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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

70 / Thursday, April 12, 2007 / Notices 18491

INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND The Proposed Action would increase ACTION: Institution of investigation and
WATER COMMISSION, UNITED the flood containment capacity of the request for written submissions.
STATES AND MEXICO Lateral A/Retamal Dike System to meet
the 3-foot freeboard design criterion for SUMMARY: Following receipt of a request
United States Section; Notice of flood protection. Throughout the on March 15, 2007 from the United
Availability of a Final Environmental approximately 11.5-mile Lateral A States Trade Representative (USTR)
Assessment and Finding of No segment, height increases between 1.5 under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of
Significant Impact for Improvements to and 4 feet are typically needed to reach 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)) and in
the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee the design freeboard value. For the 3.5- accordance with section 103 of the
System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood mile Retamal Dike segment, typical North American Free Trade Agreement
Control Project, Hidalgo County, TX increases in levee height range from 0 to (NAFTA) Implementation Act (19 U.S.C.
2 feet. The increase in levee height will 3313), the Commission instituted
AGENCY: United States Section, Investigation Nos. 332–490 and
International Boundary and Water result in an expansion to the levee
footprint by lateral extension of the NAFTA–103–017, Certain Sugar Goods:
Commission, United States and Mexico. Probable Economic Effect of Tariff
structure. Structural improvements,
ACTION: Notice of Availability of Final Elimination under NAFTA for Goods of
such as a slurry cutoff barrier or a
Environmental Assessment (EA) and Mexico.
riverside impermeable liner, may be
Finding of No Significant Impact DATES: March 15, 2007: Date of receipt
required for some levee segments where
(FONSI). of request.
seepage is a potential problem.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) The Environmental Assessment April 5, 2007: Date of institution of
of the National Environmental Policy assesses potential environmental investigation.
Act of 1969; the Council on impacts of the Proposed Action and the May 4, 2007: Deadline for written
Environmental Quality Final No Action Alternative. Potential statements, including any post-hearing
Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through impacts on natural, cultural, and other briefs.
1508); and the United States Section’s resources were evaluated and mitigation June 15, 2007: Transmittal of report to
Operational Procedures for measures were incorporated into the the USTR.
Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, Proposed Action. A Finding of No ADDRESSES: All Commission offices,
published in the Federal Register Significant Impact was issued for the including the Commission’s hearing
September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the Proposed Action based on a review of rooms, are located in the United States
United States Section hereby gives the facts and analyses contained in the International Trade Commission
notice that the Final Environmental Environmental Assessment. Building, 500 E Street, SW.,
Assessment and Finding of No The USIBWC is authorized to Washington, DC. All written
Significant Impact for Improvements to construct, operate, and maintain any submissions, including requests to
the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee project or works projected by the United appear at the hearing, statements, and
System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood States of America on the Lower Rio briefs, should be addressed to the
Control Project, located in Hidalgo Grande Flood Control Project (LRGFCP) Secretary, United States International
County, Texas are available. A notice of as authorized by the Act of the 74th Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW.,
finding of no significant impact dated Congress, Sess. I Ch. 561 (H.R. 6453), Washington, DC 20436. The public
January 8, 2007 provided a thirty (30) approved August 19, 1935 (49 Stat. 660), record for this investigation may be
day comment period before making the and codified at 22 U.S.C. Section 277, viewed on the Commission’s electronic
finding final. The Notice was published 277a, 277b, 277c, and Acts amendatory docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.
in the Federal Register on January 8, thereof and supplementary thereto. The FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
2007 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 72, LRGFCP was constructed to protect Information may be obtained from
No. 4, Pages 797–798). urban, suburban, and highly developed Douglas Newman, Office of Industries
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
irrigated farmland along the Rio Grande (202–205–3328 or
Daniel Borunda, Environmental delta in the United States and Mexico. douglas.newman@usitc.gov); for
Availability: Electronic copies of the information on legal aspects, contact
Protection Specialist; Environmental
Final EA and FONSI are available from William Gearhart of the Commission’s
Management Division; United States
the USIBWC Home Page at http:// Office of the General Counsel (202–205–
Section, International Boundary and
www.ibwc.state.gov. 3091 or william.gearhart@usitc.gov).
Water Commission; 4171 N. Mesa, C–
100; El Paso, Texas 79902. Telephone: Dated: April 4, 2007. The media should contact Margaret
(915) 832–4767, e-mail: Susan Daniel, O’Laughlin, Office of External Relations
danielborunda@ibwc.state.gov. General Counsel. (202–205–1819 or
Backgound: The USIBWC, in [FR Doc. E7–6743 Filed 4–11–07; 8:45 am] margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). Hearing
cooperation with the U.S. Fish and BILLING CODE 7010–01–P
impaired individuals are advised that
Wildlife Service (USFWS), prepared this information on this matter can be
Environmental Assessment for the obtained by contacting the TDD
proposed action of raising the Lateral A/ terminal on (202–205–1810). General
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Retamal Dike Levee System located in information concerning the Commission
COMMISSION
Hidalgo County, Texas to improve flood may also be obtained by accessing its
control. This levee system is part of the [Investigation No. 332–490 and Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov).
LRGFCP that extends approximately 180 Investigation No. NAFTA–103–017] Persons with mobility impairments who
miles from the Town of Peñitas in south will need special assistance in gaining
rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES

Certain Sugar Goods: Probable access to the Commission should


Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The Lateral
Economic Effect of Tariff Elimination contact the Office of the Secretary at
A/Retamal Dike Levee System extends
Under NAFTA for Goods of Mexico 202–205–2000.
approximately 14 miles, from the
Carlson Settling Basin to Retamal AGENCY: United States International SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: According
Diversion Dam. Trade Commission. to the USTR’s letter, the President may

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