Draft City of Rancho Palos Verdes Natural Community Conservation Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, 13308-13310 [2019-06501]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES 13308 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 65 / Thursday, April 4, 2019 / Notices Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel; Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) (U54). Date: May 3, 2019. Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Hilton Washington/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Contact Person: Clifford W. Schweinfest, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Special Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute, NIH, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W108, Bethesda, MD 20892–9750, 240–276–6343, schweinfestcw@mail.nih.gov. Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel; Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions Among People Living with HIV (R01 & R21). Date: June 6, 2019. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. 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AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the recirculation of the draft Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) and draft environmental assessment (draft EA), which evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to, the proposed City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City of RPV) NCCP/HCP. The recirculation is necessary to maximize public review because, while the document provided during the initial 60-day comment period was the document considered by the City of RPV Council at their March 29, 2018, Council Meeting, it did not include changes accepted by City of RPV Council via late correspondence at the Council Meeting, nor did it include technical and clarifying edits made after the Council Meeting. We request review and comment on the City of RPV NCCP/ HCP and the draft EA from local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public. DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by May 6, 2019. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 65 / Thursday, April 4, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the City of RPV NCCP/ HCP and the draft EA by the following methods. Please specify that your request pertains to the City of RPV NCCP/HCP. • Email: katiel@rpvca.gov. • Internet: https://www.rpvca.gov/490/ Palos-Verdes-Nature-Preserve-NCCP– PUMP–H. • U.S. Mail: A limited number of CD– ROM and printed copies are available, by request, from the following locations: Æ Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; Æ Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall (see address under In-Person, below). • In-Person: Copies are available for public inspection and review at the following locations, by appointment and written request only: Æ Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (telephone: 310–554– 5267; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday); and Æ Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 916 Silver Spur Road, Suite 207, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Email: fw8cfwocomments@fws.gov; please include ‘‘City of RPV NCCP/ HCP’’ in the subject line. • U.S. Mail: Karen Goebel, Attn: City of RPV NCCP/HCP (use the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office address under Obtaining Documents). • Telephone: Karen Goebel, 760–431– 9440. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Beth Woulfe, 760–431–9440. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the recirculation of the draft Natural Community Conservation Plan/ Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) and draft environmental assessment (draft EA), which evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to, the proposed City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City of RPV) NCCP/HCP. We initially announced the availability of the City of RPV NCCP/ HCP for review and comment on October 31, 2018, with a comment period that ended on December 31, 2018 (83 FR 54769). The recirculation is necessary to maximize public review because, while the document provided during the initial 60-day comment period was the document considered by the City of RPV Council at their March VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:25 Apr 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 29, 2018, Council Meeting, it did not include changes accepted by City of RPV Council via late correspondence at the Council Meeting, nor did it include technical and clarifying edits made after the Council Meeting. The City of RPV NCCP/HCP was submitted by the City of RPV in support of an application under section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), for a permit authorizing the incidental take of 10 covered species resulting from covered projects/activities and a permit under the State of California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 2002. We request review and comment on the City of RPV NCCP/HCP and the draft EA from local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public. The proposed City of RPV NCCP/HCP plan area is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California. Introduction Under section 10(c) of the ESA and under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), this notice advises the public of the receipt and availability for public review of the draft City of RPV NCCP/HCP and draft EA, which evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to, the City of RPV NCCP/ HCP, submitted with an application for a permit to authorize the incidental take of federally listed covered species resulting from covered projects/ activities within the plan area. The Service is the Lead Agency pursuant to NEPA. The proposed Federal action is issuance of an incidental take permit (ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and their habitat manager, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Background Section 9 of the ESA prohibits ‘‘take’’ of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 4 (16 U.S.C. 1538, 1533, respectively). Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for the issuance of a permit for the taking of listed fish and wildlife species that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity (‘‘incidental take’’). The ESA implementing regulations extend, under certain circumstances, the prohibition of take to threatened species (50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the HCP program, go to https:// www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/ pdf/hcp.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13309 Under section 10(a) of the ESA, the Service may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed fish and wildlife species. Section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA contains criteria for issuing ITPs to non-Federal entities for the take of endangered and threatened species, provided the following criteria are met: • The taking will be incidental; • The applicant will, to the maximum extent practicable, minimize and mitigate the impact of such taking; • The applicant will develop an HCP and ensure that adequate funding for the plan will be provided; • The taking will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival and recovery of the species in the wild; and • The applicant will carry out any other measures that the Secretary may require as being necessary or appropriate for the purposes of the HCP. Implementation of the City of RPV NCCP/HCP is intended to maximize conservation for covered species while providing cost-savings and reducing potential time-delays associated with processing individual ITPs for each covered project/activity within the plan area. Proposed Action The proposed action is the issuance of an ITP by the Service to City of Rancho Palos Verdes and their habitat manager, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, for the incidental take of covered species from identified covered projects/activities, including the avoidance, minimization, and mitigation of impacts to covered species within the 8,616.6-acre plan area for 40 years. The proposed City of RPV NCCP/ HCP is a conservation plan for the following 10 species: Federally Listed as Endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni) Federally Listed as Threatened Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) Unlisted Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) Aphanisma (Aphanisma blitoides) South coast saltscale (Atriplex pacifica) Catalina crossosoma (Crossosoma californicum) Island green dudleya (Dudleya virens ssp. insularis) Santa Catalina Island desert-thorn (Lycium brevipes var. hassei) E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 13310 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 65 / Thursday, April 4, 2019 / Notices Woolly seablite (Suaeda taxifolia) There are 17 City of Rancho Palos Verdes projects/activities and 5 private projects/activities proposed to be covered by the ITP. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes projects/activities include landslide abatement, drainage improvement, dewatering wells, road and canyon repairs, fuel modification, and maintenance; private projects/ activities include development, remedial grading, and fuel modification. Public use is also identified as a conditionally allowable use. Potential impacts to covered species include disruption of normal behavior by covered projects/activities and injury or death due to construction activities. The City of RPV NCCP/HCP provides a comprehensive approach to the conservation and management of these species and their habitat within the plan area. The plan area includes the entire boundary of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The plan area is constant for all of the alternatives analyzed in the draft EA. The City of RPV NCCP/HCP quantifies the expected loss of habitat and the proposed mitigation, including management and monitoring of the preserve. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Alternatives We considered five alternatives in the draft EA: (1) No Action Alternative; (2) Alternative A, Peninsula NCCP Working Group Alternative; (3) Alternative B, Landowner Alternative; (4) Alternative C, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Alternative; and (5) Alternative D, The Proposed Action. Under the No Action Alternative, the City of RPV NCCP/HCP would not move forward for approval and an ITP would not be issued. All projects/activities proposed in the City of RPV NCCP/HCP would continue to be reviewed in accordance with existing State land use and environmental regulations. Alternative A was developed by the working group, which consisted of stakeholders within the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and included the largest preserve area, totaling about 1,559.1 acres. Alternative B was developed by the major landowners in 1999 and proposed the smallest preserve area of all of the alternatives. Alternative C was developed by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and was a compromise of Alternative A and B. The preserve size under Alternative C is slightly larger than that under the Proposed Action (Alternative D), but the total amount of coastal sage scrub habitat under Alternative C is slightly lower than that in the Proposed Action (Alternative D). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:25 Apr 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 The Proposed Action (Alternative D) is the same as Alternative C, with the following exceptions: (1) A 27.0-acre parcel in the Upper Filiorum property has been removed from the preserve and is now identified as a covered project, including the associated dedication of 30 acres of functional and connected habitat; (2) 40.0 acres of a former archery range property have been removed from the preserve due to landslide and legal constraints; and (3) 61.5 acres of Malaga Canyon have been purchased by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and have been incorporated into the preserve. The preserve in Alternative D totals 1,402.4 acres. Request for Comments Consistent with section 10(c) of the ESA, we invite your submission of written comments, data, or arguments with respect to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ permit application, the City of RPV NCCP/HCP, and proposed permitting decision. Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the public record associated with this action. 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 may request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Next Steps Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action subject to compliance with NEPA. We will evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the covered species. We will make our final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the public comment period closes. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32) and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Scott Sobiech, Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, Carlsbad, California. 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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2019-N002; FXES11140800000-190-FF08E00000]


Draft City of Rancho Palos Verdes Natural Community Conservation 
Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment, 
City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
recirculation of the draft Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat 
Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) and draft environmental assessment (draft 
EA), which evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to, the proposed 
City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City of RPV) NCCP/HCP. The recirculation 
is necessary to maximize public review because, while the document 
provided during the initial 60-day comment period was the document 
considered by the City of RPV Council at their March 29, 2018, Council 
Meeting, it did not include changes accepted by City of RPV Council via 
late correspondence at the Council Meeting, nor did it include 
technical and clarifying edits made after the Council Meeting. We 
request review and comment on the City of RPV NCCP/HCP and the draft EA 
from local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
May 6, 2019.

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ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the City of RPV NCCP/
HCP and the draft EA by the following methods. Please specify that your 
request pertains to the City of RPV NCCP/HCP.
     Email: [email protected].
     Internet: https://www.rpvca.gov/490/Palos-Verdes-Nature-Preserve-NCCP-PUMP-H.
     U.S. Mail: A limited number of CD-ROM and printed copies 
are available, by request, from the following locations:
    [cir] Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 
250, Carlsbad, CA 92008;
    [cir] Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall (see address under In-Person, 
below).
     In-Person: Copies are available for public inspection and 
review at the following locations, by appointment and written request 
only:
    [cir] Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho 
Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (telephone: 310-554-5267; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 
p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday); 
and
    [cir] Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 916 Silver Spur 
Road, Suite 207, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday).
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the 
following methods:
     Email: [email protected]; please include ``City of 
RPV NCCP/HCP'' in the subject line.
     U.S. Mail: Karen Goebel, Attn: City of RPV NCCP/HCP (use 
the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office address under Obtaining 
Documents).
     Telephone: Karen Goebel, 760-431-9440.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Beth Woulfe, 760-431-9440.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the recirculation of the draft Natural Community 
Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) and draft 
environmental assessment (draft EA), which evaluates the impacts of, 
and alternatives to, the proposed City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City of 
RPV) NCCP/HCP. We initially announced the availability of the City of 
RPV NCCP/HCP for review and comment on October 31, 2018, with a comment 
period that ended on December 31, 2018 (83 FR 54769). The recirculation 
is necessary to maximize public review because, while the document 
provided during the initial 60-day comment period was the document 
considered by the City of RPV Council at their March 29, 2018, Council 
Meeting, it did not include changes accepted by City of RPV Council via 
late correspondence at the Council Meeting, nor did it include 
technical and clarifying edits made after the Council Meeting. The City 
of RPV NCCP/HCP was submitted by the City of RPV in support of an 
application under section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), for a permit authorizing the 
incidental take of 10 covered species resulting from covered projects/
activities and a permit under the State of California's Natural 
Community Conservation Planning Act of 2002. We request review and 
comment on the City of RPV NCCP/HCP and the draft EA from local, State, 
and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public. The proposed City of RPV 
NCCP/HCP plan area is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los 
Angeles County, California.

Introduction

    Under section 10(c) of the ESA and under the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), this notice advises 
the public of the receipt and availability for public review of the 
draft City of RPV NCCP/HCP and draft EA, which evaluates the impacts 
of, and alternatives to, the City of RPV NCCP/HCP, submitted with an 
application for a permit to authorize the incidental take of federally 
listed covered species resulting from covered projects/activities 
within the plan area. The Service is the Lead Agency pursuant to NEPA. 
The proposed Federal action is issuance of an incidental take permit 
(ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA to the City of Rancho Palos 
Verdes and their habitat manager, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land 
Conservancy.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA prohibits ``take'' of fish and wildlife 
species listed as endangered under section 4 (16 U.S.C. 1538, 1533, 
respectively). Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for the issuance 
of a permit for the taking of listed fish and wildlife species that is 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise 
lawful activity (``incidental take''). The ESA implementing regulations 
extend, under certain circumstances, the prohibition of take to 
threatened species (50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing permits for 
endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For 
more about the HCP program, go to https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf.
    Under section 10(a) of the ESA, the Service may issue permits to 
authorize incidental take of listed fish and wildlife species. Section 
10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA contains criteria for issuing ITPs to non-
Federal entities for the take of endangered and threatened species, 
provided the following criteria are met:
     The taking will be incidental;
     The applicant will, to the maximum extent practicable, 
minimize and mitigate the impact of such taking;
     The applicant will develop an HCP and ensure that adequate 
funding for the plan will be provided;
     The taking will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of 
the survival and recovery of the species in the wild; and
     The applicant will carry out any other measures that the 
Secretary may require as being necessary or appropriate for the 
purposes of the HCP.
    Implementation of the City of RPV NCCP/HCP is intended to maximize 
conservation for covered species while providing cost-savings and 
reducing potential time-delays associated with processing individual 
ITPs for each covered project/activity within the plan area.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action is the issuance of an ITP by the Service to 
City of Rancho Palos Verdes and their habitat manager, Palos Verdes 
Peninsula Land Conservancy, for the incidental take of covered species 
from identified covered projects/activities, including the avoidance, 
minimization, and mitigation of impacts to covered species within the 
8,616.6-acre plan area for 40 years. The proposed City of RPV NCCP/HCP 
is a conservation plan for the following 10 species:

Federally Listed as Endangered

Palos Verdes blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis)
    El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni)

Federally Listed as Threatened

Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica)

Unlisted

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Aphanisma (Aphanisma blitoides)
South coast saltscale (Atriplex pacifica)
Catalina crossosoma (Crossosoma californicum)
Island green dudleya (Dudleya virens ssp. insularis)
Santa Catalina Island desert-thorn (Lycium brevipes var. hassei)

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Woolly seablite (Suaeda taxifolia)

    There are 17 City of Rancho Palos Verdes projects/activities and 5 
private projects/activities proposed to be covered by the ITP. The City 
of Rancho Palos Verdes projects/activities include landslide abatement, 
drainage improvement, dewatering wells, road and canyon repairs, fuel 
modification, and maintenance; private projects/activities include 
development, remedial grading, and fuel modification. Public use is 
also identified as a conditionally allowable use. Potential impacts to 
covered species include disruption of normal behavior by covered 
projects/activities and injury or death due to construction activities. 
The City of RPV NCCP/HCP provides a comprehensive approach to the 
conservation and management of these species and their habitat within 
the plan area.
    The plan area includes the entire boundary of the City of Rancho 
Palos Verdes. The plan area is constant for all of the alternatives 
analyzed in the draft EA. The City of RPV NCCP/HCP quantifies the 
expected loss of habitat and the proposed mitigation, including 
management and monitoring of the preserve.

Alternatives

    We considered five alternatives in the draft EA: (1) No Action 
Alternative; (2) Alternative A, Peninsula NCCP Working Group 
Alternative; (3) Alternative B, Landowner Alternative; (4) Alternative 
C, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes' Alternative; and (5) Alternative D, 
The Proposed Action.
    Under the No Action Alternative, the City of RPV NCCP/HCP would not 
move forward for approval and an ITP would not be issued. All projects/
activities proposed in the City of RPV NCCP/HCP would continue to be 
reviewed in accordance with existing State land use and environmental 
regulations. Alternative A was developed by the working group, which 
consisted of stakeholders within the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and 
included the largest preserve area, totaling about 1,559.1 acres. 
Alternative B was developed by the major landowners in 1999 and 
proposed the smallest preserve area of all of the alternatives. 
Alternative C was developed by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and was 
a compromise of Alternative A and B. The preserve size under 
Alternative C is slightly larger than that under the Proposed Action 
(Alternative D), but the total amount of coastal sage scrub habitat 
under Alternative C is slightly lower than that in the Proposed Action 
(Alternative D).
    The Proposed Action (Alternative D) is the same as Alternative C, 
with the following exceptions: (1) A 27.0-acre parcel in the Upper 
Filiorum property has been removed from the preserve and is now 
identified as a covered project, including the associated dedication of 
30 acres of functional and connected habitat; (2) 40.0 acres of a 
former archery range property have been removed from the preserve due 
to landslide and legal constraints; and (3) 61.5 acres of Malaga Canyon 
have been purchased by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and have been 
incorporated into the preserve. The preserve in Alternative D totals 
1,402.4 acres.

Request for Comments

    Consistent with section 10(c) of the ESA, we invite your submission 
of written comments, data, or arguments with respect to the City of 
Rancho Palos Verdes' permit application, the City of RPV NCCP/HCP, and 
proposed permitting decision.

Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the public record 
associated with this action. 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 may request in your comment that we withhold 
your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their 
entirety.

Next Steps

    Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action 
subject to compliance with NEPA. We will evaluate the application, 
associated documents, and any public comments we receive to determine 
whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the 
ESA. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will issue a 
permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the covered species. 
We will make our final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the 
public comment period closes.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32) 
and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 
CFR 1506.6).

Scott Sobiech,
Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, Carlsbad, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2019-06501 Filed 4-3-19; 8:45 am]
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