Policy News: May 17, 2021
In this issue:
Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients Virtually Visit the Hill to Advocate for Science Funding and Research Relief
Students requested $10.2 billion in federal funding for the National Science Foundation in FY 2022.
House and Senate Committee Approve Competing Proposals to Increase Funding for the National Science Foundation
NSF for the Future and Endless Frontiers Act advance in Congress.
Senate confirms deputy secretary of Agriculture.
EPA receives 100 nominations for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
Idaho governor signs a bill to reduce wolf populations by 90%.
Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients Virtually Visit the Hill to Advocate for Science Funding
Twenty-four ESA members and graduate students in ecology participated in virtual Hill visits, as a part of the 2021 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. Before the Hill visits, students received policy and communications training, networked with ESA members working in policy and workshopped their messages with each other and ESA staff. This year’s award recipients are: Evelyn M. Beaury (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Gabriel R. Chavez (University of Colorado Denver), Daniel J. Desautels (Emory University), Brooke Eastman (West Virginia University), Emily A. Geest (Oklahoma State University), Sara L. Hamilton (Oregon State University), Katherine Hayes (University of Colorado Denver), Julia L. Indivero (University of Washington), M. Inam Jameel (University of Georgia), Sarah M. Klionsky (University of Connecticut), Jasmine Kreig (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Michael W.D. McCloy (Texas A&M University), Zechariah Meunier (Oregon State University), Micah C. Miles (University of Georgia), Zachary J. Miller (University of Missouri), Castilleja F. Olmsted (University of Pittsburgh), Melinda Paduani (Florida International University), Aradhana J. Roberts (Lund University), Milica Radanovic (Washington State University), Kate Ritzel (George Mason University), Gregor-Fausto Siegmund (Cornell University) and Jewel Tomasula (Georgetown University).
Students met with 25 congressional offices to request $10.2 billion in federal funding for the National Science Foundation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and robust funding for all scientific research programs.
The meetings came shortly after the White House released the first details about its FY 2022 budget. Congress, particularly on the House side, is just beginning to develop the FY 2022 federal budget, so these visits were timely.
The GSPA participants shared personal stories of how federal funding makes their research possible, emphasized the importance of federal funding for their institutions, and described how federal investments in scientific research benefit the Members of Congress’ districts and states. They also discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their research careers. We look forward to seeing how the GSPA experience shapes their future career choices. Many GSPA alumni pursue fellowships and careers in the federal government.
House and Senate Committees Approve Competing Proposals to Increase Funding for the National Science Foundation
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Endless Frontiers Act (S. 1260) after lengthy debate and significant amendments. The Endless Frontiers Act is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Todd Young’s (R-IN) proposal to increase competitiveness with China by creating a new technology directorate at the National Science Foundation and authorizing $100 billion in NSF over five years.
Most significantly, lawmakers approved an amendment from Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) that reduces spending for the proposed NSF technology directorate and redirects $19 billion to the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories. Lujan, Sen. James Risch (D-ID) and other Senators from states with national laboratories have expressed concerns that the NSF technology directorate will unnecessarily duplicate and undermine the work of the national laboratories. Sen. Young called this amendment a “poison pill” amendment.
The Senate Commerce Committee also amended the Endless Frontiers Act to add several standalone STEM bills including the RISE Act (S. 289), the Combatting Sexual Harassment in Science Act and the Rural STEM Act. The RISE Act authorizes additional funding to science agencies to cover research disruptions and delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural STEM Education Act (S. 1374) directs NSF to fund STEM education research focused on rural areas and efforts to increase rural students’ participation in STEM. The Combatting Sexual Harassment in Science Act (S. 1379) creates an inter-agency working group to coordinate federal science agency efforts to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment involving grant personnel and creates a competitive grant program at NSF for research about harassment and the development and assessment of policies, procedures, trainings and interventions intended to address and reduce harassment.
The full Senate will likely consider the Endless Frontiers Act later this week and vote on the bill later this month, where it could possibly be combined with the Strategic Competition Act and Safeguarding American Innovation Act. Universities and the scientific community have criticized both of these research security bills as overly restrictive and harmful to international collaboration in research. It is also unclear how the Endless Frontier Act will be funded or if appropriators will provide amounts close to the authorized funding levels in the bill. Another scenario would see Congress funding the Endless Frontiers Act as part of a larger infrastructure bill package. President Joe Biden included $50 million for an NSF technology directorate in his infrastructure plan.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee also held a subcommittee markup for the NSF for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) and advanced the legislation to the full Committee. The NSF for the Future Act is the House Science Committee’s alternative to the Endless Frontiers Act. It creates a new Science and Engineering Solutions Directorate within NSF and authorizes funding for this directorate at $1 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2022. Lawmakers recommend increasing funding for this directorate by 50 percent each year. The directorate’s budget reaches $5 billion in FY 2026. Before the subcommittee hearing, ESA and 29 other scientific societies and organizations endorsed the NSF for the Future Act. ESA cited the diversity and equity provisions in the bill and a section expanding the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Senate Commerce Committee: The Committee voted to advance the Bolstering Long-term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays and Estuaries (BLUE GLOBE) Act (S. 140), which is sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). This bill directs the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, the Federal Geographic Data Committee and the Interagency Committee on Committee on Ocean and Coastal Mapping to expand their ocean and Great Lakes monitoring and data collection collaboration and efforts. It also adds advancing or applying emerging technologies to the goals of the NOAA Cooperative Institutes. The bill creates a new ocean innovation prize, and tasks the National Academy of Sciences with assessing the potential for an Advanced Research Project Agency–Oceans (ARPA-O).
The Committee also approved the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act (S. 497) which establishes an advisory committee of representatives of the fishing industry, recreational fishing community and fisheries science community to determine how grants for fisheries research, funded by fishery import duties, should be distributed. The lead sponsors for this bill are Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
Senate confirms Bronaugh as USDA deputy chief
By Ryan McCrimmon, PoliticoPro, 5-13-2021
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jewel Bronaugh as deputy secretary of the Agriculture Department, making her the first Black woman to hold the No. 2 position at USDA.
Key context: The chamber approved Bronaugh’s nomination on a voice vote after an easy confirmation hearing last month before the Senate Agriculture Committee, where she was widely praised by lawmakers in both parties. She was previously Virginia’s agriculture commissioner.
“Her extensive experience shows she is more than capable of handling the significant responsibilities that come with the role,” ranking member John Boozman (R-AR) said in a statement. “Deputy Secretary Bronaugh is positioned for success at the department, and I look forward to working with her to help meet the needs of our farmers, ranchers and foresters.”
What’s next: Once she is sworn in, Bronaugh will help Secretary Tom Vilsack carry out several administration priorities, including distributing pandemic relief to farmers and hungry families; enlisting the agriculture industry in the fight against climate change; and bringing greater equity to USDA programs after decades of discrimination against farmers of color.
- The full House approved a bill (H.R. 297) requiring the Department of Agriculture to study creating a national forest in Hawaii.
- The House Financial Services Committee approved Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) ‘s Climate Risk Disclosure Act (H.R. 2570) along a party-line vote. This bill requires publicly listed companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and how climate change will impact their businesses to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has sponsored the Senate version of this bill (S. 1217).
- Nevada’s Congressional delegation and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3132) which authorizes $415 million for invasive species, wildfire prevention and water quality projects in the Lake Tahoe basin through 2034. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate (S. 1583).
More headlines of interest:
- Nominee for OSTP director – Dr. Eric Lander – sees key federal role for creating and sharing synthetic biology toolkits, best practices – Federation of American Scientists
- Lander Nomination Grinds Its Way Through Senate – FYI
White House: Representatives for the Biden administration from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, NSF, NOAA and the Arctic Research Commission participated in the third Artic Science Ministerial. Country representatives pledged to take science-based action to slow climate change and ensure a sustainable arctic.
The White House launched a Scientific Integrity Taskforce. The taskforce will be co-chaired by representatives from the EPA, the Department of Education, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes of Health under the leadership of the OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society Dr. Alondra Nelson, with assistance from OSTP Deputy Director for Climate and Energy Dr. Jane Lubchenco:
“Scientific and technological information, data, and evidence are key to the development of effective policies and equitable program delivery throughout government,” wrote OSTP Deputy Directors Nelson and Lubchenco to Scientific Integrity Task Force co-chairs and members. “As evidence-based policymaking becomes increasingly central to the work of the Federal government, it is important to affirm, strengthen, and safeguard the policies, procedures, and diverse and inclusive communities of practice that facilitate the production of rigorous research evidence, free from interference or intervention.”
The taskforce will also include representatives from across the federal government.
The White House posted a readout of the meeting,
Biden trade chief wants to put Paris Climate Accord in Trump’s USMCA deal
By Doug Plamer, 5-13-2021, PoliticoPro
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday that she would ask Canada and Mexico at a trilateral meeting next week to update the nearly one-year-old U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to include a binding commitment for all three countries to honor the Paris Climate Accord.
“I think that would be a great opportunity to do so,” Tai told Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) during a hearing on President Joe Biden’s trade agenda.
Left out of the new NAFTA: House Democrats had wanted to incorporate the Paris Climate Accord in the USMCA, which replaced the NAFTA pact negotiated in early 1990s, but they were rebuffed by President Donald Trump’s administration.
However, Biden has set about reversing many of his predecessor’s environmental actions, including Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
The USCMA already requires the three countries to adopt and implement measures to fulfill obligations under seven environmental agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Adding the Paris Climate Accord as an eighth agreement would be a victory for progressive Democrats.
Tai is scheduled to hold a trilateral meeting next week with Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng and Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier to discuss implementation of the USMCA, which went into force on July 1, 2020.
The three ministers have a long list of other issues to discuss, including a dairy case brought by the Trump administration against Canada and new labor complaints filed by Mexico and the United States against each other.
Tai evasive on new trade agreements: During the hearing, Republicans and some Democrats pressed Tai to indicate how soon the Biden administration would begin negotiating its own new trade agreements.
“The Biden administration’s trade agreement moratorium needs to cease,” House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) said. “It’s not enough to buy American. We need to sell American all throughout the world.”
The Trump administration left behind unfinished deals with Kenya and the United Kingdom, and many Republicans favor U.S. reentry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite Trump’s decision to pull out of the pact in 2017.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) has also called for the Biden administration to negotiate a free trade agreement with the European Union.
A key step in pursuing all of those negotiations would be renewal of trade promotion authority, which expires at the end of June. That legislation allows the White House to submit trade agreements to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote without any amendments, greatly facilitating their approval.
In the past, Congress has approved TPA mostly with Republican votes and relatively few Democrats to provide the margin of victory. Tai said she did not want to go down that route.
“In order to do this right, I am interested in having a TPA that is robustly supported in a bipartisan, bicameral way here in Congress,” Tai told Brady.
But when the Texas Republican repeatedly pressed Tai to say when the White House and Congress might begin talks on a renewal package, she gave no clear response.
“If I say this year, is there any chance you could just give us a big wink?” Brady asked.
“Well, let me say this. Let’s do the work. Let’s let’s do the thinking,” Tai responded.
EPA: The agency received 100 nominations for the seven-member Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). EPA Administrator Michael Regan dismissed all CASAC and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members in March 2021, citing concerns about scientific integrity. Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Andrew Wheeler stacked the Scientific Advisory Board with industry-friendly scientists. However, the SAB repeatedly opposed major Trump administration rules, including the ‘Transparency in Science’ rule and the Trump administration’s revisions to the Waters of the U.S. rule.
The nominees include four of the individuals fired from the CASAC in March and several former CASAC members. Public comments on the nominations are due June 1. Regan is expected to announce his appointments to the CASAC by Oct. 1, 2021.
The list of nominations for the SAB are expected later this month.
Regan and the EPA’s top water official, Radhika Fox, announced that the agency will hold listening sessions across the country this summer and fall to seek stakeholder input about how the agency should define streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The Biden administration is currently reviewing the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule.
Climate: The Environmental Protection Agency released its Climate Change Indicators report for the first time since 2016. The report finds the nation is experiencing unprecedented change from sea-level rise and flooding on the coasts, permafrost loss in Alaska and record heatwaves in cities. These indicators inform the National Climate Assessment.
More headlines of interest:
- NASA reboots its role in fighting climate change – Nature
- This Chicago scrapyard is testing Michael Regan on environmental justice – Grist
- Interior and USDA: The secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior released a joint memorandum that predicted extreme wildland fire risk this year due to drought conditions.
Idaho: Governor Brad Little (R) signed a bill that expands wolf hunting in the state and creates a program for the state to hire contractors to kill wolves to reduce populations by 90%. The bill passed the state legislature with the support of the cattle industry and hunting interests.
- New Jersey Strives to Address Cumulative Impacts of Pollution in Environmental Justice Legislation – Environmental and Energy Study Institute
- Facing rising temperatures, Miami appoints chief heat officer – The Washington Post
- Emails show mining industry, home-builders pushed for changes in water bill — and got them – The Arizona Republic
NAS: The Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education will convene a two-day national summit Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 21st Century STEMM Organizations June 29-30. The summit will highlight how racism operates at different levels in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) settings.
- Bloomberg is giving Johns Hopkins $150 million to diversify science Ph.D. programs – The Washington Post
- The DEI Pathway to Promotion – Inside Higher Education
- Swiss funder draws lots to make grand decisions – Nature
- Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change in the UK: A Report by the British Ecological Society
- Kenya starts its first national wildlife census – Reuters
- Spain approves ‘milestone’ clean energy climate bill – Al Jazeera
Federal Register Opportunities
- BLM – Utah Resource Advisory Council Meeting (May 25)
- BLM – Resource Advisory Council Subcommittee on Public Lands (Alaska) Meeting (May 25)
- BLM – Steens Mountain Advisory Council Meeting (Oregon) (June 3)
- BLM – Public Meetings for the John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council Planning Subcommittee, Oregon (June 9)
- BOEM – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Revolution Wind LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island (May 18 & 20, comments due June 1)
- CDC – Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness and Response (May 19 & 20)
- EPA – National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meetings (June 17)
- EPA – Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee Meeting (May 25)
- EPA – Board of Scientific Counselors Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee Meeting (May 26 & 27, comments due May 25)
- EPA – 2021 Annual Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union (June 15)
- FERC – Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Electric System Reliability Technical Conference (June 1 & 2)
- Forest Service – Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (May 20 & 27)
- Forest Service – Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (May 18 & 19)
- Forest Service – El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (May 19)
- Forest Service – Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee Meetings (June 1, 4 and 16)
- Forest Service – Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Alaska) (June 3)
- Forest Service – Hood and Willamette Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (June 7 & 9)
- Forest Service – Daniel Boone Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (June 9)
- Forest Service – Lynn Canal Icy-Strait Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (June 16)
- Navy Department – Virtual Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex (May 18-19)
- NIH – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Meeting (June 1)
- NOAA NMFS – Virtual Meetings of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas’ Species Working Groups (May 21)
- NOAA NMFS – Council Coordination Committee Meeting (May 18-20)
- NOAA NMFS – Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (May 25)
- NOAA NMFS – Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel; Recreational Roundtable and Large Pelagics Survey Workshop (May 25-27)
- NOAA NMFS – Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (May 25)
- NOAA NMFS – North Pacific Fishery Management Council Ecosystem Committee Meeting (May 27)
- NOAA NMFS – 13th Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the General Advisory Committee and 28th General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Meeting (May 26)
- NOAA NMFS – Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’sResearch Steering Committee Meeting (June 2)
- NOAA NMFS – Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Meeting (June 10)
- NSF – National Science Board Meeting (May 18-19)
- NSF – Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting (May 26)
- NSF – Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Meeting (June 10)
- Reclamation Bureau – Public Meeting of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (May 19)
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meeting (June 17)
- Tennessee Valley Authority – Meeting of the Regional Energy Resource Council (May 18)
- USDA – Meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (June 17)
Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:
- BIA – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Chuckwalla Solar Projects on the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Clark County, Nevada. All comments must be received by May 24, 2021 (Deadline correction).
- BLM – Second Call for Nominations for the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Resource Advisory Councils. All nominations must be received no later than June 1, 2021.
- BLM – Call for Nominations to the Mojave-Southern Great Basin and Sierra Front-Northern Great Basin Resource Advisory Councils. All nominations must be received no later than June 14, 2021.
- Bureau of Reclamation – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Apache County, Arizona. Submit comments on or before May 19, 2021.
- Bureau of Reclamation – Call for Nominations for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Federal Advisory Committee. Nominations must be postmarked by June 14, 2021.
- Department of Education – National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Nominations must be received no later than May 28, 2021.
- EPA – Pesticide Product Performance Data Requirements for Products Claiming Efficacy Against Certain Invertebrate Pests. Comments must be received on or before May 21, 2021.
- EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients-April 2021. Comments must be received on or before May 21, 2021.
- EPA – Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses-April 2021. Comments must be received on or before May 21, 2021.
- EPA – Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit. Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by June 2, 2021.
- EPA – Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit. Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by June 2, 2021.
- EPA – Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent With De Minimis Parties at the Omega Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Los Angeles County, California. Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2021.
- EPA – Proposed Deletion From the National Priorities List. Comments regarding this proposed action must be submitted on or before June 14, 2021.
- EPA – Rescinding the Rule on Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process. The EPA will consider comments on this rule received on or before June 14, 2021.
- FERC – ANR Pipeline Company; Notice of Scoping Period Requesting Comments on Environmental Issues for The Proposed; Wisconsin Access Project. Please submit your comments so that the Commission receives them on or before 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 24, 2021.
- FERC – Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Terms and Conditions, and Prescriptions. Comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice (June 17, 2021).
- Interior Dept. – Notice of Call for Nominations for the Exxon Valdez Oil SPill Trustee Council. All nominations must be received by June 14, 2021.
- Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty days after the publication date of this notice (May 20, 2021).
- Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Amendment Under The Clean Air Act. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty days after the publication date of this notice (May 22, 2021).
- NOAA and USFWS – Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Management Plan. Comments must be received by May 25, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of the Bearded Seal. Comments must be received by May 25, 2021 (comment period extended).
- NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals. The end of the public comment period is extended to May 26, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Phase II Restoration Plan #3.2: Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion; Extension of Public Comment Period. Comments must be submitted electronically or postmarked by June 3, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Potential New Turtle Exclusion Device Requirements for Skimmer Trawl Vessels Less Than 40 Feet (12.2 Meters) in Length. Information related to this document must be received by close of business on May 20, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gray Triggerfish Management Measures. Written comments must be received on or before May 21, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Notice of Initiation of a 5-Year Review of the Banggai Cardinalfish. To allow NOAA adequate time to conduct this review, NOAA must receive your information no later than May 28, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Shortfin Mako Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act. Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by June 14, 2021.
- NSF – Request for Public Comment: Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Draft Arctic Research Plan. Written comments must be submitted no later than June 11, 2021.
- Tennessee Valley Authority – Moore County Solar Project. To ensure consideration, comments must be postmarked, emailed, or submitted online no later than June 4, 2021.
- Tennessee Valley Authority – Environmental Impact Statement for Cumberland Fossil Plant Retirement. Comments on the scope and environmental issues must be postmarked, emailed or submitted online no later than June 10, 2021.
- USCG – Waterways Commerce Cutter Acquisition Program; Preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 11th, 2021.
- USFWS – Reclassification of the Hawaiian Stilt From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before May 24, 2021.
- USFWS – Reclassifying the Virgin Islands Tree Boa From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule; Reclassification of Eugenia woodburyana. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before May 26, 2021.
- USFWS – Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Big Creek Crayfish and St. Francis River Crayfish and Designations of Critical Habitat. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before May 27, 2021.
- USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 23 Species in the Southwest. USFWS is requesting the submission of new information no later than June 4, 2021.
- USFWS – 12-Month Petition Finding and Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 7, 2021.
- USFWS – Habitat Conservation Plan and Categorical Exclusion for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse; Gunnison County, Colorado. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 7, 2021
- USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion. USFWS must receive your written comments on or before June 7, 2021.
- USFWS – Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds; Proposed Rule. USFWS requests public comments on this proposed rule on or before June 7, 2021.
- USFWS – Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander; Orcutt Hill Resource and Solar Project, Pacific Coast Energy Company, Santa Barbara County, California. Written comments should be received on or before June 11, 2021.
- USFWS – Threatened Species Status for Streaked Horned Lark With Section 4(d) Rule. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 14, 2021.
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