Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – USA Rail Terminals, LLC
On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of November 6, 2017 to November 22, 2017. As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies. Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, January 12, 2018. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: USA Rail Terminals, LLC
Location: The project site is located near the Neches River, within Spindletop Park, approximately 0.45-mile north-northeast of the intersection of South Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Sulphur Plant Road, in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.
LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 30.034849 -94.055740
Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct a railroad spur and side rails that will connect to an existing railroad. The newly constructed facilities will include 21 rail siding lines, varying from 2,580 to 3,507 feet in length and a 1.03-mile emergency vehicle access road, at the project site. Fill will be permanently placed in jurisdictional waters to build the railway and access-road beds. A total of 1.25 acres of jurisdictional wetlands will be permanently impacted by this project. Two types of waters will be affected, palustrine shrub/scrub wetland (0.16 acres) and palustrine emergent wetland (1.09 acres).
Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-2017-00078. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
CMP Project No: 17-1210-F1
Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.
Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from Ms. Allison Buchtien, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.
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