Agency Information Collection Activities; Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities, 60107-60108 [2019-24298]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Notices Abstract: Information collection requirements associated with the Federal fish and wildlife permit applications and reports for both migratory birds and eagles are currently approved under a single OMB control number, 1018–0022, ‘‘Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports—Migratory Birds and Eagles; 50 CFR 10, 13, 21, 22.’’ With this submission to OMB, we are proposing to reinstate OMB Control Number 1018– 0167, ‘‘Eagle Take Permits and Fees, 50 CFR 22,’’ in order transfer the eagle requirements back in to a separate information collection. This transfer will facilitate easier management of the information collection requirements associated with eagles. We are not proposing any changes to the currently approved eagle requirements. This request will simply transfer the information collection requirements associated with eagles back in to their original collection under OMB Control Number 1018–0167. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act; 16 U.S.C. 668–668d) prohibits take of bald eagles and golden eagles except pursuant to Federal regulations. The Eagle Act regulations at title 50, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) define the ‘‘take’’ of an eagle to include the following broad range of actions: To ‘‘pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb.’’ The Eagle Act allows the Secretary of the Interior to authorize certain otherwise prohibited activities through regulations. All Service permit applications associated with eagles are in the 3–200 and 3–202 series of forms, each tailored to a specific activity based on the requirements for specific types of permits. For this reinstatement, we combined Forms 3–200–10c and 3–200– 10d into one form (3–200–10c) to reduce the number of application forms and help streamline the application process. Since both forms dealt with possession for education purposes, and asked virtually the same questions of the applicant, there was no need to have separate forms. We collect standard identifier information for all permits. The information that we collect on applications and reports is the minimum necessary for us to determine if the applicant meets/continues to meet issuance requirements for the particular activity. In addition to reinstating this information collection, the Service will request OMB approval to automate certain eagle permit forms. The Service’s new ‘‘ePermits’’ initiative is an automated permit application system VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 that will allow the agency to move towards a streamlined permitting process to reduce public burden. Public burden reduction is a priority for the Service; the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and senior leadership at the Department of the Interior. The intent of the ePermits initiative is to fully automate the permitting process to improve the customer experience and to reduce time burden on respondents. This new system will enhance the user experience by allowing users to enter data from any device that has internet access, including personal computers, tablets, and smartphones. It will also link the permit applicant to the Pay.gov system for payment of the associated permit application fee. We anticipate including the following Service forms in the ePermits initiative: FWS Forms 3–200–14, 3–200–15a, 3– 200–15b, 3–200–16, 3–200–18, 3–200– 69, 3–200–72, 3–200–77, 3–200–78, 3– 200–82, and 3–202–11 through 3–202– 16. Title of Collection: Eagle Take Permits and Fees, 50 CFR 22. OMB Control Number: 1018–0167. Form Number: FWS Forms 3–200–14, 3–200–15a, 3–200–15b, 3–200–16, 3– 200–18, 3–200–71, 3–200–72, 3–200–77, 3–200–78, 3–200–82, 3–202–11 through 3–202–16, and 3–2480. Type of Review: Reinstatement of a previously approved information collection with revisions. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and businesses. We expect the majority of applicants seeking longterm permits will be in the energy production and electrical distribution business. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 11,273. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 11,520. Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 650 hours, depending on activity. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 258,996. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion for applications; annually or on occasion for reports. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $1,725,500 (primarily associated with application processing fees). An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60107 The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: November 4, 2019. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24300 Filed 11–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R7–ES–2019–N121; FF07CAMM00– 178–FXES111607MRG01; OMB Control Number 1018–0070] Agency Information Collection Activities; Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request by mail to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803 (mail); or by email to Info_Coll@fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018– 0070 in the subject line of your comments. SUMMARY: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_ Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358–2503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1 60108 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Notices We are soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the Service; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Abstract: This information collection includes requirements associated with specified oil and gas industry activities and their incidental taking of polar bears, Pacific walruses, and northern sea otters in Alaska. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), imposed, with certain exceptions, a moratorium on the taking of marine mammals. Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow, upon request by citizens of the United States, the taking of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to specified activities (other than commercial fishing) if the Secretary makes certain findings and prescribes specific regulations that, among other things, establish permissible methods of taking. Applicants seeking to conduct activities must request a Letter of Authorization (LOA) for the specific activity and submit on-site monitoring reports and a final report of the activity to the Secretary. This is a nonform collection. Respondents must comply with the regulations at 50 CFR 18.27, which outline the procedures and requirements for submitting a request. Specific regulations governing authorized incidental take of marine mammals activities are contained in 50 Number of annual respondents Type of action Polar Bear Den Detection Report: Private Sector ............................................................... Incidental Take of Marine Mammals—Final Monitoring Report: Private Sector ............................................................... Incidental Take of Marine Mammals—Onsite Monitoring and Observation Reports: Private Sector ............................................................... Incidental Take of Marine Mammals—Application for Regulations: 1 Private Sector ............................................................... Incidental Take of Marine Mammals—LOA Requests: Private Sector ............................................................... Total ....................................................................... 1 Occurs Number of responses each CFR 18, subparts J (Beaufort Sea) and K (Cook Inlet). These regulations provide the applicant with a detailed description of information that we need to evaluate the proposed activity and determine if it is appropriate to issue specific regulations and, subsequently, LOAs. We use the information to verify the findings required to issue incidental take regulations, to decide if we should issue an LOA, and (if an LOA is issued) what conditions should be included in the LOA. In addition, we analyze the information to determine impacts to polar bears, Pacific walruses, northern sea otters, and the availability of those marine mammals for subsistence purposes of Alaska Natives. Title of Collection: Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities, 50 CFR 18.27 and 50 CFR 18, Subparts J and K. OMB Control Number: 1018–0070. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Oil and gas industry companies. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. Average completion time (hours) Total annual responses Total annual burden hours 4 1 4 50 200 20 1.25 25 10 250 20 15 300 1.5 450 20 0.1 2 150 300 20 1.25 25 24 600 84 ........................ 356 ........................ 1,800 once every 5 years. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: November 4, 2019. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24298 Filed 11–6–19; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Indian Gaming Commission Fee Rate and Fingerprint Fees National Indian Gaming Commission, DOI. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Notice is hereby given, that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted its annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.062% SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 216 (Thursday, November 7, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60107-60108]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-24298]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-ES-2019-N121; FF07CAMM00-178-FXES111607MRG01; OMB Control 
Number 1018-0070]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Incidental Take of 
Marine Mammals During Specified Activities

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to 
renew an information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 6, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request by 
mail to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls 
Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or by email to [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 1018-0070 in the subject line of your 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at [email protected], or by 
telephone at (703) 358-2503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
format.

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    We are soliciting comments on the proposed information collection 
request (ICR) that is described below. We are especially interested in 
public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection 
necessary to the proper functions of the Service; (2) will this 
information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the 
estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(5) how might the Service minimize the burden of this collection on the 
respondents, including through the use of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: This information collection includes requirements 
associated with specified oil and gas industry activities and their 
incidental taking of polar bears, Pacific walruses, and northern sea 
otters in Alaska. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), imposed, with certain exceptions, a 
moratorium on the taking of marine mammals. Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the 
MMPA directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow, upon request by 
citizens of the United States, the taking of small numbers of marine 
mammals incidental to specified activities (other than commercial 
fishing) if the Secretary makes certain findings and prescribes 
specific regulations that, among other things, establish permissible 
methods of taking.
    Applicants seeking to conduct activities must request a Letter of 
Authorization (LOA) for the specific activity and submit on-site 
monitoring reports and a final report of the activity to the Secretary. 
This is a nonform collection. Respondents must comply with the 
regulations at 50 CFR 18.27, which outline the procedures and 
requirements for submitting a request. Specific regulations governing 
authorized incidental take of marine mammals activities are contained 
in 50 CFR 18, subparts J (Beaufort Sea) and K (Cook Inlet). These 
regulations provide the applicant with a detailed description of 
information that we need to evaluate the proposed activity and 
determine if it is appropriate to issue specific regulations and, 
subsequently, LOAs.
    We use the information to verify the findings required to issue 
incidental take regulations, to decide if we should issue an LOA, and 
(if an LOA is issued) what conditions should be included in the LOA. In 
addition, we analyze the information to determine impacts to polar 
bears, Pacific walruses, northern sea otters, and the availability of 
those marine mammals for subsistence purposes of Alaska Natives.
    Title of Collection: Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During 
Specified Activities, 50 CFR 18.27 and 50 CFR 18, Subparts J and K.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0070.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Oil and gas industry companies.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

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                                     Number of                                        Average
         Type of action               annual         Number of     Total annual     completion     Total annual
                                    respondents   responses each     responses     time (hours)    burden hours
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Polar Bear Den Detection Report:
    Private Sector..............               4               1               4              50             200
Incidental Take of Marine
 Mammals--Final Monitoring
 Report:
    Private Sector..............              20            1.25              25              10             250
Incidental Take of Marine
 Mammals--Onsite Monitoring and
 Observation Reports:
    Private Sector..............              20              15             300             1.5             450
Incidental Take of Marine
 Mammals--Application for
 Regulations: \1\
    Private Sector..............              20             0.1               2             150             300
Incidental Take of Marine
 Mammals--LOA Requests:
    Private Sector..............              20            1.25              25              24             600
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        Total...................              84  ..............             356  ..............           1,800
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\1\ Occurs once every 5 years.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required 
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.
    The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    Dated: November 4, 2019.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-24298 Filed 11-6-19; 8:45 am]
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