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Download as PDF 12184 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 50 / Thursday, March 15, 2007 / Notices Marine Mammals Permit No. 133772 137715 125179 130142 137039 138216 141939 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ Richard H. Gebhard ....................................... Philip S. Majerus ............................................ Warren L. Strickland ...................................... Jerry L. Brenner ............................................. Kelly J. Powell ............................................... Michael J. Lenarduzzi .................................... Philip M. Ripepi .............................................. Dated: February 23, 2007. Michael S. Moore, Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. [FR Doc. E7–4761 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2007 Funding Agreements To Be Negotiated with Self-Governance Tribes AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. Notice. ACTION: rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES SUMMARY: This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in fiscal year 2007 funding agreements with self-governance tribes and lists programmatic targets pursuant to section 405(c)(4) of the Tribal SelfGovernance Act. DATES: This notice expires on September 30, 2007. ADDRESSES: Inquiries or comments regarding this notice may be directed to Sue Marcus, American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey, 104 National Center, Reston, VA 20192. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Title II of the Indian SelfDetermination Act amendments of 1994 (Pub. L. 103–413, the ‘‘Tribal SelfGovernance Act’’ or the ‘‘Act’’) instituted a permanent self-governance program at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Under the selfgovernance program certain programs, services, functions, and activities, or portions thereof, in DOI bureaus other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are eligible to be planned, conducted, consolidated, and administered by a self-governance tribal government. Under section 405(c) of the Act, the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is required to publish annually: (1) A list of non-BIA programs, services, VerDate Aug<31>2005 Receipt of application FEDERAL REGISTER Notice Applicant 14:20 Mar 14, 2007 Jkt 211001 71 71 71 71 71 71 72 FR FR FR FR FR FR FR 60561; October 13, 2006 ................... 66187; November 13, 2006 ................ 35692; June 21, 2006 ........................ 76684; December 21, 2006 ................ 76682; December 21, 2006 ................ 76682; December 21, 2006 ................ 2539; January 19, 2007 ..................... functions, and activities, or portions thereof, that are eligible for inclusion in agreements negotiated under the selfgovernance program; and (2) programmatic targets for these bureaus. Under the Act, two categories of nonBIA programs are eligible for selfgovernance funding agreements (AFAs): (1) Under section 403(b)(2) of the Act, any non-BIA program, service, function or activity that is administered by COI that is ‘‘otherwise available to Indian tribes or Indians,’’ can be administered by a tribal government through a selfgovernance funding agreement. The DOI interprets this provision to authorize the inclusion of programs eligible for selfdetermination contracts under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Pub. L. 93– 638, as amended). Section 403(b)(2) also specifies ‘‘nothing in this subsection may be construed to provide any tribe with a preference with respect to the opportunity of the tribe to administer programs, services, functions and activities, or portions thereof, unless such preference is otherwise provided by law.’’ (2) Under section 403(c) of the Act, the Secretary may include other programs, services, functions, and activities or portions thereof that are of ‘‘special geographic, historical, or cultural significance’’ to a selfgovernance tribe. Under section 403(k) of the Act, funding agreements cannot include programs, services, functions, or activities that are inherently Federal or where the statute establishing the existing program does not authorize the type of participation sought by the tribe. However, a tribe (or tribes) need not be identified in the authorizing statutes in order for a program or element to be included in a self-governance funding agreement. While general legal and policy guidance regarding what constitutes an inherently Federal function exists, we will determine whether a specific function is inherently Federal on a case-by-case basis considering the totality of circumstances. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Permit issuance date February 5, 2007. February 5, 2007. January 4, 2007. February 21, 2007. February 21, 2007. February 12, 2007. February 21, 2007. Response to Comments The DOI Office of Self-Governance requested comments on the proposed list on June 14, 2006. A number of editorial and technical changes were provided by DOI bureaus and incorporated into this Notice. While the Notice of June 14, 2006 illustrated all eligible non-BIA programs for DOI, this Notice is specific to the U.S. Geological Survey. II. Eligible Non-BIA Programs of the U.S. Geological Survey The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will consider for inclusion in funding agreements activities which, upon request of a self-governance tribe, USGS determines to be eligible under either sections 403(b)(2) or 403(c) of the Act. Tribes with an interest in such potential agreements are encouraged to being such discussions. The mission of USGS is to collect, analyze, and provide information on biology, geology, hydrology, and geography that contributes to the wise management of the Nation’s natural resources and to the health, safety, and well-being of the American people. This information is usually publicly available and includes maps, data bases, and descriptions and analyses of the water, plants, animals, energy, and mineral resources, land surface, underlying geologic structure, and dynamic processes of the earth. The USGS does not manage lands or resources. Selfgovernance tribes may potentially assist USGS in the data acquisition and analysis components of its activities through a funding agreement. For questions regarding selfgovernance contact Sue Marcus, American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey, 104 National Center, Reston, VA 20192, telephone 703–648–4437, fax 703–648–4454, email smarcus@usgs.gov. III. Programmatic Targets During fiscal year 2007, upon request of a self-governance tribe, the U.S. Geological Survey will negotiate E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 50 / Thursday, March 15, 2007 / Notices funding agreements for its eligible activities. Desert, Palo Verde, Rancho Mirage, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa, California. Dated: March 2, 2007. Mark Limbaugh, Assistant Secretary—Water and Science. [FR Doc. 07–1211 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hill at (760) 251–4840 or e-mail: gchill@ca.blm.gov. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA–660–1430–ER–CACA–17905] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement for the Southern California Edison DeversPalo Verde No. 2 Transmission Line Project, California Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (Pub. L. 91– 190, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347), and Title 40 CFR Parts 1500–1508, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Southern California Edison Company (SCE) Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 Transmission Line Project is available for public review and comment. The BLM is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the EIS in compliance with the requirements of NEPA. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is the lead State of California agency for the preparation of the EIR in compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. If the project is approved, BLM and CPUC would issue right-of-way grants to SCE. DATES: The document will be available for public review and comment for 30 days following publication of a Notice of Availability (NOA) of this document in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: The EIR/EIS is available online at the BLM Web site: http:// www.blm.gov/ca/palmsprings. Copies of the document can also be viewed at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 690 West Garnet Ave., North Palm Springs, Calif. 92258, and at public libraries in Buckeye and Quartzite, Arizona, and Redlands, Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Loma Linda, Riverside, Coachella, Colton, Desert Hot Springs, Grand Terrace, Indio, Mentone, Palm 14:20 Mar 14, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [OR–050–1020–MJ; HAG7–0083] Notice of Public Meetings—John Day/ Snake Resource Advisory Council (RAC) SCE is proposing to construct a new 230-mile long, 500-kilovolt (kV) electrical transmission line between its Devers Substation located near Palm Springs, California, and the Harquahala Generating Station switchyard, located near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, SCE is proposing to upgrade 48.2 miles of existing 230-kV transmission lines between the Devers Substation west to the San Bernardino and Vista Substations, located in the San Bernardino, California, vicinity. Together, the proposed 500-kV line and the 230-kV transmission facility upgrades are known as DPV2. The proposed route crosses public and private lands in Arizona and California. Portions of the proposed route cross Federal lands managed by the BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Construction of DPV2 would add 1,200 megawatts of transmission import capacity from the southwestern United States to California, which would reduce energy costs throughout California and enhance the reliability of California’s energy supply through increased transmission infrastructure. The BLM identified a list of issues that this analysis addresses including the impacts of the proposed project on visual resources, agricultural lands, air quality, plant and animal species including special status species, cultural resources, and watersheds. Other issues identified by the BLM are impacts to the public in the form of noise, traffic, accidental release of hazardous materials, and impacts to urban, residential, and recreational areas. Public participation hearings and workshops on the draft EIR/EIS were held in: Tonopah, Arizona, on June 6, 2006; Beaumont, California, on June 7, 2006; and Palm Desert, California, on June 8, 2006. The BLM will prepare a Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed project after a 30-day period following publication of the NOA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information concerning the John Day/Snake RAC may be obtained from Virginia Gibbons, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Prineville District Office, 3050 N.E. Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754, (541) 416– 6647 or e-mail Virginia Gibbons@or.blm.gov. Dated: December 11, 2006. Gail Acheson, Field Manager. [FR Doc. E7–4759 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] Dated: March 7, 2007. Stephen R. Robertson, Acting District Manager. [FR Doc. E7–4673 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40– P BILLING CODE 4310–33–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 4311–AM–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 Greg 12185 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Prineville District, Interior. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of meetings. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Department of the Interior, BLM John Day Snake RAC will meet as indicated below: The John Day/Snake RAC is scheduled to meet on April 3, 2007, at the Oxford Suites at 2400 S.W. Court Place, Pendleton, OR 97801. The meeting time will be from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A public comment period will begin at 1 p.m., and end at 1:15 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). The meeting may include such topics as off-highway vehicle and travel management, noxious weeds, planning, Sage grouse, and other matters as may reasonably come before the council. Meeting Procedures: The meeting is open to the public. The public may present written comments to the RAC. Depending on the number of persons wishing to provide oral comments and agenda topics to be covered, the time to do so may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation, tour transportation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM representative indicated below. For a copy of the information to be distributed to the RAC members, please submit a written request to the BLM Prineville District Office 10 days prior to the meeting. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey


List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2007 
Funding Agreements To Be Negotiated with Self-Governance Tribes

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are 
eligible for inclusion in fiscal year 2007 funding agreements with 
self-governance tribes and lists programmatic targets pursuant to 
section 405(c)(4) of the Tribal Self-Governance Act.

DATES: This notice expires on September 30, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Inquiries or comments regarding this notice may be directed 
to Sue Marcus, American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison, U.S. Geological 
Survey, 104 National Center, Reston, VA 20192.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Title II of the Indian Self-Determination Act amendments of 1994 
(Pub. L. 103-413, the ``Tribal Self-Governance Act'' or the ``Act'') 
instituted a permanent self-governance program at the Department of the 
Interior (DOI). Under the self-governance program certain programs, 
services, functions, and activities, or portions thereof, in DOI 
bureaus other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are eligible to 
be planned, conducted, consolidated, and administered by a self-
governance tribal government.
    Under section 405(c) of the Act, the Secretary of the Interior 
(Secretary) is required to publish annually: (1) A list of non-BIA 
programs, services, functions, and activities, or portions thereof, 
that are eligible for inclusion in agreements negotiated under the 
self-governance program; and (2) programmatic targets for these 
bureaus.
    Under the Act, two categories of non-BIA programs are eligible for 
self-governance funding agreements (AFAs):
    (1) Under section 403(b)(2) of the Act, any non-BIA program, 
service, function or activity that is administered by COI that is 
``otherwise available to Indian tribes or Indians,'' can be 
administered by a tribal government through a self-governance funding 
agreement. The DOI interprets this provision to authorize the inclusion 
of programs eligible for self-determination contracts under Title I of 
the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Pub. L. 93-
638, as amended). Section 403(b)(2) also specifies ``nothing in this 
subsection may be construed to provide any tribe with a preference with 
respect to the opportunity of the tribe to administer programs, 
services, functions and activities, or portions thereof, unless such 
preference is otherwise provided by law.''
    (2) Under section 403(c) of the Act, the Secretary may include 
other programs, services, functions, and activities or portions thereof 
that are of ``special geographic, historical, or cultural 
significance'' to a self-governance tribe.
    Under section 403(k) of the Act, funding agreements cannot include 
programs, services, functions, or activities that are inherently 
Federal or where the statute establishing the existing program does not 
authorize the type of participation sought by the tribe. However, a 
tribe (or tribes) need not be identified in the authorizing statutes in 
order for a program or element to be included in a self-governance 
funding agreement. While general legal and policy guidance regarding 
what constitutes an inherently Federal function exists, we will 
determine whether a specific function is inherently Federal on a case-
by-case basis considering the totality of circumstances.

Response to Comments

    The DOI Office of Self-Governance requested comments on the 
proposed list on June 14, 2006. A number of editorial and technical 
changes were provided by DOI bureaus and incorporated into this Notice. 
While the Notice of June 14, 2006 illustrated all eligible non-BIA 
programs for DOI, this Notice is specific to the U.S. Geological 
Survey.

II. Eligible Non-BIA Programs of the U.S. Geological Survey

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will consider for inclusion in 
funding agreements activities which, upon request of a self-governance 
tribe, USGS determines to be eligible under either sections 403(b)(2) 
or 403(c) of the Act. Tribes with an interest in such potential 
agreements are encouraged to being such discussions.
    The mission of USGS is to collect, analyze, and provide information 
on biology, geology, hydrology, and geography that contributes to the 
wise management of the Nation's natural resources and to the health, 
safety, and well-being of the American people. This information is 
usually publicly available and includes maps, data bases, and 
descriptions and analyses of the water, plants, animals, energy, and 
mineral resources, land surface, underlying geologic structure, and 
dynamic processes of the earth. The USGS does not manage lands or 
resources. Self-governance tribes may potentially assist USGS in the 
data acquisition and analysis components of its activities through a 
funding agreement.
    For questions regarding self-governance contact Sue Marcus, 
American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey, 104 
National Center, Reston, VA 20192, telephone 703-648-4437, fax 703-648-
4454, e-mail smarcus@usgs.gov.

III. Programmatic Targets

    During fiscal year 2007, upon request of a self-governance tribe, 
the U.S. Geological Survey will negotiate

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funding agreements for its eligible activities.

    Dated: March 2, 2007.
Mark Limbaugh,
Assistant Secretary--Water and Science.
[FR Doc. 07-1211 Filed 3-14-07; 8:45 am]
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