Speedway Solar Project: Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Hold Public Scoping Meeting on February 2, 2022

CourtRural Utilities Service
Citation87 FR 2411
Record Number2022-00688
Publication Date14 January 2022
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Rural Utilities Service
Speedway Solar Project: Notice of
Intent To Prepare an Environmental
Impact Statement and Hold Public
Scoping Meeting on February 2, 2022
AGENCY
: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice of intent to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement and
hold public scoping meeting.
SUMMARY
: The Rural Utilities Service
(RUS) announces its intent to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
and to hold a virtual public scoping
meeting in connection with possible
impacts related to a project proposed by
Speedway Solar LLC (Speedway Solar).
The primary scope of the EIS is to
evaluate the environmental impacts of
and alternatives to Speedway Solar’s
application for financial assistance to
develop the Speedway Solar Project
(Project), a 199-megawatt (MW) solar
array using photovoltaic (PV) modules
on private, primarily agricultural lands
in Shelby County, Indiana. RUS is
considering funding this application,
thereby making the proposed Project an
undertaking subject to review under the
National Historic Preservation Act
(NHPA). RUS has determined that a
loan for the Project would be a federal
action and is, therefore, subject to
National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) review.
DATES
: One virtual public scoping
meeting webinar will be held on
February 2, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. EST–
8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. The public
scoping meeting will be conducted in a
virtual format with RUS and Speedway
Solar representatives. Attendees will be
able to submit comments during the
virtual public meeting orally or via the
chat function. The public scoping
meeting will be recorded and kept as
part of the Project record. Equal weight
will be given to oral and written (chat)
comments. More information about the
virtual public scoping meeting can be
found at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/
resources/environmental-studies/
impact-statements.
Written requests to participate as a
‘‘consulting party’’ or to provide
comments for consideration during the
scoping process for the proposed Project
must be received on or before February
14, 2022.
ADDRESSES
: To request ‘‘consulting
party’’ status, submit comments, or for
further information, please contact:
SpeedwaySolarEIS@usda.gov. Although
electronic submittal is strongly
encouraged, written comments may also
be submitted by regular mail to United
States Department of Agriculture,
Attention: Peter Steinour, Mail Stop
1570, Rural Utilities Service, WEP/EES,
1400 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, DC 20250.
Project-related information will be
available at RUS’s and Speedway Solar’s
websites located at: https://
www.rd.usda.gov/resources/
environmental-studies/impact-
statements, and https://speedwaysolar.
com/. This includes the Alternative
Evaluation and Site Selection Studies
prepared for the project. Project
information will also be available at the
Shelby County Public Library
Morristown Branch at 127 E Main St.,
Morristown, IN.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The RUS
is the lead federal agency, as defined at
40 CFR 1508.1(o), for preparation of the
EIS. With this notice, federal and state
agencies and federally-recognized
Tribes with jurisdiction or special
expertise are invited to be cooperating
agencies. Such agencies or tribes may
make a request to RUS to be a
cooperating agency by contacting the
RUS contact provided in this notice.
Designated cooperating agencies have
certain responsibilities to support the
NEPA and scoping process, as specified
at 40 CFR 1501.8.
In addition, RUS invites any affected
federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes,
and other interested persons to
comment on the scope, alternatives, and
significant issues to be analyzed in
depth in the EIS.
Public participation is an integral
component of the environmental review
process for federal actions. Public
participation will be especially
important during the scoping phase of
the proposed Project. The RUS will be
seeking information, comments, and
assistance from federal, State, and local
agencies, Tribes, and other individuals
who may be interested in or affected by
the proposed Project. This input will be
used in preparing the Draft EIS.
Comments submitted during the scoping
process should be in writing. The
comments should describe as clearly
and completely as possible any issues,
concerns, or input commenters may
have so that they can be addressed
appropriately in the EIS.
The RUS is considering funding this
application, thereby making the
proposed Project an undertaking subject
to review under Section 106 of the
National Historic Preservation Act
(NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470(f), and its
implementing regulation, ‘‘Protection of
Historic Properties’’ (36 CFR part 800).
Any party wishing to participate
directly with RUS as a ‘‘consulting
party’’ in Section 106 review may
submit a written request to the RUS
contact provided below. Pursuant to 36
CFR 800.3(f)(3), RUS will consider, and
provide a timely response to, any and
all requests for consulting party status.
The Project will consist of a 199-
megawatt (MW) solar array using
photovoltaic (PV) modules on private
lands in Shelby County, Indiana. The
Project consists of a 199–MW solar array
that will utilize PV modules. The
Project consists of two major
components: PV solar arrays (the main
Project footprint) and transmission
interconnection facilities (a collector
substation). The Project will be located
entirely on privately owned farmland in
a rural area in Shelby County, Indiana.
The Application Area encompasses
approximately 1,800 acres. Within the
Application Area, construction will
occur on an approximately 1,100-acre
project area.
Speedway Solar entered into a power
purchase agreement with Wabash Valley
Power Alliance (WVPA) for the solar
and energy storage project. WVPA’s
objective is to provide safe, adequate,
and reliable power to its members at the
lowest reasonable cost. The Project will
allow the Applicant to provide the
additional generation capacity needed
by WVPA to achieve these goals and to
serve electrical needs within the service
territories of their member cooperatives.
Among the alternatives that RUS will
address in the EIS is the No Action
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alternative, under which the proposal
will not be undertaken or if RUS did not
fund the proposed Project, other sites
evaluated by Speedway Solar, and any
reasonable alternatives defined as a
result of the scoping process. In the EIS,
the effects of the proposal will be
compared to the existing conditions in
the affected area of the proposal. Public
health and safety, environmental
impacts (such as impacts to vegetation,
soils/prime farmland, wildlife/
endangered species, cultural resources,
and land use), socio-economic, and
engineering aspects of the proposal will
also be considered in the EIS.
As part of its broad environmental
review process, RUS must take into
account the effect of the proposal on
historic properties in accordance with
Section 106 of the NHPA (Section 106)
and its implementing regulation,
‘‘Protection of Historic Properties’’ (36
CFR 800). Pursuant to 36 CFR
800.2(d)(3), RUS is using its procedures
for public involvement under NEPA to
meet its responsibilities to solicit and
consider the views of the public during
NHPA Section 106 review. Accordingly,
comments submitted in response to this
Notice will inform RUS decision-
making during NHPA Section 106
review.
In addition to compliance with
Section 106, the Project will require
evaluation under Section 404 of the
Clean Water Act and will obtain
required state, county, and local
permits. The Project has received
approval from the Shelby County Board
of Zoning Appeals.
From information provided in the
studies mentioned above, and using
input provided by government agencies,
tribes, and the public, RUS will prepare
a Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will be filed
with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (USEPA) and will be available
for public comment by Spring 2022. At
that time, RUS and USEPA will publish
a notice of the availability of the Draft
EIS and notice of receipt, respectively,
in the Federal Register. In addition,
Speedway Solar will publish notices in
local newspapers and any online local
news sources. The comment period will
be 45 days from the date the EPA
publishes its Federal Register notice
announcing receipt of the Draft EIS.
To assist the involved federal agencies
in identifying and considering issues
and concerns on the proposal,
comments on the Draft EIS should be as
specific as possible. It is also helpful if
the comments refer to the specific pages
or chapters of the Draft EIS. Comments
may also address the adequacy of the
Draft EIS or the merits of the
alternatives formulated and discussed in
the statement. Reviewers may wish to
refer to the CEQ’s regulations at 40 CFR
1503.3 in addressing these points. After
the comment period ends on the Draft
EIS, the comments will be analyzed,
considered, and responded to by the
agencies involved in preparing the Final
EIS.
The public will again have the
opportunity to review and comment on
the Final EIS. Upon completion of a 30-
day public comment period, the RUS
will document its decision regarding the
proposed Project and reasons for the
decision in a Record of Decision. A
public notice announcing the
availability of the Record of Decision
will be published in the Federal
Register and local newspapers.
Any final action by RUS related to the
proposal will be subject to, and
contingent upon, compliance with all
relevant executive orders and federal,
state, and local environmental laws and
regulations in addition to the
completion of the environmental review
requirements as prescribed in 7 CFR
1970, Environmental Policies and
Procedures.
Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service,
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Notice of Public Meetings of the
Virginia Advisory Committee to the
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
AGENCY
: U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights.
ACTION
: Announcement of meeting.
SUMMARY
: Notice is hereby given,
pursuant to the provisions of the rules
and regulations of the U.S. Commission
on Civil Rights (Commission) and the
Federal Advisory Committee Act, that
the Virginia Advisory Committee
(Committee) will hold a web meeting
via WebEx on Friday, February 11,
2022, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The
purpose of the meeting is to continue
reviewing testimony and discussing
potential speakers for the next briefing
on police accountability in the state.
DATES
: The meeting will be held on:
Friday, February 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time.
Online Registration: https://bit.ly/
3zyzYdG.
Join by Phone: 800–360–9505 USA
Toll Free; Access code: 2762 877 8065.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Melissa Wojnaroski, DFO, at
mwojnaroski@usccr.gov or (202) 618–
4158.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Members
of the public may listen to this
discussion through the above call-in
number. An open comment period will
be provided to allow members of the
public to make a statement as time
allows. Callers can expect to incur
regular charges for calls they initiate
over wireless lines, according to their
wireless plan. The Commission will not
refund any incurred charges. Callers
will incur no charge for calls they
initiate over land-line connections to
the toll-free telephone number.
Individual who is deaf, deafblind, and
hard of hearing may also follow the
proceedings by first calling the Federal
Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 and
providing the Service with the
conference call number and conference
ID number.
Members of the public are entitled to
submit written comments; the
comments must be received in the
regional office within 30 days following
the meeting. Written comments may be
emailed to Melissa Wojnaroski at
mwojnaroski@usccr.gov.
Records generated from this meeting
may be inspected and reproduced at the
Regional Programs Unit Office, as they
become available, both before and after
the meeting. Records of the meeting will
be available via www.facadatabase.gov
under the Commission on Civil Rights,
Virginia Advisory Committee link.
Persons interested in the work of this
Committee are directed to the
Commission’s website, http://
www.usccr.gov, or may contact the
Regional Programs Unit at the above
email or street address.
Agenda
I. Welcome & Roll Call
II. SAC Discussion: Civil Rights and
Police Accountability in Virginia
III. Public Comments
IV. Adjournment
Dated: January 11, 2022.
David Mussatt,
Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit.
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