Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit, 30263-30264 [2015-12732]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 27, 2015 / Notices B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in section A on the following: (1) 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; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35. Dated: May 20, 2015. Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development. [FR Doc. 2015–12763 Filed 5–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–IA–2015–N108; FXIA16710900000–156–FF09A30000] Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities. DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before June 26, 2015. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by June 26, 2015. ADDRESSES: Monica Thomas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358– 2281; or email DMAFR@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358–2104 (telephone); (703) 358–2281 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Comment Procedures A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted applications? Send your request for copies of applications or comments and materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication date, the PRTnumber, and the name of the applicant in your request or submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond to your request electronically. Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES). B. May I review comments submitted by others? Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the street address listed under ADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. Before including your address, PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30263 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. II. Background To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, ‘‘Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,’’ and the President’s Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009—Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these permit applications before final action is taken Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director. III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species Applicant: Stanford University, Stanford, CA; PRT–54288B The applicant request permits to import biological samples of gray mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) from France and Madagascar for the purpose of enhancement of the species through scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Norton-Brown Herbarium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; PRT–52662B The applicant requests a permit to export and re-import nonliving museum specimens of endangered and threatened species previously accessioned into the applicant’s collection for scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-hunted E:\FR\FM\27MYN1.SGM 27MYN1 30264 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 27, 2015 / Notices permit application and on the preliminary determination that the proposed HCP qualifies as a ‘‘loweffect’’ Habitat Conservation Plan, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended. The basis for this determination is discussed in Applicant: Terry Small, West Lafayette, the environmental action statement IN; PRT–65614B (EAS) and associated low-effect screening form, which are also available Applicant: Walter Lewis, Wichita, KS; for public review. PRT–65908B DATES: Written comments should be B. Endangered Marine Mammals and received on or before June 26, 2015. Marine Mammals ADDRESSES: Submitting Comments: You Applicant: British Broadcasting may submit comments by one of the Corporation–Ocean, Bristol, England, following methods: UK; PRT–59492B • U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad Fish and The applicant requests a permit to photograph southern sea otters (Enhydra Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite lutris nereis) from land, underwater, and 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008. • Fax: Field Supervisor, 760–431– boat in California, and northern sea 9624. otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) from Obtaining Documents: To request underwater in Washington for copies of the application, proposed commercial and educational purposes. HCP, and EAS, contact the Service This notification covers activities to be immediately, by telephone at 760–431– conducted by the applicant for less than 9440 or by letter to the Carlsbad Fish a 2-year period. and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES). Concurrent with publishing this Copies of the proposed HCP and EAS notice in the Federal Register, we are also are available for public inspection forwarding copies of the above during regular business hours at the applications to the Marine Mammal Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (see Commission and the Committee of ADDRESSES). Scientific Advisors for their review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Brenda Tapia, Karen A. Goebel, Assistant Field Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife of Permits, Division of Management Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone 760– Authority. 431–9440. If you use a [FR Doc. 2015–12732 Filed 5–26–15; 8:45 am] telecommunications device for the deaf BILLING CODE 4310–55–P (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Fish and Wildlife Service have received an application from Main [FWS–R8–ES–2015–N059; FXES11120000– 16, LP. (applicant) for a 5-year 156–FF08ECAR00] incidental take permit for one covered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) Endangered and Threatened Wildlife of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and Plants; Incidental Take Permit as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., Application; Proposed Low-Effect Act). The application addresses the Habitat Conservation Plan and Associated Documents; County of San potential ‘‘take’’ of the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp in the course of Diego, California activities associated with the AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, construction of the Main 16, LP. Interior. Ramona commercial development project in unincorporated San Diego ACTION: Notice of availability; request County, California. A conservation for comments. program to avoid, minimize, and SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and mitigate for project activities would be Wildlife Service (Service), have received implemented as described in the an application from Main 16, LP. proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (applicant) for a 5-year incidental take (HCP) by the applicant. We are requesting comments on the permit for the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp pursuant to the Endangered permit application and on the preliminary determination that the Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). proposed HCP qualifies as a ‘‘lowWe are requesting comments on the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 effect’’ Habitat Conservation Plan, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended. The basis for this determination is discussed in the environmental action statement (EAS) and associated low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review. Background Section 9 of the Act and its implementing Federal regulations prohibit the ‘‘take’’ of animal species listed as endangered or threatened. Take is defined under the Act as ‘‘to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed species, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1538). ‘‘Harm’’ includes significant habitat modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns such as breeding, feeding, or sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). However, under section 10(a) of the Act, the Service may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ‘‘Incidental take’’ is defined by the Act as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species, respectively, are found at 50 CFR 17.22 and 50 CFR 17.32. The applicant requests a 5-year permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. If we approve the permit, the applicant anticipates taking San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis) as a result of permanent impacts to 0.01 acre (ac) of habitat the species uses for breeding, feeding, and sheltering. The take would be incidental to the applicant’s activities associated with the construction of the Main 16, LP. Ramona commercial development project in San Diego County, California, and includes the purchase of two vernal pool/basin with fairy shrimp conservation credits (i.e., 0.2 ac of vernal pool basin and 1.8 ac of associated watershed) at the Ramona Grasslands Conservation Bank (Bank). The Main 16, LP. Ramona project proposes to grade 2.5 ac to construct commercial buildings and an associated parking lot. The project would include all construction activities related to site preparation (grading and/or compaction), facilities construction, and site finish (landscaping). The project will permanently impact 0.01 ac of ponded basin and associated watershed occupied by San Diego fairy shrimp as a result of the development activities. E:\FR\FM\27MYN1.SGM 27MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-12732]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2015-N108; FXIA16710900000-156-FF09A30000]


Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for 
Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities 
with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal 
authorization is acquired that allows such activities.

DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before 
June 26, 2015. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public 
hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by 
June 26, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Monica Thomas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of 
Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, 
Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358-2281; or email DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 
(telephone); (703) 358-2281 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Comment Procedures

A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted 
applications?

    Send your request for copies of applications or comments and 
materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed 
under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication 
date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or 
submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email 
or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address 
in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond 
to your request electronically.
    Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. 
Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in 
this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include 
sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate 
any scientific or commercial data you include.
    The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and 
likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by 
quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include 
citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We 
will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we 
receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments 
delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the street address listed under 
ADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information 
applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing 
viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. 
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.

II. Background

    To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected 
species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et 
seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, ``Delivering an Efficient, 
Effective, and Accountable Government,'' and the President's Memorandum 
for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 
2009--Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), 
which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency 
in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public 
comment on these permit applications before final action is taken Under 
the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. 
If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be 
appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the 
Service Director.

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: Stanford University, Stanford, CA; PRT-54288B
    The applicant request permits to import biological samples of gray 
mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) from France and Madagascar for the 
purpose of enhancement of the species through scientific research. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 
5-year period.
Applicant: Norton-Brown Herbarium, University of Maryland, College 
Park, MD; PRT-52662B
    The applicant requests a permit to export and re-import nonliving 
museum specimens of endangered and threatened species previously 
accessioned into the applicant's collection for scientific research. 
This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant 
over a 5-year period.
    The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-
hunted

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trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from 
a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic 
of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the 
species.
Applicant: Terry Small, West Lafayette, IN; PRT-65614B
Applicant: Walter Lewis, Wichita, KS; PRT-65908B

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: British Broadcasting Corporation-Ocean, Bristol, England, 
UK; PRT-59492B
    The applicant requests a permit to photograph southern sea otters 
(Enhydra lutris nereis) from land, underwater, and boat in California, 
and northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) from underwater in 
Washington for commercial and educational purposes. This notification 
covers activities to be conducted by the applicant for less than a 2-
year period.
    Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we 
are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal 
Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of 
Management Authority.
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