Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines, 52344-52346 [2012-21290]

Download as PDF 52344 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–WSR–2012–N210; FVWF941009000007B–XXX–FF09W23000; FVWF511009000007B–XXX–FF09W23000] Proposed Information Collection; Annual Certification of Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses Issued AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2013. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by October 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042–PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018–0007’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or 703–358– 2482 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669 et seq.) and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777 et seq. except 777e–1) provide authority for Federal assistance to the States for management and restoration of fish and wildlife. These Acts and our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 80, subpart D, require that States, territories, and the District of Columbia annually certify their hunting and fishing license sales. States, territories, and the District of Columbia that receive grants under these Acts use FWS Forms 3–154a (Part I—Certification) and 3–154b (Part II— VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 Summary of Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses Issued) to certify the number and amount of hunting and fishing license sales. We use the information collected to apportion and distribute funds according to the formula specified in each Act. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0007. Title: Annual Certification of Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses Issued, 50 CFR part 80, subpart D. Service Form Number(s): 3–154a, 3– 154b. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: States, territories (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa), and District of Columbia. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 112. Estimated Time per Response: Average of 12 hours for FWS Form 3– 154a and 20 hours for FWS Form 3– 154b. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,792. III. Comments We invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 21, 2012. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2012–21291 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–FHC–2012–N209; FXHC11220900000Z2–112–FF09F20000] Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB. DATES: You must submit comments on or before September 28, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB– OIRA at (202) 395–5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042–PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018–0148’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or 703–358– 2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 1018–0148. Title: Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52345 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices Service Form Number: None. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Developers and operators of wind energy facilities. Number of respondents Activity (reporting and recordkeeping) Number of responses Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Completion time per response Total annual burden hours Nonhour burden cost per response Total annual nonhour burden cost 150 110 80 150 110 80 83 375 2,880 12,450 41,250 230,400 $2,000 4,000 23,000 $300,000 440,000 1,840,000 50 10 50 10 2,550 2,400 127,500 24,000 95,000 191,000 4,750,000 1,910,000 TOTALS .................................................................... TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Tier 1 (Desktop Analysis) ................................................ Tier 2 (Site Characterization) ........................................... Tier 3 (Pre-construction studies) ..................................... Tier 4 (Post-construction fatality monitoring and habitat studies) ......................................................................... Tier 5 (Other post-construction studies ........................... 400 400 .................... 435,600 .................... 9,240,000 Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $9,240,000. Costs will depend on the size and complexity of issues associated with each project. These expenses may include, but are not limited to: Travel expenses for site visits, studies conducted, and meetings with the Service and other Federal and State agencies; training in survey methodologies; data management; special transportation such as all-terrain vehicle or helicopter; equipment needed for acoustic, telemetry, or radar monitoring, and carcass storage. Abstract: In January 2012, we requested that OMB approve, on an emergency basis, our request to collect information associated with the LandBased Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). We asked for emergency approval because of the potential negative effects that proposed wind energy facilities may have on wildlife and their habitat. OMB approved our request and assigned OMB Control No. 1018–0148, which expires September 30, 2012. We are asking OMB to extend the approval for this information collection for 3 years. As wind energy production increased, both developers and wildlife agencies recognized the need for a system to evaluate and address the potential negative impacts of wind energy projects on species of concern. These voluntary Guidelines (http:// www.fws.gov/windenergy) provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy development. They also promote effective communication among wind energy developers and Federal, State, tribal, and local conservation agencies. When used in concert with appropriate regulatory tools, the Guidelines will be the best practical approach for conserving species of concern. The Guidelines discuss various risks to ‘‘species of concern’’ from wind VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 energy projects, including collisions with wind turbines and associated infrastructure; loss and degradation of habitat from turbines and infrastructure; fragmentation of large habitat blocks into smaller segments that may not support sensitive species; displacement and behavioral changes; and indirect effects such as increased predator populations or introduction of invasive plants. The Guidelines assist developers in identifying species of concern that may potentially be affected by proposed projects, including, but not limited to: • Migratory birds; • Bats; • Bald and golden eagles and other birds of prey; • Prairie and sage grouse; and • Listed, proposed, or candidate endangered and threatened species. The Guidelines follow a tiered approach. The wind energy developer begins at Tier 1 or Tier 2, which entails gathering of existing data to help identify any potential risks to wildlife and their habitats at proposed wind energy project sites. The developer then proceeds through subsequent tiers, as appropriate, to collect information in increasing detail until the level of risk is adequately ascertained and a decision on whether or not to develop the site can be made. Many projects may not proceed beyond Tier 1 or 2, when developers become aware of potential barriers, including high risks to wildlife. Developers would only have an interest in adhering to the Guidelines for those projects that proceed beyond Tier 1 or 2. At each tier level, wind energy developers and operators should retain documentation to provide to the Service. Such documentation may include copies of correspondence with the Service, results of pre- and postconstruction studies conducted at project sites, bird and bat conservation strategies, or any other record that supports a developer’s adherence to the PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Guidelines. The extent of the documentation will depend on the conditions of the site being developed. Sites with greater risk of impacts to wildlife and habitats will likely involve more extensive communication with the Service and longer durations of pre- and post-construction studies than sites with little risk. Distributed or community-scale wind energy projects are unlikely to have significant adverse impacts to wildlife and their habitats. The Guidelines recommend that developers of these small-scale projects do the desktop analysis described in Tier 1 or Tier 2 using publicly available information to determine whether they should communicate with the Service. Since such project designs usually include a single turbine associated with existing development, conducting a Tier 1 or Tier 2 analysis for distributed or community-scale wind energy projects should incur limited nonhour burden costs. These analyses are conducted using readily available existing information, so the nature of these costs may include travel to project sites. For such projects, if there is no potential risk identified, a developer will have no need to communicate with the Service regarding the project or to conduct studies described in Tiers 3, 4, and 5. Adherence to the Guidelines is voluntary. Following the Guidelines does not relieve any individual, company, or agency of the responsibility to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Developers of wind energy projects have a responsibility to comply with the law; for example, they must obtain incidental take authorization for species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and/or Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA). Comments: On April 2, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 19683) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval for this information collection. In that E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52346 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on June 1, 2012. We received one comment regarding permits for the take of migratory birds, but the comment did not address the information collection requirements. We did not make any changes to the information collection. We again invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by September 28, 2012. We will hold open house-style meetings during the comment period to receive comments and provide information on the draft plan. In addition, we will use special mailings, newspaper articles, Internet postings, and other media announcements to inform people of opportunities for input. ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any one of the following methods: • Email: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Hamden Slough Draft CCP/EA’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: Attention: Refuge Manager, Hamden Slough NWR, 218–847–4156. • U.S. Mail: Attention: Ryan Frohling, Refuge Manager, Hamden Slough NWR (managed by Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District), 26624 N. Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. • In-Person Drop Off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours at the above addresses. You will find the draft CCP/EA, as well as information about the planning process and a summary of the CCP, on the planning Web site: http:// www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ hamdenslough/index.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Frohling, 218–847–4431. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 21, 2012. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Introduction DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, which we began by publishing a notice of intent in the Federal Register (75 FR 7289) on February 18, 2010. For more about the initial process and the history of this refuge, see that notice. Fish and Wildlife Service Background [FWS–R3–R–2012–N121; FXRS1265030000S3–123–FF03R06000] The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities [FR Doc. 2012–21290 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Becker County, MN Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge, NWR) for public review and comment. In this draft CCP/EA we describe how we propose to manage the refuge for the next 15 years. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the NWRS mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. Additional Information The draft CCP/EA may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ hamdenslough/index.html. That document incorporates an EA, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The draft CCP/EA includes detailed information about the planning process, refuge, issues, and management alternatives considered and proposed. The EA includes discussions of three alternative refuge management options. The Service’s preferred alternative is reflected in the draft CCP. The alternatives analyzed in detail include: • Alternative A: Current Management (No Action)—This alternative reflects the current management direction of Hamden Slough NWR. It provides the baseline against which to compare other alternatives. For NEPA purposes, this is referred to as the ‘‘No Action’’ alternative. • Alternative B: Wetland Focus—This alternative would focus on increasing the quantity and quality of habitat for waterfowl. Acquisition and full restoration of Pierce Lake would be emphasized over the next 15 years. The hydrologic regime would better emulate natural seasonal and long-term variability. More diverse, sustainable vegetation patterns would be restored on Refuge wetlands. • Alternative C: Wetland and Prairie Focus (Preferred Alternative)—This alternative would focus on increasing the quantity and quality of habitat for wetland and grassland birds. Acquisition and full restoration of E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-FHC-2012-N209; FXHC11220900000Z2-112-FF09F20000]


Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to 
expire on September 30, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor and a 
person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless 
it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB 
regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information 
collection while it is pending at OMB.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before September 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email). 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0148'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0148.
    Title: Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines.

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    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Developers and operators of wind energy 
facilities.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

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                                                                              Total       Nonhour       Total
      Activity (reporting and        Number of    Number of    Completion     annual    burden cost     annual
          recordkeeping)            respondents   responses     time per      burden        per        nonhour
                                                                response      hours       response   burden cost
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Tier 1 (Desktop Analysis).........          150          150           83       12,450       $2,000     $300,000
Tier 2 (Site Characterization)....          110          110          375       41,250        4,000      440,000
Tier 3 (Pre-construction studies).           80           80        2,880      230,400       23,000    1,840,000
Tier 4 (Post-construction fatality           50           50        2,550      127,500       95,000    4,750,000
 monitoring and habitat studies)..
Tier 5 (Other post-construction              10           10        2,400       24,000      191,000    1,910,000
 studies..........................
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    TOTALS........................          400          400  ...........      435,600  ...........    9,240,000
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    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $9,240,000. Costs will depend 
on the size and complexity of issues associated with each project. 
These expenses may include, but are not limited to: Travel expenses for 
site visits, studies conducted, and meetings with the Service and other 
Federal and State agencies; training in survey methodologies; data 
management; special transportation such as all-terrain vehicle or 
helicopter; equipment needed for acoustic, telemetry, or radar 
monitoring, and carcass storage.
    Abstract: In January 2012, we requested that OMB approve, on an 
emergency basis, our request to collect information associated with the 
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). We asked for emergency 
approval because of the potential negative effects that proposed wind 
energy facilities may have on wildlife and their habitat. OMB approved 
our request and assigned OMB Control No. 1018-0148, which expires 
September 30, 2012. We are asking OMB to extend the approval for this 
information collection for 3 years.
    As wind energy production increased, both developers and wildlife 
agencies recognized the need for a system to evaluate and address the 
potential negative impacts of wind energy projects on species of 
concern. These voluntary Guidelines (http://www.fws.gov/windenergy) 
provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife 
conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy 
development. They also promote effective communication among wind 
energy developers and Federal, State, tribal, and local conservation 
agencies. When used in concert with appropriate regulatory tools, the 
Guidelines will be the best practical approach for conserving species 
of concern.
    The Guidelines discuss various risks to ``species of concern'' from 
wind energy projects, including collisions with wind turbines and 
associated infrastructure; loss and degradation of habitat from 
turbines and infrastructure; fragmentation of large habitat blocks into 
smaller segments that may not support sensitive species; displacement 
and behavioral changes; and indirect effects such as increased predator 
populations or introduction of invasive plants. The Guidelines assist 
developers in identifying species of concern that may potentially be 
affected by proposed projects, including, but not limited to:
     Migratory birds;
     Bats;
     Bald and golden eagles and other birds of prey;
     Prairie and sage grouse; and
     Listed, proposed, or candidate endangered and threatened 
species.
    The Guidelines follow a tiered approach. The wind energy developer 
begins at Tier 1 or Tier 2, which entails gathering of existing data to 
help identify any potential risks to wildlife and their habitats at 
proposed wind energy project sites. The developer then proceeds through 
subsequent tiers, as appropriate, to collect information in increasing 
detail until the level of risk is adequately ascertained and a decision 
on whether or not to develop the site can be made. Many projects may 
not proceed beyond Tier 1 or 2, when developers become aware of 
potential barriers, including high risks to wildlife. Developers would 
only have an interest in adhering to the Guidelines for those projects 
that proceed beyond Tier 1 or 2.
    At each tier level, wind energy developers and operators should 
retain documentation to provide to the Service. Such documentation may 
include copies of correspondence with the Service, results of pre- and 
post-construction studies conducted at project sites, bird and bat 
conservation strategies, or any other record that supports a 
developer's adherence to the Guidelines. The extent of the 
documentation will depend on the conditions of the site being 
developed. Sites with greater risk of impacts to wildlife and habitats 
will likely involve more extensive communication with the Service and 
longer durations of pre- and post-construction studies than sites with 
little risk.
    Distributed or community-scale wind energy projects are unlikely to 
have significant adverse impacts to wildlife and their habitats. The 
Guidelines recommend that developers of these small-scale projects do 
the desktop analysis described in Tier 1 or Tier 2 using publicly 
available information to determine whether they should communicate with 
the Service. Since such project designs usually include a single 
turbine associated with existing development, conducting a Tier 1 or 
Tier 2 analysis for distributed or community-scale wind energy projects 
should incur limited nonhour burden costs. These analyses are conducted 
using readily available existing information, so the nature of these 
costs may include travel to project sites. For such projects, if there 
is no potential risk identified, a developer will have no need to 
communicate with the Service regarding the project or to conduct 
studies described in Tiers 3, 4, and 5.
    Adherence to the Guidelines is voluntary. Following the Guidelines 
does not relieve any individual, company, or agency of the 
responsibility to comply with applicable laws and regulations. 
Developers of wind energy projects have a responsibility to comply with 
the law; for example, they must obtain incidental take authorization 
for species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and/or Bald 
and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA).
    Comments: On April 2, 2012, we published in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 19683) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval 
for this information collection. In that

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notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on June 1, 2012. We 
received one comment regarding permits for the take of migratory birds, 
but the comment did not address the information collection 
requirements. We did not make any changes to the information 
collection.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you 
should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal 
identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: August 21, 2012.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-21290 Filed 8-28-12; 8:45 am]
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