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NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
Date of Publication: December 17, 2013
HIDALGO COUNTY – URBAN COUNTY PROGRAM
3304 W. ALBERTA RD.
EDINBURG, TX 78539
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS:
These notices shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Hidalgo County Urban County Program (UCP).
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about January 3, 2013 the Hidalgo County Urban County Program will submit a request to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Section 104(f) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, to undertake a project known as Hidalgo County TDA Colonia Economically Distressed Areas Program (CEDAP) Contract No. 713005 for the purpose of providing first-time sewer service to approximately one hundred ninety-nine (199) households in the colonias of Campo Alto Subdivision, Salazar Subdivision, Val-Bar Estates Ph. 1, Rancho Escondido Subdivision, and Colonia Guadalupe Subdivision Phases 1-3 to prevent further threats to public health. The project will consist of connecting approximately 199 sewer yard service lines, mitigate all existing on-site septic system facilities, and all associated appurtenances.
The Colonias to be serviced are within Pct. 1 - Colonia Guadalupe Subdivision Phases 1-3 (SW intersection of N. Border Rd. and Nebraska Rd.) & Precinct No. 2 - Campo Alto Subdivision, Salazar Subdivision, Val-Bar Estates Ph. 1, Rancho Escondido Subdivision (all located on the NE intersection of Ferguson (F.M. 495) and N. Cesar Chavez Rd.). All colonias are located in Hidalgo County within the City of Alamo’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiciton.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Hidalgo County Urban County Program 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 Hidalgo County Urban County Program located at 3304 W. Alberta Rd., Edinburg, Tx 78539 and can be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. No further environmental reviews of said projects are proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of federal funds.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on this project may submit written comments on the ERR to Hidalgo County Urban County Program at 3304 W. Alberta Rd., Edinburg, Tx 78539. All comments received by January 2, 2013 will be considered by the Hidalgo County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commenters should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
Hidalgo County Urban County Program certifies to TDA that Ramon Garcia, in his capacity as Hidalgo County Judge, 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. TDA approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Hidalgo County Urban County Program to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
TDA will consider objections to its release of funds and Hidalgo County certification received until January 20, 2013, or 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, or other officer, of Hidalgo County; or (b) Hidalgo County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; or (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by TDA; (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) and shall be addressed to the Texas Department of Agriculture, Environmental Regulatory Officer at 1700 N. Congress, 11th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701. Potential objectors should contact TDA to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
DIANA R. SERNA, UCP Director RAMON GARCIA, Hidalgo County Judge