[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 156 (Friday, August 12, 2011)]
[Page 50214]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20601]




Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation's Refinery, Notice of 
Availability of the Record of Decision (ROD), National Pollutant 
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit

AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The MHA Nation proposes to construct, own and operate a 13,000 
barrels-per-day petroleum refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian 
Reservation near Makoti in North Dakota. The refinery will produce 
diesel fuel, gasoline and propane. The NPDES permit will be for surface 
water discharges associated with the operation of the refinery.
    EPA's decision to issue the NPDES permit is based on the 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Fact Sheet for the NPDES 
permit and the administrative record for the project. EPA and the 
Bureau of Indian Affairs issued the draft EIS in June 2006 and the 
final EIS (FEIS) in August 2009. Since the FEIS was issued, the MHA 
Nation decided to change the refinery feedstock from synthetic crude 
oil to the Bakken formation crude. As a result of the feedstock change, 
EPA evaluated the potential changes in impacts and the analysis in the 
FEIS. EPA's evaluation is summarized in a Supplemental Information 
Report (SIR). The FEIS, ROD and SIR are available for review at http://www.epa.gov/region8/compliance/nepa/mharefinery.html. The appeal period 
for the NPDES permit decision ends 30 days from the date of this notice 
in accordance with 40 CFR 124.19.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Dana Allen; [email protected], 
(303) 312-6870 regarding the ROD and SIR and Mr. Robert Brobst; 
[email protected], (303) 312-6129 regarding the NPDES permit; U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street; Denver, 
Colorado, 80202-1129.

    Dated: August 9, 2011.
Susan E. Bromm,
Director, Office of Federal Activities.
[FR Doc. 2011-20601 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]