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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 41 / Monday, March 2, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) and EVerify. The IER Worker Hotline provides language interpretation in numerous languages. To comply with the law, employers must accept any document or combination of documents from the Lists of Acceptable Documents if the documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the employee, or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt as described in the Form I–9 Instructions. Employers may not require extra or additional documentation beyond what is required for Form I–9 completion. Further, employers participating in E-Verify who receive an E-Verify case result of Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) must promptly inform employees of the TNC and give such employees an opportunity to contest the TNC. A TNC case result means that the information entered into E-Verify from an employee’s Form I–9 differs from records available to DHS. Employers may not terminate, suspend, delay training, withhold pay, lower pay, or take any adverse action against an employee because of the TNC while the case is still pending with EVerify. A Final Nonconfirmation (FNC) case result is received when E-Verify cannot verify an employee’s employment eligibility. An employer may terminate employment based on a case result of FNC. Work-authorized employees who receive an FNC may call USCIS for assistance at 888–897–7781 (TTY 877–875–6028). For more information about E-Verify-related discrimination or to report an employer for discrimination in the E-Verify process based on citizenship, immigration status, or national origin, contact IER’s Worker Hotline at 800– 255–7688 (TTY 800–237–2515). Additional information about proper nondiscriminatory Form I–9 and EVerify procedures is available on the IER website at www.justice.gov/ier and on the USCIS and E-Verify websites at www.uscis.gov/i-9-central and www.everify.gov. Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as Departments of Motor Vehicles) For Federal purposes, TPS beneficiaries presenting an EAD referenced in this Federal Register Notice do not need to show any other document, such as an I–797C Notice of Action, to prove that they qualify for this extension. However, while Federal Government agencies must follow the guidelines laid out by the Federal Government, state and local government agencies establish their own rules and guidelines when granting certain VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Feb 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 benefits. Each state may have different laws, requirements, and determinations about what documents you need to provide to prove eligibility for certain benefits. Whether you are applying for a Federal, state, or local government benefit, you may need to provide the government agency with documents that show you are a TPS beneficiary, show you are authorized to work based on TPS or other status, and/or that may be used by DHS to determine whether you have TPS or other immigration status. Examples of such documents are: • Your current EAD; • A copy of your Form I–797C, Notice of Action, for your Form I–765 providing an automatic extension of your currently expired or expiring EAD; • A copy of your Form I–797C, Notice of Action, for your Form I–821 for this re-registration; • A copy of your Form I–797, the notice of approval, for a past or current Form I–821, if you received one from USCIS; and • Any other relevant DHS-issued document that indicates your immigration status or authorization to be in the United States, or that may be used by DHS to determine whether you have such status or authorization to remain in the United States. Check with the government agency regarding which document(s) the agency will accept. Some benefit-granting agencies use the USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to confirm the current immigration status of applicants for public benefits. While SAVE can verify when an alien has TPS, each agency’s procedures govern whether they will accept an unexpired EAD, I–797, or I– 94. You should: a. Present the agency with a copy of the relevant Federal Register notice showing the extension of TPS-related documentation in addition to your recent TPS-related document with your alien or I–94 number; b. Explain that SAVE will be able to verify the continuation of your TPS using this information; and c. Ask the agency to initiate a SAVE query with your information and follow through with additional verification steps, if necessary, to get a final SAVE response showing the validity of your TPS. You can also ask the agency to look for SAVE notices or contact SAVE if they have any questions about your immigration status or auto-extension of TPS-related documentation. In most cases, SAVE provides an automated electronic response to benefit-granting agencies within seconds, but, occasionally, verification can be PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12319 delayed. You can check the status of your SAVE verification by using CaseCheck at save.uscis.gov/casecheck, then by clicking the ‘‘Check Your Case’’ button. CaseCheck is a free service that lets you follow the progress of your SAVE verification using your date of birth and one immigration identifier number. If an agency has denied your application based solely or in part on a SAVE response, the agency must offer you the opportunity to appeal the decision in accordance with the agency’s procedures. If the agency has received and acted upon or will act upon a SAVE verification and you do not believe the response is correct, you may make an appointment for an inperson interview at a local USCIS office. Detailed information on how to make corrections or update your immigration record, make an appointment, or submit a written request to correct records under the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the SAVE website at www.uscis.gov/save. [FR Doc. 2020–04355 Filed 2–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N162; FRES48010811290 XXX] Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Habitat Conservation Plan; Availability of Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a permit to conduct activities with the potential to take listed species that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out otherwise lawful activities. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act prohibits certain activities that may impact listed species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. We invite comments on this application and the accompanying Environmental Assessment, which we will take into consideration before issuing a permit. DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before April 1, 2020. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The documents this notice announces, as SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 12320 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 41 / Monday, March 2, 2020 / Notices well as any comments and other materials that we receive, will be available for public inspection on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sacramento Field Office website at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento. They may also be viewed in person by appointment at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office during regular business hours by contacting the individuals in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Submitting Comments: Please submit comments by one of the following methods: • Fax: (916) 414–6713. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Eric Tattersall, Assistant Field Supervisor; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office; 2800 Cottage Way, W–2605; Sacramento, CA 95825 We request that you submit comments by only the methods described above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Emery, Senior Biologist, Conservation Planning Division; or Eric Tattersall, Assistant Field Supervisor, at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office address above or by telephone at (916) 414–6600. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech disabled, please call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The application addresses the potential for take of listed species that is likely to occur incidental to the otherwise lawful activities as described in the applicant’s habitat conservation plan, titled the Draft Pacific Gas and Electric Company Multiple Region Operation and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan (draft HCP). This notice also advises the public that we have prepared a draft environmental assessment (draft EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1506.6. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Section 9 of the ESA prohibits take of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538). By regulation, this take prohibition also applies to certain species listed as threatened. (50 CFR 17.31(a)). Under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(a)(1)(B)), we may issue permits to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Feb 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 authorize take of listed fish and wildlife species that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing permits for listed wildlife species are set forth in 50 CFR parts 17.22 and 17.32. NEPA requires Federal agencies to analyze their proposed actions to determine whether the actions may significantly affect the human environment. In these NEPA analyses, the Federal agency will identify direct, indirect, and cumulative effects, as well as possible mitigation for effects on environmental resources that could occur with implementation of the proposed action and alternatives. Proposed Action The Service would issue an ITP to PG&E for a period of 30 years for certain covered activities (described below) in 34 counties in California. Annual species effects as a result of PG&E’s activities are estimated to be approximately 100 acres (ac) of permanent habitat loss and 465 ac of temporary habitat disturbance. PG&E has requested inclusion of 36 species for coverage (covered species)—24 animals and 12 plants, 35 of which are currently listed as threatened or endangered under the Act, with one non-listed species also proposed for inclusion in the HCP. Of these covered species, the Service would, through issuance of the ITP, authorize incidental take of the 24 animal species proposed for coverage. Draft HCP Area The geographic scope of the draft HCP includes Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties. The geographic scope of the draft HCP also includes, for mitigation purposes, an area known as the integrated plan area, which encompasses the geographic boundaries of the applicant’s two existing HCPs in the San Joaquin Valley and California Bay Area. Covered Activities The proposed section 10 ITP may allow take of wildlife covered species resulting from covered activities in the proposed HCP plan area. PG&E is requesting incidental take authorization for covered species that could be affected by activities identified in the draft HCP. The draft HCP covers all PG&E O&M, minor new construction, PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and pipeline safety enhancement program activities related to PG&E’s natural gas and electric transmission and distribution systems that may result in take of covered species and that are located in the draft HCP area. O&M activities occur throughout PG&E’s existing network of facilities and would occur at or near the existing facilities. Minor new construction activities include installing new or replacement structures to upgrade facilities or to extend service to new customers. Minor new construction, when in natural vegetation or agricultural land-cover types that contain suitable habitat for covered species, is limited to approximately 2 miles or fewer of new electric or gas line extensions from an existing line, a total of 1.0 ac or less of new gas pressure limiting stations within the study area, and 3 ac or less per electric substation expansion. The size of a minor new construction project would be estimated as the total footprint, expressed in ac. Additionally, PG&E’s community pipeline safety initiative involves upgrading key existing gas transmission pipelines located in heavily populated and other critical areas. Covered activities include inspection, field testing, and potentially replacing many pipeline segments to ensure reliable and safe delivery of gas to customers. Pipeline replacements are estimated to average between 4 miles and 8 miles and are primarily in urban areas, although there would also be replacement activities in areas of natural vegetation. In such areas, pipeline replacement projects will take place in areas that have been previously disturbed by the construction of the original pipeline. The draft HCP area consists of PG&E’s gas and electric transmission and distribution facilities, rights-of-way, buffer lands, areas owned by PG&E and/ or subject to PG&E easements, access routes, and those areas acquired as mitigation to offset the impacts resulting from covered activities. The total draft HCP area is approximately 564,781 ac; of this area, 303,287 ac (53.7 percent) are in natural land-cover types, 144,274 ac (25.5 percent) are in urban land-cover types, and 117,682 ac (20.8 percent) are in agricultural land-cover types. The proposed section 10 ITP may allow take of the following covered wildlife species in California during the course of patrols and inspections, power pole replacements, reconductoring gas pipeline segment replacement, gas valve station replacement, and trimming of vegetation near power lines. Proposed incidental take (measured as habitat loss) for wildlife species over the permit term is shown in the table below. E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 41 / Monday, March 2, 2020 / Notices Species 12321 Proposed for incidental take (measured as habitat loss) over permit term Animal Species Blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila) ................... California tiger salamander Central California distinct population segment (DPS) (Ambystoma californiense). California tiger salamander Santa Barbara DPS (Ambystoma californiense). California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) ................... Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio) .. Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) ....................... Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) ....................... Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) ....................... Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna) ..... Marbeled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) ........ Morro shoulderband snail (Helminthoglypta walkeriana). Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata) ......... Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) ............. Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) ......... Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone) ......................... Point Arena mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa nigra) .. San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) .............. Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum). Smith’s blue butterfly (Euphilotes enoptes smithi) ........ Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) ............. Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) ......... Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus) ............................... Zayante band-winged grasshopper (Trimerotropis infantilis). 70.94 ac, (13.28-ac permanent loss; 57.56-ac temporary disturbance). Breeding habitat: 35.04 ac, (5.91-ac permanent loss; 29.13-ac temporary disturbance). Upland habitat: 1,394.51 ac, (248.81-ac permanent loss; 1,148.71-ac temporary disturbance). Breeding habitat: 0.16 ac, (0.02-ac permanent loss; 0.14-ac temporary disturbance). Upland habitat: 88.78 ac, (11.77-ac permanent loss; 77.01-ac temporary disturbance). Breeding habitat: 234.00 ac, (48.00-ac permanent loss; 186.00-ac temporary disturbance). Upland habitat: 768.00 ac, (127.50-ac permanent loss; 640.52-ac temporary disturbance). 65.42 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss; 57.92-ac temporary disturbance). Breeding habitat: 11.57 ac, (1.69-ac permanent loss; 9.88-ac temporary disturbance). Dispersal habitat: 139.00 ac, (20.23-ac permanent loss; 118.76-ac temporary disturbance). Aquatic habitat: 102.75 ac, (12.75-ac permanent loss; 90.00-ac temporary disturbance). Upland habitat: 338.01 ac, (38.01-ac permanent loss; 300.00-ac temporary disturbance). 180.00 ac, (30.00-ac permanent loss; 150.00-ac temporary disturbance). 24.39 ac, (3.32-ac permanent loss; 21.06-ac temporary disturbance). 127.50 ac, (45.00-ac permanent loss; 82.50-ac temporary disturbance). 9.00 ac, (3.00-ac permanent loss; 6.00-ac temporary disturbance). 30 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss; 22.50-ac temporary disturbance). 3.60 ac, (0.60-ac permanent loss; 3.00-ac temporary disturbance). 825.00 ac, (165.00-ac permanent loss; 660.00-ac temporary disturbance). 30.00 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss; 22.50-ac temporary disturbance). 10.50 ac, (3.00-ac permanent loss; 7.50-ac temporary disturbance). 65.42 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss; 57.92-ac temporary disturbance). High-value habitat: 105.00 ac, (15.00-ac permanent loss; 90.00-ac temporary disturbance). Moderate value habitat: 170.55 ac, (29.06-ac permanent loss; 141.49-ac temporary disturbance). Low-value habitat: 1216.86 ac, (213.86-ac permanent loss; 1002.99-ac temporary disturbance). 87.94 ac, (15.25-ac permanent loss; 72.69-ac temporary disturbance). 360.60 ac, (78.93-ac permanent loss; 281.67-ac temporary disturbance). 380.54 ac, (41.97-ac permanent loss; 338.57-ac temporary disturbance). 380.54 ac, (41.97-ac permanent loss; 338.57-ac temporary disturbance). 2.50 ac, (0.50-ac permanent loss; 2.00-ac temporary disturbance). 18.75 ac, (3.59-ac permanent loss; 15.15-ac temporary disturbance). Species Proposed for coverage (measured as habitat loss) over permit term Plant Species khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Beach layia (Lavia carnosa) .......................................... Ione manzanita (Arctostaphylos myrtifolia) ................... Kern mallow (Eremalche parryi ssp. kernensis) ........... Layne’s ragwort (Packera layneae) .............................. Monterey gilia (Gilia tenuiflora ssp. arenaria) ............... Monterey spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. pungens). Pine Hill ceanothus (Ceanothus roderickii) ................... Pine Hill flannelbush (Fremontodendron decumbens) .. Robust spineflower (Chorizanthe robusta var. robusta) San Benito evening-primrose (Camissonia benitensis) Stebbins’ morning-glory (Calystegia stebbinsii) ............ Yadon’s rein orchid (Piperia yadonii) ............................ 0.32 ac or 143 plants, whichever total is met first. 12.25 ac or 64 plants, whichever total is met first. 10.5 ac or 1,226 plants, whichever total is met first. 2.86 ac or 103 plants, whichever total is met first. 6.6 ac or 6,266 plants, whichever total is met first. 46.6 ac or 4,376 plants, whichever total is met first. 3.67 ac or 33 plants, whichever total is met first. 1.19 ac or 2 plants, whichever total is met first. 1.3 ac or 3,765 plants, whichever total is met first. 0.37 ac or 1,888 plants, whichever total is met first. 0.37 ac or 1,888 plants, whichever total is met first. 2.1 ac or 64 plants, whichever total is met first. Public Availability of Comments Next Steps Authority 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. 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 NEPA regulations and section 10(a) of the Act. 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 issue this notice pursuant to 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 the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305). Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–04224 Filed 2–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Feb 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 41 (Monday, March 2, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2019-N162; FRES48010811290 XXX]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Incidental Take 
Permit Application and Habitat Conservation Plan; Availability of 
Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an 
application from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a permit to 
conduct activities with the potential to take listed species that is 
incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out otherwise lawful 
activities. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act prohibits 
certain activities that may impact listed species unless a Federal 
permit allows such activity. We invite comments on this application and 
the accompanying Environmental Assessment, which we will take into 
consideration before issuing a permit.

DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 
April 1, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The documents this notice announces, as

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well as any comments and other materials that we receive, will be 
available for public inspection on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 
Sacramento Field Office website at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento. They 
may also be viewed in person by appointment at the Sacramento Fish and 
Wildlife Office during regular business hours by contacting the 
individuals in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Submitting Comments: Please submit comments by one of the following 
methods:
     Fax: (916) 414-6713.
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Eric Tattersall, Assistant 
Field Supervisor; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Sacramento Fish and 
Wildlife Office; 2800 Cottage Way, W-2605; Sacramento, CA 95825
    We request that you submit comments by only the methods described 
above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Emery, Senior Biologist, 
Conservation Planning Division; or Eric Tattersall, Assistant Field 
Supervisor, at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office address above or 
by telephone at (916) 414-6600. If you use a telecommunications device 
for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech disabled, please call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit 
(ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The application addresses the potential for take 
of listed species that is likely to occur incidental to the otherwise 
lawful activities as described in the applicant's habitat conservation 
plan, titled the Draft Pacific Gas and Electric Company Multiple Region 
Operation and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan (draft HCP).
    This notice also advises the public that we have prepared a draft 
environmental assessment (draft EA) under the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its 
implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 
CFR 1506.6.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA prohibits take of fish and wildlife species 
listed as endangered (16 U.S.C. 1538). By regulation, this take 
prohibition also applies to certain species listed as threatened. (50 
CFR 17.31(a)). Under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 
1539(a)(1)(B)), we may issue permits to authorize take of listed fish 
and wildlife species that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, 
carrying out an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing 
permits for listed wildlife species are set forth in 50 CFR parts 17.22 
and 17.32.
    NEPA requires Federal agencies to analyze their proposed actions to 
determine whether the actions may significantly affect the human 
environment. In these NEPA analyses, the Federal agency will identify 
direct, indirect, and cumulative effects, as well as possible 
mitigation for effects on environmental resources that could occur with 
implementation of the proposed action and alternatives.

Proposed Action

    The Service would issue an ITP to PG&E for a period of 30 years for 
certain covered activities (described below) in 34 counties in 
California. Annual species effects as a result of PG&E's activities are 
estimated to be approximately 100 acres (ac) of permanent habitat loss 
and 465 ac of temporary habitat disturbance. PG&E has requested 
inclusion of 36 species for coverage (covered species)--24 animals and 
12 plants, 35 of which are currently listed as threatened or endangered 
under the Act, with one non-listed species also proposed for inclusion 
in the HCP. Of these covered species, the Service would, through 
issuance of the ITP, authorize incidental take of the 24 animal species 
proposed for coverage.

Draft HCP Area

    The geographic scope of the draft HCP includes Amador, Butte, 
Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, 
Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Nevada, Placer, 
Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa 
Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, 
Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties. The geographic scope of the draft HCP 
also includes, for mitigation purposes, an area known as the integrated 
plan area, which encompasses the geographic boundaries of the 
applicant's two existing HCPs in the San Joaquin Valley and California 
Bay Area.

Covered Activities

    The proposed section 10 ITP may allow take of wildlife covered 
species resulting from covered activities in the proposed HCP plan 
area. PG&E is requesting incidental take authorization for covered 
species that could be affected by activities identified in the draft 
HCP. The draft HCP covers all PG&E O&M, minor new construction, and 
pipeline safety enhancement program activities related to PG&E's 
natural gas and electric transmission and distribution systems that may 
result in take of covered species and that are located in the draft HCP 
area. O&M activities occur throughout PG&E's existing network of 
facilities and would occur at or near the existing facilities. Minor 
new construction activities include installing new or replacement 
structures to upgrade facilities or to extend service to new customers. 
Minor new construction, when in natural vegetation or agricultural 
land-cover types that contain suitable habitat for covered species, is 
limited to approximately 2 miles or fewer of new electric or gas line 
extensions from an existing line, a total of 1.0 ac or less of new gas 
pressure limiting stations within the study area, and 3 ac or less per 
electric substation expansion. The size of a minor new construction 
project would be estimated as the total footprint, expressed in ac. 
Additionally, PG&E's community pipeline safety initiative involves 
upgrading key existing gas transmission pipelines located in heavily 
populated and other critical areas. Covered activities include 
inspection, field testing, and potentially replacing many pipeline 
segments to ensure reliable and safe delivery of gas to customers. 
Pipeline replacements are estimated to average between 4 miles and 8 
miles and are primarily in urban areas, although there would also be 
replacement activities in areas of natural vegetation. In such areas, 
pipeline replacement projects will take place in areas that have been 
previously disturbed by the construction of the original pipeline.
    The draft HCP area consists of PG&E's gas and electric transmission 
and distribution facilities, rights-of-way, buffer lands, areas owned 
by PG&E and/or subject to PG&E easements, access routes, and those 
areas acquired as mitigation to offset the impacts resulting from 
covered activities. The total draft HCP area is approximately 564,781 
ac; of this area, 303,287 ac (53.7 percent) are in natural land-cover 
types, 144,274 ac (25.5 percent) are in urban land-cover types, and 
117,682 ac (20.8 percent) are in agricultural land-cover types.
    The proposed section 10 ITP may allow take of the following covered 
wildlife species in California during the course of patrols and 
inspections, power pole replacements, reconductoring gas pipeline 
segment replacement, gas valve station replacement, and trimming of 
vegetation near power lines. Proposed incidental take (measured as 
habitat loss) for wildlife species over the permit term is shown in the 
table below.

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                                        Proposed for incidental take
              Species                  (measured as habitat loss) over
                                                 permit term
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                             Animal Species
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Blunt-nosed leopard lizard          70.94 ac, (13.28-ac permanent loss;
 (Gambelia sila).                    57.56-ac temporary disturbance).
California tiger salamander         Breeding habitat: 35.04 ac, (5.91-ac
 Central California distinct         permanent loss; 29.13-ac temporary
 population segment (DPS)            disturbance).
 (Ambystoma californiense).         Upland habitat: 1,394.51 ac, (248.81-
                                     ac permanent loss; 1,148.71-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
California tiger salamander Santa   Breeding habitat: 0.16 ac, (0.02-ac
 Barbara DPS (Ambystoma              permanent loss; 0.14-ac temporary
 californiense).                     disturbance).
                                    Upland habitat: 88.78 ac, (11.77-ac
                                     permanent loss; 77.01-ac temporary
                                     disturbance).
California red-legged frog (Rana    Breeding habitat: 234.00 ac, (48.00-
 draytonii).                         ac permanent loss; 186.00-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
                                    Upland habitat: 768.00 ac, (127.50-
                                     ac permanent loss; 640.52-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
Conservancy fairy shrimp            65.42 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss;
 (Branchinecta conservatio).         57.92-ac temporary disturbance).
Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana   Breeding habitat: 11.57 ac, (1.69-ac
 boylii).                            permanent loss; 9.88-ac temporary
                                     disturbance).
                                    Dispersal habitat: 139.00 ac, (20.23-
                                     ac permanent loss; 118.76-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
Giant garter snake (Thamnophis      Aquatic habitat: 102.75 ac, (12.75-
 gigas).                             ac permanent loss; 90.00-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
                                    Upland habitat: 338.01 ac, (38.01-ac
                                     permanent loss; 300.00-ac temporary
                                     disturbance).
Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys       180.00 ac, (30.00-ac permanent loss;
 ingens).                            150.00-ac temporary disturbance).
Longhorn fairy shrimp               24.39 ac, (3.32-ac permanent loss;
 (Branchinecta longiantenna).        21.06-ac temporary disturbance).
Marbeled murrelet (Brachyramphus    127.50 ac, (45.00-ac permanent loss;
 marmoratus).                        82.50-ac temporary disturbance).
Morro shoulderband snail            9.00 ac, (3.00-ac permanent loss;
 (Helminthoglypta walkeriana).       6.00-ac temporary disturbance).
Mount Hermon June beetle            30 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss;
 (Polyphylla barbata).               22.50-ac temporary disturbance).
Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana   3.60 ac, (0.60-ac permanent loss;
 muscosa).                           3.00-ac temporary disturbance).
Northern spotted owl (Strix         825.00 ac, (165.00-ac permanent
 occidentalis caurina).              loss; 660.00-ac temporary
                                     disturbance).
Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela      30.00 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss;
 ohlone).                            22.50-ac temporary disturbance).
Point Arena mountain beaver         10.50 ac, (3.00-ac permanent loss;
 (Aplodontia rufa nigra).            7.50-ac temporary disturbance).
San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes         65.42 ac, (7.50-ac permanent loss;
 macrotis mutica).                   57.92-ac temporary disturbance).
Santa Cruz long-toed salamander     High-value habitat: 105.00 ac,
 (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum).  (15.00-ac permanent loss; 90.00-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
                                    Moderate value habitat: 170.55 ac,
                                     (29.06-ac permanent loss; 141.49-ac
                                     temporary disturbance).
                                    Low-value habitat: 1216.86 ac,
                                     (213.86-ac permanent loss; 1002.99-
                                     ac temporary disturbance).
Smith's blue butterfly (Euphilotes  87.94 ac, (15.25-ac permanent loss;
 enoptes smithi).                    72.69-ac temporary disturbance).
Valley elderberry longhorn beetle   360.60 ac, (78.93-ac permanent loss;
 (Desmocerus californicus            281.67-ac temporary disturbance).
 dimorphus).
Vernal pool fairy shrimp            380.54 ac, (41.97-ac permanent loss;
 (Branchinecta lynchi).              338.57-ac temporary disturbance).
Vernal pool tadpole shrimp          380.54 ac, (41.97-ac permanent loss;
 (Lepidurus packardi).               338.57-ac temporary disturbance).
Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus)..  2.50 ac, (0.50-ac permanent loss;
                                     2.00-ac temporary disturbance).
Zayante band-winged grasshopper     18.75 ac, (3.59-ac permanent loss;
 (Trimerotropis infantilis).         15.15-ac temporary disturbance).
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              Species                Proposed for coverage (measured as
                                        habitat loss) over permit term
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                              Plant Species
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Beach layia (Lavia carnosa).......  0.32 ac or 143 plants, whichever
                                     total is met first.
Ione manzanita (Arctostaphylos      12.25 ac or 64 plants, whichever
 myrtifolia).                        total is met first.
Kern mallow (Eremalche parryi ssp.  10.5 ac or 1,226 plants, whichever
 kernensis).                         total is met first.
Layne's ragwort (Packera layneae).  2.86 ac or 103 plants, whichever
                                     total is met first.
Monterey gilia (Gilia tenuiflora    6.6 ac or 6,266 plants, whichever
 ssp. arenaria).                     total is met first.
Monterey spineflower (Chorizanthe   46.6 ac or 4,376 plants, whichever
 pungens var. pungens).              total is met first.
Pine Hill ceanothus (Ceanothus      3.67 ac or 33 plants, whichever
 roderickii).                        total is met first.
Pine Hill flannelbush               1.19 ac or 2 plants, whichever total
 (Fremontodendron decumbens).        is met first.
Robust spineflower (Chorizanthe     1.3 ac or 3,765 plants, whichever
 robusta var. robusta).              total is met first.
San Benito evening-primrose         0.37 ac or 1,888 plants, whichever
 (Camissonia benitensis).            total is met first.
Stebbins' morning-glory             0.37 ac or 1,888 plants, whichever
 (Calystegia stebbinsii).            total is met first.
Yadon's rein orchid (Piperia        2.1 ac or 64 plants, whichever total
 yadonii).                           is met first.
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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 NEPA regulations and 
section 10(a) of the Act. If we determine that those requirements are 
met, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of 
the Covered Species.

Authority

    We issue this notice pursuant to 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 the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 
46.305).

Jennifer Norris,
Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Sacramento, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2020-04224 Filed 2-28-20; 8:45 am]
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