Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses, 21706-21707 [2021-08528]

Download as PDF 21706 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 77 / Friday, April 23, 2021 / Notices the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@noaa.gov; (503) 820– 2412) at least 10 business days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 20, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–08542 Filed 4–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for two meetings of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered. DATES: There are two meetings: The first meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The second meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and July 22, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: http:// sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx. ADDRESSES: These are virtual meetings. The webinar registration links for the April 30, 2021 and July 20 and July 22, 2021 meetings may be found on the website at http://sab.noaa.gov/ SABMeetings.aspx. SUMMARY: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone Number: 301–734–1156; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the SAB website at http://sab.noaa.gov/ SABMeetings.aspx. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Apr 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Status: The April 30, 2021 meeting will be open to public participation with a 5-minute public comment period at 4:55 p.m. EDT. The July 20 and 22, 2021 meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-minute public comment period at 4:45 p.m. EDT on July 20. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three minutes. Written comments for the April 30, 2021 meeting should be received by in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by April 23, 2021 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments for the July 20 and 22, 2021 meeting should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by July 1, 2021 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after these dates will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Special Accommodations: This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Executive Director no later than 12 p.m. on April 23, 2021 for the April 30, 2021 meeting and by July 1, 2021 for the July 20 and 22, 2021 meeting. Matters to be Considered: The meeting on April 30, 2021 will consider the Environmental Information Services Working Group’s Statement on Ongoing National Weather Service Data Dissemination Challenges. The meeting on July 20 and 22, 2021 will include (1) NOAA updates; (2) Update from the Tsunami Science and Technology Advisory Panel; (3) Review of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research Review Report; (4) SAB Priorities for Weather Research Study update; (5) NOAA Response to the SAB review of the NOAA Precipitation Prediction Grand Challenge Plan; and (6) Environmental Information Services Working Group’s report to Congress. The full agendas will be published on the SAB website. Meeting materials, including work products, will also be PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 available on the SAB website: http:// sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx. Dated: April 19, 2021. David Holst, Director Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2021–08514 Filed 4–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Notice of information collection, request for comment. ACTION: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before June 22, 2021. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at Adrienne.thomas@noaa.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0648– 0145 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Kerry Kehoe, Federal Consistency Specialist, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 240–533– 0782, Kerry.Kehoe@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 77 / Friday, April 23, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract This request is for the extension of the currently approved information collection. No changes have been made to the collection requirements. NOAA’s regulations at 15 CFR part 970 govern the issuing and monitoring of exploration and production licenses under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is responsible for approving and administering licenses. Any persons seeking a license must submit certain information that allows NOAA to ensure the applicant meets the standards of the Act. Licensees are required to conduct monitoring and make reports, and they may request revisions, transfers, or extensions of licenses. Information required for the issuance and extension of licenses is provided to fulfill statutory requirements to ensure that license applicants have identified areas of interest for deep seabed hard mineral exploration and production; developed plans for those activities; have the financial resources available to conduct proposed activity; and have considered the effects of the activity on the natural and human environment. This information is used to determine whether licenses should be granted or extended. Exploration licenses and commercial recovery permits under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act are only for activities by U.S. citizens in international waters. No license or permit applications have been received since the early 1980s, and none are expected during this collection period. U.S. deep seabed exploration licenses and commercial recovery permits are not recognized by the International Seabed Authority and would not have security of tenure due to the lack of U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty. Two exploration licenses issued in the early 1980s are held by Lockheed Martin Corporation. The licenses are subject to annual reporting requirements and extension requests every five years. No at-sea exploration is authorized under the licenses without further authorization from NOAA. Such activities are not expected during the reporting period for the same reason as above. II. Method of Collection Submission may be made on paper or by electronic transmission. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0145. Form Number(s): None. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Apr 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 Type of Review: Regular (Extension of a current information collection without change.) Affected Public: Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1. Estimated Time per Response: Annual report: 20 hours; extension request: 250 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20 hours. For those years in which an extension request must be made the estimated total annual burden is 270 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $200 in record keeping/reporting costs. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to maintain licenses. Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1441 et. seq.; 15 CFR part 970. IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this information collection requirement. 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 may 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. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–08528 Filed 4–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21707 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB027] Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for agenda details. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place over webinar using the Webex platform with a telephone-only connection option. Details on how to connect to the webinar by computer and by telephone will be available at: http:// www.mafmc.org/ssc. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331; website: www.mafmc.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this meeting is to review updated analysis and work products developed by the Council’s Illex Quota Work Group, tasked with developing approaches for possible in-year quota adjustments and help provide the basis for the research track assessment scheduled for later in 2021. Utilizing the information provided by the Illex Quota Work Group and other relevant data and information, the SSC will review and possibly modify the 2021 Illex acceptable biological catch (ABC) and make 2022 ABC recommendations for Illex fishery. The SSC will also review the most recent survey and fishery data and the previously recommended 2022 ABC for butterfish, longfin squid, surfclam, and ocean quahogs. The SSC will also continue discussions on ways to operationalize the Mid-Atlantic State of the Ecosystem report, including the formation of an SSC sub-group, and provide input on the 2026 research track stock assessment schedule. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses

AGENCY: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information 
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information 
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment 
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before June 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0145 in the subject line of your 
comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise 
sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to Kerry Kehoe, Federal Consistency Specialist, 1305 East-West Highway, 
10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 240-533-0782, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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I. Abstract

    This request is for the extension of the currently approved 
information collection. No changes have been made to the collection 
requirements. NOAA's regulations at 15 CFR part 970 govern the issuing 
and monitoring of exploration and production licenses under the Deep 
Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act. The NOAA Office for Coastal 
Management is responsible for approving and administering licenses. Any 
persons seeking a license must submit certain information that allows 
NOAA to ensure the applicant meets the standards of the Act. Licensees 
are required to conduct monitoring and make reports, and they may 
request revisions, transfers, or extensions of licenses. Information 
required for the issuance and extension of licenses is provided to 
fulfill statutory requirements to ensure that license applicants have 
identified areas of interest for deep seabed hard mineral exploration 
and production; developed plans for those activities; have the 
financial resources available to conduct proposed activity; and have 
considered the effects of the activity on the natural and human 
environment. This information is used to determine whether licenses 
should be granted or extended.
    Exploration licenses and commercial recovery permits under the Deep 
Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act are only for activities by U.S. 
citizens in international waters. No license or permit applications 
have been received since the early 1980s, and none are expected during 
this collection period. U.S. deep seabed exploration licenses and 
commercial recovery permits are not recognized by the International 
Seabed Authority and would not have security of tenure due to the lack 
of U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the 
Sea Treaty. Two exploration licenses issued in the early 1980s are held 
by Lockheed Martin Corporation. The licenses are subject to annual 
reporting requirements and extension requests every five years. No at-
sea exploration is authorized under the licenses without further 
authorization from NOAA. Such activities are not expected during the 
reporting period for the same reason as above.

II. Method of Collection

    Submission may be made on paper or by electronic transmission.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0145.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular (Extension of a current information 
collection without change.)
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1.
    Estimated Time per Response: Annual report: 20 hours; extension 
request: 250 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20 hours. For those years in 
which an extension request must be made the estimated total annual 
burden is 270 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $200 in record keeping/
reporting costs.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to maintain licenses.
    Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1441 et. seq.; 15 CFR part 970.

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau 
to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether 
the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy 
of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed 
collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden 
on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this information collection requirement. 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 may 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.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2021-08528 Filed 4-22-21; 8:45 am]
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