Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, 26393-26394 [2019-11908]

Download as PDF 26393 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2019 / Proposed Rules TABLE—NUMBER OF YEARLY RESPONSES—Continued Number of filings (current) Type of filing OFA—Request to Set Terms and Conditions ......................................................................................................... Request for Public Use Condition ........................................................................................................................... Feeder Line Application ........................................................................................................................................... Trail Use Request .................................................................................................................................................... Trail Use Request Extension ................................................................................................................................... Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 658 hours (sum total of estimated hours per response X number of responses for each type of filing). This is an estimated reduction of 168 hours total burden hours from the Board’s 2018 information collection request. This results from the reduction in the estimated number of interim trail use request extensions from 84 (which was based on a three-year average from 2015–2017) to 42 interim trail use request extensions, due to doubling the Number of filings (2018) 1 1 5 23 42 1 1 5 23 84 length of interim trail use request extensions. The estimated number of interim trail use requests (also based on a three-year average from 2015–2017) is not changed. TABLE—ESTIMATED HOURS PER RESPONSE Number of hours per response Type of filing khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS Offer of Financial Assistance (OFA) .................................................................................................................................................... OFA—Railroad Reply to Request for Information ............................................................................................................................... OFA—Request to Set Terms and Conditions ..................................................................................................................................... Request for Public Use Condition ....................................................................................................................................................... Feeder Line Application ....................................................................................................................................................................... Trail Use Request ................................................................................................................................................................................ Trail Use Request Extension ............................................................................................................................................................... Total ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost (such as start-up costs and mailing costs): There are no non-hourly burden costs for this collection. The annual certifications may be submitted electronically. Needs and Uses: The STB is, by statute, responsible for the economic regulation of common carrier freight railroads and certain other carriers operating in the United States. Under the Interstate Commerce Act, amended by the ICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law No. 104–88, 109 Stat. 803 (1995), amended by the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, Public Law 114–110 (2015), and Section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C. 1247(d) and 49 CFR 1152.29 (Trails Act), persons seeking to preserve rail service may file pleadings before the Board to acquire or subsidize a rail line for continued service, or to impose a trail use or public use condition. When a line is proposed for abandonment, affected shippers, communities, or other interested persons may seek to preserve rail service by filing with the Board: An OFA to subsidize or purchase a rail line for which a railroad is seeking abandonment (49 U.S.C. 10904), including a request for the Board to set terms and conditions of the financial assistance; a request for a public use condition (§ 10905); or a trail use request (16 U.S.C. 1247(d)). Similarly, when a line is placed on a system diagram map identifying it as an anticipated or potential candidate for abandonment, affected shippers, communities, or other interested persons may seek to preserve rail service by filing with the Board a feeder line application to purchase the identified rail line (§ 10907). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jun 05, 2019 Jkt 247001 Additionally, the railroad owning the rail line subject to abandonment must, in some circumstances, provide information to the applicant or offeror. As to trail use, the STB will issue a CITU or NITU to a prospective trail sponsor who seeks an interim trail use agreement with the rail carrier of the rail line that is being abandoned. The CITU/NITU permits parties to negotiate for an interim trail use agreement. The parties may also agree to an extension of the negotiating period. If parties reach an agreement, then they must jointly notify the Board of that fact and of any modification or vacancy of the agreement. As specific to the SNPR, the Board proposes a one-year period for any initial interim trail use negotiating period, instead of the existing 180-day initial negotiating period; to permit up to three one-year extensions of the initial period if the trail sponsor and the railroad agree; and to permit additional one-year extensions if the trail sponsor and the railroad agree and good cause is shown. The modification of this collection by the Board will decrease the burden on respondents because it lengthens both (a) the initial interim trail use negotiating period from 180 days to one year and (b) interim trail use negotiating period extensions from 180 days to one year. The modification is expected to promote greater administrative efficiency and reduce burdens on trail use proponents and railroads to file extension requests, and on the Board to review and approve such requests. [FR Doc. 2019–11883 Filed 6–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 32 10 4 2 70 4 4 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0097; FXES11130900000C2–189–FF09E32000] RIN 1018–BD60 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; announcement of a public open house and public hearing. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), recently published a proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and we announced the opening of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed action, ending May 14, 2019. We then extended the comment period by 60 days, ending July, 15, 2019, to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposed rule. We now announce a public information open house and public hearing on our proposed rule. We also notify the public of the availability of the final peer review report containing the individual peer reviews SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06JNP1.SGM 06JNP1 26394 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2019 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS of our proposal and information on the peer review process. DATES: Public information open house and public hearing: We will hold a public open house followed by a public hearing on our proposed rule on June 25, 2019. The public open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the public hearing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Availability of documents: The peer review report is available beginning June 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Public open house and hearing: A public open house followed by a public hearing will be held at Franklin Arts Center Auditorium, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401. See Public Information Open House and Public Hearing, below, for more information. Availability of documents: You may obtain copies of our proposed rule to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and supporting documents, including the final peer review report and the peer review plan, on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0097. The final peer review report is also available on our website at https://www.fws.gov/ endangered/improving_esa/peer_ review_process.html. Additional information on the nature of the peer review can be found in the peer review plan, which is also available at: https:// www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/ pdf/Gray-Wolf-Peer-Review-Plan.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 17.11(h)) currently includes the gray wolf (Canis lupus). On March 15, 2019, the Service proposed to remove gray wolves in the lower 48 United States and Mexico from the List and opened a 60-day public comment period on the proposed action (84 FR 9648). On May 14, 2019, we extended the public comment period 60 days, to July 15, 2019 (84 FR 21312). The Service now announces a public VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jun 05, 2019 Jkt 247001 open house and hearing as specified above in DATES. Public Information Open House and Public Hearing We are holding a public information open house followed by a public hearing on the date listed in DATES at the location listed in ADDRESSES. We are holding the public hearing to provide interested parties an opportunity to present verbal testimony (formal, oral comments) or hand-deliver their written comments regarding the March 15, 2019 (84 FR 9648), proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List. The public information open house will provide an opportunity for dialogue with the Service. The public hearing portion is a forum for accepting formal verbal testimony and does not provide an opportunity for such dialogue with the Service. In the event there is a large attendance, the time allotted for oral statements may be limited. Therefore, anyone wishing to make an oral statement at the public hearing for the record is encouraged to provide a prepared written copy of their statement to us at the hearing. Speakers can sign up at the hearing if they desire to make an oral statement. Oral and written statements receive equal consideration. There are no limits on the length of written comments submitted to us. Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the public hearing should contact the Headquarters Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Reasonable accommodation requests should be requested as soon as possible to help ensure availability. Peer Review In accordance with our joint policy on peer review published in the Federal Register on July 1, 1994 (59 FR 34270), the Service submitted the March 15, 2019, proposal for independent expert peer review. The purpose of seeking independent peer review is to ensure use of the best scientific and commercial information available and to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information upon which the proposal is based, as well as to ensure that reviews by qualified experts are incorporated into the rulemaking process. For information on accessing the final peer review report and the peer review plan, see ADDRESSES. Authors The primary authors of this notice are the Ecological Services staff of the Headquarters Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: May 31, 2019 Margaret E. Everson, Principal Deputy Director, Exercising the Authority of the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–11908 Filed 6–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 665 [Docket No. 190325272–9470–01] RIN 0648–XG925 Pacific Island Pelagic Fisheries; 2019 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed specifications; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS proposes a 2019 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longlinecaught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)). NMFS would allow each territory to allocate up to 1,000 t each year to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a specified fishing agreement that meets established criteria. As an accountability measure, NMFS would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands. DATES: NMFS must receive comments by June 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2019–0028, by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2019-0028, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Send written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, Regional SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06JNP1.SGM 06JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 109 (Thursday, June 6, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 26393-26394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-11908]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097; FXES11130900000C2-189-FF09E32000]
RIN 1018-BD60


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray 
Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; announcement of a public open house and public 
hearing.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), recently 
published a proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and we announced the opening of a 
60-day public comment period on the proposed action, ending May 14, 
2019. We then extended the comment period by 60 days, ending July, 15, 
2019, to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the 
proposed rule. We now announce a public information open house and 
public hearing on our proposed rule. We also notify the public of the 
availability of the final peer review report containing the individual 
peer reviews

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of our proposal and information on the peer review process.

DATES: Public information open house and public hearing: We will hold a 
public open house followed by a public hearing on our proposed rule on 
June 25, 2019. The public open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 
6:30 p.m., and the public hearing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Availability of documents: The peer review report is available 
beginning June 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Public open house and hearing: A public open house followed 
by a public hearing will be held at Franklin Arts Center Auditorium, 
1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401. See Public Information 
Open House and Public Hearing, below, for more information.
    Availability of documents: You may obtain copies of our proposed 
rule to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened 
Wildlife and supporting documents, including the final peer review 
report and the peer review plan, on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097. The final 
peer review report is also available on our website at https://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_esa/peer_review_process.html. 
Additional information on the nature of the peer review can be found in 
the peer review plan, which is also available at: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/Gray-Wolf-Peer-Review-Plan.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting 
and Foreign Species, Ecological Services; U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Headquarters Office, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 
VA 22041-3803. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the List of Endangered and 
Threatened Wildlife (List) in title 50 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (50 CFR 17.11(h)) currently includes the gray wolf (Canis 
lupus). On March 15, 2019, the Service proposed to remove gray wolves 
in the lower 48 United States and Mexico from the List and opened a 60-
day public comment period on the proposed action (84 FR 9648). On May 
14, 2019, we extended the public comment period 60 days, to July 15, 
2019 (84 FR 21312). The Service now announces a public open house and 
hearing as specified above in DATES.

Public Information Open House and Public Hearing

    We are holding a public information open house followed by a public 
hearing on the date listed in DATES at the location listed in 
ADDRESSES. We are holding the public hearing to provide interested 
parties an opportunity to present verbal testimony (formal, oral 
comments) or hand-deliver their written comments regarding the March 
15, 2019 (84 FR 9648), proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List. 
The public information open house will provide an opportunity for 
dialogue with the Service. The public hearing portion is a forum for 
accepting formal verbal testimony and does not provide an opportunity 
for such dialogue with the Service. In the event there is a large 
attendance, the time allotted for oral statements may be limited. 
Therefore, anyone wishing to make an oral statement at the public 
hearing for the record is encouraged to provide a prepared written copy 
of their statement to us at the hearing. Speakers can sign up at the 
hearing if they desire to make an oral statement. Oral and written 
statements receive equal consideration. There are no limits on the 
length of written comments submitted to us.
    Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to 
participate in the public hearing should contact the Headquarters 
Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Reasonable accommodation 
requests should be requested as soon as possible to help ensure 
availability.

Peer Review

    In accordance with our joint policy on peer review published in the 
Federal Register on July 1, 1994 (59 FR 34270), the Service submitted 
the March 15, 2019, proposal for independent expert peer review. The 
purpose of seeking independent peer review is to ensure use of the best 
scientific and commercial information available and to ensure and 
maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the 
information upon which the proposal is based, as well as to ensure that 
reviews by qualified experts are incorporated into the rulemaking 
process. For information on accessing the final peer review report and 
the peer review plan, see ADDRESSES.

Authors

    The primary authors of this notice are the Ecological Services 
staff of the Headquarters Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: May 31, 2019
Margaret E. Everson,
Principal Deputy Director, Exercising the Authority of the Director for 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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