Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of ESA Listing for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Compliance With Court Order, 37144-37145 [2019-16350]

Download as PDF 37144 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 147 / Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Needs and Uses: On May 9, 2019, the Commission adopted a Report and Order, Amendment of Part 74 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding FM Translator Interference, FCC 19–40, MB Docket No. 18–119, adopting proposals to streamline the rules relating to interference caused by FM translators and to expedite the translator interference complaint resolution process. These measures are designed to limit or avoid protracted and contentious interference disputes, provide translator licensees additional investment certainty and flexibility to remediate interference, and provide affected stations earlier and expedited resolution of interference complaints. In the FM Translator Interference Report and Order, the Commission adopted its proposal to offer additional flexibility to FM translator licensees, by allowing them to resolve interference issues using the effective and low-cost method of submitting a minor modification application to change frequency to any available same-band FM channel. This method will reduce the number of opposition pleadings filed and the obligation to defend an interference claim. Specifically, the FM Translator Interference Report and Order pertains to this Information Collection as it modifies Section 74.1233(a)(1) of the rules to define an FM translator station’s change to any available same-band frequency using a minor modification application, filed using FCC Form 349, upon a showing of interference to or from any other broadcast station. Prior to the FM Translator Interference Report and Order, if an existing FM translator caused actual interference, as prohibited by Section 74.1203(a), it was limited to remedial channel changes, filing FCC Form 349 as a minor change application, to only first, second, or third adjacent, or IF channels. A change to any other channel was considered a major change on FCC Form 349, which could only be submitted during a filing window. The FM Translator Interference Report and Order enables more translator stations to cure interference by simply changing channels within the same band by filing Form 349 as a minor change application, rather than other costlier and less efficient remedies. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–16334 Filed 7–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:26 Jul 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2019–0015; FXES11130900000C6–190–FF09E42000] RIN 1018–BD86 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of ESA Listing for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Compliance With Court Order Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing this final rule to comply with a court order that had the effect of reinstating the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Thus, this final rule is required to reflect the change effected by that order to the GYE grizzly bear population’s status on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. SUMMARY: This action is effective July 31, 2019. However, the court order had legal effect immediately upon being filed on September 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: This final rule is available: • Electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2019–0015; • From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Grizzly Bear Recovery Office, University of Montana, University Hall #309, Missoula, MT 59812; telephone 406–243–4903. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Hilary Cooley, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University Hall, Room #309, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812; telephone 406–243–4903. For Tribal inquiries, contact Anna Munoz, Native American Liaison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; telephone 303–236– 4510. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background On June 30, 2017, we published a final rule establishing a distinct PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 population segment (DPS) of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) for the GYE and removing this DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.11(h) (82 FR 30502, June 30, 2017; ‘‘2017 delisting rule’’). In the 2017 delisting rule, we determined that the GYE grizzly bear population was no longer an endangered or threatened population pursuant to the ESA, based on the best scientific and commercial data available. Additional background information on the grizzly bear in the GYE and on this decision, including previous Federal actions, is found in our 2017 delisting rule. Subsequently, six lawsuits challenging our 2017 delisting rule were filed in Federal district courts in Missoula, Montana, and Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago lawsuit was transferred to Missoula, Montana, and all six lawsuits were consolidated as Crow Indian Tribe, et al. v. United States, et al., case no. CV 17–89–M–DLC (D. Mont. 2018). Plaintiffs’ allegations focused primarily on violations of the ESA and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 500, et seq.). On September 24, 2018, the Montana District Court issued an order in Crow Indian Tribe, et al. v. United States, et al., 343 F.Supp.3d 999 (D. Mont. 2018), that vacated the 2017 delisting rule and remanded it back to the Service. Thus, this final rule is required to reflect the change in the GYE grizzly bear population’s status effected by that order. Rule Effective Upon Publication This rulemaking is necessary to comply with the September 24, 2018, court order. Therefore, under these circumstances, the Director has determined, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b), that prior notice and opportunity for public comment are impracticable and unnecessary. The Director has further determined, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), that the agency has good cause to make this rule effective upon publication. Effects of the Rule Per the September 24, 2018, court order, any and all grizzly bears in the GYE are once again listed as a threatened species under the ESA. Because the Court vacated the entire 2017 delisting rule, all grizzly bears in the lower 48 States are again listed as threatened. Accordingly, we are revising the entry for grizzly bear in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife at 50 CFR 17.11(h). An existing rule under section 4(d) of the ESA governing the regulation of grizzly bears in the lower E:\FR\FM\31JYR1.SGM 31JYR1 37145 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 147 / Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 48 States (50 CFR 17.40(b)) again applies to this entire population. We are also taking this opportunity to correct an omission in the ‘‘Listing citations and applicable rules’’ column. Per 50 CFR 17.11(f), the information in this column ‘‘is for reference and navigational purposes only.’’ We have become aware that the list of citations in this column does not include a final rule that published in 2010: ‘‘Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Protections for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Compliance With Court Order.’’ Therefore, we are adding this citation in chronological order to the list: 75 FR 14496, 3/26/ 2010. This change is purely Common name administrative and has no regulatory effect. This rule will not affect the grizzly bear’s Appendix II status under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). PART 17—ENDANGERED AND THREATENED WILDLIFE AND PLANTS 1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361–1407; 1531– 1544; and 4201–4245, unless otherwise noted. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 17 Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation. Regulation Amendment Accordingly, in order to comply with the court order discussed above, we amend part 17, subchapter B of chapter I, title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as set forth below: Scientific name Where listed * * Ursus arctos horribilis .... * U.S.A., conterminous (lower 48) States, except where listed as an experimental population. 2. Amend § 17.11(h) by revising the first entry for ‘‘Bear, grizzly’’ under ‘‘Mammals’’ in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife to read as follows: ■ Status § 17.11 Endangered and threatened wildlife. * * * (h) * * * * * Listing citations and applicable rules Mammals * Bear, grizzly .................... * * * Dated: June 6, 2019. Margaret E. Everson, Principal Deputy Director, exercising the authority of the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–16350 Filed 7–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 [Docket No. 190220141–9141–01] RIN 0648–BI78 International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Restrictions in Purse Seine Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: This interim final rule establishes limits on fishing effort by U.S. purse seine vessels in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:26 Jul 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 * * T * * 32 FR 4001, 3/11/1967; 35 FR 16047, 10/13/1970; 40 FR 31734, 7/28/1975; 72 FR 14866, 3/29/ 2007; 75 FR 14496, 3/26/2010; 82 FR 30502, 6/ 30/2017; 84 FR [INSERT Federal Register PAGE WHERE THE DOCUMENT BEGINS], 7/ 31/2019; 50 CFR 17.40(b).4d * the high seas between the latitudes of 20° N. and 20° S. in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention). The calendar year limit for 2019 is 1,616 fishing days. The calendar year limit for 2020 and subsequent years is 1,828 fishing days. This action is necessary for the United States to implement provisions of a conservation and management measure adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC or Commission) and to satisfy the obligations of the United States under the Convention, to which it is a Contracting Party. NMFS is seeking comments on this interim final rule and will respond to those comments in a subsequent final rule. Effective on July 31, 2019. Comments must be submitted in writing by August 30, 2019. DATES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2019–0056, and the regulatory impact review (RIR) prepared for the interim final rule, by either of the following methods: ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * • Electronic submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. 1. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20190056, 2. Click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and 3. Enter or attach your comments. —OR— • Mail: Submit written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, might not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name and address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). E:\FR\FM\31JYR1.SGM 31JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 37144-37145]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-16350]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2019-0015; FXES11130900000C6-190-FF09E42000]
RIN 1018-BD86


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of 
ESA Listing for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 
in Compliance With Court Order

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing 
this final rule to comply with a court order that had the effect of 
reinstating the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act 
of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos 
horribilis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Thus, this 
final rule is required to reflect the change effected by that order to 
the GYE grizzly bear population's status on the List of Endangered and 
Threatened Wildlife.

DATES: This action is effective July 31, 2019. However, the court order 
had legal effect immediately upon being filed on September 24, 2018.

ADDRESSES: This final rule is available:
     Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. 
FWS-R6-ES-2019-0015;
     From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Grizzly Bear Recovery 
Office, University of Montana, University Hall #309, Missoula, MT 
59812; telephone 406-243-4903. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Hilary Cooley, Grizzly Bear 
Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University Hall, 
Room #309, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812; telephone 406-
243-4903. For Tribal inquiries, contact Anna Munoz, Native American 
Liaison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; telephone 303-236-4510. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On June 30, 2017, we published a final rule establishing a distinct 
population segment (DPS) of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) 
for the GYE and removing this DPS from the List of Endangered and 
Threatened Wildlife in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations at 
50 CFR 17.11(h) (82 FR 30502, June 30, 2017; ``2017 delisting rule''). 
In the 2017 delisting rule, we determined that the GYE grizzly bear 
population was no longer an endangered or threatened population 
pursuant to the ESA, based on the best scientific and commercial data 
available. Additional background information on the grizzly bear in the 
GYE and on this decision, including previous Federal actions, is found 
in our 2017 delisting rule.
    Subsequently, six lawsuits challenging our 2017 delisting rule were 
filed in Federal district courts in Missoula, Montana, and Chicago, 
Illinois. The Chicago lawsuit was transferred to Missoula, Montana, and 
all six lawsuits were consolidated as Crow Indian Tribe, et al. v. 
United States, et al., case no. CV 17-89-M-DLC (D. Mont. 2018). 
Plaintiffs' allegations focused primarily on violations of the ESA and 
the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 500, et seq.).
    On September 24, 2018, the Montana District Court issued an order 
in Crow Indian Tribe, et al. v. United States, et al., 343 F.Supp.3d 
999 (D. Mont. 2018), that vacated the 2017 delisting rule and remanded 
it back to the Service. Thus, this final rule is required to reflect 
the change in the GYE grizzly bear population's status effected by that 
order.

Rule Effective Upon Publication

    This rulemaking is necessary to comply with the September 24, 2018, 
court order. Therefore, under these circumstances, the Director has 
determined, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b), that prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment are impracticable and unnecessary. The 
Director has further determined, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), that the 
agency has good cause to make this rule effective upon publication.

Effects of the Rule

    Per the September 24, 2018, court order, any and all grizzly bears 
in the GYE are once again listed as a threatened species under the ESA. 
Because the Court vacated the entire 2017 delisting rule, all grizzly 
bears in the lower 48 States are again listed as threatened. 
Accordingly, we are revising the entry for grizzly bear in the List of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife at 50 CFR 17.11(h). An existing rule 
under section 4(d) of the ESA governing the regulation of grizzly bears 
in the lower

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48 States (50 CFR 17.40(b)) again applies to this entire population.
    We are also taking this opportunity to correct an omission in the 
``Listing citations and applicable rules'' column. Per 50 CFR 17.11(f), 
the information in this column ``is for reference and navigational 
purposes only.'' We have become aware that the list of citations in 
this column does not include a final rule that published in 2010: 
``Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of 
Protections for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem 
in Compliance With Court Order.'' Therefore, we are adding this 
citation in chronological order to the list: 75 FR 14496, 3/26/2010. 
This change is purely administrative and has no regulatory effect.
    This rule will not affect the grizzly bear's Appendix II status 
under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of 
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 17

    Endangered and threatened species, Exports, Imports, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

Regulation Amendment

    Accordingly, in order to comply with the court order discussed 
above, we amend part 17, subchapter B of chapter I, title 50 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations, as set forth below:

PART 17--ENDANGERED AND THREATENED WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

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1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361-1407; 1531-1544; and 4201-4245, unless 
otherwise noted.

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 2. Amend Sec.  17.11(h) by revising the first entry for ``Bear, 
grizzly'' under ``Mammals'' in the List of Endangered and Threatened 
Wildlife to read as follows:


Sec.  17.11  Endangered and threatened wildlife.

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    (h) * * *

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                                                                                          Listing citations and
           Common name              Scientific name      Where listed         Status         applicable rules
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Mammals
 
                                                  * * * * * * *
Bear, grizzly...................  Ursus arctos        U.S.A.,             T              32 FR 4001, 3/11/1967;
                                   horribilis.         conterminous                       35 FR 16047, 10/13/
                                                       (lower 48)                         1970; 40 FR 31734, 7/
                                                       States, except                     28/1975; 72 FR 14866,
                                                       where listed as                    3/29/2007; 75 FR
                                                       an experimental                    14496, 3/26/2010; 82
                                                       population.                        FR 30502, 6/30/2017;
                                                                                          84 FR [INSERT Federal
                                                                                          Register PAGE WHERE
                                                                                          THE DOCUMENT BEGINS],
                                                                                          7/31/2019; 50 CFR
                                                                                          17.40(b).\4d\
 
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    Dated: June 6, 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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