Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion, 20907-20908 [2019-09711]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 / Notices would not over time result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or resources. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application and the comments received to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue ITP number TE 21556D–0 to Duke Energy Florida, LLC. Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10(c) (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)) of the ESA and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Jay B. Herrington, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 2019–09710 Filed 5–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0028; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF1000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from the City of Groveland, Florida (applicant), to amend an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The 10-year ITP authorizes take of the federally listed sand skink incidental to the construction of a fire station and parking lot in Lake County, Florida. We request public comment on the application and on our preliminary determination that the proposed amendment of the habitat conservation plan (HCP) qualifies as ‘‘low-effect’’ under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 May 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 We must receive your written comments by June 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online in Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0028 at http://www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R4–ES– 2019–0028. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing; Attn: Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0028; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at 904–731– 3121, via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339, or via email at erin_ gawera@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from the City of Groveland, Florida (applicant), to amend an incidental take permit no. TE69161C–0 (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The 10-year ITP authorizes take of the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to the construction of a fire station and parking lot in Lake County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and on our preliminary determination that the proposed amendment of the HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect’’ under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review. We issued ITP TE69161C–0 to the applicant authorizing take of the sand skink incidental to the conversion of approximately 1.57 acres of occupied foraging and sheltering habitat for the construction of a fire station and parking lot. The station will be constructed within a 4.61-acre project site located on parcel Number 19–22– 25–000100005200 in Section 19, Township 22 South, Range 25 East, Lake County, Florida. The applicant is requesting that the Service amend its ITP to authorize additional take of the sand skink through the conversion of another 0.41 acre (totaling approximately 1.98 acres) of occupied foraging and sheltering DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20907 habitat incidental to the project. The project includes clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with construction. To mitigate for take under the ITP, the applicant agreed to purchase 3.14 mitigation credits in the Backbone Conservation Bank or another Service-approved sand skink bank. The applicant proposes to purchase an additional .82 credit (totaling 3.96 credits) in the conservation bank to mitigate for additional take of the species. Public Availability of Comments All comments, whether received electronically or via hard copy, will be posted on http://regulations.gov and become part of the decision record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made available to the public. While you can request that we withhold your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Our Preliminary Determination We have determined that the applicant’s proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the sand skinks and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily determined that amendment of the ITP would be ‘‘low effect’’ and qualify for categorical exclusion under NEPA. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application to amend the ITP and consider all comments received to determine whether to amend the ITP application. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA and 50 CFR 13.23 have been met. If met, the Service will issue an amended ITP no. TE69161C–1 to the applicant for incidental take of the sand skink. Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 20908 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 / Notices 1539) and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Jay B. Herrington, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville, FL Field Office, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 2019–09711 Filed 5–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2019–0046; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF1000] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL; Categorical Exclusion AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. Notice of availability; request for comment and information. ACTION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Orange County Utilities (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Orange County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before June 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online in Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0046 at http://www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: If you wish to submit comments on any of the documents, you may do so in writing by any of the following methods: • Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R4–ES– 2019–0046. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0046, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 May 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at (904) 731– 3121 or via email at erin_gawera@ fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Orange County Utilities (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to the construction of a water reclamation facility (project) in Orange County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4231 et seq.). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Orange County Utilities requests a 20year ITP to take sand skinks incidental to the conversion of approximately 8.84 acres of occupied skink foraging and sheltering habitat for the construction of a water reclamation facility located on a 49.18-acre parcel in Sections 16 and 17, Township 23 South, Range 27 East, Orange County, Florida. The applicant proposes to mitigate for take of the skinks by purchasing 17.68 credits in the Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank and/or another Service-approved sand skink bank. The Service would require the applicant to purchase the credits prior to engaging in activities associated with the project on the parcel. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made available to the public. While you may request that we withhold your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that the applicant’s project, including land clearing, infrastructure building, landscaping, and the proposed mitigation measures, would individually and cumulatively PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 have a minor or negligible effect on the skinks and the environment. Therefore, we have preliminarily concluded that the ITP for this project would qualify for categorical exclusion and the HCP is low effect under our NEPA regulations at 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210. A loweffect HCP is one that would result in (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species and their habitats; (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources; and, (3) impacts that, when considered together with the impacts of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable similarly situated projects, would not over time result in significant cumulative effects to environmental values or resources. Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application and the comments received to determine whether to issue the requested permit. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue ITP number TE 21560D–0 to Orange County Utilities. Authority The Service provides this notice under section 10(c) (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)) of the ESA and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6. Jay B. Herrington, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. 2019–09712 Filed 5–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—American Society of Mechanical Engineers Notice is hereby given that, on April 22, 2019, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (‘‘ASME’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing additions or changes to its standards development activities. The notifications were filed E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0028; FXES11130400000EA-123-FF04EF1000]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Receipt of Incidental Take 
Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand 
Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment and information.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an 
application from the City of Groveland, Florida (applicant), to amend 
an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act. The 10-year 
ITP authorizes take of the federally listed sand skink incidental to 
the construction of a fire station and parking lot in Lake County, 
Florida. We request public comment on the application and on our 
preliminary determination that the proposed amendment of the habitat 
conservation plan (HCP) qualifies as ``low-effect'' under the National 
Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our 
environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are 
also available for review.

DATES: We must receive your written comments by June 12, 2019.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the documents online 
in Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0028 at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the 
following methods:
     Online: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0028.
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing; 
Attn: Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2019-0028; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin M. Gawera, by telephone at 904-
731-3121, via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or via email 
at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), 
have received an application from the City of Groveland, Florida 
(applicant), to amend an incidental take permit no. TE69161C-0 (ITP) 
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.). The 10-year ITP authorizes take of the federally listed 
sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) incidental to the construction of a fire 
station and parking lot in Lake County, Florida. We request public 
comment on the application, which includes the proposed habitat 
conservation plan (HCP), and on our preliminary determination that the 
proposed amendment of the HCP qualifies as ``low-effect'' under the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). To 
make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and 
low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.
    We issued ITP TE69161C-0 to the applicant authorizing take of the 
sand skink incidental to the conversion of approximately 1.57 acres of 
occupied foraging and sheltering habitat for the construction of a fire 
station and parking lot. The station will be constructed within a 4.61-
acre project site located on parcel Number 19-22-25-000100005200 in 
Section 19, Township 22 South, Range 25 East, Lake County, Florida.
    The applicant is requesting that the Service amend its ITP to 
authorize additional take of the sand skink through the conversion of 
another 0.41 acre (totaling approximately 1.98 acres) of occupied 
foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to the project. The project 
includes clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated 
with construction. To mitigate for take under the ITP, the applicant 
agreed to purchase 3.14 mitigation credits in the Backbone Conservation 
Bank or another Service-approved sand skink bank. The applicant 
proposes to purchase an additional .82 credit (totaling 3.96 credits) 
in the conservation bank to mitigate for additional take of the 
species.

Public Availability of Comments

    All comments, whether received electronically or via hard copy, 
will be posted on http://regulations.gov and become part of the 
decision record associated with this action. Before including your 
address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made available 
to the public. While you can request that we withhold your personal 
identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do 
so.

Our Preliminary Determination

    We have determined that the applicant's proposal, including the 
proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or 
negligible effects on the sand skinks and the environment. Therefore, 
we have preliminarily determined that amendment of the ITP would be 
``low effect'' and qualify for categorical exclusion under NEPA. A low-
effect HCP is one involving (1) minor or negligible effects on 
federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor 
or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources.

Next Steps

    The Service will evaluate the application to amend the ITP and 
consider all comments received to determine whether to amend the ITP 
application. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation 
pursuant to section 7 of the ESA. After considering the above findings, 
we will determine whether the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of 
the ESA and 50 CFR 13.23 have been met. If met, the Service will issue 
an amended ITP no. TE69161C-1 to the applicant for incidental take of 
the sand skink.

Authority

    The Service provides this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 
U.S.C.

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1539) and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6.

Jay B. Herrington,
Field Supervisor, Jacksonville, FL Field Office, Southeast Region.
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