Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Juniper Butte Range Land Withdrawal Extension, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho

 
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Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 1 (Thursday, January 2, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 1 (Thursday, January 2, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-28300]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Department of the Air Force
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and
Finding of No Significant Impact for the Juniper Butte Range Land
Withdrawal Extension, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
AGENCY: Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
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SUMMARY: The US Air Force (Air Force) is issuing this notice of
availability of a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No
Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Juniper Butte Range Land Withdrawal
Extension, Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB), Idaho.
ADDRESSES: For information on this EA contact Mountain Home AFB 366
Fighter Wing Public Affairs (366 FW/PA) at
[email protected]; 208-826-6800; or 366 FW/PA, 366
Gunfighter Avenue, Suite 310, Mountain Home AFB 83648. For further
information contact Robin Divine at 208-826-6800.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final EA and FONSI have been prepared to
consider the potential environmental consequences of extending the
public lands withdrawal established in Title XXIX of Public Law 105-261
on October 17, 1998, the Juniper Butte Range Withdrawal Act, at the
Mountain Home Range Complex associated with Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
Per section 2915(c) of the Juniper Butte Range Withdrawal Act, the
Draft EA and FONSI were made available for public review and comment
for a 60-day period beginning on 10 April 2019, and a public meeting
was held in Mountain Home, Idaho on April 25, 2019. No public comments
were received. The agency comment letters received during the 60-day
public review period are addressed in the Final EA. Under the Juniper
Butte Range Withdrawal Act, approximately 11,816 acres of public land
located in Owyhee and Twin Falls Counties, Idaho, were withdrawn from
the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management to the Air Force
for military use. Under the Juniper Butte Range Withdrawal Act, the
withdrawal of these public lands will expire in 2023 unless the Air
Force meets the requirements for extension in section 2915(c) of the
Act. Therefore, the Air Force has analyzed the potential environmental
impacts in the Final EA and signed a FONSI proposing to extend the
withdrawal of this public land for continued military training for an
additional 25 years. In addition, except as provided in section 2908(f)
of the Juniper Butte Range Withdrawal Act, withdrawn and acquired
mineral resources within the boundaries of the Juniper Butte Range will
continue as originally withdrawn from United States mining laws. The
Final EA and signed FONSI are available on the internet at https://www.mountainhome.af.mil/Home/Environmental-News/. Printed copies of the
Final EA and signed FONSI are also available for review at the
following locations:
 Mountain Home Public Library, 790 N 10th E Street, Mountain
Home, Idaho 83647
 Mountain Home AFB Library, 480 5th Avenue, Building 2610,
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 83648
 Twin Falls Public Library, 201 4th Avenue East, Twin Falls,
Idaho 83301
Adriane Paris,
Acting Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-28300 Filed 12-31-19; 8:45 am]
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