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The Federal Register is a daily publication by the United States Government, known as the newspaper of the federal government. It includes executive orders, public notices, proclamations, and proposed and final administrative regulations for federal agencies. It also provides opportunities for the public to comment on proposed rules before they are finalized. Public comments can be submitted in writing, orally at a hearing, or, in some cases, online via e-mail.  Comment periods are typically between 30 and 90 days, though they do vary. Instructions on how, when, and where to submit comments for each proposed regulation are available in the Register and agencies are required to list the name and telephone number of a spokesperson to contact for more information. Agencies are also required to address significant issues introduced in comments and publicize changes made in response.

See below for upcoming meetings and current public comment opportunities on issues relevant to ecology.

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:

  • Army Corps of Engineers – Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Charleston Peninsula Coastal Flood Risk Management Study, Charleston County, South Carolina
    Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Charleston District, announces its intent to conduct public scoping and solicit public comments to gather information to prepare a draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (IFR/EIS). In April 2020, USACE released a draft Integrated Feasibility Report/Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) with a draft mitigated Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) for the Charleston Peninsula Coastal Flood Risk Management Study. After further agency analysis, review of comments received on the Draft IFR/EA, and continued refinement of the study, USACE concluded that an IFR/EIS with a Record of Decision (ROD) would fulfill NEPA compliance for the study. Comments received during the draft IFR/EA public comment period will be considered as part of the scoping process for the IFR/EIS, and do not need be resubmitted. All comments must be received by April 22, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Draft Desert Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, California
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan and the Bakersfield and Bishop Resource Management Plans (RMPs). The Desert Plan Amendment Draft LUPA/EIS includes consideration of changes to the management or modification to the boundaries of 129 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the availability of the Draft LUPA/EIS. In order to comply with Federal regulations, the BLM is also announcing a comment period on proposed changes to the ACECs within the planning area. To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on by April 14, 2021.
  • DOI – Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Revisions to the Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf; Reopening of Comment Period
    The Department of the Interior (DOI or Department), acting through BSEE and BOEM, is reopening the comment period for Proposed Rule: Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf– Revisions to the Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf, which was published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2020. BSEE and BOEM are reopening the comment period for the proposed rule published December 9, 2020 at 85 FR 79266 until April 9, 2021. You may also submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the information collection burden in this proposed rule by April 9, 2021. The deadline for comments on the information collection burden does not affect the deadline for the public to comment to BSEE and BOEM on the proposed regulations.
  • EPA – Local Government Advisory Committee and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee: Request for Nominations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Intergovernmental Relations invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). LGAC and SCAS members and qualified nominees hold elected or appointed positions with local, tribal, state, and territorial governments. This notice solicits nominations to fill up to 30 memberships on EPA’s LGAC and 10-15 on the SCAS throughout 2021. To be considered for 2021 appointments, nominations should be submitted by April 16, 2021.
  • EPA – Multiple-Path Particle Dosimetry (MPPD) Model Software (MPPD EPA 2021 v.1.01) With Technical Support Documentation and User’s Guide (External Review Draft)
    The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing an external expert peer review and public comment for the EPA Multiple-Path Particle Dosimetry (MPPD) Model Software (MPPD EPA 2021 v. 1.01) and its associated “Technical Support Documentation and User’s Guide (External Review Draft)” ([EPA/600/R-20/406]). The document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment within EPA’s Office of Research and Development, with contributions from Applied Research Associates, Inc., and Fred J. Miller, LLC. EPA is releasing this draft model software version and associated document to seek review by external experts and the public. This external review draft document and model software (MPPD EPA 2021 v. 1.01) are not final and do not represent, and should not be construed to represent, any final Agency policy or views. When revising the document and the model software, EPA will consider any peer or public comments submitted during the public comment period specified in this document. The 30-day public comment period ends April 22, 2021.
  • EPA – Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Request for Nominations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by August 2021 and applications are due by April 30, 2021. Applications are due by April 30, 2021.
  • EPA – Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent: Richardson Flat Tailings Site, Park City, Summit County, Utah
    In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (“CERCLA”), notice is hereby given of the proposed settlement under CERCLA, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the U.S. Department of Interior (“DOI”), the State of Utah (“State”), and Big Hoss Properties, LLC (“Settling Party”) to resolve its alleged civil liability at the Richardson Flat Tailings Site in Summit County, Utah. Comments must be submitted on or before May 3, 2021.
  • EPA – Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 3, 2021.
  • EPA – Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) described in this notice. Appointments will be announced by the Administrator. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 3, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Wood Preservative Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: Creosote; chromated arsenicals and dichromic acid, disodium salt, dehydrate; and pentachlorophenol. Comments must be received on or before May 4, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of diuron, famoxadone, fluometuron, indaziflam, inorganic chlorates, mancozeb, napropamide, nicarbazin, peroxy compounds, propiconazole, tetraconazole, and zinc pyrithione. In addition, the preliminary work plan for indaziflam is also being published for public comment at this time. Comments must be received on or before May 7, 2021.
  • EPA – Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Rule for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Landfill RD&D Project
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the site-specific Research, Development and Demonstration rule for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), Salt River Landfill Research, Development and Demonstration Project in order to increase the maximum term for the site-specific rule from 12 to 21 years and also revise the site-specific rule to reflect a change in the division title for U.S. EPA Region 9, from the Waste Management Division to the Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division. In the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register, EPA is taking parallel action in a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule to revise the site-specific rule to allow operation of the Salt River Landfill Research, Development and Demonstration Project for a total of 21 years and to revise the site-specific rule to reflect a change in the division title for U.S. EPA Region 9, from the Waste Management Division to the Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division. If they receive no adverse comment, we will take no further action on this proposed rule. Written comments must be received by May 10, 2021.
  • EPA – JCC Environmental Superfund Site Picayune, Mississippi; Notice of Settlement
    Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent with multiple parties concerning the JCC Environmental Superfund Site located in Picayune, Mississippi. The settlement addresses recovery of CERCLA costs for a cleanup action performed by the EPA at the Site. The Agency will consider public comments on the settlement until May 10, 2021.
  • EPA – National Environmental Education Advisory Council
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration to serve on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are two vacancies on the Advisory Council that must be filled. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. Applications are due no later than May 14, 2021.
  • EPA – Regulation of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals Under TSCA Section 6(h); Request for Comments
    In accordance with the January 21, 2021, Executive Order entitled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis” and other Biden-Harris Administration Executive orders and other direction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting additional public comments on five final rules recently issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). On January 6, 2021, EPA issued final rules to address its obligations under TSCA for five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals that EPA determined met the criteria for expedited action under TSCA. These chemicals are 2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl)phenol (2,4,6-TTBP) (CASRN 732-26-3); decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) (CASRN 1163-19-5); phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) (CASRN 68937-41-7); pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP) (CASRN 133-49-3); and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) (CASRN 87-68-3). PBT chemicals are of particular concern in the Agency’s efforts to protect human health and the environment because they are toxic and remain in the environment for long periods of time and can build up or accumulate in the body. As a first step in its efforts to immediately review these rules to determine whether they are consistent with the Administration policy to limit exposure to dangerous chemicals (and to determine whether and how these rules should be revised), EPA invites public comment on the final rules, including whether there are further exposure reductions that could be achieved, including exposure reductions for potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations and the environment; implementation issues associated with these final rules; and whether to consider additional or alternative measures or approaches. In particular, EPA is seeking comment on specifics of recently raised issues regarding the compliance date for the prohibition on the processing and distribution of PIP (3:1) for use in articles, and PIP (3:1)-containing articles. Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: 4-Aminopyridine, 10, 10′-Oxybisphenoxarsine (OBPA), acetochlor, citric acid and salts, dimethenamid/dimethenamid-p, ethofumesate, fenazaquin, forchlorfenuron, monosodium methanearsonate (MSMA), novaluron, nucleopolyhedroviruses and granuloviruses (Insect Viruses), picloram, polixetonium chloride (Busan 77), and rotenone. In addition, the human health and ecological risk assessments for fenazaquin and MSMA and the preliminary work plan for citric acid and salts are also being published for public comment at this time. Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Product Performance Data Requirements for Products Claiming Efficacy Against Certain Invertebrate Pests
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to codify product performance data requirements to support registration of pesticidal products claiming efficacy against three categories of invertebrate pests: Those identified to be of significant public health importance (e.g., ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches, etc.), wood-destroying insects (e.g., termites), and certain invasive invertebrate species (e.g., Asian longhorned beetle). The latter two categories are pests considered to be of significant economic or ecological importance. Product performance data (efficacy studies) document how well the pesticide performs the intended function, such as killing or repelling, against an invertebrate pest. Comments must be received on or before May 21, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticides; Modification to the Minimum Risk Pesticide Listing Program and Other Exemptions Under FIFRA Section 25(b)
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting public comments and suggestions about the petition process for exemptions regarding pesticides from registration and other requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), where the pesticides are determined to be of a character unnecessary to be subject to regulation under FIFRA. The Agency is considering streamlining the petition process and revisions to how the Agency evaluates the potential minimum risk active and inert substances, factors used in classes of exemptions, state implementation of the minimum risk program and the need for any future exemptions or modifications to current exemptions. EPA is also requesting comment on whether the Agency should consider amending existing exemptions or adding new classes of pesticidal substances for exemption, such as peat when used in septic filtration systems. Comments must be received on or before July 7, 2021.
  • FERC – Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Terms and Conditions, and Prescriptions
    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: New Major License.
    b. Project No.: 539-015.
    c. Date filed: April 30, 2020.
    d. Applicant: Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC (Lock 7 Partners).
    e. Name of Project: Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station Water Power Project (Mother Ann Lee Project).
    f. Location: The project is located on the Kentucky River in Mercer, Jessamine, and Garrard Counties, Kentucky. The project does not occupy federal land.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: David Brown Kinloch, Lock 7 Hydro Partners, 414 S Wenzel St., Louisville, Kentucky 40204; (502) 589-0975, or kyhydropower@nullgmail.com.
    i. FERC Contact: Joshua Dub at (202) 502-8138, or joshua.dub@nullferc.gov.
    j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice (May 3, 2021); reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice (June 17, 2021).
  • Forest Service – Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Prepare an Associated Environmental Assessment for the Oberon Solar Project, Riverside County, CA
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office is proposing to amend the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, as amended, and prepare the associated environmental analysis for the Oberon Solar Project (Project). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments on issues and identify planning criteria. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until April 19, 2021.
  • Indian Affairs Bureau – Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects, Clark County, Nevada
    This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as the lead Federal agency, with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (Moapa Band) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Projects (SBSPs or Project). The DEIS evaluates photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation and storage projects on the Moapa River Indian Reservation (Reservation) and collector lines along with the use of existing access roads and an existing generation interconnection (gen-tie) line located on the Reservation, Reservation lands managed by BLM, and BLM lands. This notice also announces that the DEIS is now available for public review and that public meetings will be held to solicit comments on the DEIS. The dates and times of the virtual public meetings will be published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Moapa Valley Progress and on the following website 15 days before the public meetings: www.southernbighornsolar.com/​. In order to be fully considered, written comments on the DEIS must arrive no later April 26, 2021.
  • Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act
    On March 1, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Walnutdale Family Farms, LLC and Kevin Lettinga, Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-397. On May 7, 2020, the United States filed a complaint against Walnutdale Family Farms, LLC and Kevin Lettinga (collectively, the “Defendants”) alleging violation of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) and the Defendants’ National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permits at its concentrated animal feeding operation (“CAFO”) in Wayland, Michigan. The violations include discharges of manure and process wastewater, inadequate operation and maintenance of waste storage devices, and failure to land apply manure in accordance with the Facility’s NPDES permits. On May 11, 2020, Sierra Club moved to intervene in this action, alleging similar violations. The proposed Consent Decree resolves the United States’ and Sierra Club’s claims by requiring the Defendants to assess and correct any problems with their waste storage structures, imposing heightened standards for land application of CAFO waste, and enhancing reporting requirements. The Consent Decree also requires Defendant to pay a civil penalty of $33,750 to the United States based on their limited ability to pay a civil penalty. In addition to the civil penalty, Defendants will pay $11,250 to the Sierra Club for a portion of its attorneys’ fees. Finally, the proposed Consent Decree resolves violations of a prior Consent Decree and supersedes the prior Consent Decree. All comments must be submitted no later than April 9, 2021.
  • Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
    On March 12, 2021, the Department of Justice and the State of California on behalf of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Central District of California pertaining to environmental contamination at the Historic Stormwater Pathway South Operable Unit (“Southern Pathway OU,” also known as “OU6”) of the Montrose Chemical Corp. Superfund Site in Los Angeles County, California. This proposed Consent Decree was lodged in the case United States of America and State of California vs. Montrose Chemical Corp. of California et al., Civil Action No. 2:90-cv-03122 DOC (C.D. Cal.); it resolves certain of the claims in that case. The proposed Consent Decree, titled in full “Partial Consent Decree (Montrose Superfund Site—Historic Stormwater Pathway South Operable Unit)”, resolves certain claims or potential claims under Sections 106 and 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9606, 9607, as well as certain potential state law claims, in connection with environmental contamination at the Southern Pathway OU. The proposed Consent Decree does not resolve the settling defendants’ overall liability for environmental contamination at the Southern Pathway OU, but resolves their liability for the OU6 Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study and certain past and future response costs described below. The settling defendants are TFCF America, Inc.; Bayer CropScience Inc.; Montrose Chemical Corporation of California; and Stauffer Management Company LLC. The Consent Decree requires the settling defendants to perform the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study of contamination at the Southern Pathway OU, and to make a payment of $3,750,000.00 toward the United States’ unreimbursed Southern Pathway OU past costs and certain sitewide “OU-00” costs, and a payment of $250,000.00 towards DTSC’s Southern Pathway OU past costs. The proposed Consent Decree also requires the settling defendants to pay the United States’ and DTSC’s future response costs for overseeing the work the settling defendants will be performing pursuant to the Consent Decree. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment due April 17, 2021.
  • Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
    On February 22, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed consent order with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in the Chapter 11 matter entitled In re: Tri Harbor Holdings Corporation (f/k/a Aceto Corporation), et al., Case No. 19-13448 (VFP). The consent order relates to liabilities asserted by the United States and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) against Arsynco, Inc. (“Arsynco”), under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq. (“CERCLA”), for (1) cost recovery on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), and (2) natural resource damages on behalf of the federal and state natural resource trustees, concerning the Berry’s Creek Study Area (“BCSA”) operable unit of the Ventron/Velsicol Superfund Site, located in Bergen County, New Jersey and a 12.3-acre parcel of property located at 511 13th Street in Carlstadt, New Jersey formerly owned by Arsynco. Under the consent order, the United States shall have an allowed general unsecured claim in the amount of $9,566,000 for EPA’s asserted past and future response costs. In addition, the United States, on behalf of the Department of Interior and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the State of New Jersey, collectively the “Trustees”, shall have an allowed general unsecured claim in the amount of $8,215,000 for asserted natural resource damages. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the proposed consent order. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, and should refer to In re: Tri Harbor Holdings Corporation (f/k/a Aceto Corporation), et al., Case No. 19-13448 (VFP). All comments must be submitted no later than April 27, 2021.
  • Justice Dept. – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under CERCLA
    On March 29, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York in the lawsuit entitled United States of America v. Cross Nicastro, Civil Case No. 6:17-cv-00745-GTS-ATB. The proposed settlement resolves the United States’ claims under Section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9607, against Cross Nicastro, for recovery of response costs incurred at the Frankfort Asbestos Superfund Site. The settlement also resolves Defendant’s liability under Section 106(b), 42 U.S.C. 9606(b), and Section 107(c)(3), 42 U.S.C. 9607(c)(3). The Site is located at 3720 Southside Road (Old New York State 5S), approximately one mile northwest of the Town of Frankfort, in Herkimer County, New York. Under the proposed Consent Decree, Cross Nicastro will pay $135,000 in past response costs, civil penalties, and damages to resolve the United States’ claims. All comments must be submitted no later than May 2, 2021.
  • NOAA – Proposed Boundary Expansion for the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering a request to expand the boundary of the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Narragansett Bay NERR or the Reserve) and is soliciting comments from the public on the proposed boundary expansion. The public is also invited to comment on the draft environmental assessment for the proposed boundary expansion. Comments must be received on or before April 14, 2021.
  • NOAA – Hydrographic Services Review Panel Nominations
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominations for members to serve on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel with nominations due by April 26, 2021. Five vacancies for a four-year term will occur on January 1, 2022.
  • NOAA and USFWS – Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Management Plan
    FWS and NOAA announce the availability of a draft monument management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The draft MMP describes proposed goals, objectives, and strategies for managing the Monument over a 15-year period. 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
    The NMFS proposes to designate critical habitat for the Beringia distinct population segment (DPS) of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies Erignathus barbatus nauticus under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed designation comprises an area of marine habitat in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. They seek comments on all aspects of the proposed critical habitat designation and will consider information received before issuing a final designation. 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, Extension of Public Comment Period
    The NMFS are extending the public comment period by 30 days for our proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2020, to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) under the Endangered Species Act. On December 23, 2020 the comment period was extended 30 days. The end of the public comment period is extended again from February 25, 2021, to May 26, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
    NMFS intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to analyze the potential impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment caused by the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (WOSF HCP) and a range of reasonable alternatives. The WOSF HCP is being prepared in support of a request for Endangered Species Act (ESA) incidental take permits (ITPs) authorizing incidental take of covered species by covered activities. They are also announcing the initiation of a public scoping period to engage Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments and the public in the identification of issues and concerns, potential impacts, and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action that meet the purpose and need for consideration in the draft EIS. The applicant for the ITPs is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). All comments must be received by April 21, 2021 (Comment period extended).
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Amendment 20 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 20 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce. If approved, Amendment 20 would modify the preseason schedule for implementing annual management measures and would move the southern boundary of the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) 5 nautical miles (nmi) (9.3 km) north of its current location. In addition, Amendment 20 would update out-of-date language in the FMP. NMFS will consider public comments in deciding whether to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 20. NMFS also announces the availability for public review and comment of a draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of implementing the actions under Amendment 20. Comments on Amendment 20 must be received by April 12, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan
    NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan for review by the Secretary of Commerce. Amendment 18 would implement a rebuilding plan for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine, which NMFS declared overfished in June 2019. NMFS will consider public comments in deciding whether to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 18. Comments on Amendment 18 must be received by May 17, 2021. Comments on the associated Environmental Assessment must be received by April 15, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Approval of 2021 and 2022 Sector Operations Plans and Allocation of 2021 Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements
    They propose to approve sector operations plans and contracts, and grant regulatory exemptions for fishing years 2021 and 2022, provide preliminary Northeast multispecies annual catch entitlements to approved sectors for fishing year 2021, amend regulations required to administer electronic monitoring, and announce 2021 default specifications for seven Northeast multispecies stocks. Approval of sector operations plans and contracts is necessary to allocate annual catch entitlements to the sectors for sectors to operate. This action is intended to allow limited access permit holders to continue to operate or form sectors, as authorized under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, and to exempt sectors from certain effort control regulations to improve the efficiency and economics of sector vessels. They also announce our determination that electronic monitoring is sufficient for use instead of at-sea monitors to meet sector monitoring and reporting requirements. Lastly, they announce default specifications for Gulf of Maine winter flounder, Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder, redfish, ocean pout, Atlantic wolffish, Eastern Georges Bank cod, and Eastern Georges Bank haddock. Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Old Sitka Dock North Dolphins Expansion Project in Sitka, Alaska
    NMFS has received a request from Halibut Point Marine Services, LLC (HPMS) for an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) that would cover a subset of the take authorized in an IHA previously issued HPMS to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level A and Level B harassment only, during construction activities associated with the Old Sitka Dock North Dolphins Expansion Project in Sitka, Alaska. Some changes have occurred during this year’s evaluation of the project. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal IHA that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of their decision. Comments and information must be received no later than April 19, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder Fishery; Fishing Year 2021
    NMFS proposes management measures for the 2021 summer flounder recreational fishery. The implementing regulations for this fishery require NMFS to publish recreational measures for the fishing year and to provide an opportunity for public comment. The intent of this action is to constrain recreational catch to the summer flounder recreational harvest limit and thereby prevent overfishing on the summer flounder stock. Comments must be received by April 21, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
    NMFS announces its intent to conduct a 5-year review of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) distinct population segment (DPS). NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. They request submission of any such information on the Cook Inlet beluga whale DPS, particularly information on its status, threats, and recovery, that has become available since the previous 5-year review was issued in February 2017. To allow them adequate time to conduct this review, they must receive your information no later than June 25, 2021 (comment period extended). However, they will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
  • 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
    In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and a Consent Decree with BP Exploration & Production Inc. (BP),[1] the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Federal and state natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) have prepared a Draft Phase II Restoration Plan 3.2 (Draft Phase II RP #3.2). The Draft Phase II RP #3.2 describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of the DWH oil spill. The Louisiana TIG evaluated these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment regulations. In accordance with NEPA the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives are evaluated in the associated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (USACE CEMVN) Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Project, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes [2] (MBSD DEIS) to which the Louisiana TIG Federal Trustees are cooperating agencies. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft Phase II RP #3.2 and to seek public comments on the document. The Louisiana TIG will consider public comments received on or before May 4, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1/Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles
    In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and a Consent Decree with BP Exploration & Production Inc., the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group (Regionwide TIG) have prepared a Draft Restoration Plan #1/Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles (Draft RP/EA). The Draft RP/EA describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Regionwide TIG to partially restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of the DWH oil spill. The Regionwide TIG evaluated these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) regulations. In accordance with NEPA the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives are evaluated in the integrated Environmental Assessment to which the Regionwide TIG Federal Trustees are cooperating agencies. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft RP/EA and to seek public comments on the document. The Regionwide TIG will consider public comments received on or before May 6, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Dry Dock 1 Modification and Expansion
    NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Dry Dock 1 modification and expansion in Kittery, Maine. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-time, one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. Comments and information must be received no later than May 10, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal Spring-Run Chinook Salmon as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
    NMFS announces a 90-day finding on a petition to list Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal (SONCC) spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) as a threatened or endangered Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing. They find that the petition presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. They will conduct a status review of SONCC spring-run Chinook salmon to determine whether the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, they are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this species from any interested party. Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by May 17, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Notice of Initiation of a 5-Year Review of the Banggai Cardinalfish
    NMFS announces the initiation of a 5-year review for the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni). NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We request submission of any such information on the Banggai cardinalfish, particularly information on the status, threats, and recovery of the species that has become available since its listing, effective February 19, 2016. To allow them adequate time to conduct this review, they must receive your information no later than May 28, 2021.
  • NRC – United Nuclear Corporation Church Rock Project
    On November 13, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued for public comment a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for United Nuclear Corporation’s (UNC) license amendment request. UNC is requesting authorization to amend its license (SUA-1475) to excavate approximately 1 million cubic yards (CY) of mine waste from the Northeast Church Rock Mine Site and dispose of it at the existing mill site in McKinley County, New Mexico. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on December 28, 2020. On December 23, 2020, the NRC extended the public comment until February 26, 2021. The NRC has decided to further extend the public comment until May 27, 2021 to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments. The NRC plans to further engage the local communities to promote full understanding of the proposed action and facilitate public comment and will also hold a public comment meeting during the extended comment period. The due date of comments requested in the document published December 23, 2020 (85 FR 84016) is extended. Comments should be filed no later than May 27, 2021. Comments received after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.
  • NRCS – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coon Creek Watershed Project (Wisconsin)
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wisconsin State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Coon Creek Watershed Project in the proximity of Cashton, Westby, Bloomingdale, Coon Valley, and Chaseburg, Wisconsin. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternative to be addressed in the EIS from all interested all interested individuals. The EIS process will examine existing flood control measures and evaluate additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. NRCS will consider comments received by April 23, 2021.
  • NRCS – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the West Fork Kickapoo Watershed (Wisconsin)
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wisconsin State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the West Fork Kickapoo Watershed Project in the proximity of Cashton, Westby, Viroqua, and Liberty, Wisconsin. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS from all interested individuals. The EIS process will examine existing flood control measures and evaluate additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. NRCS will consider comments received by April 23, 2021
  • NSF – Request for Public Comment: Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Draft Arctic Research Plan
    The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), chaired by the National Science Foundation (NSF), seeks public comment on the draft Arctic Research Plan: 2022-2026, which can be found at https://www.iarpccollaborations.org/​draft-plan.html. Written comments must be submitted no later than June 11, 2021.
  • NSF – Request for Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office Advisory Committees
    The National Science Foundation requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the name of the submitting individual, the organization or the affiliation providing the member nomination, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual’s curriculum vita, an expression of the individual’s interest in serving, and the following recommended individual’s contact information: Employment address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. Self-recommendations are accepted. See the Federal Register notice for contact importation for each of the committees.
  • USDA – Notice of Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
    On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. This Executive Order laid out a series of actions for Federal Agencies to take regarding climate change mitigation and resilience, including directing the Secretary of Agriculture to collect stakeholder input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. As part of this process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking input from the public to ensure that relevant information is considered. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time April 29, 2021.
  • USFWS – Draft Recovery Plans – Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander, Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Fluted Kidneyshell and Kentucky Glade Cress 
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability for public review and comment of four draft recovery plans. The endangered or threatened species are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The draft recovery plans include specific recovery objectives and criteria based on the species status assessment. USFWS requests review and comment on these draft recovery plans from local, State, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, and the public. USFWS must receive comments on the draft recovery plans on or before April 26, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink; Osceola County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from EGR East, LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to the construction of a residential development in Osceola County, Florida. USFWS requests public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on USFWS’ preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, USFWS used thier environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. USFWS must receive your written comments on or before April 26, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Categorical Exclusion for the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander; Santa Maria Public Airport District Santa Maria Airport Commercial Center Project, Santa Barbara County, California
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) and draft categorical exclusion (CatEx) for activities associated with an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander incidental to activities associated with construction near the Santa Maria Airport in Santa Barbara County, California. The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. They invite public comment on these documents. Written comments should be received on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of an Incidental Take Permit Application and Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher; Rancho Vista Seniors Project, City of Oceanside, San Diego County, California
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) and draft categorical exclusion for activities associated with construction of the Rancho Vista Seniors Project. Rancho Vista 2018, LLC (applicant), developed a draft HCP as part of their application for an incidental permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. They prepared a draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant.They invite public comment on these documents. To ensure consideration, please send your written comments on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS -Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit, Habitat Conservation Plan for the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly, Blanding’s Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Leafy Prairie Clover, and Lakeside Daisy, Will County, Illinois
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application from Hanson Aggregates Midwest, Inc. d/b/a Hanson Material Service (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. We make available for public comment the applicant’s habitat conservation plan (HCP) for continued limestone surface mining, submitted in support of the ITP application, for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly, Blanding’s turtle, spotted turtle, leafy prairie clover, and Lakeside Daisy (covered species). If approved, the ITP would be for a 30-year period and would authorize the incidental take of an endangered species, the Hine’s emerald dragonfly, and species petitioned for Federal listing that are listed as endangered by the State of Illinois, the Blanding’s turtle and spotted turtle. They also announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment, which has been prepared in response to the permit application in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. They request public comment on the application and associated documents. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Draft Environmental Assessment and Habitat Conservation Plan; CPS Energy Programmatic Habitat Conservation Plan, Bexar County, Texas
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that CPS Energy has applied for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would authorize incidental take of one endangered songbird, the golden-cheeked warbler, and eight endangered karst invertebrates. They make available a draft environmental assessment (dEA) under the National Environmental Policy Act and a habitat conservation plan (HCP) for CPS Energy’s covered activities in and around San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The dEA evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to, implementation of the proposed HCP. To ensure consideration, written comments must be received or postmarked on or before 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 28, 2021. They may not consider any comments we receive after the closing date in the final decision on this action.
  • USFWS – Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit, Bitter Ridge Wind Farm, Jay County, Indiana
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application from Scout Clean Energy’s Bitter Ridge Wind Farm, LLC (applicant), for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), for its Bitter Ridge Wind Farm (project). The applicant requests the ITP, which would be for a 35-year period, for the take of the federally listed endangered Indiana bat and threatened northern long-eared bat incidental to the otherwise lawful activities associated with the Bitter Ridge Wind Farm. The applicant proposes a conservation program to minimize and mitigate for the unavoidable incidental take as described in their Habitat Conservation Plan. The Service requests public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed HCP, and the Service’s draft environmental assessment, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Service provides this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State and local governments. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink; Osceola County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from Lennar Homes LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to the construction of a residential development in Osceola County, Florida. They request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, they used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink; Polk County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from Forestar Group, Inc. (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to the construction of a residential development in Polk County, Florida. They request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, they used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from WP South Acquisitions, LLC (Wood Partners) (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Orange County, Florida. They request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, they used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from BB Groves, LLC (applicant) (Serenade at Ovation) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Orange County, Florida. They request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, they used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments on or before April 28, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from VK Avalon Groves LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Lake County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, they used their environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. They must receive your written comments on or before April 29, 2021.
  • USFWS – Reclassification of the Hawaiian Stilt From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to reclassify (downlist) the Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that the subspecies’ status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but that it is still likely to become so in the foreseeable future. USFWS also proposes a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the Hawaiian stilt. Additionally, USFWS recognizes the name “aeo” as an alternative common name. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before May 24, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Petition Finding and Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis), a freshwater turtle species from the Suwannee River basin in Georgia and Florida, as a threatened species. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, they find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, they propose to list the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). If they finalize this rule as proposed, it would add the species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 7, 2021
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Three Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 90-day findings on three petitions to add species to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act. Based on their review, USFWS finds that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this document, USFWS announces that they plan to initiate status reviews of the Rio Grande shiner (Notropis jemezanus), Shasta snow-wreath (Neviusia cliftonii), and threecorner milkvetch (Astragalus geyeri var. triquetrus) to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, USFWS is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect their status. Based on the status reviews, USFWS will issue 12-month petition findings, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. Any information USFWS receives during the course of their status reviews will be considered.

 

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