Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Central 40 Solar Project, Stanislaus County, California; Categorical Exclusion and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan, 39929-39931 [2020-14327]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 128 / Thursday, July 2, 2020 / Notices document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to submitter, Nacheshia Foxx, who is the Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. [FR Doc. 2020–14273 Filed 7–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7027–N–23] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Underwriting Program Section 203(k); OMB Control No.: 2502–0527 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing- Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: August 31, 2020. Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov or telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) . Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:18 Jul 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Underwriting Program Section 203(k). OMB Approval Number: 2502–0527. Type of Request: Extension. Form Number: HUD–92700–A, HUD– 9746–A. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This request for OMB review involves an extension request for information collected under OMB Approval Number 2502–0527 for lenders that originate and service Section 203(k) mortgages. The Section 203(k) program requires mortgagees to collect information about the scope of repair and improvement work, its cost, and control of escrow funds to pay for the improvements as they are completed. This program operates in conjunction with FHA’s underwriting standards and systems for all Section 203(b) loans as documented in OMB Control Numbers 2502–0059 & 2502–0556. Per the existing collection, there are 1,312 respondents made up of participating lenders and 203(k) Consultants. Respondents (i.e., affected public): Business or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,312. Estimated Number of Responses: 211,667. Frequency of Response: On occasion (Once per loan). Average Hours per Response: 0.85. Total Estimated Burdens: 188,516. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated collection PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39929 techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comments in response to these questions. C. Authority Section 2 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507. Dated: June 29, 2020. Nacheshia Foxx, Federal Liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [FR Doc. 2020–14289 Filed 7–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0049; FF08ESMF00–FXES11140800000–201] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Central 40 Solar Project, Stanislaus County, California; Categorical Exclusion and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of permit application; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a draft categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. We also announce receipt of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and receipt of a draft habitat conservation plan. Central 40, LLC has applied for an incidental take permit under the ESA for the Central 40 Solar Project in Stanislaus County, California. The permit would authorize the take of two species incidental to the development, construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning of the project. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the application. Before issuing the requested permit, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before August 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The incidental take permit (ITP) application, draft categorical exclusion (draft CatEx), draft habitat conservation plan (draft HCP), and any comments and other materials that we receive are available for public inspection at http:// SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 39930 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 128 / Thursday, July 2, 2020 / Notices www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2020–0049. Submitting Comments: To send written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note that your information request or comments are in reference to the draft CatEx, draft HCP, or both. • Internet: Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0049. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R8– ES–2020–0049; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Ludwick, Senior Wildlife Biologist, or Patricia Cole, Chief, San Joaquin Valley Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 916–414–6600 or via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft categorical exclusion (draft CatEx), prepared pursuant to 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. This notice also announces the receipt of an application from Central 40, LLC (applicant), for a 35-year incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Application for the permit requires the preparation of a habitat conservation plan (HCP) with measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take to the maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Central 40 Solar Project HCP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The purpose of the CatEx is to assess the effects of issuing the permit and implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human environment. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531– 1544 et seq.) prohibits the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 4 of the ESA; by regulation, take of certain species listed as threatened is also prohibited. (16 U.S.C. 1533(d); 50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:18 Jul 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 about the Federal habitat conservation plan (HCP) program, go to http:// www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/ pdf/hcp.pdf. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The draft CatEx was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the public of the proposed action, any alternatives, and associated impacts, and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources. Proposed Action Alternative Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the Service would issue an ITP to the applicant for a period of 35 years for certain covered activities (described below). The applicant has requested an ITP for two covered species (described below), which are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA. Habitat Conservation Plan Area The geographic scope of the draft HCP encompasses 3,474 acres (ac) in western Stanislaus and Merced Counties where the development will occur, including the 1,044-ac parcel in Stanislaus County where development will occur and the 2,422-ac Piedra Azul Conservation Bank in Merced County, portions of which are being used to mitigate impacts from this development. Covered Activities The proposed section 10 ITP would allow incidental take of two covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities, including site preparation, infrastructure development, construction, decommissioning, and management of the conservation easement area. The applicant is proposing to implement a number of project design features, including best management practices, as well as general and species-specific avoidance and minimization measures to minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities. Covered Species The following two federally listed species are proposed to be included as covered species in the proposed HCP: • San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) (Federally listed as endangered). PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • California tiger salamander— Central Valley Distinct Population Segment (Ambystoma californiense) (Federally listed as threatened and subject to a section 4(d) rule that prohibits take, with the exception of incidental take resulting from routine ranching activities located on private or Tribal lands, as defined in the regulation. 50 CFR 17.43(c)). No-Action Alternative Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under this alternative, the applicant may choose not to construct the facility or would do so in a manner presumed not to result in the take of ESA-listed species. Public Comments We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this notice, the draft CatEx, and the draft HCP. We particularly seek comments on the following: 1. Biological information concerning the species; 2. Relevant data concerning the species; 3. Additional information concerning the range, distribution, population size, and population trends of the species; 4. Current or planned activities in the area and their possible impacts on the species; 5. The presence of archeological sites, buildings and structures, historic events, sacred and traditional areas, and other historic preservation concerns, which are required to be considered in project planning by the National Historic Preservation Act; and 6. Any other environmental issues that should be considered with regard to the proposed development and permit action. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—might 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. Next Steps Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action subject to E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 128 / Thursday, July 2, 2020 / Notices compliance with NEPA and section 7 of the ESA. We will evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive as part of our NEPA compliance process to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will conduct an intra-Service consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the Federal action for the potential issuance of an ITP. If the intra-Service consultation confirms that issuance of the ITP will not jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species, or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the covered species. Authority We publish this notice under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347 et seq.), and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1500–1508, as well as in compliance with section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531–1544 et seq.) and its implementing regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. Michael Fris, Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–14327 Filed 7–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Bureau of Land Management [LLAK940000.L14100000. BX0000.20X.LXSS001L0100] Filing of Plats of Survey: Alaska Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Official Filing. AGENCY: The plats of survey of lands described in this notice are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, Anchorage, Alaska. The surveys, which were executed at the request of Ahtna, Incorporated, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and BLM, are necessary for the management of these lands. DATES: The BLM must receive protests by August 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may buy a copy of the plats from the BLM Alaska Public Information Center, 222 W. 7th Avenue, Mailstop 13, Anchorage, AK 99513. Please use this address when filing khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:18 Jul 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 Copper River Meridian, Alaska T. 9 N., R. 1 E., accepted May 18, 2020 T. 10 N., R. 1 E., accepted May 15, 2020 T. 11 N., R. 1 E., accepted May 22, 2020 T. 12 N., R. 1 E., accepted May 15, 2020 T. 9 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 15, 2020 T. 10 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 18, 2020 T. 11 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 15, 2020 T. 12 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 18, 2020 T. 13 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 18, 2020 T. 14 N., R. 1 W., accepted May 18, 2020 U.S. Survey No. 14469, accepted June 6, 2020, situated in T. 10 N., R. 9 W. Fairbanks Meridian, Alaska U.S. Survey No. 14487, accepted June 9, 2020, situated in T. 2 N., R. 16 W. T. 17 S., R. 7 W., accepted May 14, 2020 Kateel River Meridian, Alaska T. 7 N., R. 22 E., accepted June 9, 2020 T. 8 N., R. 25 E., accepted June 9, 2020 T. 20 S., R. 3 W., accepted May 18, 2020 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUMMARY: written protests. You may also view the plats at the BLM Alaska Public Information Center, Fitzgerald Federal Building, 222 W. 8th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, at no cost. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas N. Haywood, Chief, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99513; 907–271–5481; dhaywood@blm.gov. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the BLM during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lands surveyed are: Seward Mieridian, Alaska U. S. Survey No. 14468, accepted June 6, 2020, situated in T. 30 N., R. 12 E. T. 1 N., R. 11 W., accepted May 18, 2020 T. 2 N., R. 11 W., accepted May 18, 2020 U. S. Survey No. 3230, accepted May 11, 2020, situated in T. 8 N., R. 71 W. U.S. Survey No. 8667, accepted June 22, 2020, situated in T. 4 S., R. 29 W. U. S. Survey No. 14470, accepted June 6, 2020, situated in T. 13 S., R. 55 W. A person or party who wishes to protest one or more plats of survey identified above must file a written notice of protest with the State Director for the BLM in Alaska. The notice of protest must identify the plat(s) of survey that the person or party wishes to protest. You must file the notice of protest before the scheduled date of official filing for the plat(s) of survey being protested. The BLM will not consider any notice of protest filed after the scheduled date of official filing. A notice of protest is considered filed on the date it is received by the State Director for the BLM in Alaska during regular business hours; if received after regular business hours, a notice of protest will be PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39931 considered filed the next business day. A written statement of reasons in support of a protest, if not filed with the notice of protest, must be filed with the State Director for the BLM in Alaska within 30 calendar days after the notice of protest is filed. If a notice of protest against a plat of survey is received prior to the scheduled date of official filing, the official filing of the plat of survey identified in the notice of protest will be stayed pending consideration of the protest. A plat of survey will not be officially filed until the dismissal or resolution of all protests of the plat. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in a notice of protest or statement of reasons, you should be aware that the documents you submit, including your personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available in their entirety at any time. While you can ask the BLM to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 43 U.S.C. Chap. 3. Douglas N. Haywood, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2020–14243 Filed 7–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–DTS#–30459; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions National Park Service, Interior. Notice. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 128 (Thursday, July 2, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39929-39931]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0049; FF08ESMF00-FXES11140800000-201]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Central 40 Solar 
Project, Stanislaus County, California; Categorical Exclusion and Draft 
Habitat Conservation Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of permit application; request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the 
availability of a draft categorical exclusion under the National 
Environmental Policy Act. We also announce receipt of an application 
for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 
and receipt of a draft habitat conservation plan. Central 40, LLC has 
applied for an incidental take permit under the ESA for the Central 40 
Solar Project in Stanislaus County, California. The permit would 
authorize the take of two species incidental to the development, 
construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning of the 
project. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies to comment on the application. Before issuing the requested 
permit, we will take into consideration any information that we receive 
during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before August 3, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The incidental take permit (ITP) 
application, draft categorical exclusion (draft CatEx), draft habitat 
conservation plan (draft HCP), and any comments and other materials 
that we receive are available for public inspection at http://

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www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2020-0049.
    Submitting Comments: To send written comments, please use one of 
the following methods, and note that your information request or 
comments are in reference to the draft CatEx, draft HCP, or both.
     Internet: Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov 
under Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0049.
     U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2020-0049; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: 
PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability 
of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Ludwick, Senior Wildlife 
Biologist, or Patricia Cole, Chief, San Joaquin Valley Division, 
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 916-414-6600 or via 
the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft categorical exclusion 
(draft CatEx), prepared pursuant to 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. This notice also announces the receipt of an application 
from Central 40, LLC (applicant), for a 35-year incidental take permit 
(ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Application for the permit requires the 
preparation of a habitat conservation plan (HCP) with measures to 
avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take to the 
maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Central 40 
Solar Project HCP pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The 
purpose of the CatEx is to assess the effects of issuing the permit and 
implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human environment.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544 et seq.) prohibits the 
taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 
4 of the ESA; by regulation, take of certain species listed as 
threatened is also prohibited. (16 U.S.C. 1533(d); 50 CFR 17.31). 
Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are 
at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the Federal habitat 
conservation plan (HCP) program, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf.

National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The draft CatEx was prepared to analyze the 
impacts of issuing an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the 
public of the proposed action, any alternatives, and associated 
impacts, and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources.

Proposed Action Alternative

    Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the Service would issue an 
ITP to the applicant for a period of 35 years for certain covered 
activities (described below). The applicant has requested an ITP for 
two covered species (described below), which are listed as endangered 
or threatened under the ESA.
Habitat Conservation Plan Area
    The geographic scope of the draft HCP encompasses 3,474 acres (ac) 
in western Stanislaus and Merced Counties where the development will 
occur, including the 1,044-ac parcel in Stanislaus County where 
development will occur and the 2,422-ac Piedra Azul Conservation Bank 
in Merced County, portions of which are being used to mitigate impacts 
from this development.
Covered Activities
    The proposed section 10 ITP would allow incidental take of two 
covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The 
applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered 
activities, including site preparation, infrastructure development, 
construction, decommissioning, and management of the conservation 
easement area. The applicant is proposing to implement a number of 
project design features, including best management practices, as well 
as general and species-specific avoidance and minimization measures to 
minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities.
Covered Species
    The following two federally listed species are proposed to be 
included as covered species in the proposed HCP:
     San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) (Federally 
listed as endangered).
     California tiger salamander--Central Valley Distinct 
Population Segment (Ambystoma californiense) (Federally listed as 
threatened and subject to a section 4(d) rule that prohibits take, with 
the exception of incidental take resulting from routine ranching 
activities located on private or Tribal lands, as defined in the 
regulation. 50 CFR 17.43(c)).

No-Action Alternative

    Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP 
to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under 
this alternative, the applicant may choose not to construct the 
facility or would do so in a manner presumed not to result in the take 
of ESA-listed species.

Public Comments

    We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the 
public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific 
community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this 
notice, the draft CatEx, and the draft HCP. We particularly seek 
comments on the following:
    1. Biological information concerning the species;
    2. Relevant data concerning the species;
    3. Additional information concerning the range, distribution, 
population size, and population trends of the species;
    4. Current or planned activities in the area and their possible 
impacts on the species;
    5. The presence of archeological sites, buildings and structures, 
historic events, sacred and traditional areas, and other historic 
preservation concerns, which are required to be considered in project 
planning by the National Historic Preservation Act; and
    6. Any other environmental issues that should be considered with 
regard to the proposed development and permit action.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--might 
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.

Next Steps

    Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action 
subject to

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compliance with NEPA and section 7 of the ESA. We will evaluate the 
application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive 
as part of our NEPA compliance process to determine whether the 
application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If we 
determine that those requirements are met, we will conduct an intra-
Service consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the Federal action 
for the potential issuance of an ITP. If the intra-Service consultation 
confirms that issuance of the ITP will not jeopardize the continued 
existence of any endangered or threatened species, or destroy or 
adversely modify critical habitat, we will issue a permit to the 
applicant for the incidental take of the covered species.

Authority

    We publish this notice under the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347 et seq.), and its implementing 
regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as well as in compliance with section 
10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544 et seq.) and 
its implementing regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32.

Michael Fris,
Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. 2020-14327 Filed 7-1-20; 8:45 am]
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