TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed adverse effects to historic properties within a proposed pump station and water intake and outfall facility associated with a power generating station upgrade.
The Public Notice of the overall project was originally published on June 9, 2014 and is available on our website at: http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices/tabid/4125/Article/485365/lrh-2001-074-ohr.aspx.
APPLICANT: Mr. Todd S. Jonas
Rolling Hills Generating, LLC
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
LOCATION: The subject property is located in the Salisbury Township location on the right descending bank of the Ohio River at river mile 255.1 downstream of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio. This public notice is relevant specifically to the water intake and outfall facility located along the Ohio River.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: The purpose of this Public Notice is to solicit comments regarding the proposed adverse affects to historic properties within the subject site.
The applicant has requested a Department of the Army authorization to facilitate the construction of a water intake and outfall facility, which necessitates the installation of a pump station and the upgrade of an existing gravel access road. The purpose of the project is to facilitate the conversion/expansion of the Rolling Hills Generating Station in Wilkesville, Ohio.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is currently evaluating the proposed activities for authorization under a Standard Individual Permit. The Corps is required to ensure that no activity which may affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is authorized until the Corps has complied with the provisions of 33 CFR Part 325 Appendix C. The Corps is mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to ensure that no federal undertaking, including a Corps permit action, which may affect historic resources, is commenced before the impacts of such action are considered and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office are provided an opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C.
The applicant has conducted historical and archaeological surveys of the proposed project area and has provided the following documentation:
- Phase I Cultural Resources Survey for the Proposed Rolling Hills Generating, LLC Conversion and Pipeline Project in Cheshire Township in Gallia County; Salem, Rutland and Salisbury Townships in Meigs County; and Wilkesville Township in Vinton County, Ohio (Phase I Survey);
- Phase I Geophysical Survey, Ground-Truthing and Deep Testing of 33MS608 and 33MS609 for the Water Pipeline Easement, Planned Intake-Outfall Facilities for the Rolling Hills Generating Station Expansion, Ohio River Floodplain, Salisbury Township, Meigs County, Ohio (Phase I Geophysical Survey);
- Phase II Archaeological Assessment of 33MS609 for the Water Pipeline Easement and Planned Intake-Outfall Facilities for the Rolling Hills Generating Station Expansion, Ohio River Floodplain, Salisbury Township, Meigs County, Ohio Project Summary Form submitted to the Ohio Historical Preservation Office (OHPO) by the Ohio EPA on behalf of the Ohio River Foundation and dated October 27, 2010 (Phase II Archaeological Assessment);
- Letter prepared by ASC Group introducing the project and transmitting the Phase I survey (cited above) to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, (OHPO) dated June 19, 2013; and
- OHPO letter to the applicant dated August 30, 2013.
The Phase I survey identified archaeological resources along the Ohio River intake/outfall site. The applicant coordinated the results of the Phase I survey with representatives of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Connection recommended further geophysical testing and a Phase II survey of the site 33MS609. The results of Phase II archaeological assessment and Phase I geophysical survey indicated that the pre-historic portion of the site 33MS609 is eligible for the NRHP under Criterion (d) for its potential to yield information important in prehistory or history.
In evaluating the applicant’s permit request, the Corps has determined the proposed undertaking will have an adverse effect to the archaeological site 33MS609, eligible for the inclusion on the NRHP. Specifically, the adverse effect would be the upgrade of an existing gravel access road located above the relatively shallow archaeological site. The addition of gravel and the movement of vehicles and equipment could be expected to cause migration of gravel through the on-site soils over time, and could destroy portions of the site.
The applicant has proposed to mitigate the adverse effect through Phase III data recovery excavation of the site. This alternative would protect other possible archaeological sites by locating the upgraded road in line with the existing access road. This would also prevent the applicant from disturbing other archaeological sites through further surveying activities. This
Public Notice serves to solicit public input on this and other potential mitigation activities to resolve the proposed adverse effects to the archaeological site 33MS609.
PUBLIC INTEREST: The Corps 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 proposed adverse effect on historic properties. Should you wish to express your views on the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, or provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice.
CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD: All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before the close of the comment period listed on page one of this Public Notice. Persons wishing to submit comments or objections concerning this proposal should write:
United States Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CELRH-RD-E-Public Notice No. LRH-2001-00074-OHR
502 8th Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070
Please note, the names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this Public Notice become part of our administrative record and, as such, are available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please contact Mr. Adam Fannin of my staff at 304-399-6901 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .