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This notice announces an application submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit, subject to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899:
APPLICANT: Zack Malone
Pine Bluff Materials (PBM)
624 Kelly Drive
Ledbetter, KY 42058
LOCATION: Ohio River Mile (ORM) 897.3(Empire Landing) and 916.1 (Birdsville Landing)
7.5 Minute Quad: Smithland, KY
7.5 Minute Quad: Shelterville, KY
PURPOSE: PBM proposes to install landing barges on the Ohio River to be utilized for crew change during commercial sand and gravel dredging operation in the immediate vicinity.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK: PBM proposes to install landing barges on the left descending bank of the Ohio River at Mile 897.3 and 916.1 to be utilized for crew change only when PBM has dredges in the immediate vicinity. PBM crews do not live on board the vessels but travel home between their shifts each day and night. Crew change happens at 0600 and 1800 each day. The landing barge would be configured either with four 40 feet(ft.) wide by 15 ft. long barges in a 2 long by 2 wide configuration held by two 24-inch diameter x 60 ft. long spuds, or with two barges held in a 2 wide by 1 long configuration held by one 24-inch diameter spud x 60 ft. and one ¾ -inch steel cable running to an exposed (4 ft x 4 ft) concrete solider block set on the bank by PBM crane above the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) of the Ohio River. Designs are included in attachment Exhibit C. These two sites would service currently permitted dredging areas authorized by DA Permit #: LRL-2011-105-jmb at ORM 895-898 and ORM 915-917.2 and DA Permit #: LRL-2017-273 at ORM 917-917.8. The maximum riverward projection of the landing barges at normal pool would be 150 feet. No clearing of trees or ground disturbance is proposed for the undertaking.
MITIGATION MEASURES: No mitigation is proposed.
It is noted that this proposed mitigation plan is open to comment and subject to change. The Corps will make a determination of appropriate mitigation, upon review of all submitted information.
REVIEW PROCEDURES: A DA Permit cannot be issued if any legally required Federal, State, or local authorization or certification is denied.
Copies of this notice are sent to the appropriate Federal and State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Their views and comments are solicited in accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956. The Endangered Species Act (ESA, 87 Stat. 884, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pursuant to Section 7(a) 2 of the ESA on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered, or any designated critical habitat. A copy of this notice is being furnished to the USFWS for their review. Per this notification, we request comments from the USFWS concerning potential impact to threatened and/or endangered species that may occur within the project area. After receipt of comments, the USACE will evaluate the potential impacts to proposed and/or listed species and their designated critical habitat and initiate consultation with USFWS, if required.
Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. A request for a public hearing must state the specific interest which might be damaged by issuance of the DA Permit.
The National Register of Historic Places has been examined, and it has been determined that there are no properties currently listed on the Register which would be directly affected by the proposed work. If we are made aware, as a result of comments received in response to this notice, or by other means, of specific archaeological, scientific, prehistoric, or historical sites or structures which might be affected by the proposed work, the District Engineer will immediately take the appropriate action necessary pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 – Public Law 89-665 as amended (including Public Law 96-515).
The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetic values, general environmental concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use, navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production, and in general, the needs and welfare of the public.
The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. It is presumed that all interested parties and agencies will wish to respond; therefore, a lack of response will be interpreted as meaning that there is no objection to the proposed project. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
Written statements received in this office on or before the closing date will become a part of the official record and will be considered in the determination on this permit request. Any objections which are received during this period will be forwarded to the applicant for possible resolution before the determination is made whether to issue or deny the requested DA Permit. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.
Information pertaining to this application is available for public examination during normal business hours upon prior request. Drawings are available on Louisville District's Internet site at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/. All comments regarding this proposal should be addressed to Matt Dennis, CELRL-RDS at the address noted above and should refer to the Public Notice Number LRL-2023-00177.
If you desire to submit your comments by email, you must comply with the following:
a) In the subject line of your email, type in ONLY the Public Notice ID No. LRL-2023-00177.
b) Provide your physical mailing address and telephone number.
c) Send your email to: email@example.com
d) If you are sending attachments greater than 10 Mb in size with your email, you must send a hard copy (CD or paper) to the Corps’ physical address as well.