Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act, 756-757 [2016-00018]

Download as PDF 756 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 4 / Thursday, January 7, 2016 / Notices would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Endangered Species Act (ESA) Our November 18, 2013, Federal Register notice of the proposed IHA described the history and status of Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for the NE Gateway LNG facility (78 FR 69049). As explained in that notice, the biological opinions for construction and operation of the facility only analyzed impacts on ESAlisted species from activities under the initial construction period and during operations, and did not take into consideration potential impacts to marine mammals that could result from the subsequent LNG Port and Pipeline Lateral maintenance and repair activities. In addition, NEG also revealed that significantly more water usage and vessel operating air emissions are needed from what was originally evaluated for the LNG Port operation. NMFS Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division, (PR1) initiated consultation with NMFS Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office under section 7 of the ESA on the proposed issuance of an IHA to NEG under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA for the proposed activities that include increased NEG Port and Algonquin Pipeline Lateral maintenance and repair and water usage for the LNG Port operations this activity. A Biological Opinion was issued on November 21, 2014, and concluded that the proposed action may adversely affect but is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of ESA-listed right, humpback, fin, and sei whales. NMFS’ PR1 has determined that the activities described in here are the same as those analyzed in the November 21, 2014, Biological Opinion. Therefore, a new consultation is not required for issuance of this IHA. National Environmental Policy Act MARAD and the USCG released a Final EIS/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Northeast Gateway Port and Pipeline Lateral. NMFS was a cooperating agency (as defined by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1501.6)) in the preparation of the Draft and Final EISs. NMFS reviewed the Final EIS and adopted it on May 4, 2007. NMFS issued a separate Record of Decision for issuance of authorizations pursuant to section 101(a)(5) of the MMPA for the construction and operation of the Northeast Gateway’s LNG Port Facility in Massachusetts Bay. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 We have reviewed the NEG’s application for a renewed IHA for ongoing activities for 2015–16 and the 2014–15 monitoring report. Based on that review, we have determined that the proposed action is very similar to that considered in the previous IHA. In addition, no significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns have been identified. Thus, we have determined that the preparation of a new or supplemental NEPA document is not necessary. HABHRCA (IWG–HABHRCA) seeks to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the Great lakes region, including scientists, resource managers, agricultural producers, commercial and recreational fishermen, other industry interests, international and non-profit organizations, and the interested public. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting dates. ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting web addresses. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to Northeast Gateway and Algonquin for conducting LNG Port facility and Pipeline Lateral operations and maintenance and repair activities in Massachusetts Bay, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. Caitlin Gould (Caitlin.gould@noaa.gov, 240–533–0290) or Stacey DeGrasse (Stacey.Degrasse@fda.hhs.gov, 240– 402–1470) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA is publishing this notice to announce webinars designed to promote conversation between federal representatives and stakeholders on a number of topics related to HABs and hypoxia, which impact human and animal health, local and regional economies, and long-term national security. The IWG–HABHRCA will consult with stakeholders on topics that include: • Regional, Great Lakes-specific priorities for ecological, economic, and social research on the causes and impacts of HABs and hypoxia; need for improved monitoring and early warning; new approaches to improving scientific understanding, prediction and modeling, and socioeconomic analyses of these events; and mitigating causes and impacts of HABs and hypoxia; • Communication and information dissemination methods that state, tribal, local, and international governments and organizations may undertake to educate and inform the public concerning HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes; and • Perceived needs for handling Great Lakes HAB and hypoxia events, as well as an action strategy for managing future situations. The IWG–HABHRCA was established to coordinate and convene relevant federal agencies to discuss HAB and hypoxia events in the United States, and to develop reports and assessments regarding these issues. The webinars are designed to provide stakeholders with opportunities to discuss their concerns and needs regarding HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes, which will help Federal agencies develop and refine action strategies for addressing these issues. While the webinars are targeted, all are welcome to join. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments and questions in Dated: January 4, 2016. Perry Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–00031 Filed 1–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice, Webinars. AGENCY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce town hall-style webinars to promote discussion between federal representatives and stakeholders on topics related to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia occurring in the Great Lakes region. These webinars are being conducted in accordance with the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 (HABHRCA), which directs federal agencies to advance the understanding of HAB and hypoxia events, and to respond to, detect, predict, control, and mitigate these events to the greatest extent possible. Through these webinars, the Interagency Working Group on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 4 / Thursday, January 7, 2016 / Notices advance of and following each webinar, pertaining to the aforementioned topics or on other areas of concern or interest related to Great Lakes HABs and hypoxia. Electronic comments and questions may be submitted via email (IWG-HABHRCA@noaa.gov). Written comments may be submitted to Caitlin Gould at NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, SSMC–4, #8237, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Meeting dates: • HAB and Hypoxia Experts, and Interested Parties—January 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST • Interested Parties—January 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST • Interested Parties (as needed)— January 20, 2016, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. EST The webinars will be available at the following addresses: • HAB and Hypoxia Experts, and Interested Parties (January 12, 2016)— Æ Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/ j.php?MTID=maf531d3ea442 3d977d250e1a380cefeb Æ Password: Habsnhypoxia Æ To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php? MTID=m1b2d6b7e615eb38b9c81 9ea61dd1234e_ Æ To join the teleconference only: D Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. D Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers: • Local: 1–301–796–7777 • Toll free: 1–855–828–1770 D Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 747 264 241 • Interested Parties (January 13, 2016)— Æ Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/ j.php?MTID=m02cebb22a4ea27dc 11127bdd7c3dd0bd_ Æ Password: Habsnhypoxia Æ To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php? MTID=md9740352f0c09cbb307b 22be4dca5739_ Æ To join the teleconference only: D Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. D Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers: • Local: 1–301–796–7777 • Toll free: 1–855–828–1770 D Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 740 105 257 • Interested Parties (as needed; January 20, 2016)— VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 Æ Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/ j.php?MTID=m5a64b5f3a4c641c8f 28973920401af14_ Æ Password: Habsnhypoxia Æ To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php? MTID=m238e1a978d950349a0af56 5190eb8267_ Æ To join the teleconference only: D Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. D Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers: • Local: 1–301–796–7777 • Toll free: 1–855–828–1770 D Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 744 840 269 Other Information: Persons wishing to attend the meeting online via the webinar must register in advance no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the evening before each webinar, by sending an email to Caitlin.Gould@noaa.gov. The number of webinar connections available for the meetings is limited to 500 participants and will therefore be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The agenda for the webinars will include time for questions and answers or comments about the agencies’ efforts in implementing HABHRCA. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 4 (Thursday, January 7, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 756-757]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00018]


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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia 
Research and Control Amendments Act

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice, Webinars.

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SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce 
town hall-style webinars to promote discussion between federal 
representatives and stakeholders on topics related to harmful algal 
blooms (HABs) and hypoxia occurring in the Great Lakes region. These 
webinars are being conducted in accordance with the Harmful Algal Bloom 
and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 (HABHRCA), 
which directs federal agencies to advance the understanding of HAB and 
hypoxia events, and to respond to, detect, predict, control, and 
mitigate these events to the greatest extent possible.
    Through these webinars, the Interagency Working Group on HABHRCA 
(IWG-HABHRCA) seeks to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the Great 
lakes region, including scientists, resource managers, agricultural 
producers, commercial and recreational fishermen, other industry 
interests, international and non-profit organizations, and the 
interested public.

DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting dates.

ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting web 
addresses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caitlin Gould (Caitlin.gould@noaa.gov, 
240-533-0290) or Stacey DeGrasse (Stacey.Degrasse@fda.hhs.gov, 240-402-
1470)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA is publishing this notice to announce 
webinars designed to promote conversation between federal 
representatives and stakeholders on a number of topics related to HABs 
and hypoxia, which impact human and animal health, local and regional 
economies, and long-term national security. The IWG-HABHRCA will 
consult with stakeholders on topics that include:
     Regional, Great Lakes-specific priorities for ecological, 
economic, and social research on the causes and impacts of HABs and 
hypoxia; need for improved monitoring and early warning; new approaches 
to improving scientific understanding, prediction and modeling, and 
socioeconomic analyses of these events; and mitigating causes and 
impacts of HABs and hypoxia;
     Communication and information dissemination methods that 
state, tribal, local, and international governments and organizations 
may undertake to educate and inform the public concerning HABs and 
hypoxia in the Great Lakes; and
     Perceived needs for handling Great Lakes HAB and hypoxia 
events, as well as an action strategy for managing future situations.

The IWG-HABHRCA was established to coordinate and convene relevant 
federal agencies to discuss HAB and hypoxia events in the United 
States, and to develop reports and assessments regarding these issues. 
The webinars are designed to provide stakeholders with opportunities to 
discuss their concerns and needs regarding HABs and hypoxia in the 
Great Lakes, which will help Federal agencies develop and refine action 
strategies for addressing these issues. While the webinars are 
targeted, all are welcome to join.
    Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments and questions in

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advance of and following each webinar, pertaining to the aforementioned 
topics or on other areas of concern or interest related to Great Lakes 
HABs and hypoxia. Electronic comments and questions may be submitted 
via email (IWG-HABHRCA@noaa.gov). Written comments may be submitted to 
Caitlin Gould at NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 
SSMC-4, #8237, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
    Meeting dates:
     HAB and Hypoxia Experts, and Interested Parties--January 
12, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST
     Interested Parties--January 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 
p.m. EST
     Interested Parties (as needed)--January 20, 2016, 12:30 
p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST
    The webinars will be available at the following addresses:
     HAB and Hypoxia Experts, and Interested Parties (January 
12, 2016)--
    [cir] Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=maf531d3ea4423d977d250e1a380cefeb
    [cir] Password: Habsnhypoxia
    [cir] To view in other time zones or languages, please click the 
link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=m1b2d6b7e615eb38b9c819ea61dd1234e_
    [cir] To join the teleconference only:
    [ssquf] Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a 
call back.
    [ssquf] Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:
     Local: 1-301-796-7777
     Toll free: 1-855-828-1770
    [ssquf] Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your 
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 747 264 241
     Interested Parties (January 13, 2016)--
    [cir] Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=m02cebb22a4ea27dc11127bdd7c3dd0bd_
    [cir] Password: Habsnhypoxia
    [cir] To view in other time zones or languages, please click the 
link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=md9740352f0c09cbb307b22be4dca5739_
    [cir] To join the teleconference only:
    [ssquf] Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a 
call back.
    [ssquf] Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:
     Local: 1-301-796-7777
     Toll free: 1-855-828-1770
    [ssquf] Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your 
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 740 105 257
     Interested Parties (as needed; January 20, 2016)--
    [cir] Go to https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=m5a64b5f3a4c641c8f28973920401af14_
    [cir] Password: Habsnhypoxia
    [cir] To view in other time zones or languages, please click the 
link: https://fda.webex.com/fda/j.php?MTID=m238e1a978d950349a0af565190eb8267_
    [cir] To join the teleconference only:
    [ssquf] Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a 
call back.
    [ssquf] Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:
     Local: 1-301-796-7777
     Toll free: 1-855-828-1770
    [ssquf] Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your 
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 744 840 269

Other Information: Persons wishing to attend the meeting online via the 
webinar must register in advance no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on 
the evening before each webinar, by sending an email to 
Caitlin.Gould@noaa.gov. The number of webinar connections available for 
the meetings is limited to 500 participants and will therefore be 
available on a first-come, first-served basis. The agenda for the 
webinars will include time for questions and answers or comments about 
the agencies' efforts in implementing HABHRCA.

Other Information

    Paperwork Reduction Act: Notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be 
subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of 
information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 
unless that collection displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

Glenn Boledovich,
Chief, Policy and Constituent Affairs Division, Management and Budget 
Office, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-00018 Filed 1-6-16; 8:45 am]
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