Endangered and Threatened Species; Issuance of Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits January 2, 2017 Through December 29, 2017, 23291-23295 [2018-10670]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 97 / Friday, May 18, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES that would benefit larger fish, birds, and other species on and off the site. Implementation of the proposed action would involve the excavation of approximately 320,000 cubic yards of material from the Otay River Site and the transport of 260,000 cubic yards of this material to the Pond 15 Site for use in creating tidal elevations that would support the desired intertidal habitats and improving levees to separate Pond 15 from the remaining active solar salt operation. The combination of the wetlands created at the Otay River Floodplain Site and Pond 15 Site under the proposed action would provide sufficient mitigation credit to meet the MLMP requirements. Alternative C: Subtidal Alternative Alternative C, the Subtidal Alternative, would involve lowering the Otay River Floodplain Site to an elevation lower than that proposed under Alternative B (proposed action) to create a subtidal channel within the Otay River Floodplain Site. Under the Subtidal Alternative, the subtidal zone would be surrounded by mudflats and increasing elevation of salt marsh. Specifically, the Subtidal Alternative would involve lowering the elevation and contouring the Otay River Floodplain Site to create approximately 4.5 acres of subtidal habitat, approximately 6.5 acres of intertidal mudflat, 18.7 acres of intertidal salt marsh habitat, and approximately 3.7 acres of upland habitat. The Subtidal Alternative would also involve raising the elevation and contouring the Pond 15 Site to create tidally influenced habitat that would be similar to that proposed under Alternative B, with approximately 9.8 acres of subtidal habitat, 16.3 acres of intertidal mudflat, 58.7 acres of intertidal salt marsh, approximately 2.2 acres of high-tide refugia, and 4.0 acres of upland habitat. Both sites would be planted with a mix of native wetland vegetation that would mature into low-marsh, mid-marsh, and high-marsh vegetative communities. The subtidal areas would provide fish spawning and foraging habitat, and the unvegetated mudflat would provide foraging habitat for adult and juvenile fish during high tides. Combined, the subtidal and mudflat areas would provide habitat for the basis of the food chain that would benefit larger fish, birds, and other species on and off the site. Implementation of the Subtidal Alternative would involve the excavation of approximately 370,000 cubic yards of material from the Otay River Site and the transport of 312,000 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 cubic yards of this material to the Pond 15 Site for use in creating tidal elevations that would support the desired intertidal habitats and improving levees to separate Pond 15 from the remaining active solar salt operation. The combination of the wetlands created at the Otay River Floodplain Site and Pond 15 Site under the Subtidal Alternative would also provide sufficient mitigation credit to meet the MLMP requirements. EPA’s Role in the EIS Process The EPA is charged, under section 309 of the Clean Air Act, to review all Federal agencies’ EISs and to comment on the adequacy and the acceptability of the environmental impacts of proposed actions in the EISs. EPA also serves as the repository for EISs prepared by Federal agencies and provides notice of their availability in the Federal Register. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Database provides information about EISs prepared by Federal agencies, as well as EPA’s comments concerning the EISs. All EISs are filed with EPA, which publishes a notice of availability on Fridays in the Federal Register. The notice of availability is the start of the 30-day ‘‘wait period’’ for final EISs, during which agencies are generally required to wait 30 days before making a decision on a proposed action. For more information, see https://www.epa.gov/nepa. You may search for EPA comments on EISs, along with EISs themselves, at https:// cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-public/ action/eis/search. Paul Souza, Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2018–10630 Filed 5–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–ES–2018–N063; FF09E42000 178 FXES11130900000] Endangered and Threatened Species; Issuance of Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits January 2, 2017 Through December 29, 2017 Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in accordance with section 10(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as amended, provide a list to the public of the permits issued under SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23291 sections 10(a)(1)(A) and 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that authorizes the taking or is exempted through section 7 of the ESA. Under section 10(a)(1)(A), we issue enhancement of survival permits in conjunction with candidate conservation agreements with assurances (CCAA) and safe harbor agreements (SHA). Section 10(a)(1)(A) also authorizes recovery permits, but this notice is limited to permits issued with CCAAs and SHAs; issued recovery permits will be summarized in a separate notice. Section 10(a)(1)(B) permits authorize take of endangered and threatened species incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with habitat conservation plans. We provide this list to the public as a summary of our permit issuances for calendar year 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information about the ESA permit process, contact Karen Anderson, 703–358–2301, karen_ anderson@fws.gov. For information on specific permits, see the contact information below in Permits Issued. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under the authority of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA), we have issued permits to conduct activities that provide a conservation benefit for endangered or threatened species, or for unlisted species should they become listed in the future, in response to permit applications that we received in conjunction with a CCAA or SHA. Under section 10(a)(1)(B), we may issue permits for any taking otherwise prohibited by section 9 if such taking is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity (known as an incidental take permit (ITP)) and the permit applicant submits a habitat conservation plan (HCP) that meets the permit issuance criteria under section 10(a)(2)(B). Typically, applicants seek an ITP to conduct activities such as residential and commercial development, infrastructure development or maintenance, and energy development projects that range in scale from small to landscape-level planning efforts. We issued the permits listed below between January 17 and December 27, 2017. Under section 10(a)(1)(A), we issued each permit only after we determined that it was applied for in good faith, that granting the permit E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 23292 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 97 / Friday, May 18, 2018 / Notices would not be to the disadvantage of the listed species, that the proposed activities would benefit the recovery or the enhancement of survival of the species, and that the terms and conditions of the permits were consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in the ESA. Under section 10(a)(1)(B), we issued permits only after we determined that the applicant is eligible and has submitted a complete application and HCP that fully meets Permit No. TE28451C–0 ............ TE38529C–0 ............ TE33852C–0 ............ TE40744C–0 ............ TE15888C–0 ............ TE93256B–1 ............ TE84825B–1, TE84826B–1. TE05794C–1 ............ TE85855B–1 ............ daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ HCP/OR HCP/OR HCP/WA HCP/WA HCP/WA SHA/OR SHA/OR Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (OR), 503–231–6179 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (WA), 360–753–9440 Date issued .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. Oregon Department of Transportation .................................................................... Port of Portland ........................................................................................................ Cedar River Timberlands, LLC ................................................................................ Steve McLain ........................................................................................................... Weyerhaueser Co .................................................................................................... Oregon Department of Forestry .............................................................................. Roseburg Resources Company, Oxbow Timber I, LLC .......................................... 3/31/2017 6/21/2017 5/16/2017 9/15/2017 2/13/2017 11/15/2017 11/15/2017 SHA/OR .................. SHA/OR .................. Roseburg Resources Company .............................................................................. Weyerhaeuser Company ......................................................................................... 11/15/2017 11/15/2017 information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP, CCAA, or SHA Permit Coordinator by email at FW2_HCP_Permits@fws.gov or by telephone at 505–248–6651. Plan or agreement type/field office Permittee HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... HCP ......................... SHA ......................... CCAA ...................... CCAA ...................... Antioch Operating, LLC ........................................................................................... Calyx Energy III, LLC .............................................................................................. Canyon Creek Energy Operating ............................................................................ The Center of Excellence ........................................................................................ Corterra Energy Operating, LLC ............................................................................. Council Oak Resources, LLC .................................................................................. MV Purchasing ........................................................................................................ NGPL Pipe Co., LLC ............................................................................................... Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc ........................................................................ Performance Petroleum Co ..................................................................................... Plains All America Pipeline ...................................................................................... Sears, Peter John .................................................................................................... Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent, LLC ......................................................................... Targa South OK/NGL Pipeline, LLC ....................................................................... Tenaska, Inc ............................................................................................................ Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ..................................................................... TPL Arkoma, Inc ...................................................................................................... TPL Arkoma, Midstream .......................................................................................... Trinity Operating USG, LLC (AKA PetroQuest ....................................................... Wildhorse Terminal, LLC ......................................................................................... Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ..................................................................... New Mexico State Land Office ................................................................................ The Center of Excellence ........................................................................................ Region 3 (Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) The following permit was applied for and issued in Region 3. For more VerDate Sep<11>2014 Region 1 (Pacific Region: Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon (except for the Klamath Basin), Washington, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Pacific Trust Territories) The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 1. For more information about any of the following permits, contact the field office that issued the permit by telephone at: Permittee The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 2. For more TE38803C–0 TE97022B–0 TE38404B–2 TE13632C–0 TE33336C–0 TE29847C–0 TE19776C–0 TE35998C–0 TE24128C–0 TE11120C–0 TE41500C–0 TE086834–2 TE23848C–0 TE23851C–0 TE25117C–0 TE024619–2 TE22132C–0 TE22139C–0 TE49745B–2 TE35997C–0 TE22080C–0 TE43603C–0 TE06522C–0 Permits Issued Plan or agreement type/field office Region 2 (Southwest Region: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) Permit No. the permit issuance criteria consistent with section 10(a)(2)(B). 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 Date issued information about the permit, contact the field office that issued the permit by telephone at: Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office, 309–757–5800. 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The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 4. For more daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Permit No. TE11183C–0 TE160194–1 TE089051–1 TE218326–1 TE11182C–0 TE15009C–0 TE18547C–0 TE23539C–0 TE76592B–1 TE24111C–0 TE14819C–0 TE151089–2 TE42764C–0 TE86572B–1 TE101841–1 TE24770C–0 TE97201B–0 TE88370B–0 TE101842–2 TE22698C–0 TE32251C–0 TE56970C–0 TE23538C–0 TE12514C–0 TE25021C–0 TE11097C–0 TE18546C–1 TE84215B–1 TE42765C–0 TE135281–1 TE156573–1 TE087068–1 TE14817C–0 TE14818C–0 TE58959C–0 TE24376C–0 TE22684C–0 TE101843–1 TE19759C–0 TE218224–2 TE39111C–0 TE32252C–0 TE078721–1 TE54007C–1 TE078829–1 TE42792C–0 TE14814C–1 TE218362–1 TE22682C–0 TE42767C–0 TE11085C–0 TE218277–2 TE42768C–0 TE218248–1 TE070602–1 TE218288–1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ Plan or agreement type HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP Permittee ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 Date issued Baker, Duane A ....................................................................................................... Barnette, Joe And Mary ........................................................................................... Calandruccio, Peter C ............................................................................................. Cline, Brent A .......................................................................................................... Colich, Joe ............................................................................................................... Coral Reef Retail, LLC, Coral Reef RESI PH1, LLC, University of Miami ............. Covington, Thomas R .............................................................................................. Cummans, George D ............................................................................................... Cummins, Betty ....................................................................................................... Dean, Russell Edward ............................................................................................. Duke Energy Florida, LLC ....................................................................................... Eber Cove Investments, LLC .................................................................................. Elle Fish Design, LLC .............................................................................................. Englebert, Donald D ................................................................................................ Fennell, James Greg ............................................................................................... Finn, Matthew David ................................................................................................ Florida Department of Transportation ..................................................................... Francis, Conrad H ................................................................................................... Gable, Anthony Kent ............................................................................................... Grant, Rodrick E ...................................................................................................... Hanover Capital Partners, LLC ............................................................................... Harrison, William Gary ............................................................................................. Hulsart, Bruce W ..................................................................................................... Ira Innovations, LLC ................................................................................................ Jellison, Peter S ....................................................................................................... Jones, Charles L ...................................................................................................... Leasure, Anthony M ................................................................................................ Little Lagoon Cottages, LLC .................................................................................... Lottaland, Inc ........................................................................................................... Lowe, Edward Dewayne .......................................................................................... Manning, Ryan H ..................................................................................................... Marion, Troy Lee ..................................................................................................... Mattamy Orlando, LLC ............................................................................................ Mattamy Orlando, LLC ............................................................................................ Maxwell, Stephen R ................................................................................................. Micco Road Investments, LLC, and Atlantic Coast Paladin Estates, LLC ............. Midway Coastal Investments ................................................................................... Nelson Holdings, LLC .............................................................................................. New Beginnings of Central Florida, Inc ................................................................... Nickles, Joel A ......................................................................................................... Orange Dale Venture, LLC ...................................................................................... Palmetto Babson Park-scenic Hwy 17, LLC ........................................................... Perrino, Ralph .......................................................................................................... RFC, LLC ................................................................................................................. Ryder, Jeffery A ....................................................................................................... Saint Gemma Properties ......................................................................................... Salvant, Paul P ........................................................................................................ Samson, Scott ......................................................................................................... Saverio Vacation Rentals, LLC ............................................................................... Scruggs, John E ...................................................................................................... Sedrak Partners Ltd ................................................................................................. Smith, David Edward ............................................................................................... Smith, Joseph James .............................................................................................. Stender, William H ................................................................................................... Valentine, Jeff P ...................................................................................................... Wales, Jason R ....................................................................................................... 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Whitfield, Nancy E ................................................................................................... 17–92, LLC .............................................................................................................. Florida Armory Board .............................................................................................. Region 5 (Northeast Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia) Date issued 11/2/2017 12/1/2017 2/1/2017 information about the permit, contact the HCP Permit Coordinator by email at martin_miller@fws.gov or by telephone at 413–253–8615. The following permit was applied for and issued in Region 5. For more Permit No. Plan or agreement type Permittee TE13435C ................ HCP ......................... Slack Chemical Company ....................................................................................... Region 6 (Mountain-Prairie Region: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 6. For more Date issued information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP or CCAA Permit Coordinator by email at amelia_ orton-palmer@fws.gov or by telephone at 303–236–4211. Permit No. Plan or agreement type Permittee TE070004–2 ............ TE034609–3 ............ TE95812B–0 ............ HCP ......................... HCP ......................... CCAA ...................... Stimson Lumber Company ...................................................................................... Weyerhaeuser Company ......................................................................................... Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association .................................... Region 7 (Alaska Region) Region 8 (Pacific Southwest Region: California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin Portion of Oregon) No ITPs or enhancement of survival permits for CCAAs or SHAs were applied for in Region 7. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Permit No. TE57028C–0 ............ TE62704C–0 ............ TE29065C–0 ............ TE42935C–0 ............ TE62355C–0 ............ TE50775C–0 ............ TE62701C–0 ............ TE16913C–0 ............ TE16901–C .............. TE32842C–0 ............ TE56826C–0 ............ TE52396C–0 ............ TE23515C–0 ............ TE61313C–0 ............ TE844722–0 ............ TE27152C–0 ............ TE26660C–0 ............ TE58263C–0 ............ TE34995C–0 ............ VerDate Sep<11>2014 The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 8. For more Plan or agreement type HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP HCP 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 Date issued Date issued BAE Systems, Platforms and Services ................................................................... Betteravia Ranches, LLC ......................................................................................... Broadway 11, LLC ................................................................................................... California Flats Solar 130, LLC ............................................................................... Campbell, Robert C ................................................................................................. CED Lost Hills Solar, LLC ....................................................................................... Highlands at Double R, LLC .................................................................................... Laguna County Sanitation District ........................................................................... Mammen, Kurt D ..................................................................................................... Orange County Transportation Authority ................................................................. Pacific Gas and Electric .......................................................................................... Phillips 66 (300) Pipeline, LLC ................................................................................ Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC .......................................................................................... Protek Investments, LLC ......................................................................................... RMC Pacific Materials, LLC .................................................................................... Rothman, Phillip and Pamela .................................................................................. San Diego Gas and Electric Company ................................................................... San Lorenzo Valley Water District .......................................................................... Scotts Valley Unified School District ....................................................................... PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10/25/2017 10/25/2017 3/1/2017 information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP Permit Coordinator by email at dan_cox@ fws.gov. Permittee ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... 1/26/2017 E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 9/2/17 11/27/17 8/3/17 10/10/17 11/27/17 11/8/17 12/1/2017 8/22/2017 1/19/17 6/19/17 10/2/2017 12/15/17 6/1/17 11/27/17 4/11/2017 9/19/17 3/15/17 10/18/17 6/8/17 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 97 / Friday, May 18, 2018 / Notices Availability of Documents The Federal Register documents publishing the receipt of applications for these permits may be viewed here: https://www.fws.gov/policy/frsystem/ default.cfm. Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents. For detailed information regarding a particular permit, please contact the Region that issued the permit. Authority We provide this notice under the authority of section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: March 30, 2018. Lisa Ellis, Chief, Branch of Recovery, Conservation Planning, and Communication. [FR Doc. 2018–10670 Filed 5–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of the Secretary [178D0102DM, DS6CS00000, DLSN00000.000000, DX.6CS25] Final List of Critical Minerals 2018 Office of the Secretary, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The United States is heavily reliant on imports of certain mineral commodities that are vital to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. This dependency of the United States on foreign sources creates a strategic vulnerability for both its economy and military to adverse foreign government action, natural disaster, and other events that can disrupt supply of these key minerals. Pursuant to Executive Order 13817 of December 20, 2017, ‘‘A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals,’’ the Secretary of the Interior on February 16, 2018, presented a draft list of 35 mineral commodities deemed critical under the definition provided in the Executive Order. After considering the 453 public comments received, the Department of the Interior believes that the methodology used to draft the list remains valid and hereby finalizes the draft list of 35 critical minerals. The final list includes: Aluminum (bauxite), antimony, arsenic, barite, beryllium, bismuth, cesium, chromium, cobalt, daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 May 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite (natural), hafnium, helium, indium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, niobium, platinum group metals, potash, the rare earth elements group, rhenium, rubidium, scandium, strontium, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, and zirconium. This list of critical minerals, while ‘‘final,’’ is not a permanent list, but will be dynamic and updated periodically to reflect current data on supply, demand, and concentration of production, as well as current policy priorities. This final list will serve as the Department of Commerce’s initial focus as it develops its report to comply with Section 4 of Executive Order 13817. ADDRESSES: Public comments received on the draft list are available at www.regulations.gov under docket number DOI–2018–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Nichols, (202) 208–7250, ryan_ nichols@ios.doi.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Nichols during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with this individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. Normal business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 13817, ‘‘A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals’’ (82 FR 60835, December 26, 2017), addressed the United States’ dependency on vulnerable limited and foreign supply chains of mineral commodities that are vital to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Executive Order directed the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the Department of Defense and in consultation with other executive branch agencies, to produce a list of critical minerals. The Secretary of the Interior in turn directed the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to provide technical input to a draft critical minerals list, and to incorporate Federal interagency input through the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Critical and Strategic Mineral Supply Chains. The NSTC Subcommittee has representation from a wide range of Federal Departments PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23295 including, but not limited to, Defense, Interior, Energy, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security. The USGS used as a starting point for developing the draft critical mineral list the NSTC Mineral Criticality Screening Tool, which was first published by the Executive Office of the President in 2016 and updated in 2017. The tool is a quantitative methodology for identifying and ranking mineral commodities based on widely accepted criteria published in the mineral commodity literature. Using that methodology, and several other sources of data, the USGS applied two principal criteria to evaluate minerals for inclusion on the draft list of critical minerals: The Hirfindal-Hirschmann index, which measures country concentration of production, and the USGS net import reliance metric based on USGS’s annual Mineral Commodities Summaries. The methodology used by the USGS to develop the draft list is described in USGS Open-File Report 2018–1021 (https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/ 2018/1021/ofr20181021.pdf). Federal interagency feedback to Interior on the initial draft list highlighted one mineral, uranium, with both fuel and non-fuel uses, and for which Energy Information Administration data indicated high production concentration and significant import reliance. Based on those data, the USGS agreed that it would be consistent with the methodology to include uranium on the draft list for public comment. Pursuant to Executive Order 13817, on February 16, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior published the draft list of critical minerals in the Federal Register (83 FR 7065). The draft list consisted of 35 minerals or mineral material groups deemed critical under the definition provided in the Executive Order: Aluminum (bauxite), antimony, arsenic, barite, beryllium, bismuth, cesium, chromium, cobalt, fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite (natural), hafnium, helium, indium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, niobium, platinum group metals, potash, the rare earth elements group, rhenium, rubidium, scandium, strontium, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, and zirconium. The Federal Register notice included a 30-day public comment period, which closed on March 19, 2018. The comments are available for public viewing at www.regulations.gov under docket DOI–2018–0001. DOI received 453 comments, including 118 comments made anonymously, 273 from individuals, and 62 submitted on behalf of organizations (20 from industry E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Endangered and Threatened Species; Issuance of Enhancement of 
Survival and Incidental Take Permits January 2, 2017 Through December 
29, 2017

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in accordance with 
section 10(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as amended, provide a 
list to the public of the permits issued under sections 10(a)(1)(A) and 
10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits take of 
listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that authorizes the 
taking or is exempted through section 7 of the ESA. Under section 
10(a)(1)(A), we issue enhancement of survival permits in conjunction 
with candidate conservation agreements with assurances (CCAA) and safe 
harbor agreements (SHA). Section 10(a)(1)(A) also authorizes recovery 
permits, but this notice is limited to permits issued with CCAAs and 
SHAs; issued recovery permits will be summarized in a separate notice. 
Section 10(a)(1)(B) permits authorize take of endangered and threatened 
species incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with 
habitat conservation plans. We provide this list to the public as a 
summary of our permit issuances for calendar year 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information about the ESA 
permit process, contact Karen Anderson, 703-358-2301, 
[email protected]. For information on specific permits, see the 
contact information below in Permits Issued.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under the authority of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA), we have issued 
permits to conduct activities that provide a conservation benefit for 
endangered or threatened species, or for unlisted species should they 
become listed in the future, in response to permit applications that we 
received in conjunction with a CCAA or SHA.
    Under section 10(a)(1)(B), we may issue permits for any taking 
otherwise prohibited by section 9 if such taking is incidental to, and 
not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity (known as 
an incidental take permit (ITP)) and the permit applicant submits a 
habitat conservation plan (HCP) that meets the permit issuance criteria 
under section 10(a)(2)(B). Typically, applicants seek an ITP to conduct 
activities such as residential and commercial development, 
infrastructure development or maintenance, and energy development 
projects that range in scale from small to landscape-level planning 
efforts.
    We issued the permits listed below between January 17 and December 
27, 2017. Under section 10(a)(1)(A), we issued each permit only after 
we determined that it was applied for in good faith, that granting the 
permit

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would not be to the disadvantage of the listed species, that the 
proposed activities would benefit the recovery or the enhancement of 
survival of the species, and that the terms and conditions of the 
permits were consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in the 
ESA. Under section 10(a)(1)(B), we issued permits only after we 
determined that the applicant is eligible and has submitted a complete 
application and HCP that fully meets the permit issuance criteria 
consistent with section 10(a)(2)(B).

Permits Issued

Region 1 (Pacific Region: Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon (except for the Klamath 
Basin), Washington, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Pacific Trust Territories)

    The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 1. For 
more information about any of the following permits, contact the field 
office that issued the permit by telephone at:

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (OR), 503-231-6179
Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (WA), 360-753-9440

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                                     Plan or agreement type/field
            Permit No.                          office                        Permittee             Date issued
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TE28451C-0.......................  HCP/OR..........................  Oregon Department of              3/31/2017
                                                                      Transportation.
TE38529C-0.......................  HCP/OR..........................  Port of Portland...........       6/21/2017
TE33852C-0.......................  HCP/WA..........................  Cedar River Timberlands,          5/16/2017
                                                                      LLC.
TE40744C-0.......................  HCP/WA..........................  Steve McLain...............       9/15/2017
TE15888C-0.......................  HCP/WA..........................  Weyerhaueser Co............       2/13/2017
TE93256B-1.......................  SHA/OR..........................  Oregon Department of             11/15/2017
                                                                      Forestry.
TE84825B-1, TE84826B-1...........  SHA/OR..........................  Roseburg Resources Company,      11/15/2017
                                                                      Oxbow Timber I, LLC.
TE05794C-1.......................  SHA/OR..........................  Roseburg Resources Company.      11/15/2017
TE85855B-1.......................  SHA/OR..........................  Weyerhaeuser Company.......      11/15/2017
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Region 2 (Southwest Region: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)

    The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 2. For 
more information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP, 
CCAA, or SHA Permit Coordinator by email at [email protected] or 
by telephone at 505-248-6651.

 
TE38803C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Antioch Operating, LLC.....       10/6/2017
TE97022B-0.......................  HCP.............................  Calyx Energy III, LLC......        8/5/2017
TE38404B-2.......................  HCP.............................  Canyon Creek Energy                5/3/2017
                                                                      Operating.
TE13632C-0.......................  HCP.............................  The Center of Excellence...      10/13/2017
TE33336C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Corterra Energy Operating,        7/27/2017
                                                                      LLC.
TE29847C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Council Oak Resources, LLC.       7/27/2017
TE19776C-0.......................  HCP.............................  MV Purchasing..............        7/5/2017
TE35998C-0.......................  HCP.............................  NGPL Pipe Co., LLC.........       10/6/2017
TE24128C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Paragon Geophysical                7/5/2017
                                                                      Services, Inc.
TE11120C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Performance Petroleum Co...       1/30/2017
TE41500C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Plains All America Pipeline      10/11/2017
TE086834-2.......................  HCP.............................  Sears, Peter John..........       3/20/2017
TE23848C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Targa Pipeline Mid-                7/7/2017
                                                                      Continent, LLC.
TE23851C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Targa South OK/NGL                 7/7/2017
                                                                      Pipeline, LLC.
TE25117C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Tenaska, Inc...............        7/5/2017
TE024619-2.......................  HCP.............................  Texas Parks and Wildlife          7/12/2017
                                                                      Department.
TE22132C-0.......................  HCP.............................  TPL Arkoma, Inc............        7/5/2017
TE22139C-0.......................  HCP.............................  TPL Arkoma, Midstream......        7/7/2017
TE49745B-2.......................  HCP.............................  Trinity Operating USG, LLC        1/20/2017
                                                                      (AKA PetroQuest.
TE35997C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Wildhorse Terminal, LLC....       7/30/2017
TE22080C-0.......................  SHA.............................  Texas Parks and Wildlife          7/12/2017
                                                                      Department.
TE43603C-0.......................  CCAA............................  New Mexico State Land             10/6/2017
                                                                      Office.
TE06522C-0.......................  CCAA............................  The Center of Excellence...       10/6/2017
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Region 3 (Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin)

    The following permit was applied for and issued in Region 3. For 
more information about the permit, contact the field office that issued 
the permit by telephone at: Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field 
Office, 309-757-5800.

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                                     Plan or agreement type/field
            Permit No.                          office                        Permittee             Date issued
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TE54252C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Hoopeston Wind, LLC........         10/5/17
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Region 4 (Southeast Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, 
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and 
Tennessee, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

    The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 4. For 
more information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP or 
CCAA Permit Coordinator by email at [email protected] or by telephone 
at 404-679-7140.

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            Permit No.                  Plan or agreement type                Permittee             Date issued
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TE11183C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Baker, Duane A.............       1/17/2017
TE160194-1.......................  HCP.............................  Barnette, Joe And Mary.....       9/15/2017
TE089051-1.......................  HCP.............................  Calandruccio, Peter C......       7/21/2017
TE218326-1.......................  HCP.............................  Cline, Brent A.............      12/18/2017
TE11182C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Colich, Joe................        3/1/2017
TE15009C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Coral Reef Retail, LLC,           12/5/2017
                                                                      Coral Reef RESI PH1, LLC,
                                                                      University of Miami.
TE18547C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Covington, Thomas R........       3/24/2017
TE23539C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Cummans, George D..........       3/10/2017
TE76592B-1.......................  HCP.............................  Cummins, Betty.............       9/22/2017
TE24111C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Dean, Russell Edward.......        4/3/2017
TE14819C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Duke Energy Florida, LLC...       5/23/2017
TE151089-2.......................  HCP.............................  Eber Cove Investments, LLC.        7/7/2017
TE42764C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Elle Fish Design, LLC......        8/2/2017
TE86572B-1.......................  HCP.............................  Englebert, Donald D........       9/22/2017
TE101841-1.......................  HCP.............................  Fennell, James Greg........      11/17/2017
TE24770C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Finn, Matthew David........        4/6/2017
TE97201B-0.......................  HCP.............................  Florida Department of             7/28/2017
                                                                      Transportation.
TE88370B-0.......................  HCP.............................  Francis, Conrad H..........       9/27/2017
TE101842-2.......................  HCP.............................  Gable, Anthony Kent........       3/20/2017
TE22698C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Grant, Rodrick E...........       3/24/2017
TE32251C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Hanover Capital Partners,         12/1/2017
                                                                      LLC.
TE56970C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Harrison, William Gary.....      10/13/2017
TE23538C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Hulsart, Bruce W...........       3/20/2017
TE12514C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Ira Innovations, LLC.......        2/6/2017
TE25021C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Jellison, Peter S..........       4/19/2017
TE11097C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Jones, Charles L...........       1/17/2017
TE18546C-1.......................  HCP.............................  Leasure, Anthony M.........       2/17/2017
TE84215B-1.......................  HCP.............................  Little Lagoon Cottages, LLC       8/22/2017
TE42765C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Lottaland, Inc.............        9/8/2017
TE135281-1.......................  HCP.............................  Lowe, Edward Dewayne.......       7/21/2017
TE156573-1.......................  HCP.............................  Manning, Ryan H............      11/17/2017
TE087068-1.......................  HCP.............................  Marion, Troy Lee...........        9/8/2017
TE14817C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Mattamy Orlando, LLC.......       4/25/2017
TE14818C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Mattamy Orlando, LLC.......       4/25/2017
TE58959C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Maxwell, Stephen R.........       11/2/2017
TE24376C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Micco Road Investments,           8/21/2017
                                                                      LLC, and Atlantic Coast
                                                                      Paladin Estates, LLC.
TE22684C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Midway Coastal Investments.       3/13/2017
TE101843-1.......................  HCP.............................  Nelson Holdings, LLC.......       3/13/2017
TE19759C-0.......................  HCP.............................  New Beginnings of Central         5/11/2017
                                                                      Florida, Inc.
TE218224-2.......................  HCP.............................  Nickles, Joel A............        8/1/2017
TE39111C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Orange Dale Venture, LLC...      12/27/2017
TE32252C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Palmetto Babson Park-scenic      11/17/2017
                                                                      Hwy 17, LLC.
TE078721-1.......................  HCP.............................  Perrino, Ralph.............       7/21/2017
TE54007C-1.......................  HCP.............................  RFC, LLC...................      12/15/2017
TE078829-1.......................  HCP.............................  Ryder, Jeffery A...........       5/12/2017
TE42792C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Saint Gemma Properties.....        9/8/2017
TE14814C-1.......................  HCP.............................  Salvant, Paul P............      10/13/2017
TE218362-1.......................  HCP.............................  Samson, Scott..............       2/15/2017
TE22682C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Saverio Vacation Rentals,          5/8/2017
                                                                      LLC.
TE42767C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Scruggs, John E............       7/24/2017
TE11085C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Sedrak Partners Ltd........       1/27/2017
TE218277-2.......................  HCP.............................  Smith, David Edward........        2/1/2017
TE42768C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Smith, Joseph James........        8/2/2017
TE218248-1.......................  HCP.............................  Stender, William H.........       5/15/2017
TE070602-1.......................  HCP.............................  Valentine, Jeff P..........       1/20/2017
TE218288-1.......................  HCP.............................  Wales, Jason R.............       7/21/2017

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TE131058-1.......................  HCP.............................  Whitfield, Nancy E.........       11/2/2017
TE32249C-0.......................  HCP.............................  17-92, LLC.................       12/1/2017
TE72196B.........................  CCAA............................  Florida Armory Board.......        2/1/2017
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Region 5 (Northeast Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of 
Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, 
New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West 
Virginia)

    The following permit was applied for and issued in Region 5. For 
more information about the permit, contact the HCP Permit Coordinator 
by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 413-253-8615.

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            Permit No.                  Plan or agreement type                Permittee             Date issued
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TE13435C.........................  HCP.............................  Slack Chemical Company.....       1/26/2017
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Region 6 (Mountain-Prairie Region: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, 
North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)

    The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 6. For 
more information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP or 
CCAA Permit Coordinator by email at [email protected] or by 
telephone at 303-236-4211.

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            Permit No.                  Plan or agreement type                Permittee             Date issued
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TE070004-2.......................  HCP.............................  Stimson Lumber Company.....      10/25/2017
TE034609-3.......................  HCP.............................  Weyerhaeuser Company.......      10/25/2017
TE95812B-0.......................  CCAA............................  Thunder Basin Grasslands           3/1/2017
                                                                      Prairie Ecosystem
                                                                      Association.
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Region 7 (Alaska Region)

    No ITPs or enhancement of survival permits for CCAAs or SHAs were 
applied for in Region 7.

Region 8 (Pacific Southwest Region: California, Nevada, and the Klamath 
Basin Portion of Oregon)

    The following permits were applied for and issued in Region 8. For 
more information about any of the following permits, contact the HCP 
Permit Coordinator by email at [email protected].

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            Permit No.                  Plan or agreement type                Permittee             Date issued
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TE57028C-0.......................  HCP.............................  BAE Systems, Platforms and           9/2/17
                                                                      Services.
TE62704C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Betteravia Ranches, LLC....        11/27/17
TE29065C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Broadway 11, LLC...........          8/3/17
TE42935C-0.......................  HCP.............................  California Flats Solar 130,        10/10/17
                                                                      LLC.
TE62355C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Campbell, Robert C.........        11/27/17
TE50775C-0.......................  HCP.............................  CED Lost Hills Solar, LLC..         11/8/17
TE62701C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Highlands at Double R, LLC.       12/1/2017
TE16913C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Laguna County Sanitation          8/22/2017
                                                                      District.
TE16901-C........................  HCP.............................  Mammen, Kurt D.............         1/19/17
TE32842C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Orange County                       6/19/17
                                                                      Transportation Authority.
TE56826C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Pacific Gas and Electric...       10/2/2017
TE52396C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Phillips 66 (300) Pipeline,        12/15/17
                                                                      LLC.
TE23515C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC..          6/1/17
TE61313C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Protek Investments, LLC....        11/27/17
TE844722-0.......................  HCP.............................  RMC Pacific Materials, LLC.       4/11/2017
TE27152C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Rothman, Phillip and Pamela         9/19/17
TE26660C-0.......................  HCP.............................  San Diego Gas and Electric          3/15/17
                                                                      Company.
TE58263C-0.......................  HCP.............................  San Lorenzo Valley Water           10/18/17
                                                                      District.
TE34995C-0.......................  HCP.............................  Scotts Valley Unified                6/8/17
                                                                      School District.
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Availability of Documents

    The Federal Register documents publishing the receipt of 
applications for these permits may be viewed here: https://www.fws.gov/policy/frsystem/default.cfm. Documents and other information submitted 
with these applications are available for review subject to the 
requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), by any party who submits a written 
request for a copy of such documents. For detailed information 
regarding a particular permit, please contact the Region that issued 
the permit.

Authority

    We provide this notice under the authority of section 10 of the ESA 
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: March 30, 2018.
Lisa Ellis,
Chief, Branch of Recovery, Conservation Planning, and Communication.
[FR Doc. 2018-10670 Filed 5-17-18; 8:45 am]
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