Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Permits for Incidental Taking of Endangered or Threatened Species, 6414-6415 [05-2283]

Download as PDF 6414 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Application for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments [I.D. 020105F] Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301), we invite comments on the question of whether instruments of equivalent scientific value, for the purposes for which the instruments shown below are intended to be used, are being manufactured in the United States. Comments must comply with 15 CFR 301.5(a)(3) and (4) of the regulations and be filed within 20 days with the Statutory Import Programs Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. Applications may be examined between 8:30 A.M. and 5 P.M. in Suite 4100W, U.S. Department of Commerce, Franklin Court Building, 1099 14th Street, NW., Washington, DC. Docket Number: 05–002. Applicant: Cornell University, 123 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Instrument: KB Mirror System. Manufacturer: Kohzu Precision Co., Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used by a group of universities to study the molecular structure of macro-molecules of importance in the life sciences including proteins, viruses, enzymes and other related entities by the scattering of monoenergetic x-rays from single crystals of these materials utilizing the intense beams of x-rays provided by the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to determine the molecular structure of these entities. The mirror system is needed to focus the intense x-ray beam onto sub-millimeter sized crystals. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: January 24, 2005. Gerald A. Zerdy, Program Manager, Statutory Import Programs Staff. [FR Doc. E5–478 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P VerDate jul<14>2003 21:04 Feb 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Permits for Incidental Taking of Endangered or Threatened Species National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Susan Pultz, F/PR3Room 13661, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring MD 20910–3282 (phone 301– 713–1401, ext. 116). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) imposed prohibitions against the taking of endangered species. In 1982, Congress revised the ESA to allow permits authorizing the taking of endangered species incidental to otherwise lawful activities. The corresponding regulations (50 CFR part 222.222) established procedures for persons to apply for such a permit. In addition, the regulations set forth specific reporting requirements for such permit holders. The regulations contain three sets of information collections: (l) applications for incidental take permits, (2) applications for certificates of inclusion, and (3) reporting requirements for permits issued. Certificates of inclusion are only required if a general permit is issued to a representative of a group of potential permit applicants, rather than requiring each entity to apply for and receive a permit. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity on endangered species, to make the determinations required by the ESA prior to issuing a permit, and to establish appropriate permit conditions. When a species is listed as threatened, section 4(d) of the ESA requires the Secretary to issue whatever regulations are deemed necessary or advisable to provide for conservation of the species. In many cases those regulations reflect blanket application of the section 9 take prohibition. However, NMFS recognizes certain exceptions to that prohibition, including habitat restoration actions taken in accord with approved state watershed action plans. While watershed plans are prepared for other purposes in coordination with or fulfillment of various state programs, a watershed group wishing to take advantage of the exception for restoration activities (rather than obtaining a section 10 permit) would have to submit the plan for NMFS review. II. Method of Collection Currently, most information is collected on paper, but in some instances, there is electronic access and capability. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0230. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and state, local, or tribal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 11. Estimated Time Per Response: 80 hours for a permit application (including Habitat Conservation Plans); 30 minutes for an application for a Certificate of Inclusion; 8 hours for a permit report; and 10 hours for a watershed plan. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 880. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,840. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. operations, and individual fishing quotas (IFQ). The application information is required to determine eligibility pursuant to 50 CFR Part 253, and to determine the type and amount of assistance requested by the applicant. An annual financial statement is required to collect information necessary to monitor the financial status of the loan. Dated: January 27, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2283 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] II. Method of Collection III. Data DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020105I] Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fisheries Finance Program Requirements National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Charles L. Cooper, Financial Services Division, Office of Management and Budget, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone 301– 713–2396). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract NOAA operates a direct loan program, Fisheries Finance Program (FFP), to assist in financing certain actions relating to commercial fishing vessels, shoreside fishery facilities, aquaculture VerDate jul<14>2003 21:04 Feb 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 OMB Number: 0648–0012. Form Number: NOAA Form 88-1. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,250. Estimated Time Per Response: 8 hours for a traditional FFP application; 4 hours for an IFQ loan application; and 8 hours for an annual financial statement. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $5,375. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 27, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2284 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020105J] Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coastal Impact Assistance Program: Project Review Checklist National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Forms submitted in paper format. BILLING CODE 3510–22–S 6415 SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to John R. King, N/ORM3, Room 11357, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3282 (phone 301–713–3155, ext. 188). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) recognizes that impacts from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas activities fall disproportionately on coastal states and localities nearest to where the activities occur. The program provides funds to seven states and 147 local governments to conduct a variety of related projects, including construction and land acquisition. NOAA must review the projects in accordance with the CIAP legislation before disbursing funds. To expedite review, NOAA developed the CIAP Project Checklist for the construction and land acquisition projects. The Checklist, whose use is voluntary, requests applicants to provide project information to allow NOAA to determine their eligibility under the CIAP as well as eligibility under other relevant statutes (NEPA, etc.). E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 24 (Monday, February 7, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6414-6415]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-2283]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 020105F]


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Permits for 
Incidental Taking of Endangered or Threatened Species

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Susan Pultz, F/PR3Room 13661, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring MD 20910-3282 (phone 301-713-1401, ext. 116).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) 
imposed prohibitions against the taking of endangered species. In 1982, 
Congress revised the ESA to allow permits authorizing the taking of 
endangered species incidental to otherwise lawful activities. The 
corresponding regulations (50 CFR part 222.222) established procedures 
for persons to apply for such a permit. In addition, the regulations 
set forth specific reporting requirements for such permit holders.
    The regulations contain three sets of information collections: (l) 
applications for incidental take permits, (2) applications for 
certificates of inclusion, and (3) reporting requirements for permits 
issued. Certificates of inclusion are only required if a general permit 
is issued to a representative of a group of potential permit 
applicants, rather than requiring each entity to apply for and receive 
a permit.
    The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the 
proposed activity on endangered species, to make the determinations 
required by the ESA prior to issuing a permit, and to establish 
appropriate permit conditions.
    When a species is listed as threatened, section 4(d) of the ESA 
requires the Secretary to issue whatever regulations are deemed 
necessary or advisable to provide for conservation of the species. In 
many cases those regulations reflect blanket application of the section 
9 take prohibition. However, NMFS recognizes certain exceptions to that 
prohibition, including habitat restoration actions taken in accord with 
approved state watershed action plans. While watershed plans are 
prepared for other purposes in coordination with or fulfillment of 
various state programs, a watershed group wishing to take advantage of 
the exception for restoration activities (rather than obtaining a 
section 10 permit) would have to submit the plan for NMFS review.

II. Method of Collection

    Currently, most information is collected on paper, but in some 
instances, there is electronic access and capability.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0230.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and state, local, or 
tribal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 11.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 80 hours for a permit application 
(including Habitat Conservation Plans); 30 minutes for an application 
for a Certificate of Inclusion; 8 hours for a permit report; and 10 
hours for a watershed plan.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 880.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,840.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the

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burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 27, 2005.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-2283 Filed 2-4-05; 8:45 am]
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