Gulf Spill Restoration Planning; Notice of Intent To Begin Restoration Scoping and Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
The purpose of the Gulf Spill Restoration Planning PEIS is to identify restoration types and establish a programmatic framework and procedures that will enable the Trustees to expedite the selection and implementation of restoration projects to compensate the public and the environment for loss of natural resources and services from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that began on April 20, 2010, Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (``the Oil Spill''). The Trustees will prepare a PEIS that will evaluate a range of restoration types that could be used to compensate the public for the environmental and human use damages caused by the Oil Spill. The Trustees seek public involvement in the scoping process and development of the PEIS. This notice explains the scoping process the Trustees will use to gather input from the public. Comments on what the Trustees should consider in the PEIS may be submitted in written form or verbally at any of the public scoping meetings; or may be submitted in written or electronic form at any other time during the scoping process.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Training Operations Conducted Within the Gulf of Mexico Range Complex
NMFS, upon application from the U.S. Navy (Navy), is issuing regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to activities conducted by the Navy's Atlantic Fleet within the Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) Range Complex for the period of April 2010 through April 2015. The Navy's activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of ``Letters of Authorization'' (LOAs) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Alabama Shad as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
We (NMFS) announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list Alabama shad (Alosa alabamae) as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the ESA. We find that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted.
Request for Comments on the Strategy for American Innovation
On February 4, 2011, the Department of Commerce published a Request for Information (FRI) seeking input on a range of policy matters that can affect our innovativeness and competitiveness but particularly the Administration's Innovation Strategy (see https:// www.Commerce.gov/competes for a link to the report). Due to an inadvertent error, that RFI contained an incorrect e-mail address where the public may submit comments and an incorrect phone number for the public contact. This notice provides the correct e-mail address and contact phone number. The public may submit e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and may contact Sabrina L. Montes at 202-482- 6495 for any questions on the notice.