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COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS As of June 12, 2014, the St. Louis County Community Development Division, acting as a representative of the St. Louis County Board, Minnesota, announces that the project described below, which is to be funded under the provisions of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, has been examined and found to have no significant effect on the quality of the human environment. St. Louis County has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL91-190). An Environmental Review Record for the proposed project is currently available for examination or duplication week days 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the St. Louis County Community Development Division, Northland Center, Suite 117, 307 South First Street, Virginia, Minnesota 55792. No further environmental review of the project is proposed. Any comments regarding the Finding may be submitted in writing to St. Louis County Community Development at the above address. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2014, at which time the County will initiate a request for release of funds for the project from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Old Bryant School Demolition/Clearance City of Babbitt, MN Proposed Phase I of the project involves asbestos abatement of the building prior to demolition and site preparation for future development. The City of Babbitt, MN intends to demolish the blighted building for health and safety issues. NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about June 28, 2014, St. Louis County will request the Department of Housing and Urban Development to release federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (PL98-181) for the project described above. St. Louis County and Barbara Hayden, in her official capacity as Director of the St. Louis County Planning and Development Department, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews and decisions. The legal effect of the certification is that St. Louis County may use Block Grant funds and HUD will have satisfied their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1996. HUD will accept an objection to its approval of the release of funds and acceptance of the certification only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Director of the St. Louis County Planning and Development Department; (b) that the applicant's environmental review record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, finding or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency pursuant to 40 CFR 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections based on the criteria set out above must be submitted to: Michele Smith, Director of CPD, Department of HUD, 920 South Second Avenue, Suite 1300, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Objections should be signed by the individual or representative of the agency submitting an objection, should specify the date of signing, specify the basis for the objection, and indicate that a copy of the objection has been mailed or delivered to Barbara Hayden, Director, St. Louis County Planning and Development Department, 100 Missabe Building, 227 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802. Objections to the release of funds on a basis other than those specified will not be considered by HUD. No objection received after 5:00 p.m. July 13, 2014 or fifteen days from HUD's receipt of the request (whichever is later) will be considered by HUD. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. D.N.T. June 12, 2014 1941196