Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs Along the Oregon Coast, 8685-8686 [2016-03496]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 34 / Monday, February 22, 2016 / Notices Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: February 17, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–03583 Filed 2–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE452 Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Hatchery Programs Along the Oregon Coast National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; reopening of public comment period. AGENCY: On January 15, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced its intent to obtain information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) submitted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for NMFS’s evaluation and determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and steelhead. NMFS also announced the availability of those HGMPs for public review and comment. The announcement opened a 30-day public comment period. In response to a request received from the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Feb 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 public, based on the number of HGMPs available for review, NMFS is reopening the comment period to March 17, 2016. DATES: Written or electronic scoping comments must be received at the appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time March 17, 2016. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods: • Email to the following address: OregonCoastHatcheryEIS.wcr@noaa.gov with the following identifier in the subject line: Oregon Coast Hatchery EIS. • Mail or hand-deliver to NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471. • Fax to (541) 957–3386. Comments received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above address. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Additional information to assist with consideration of the notice of intent, as well as the HGMPs themselves, are available on the Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 957–3381, or email to lance.kruzic@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened, naturally produced and specified artificially produced stocks in the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast and Oregon Coast Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs). Background The ODFW has submitted HGMPs for all hatchery programs along the Oregon Coast to NMFS, pursuant to Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and salmon promulgated under the ESA (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000). NMFS’ action of evaluating ODFW’s HGMPs under Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule is a major Federal action subject to environmental review under NEPA. Therefore, NMFS is seeking public input on the scope of the required NEPA analysis, including the range of reasonable alternatives, recommendations for relevant analysis methods, and information associated with impacts of the alternatives to the resources listed below or other relevant resources. Further, Limit 5 of the 4(d) PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8685 Rule also specifies the HGMPs be made available for public review and comment prior to NMFS making a decision on the HGMPs. For more information on the scope of the proposed hatchery programs, and NMFS’ review of those programs, and a description of input being sought from the public, see the January 15, 2016, Federal Register notice (81 FR 2197). A list of the hatchery facilities being considered and links to the HGMPs for their associated hatchery programs are available on the Internet (see ADDRESSES). Request for Comments NMFS provides this notice to: (1) Advise other agencies and the public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of issues and the full range of alternatives to include in the EIS. Comments should be as specific as possible. Authority The environmental review of the Oregon Coast HGMPs will be conducted in accordance with requirements of the NEPA of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and policies and procedures of NMFS for compliance with those regulations. This notice is being furnished in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the criteria for such activities. Limit 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(5)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities associated with artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP has been approved by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005). E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 8686 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 34 / Monday, February 22, 2016 / Notices Dated: February 16, 2016. Wanda Cain, Chief of Staff, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–03496 Filed 2–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Limits on Application of ESA Take Prohibitions. OMB Control Number: 0648–0399. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 301. Average Hours per Response: 20 hours for a road maintenance agreement or for a tribal plan; 5 hours for a diversion screening limit project or for a report of aided, salvaged, or disposedof salmonids. 30 hours for an urban development package; 10 hours for an urban development report. Burden Hours: 935. Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq.) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to adopt such regulations as it ‘‘deems necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of’’ threatened species. Those regulations may include any or all of the prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA, which specifically prohibits ‘‘take’’ of any endangered species (‘‘take’’ includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take prohibitions. There are now 22 separate Distinct Population Segments (DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Feb 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 advisable protective regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do not apply the ‘‘take’’ prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take advantage of these limits, or continue within them. The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection. Affected Public: State, local and tribal governments; business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually or on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: February 17, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03574 Filed 2–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2014–0025] Policy on No-Action Letters; Information Collection Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Final Policy Statement. AGENCY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a final policy statement on No-Action Letters (Policy), which is intended to further objectives under section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (DoddFrank Act). DATES: The Bureau released this Policy Statement on its Web site on February 18, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Quan, Senior Advisor to the Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at (202) 435–7678. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview In specifying the purposes, objectives, and functions of the Bureau in section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress authorized the Bureau to exercise its authorities for the purpose of ensuring that markets for consumer financial products and services operate transparently and efficiently to facilitate access and innovation.1 Pursuant to its authority, the Bureau is finalizing the Policy that is set forth in section VI below. Under the Policy, Bureau staff would, in its discretion, issue no-action letters (NALs) to specific applicants in instances involving innovative financial products or services that promise substantial consumer benefit where there is substantial uncertainty whether or how specific provisions of statutes implemented or regulations issued by the Bureau would be applied (for example if, because of intervening technological developments, the application of statutes and regulations to a new product is novel and complicated). The Policy is also designed to enhance compliance with applicable federal consumer financial laws. A NAL would advise the recipient that, subject to its stated limitations, the staff has no present intention to recommend initiation of an enforcement or supervisory action against the requester with respect to a specified matter. NALs would be subject to modification or revocation at any time at the discretion of the staff, and may be conditioned on particular undertakings by the applicant with respect to product or service usage and data-sharing with the Bureau. Issued NALs generally would be publicly disclosed. NALs would be non-binding on the Bureau, and would not bind courts or other actors who might challenge a NAL1 Section 1022(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the Director to prescribe rules and issue orders and guidance, as may be necessary or appropriate to enable the Bureau to administer and carry out the purposes and objectives of the Federal consumer financial laws, and to prevent evasions thereof. 12 U.S.C. 5512(b)(1). E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 34 (Monday, February 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8685-8686]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03496]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE452


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
Hatchery Programs Along the Oregon Coast

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; reopening of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: On January 15, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS) announced its intent to obtain information necessary to prepare 
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Hatchery and Genetic 
Management Plans (HGMPs) submitted by the Oregon Department of Fish and 
Wildlife (ODFW) for NMFS's evaluation and determination under Limit 5 
of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and 
steelhead. NMFS also announced the availability of those HGMPs for 
public review and comment. The announcement opened a 30-day public 
comment period. In response to a request received from the public, 
based on the number of HGMPs available for review, NMFS is reopening 
the comment period to March 17, 2016.

DATES: Written or electronic scoping comments must be received at the 
appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 
p.m. Pacific Time March 17, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following 
methods:
     Email to the following address: 
OregonCoastHatcheryEIS.wcr@noaa.gov with the following identifier in 
the subject line: Oregon Coast Hatchery EIS.
     Mail or hand-deliver to NMFS Sustainable Fisheries 
Division, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471.
     Fax to (541) 957-3386.
    Comments received will be available for public inspection, by 
appointment, during normal business hours at the above address. All 
Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) 
voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do 
not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or 
protected information.
    Additional information to assist with consideration of the notice 
of intent, as well as the HGMPs themselves, are available on the 
Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 
957-3381, or email to lance.kruzic@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice

    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened, naturally produced and 
specified artificially produced stocks in the Southern Oregon/Northern 
California Coast and Oregon Coast Evolutionarily Significant Units 
(ESUs).

Background

    The ODFW has submitted HGMPs for all hatchery programs along the 
Oregon Coast to NMFS, pursuant to Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon 
and salmon promulgated under the ESA (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000). 
NMFS' action of evaluating ODFW's HGMPs under Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule 
is a major Federal action subject to environmental review under NEPA. 
Therefore, NMFS is seeking public input on the scope of the required 
NEPA analysis, including the range of reasonable alternatives, 
recommendations for relevant analysis methods, and information 
associated with impacts of the alternatives to the resources listed 
below or other relevant resources. Further, Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule 
also specifies the HGMPs be made available for public review and 
comment prior to NMFS making a decision on the HGMPs.
    For more information on the scope of the proposed hatchery 
programs, and NMFS' review of those programs, and a description of 
input being sought from the public, see the January 15, 2016, Federal 
Register notice (81 FR 2197). A list of the hatchery facilities being 
considered and links to the HGMPs for their associated hatchery 
programs are available on the Internet (see ADDRESSES).

Request for Comments

    NMFS provides this notice to: (1) Advise other agencies and the 
public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) 
obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of 
issues and the full range of alternatives to include in the EIS. 
Comments should be as specific as possible.

Authority

    The environmental review of the Oregon Coast HGMPs will be 
conducted in accordance with requirements of the NEPA of 1969 as 
amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and policies and 
procedures of NMFS for compliance with those regulations. This notice 
is being furnished in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 to obtain 
suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the 
scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.
    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required 
to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the 
conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and 
steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 
37160, June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that 
contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the 
criteria for such activities. Limit 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 
223.203(b)(5)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) 
of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities 
associated with artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP 
has been approved by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and 
steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 
37160, June 28, 2005).


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    Dated: February 16, 2016.
Wanda Cain,
Chief of Staff, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-03496 Filed 2-19-16; 8:45 am]
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