 10, 2019. For the purposes of
enforcement, actual notice will be used
from April 3, 2019 until April 9, 2019.
ADDRESSES
: To view documents
mentioned in this preamble as being
available in the docket, go to http://
www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2019–
0217 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click
‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket
Folder on the line associated with this
rule.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: If
you have questions on this rule, call or
email Petty Officer Kevin Kyles, Sector
Corpus Christi Waterways Management
Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone
361–939–5125, email Kevin.L.Kyles@
uscg.mil.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
I. Table of Abbreviations
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port Sector Corpus
Christi
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
LNGC Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
§ Section
U.S.C. United States Code
II. Background Information and
Regulatory History
The Coast Guard is issuing this
temporary rule without prior notice and
opportunity to comment pursuant to
authority under section 4(a) of the
Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5
U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision
authorizes an agency to issue a rule
without prior notice and opportunity to
comment when the agency for good
cause finds that those procedures are
‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary
to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C.
553(b)(3)(B), the Coast Guard finds that
good cause exists for not publishing a
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
with respect to this rule because it is
impracticable. We must establish these
security zones by April 3, 2019 and lack
sufficient time to provide a reasonable
comment period and then consider
those comments before issuing the rule.
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast
Guard finds that good cause exists for
making this rule effective less than 30
days after publication in the Federal
Register. Delaying the effective date of
this rule would be contrary to the public
interest because immediate action is
needed to provide for the security of the
vessel.
III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule
The Coast Guard is issuing this rule
under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034. The
Captain of the Port Sector Corpus
Christi (COTP) has determined that
potential hazards associated with
Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier (LNGC)
CADIZ KNUTSEN between April 3,
2019 and April 10, 2019 will be a
security concern while the vessel is
moored at the receiving facility and
within a 500-yard radius of the vessel
while the vessel transits with cargo.
IV. Discussion of the Rule
This rule establishes two security
zones around LNGC CADIZ KNUTSEN
from April 3, 2019 through April 10,
2019. A fixed security zone will be in
effect in the mooring basin bound by
27°5253.38N, 097°1620.66W on the
northern shoreline; thence to
27°5245.58N, 097°1619.60W; thence
to 27°5238.55N, 097°1545.56W;
thence to 27°5249.30N, 097°1545.44
W; thence west along the shoreline to
27°5253.38N, 097°1620.66W, while
LNGC CADIZ KNUTSEN is moored. A
moving security zone will cover all
navigable waters within a 500-yard
radius of the LNGC CADIZ KNUTSEN
while the vessel transits outbound with
cargo through the La Quinta Channel
and Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Entry
into these security zones is prohibited
unless authorized by the COTP or a
designated representative. A designated
representative is a commissioned,
warrant, or petty officer of the U.S.
Coast Guard assigned to units under the
operational control of USCG Sector
Corpus Christi. Persons and vessels
desiring to enter or pass through the
zones must request permission from the
COTP or a designated representative on
VHF–FM channel 16 or by telephone at
361–939–0450. If permission is granted,
all persons and vessels shall comply
with the instructions of the COTP or
designated representative. The COTP or
a designated representative will inform
the public through Broadcast Notices to
Mariners (BNMs) of the enforcement
times and dates for these security zones.
V. Regulatory Analyses
We developed this rule after
considering numerous statutes and
Executive orders related to rulemaking.
Below we summarize our analyses
based on a number of these statutes and
Executive orders, and we discuss First
Amendment rights of protestors.
A. Regulatory Planning and Review
Executive Orders 12866 and 13563
direct agencies to assess the costs and
benefits of available regulatory
alternatives and, if regulation is
necessary, to select regulatory
approaches that maximize net benefits.
Executive Order 13771 directs agencies
to control regulatory costs through a
budgeting process. This rule has not
been designated a ‘‘significant
regulatory action,’’ under Executive
Order 12866. Accordingly, this rule has
not been reviewed by the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB), and
pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt
from the requirements of Executive
Order 13771.
This regulatory action determination
is based on the size, duration, and
location of the security zone. This rule
will impact a small designated area of
the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and La
Quinta Channel, where the vessel traffic
is usually low, for only 8 days, while
the vessel is moored at the receiving
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