Draft Safe Harbor Agreement Amendment and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit, Tres Rios Project, Phoenix, Arizona, 4523-4525 [2019-02549]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2019 / Notices ACTION: 60-Day notice. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e. the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until April 16, 2019. 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Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: I–508; USCIS. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. This form is used by USCIS to determine eligibility of an applicant to retain the status of an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4523 estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection I–508 is 1,928 and the estimated hour burden per response is .72 hours per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 1,446 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $15,424. Dated: February 11, 2019. Samantha L Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2019–02376 Filed 2–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R2–ES–2018–N118; FXES11130200000–189–FF02ENEH00] Draft Safe Harbor Agreement Amendment and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit, Tres Rios Project, Phoenix, Arizona Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application to amend an existing enhancement of survival permit from the City of Phoenix under the Endangered Species Act. The requested amended permit would authorize a change in baseline for the southwestern willow flycatcher, adjust the enrolled land acreage to reflect City land boundaries, and include the yellowbilled cuckoo in the Safe Harbor Agreement and the enhancement of survival permit associated with the City’s Tres Rios Water Project. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit application and the associated draft safe harbor agreement amendment (SHA amendment). In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, we have determined that the proposed permit action qualifies for a categorical exclusion. We are accepting comments on the draft SHA amendment, and also on a draft NEPA screening form. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 4524 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2019 / Notices Submitting Comments: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents by any of the following methods: • Internet: Download the documents at https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/ arizona/. • U.S. Mail: You may receive a CD– ROM or hard copies by mail by writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 9828 North 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051–2517; calling (602) 242–0210; faxing (602) 242–2513, or emailing FW2_HCP_ Permits@fws.gov. • In-Person Document Review: Copies of the documents are also available for public inspection and review, by appointment only, at the Service’s Phoenix office (address above) or at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW, Room 6093, Albuquerque, NM 87102; (505) 248–6401. Submitting Comments: To submit written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note that your comment is in reference to the ‘‘Draft SHA Amendment/Tres Rios Project in Phoenix, Arizona’’: • U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Phoenix office (address above). • Fax: 602–242–2513. • Email: FW2_HCP_Permits@fws.gov. We request that you submit comments only by the methods above. Generally, we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Availability of Comments). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Humphrey, Field Supervisor, 602–242– 0210 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of the City of Phoenix’s application to amend an existing enhancement of survival permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested amended permit would allow for the City of Phoenix to continue operation and maintenance activities associated with the Tres Rios Project, including maintenance of vegetation, roads, trails, water delivery systems, flood control capacity, and storm water facilities. The project area runs from approximately 91st Avenue downstream to the confluence of the Gila and Salt Rivers, and then west along the Gila River to approximately El Mirage Road in Maricopa County, Arizona. The amendment to the permit would make three changes to the original permit: (1) Add the yellowbilled cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) to khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:41 Feb 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 the City’s 2014 SHA; (2) adjust the enrolled acreage from the 927 acres specified in the 2014 SHA to 924 acres, in order to rectify boundary errors; and (3) adjust covered species baselines to reflect the 2015 habitat assessment, which better represents the area and its conservation benefit. The baseline for the Yuma Ridgway’s (clapper) rail (Rallus obsoletus [=longirostris] yumanensis) remains at 5 acres. The southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) baseline changed from 22.5 acres to a zero baseline, and we determined that the yellow-billed cuckoo baseline is 6 acres. The applicant plans to continue operation and maintenance activities associated with the Tres Rios Project, Tempe Reach, including maintenance of vegetation, roads, trails, water delivery systems, flood control capacity, and storm water facilities. Initial implementation of the Tres Rios Project was a cooperative project between the applicant and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore, enhance, and maintain 924 acres of native riparian and wetland vegetation along the lower Salt and Gila Rivers in Maricopa County, Arizona. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit amendment and the associated draft safe harbor agreement amendment (draft SHA amendment). In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) requirements, we have determined that the proposed action qualifies for a categorical exclusion. We are accepting comments on the permit application, draft SHA amendment, and draft NEPA screening form, which supports using a categorical exclusion. Background Enhancement of survival permits issued for safe harbor agreements encourage non-Federal landowners, including non-Federal operators holding easements on private lands, to implement conservation measures for habitat that is, or is likely to develop into, suitable habitat for listed species, by assuring landowners/operators that they will not be subjected to increased property use restrictions if suitable habitat develops and the covered species is detected in the future. Application requirements and enhancement of survival permit issuance criteria for safe harbor agreements are provided under section 10(c) of the ESA and its implementing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.22 and the NEPA and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1506.6. PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Action The proposed action is the Service’s issuance of an amended permit to the City of Phoenix for covered activities in the permit area for up to 50 years, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. The amended permit would cover ‘‘take’’ of the yellow-billed cuckoo associated with covered activities occurring within the permit area. The draft SHA amendment commits the City of Phoenix to implement conservation measures to improve habitat for the covered species on Tres Rios lands while allowing for covered activities within the project area to continue. To meet ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit requirements for the proposed amendment, the applicant developed and proposes to implement the SHA amendment, which describe the actions the City of Phoenix has agreed to undertake to improve habitat within the Tres Rios project area. Expected benefits include, but may not be limited to improvement of riparian habitat that can be used by covered species and other native fauna, limiting the amount of new disturbance to riparian habitat, and improving public environmental education. We will evaluate the permit amendment request along with associated documents and comments we receive to determine whether the permit amendment meets the requirements of the ESA, NEPA, and implementing regulations. If we determine that all requirements are met, we will approve the draft SHA amendment and amend the associated permit. We will fully consider all comments we receive during the public comment period, and we will not make our final decision until after the comment period ends. Public Availability of Comments All comments we receive become part of the public record associated with this action. Requests for copies of comments will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), NEPA, and Service and Department of the Interior policies and procedures. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2019 / Notices businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Amy Lueders, Regional Director, Southwest Region, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [FR Doc. 2019–02549 Filed 2–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior. ACTION: Final notice of sale AGENCY: On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252 (GOM Region-wide Sale 252), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 252 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders. DATES: BOEM will hold GOM Regionwide Sale 252 at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. All times referred to in this document are Central Standard Time, unless otherwise specified. Bid submission deadline: BOEM must receive all sealed bids between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on normal working days prior to the sale, or from 8:00 a.m. to the Bid Submission Deadline of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the day before the lease sale. For more information on bid submission, see Section VII, ‘‘Bidding Instructions,’’ of this document. ADDRESSES: Bids will be accepted prior to the bid receipt deadline at 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana. Public bid reading for GOM khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:41 Feb 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 Region-wide Sale 252 will be held at 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, but the venue will not be open to the general public, media, or industry during bid opening or reading. Bid opening will be available for public viewing on BOEM’s website at www.boem.gov via live-streaming video beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the date of the sale. BOEM will also post the results on its website after bid opening and reading are completed. Interested parties may download the Final NOS package from BOEM’s website at http:// www.boem.gov/Sale-252/. Copies of the sale maps may be obtained by contacting the BOEM GOM Region at: Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Office, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, (504) 736–2519 or (800) 200–GULF. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Erin O’Reilly Vaughan, Chief, Leasing and Financial Responsibility, Office of Leasing and Plans, 504–736– 1759, Erin.O’Reilly@boem.gov or Wright Jay Frank, Chief, Leasing Policy and Management Division, 703–787–1325, Wright.Frank@boem.gov. Table of Contents This Final NOS includes the following sections: I. Lease Sale Area II. Statutes and Regulations III. Lease Terms and Economic Conditions IV. Lease Stipulations V. Information to Lessees VI. Maps VII. Bidding Instructions VIII. Bidding Rules and Restrictions IX. Forms X. The Lease Sale XI. Delay of Sale I. Lease Sale Area Blocks Offered For Leasing: BOEM will offer for bid in this lease sale all of the available unleased acreage in the GOM, except those blocks listed in ‘‘Blocks Not Offered for Leasing’’ below. Blocks Not Offered for Leasing: The following whole and partial blocks are not offered for lease in this sale. The BOEM Official Protraction Diagrams (OPDs) and Supplemental Official Block Diagrams are available online at https:// www.boem.gov/Maps-and-GIS-Data/. • Whole and partial blocks that lie within the current boundaries of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (in the East and West Flower Garden Banks and the Stetson Bank), identified in the following list: High Island, East Addition, South Extension (Leasing Map TX7C) PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4525 Whole Block: A–398 Partial Blocks: A–366, A–367, A–374, A–375, A–383, A–384, A–385, A– 388, A–389, A–397, A–399, A–401 High Island, South Addition (Leasing Map TX7B) Partial Blocks: A–502, A–513 Garden Banks (OPD NG15–02) Partial Blocks: 134, 135 • Blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the United States Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap: Lund South (OPD NG 16–07) Whole Blocks: 128, 129, 169 through 173, 208 through 217, 248 through 261, 293 through 305, and 349 Henderson (OPD NG 16–05) Whole Blocks: 466, 508 through 510, 551 through 554, 594 through 599, 637 through 643, 679 through 687, 722 through 731, 764 through 775, 807 through 819, 849 through 862, 891 through 905, 933 through 949, and 975 through 992 Partial Blocks: 467, 511, 555, 556, 600, 644, 688, 732, 776, 777, 820, 821, 863, 864, 906, 907, 950, 993, and 994 Florida Plain (OPD NG 16–08) Whole Blocks: 5 through 24, 46 through 67, 89 through 110, 133 through 154, 177 through 197, 221 through 240, 265 through 283, 309 through 327, and 363 through 370 • All whole and portions of blocks deferred by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, Public Law 109–432: Pensacola (OPD NH 16–05) Whole Blocks: 751 through 754, 793 through 798, 837 through 842, 881 through 886, 925 through 930, and 969 through 975 Destin Dome (OPD NH 16–08) Whole Blocks: 1 through 7, 45 through 51, 89 through 96, 133 through 140, 177 through 184, 221 through 228, 265 through 273, 309 through 317, 353 through 361, 397 through 405, 441 through 450, 485 through 494, 529 through 538, 573 through 582, 617 through 627, 661 through 671, 705 through 715, 749 through 759, 793 through 804, 837 through 848, 881 through 892, 925 through 936, and 969 through 981 DeSoto Canyon (OPD NH 16–11) Whole Blocks: 1 through 15, 45 through 59, and 92 through 102 Partial Blocks: 16, 60, 61, 89 through 91, 103 through 105, and 135 through 147 Henderson (OPD NG 16–05) Partial Blocks: 114, 158, 202, 246, 290, 334, 335, 378, 379, 422, and 423 • Depth restricted, segregated block portion(s): E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 32 (Friday, February 15, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4523-4525]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-ES-2018-N118; FXES11130200000-189-FF02ENEH00]


Draft Safe Harbor Agreement Amendment and Application for an 
Enhancement of Survival Permit, Tres Rios Project, Phoenix, Arizona

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 
receipt of an application to amend an existing enhancement of survival 
permit from the City of Phoenix under the Endangered Species Act. The 
requested amended permit would authorize a change in baseline for the 
southwestern willow flycatcher, adjust the enrolled land acreage to 
reflect City land boundaries, and include the yellow-billed cuckoo in 
the Safe Harbor Agreement and the enhancement of survival permit 
associated with the City's Tres Rios Water Project. We invite the 
public to review and comment on the permit application and the 
associated draft safe harbor agreement amendment (SHA amendment). In 
accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, 
we have determined that the proposed permit action qualifies for a 
categorical exclusion. We are accepting comments on the draft SHA 
amendment, and also on a draft NEPA screening form.

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DATES: Submitting Comments: We will accept comments received or 
postmarked on or before March 18, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents 
by any of the following methods:
     Internet: Download the documents at https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/.
     U.S. Mail: You may receive a CD-ROM or hard copies by mail 
by writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
9828 North 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; calling (602) 242-0210; 
faxing (602) 242-2513, or emailing FW2_HCP_Permits@fws.gov.
     In-Person Document Review: Copies of the documents are 
also available for public inspection and review, by appointment only, 
at the Service's Phoenix office (address above) or at the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW, Room 6093, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 
(505) 248-6401.
    Submitting Comments: To submit written comments, please use one of 
the following methods, and note that your comment is in reference to 
the ``Draft SHA Amendment/Tres Rios Project in Phoenix, Arizona'':
     U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Phoenix office (address 
above).
     Fax: 602-242-2513.
     Email: FW2_HCP_Permits@fws.gov.
    We request that you submit comments only by the methods above. 
Generally, we will post any personal information you provide us (see 
Public Availability of Comments).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Humphrey, Field Supervisor, 602-
242-0210 (telephone).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce receipt of the City of Phoenix's application to 
amend an existing enhancement of survival permit under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The 
requested amended permit would allow for the City of Phoenix to 
continue operation and maintenance activities associated with the Tres 
Rios Project, including maintenance of vegetation, roads, trails, water 
delivery systems, flood control capacity, and storm water facilities. 
The project area runs from approximately 91st Avenue downstream to the 
confluence of the Gila and Salt Rivers, and then west along the Gila 
River to approximately El Mirage Road in Maricopa County, Arizona. The 
amendment to the permit would make three changes to the original 
permit: (1) Add the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) to the 
City's 2014 SHA; (2) adjust the enrolled acreage from the 927 acres 
specified in the 2014 SHA to 924 acres, in order to rectify boundary 
errors; and (3) adjust covered species baselines to reflect the 2015 
habitat assessment, which better represents the area and its 
conservation benefit. The baseline for the Yuma Ridgway's (clapper) 
rail (Rallus obsoletus [=longirostris] yumanensis) remains at 5 acres. 
The southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) 
baseline changed from 22.5 acres to a zero baseline, and we determined 
that the yellow-billed cuckoo baseline is 6 acres.
    The applicant plans to continue operation and maintenance 
activities associated with the Tres Rios Project, Tempe Reach, 
including maintenance of vegetation, roads, trails, water delivery 
systems, flood control capacity, and storm water facilities. Initial 
implementation of the Tres Rios Project was a cooperative project 
between the applicant and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore, 
enhance, and maintain 924 acres of native riparian and wetland 
vegetation along the lower Salt and Gila Rivers in Maricopa County, 
Arizona.
    We invite the public to review and comment on the permit amendment 
and the associated draft safe harbor agreement amendment (draft SHA 
amendment). In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 
42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) requirements, we have determined that the 
proposed action qualifies for a categorical exclusion. We are accepting 
comments on the permit application, draft SHA amendment, and draft NEPA 
screening form, which supports using a categorical exclusion.

Background

    Enhancement of survival permits issued for safe harbor agreements 
encourage non-Federal landowners, including non-Federal operators 
holding easements on private lands, to implement conservation measures 
for habitat that is, or is likely to develop into, suitable habitat for 
listed species, by assuring landowners/operators that they will not be 
subjected to increased property use restrictions if suitable habitat 
develops and the covered species is detected in the future. Application 
requirements and enhancement of survival permit issuance criteria for 
safe harbor agreements are provided under section 10(c) of the ESA and 
its implementing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
at 50 CFR 17.22 and the NEPA and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 
1506.6.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action is the Service's issuance of an amended permit 
to the City of Phoenix for covered activities in the permit area for up 
to 50 years, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. The amended 
permit would cover ``take'' of the yellow-billed cuckoo associated with 
covered activities occurring within the permit area.
    The draft SHA amendment commits the City of Phoenix to implement 
conservation measures to improve habitat for the covered species on 
Tres Rios lands while allowing for covered activities within the 
project area to continue.
    To meet ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit requirements for the 
proposed amendment, the applicant developed and proposes to implement 
the SHA amendment, which describe the actions the City of Phoenix has 
agreed to undertake to improve habitat within the Tres Rios project 
area.
    Expected benefits include, but may not be limited to improvement of 
riparian habitat that can be used by covered species and other native 
fauna, limiting the amount of new disturbance to riparian habitat, and 
improving public environmental education.
    We will evaluate the permit amendment request along with associated 
documents and comments we receive to determine whether the permit 
amendment meets the requirements of the ESA, NEPA, and implementing 
regulations. If we determine that all requirements are met, we will 
approve the draft SHA amendment and amend the associated permit. We 
will fully consider all comments we receive during the public comment 
period, and we will not make our final decision until after the comment 
period ends.

Public Availability of Comments

    All comments we receive become part of the public record associated 
with this action. Requests for copies of comments will be handled in 
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), NEPA, 
and Service and Department of the Interior policies and procedures. 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 
that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, 
all submissions from organizations or

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businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA and its 
implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 
4371 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Amy Lueders,
Regional Director, Southwest Region, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 2019-02549 Filed 2-14-19; 8:45 am]
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