Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Hawaiian Stilt From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule, 32857-32859 [2021-13290]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules Comments must be received by EPA on or before July 30, 2021. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2021–0255 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OW–2021–0255 for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. 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[FR Doc. 2021–13309 Filed 6–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2020–0079; FF09E22000 FXES11130900000 212] RIN 1018–BE02 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Hawaiian Stilt From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period, and announcement of a public informational meeting and public hearing. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), recently proposed to reclassify the Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) from an endangered species to a threatened SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23JNP1.SGM 23JNP1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 32858 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. We are reopening the proposed rule comment period to give all interested parties an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. We also announce a public informational meeting and public hearing on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they are already incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the final rule. DATES: Comment submission: The comment period on the proposed rule that published March 25, 2021 (86 FR 15855), is reopened. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before July 23, 2021. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. Public informational meeting and public hearing: On July 7, 2021, we will hold a public informational meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time, followed by a public hearing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hawaii Time. ADDRESSES: Availability of documents: You may obtain copies of the March 25, 2021, proposed rule and associated documents on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2020–0079. Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R1–ES–2020–0079, which is the docket number for the March 25, 2021, proposed rule. Then click on the Search button. On the resulting page, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rule box to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2020–0079, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comments, below, for more information). Public informational meeting and public hearing: The public VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 Jun 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 informational meeting and the public hearing will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. See Public Hearing, below, for more information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Koob, Deputy Field Supervisor for Programmatic Operations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3–123, Honolulu, HI 96850; telephone 808–792–9449. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On March 25, 2021, we published a proposed rule (86 FR 15855) to reclassify the Hawaiian stilt from endangered to threatened (i.e., to ‘‘downlist’’ the species) with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The proposed rule opened a 60-day public comment period, ending May 24, 2021. During the open comment period, we received a request for a public hearing from the Center for Biological Diversity. Therefore, we are reopening the comment period on the March 25, 2021, proposed rule and announcing a public informational meeting and a public hearing to allow the public an additional opportunity to provide comments on the proposed rule. For a description of previous Federal actions concerning the Hawaiian stilt and information on the types of comments that would be helpful to us in promulgating this rulemaking action, please refer to the March 25, 2021, proposed rule (86 FR 15855). Public Comments If you submit information via http:// www.regulations.gov, your entire submission—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the website. If your submission is made via hard copy that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will post all hardcopy submissions on http://www.regulations.gov. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing the proposed rule, will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov. Public Hearing We have scheduled a public informational meeting and public hearing on our March 25, 2021, proposed rule to downlist the Hawaiian PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 stilt with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (86 FR 15855). We will hold the public informational meeting and public hearing on the date and at the times listed above under Public informational meeting and public hearing in DATES. We are holding the public informational meeting and public hearing via the Zoom online video platform and via teleconference so that participants can attend remotely. For security purposes, registration is required. To listen and view the meeting and hearing via Zoom, listen to the meeting and hearing by telephone, or provide oral public comments at the public hearing via Zoom or by telephone, you must register. For information on how to register, or if you encounter problems joining Zoom the day of the meeting, visit https:// www.fws.gov/pacificislands. Registrants will receive the Zoom link and the telephone number for the public informational meeting and public hearing. If applicable, interested members of the public not familiar with the Zoom platform should view the Zoom video tutorials (https:// support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/ 206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials) prior to the public informational meeting and public hearing. The public hearing will provide interested parties an opportunity to present verbal testimony (formal, oral comments) regarding the March 25, 2021, proposed rule to downlist the Hawaiian stilt with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (86 FR 15855). While the public informational meeting will be an opportunity for dialogue with the Service, the public hearing is not. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide a forum for accepting formal verbal testimony, which will then become part of the record for the proposed rule. In the event there is a large attendance, the time allotted for verbal testimony may be limited. Therefore, anyone wishing to provide verbal testimony at the public hearing is encouraged to provide a prepared written copy of their statement to us through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by U.S. mail (see ADDRESSES, above). There are no limits on the length of written comments submitted to us. Anyone wishing to provide verbal testimony at the public hearing must register before the hearing (https:// www.fws.gov/pacificislands). The use of a virtual public hearing is consistent with our regulations in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at § 424.16(c)(3) (50 CFR 424.16(c)(3)). E:\FR\FM\23JNP1.SGM 23JNP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules Reasonable Accommodation DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Service is committed to providing access to the public informational meeting and public hearing for all participants. Closed captioning will be available during the public informational meeting and public hearing. Further, a full audio and video recording and transcript of the public hearing will be posted online at https:// www.fws.gov/pacificislands after the hearing. Participants will also have access to live audio during the public informational meeting and public hearing via their telephone or computer speakers. Persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations to participate in the meeting and/or hearing should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 5 business days prior to the date of the meeting and hearing to help ensure availability. An accessible version of the Service’s public informational meeting presentation will also be posted online at https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands prior to the meeting and hearing (see DATES, above). See https://www.fws.gov/ pacificislands for more information about reasonable accommodation. Fish and Wildlife Service Authors The primary author of this document is Ecological Services staff of the Interior-Region 9/12 Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon. Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Signing Authority jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS The Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Martha Williams, Principal Deputy Director Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approved this document on June 21, 2021, for publication. Anissa Craghead, Acting Regulations and Policy Chief, Division of Policy, Economics, Risk Management, and Analytics, Joint Administrative Operations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2021–13290 Filed 6–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 Jun 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2020–0082; FF09E22000 FXES11130900000 212] RIN 1018–BD97 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassifying the Fender’s Blue Butterfly From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) Rule Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) from endangered to threatened (downlist) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Fender’s blue butterfly is endemic to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The proposed downlisting is based on our evaluation of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the species’ status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but that it is still likely to become so in the foreseeable future. We also propose a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the species. DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 23, 2021. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. We must receive requests for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by August 9, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R1–ES–2020–0082, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, click on the Search button. On the resulting page, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rule box to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on ‘‘Comment.’’ (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2020–0082, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 32859 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comments, below, for more information). Document availability: This proposed rule and supporting documents, including the 5-year review, the Recovery Plan, and the species status assessment (SSA) report are available at https://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo and at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2020–0082. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Henson, State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; telephone 503–231–6179. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Summary Why we need to publish a rule. Under the Act a species may warrant reclassification from endangered to threatened if it no longer meets the definition of endangered (in danger of extinction). The Fender’s blue butterfly is listed as endangered, and we are proposing to reclassify (downlist) the Fender’s blue butterfly as threatened because we have determined it is not currently in danger of extinction. Downlisting a species as a threatened species can only be made by issuing a rulemaking. What this document does. This rule proposes to downlist the Fender’s blue butterfly from endangered to threatened (i.e., to ‘‘downlist’’ the species), with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act, based on the species’ current status, which has been improved through implementation of conservation actions. The basis for our action. Under the Act, we may determine that a species is an endangered species or a threatened species because of any of five factors: (A) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range; (B) overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; (C) disease or predation; (D) the inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or (E) other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence. We may downlist a species if the best available commercial and scientific data indicate the species no E:\FR\FM\23JNP1.SGM 23JNP1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-R1-ES-2020-0079; FF09E22000 FXES11130900000 212]
RIN 1018-BE02


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification 
of the Hawaiian Stilt From Endangered to Threatened With a Section 4(d) 
Rule

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period, and announcement of 
a public informational meeting and public hearing.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), recently 
proposed to reclassify the Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus 
knudseni) from an endangered species to a threatened

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species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species 
Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. We are reopening the proposed rule 
comment period to give all interested parties an additional opportunity 
to comment on the proposed rule. We also announce a public 
informational meeting and public hearing on the proposed rule. Comments 
previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they are already 
incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the 
final rule.

DATES: Comment submission: The comment period on the proposed rule that 
published March 25, 2021 (86 FR 15855), is reopened. We will accept 
comments received or postmarked on or before July 23, 2021. Comments 
submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see 
ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the 
closing date.
    Public informational meeting and public hearing: On July 7, 2021, 
we will hold a public informational meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Hawaii Time, followed by a public hearing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hawaii 
Time.

ADDRESSES: Availability of documents: You may obtain copies of the 
March 25, 2021, proposed rule and associated documents on the internet 
at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R1-ES-2020-0079.
    Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following 
methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-R1-ES-2020-0079, 
which is the docket number for the March 25, 2021, proposed rule. Then 
click on the Search button. On the resulting page, in the Search panel 
on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click 
on the Proposed Rule box to locate this document. You may submit a 
comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!''
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail to: Public Comments 
Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-R1-ES-2020-0079, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 
22041-3803.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described 
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide 
us (see Public Comments, below, for more information).
    Public informational meeting and public hearing: The public 
informational meeting and the public hearing will be held virtually 
using the Zoom platform. See Public Hearing, below, for more 
information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Koob, Deputy Field Supervisor for 
Programmatic Operations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific 
Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-123, 
Honolulu, HI 96850; telephone 808-792-9449. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On March 25, 2021, we published a proposed rule (86 FR 15855) to 
reclassify the Hawaiian stilt from endangered to threatened (i.e., to 
``downlist'' the species) with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the 
Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The proposed rule opened a 60-day public 
comment period, ending May 24, 2021. During the open comment period, we 
received a request for a public hearing from the Center for Biological 
Diversity. Therefore, we are reopening the comment period on the March 
25, 2021, proposed rule and announcing a public informational meeting 
and a public hearing to allow the public an additional opportunity to 
provide comments on the proposed rule.
    For a description of previous Federal actions concerning the 
Hawaiian stilt and information on the types of comments that would be 
helpful to us in promulgating this rulemaking action, please refer to 
the March 25, 2021, proposed rule (86 FR 15855).

Public Comments

    If you submit information via http://www.regulations.gov, your 
entire submission--including any personal identifying information--will 
be posted on the website. If your submission is made via hard copy that 
includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top 
of your document that we withhold this information from public review. 
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will 
post all hardcopy submissions on http://www.regulations.gov. Comments 
and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used 
in preparing the proposed rule, will be available for public inspection 
on http://www.regulations.gov.

Public Hearing

    We have scheduled a public informational meeting and public hearing 
on our March 25, 2021, proposed rule to downlist the Hawaiian stilt 
with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (86 FR 15855). We will 
hold the public informational meeting and public hearing on the date 
and at the times listed above under Public informational meeting and 
public hearing in DATES. We are holding the public informational 
meeting and public hearing via the Zoom online video platform and via 
teleconference so that participants can attend remotely. For security 
purposes, registration is required. To listen and view the meeting and 
hearing via Zoom, listen to the meeting and hearing by telephone, or 
provide oral public comments at the public hearing via Zoom or by 
telephone, you must register. For information on how to register, or if 
you encounter problems joining Zoom the day of the meeting, visit 
https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands. Registrants will receive the Zoom 
link and the telephone number for the public informational meeting and 
public hearing. If applicable, interested members of the public not 
familiar with the Zoom platform should view the Zoom video tutorials 
(https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials) prior to the public informational meeting and public 
hearing.
    The public hearing will provide interested parties an opportunity 
to present verbal testimony (formal, oral comments) regarding the March 
25, 2021, proposed rule to downlist the Hawaiian stilt with a rule 
issued under section 4(d) of the Act (86 FR 15855). While the public 
informational meeting will be an opportunity for dialogue with the 
Service, the public hearing is not. The purpose of the public hearing 
is to provide a forum for accepting formal verbal testimony, which will 
then become part of the record for the proposed rule. In the event 
there is a large attendance, the time allotted for verbal testimony may 
be limited. Therefore, anyone wishing to provide verbal testimony at 
the public hearing is encouraged to provide a prepared written copy of 
their statement to us through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by U.S. 
mail (see ADDRESSES, above). There are no limits on the length of 
written comments submitted to us. Anyone wishing to provide verbal 
testimony at the public hearing must register before the hearing 
(https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands). The use of a virtual public 
hearing is consistent with our regulations in title 50 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at Sec.  424.16(c)(3) (50 CFR 424.16(c)(3)).

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Reasonable Accommodation

    The Service is committed to providing access to the public 
informational meeting and public hearing for all participants. Closed 
captioning will be available during the public informational meeting 
and public hearing. Further, a full audio and video recording and 
transcript of the public hearing will be posted online at https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands after the hearing. Participants will also 
have access to live audio during the public informational meeting and 
public hearing via their telephone or computer speakers. Persons with 
disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations to participate in the 
meeting and/or hearing should contact the person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 5 business days prior to the date 
of the meeting and hearing to help ensure availability. An accessible 
version of the Service's public informational meeting presentation will 
also be posted online at https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands prior to 
the meeting and hearing (see DATES, above). See https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands for more information about reasonable accommodation.

Authors

    The primary author of this document is Ecological Services staff of 
the Interior-Region 9/12 Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Portland, Oregon.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Signing Authority

    The Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Martha 
Williams, Principal Deputy Director Exercising the Delegated Authority 
of the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approved this document 
on June 21, 2021, for publication.

Anissa Craghead,
Acting Regulations and Policy Chief, Division of Policy, Economics, 
Risk Management, and Analytics, Joint Administrative Operations, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-13290 Filed 6-22-21; 8:45 am]
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