[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 9 (Friday, January 12, 2001)]
[Page 2876]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-1019]



Rural Utilities Service

Dairyland Power Cooperative, Notice of Availability of an 
Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability of an environmental assessment.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) 
is publishing an environmental assessment (EA) for a project proposed 
by Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The 
project consists of constructing a coal ash landfill at its existing 
Alma Off-site disposal facility. The project is located in the NE\1/4\ 
of the NE\1/4\ of section 19 and portions of sections 18 and 20, T21N, 
R12W, town of Belvidere, Buffalo County, Wisconsin. The proposed 
landfill will be an expansion of DPC's existing facility. All 
construction activity will take place on property owned by DPC. RUS 
proposes to provide financial assistance to DPC for this project.

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Nurul Islam, Environmental Protection 
Specialist, Rural Utilities Service, Engineering and Environmental 
Staff, Stop 1571, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-
1571, telephone: (202) 720-1414; e-mail: [email protected]. 
Information is also available from Bradley P. Foss, Environmental 
Biologist, DPC, 3200 East Avenue South, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, 
telephone (608) 787-1492, FAX: (608) 787-1490. His e-mail address is: . 
RUS seeks written comments on the DPC proposal. Written comments should 
be submitted to RUS within 30 days of the publication of this notice to 
the above address.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DPC proposes to construct the facility at a 
site in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. DPC is continuing with the landfill 
siting and development process for a 32-acres noncontiguous coal ash 
disposal area at their existing Alma Off-site disposal facility. In 
addition to the 32 acres required for the ash disposal area, 
approximately another 32 acres will be required to develop access 
roads, berms, ditches, sedimentation basins, and temporary stock piles. 
Soil required for construction of the sub-base, perimeter berms, and 
the final covering of the disposal area will be obtained from on-site 
sources. The construction and operation of the facility will not be 
visible from any public roads or private residences. The anticipated 
life of the landfill is about 13.9 years at the present disposal rates.
    The EA is available for public review at the RUS or the 
headquarters of DPC at the addresses provided in this notice and at the 
following locations:
     Buffalo County Clerk's Office, Buffalo County Courthouse, 
407 South 2nd Street, Alma, Wisconsin 54610, Tel: (608) 685-6209
    Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the address 
provided in this notice. RUS will accept questions and comments on the 
EA for 30 days from the date of publication of this notice.
    Any final action by RUS related to the proposed project will be 
subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal 
environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental 
review procedures as prescribed by the 7 CFR Part 1794, Environmental 
Policies and Procedures.

    Dated: January 5, 2001.
Lawrence R. Wolfe,
Acting Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff.
[FR Doc. 01-1019 Filed 1-11-01; 8:45 am]