Information Collection: Geological and Geophysical Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request MMAA104000, 75174-75178 [2014-29564]

Download as PDF 75174 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / Notices comments to the RAC at the BLM Albuquerque District Office, 435 Montano Rd., Albuquerque, NM, 87107. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: ´ Martın Visarraga, BLM Albuquerque District Office, 435 Montano Rd., Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505–761– 8902. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8229 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 10member Albuquerque District RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in New Mexico’s Albuquerque District. Planned agenda items include a welcoming and introduction of new Council members; election of chair and vice chair; an update on the Rio Puerco Management Plan, Sun Zia Southwest Transmission Project, Kinder Morgan Lobos CO2 Pipeline Project, Mobile Workforce, Force Account Crew, law enforcement, Rio Puerco Management Committee, and a discussion on estray horses. A half-hour comment period during which the public may address the RAC will begin at 11 a.m. All RAC meetings are open to the public. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Michael H. Tupper, Deputy State Director, Lands and Resources. [FR Doc. 2014–29523 Filed 12–16–14; 8:45 a.m.] BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [OMB Number 1010–0048] Information Collection: Geological and Geophysical Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request MMAA104000 ACTION: 30-day notice. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:49 Dec 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection. DATES: Submit written comments by January 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit comments on this ICR to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB– OIRA at (202) 395–5806 (fax) or OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, HM– 3127, Herndon, Virginia 20170 (mail) or boemcmts@gmail.com (email). Please reference ICR 1010–0048 in your comment and include your name and return address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis at boemcmts@gmail.com (email) or (202) 513–7672. You may review the ICR and form 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: 1010–0048. Title: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. Form: BOEM–0327, Requirements for G&G Explorations or Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) states that ‘‘any person authorized by the Secretary may conduct geological and geophysical explorations in the outer Continental Shelf, which do not interfere with or endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or granted pursuant to this subchapter, and which are not unduly harmful to aquatic life in such area.’’ The section further requires that permits to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is determined that the applicant is qualified; the activities do not result in pollution or create hazardous or unsafe conditions; the activities do not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the area or disturb any site, structure, or object of historical PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are required to submit form BOEM–0327 to provide the information necessary to evaluate their qualifications, and upon approval, respondents are issued a permit. Also, as a Federal agency, we have a continuing affirmative duty to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This includes a substantive duty not to take agency actions that are likely to jeopardize protected species as well as a procedural duty to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) before engaging in a discretionary action that may affect a protected species. The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104–133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 1996), and the OMB Circular A–25 authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. All G&G permits are subject to cost recovery, and BOEM regulations specify service fees for these requests. Regulations to carry out these responsibilities are contained in 30 CFR 551 and are the subject of this information collection renewal. BOEM uses the information to ensure there is no environmental degradation, personal harm or unsafe operations and conditions, damage to historical or archaeological sites, or interference with other uses; to analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned drilling activities; to monitor progress and activities in the OCS; to acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal permit offshore; and to determine eligibility for reimbursement from the government for certain costs. Information on the G&G characteristics of oil- and gas-bearing physiographic regions aids the Secretary in obtaining a proper balance among the potentials for environmental damage, the discovery of oil and gas, and associated impacts on affected coastal States. In this renewal, we are including the estimated G&G permit applications and information that will be submitted for the Atlantic OCS. As a result of the BOEM Record of Decision regarding G&G survey activities on the Mid- and South Atlantic OCS Planning Areas (issued on July 23, 2014 (79 FR 42815)), BOEM will now consider G&G permit applications for this area. Also in this renewal, BOEM is updating form BOEM–0327 to clarify E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 75175 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / Notices the types of copies being requested, delete incorrect language, make recommendations for faster processing, update addresses, and reference NEPA mitigation requirements. To respond to the types of questions BOEM receives from permittees on the form, BOEM is also clarifying wording, providing examples/tables to reduce confusion, and clarifying Regional differences, when necessary, to further assist permittees. BOEM is not asking for more information, just outlining current requirements in more detail. These improvements do not change the hour burden for the form; however, based on public comments and respondent outreach, BOEM is making significant changes to the estimated hour burdens associated with the application. For the majority of permit applications, which are associated with G&G exploration in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, BOEM is increasing the hour burden from 3 to 300 hours. For applications in the frontier areas of the Alaska OCS Region and Atlantic OCS, BOEM is adjusting the burden to be significantly higher (from 300 to 1,000 hours), not because of the form changes, but because of the requirements to submit environmental information sufficient for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review about the effects of sound on marine mammals and other protected species. BOEM expects it will take more time for companies to compile and submit the necessary information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit in these frontier areas, as well as to coordinate with other agencies. Due diligence, however, is still expected as full environmental review is authoritative within all OCS Regions. BOEM believes the increased burden hours in this renewal accommodate the various requirements for all OCS Regions that companies must meet for environmental compliance to obtain G&G data, such as obtaining BOEM permits, coordinating their activities with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as the additional requirement from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to obtain an Incidental Take Authorization under the MMPA. To complement the changes made in form BOEM–0327, BOEM is separating the requirements in the BOEM-issued permits by OCS Region to further assist permittees and clarify Regional differences. The actual permits are filled in by BOEM and do not incur a respondent hour burden. We protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 551. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory. Frequency: On occasion, annual, or as specified in permits. Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We estimate the burden for this collection to be about 40,954 hours. The following table details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. BURDEN TABLE Non-hour cost burden * Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Hour burden Average number of annual responses 1,000 AK** .. 1,000 ATL** 300 GOM .... Annual burden hours 4 Applications ............ 9 Applications ............ 74 Applications .......... 30 CFR 551.1 through 551.6 551.4(a), (b); 551.5(a), (b), (d); 551.6; 551.7. Apply for permits (form BOEM–0327) to conduct G&G exploration, including deep stratigraphic tests/revisions when necessary and mitigations. Submit required information in manner specified. 4,000 9,000 22,200 87 applications × $2,012 = $175,044 551.4(b); 551.5(c), (d); 551.6. 1 .................. 1 Notice ..................... 1 1 .................. 1 Notice ..................... 1 Subtotal ................................................................................................................................................. 89 .............................. 35,202 551.6(b); 551.7(b)(5) ........... File notices to conduct scientific research activities, including notice to BOEM prior to beginning and after concluding activities. Notify BOEM if specific actions should occur; report archaeological resources (no instances reported since 1982). Consult with other users. $175,044 non-hour cost burden 30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 551.7; 551.8 ........................ Submit APD and Supplemental APD to BSEE ................ Burden included under BSEE regulations at 30 CFR 250, Subpart D (1014–0018) 0 551.7; 551.8(b) .................... Submit information on test drilling activities under a permit, including required information and plan revisions (e.g., drilling plan and environmental report). Enter into agreement for group participation in test drilling, including publishing summary statement; provide BOEM copy of notice/list of participants (no agreements submitted since 1989). 1 .................. 1 Submission ............. 1 1 .................. 1 Agreement .............. 1 551.7(c) ............................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:49 Dec 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 75176 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / Notices BURDEN TABLE—Continued Non-hour cost burden * Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Average number of annual responses Annual burden hours Burden included under 30 CFR Part 556 (1010–0006) 0 Hour burden 551.7(d) ............................... Submit bond(s) on deep stratigraphic test and required securities. 551.8(a) ............................... Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with BOEM inspections (no requests in many years). Submit modifications to, and status/final reports on, activities conducted under a permit. 1 .................. 1 Request .................. 1 38 AK ** ....... 1,520 ................ 4 Respondents × 10 Reports = 40. 9 Respondents × 10 Reports = 90. 55 Respondents × 3 Reports = 165. 2 Notices ................... Subtotal ................................................................................................................................................. 300 ............................ 5,274 0 551.8(b), (c) ......................... 38 ATL** ...... 2 GOM ........ 551.9(c) ............................... Notify BOEM to relinquish a permit ................................. ⁄ 12 3,420 330 1 30 CFR 551.10 through 551.13 551.10(c) ............................. File appeals ...................................................................... Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c) 551.11; 551.12 .................... Notify BOEM and submit G&G data and/or information collected and/or processed by permittees, bidders, or 3rd parties, etc., including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, information as required, and agreements, in manner specified. Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with reproducing data/information. 4 .................. 40 Submissions ......... 160 2 .................. 40 Submissions ......... 80 ........................................................................................... ..................... 80 .............................. 240 Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/ or information to the public. Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/ or information to an independent contractor/agent. Contractor/agent submits written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data and/or information without BOEM consent. General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in part 551 regulations. 1 .................. 2 Comments .............. 2 1 .................. 2 Comments .............. 2 1 .................. 2 Commitments ......... 2 1 .................. 2 Requests ................ 2 ........................................................................................... ..................... 8 ................................ 8 551.13 .................................. Subtotal ........................ 30 CFR 551.14 551.14(a), (b) ....................... 551.14(c)(2) ......................... 551.14(c)(4) ......................... 551.1–551.14 ....................... Subtotal ........................ Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping 551.14(b) (BOEM–0327) ..... Request extension of permit time period; enter agreements. Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to BOEM upon request. 1 .................. 100 Extensions .......... 100 1 .................. 130 Recordkeepers ... 130 Subtotal ........................ ........................................................................................... ..................... 230 ............................ 230 Total Burden ......... ........................................................................................... ..................... 707 ............................ 40,954 $175,044 non-hour cost burden. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES * Fees are subject to modification per inflation annually. ** Burden hours for the frontier areas of the Alaska Region and Atlantic OCS are significantly higher because of NEPA and mitigation requirements. BOEM is accounting for the total time to compile/submit the necessary information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit. There are currently no such activities ongoing in the Pacific OCS Region. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection of information. Under § 551.5(a) there is an application fee of $2,012 when VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:49 Dec 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 respondents submit a permit application (refer to the table above). Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond. E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / Notices 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 burden estimates; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden on respondents. To comply with the public consultation process, on August 22, 2014, BOEM published a Federal Register notice (79 FR 49807) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. This notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received two sets of comments, which are discussed below. Discussion of Public Comments Received mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (1) International Assoc. of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) With American Petroleum Institute (API) The IAGC and API jointly submitted one set of comments. BOEM has addressed each point separately below. Comment: Section D 3—Sound propagation information for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Simsource Surveys is unwarranted. Response: BOEM has given this comment due consideration and decided not to remove GOM simsource survey submissions at this time. Simsource surveys are new to the GOM and have not been considered previously in a Gulf of Mexico Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. As such, in the near term, BOEM will scrutinize these surveys in more detail than surveys that use serial or sequential methods of energizing source arrays. After a suitable period of time, this review may not be needed. Comment: Burden Estimates from BOEM are flawed. BOEM should recognize the substantial hour burden associated with permit application preparation. Expert consultants have detailed 300 to 1,000 hours for preparation of an application for G&G activity permits and marine mammal take permits. Response: In response to the comment and to respondent feedback, BOEM is increasing the hour burden to fill out the permit application form for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region from 3 to 300 hours and for the other OCS areas from 300 to 1,000 hours. Companies conducting G&G activities in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region have experience in VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:49 Dec 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 compiling and submitting the necessary information to obtain the required authorizations. However, in the frontier areas outside of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, BOEM expects it will take more time for companies to compile and submit the necessary information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit in these areas as well as coordinate with other agencies. Therefore, the burden for applicants in the other OCS Regions to describe the environmental effects and proposed mitigations is estimated much higher. Comment: Section D. Proprietary Information Attachment Required for an Application for Geophysical Permit— Item 10 is requiring the applicant to list ‘‘all proposed initial and final processed data sets that will result from acquisition under this activity.’’ An applicant can identify to BOEM what the original final processed data will be, but will be unable to provide other Forms of the processed data that the market may demand at the time the applicant submits form BOEM–0327. Response: After review, BOEM will continue this requirement. The burden is considered minimal as BOEM only expects the permittee to conjecture what processing/end products are known at the time the permit application is submitted. This information often provides BOEM with a starting place for determining what type of products to expect from a survey. Inaccuracies or later changes are not penalized. Comment: Section A. General Information—Item 4 requests an applicant provide a ‘‘Commencement Date’’ for the proposed geophysical activity. It is difficult for an applicant to provide a specific date because it is highly dependent on when the permit is used and when the vessel(s) and crew can be mobilized into the area of proposed activity. Response: The ‘‘expected’’ commencement and ‘‘expected’’ completion date requirements will remain in the application as they provide BOEM with an idea of how long the permittee expects the duration of the activity to be. The planned time frame for the activity is especially critical in Alaska for NEPA review. These dates are critical for determining the possible environmental effects of the activity for such issues as the timing of subsistence hunting and presence of different protected species. The effective date of a permit will still be the issuance date that starts the 12-month clock ticking. For Atlantic OCS permits, BOEM plans to coordinate the effective date of the permit with the effective date of the Incidental Harassment Authorization to the extent practicable. The goal is to PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75177 provide the permittee with as close to the maximum 12 months of operating time as possible. Comment: Section A. General Information—Item 6 requests the applicant provide the vessel(s) name, registry number and registered owner(s). It can be difficult for an applicant to provide this information. This requirement does not accommodate the global nature of the geophysical industry nor the unpredictable timeline and regulatory uncertainty attendant with the requirements of the MMPA, NEPA and ESA. Geophysical contractors utilize vessels that are in high demand and that operate globally. It is difficult for an applicant to identify (with complete certainty) a specific vessel that will be available and will be used for a survey to be conducted several months to over a year later. Furthermore, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is provided the same information at the time the vessel(s) mobilize into the U.S. OCS. Consequently, the information request in BOEM Form 0327 is unnecessary. In the alternative, the Associations recommend that BOEM Form 0327 require an applicant to submit the type of vessel(s) to be utilized in the survey (e.g., vessel classification, streamer versus OBN, number of streamers) and at the time the geophysical contractor notifies the USCG, the BOEM will also be notified of vessel(s) name, registry number(s) and registered owner(s). Response: Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Defense, has contacted BOEM in the past concerning survey vessels. Therefore, this requirement needs to be retained. However, BOEM agrees that the information for this requirement may or may not be known at the time the permit application is submitted. Currently, if the applicants know this information they can provide it with the application. If they do not, BOEM allows them to provide it at a later date prior to operations beginning. In these cases, email is often used to provide the information to BOEM in a timely manner. In a few instances, the permittee did not know which vessels were going to be used when the permit was issued. In these instances the permit cover letter stated that operations could not commence until the vessel information was provided to BOEM, usually by email for quick turnaround time. BOEM understands that this is of particular concern for Atlantic permits. The GOM flexibility will be extended to the Atlantic permits as well. The Alaska Region requires vessel information for the NEPA analysis. Companies are directed to provide vessel specs that represent the most likely type of vessels E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 75178 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / Notices that will be used for the activity. The final vessel information must be submitted ideally before the permit is issued, but definitely prior to commencement of operations pending approval from the NEPA staff. (2) North American Submarine Cable Assoc. (NASCA) Comment: NASCA urges BOEM to modify form BOEM–0327 to require permit applicants to identify and coordinate with submarine cables in the vicinity of any planned G&G activities. Response: BOEM believes that ‘‘other uses’’ currently on the form would include submarine cable companies and that the current coordination processes with regard to submarine cables are working well in mature areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and should work just as well in the other Regions. In recognition of the concerns expressed in the NASCA comments, we have acknowledged such other uses by adding the words ‘‘including submarine cables’’ in form BOEM–0327 (under General Requirements paragraph E). Furthermore, we will add ‘‘Submarine Cable Coordination’’ to the list of Stipulations we attach to every permit. The NASCA would need to provide points of contact, etc., for the permittee. The matter would then be dealt with between the permittee and the submarine cable company. Public Availability of Comments: 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. Dated: December 9, 2014. Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka, Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis. [FR Doc. 2014–29564 Filed 12–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [OMB Number 1140–0072] Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:49 Dec 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 60-day notice. The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until February 17, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have additional comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Christopher R. Reeves, Chief, Federal Explosives Licensing Center, 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405 or email at Christopher.R.Reeves@usdoj.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. SUMMARY: Overview of This Information Collection 1140–0072 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Employee Possessor Questionnaire AGENCY: ACTION: 1. Type of Information Collection: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. 2. The Title of the Form/Collection: Employee Possessor Questionnaire. PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: Form number: ATF Form 5400.28. Component: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice. 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individual or households. Other: Business or other for-profit. Abstract: Each employee possessor in the explosives business or operations required to ship, transport, receive, or possess (actual or constructive), explosive materials must submit this form. The form will be submitted to ATF to determine whether the person who provided the information is qualified to be an employee possessor in an explosive business. 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: An estimated 10,000 respondents will take 20 minutes to complete the form. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated annual public burden associated with this collection is 3,334 hours. If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Room 3E– 405B, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: December 11, 2014. Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2014–29455 Filed 12–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–FY–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [OMB Number 1140–0046] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Certification on Agency Letterhead Authorizing Purchase of Firearm for Official Duties of Law Enforcement Officer Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice. ACTION: 60-day notice. AGENCY: The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[OMB Number 1010-0048]


Information Collection: Geological and Geophysical Explorations 
of the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment 
Request MMAA104000

ACTION: 30-day notice.

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that 
we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR 
concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 
551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer 
Continental Shelf. This notice provides the public a second opportunity 
to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.

DATES: Submit written comments by January 16, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments on this ICR to the Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or 
OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your 
comments to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau 
of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, HM-3127, Herndon, 
Virginia 20170 (mail) or boemcmts@gmail.com (email). Please reference 
ICR 1010-0048 in your comment and include your name and return address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Policy, Regulations, and 
Analysis at boemcmts@gmail.com (email) or (202) 513-7672. You may 
review the ICR and form 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: 1010-0048.
    Title: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of 
the Outer Continental Shelf.
    Form: BOEM-0327, Requirements for G&G Explorations or Scientific 
Research on the Outer Continental Shelf.
    Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended 
(43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the 
Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations to 
administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. The OCS Lands Act 
(43 U.S.C. 1340) states that ``any person authorized by the Secretary 
may conduct geological and geophysical explorations in the outer 
Continental Shelf, which do not interfere with or endanger actual 
operations under any lease maintained or granted pursuant to this 
subchapter, and which are not unduly harmful to aquatic life in such 
area.'' The section further requires that permits to conduct such 
activities may only be issued if it is determined that the applicant is 
qualified; the activities do not result in pollution or create 
hazardous or unsafe conditions; the activities do not unreasonably 
interfere with other uses of the area or disturb any site, structure, 
or object of historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for 
permits are required to submit form BOEM-0327 to provide the 
information necessary to evaluate their qualifications, and upon 
approval, respondents are issued a permit.
    Also, as a Federal agency, we have a continuing affirmative duty to 
comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered 
Species Act (ESA), and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This 
includes a substantive duty not to take agency actions that are likely 
to jeopardize protected species as well as a procedural duty to consult 
with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) before engaging 
in a discretionary action that may affect a protected species.
    The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the 
Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 
1996), and the OMB Circular A-25 authorize Federal agencies to recover 
the full cost of services that confer special benefits. All G&G permits 
are subject to cost recovery, and BOEM regulations specify service fees 
for these requests.
    Regulations to carry out these responsibilities are contained in 30 
CFR 551 and are the subject of this information collection renewal. 
BOEM uses the information to ensure there is no environmental 
degradation, personal harm or unsafe operations and conditions, damage 
to historical or archaeological sites, or interference with other uses; 
to analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned drilling activities; to 
monitor progress and activities in the OCS; to acquire G&G data and 
information collected under a Federal permit offshore; and to determine 
eligibility for reimbursement from the government for certain costs. 
Information on the G&G characteristics of oil- and gas-bearing 
physiographic regions aids the Secretary in obtaining a proper balance 
among the potentials for environmental damage, the discovery of oil and 
gas, and associated impacts on affected coastal States.
    In this renewal, we are including the estimated G&G permit 
applications and information that will be submitted for the Atlantic 
OCS. As a result of the BOEM Record of Decision regarding G&G survey 
activities on the Mid- and South Atlantic OCS Planning Areas (issued on 
July 23, 2014 (79 FR 42815)), BOEM will now consider G&G permit 
applications for this area.
    Also in this renewal, BOEM is updating form BOEM-0327 to clarify

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the types of copies being requested, delete incorrect language, make 
recommendations for faster processing, update addresses, and reference 
NEPA mitigation requirements. To respond to the types of questions BOEM 
receives from permittees on the form, BOEM is also clarifying wording, 
providing examples/tables to reduce confusion, and clarifying Regional 
differences, when necessary, to further assist permittees. BOEM is not 
asking for more information, just outlining current requirements in 
more detail.
    These improvements do not change the hour burden for the form; 
however, based on public comments and respondent outreach, BOEM is 
making significant changes to the estimated hour burdens associated 
with the application. For the majority of permit applications, which 
are associated with G&G exploration in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 
BOEM is increasing the hour burden from 3 to 300 hours. For 
applications in the frontier areas of the Alaska OCS Region and 
Atlantic OCS, BOEM is adjusting the burden to be significantly higher 
(from 300 to 1,000 hours), not because of the form changes, but because 
of the requirements to submit environmental information sufficient for 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review about the effects 
of sound on marine mammals and other protected species. BOEM expects it 
will take more time for companies to compile and submit the necessary 
information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM 
permit in these frontier areas, as well as to coordinate with other 
agencies. Due diligence, however, is still expected as full 
environmental review is authoritative within all OCS Regions.
    BOEM believes the increased burden hours in this renewal 
accommodate the various requirements for all OCS Regions that companies 
must meet for environmental compliance to obtain G&G data, such as 
obtaining BOEM permits, coordinating their activities with the 
Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration (NASA), as well as the additional requirement from the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to obtain an Incidental Take 
Authorization under the MMPA.
    To complement the changes made in form BOEM-0327, BOEM is 
separating the requirements in the BOEM-issued permits by OCS Region to 
further assist permittees and clarify Regional differences. The actual 
permits are filled in by BOEM and do not incur a respondent hour 
burden.
    We protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 
part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 551. No items of a sensitive 
nature are collected. Responses are mandatory.
    Frequency: On occasion, annual, or as specified in permits.
    Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal 
OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We estimate the 
burden for this collection to be about 40,954 hours. The following 
table details the individual components and respective hour burden 
estimates of this ICR.

                                                  Burden Table
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                                                                       Non-hour cost burden *
                                  Reporting and    -------------------------------------------------------------
     Citation 30 CFR 551          recordkeeping                        Average number of annual    Annual burden
                                   requirement         Hour burden             responses               hours
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                                           30 CFR 551.1 through 551.6
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551.4(a), (b); 551.5(a),      Apply for permits     1,000 AK**......  4 Applications............           4,000
 (b), (d); 551.6; 551.7.       (form BOEM-0327) to  1,000 ATL**.....  9 Applications............           9,000
                               conduct G&G          300 GOM.........  74 Applications...........          22,200
                               exploration,
                               including deep
                               stratigraphic tests/
                               revisions when
                               necessary and
                               mitigations. Submit
                               required
                               information in
                               manner specified.
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
                                              87 applications x $2,012 = $175,044
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551.4(b); 551.5(c), (d);      File notices to       1...............  1 Notice..................               1
 551.6.                        conduct scientific
                               research
                               activities,
                               including notice to
                               BOEM prior to
                               beginning and after
                               concluding
                               activities.
551.6(b); 551.7(b)(5).......  Notify BOEM if        1...............  1 Notice..................               1
                               specific actions
                               should occur;
                               report
                               archaeological
                               resources (no
                               instances reported
                               since 1982).
                               Consult with other
                               users.
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    Subtotal........................................................  89........................          35,202
                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   $175,044 non-hour cost burden
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                                           30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9
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551.7; 551.8................  Submit APD and        Burden included under BSEE regulations at 30               0
                               Supplemental APD to          CFR 250, Subpart D (1014-0018)
                               BSEE.
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551.7; 551.8(b).............  Submit information    1...............  1 Submission..............               1
                               on test drilling
                               activities under a
                               permit, including
                               required
                               information and
                               plan revisions
                               (e.g., drilling
                               plan and
                               environmental
                               report).
551.7(c)....................  Enter into agreement  1...............  1 Agreement...............               1
                               for group
                               participation in
                               test drilling,
                               including
                               publishing summary
                               statement; provide
                               BOEM copy of notice/
                               list of
                               participants (no
                               agreements
                               submitted since
                               1989).
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551.7(d)....................  Submit bond(s) on     Burden included under 30 CFR Part 556 (1010-               0
                               deep stratigraphic                       0006)
                               test and required
                               securities.
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551.8(a)....................  Request               1...............  1 Request.................               1
                               reimbursement for
                               certain costs
                               associated with
                               BOEM inspections
                               (no requests in
                               many years).
551.8(b), (c)...............  Submit modifications  38 AK **........  4 Respondents x 10 Reports           1,520
                               to, and status/                         = 40.
                               final reports on,
                               activities
                               conducted under a
                               permit.
                                                    38 ATL**........  9 Respondents x 10 Reports           3,420
                                                                       = 90.
                                                    2 GOM...........  55 Respondents x 3 Reports             330
                                                                       = 165.
551.9(c)....................  Notify BOEM to        \1/2\...........  2 Notices.................               1
                               relinquish a permit.
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    Subtotal........................................................  300.......................           5,274
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                                          30 CFR 551.10 through 551.13
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551.10(c)...................  File appeals........      Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c)                   0
                                                   ----------------------------------------------
551.11; 551.12..............  Notify BOEM and       4...............  40 Submissions............             160
                               submit G&G data and/
                               or information
                               collected and/or
                               processed by
                               permittees,
                               bidders, or 3rd
                               parties, etc.,
                               including reports,
                               logs or charts,
                               results, analyses,
                               descriptions,
                               information as
                               required, and
                               agreements, in
                               manner specified.
551.13......................  Request               2...............  40 Submissions............              80
                               reimbursement for
                               certain costs
                               associated with
                               reproducing data/
                               information.
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
    Subtotal................  ....................  ................  80........................             240
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                                                  30 CFR 551.14
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551.14(a), (b)..............  Submit comments on    1...............  2 Comments................               2
                               BOEM intent to
                               disclose data and/
                               or information to
                               the public.
551.14(c)(2)................  Submit comments on    1...............  2 Comments................               2
                               BOEM intent to
                               disclose data and/
                               or information to
                               an independent
                               contractor/agent.
551.14(c)(4)................  Contractor/agent      1...............  2 Commitments.............               2
                               submits written
                               commitment not to
                               sell, trade,
                               license, or
                               disclose data and/
                               or information
                               without BOEM
                               consent.
551.1-551.14................  General departure     1...............  2 Requests................               2
                               and alternative
                               compliance requests
                               not specifically
                               covered elsewhere
                               in part 551
                               regulations.
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
    Subtotal................  ....................  ................  8.........................               8
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                                    Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping
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551.14(b) (BOEM-0327).......  Request extension of  1...............  100 Extensions............             100
                               permit time period;
                               enter agreements.
                              Retain G&G data/      1...............  130 Recordkeepers.........             130
                               information for 10
                               years and make
                               available to BOEM
                               upon request.
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
    Subtotal................  ....................  ................  230.......................             230
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
        Total Burden........  ....................  ................  707.......................          40,954
                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------
                                  $175,044 non-hour cost burden.
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* Fees are subject to modification per inflation annually.
** Burden hours for the frontier areas of the Alaska Region and Atlantic OCS are significantly higher because of
  NEPA and mitigation requirements. BOEM is accounting for the total time to compile/submit the necessary
  information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit. There are currently no such
  activities ongoing in the Pacific OCS Region.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection of information. 
Under Sec.  551.5(a) there is an application fee of $2,012 when 
respondents submit a permit application (refer to the table above).
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 
Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated 
to respond.

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    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 burden estimates;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden on respondents.
    To comply with the public consultation process, on August 22, 2014, 
BOEM published a Federal Register notice (79 FR 49807) announcing that 
we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. This notice provided the 
required 60-day comment period. We received two sets of comments, which 
are discussed below.

Discussion of Public Comments Received

(1) International Assoc. of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) With 
American Petroleum Institute (API)

    The IAGC and API jointly submitted one set of comments. BOEM has 
addressed each point separately below.
    Comment: Section D 3--Sound propagation information for Gulf of 
Mexico (GOM) Simsource Surveys is unwarranted.
    Response: BOEM has given this comment due consideration and decided 
not to remove GOM simsource survey submissions at this time. Simsource 
surveys are new to the GOM and have not been considered previously in a 
Gulf of Mexico Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. As such, in 
the near term, BOEM will scrutinize these surveys in more detail than 
surveys that use serial or sequential methods of energizing source 
arrays. After a suitable period of time, this review may not be needed.
    Comment: Burden Estimates from BOEM are flawed. BOEM should 
recognize the substantial hour burden associated with permit 
application preparation. Expert consultants have detailed 300 to 1,000 
hours for preparation of an application for G&G activity permits and 
marine mammal take permits.
    Response: In response to the comment and to respondent feedback, 
BOEM is increasing the hour burden to fill out the permit application 
form for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region from 3 to 300 hours and for the 
other OCS areas from 300 to 1,000 hours. Companies conducting G&G 
activities in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region have experience in 
compiling and submitting the necessary information to obtain the 
required authorizations. However, in the frontier areas outside of the 
Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, BOEM expects it will take more time for 
companies to compile and submit the necessary information to obtain the 
required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit in these areas as well 
as coordinate with other agencies. Therefore, the burden for applicants 
in the other OCS Regions to describe the environmental effects and 
proposed mitigations is estimated much higher.
    Comment: Section D. Proprietary Information Attachment Required for 
an Application for Geophysical Permit--Item 10 is requiring the 
applicant to list ``all proposed initial and final processed data sets 
that will result from acquisition under this activity.'' An applicant 
can identify to BOEM what the original final processed data will be, 
but will be unable to provide other Forms of the processed data that 
the market may demand at the time the applicant submits form BOEM-0327.
    Response: After review, BOEM will continue this requirement. The 
burden is considered minimal as BOEM only expects the permittee to 
conjecture what processing/end products are known at the time the 
permit application is submitted. This information often provides BOEM 
with a starting place for determining what type of products to expect 
from a survey. Inaccuracies or later changes are not penalized.
    Comment: Section A. General Information--Item 4 requests an 
applicant provide a ``Commencement Date'' for the proposed geophysical 
activity. It is difficult for an applicant to provide a specific date 
because it is highly dependent on when the permit is used and when the 
vessel(s) and crew can be mobilized into the area of proposed activity.
    Response: The ``expected'' commencement and ``expected'' completion 
date requirements will remain in the application as they provide BOEM 
with an idea of how long the permittee expects the duration of the 
activity to be. The planned time frame for the activity is especially 
critical in Alaska for NEPA review. These dates are critical for 
determining the possible environmental effects of the activity for such 
issues as the timing of subsistence hunting and presence of different 
protected species. The effective date of a permit will still be the 
issuance date that starts the 12-month clock ticking. For Atlantic OCS 
permits, BOEM plans to coordinate the effective date of the permit with 
the effective date of the Incidental Harassment Authorization to the 
extent practicable. The goal is to provide the permittee with as close 
to the maximum 12 months of operating time as possible.
    Comment: Section A. General Information--Item 6 requests the 
applicant provide the vessel(s) name, registry number and registered 
owner(s). It can be difficult for an applicant to provide this 
information. This requirement does not accommodate the global nature of 
the geophysical industry nor the unpredictable timeline and regulatory 
uncertainty attendant with the requirements of the MMPA, NEPA and ESA. 
Geophysical contractors utilize vessels that are in high demand and 
that operate globally. It is difficult for an applicant to identify 
(with complete certainty) a specific vessel that will be available and 
will be used for a survey to be conducted several months to over a year 
later. Furthermore, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is provided the same 
information at the time the vessel(s) mobilize into the U.S. OCS. 
Consequently, the information request in BOEM Form 0327 is unnecessary. 
In the alternative, the Associations recommend that BOEM Form 0327 
require an applicant to submit the type of vessel(s) to be utilized in 
the survey (e.g., vessel classification, streamer versus OBN, number of 
streamers) and at the time the geophysical contractor notifies the 
USCG, the BOEM will also be notified of vessel(s) name, registry 
number(s) and registered owner(s).
    Response: Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Defense, 
has contacted BOEM in the past concerning survey vessels. Therefore, 
this requirement needs to be retained. However, BOEM agrees that the 
information for this requirement may or may not be known at the time 
the permit application is submitted. Currently, if the applicants know 
this information they can provide it with the application. If they do 
not, BOEM allows them to provide it at a later date prior to operations 
beginning. In these cases, email is often used to provide the 
information to BOEM in a timely manner. In a few instances, the 
permittee did not know which vessels were going to be used when the 
permit was issued. In these instances the permit cover letter stated 
that operations could not commence until the vessel information was 
provided to BOEM, usually by email for quick turnaround time. BOEM 
understands that this is of particular concern for Atlantic permits. 
The GOM flexibility will be extended to the Atlantic permits as well. 
The Alaska Region requires vessel information for the NEPA analysis. 
Companies are directed to provide vessel specs that represent the most 
likely type of vessels

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that will be used for the activity. The final vessel information must 
be submitted ideally before the permit is issued, but definitely prior 
to commencement of operations pending approval from the NEPA staff.

(2) North American Submarine Cable Assoc. (NASCA)

    Comment: NASCA urges BOEM to modify form BOEM-0327 to require 
permit applicants to identify and coordinate with submarine cables in 
the vicinity of any planned G&G activities.
    Response: BOEM believes that ``other uses'' currently on the form 
would include submarine cable companies and that the current 
coordination processes with regard to submarine cables are working well 
in mature areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and should work just as well 
in the other Regions. In recognition of the concerns expressed in the 
NASCA comments, we have acknowledged such other uses by adding the 
words ``including submarine cables'' in form BOEM-0327 (under General 
Requirements paragraph E). Furthermore, we will add ``Submarine Cable 
Coordination'' to the list of Stipulations we attach to every permit. 
The NASCA would need to provide points of contact, etc., for the 
permittee. The matter would then be dealt with between the permittee 
and the submarine cable company.
    Public Availability of Comments: 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.

    Dated: December 9, 2014.
Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,
Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2014-29564 Filed 12-16-14; 8:45 am]
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