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HUD Environmental Notice

Updated: Oct 15




NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS


Date of Notice: October 15, 2020


Name of Responsible Entity: La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians


Address: 22000 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061


Telephone Number of: 760-742-3771


These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about November 2, 2020 the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians will submit a request to the HUD for the release of HUD CARES Imminent Threat funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to undertake a project known as La Jolla Tribal Emergency Operations Center for the purpose of constructing a facility for emergency response including fire, police, and telemedicine to prepare for and respond to the COVID 19 pandemic. This will use $800,000 in HUD Imminent Threat ICDBG funds pursuant to Grant Number: 20IV0618640.


FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT


The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at 22000 Highway 76 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M to 3 P.M.


PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the La Jolla Tribal EPA. All comments received by November 2, 2020 will be considered by the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION


The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians certifies to HUD that Fred Nelson, Jr. in his capacity as Tribal Chairman consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to use Program funds.


OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS


HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians; (b) the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at Deborah.A.Apsey@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. __________________________________ Fred Nelson, Jr., Tribal Chairman


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