Policy News: October 25, 2021
In this issue:
ESA and COP26
ESA urges world leaders to limit rising temperatures to 1.5⁰ C.
White House to roll out ‘climate framework.’ Here’s what we know
The White House is poised to reveal a trove of information about U.S. climate progress ahead of COP 26.
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Urges Nations to Act Now
Representatives to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Kumming Declaration during the first session of the 15th Conference of Parties.
Senate Appropriations Committee Releases Remaining Spending Bills for FY 2021
Bill includes $9.49 billion for the National Science Foundation.
Senate holds confirmation hearing for National Park Service nominee
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology holds second meeting of the administration, focused on climate, energy and the environment.
California lists leatherback sea turtles as endangered.
White House Office of Science and Technology seeks input about how the federal government can advance equity in science and technology.
Ahead of COP, ESA issued a statement calling on world leaders attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow to pledge immediate action to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions that limits rising temperatures to 1.5⁰ C and to expand efforts to facilitate adaptation efforts in vulnerable regions of the world.
ESA gained official observer status for the United Nation Framework for Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of Parties (COP26) meeting that begins Oct. 31-Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. The UN website describes the aim of the meeting, “The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.” Ten ESA members will attend as badged participants and they will be joined by other ecologists attending from around the world. The ESA members are attending as private scientists.
Organizing a high-level summit with hundreds of world leaders and nation representatives onsite to negotiate a climate agreement during the pandemic is proving to be extremely challenging. ESA and other official observers are still receiving confirmation of many aspects of the meeting. Holding the meeting in person is not without controversy because of the disparity in COVID vaccine availability for all attendees. Just in the past two weeks, the UN notified observer badge holders of the option to attend the summit virtually.
Nonprofits and science societies are grouped under the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations (RINGO) constituency to the UNFCCC. It is one of nine NGO constituencies recognized by the UNFCCC and is the second largest constituency, comprising 25% of the 2000 admitted NGOs and includes science societies.
RINGO announced that Wednesday, November 10, is the Research into Action thematic day organized by the UNFCCC in conjunction with RINGO. On Tuesday, November 9, the UK COP26 Presidency has organized Science and Innovation Day in the UK pavilion featuring a number of side events.
ESA will post guest blogposts, podcasts and other COP related information in the next few weeks events on this page.
- ‘We Can’t Wait Any Longer’ — As COP26 Approaches, NAS President Marcia McNutt Discusses Science and Solutions to Climate Change – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
by Jean Chemnick, E&E News, 10/21/2021
The White House is poised to reveal a trove of information about U.S. climate progress ahead of global talks in two weeks, but it’s unclear whether it will include a detailed road map for halving emissions by 2030.
Staff with climate envoy John Kerry and the White House National Security Council told environmental advocates yesterday that the U.S. would send two overdue reports to the U.N. that outline White House decisions on emissions, climate finance and other issues. The reports, known as the “national communication” and the biennial report, were not issued during the Trump administration and are overdue.
The U.S. is also expected to provide details about the financial assistance it will provide to poor countries in the coming two years to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions and shore up their defenses to climate change. And it will issue a new report, known under the Paris Agreement as its “long-term strategy,” which lays out in general terms how it plans to zero out emissions by 2050.
The Obama administration unveiled a 2050 strategy in its final months, providing a blueprint for how the U.S. could cut emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. But the Biden administration has embraced a zero-emissions-by-2050 commitment in line with what scientists say is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
The White House is also drafting a “framework” for how the U.S. would meet Biden’s commitment to cut emissions 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But it’s unclear if the document, which has been described by sources, will be released before negotiators meet in Glasgow, Scotland.
Climate adviser Gina McCarthy is taking the lead in developing that strategy. Yesterday the National Climate Task Force she chairs unveiled a website celebrating the actions the Biden administration has taken in the last 10 months to rein in emissions or improve adaptation and global outreach.
With Congress still debating climate legislation that could shape how, or if, the U.S. reaches the 2030 goal, some advocates say the administration might wait to reveal the framework until early next year.
But others say that Biden should provide more details on how the U.S. will meet the emissions commitment he rolled out five months ago, particularly after his climate envoy has spent the year pressing other countries to ante up ambition ahead of the conference.
“John Kerry can’t go to Glasgow without some document that says ‘here’s how we’re going to do 50 percent,’” said Robert Perciasepe, a senior adviser at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and a former deputy EPA administrator under Obama. “So they’re going to do that.”
Perciasepe said the administration would likely include efforts to expand natural carbon sinks, the next generation of regulations for vehicle emissions, and the likelihood of new clean energy and electric vehicle tax credits.
He does not expect the White House to announce a new rule akin to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which tried to cut emissions across the electrical system. But he does anticipate that EPA will offer new strategies for encouraging the retirement of coal-fired power, the retention of nuclear energy, and the realization of Biden’s commitment to a zero-carbon power grid by 2035.
EPA is also set to propose rules for limiting methane from for oil and gas facilities. Any announcement would likely come before Biden leaves for the Group of 20 summit in Italy on Oct. 29. He’s scheduled to travel to the climate talks from Italy.
If the House and Senate pare down their ambitious climate legislation — as appears likely — Perciasepe said the White House could seek to counter the perception that its climate agenda was failing by highlighting other progress.
“But then to be credible in Glasgow, they have to have some document, some report, something that they can point to and say, look, we have analyzed this,” he said.
McCarthy and her team have spent months working with federal agencies on Biden’s climate commitment.
Jake Schmidt, the international climate director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement would have been the product of an interagency process that worked its way up from technical staff to deputies to principals before the White House decided on the goal of 50 to 52 percent.
Schmidt said the White House might provide more details about how it plans to reach its goal if the sprawling climate and spending bill Democrats are trying to move through budget reconciliation looks unlikely to succeed.
“My guess is there’s a lot in their pocket that they’re preparing. But given the status of stuff, they’re preparing it and they’ll decide whether or not they need to pull something out or not,” he said.
Kevin Book, who heads the research team at ClearView Energy Partners LLC, said the White House strategy is likely to be wide-ranging.
“When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” he said. “We’ve been looking at it and thinking: What’s not in it?”
The White House’s move to revise National Environmental Policy Act regulations to elevate climate change in federal rulemaking, plus its road map on climate-proofing the economy and federal procurement guidelines would all be components of the 2030 strategy, he said.
He also noted that McCarthy met with officials from numerous states this week, and the administration is likely to tout subnational action as part of meeting its commitment.
Representatives to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Kumming Declaration during the first session of the 15th Conference of Parties. The declaration commits parties to the convention to “ensure the development, adoption and implementation of an effective post 2020 global biodiversity framework.. to ensure that biodiversity is put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, towards the full realization of the 2050 Vision of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature.’” Negotiations will continue during in-person meetings in April and May 2022.
During the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $230 million to establish a Kunming Biodiversity Fund to support biodiversity in developing countries. Japan promised to also boost the Japan Biodiversity Fund by $17 million.
The European Union touted that the doubling of external funding for biodiversity during an associated press conference. At the same time, the United Kingdom also announced that a significant part of its increased climate funding will be directed towards biodiversity. In addition, a coalition of financial institutions, with assets of 12 trillion Euros, committed to protect and restore biodiversity through their activities and investments.
- What Is COP26? And Other Questions About the Big U.N. Climate Summit – The New York Times
- COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report – BBC News
- The UN’s Top Human Rights Panel Votes to Recognize the Right to a Clean and Sustainable Environment – Inside Climate News
- Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ – The Guardian
- Putin Says Russia Will Target Carbon Neutrality by 2060 – Bloomberg Green
- South Korea aims to cut carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 – Associated Press
The Senate Appropriations Committee released the remaining nine spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The full House approved its spending bills this summer. The Senate released spending bills for the Departments of Agriculture and Energy in August 2021.
Congress and the president did not approve appropriations bills that fund the federal government into law before the federal government FY 2022 began Oct. 1, 2021. Federal agencies are currently being funded under a Continuing Resolution until Dec. 3 while the legislative branch completes the appropriation bills for FY2022.
The fate of the Senate bills is unclear. Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) said in a statement that the bills include “reckless domestic spending while shortchanging investments in our national defense.”
The Senate’s Interior-Environment spending bill also eliminates policy riders from previous years that prohibit the US Fish and Wildlife Service from listing sage grouse an endangered species and require agencies to treat biomass as carbon neutral.
The Interior-Environment bill language “applauds” the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps and includes $20 million to the National Park Service for this program. The bill report also directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Forest Service to invest funds for tribal climate resilience and forest restoration in the Civilian Climate Corps.
National Science Foundation
NSF receives $9.49 billion, a nearly 12% increase. This includes $7.7 billion for the research and related activities account. Within the research and related activities account, appropriations include up to $865 million for a new Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships which lawmakers and NSF hope will help the United States stay ahead of international competition in key areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and climate science. This mirrors proposals in the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) and the House’s NSF for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) to create a new technology directorate in NSF. Both of these bills passed their respective chambers during summer 2021. If NSF allocates the full $865 million to the Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships, the total research and related activities funding for other NSF directorates could be around $100 million lower than FY 2021 levels.
In a summary of the bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee noted that this funding level will support approximately 2,300 additional research and education grants and 27,500 more scientists, technicians, teachers, and students compared FY 2021.
The US Geological Survey receives $1.493 billion, a nearly 12% increase. This includes a 20% increase for the Ecosystems Mission Area to $326 million, $84 million for the Climate Adaptation Science Centers and $27 million for the Cooperative Research Units, a $2 million increase.
Senate Appropriators allocate $1.848 billion for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a 14.3% increase.
The National Park Service receives $3.463 billion, a 9.3% increase.
The Bureau of Land Management is funded at $1.541 billion, a 15% increase.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA receives $6.276 billion, a 15.6% increase. Research programs at NOAA are funded at $730 million, an increase of $116 million or 19 percent above the fiscal year 2021 level. The National Sea Grant College Program receives a $15 million increase to $90 million.
NASA Science is funded at $7.9 billion, including $2.2 billion is for Earth Science. This represents a 12 percent increase above the FY 2021 level to address climate research priorities, including new observations of Earth and its systems recommended by the Earth Science decadal survey.
The bill provides $10.54 billion for EPA, a 14% increase over FY 2021. A summary of the bill from the Senate Appropriations Committee notes that this funding level will enable the restoration of nearly 1,000 staff lost in the past decade. A report from the House Science Committee released earlier this year found that the EPA’s workforce declined by 3.9% during the Trump Administration and 16.6% between FY 2009 and 2020.
The EPA’s Science and Technology budget line receives a 10% increase to $803 million.
The US Forest Service receives $6.2 billion, a 15.8% increase. In addition, the agency’s research programs receive $315 million, a ten percent increase.
Senate Appropriators also reserve $8 million from the Forest Service for the Joint Fire Science Program and provide $8 million from the Interior Department. ESA has requested $16 million for the Joint Fire Science Program in recent years. In FY 2021, this program received only $3 million, all from the Interior Department.
Nominations: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for Charles Sams to be the director of the National Park Service. Sams received bipartisan support from Senators on both sides of the aisle. He pledged to adopt a “zero-tolerance approach” towards harassment. A 2017 report showed that 40% of agency employees had experienced harassment or discrimination on the job within the past year. If confirmed, Sams would be the first Native American to lead the agency and the first confirmed Senate-confirmed National Park Service director since the end of the Obama administration.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Christopher Frey, Biden’s pick to be the EPA’s assistant adminstrator for research and development Wednesday, Oct. 27. Frey is a former chair of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and was a member of the CASAC Particulate Manner Review Panel that former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler dismissed in 2018. He was a prominent critic of the EPA during the Trump adminstation.
EPA: The agency and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a call for nominations for regional roundtables discussions regarding “Waters of the US.” In June 2021, EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced that that agency will repeal the Trump administration’s 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule. As part of this process, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are planning to seek public input.
The agencies are inviting stakeholders to organize interested parties and regional participants that comprise up to 15 representatives for these roundtables. Each nomination for a roundtable must include a proposed slate of participants representing perspectives of: agriculture; conservation groups; developers; drinking water/wastewater management; environmental organizations; environmental justice communities; industry; and other key interests in that region.The agencies request that organizers that would like to be considered for a roundtable submit their self-nomination letter via email to WOTUSfirstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 3, 2021.
- Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) introduced a bill (H.R. 5578) to prohibit interstate shipment of steel-jaw leghold and Conibear wildlife traps. These are most commonly used traps in the U.S.
White House: President Biden’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held its second meeting with a focus on climate, energy and the environment. Speakers and the PCAST discussed the nation’s approach to adaptation and resilience; the need to accelerate the deployment of current and on-the-horizon technologies; the need for innovation to meet Net Zero 2050; the need to prioritize environmental justice concerns and to include marginalized communities in solutions; the national security implications of climate change; and the enormous opportunities for creating new energy sectors and jobs. Speakers included White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Deputy Director Jane Lubchenco.
Nominations: President Biden formally nominated Martha Williams to be director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Williams joined the Biden adminstration in January 2021 and is currently serving as the agency’s principal deputy director. She previously worked as the director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020 and was an assistant professor of law at the University of Montana. This position requires Senate confirmation.
Interior: The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service announced that the administration is considering a 20-year mineral withdrawal in areas of the Boundary Waters Area Watershed. The agencies will now commence a two-year process to receive public comment and conduct an environmental analysis to evaluate the potential impacts of mining on the natural and cultural resources of the Rainy River Watershed. Federal agencies will not issue new mineral leases during this review.
A mining company, Twin Metals Minnesota, applied for permits for a copper-nickel mine near Ely, MN, drawing the ire of environmentalists. President Obama recommended a mining withdrawal in this area in 2016, but the Trump administration stopped that process.
- Feds propose critical habitat, including part of Tuolumne County, for endangered Pacific fishers – Union Democrat
- California lists leatherback sea turtles as endangered – KSBW Action News 8
- Federal judge blocks lobster fishing ban in stretch of Gulf of Maine – Portland Press Herald
- New California oil drilling must be set back from homes and schools, Newsom says – Los Angeles Times
OSTP: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policty launched an “ideation challenge” seeking public input on how the federal government can advance equity in science and technology. OSTP has held five private meetings under the title, “The Time is Now,” focused respectively on women and people with gender-expansive identities, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, community-centered research, and institutional settings.
OSTP seeks submissions by Nov. 19 and gives options for those who submit to address any of the meetings or on another topic. Replies will be considered in the OSTP strategy for advancing equity.
- “Science and Technology Now Sit in the Center of Every Policy and Social Issue”: Interview with Alondra Nelson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – Issues in Science and Technology
Upcoming Public Meetings:
- BLM – Public Meetings of the Idaho Resource Advisory Council (Nov. 11)
- Bureau of Reclamation – Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council Meeting (Oct. 27)
- DOE – Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Meeting (Oct. 28)
- EPA – Public Meetings of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Panel (Nov. 17, 19)
- EPA – Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting (Oct. 27-28)
- EPA – Board of Scientific Counselors Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee Meeting (Oct. 28-29)
- EPA – Board of Scientific Counselors Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Subcommittee Meeting (November 4-5)
- EPA – National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Meeting (Nov. 10)
- EPA – Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee Public Meeting (Nov. 15-16)
- Forest Service – Shasta County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Oct. 27)
- Forest Service – Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Oct. 28)
- Forest Service – Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Oct. 27)
- Forest Service – Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Nov. 4 & 18)
- Forest Service – Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Nov. 8 & 15)
- Forest Service – Shasta County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Nov. 10 & 17)
- Forest Service – Modoc County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Nov. 10)
- Forest Service – Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee Meeting (Nov. 20)
- NOAA – Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve Public Meeting (Oct. 20, public comments due Oct. 29)
- NOAA – Public Meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Nov. 4-5)
- NOAA NMFS – Workshop To Inform Recovery Planning for ESA Listed Rice’s Whale (Balaenoptera Ricei) (Nov. 1, 10, 16 & 18)
- NOAA NMFS – Council Coordination Committee Meeting (Oct. 19-21)
- NOAA NMFS – New England Fishery Management Council Habitat Committee and Advisory Panel Meeting (Oct. 26)
- NOAA NMFS – South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Panel Meeting (Nov. 3-4)
- NOAA NMFS – North Pacific Fishery Management Council Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Local Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, and Subsistence Taskforce Meeting (Nov. 8-10)
- NOAA NMFS – Caribbean Fishery Management Council Outreach and Education Advisory Panel Meeting (Nov. 9-10)
- NOAA NMFS – Pacific Fishery Management Council Ad Hoc Marine Planning Committee Meeting (Nov. 10)
- NPS – National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission Program Public Meetings (Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC – Oct. 26, Kobuk Valley National Park SRC – Oct. 28-29, Gates of the Arctic National Park SRC – Nov. 9-10)
- NSF – Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Meeting (Oct. 28)
- NSF – Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences Meeting (Nov. 3-4)
- NSF – Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources Meeting (November 3-4)
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Public Hearing (Nov. 4)
Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:
- Army Corps of Engineers – South Atlantic Coastal Study Notice of Availability of Draft Report. Written comments must be submitted on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
- BLM – Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the McPhee Dam and Reservoir, Dolores Project; Colorado. Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by Nov. 1, 2021.
- BLM – Notice of Availability of the Cedar Fields Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Monument Resource Management Plan, Idaho. BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the EPA publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register (Nov. 10, 2021).
- Council on Environmental on Environmental Quality — National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions. CEQ must receive comments by Nov. 22, 2021.
- DOE – Assessing the National and International Standing of BER Basic Research. Written comments and information are requested on or before Oct. 31, 2021.
- EPA – Request for Nominations of Experts to the EPA Office of Research and Development’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Nominations should be submitted by Nov. 12, 2021
- EPA – Proposed Stipulated Partial Settlement Agreement, Endangered Species Act Claims. Written comments on the proposed stipulated partial settlement agreement must be received by Nov. 17, 2021.
- EPA – National Priorities List. Comments regarding any of these proposed listings must be submitted (postmarked) on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
- EPA – Draft FY 2022-2026 Environmental Protection Agency Strategic Plan. Comments must be received on or before Nov. 12, 2021.
- EPA – Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit. Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by Nov. 15, 2021.
- EPA – Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit. Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by Nov. 22, 2021.
- NOAA – Notice of Matching Fund Opportunity for Ocean and Coastal Mapping and Request for Partnership Proposals. Proposals must be received via email by 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 29, 2021.
- NOAA – Solicitation for New Members: Ocean Exploration Advisory Board. Application materials must be received no later than Nov. 5, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Amendment 21. Comments must be received by Nov. 4, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups. Nominations must be received by Nov. 5, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for Thurston County, Washington. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Taking of Threatened or Endangered Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Proposed Issuance of Permit. Comments on this action and supporting documents must be received by Nov. 8, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Navy Construction at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Comments and information must be received no later than Nov. 12, 2021.
- NOAA NMFS – Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Comments and information must be received no later than Nov. 12, 2021.
- USDA – Intent To Establish an Equity Commission and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture. The USDA will consider nominations that are submitted via email or postmarked by Oct. 27, 2021.
- USFWS – Eagle Permits; Incidental Take. The public may submit comments on or before Oct. 29, 2021.
- USFWS – Threatened Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Dolphin and Union Caribou and 12-Month Finding for the Peary Caribou. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before Nov. 1, 2021.
- USFWS – Draft Recovery Plan for Umtanum Desert Buckwheat. Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before Nov. 1, 2021.
- USFWS – Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for Thurston County, Washington. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
- USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Miami Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia Floridana). USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
- USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Pyramid Pigtoe. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before Nov. 8, 2021.
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