Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC; Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization, 59297-59298 [2020-20744]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 183 / Monday, September 21, 2020 / Notices ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 18–78–LNG. Please Note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire submission. A decisional record on the Application will be developed through responses to this Notice by parties, including the parties’ written comments and replies thereto. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316. The Application is available for inspection and copying in the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement docket room, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. The docket room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE web address: http:// www.fe.doe.gov/programs/ gasregulation/index.html. Signed in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2020. Amy Sweeney, Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy. [FR Doc. 2020–20742 Filed 9–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [FE Docket No. 18–26–LNG] Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC; Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing NonFree Trade Agreement Authorization Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 Sep 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on September 9, 2020, by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. (Freeport Expansion) and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC (FLIQ4) (together, FLEX4). FLEX4 seeks to amend the export term set forth in its current authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries, DOE/FE Order No. 4374, to a term ending on December 31, 2050. FLEX4 filed the Application under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and DOE’s policy statement entitled, ‘‘Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050’’ (Policy Statement). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments on the requested term extension are invited. DATES: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, October 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: Electronic Filing by email: fergas@ hq.doe.gov. Regular Mail: U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, Washington, DC 20026–4375. Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.): U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin Nussdorf or Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE–34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586–7893; (202) 586– 2627, benjamin.nussdorf@hq.doe.gov or amy.sweeney@hq.doe.gov. Cassandra Bernstein or Edward Toyozaki, U.S. Department of Energy (GC–76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6D– 033, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586–9793; (202) 586–0126, cassandra.bernstein@ hq.doe.gov or edward.toyozaki@ hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 28, 2019, in Order No. 4374, DOE/FE PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59297 authorized FLEX4 to export domestically produced LNG in a volume equivalent to 262.8 billion cubic feet per year of natural gas, pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 717b(a).1 FLEX4 is authorized to export this LNG by vessel from the proposed Train 4 Project to be located at the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas, to any country with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (nonFTA countries) for a 20-year term. In the Application,2 FLEX4 asks DOE to extend its current export term to a term ending on December 31, 2050, as provided in the Policy Statement.3 Additional details can be found in the Application, posted on the DOE/FE website at: https://www.energy.gov/ sites/prod/files/2020/09/f78/ Freeport%20T4%20DOE%20 Extension%20Application.pdf. DOE/FE Evaluation In the Policy Statement, DOE adopted a term through December 31, 2050 (inclusive of any make-up period), as the standard export term for long-term non-FTA authorizations.4 As the basis for its decision, DOE considered its obligations under NGA section 3(a), the public comments supporting and opposing the proposed Policy Statement, and a wide range of information bearing on the public interest.5 DOE explained that, upon receipt of an application under the Policy Statement, it would conduct a public interest analysis of the application under NGA section 3(a). DOE further stated that ‘‘the public interest analysis will be limited to the application for the term extension— meaning an intervenor or protestor may challenge the requested extension but not the existing non-FTA order.’’ 6 1 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC, DOE/FE Order No. 4374, FE Docket No. 18–26–LNG, Opinion and Order Granting Long-Term Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (May 28, 2019). 2 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC, Application to Amend Export Term for Existing Long-Term Authorization Through December 31, 2050, FE Docket No. 18–26– LNG (Sept. 9, 2020). 3 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050; Notice of Final Policy Statement and Response to Comments, 85 FR 52237 (Aug. 25, 2020) [hereinafter Policy Statement]. 4 See id., 85 FR 52247. 5 See id., 85 FR 52247. 6 Id., 85 FR 52247. E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1 59298 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 183 / Monday, September 21, 2020 / Notices Accordingly, in reviewing FLEX4’s Application, DOE/FE will consider any issues required by law or policy under NGA section 3(a), as informed by the Policy Statement. To the extent appropriate, DOE will consider the study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study),7 DOE’s response to public comments received on that Study,8 and the following environmental documents: • Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014); 9 • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014); 10 and • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update, 84 FR 49278 (Sept. 19, 2019), and DOE/FE’s response to public comments received on that study.11 Parties that may oppose the Application should address these issues and documents in their comments and/ or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant to the Application. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 7 See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/ 06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG%20 Export%20Study%202018.pdf. 8 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG Exports: Response to Comments Received on Study; Notice of Response to Comments, 83 FR 67251 (Dec. 28, 2018). 9 The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/draft-addendumenvironmental-review-documents-concerningexports-natural-gas-united-states. 10 The 2014 Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cyclegreenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefiednatural-gas-united-states. 11 U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update—Response to Comments, 85 FR 72 (Jan. 2, 2020). The 2019 Update and related documents are available at: https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket/ index/21. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 Sep 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities. Public Comment Procedures In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable, addressing the Application. Interested parties will be provided 15 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention. The public previously was given an opportunity to intervene in, protest, and comment on FLEX4’s long-term nonFTA application. Therefore, DOE will not consider comments or protests that do not bear directly on the requested term extension. Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests and comments received from persons who are not parties will be considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations in 10 CFR part 590. Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Emailing the filing to fergas@hq.doe.gov, with FE Docket No. 18–26–LNG in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement at the address listed in PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 18–26–LNG. Please Note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire submission. A decisional record on the Application will be developed through responses to this Notice by parties, including the parties’ written comments and replies thereto. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316. The Application is available for inspection and copying in the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement docket room, Room 3E–042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. The docket room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE Web address: http:// www.fe.doe.gov/programs/ gasregulation/index.html. Signed in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2020. Amy Sweeney, Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy. [FR Doc. 2020–20744 Filed 9–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[FE Docket No. 18-26-LNG]


Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC; 
Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for 
Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization

AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of application.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy 
(DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), 
filed on September 9, 2020, by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. (Freeport 
Expansion) and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC (FLIQ4) (together, FLEX4). 
FLEX4 seeks to amend the export term set forth in its current 
authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade 
agreement countries, DOE/FE Order No. 4374, to a term ending on 
December 31, 2050. FLEX4 filed the Application under the Natural Gas 
Act (NGA) and DOE's policy statement entitled, ``Extending Natural Gas 
Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the 
Year 2050'' (Policy Statement). Protests, motions to intervene, notices 
of intervention, and written comments on the requested term extension 
are invited.

DATES: Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as 
applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments 
are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment 
Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, October 6, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: 
Electronic Filing by email: [email protected].
Regular Mail: U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation, 
Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, 
Washington, DC 20026-4375.
Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.): 
U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and 
Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Benjamin Nussdorf or Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), 
Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-7893; (202) 586-2627, 
[email protected] or [email protected].
Cassandra Bernstein or Edward Toyozaki, U.S. Department of Energy (GC-
76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6D-033, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9793; (202) 586-0126, 
[email protected] or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 28, 2019, in Order No. 4374, DOE/FE 
authorized FLEX4 to export domestically produced LNG in a volume 
equivalent to 262.8 billion cubic feet per year of natural gas, 
pursuant to NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 717b(a).\1\ FLEX4 is authorized 
to export this LNG by vessel from the proposed Train 4 Project to be 
located at the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island near Freeport, 
Texas, to any country with which the United States has not entered into 
a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in 
natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or 
policy (non-FTA countries) for a 20-year term. In the Application,\2\ 
FLEX4 asks DOE to extend its current export term to a term ending on 
December 31, 2050, as provided in the Policy Statement.\3\ Additional 
details can be found in the Application, posted on the DOE/FE website 
at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2020/09/f78/Freeport%20T4%20DOE%20Extension%20Application.pdf.
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    \1\ Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC, 
DOE/FE Order No. 4374, FE Docket No. 18-26-LNG, Opinion and Order 
Granting Long-Term Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to 
Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (May 28, 2019).
    \2\ Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC, 
Application to Amend Export Term for Existing Long-Term 
Authorization Through December 31, 2050, FE Docket No. 18-26-LNG 
(Sept. 9, 2020).
    \3\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Extending Natural Gas Export 
Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the 
Year 2050; Notice of Final Policy Statement and Response to 
Comments, 85 FR 52237 (Aug. 25, 2020) [hereinafter Policy 
Statement].
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DOE/FE Evaluation

    In the Policy Statement, DOE adopted a term through December 31, 
2050 (inclusive of any make-up period), as the standard export term for 
long-term non-FTA authorizations.\4\ As the basis for its decision, DOE 
considered its obligations under NGA section 3(a), the public comments 
supporting and opposing the proposed Policy Statement, and a wide range 
of information bearing on the public interest.\5\ DOE explained that, 
upon receipt of an application under the Policy Statement, it would 
conduct a public interest analysis of the application under NGA section 
3(a). DOE further stated that ``the public interest analysis will be 
limited to the application for the term extension--meaning an 
intervenor or protestor may challenge the requested extension but not 
the existing non-FTA order.'' \6\
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    \4\ See id., 85 FR 52247.
    \5\ See id., 85 FR 52247.
    \6\ Id., 85 FR 52247.

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    Accordingly, in reviewing FLEX4's Application, DOE/FE will consider 
any issues required by law or policy under NGA section 3(a), as 
informed by the Policy Statement. To the extent appropriate, DOE will 
consider the study entitled, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market 
Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study),\7\ DOE's 
response to public comments received on that Study,\8\ and the 
following environmental documents:
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    \7\ See NERA Economic Consulting, Macroeconomic Outcomes of 
Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (June 7, 2018), 
available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG%20Export%20Study%202018.pdf.
    \8\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG 
Exports: Response to Comments Received on Study; Notice of Response 
to Comments, 83 FR 67251 (Dec. 28, 2018).
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     Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning 
Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 
2014); \9\
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    \9\ The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/draft-addendum-environmental-review-documents-concerning-exports-natural-gas-united-states.
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     Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting 
Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 
2014); \10\ and
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    \10\ The 2014 Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: 
http://energy.gov/fe/life-cycle-greenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefied-natural-gas-united-states.
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     Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting 
Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 Update, 84 FR 49278 
(Sept. 19, 2019), and DOE/FE's response to public comments received on 
that study.\11\
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    \11\ U.S. Dep't of Energy, Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective 
on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States: 2019 
Update--Response to Comments, 85 FR 72 (Jan. 2, 2020). The 2019 
Update and related documents are available at: https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket/index/21.
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    Parties that may oppose the Application should address these issues 
and documents in their comments and/or protests, as well as other 
issues deemed relevant to the Application.
    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq., requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the 
environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will 
be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental 
responsibilities.

Public Comment Procedures

    In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, 
comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as 
applicable, addressing the Application. Interested parties will be 
provided 15 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which 
to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of 
intervention. The public previously was given an opportunity to 
intervene in, protest, and comment on FLEX4's long-term non-FTA 
application. Therefore, DOE will not consider comments or protests that 
do not bear directly on the requested term extension.
    Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a 
motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments 
or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the 
commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests 
and comments received from persons who are not parties will be 
considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the 
Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices 
of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations 
in 10 CFR part 590.
    Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) 
Emailing the filing to [email protected], with FE Docket No. 18-26-LNG 
in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of 
the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement at the 
address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and 
three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation, Analysis, 
and Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must 
include a reference to FE Docket No. 18-26-LNG. Please Note: If 
submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and 
attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. 
Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in 
any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All 
electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to 
ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy 
filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at 
the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire 
submission.
    A decisional record on the Application will be developed through 
responses to this Notice by parties, including the parties' written 
comments and replies thereto. If no party requests additional 
procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the 
official record, including the Application and responses filed by 
parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316.
    The Application is available for inspection and copying in the 
Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement docket room, Room 3E-
042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. The docket room 
is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed 
protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments 
will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE 
Web address: http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/gasregulation/index.html.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2020.
Amy Sweeney,
Director, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of 
Fossil Energy.
[FR Doc. 2020-20744 Filed 9-18-20; 8:45 am]
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