Department of Commerce February 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Rebuilding Coho Salmon Stocks
Document Number: 2021-02834
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to approve and implement rebuilding plans recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) for three overfished salmon stocks: Juan de Fuca, Queets, and Snohomish natural coho salmon. NMFS determined in 2018 that these stocks were overfished under the MSA, due to spawning escapement falling below the required level for the 3-year period 2014-2016. The MSA requires overfished stocks to be rebuilt, generally within 10 years.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 2021-02831
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-02-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off of Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, NMFS proposes to implement management measures governing the 2021 recreational fisheries that are not implemented through the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These measures include the recreational fishery seasons, allocations, and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-02828
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Citizen Science Program will hold two town hall meetings to assist in the development of a customizable citizen science mobile application via webinar March 9 and March 11, 2021.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-02827
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting via webinar of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), in conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Law Enforcement Committee (LEC).
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-02826
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council's (Council) Outreach and Education Advisory Panel (OEAP) will hold a 2-day public virtual meeting in March to discuss the items contained in the agenda in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Certain Metal Lockers and Parts Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2021-02824
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain metal lockers and parts thereof (metal lockers) from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is January 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From Thailand: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2021-02821
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that sales of citric acid and certain citrate salts (citric acid) from Thailand were made by COFCO Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (COFCO) and Niran (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Niran) at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR) January 8, 2018, through June 30, 2019. We also find that Sunshine Biotech International Co., Ltd. (Sunshine) did not sell citric acid at less than NV during the POR.
Approval of Subzone Status, Port Arthur LNG, LLC, Port Arthur and Jefferson County, Texas
Document Number: 2021-02820
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2021-02811
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each of the firms contributed importantly to the total or partial separation of the firms' workers, or threat thereof, and to a decrease in sales or production of each petitioning firm.
Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Ukraine: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2021-02750
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe (seamless pipe) from Ukraine is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2021-02749
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe (seamless pipe) from the Russian Federation (Russia) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2021-02748
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe (seamless pipe) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2021 Commercial Longline Closure for South Atlantic Golden Tilefish
Document Number: 2021-02727
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements an accountability measure for the commercial longline component for golden tilefish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Commercial longline landings for golden tilefish are projected to reach the longline component's commercial quota by February 10, 2021. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial longline component of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ on February 10, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. local time. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish resource.
Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From Taiwan: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2021-02726
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On January 6, 2021, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published its preliminary determination in the less-than-fair-value investigation of passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires from Taiwan in the Federal Register. Commerce is amending this preliminary determination to correct a significant ministerial error.
Stainless Steel Bar From India: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review of the Antidumping Duty Order and Notice of Amended Final Results of Review
Document Number: 2021-02725
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On January 28, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade (the Court) entered final judgment sustaining the final results of remand redetermination pursuant to court order by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) pertaining to the changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on stainless steel bar (SSB) from India. Commerce is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with Commerce's final results in the changed circumstances review of SSB from India, and that Commerce is amending the final results.
Development of a National Consumer Awareness Campaign on Combating the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Products
Document Number: 2021-02724
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) published a request for comments in the Federal Register on November 17, 2020, seeking information from stakeholders, including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights holders, online third- party marketplaces, third-party intermediaries, other private sector stakeholders, other entities with experience in public-private awareness campaigns, and applicable government agencies on the ``Development of a National Consumer Awareness Campaign on Combating the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Products'' as a public- private partnership. Through this notice, the USPTO is reopening the period for public comment until March 12, 2021.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Amendment 20 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2021-02674
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 20 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce. If approved, Amendment 20 would modify the preseason schedule for implementing annual management measures and would move the southern boundary of the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) 5 nautical miles (nmi) (9.3 km) north of its current location. In addition, Amendment 20 would update out-of-date language in the FMP. NMFS will consider public comments in deciding whether to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 20. NMFS also announces the availability for public review and comment of a draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of implementing the actions under Amendment 20.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2021-02654
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each of the firms contributed importantly to the total or partial separation of the firms' workers, or threat thereof, and to a decrease in sales or production of each petitioning firm.
Certain Hardwood Plywood Products From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews
Document Number: 2021-02642
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is initiating changed circumstances reviews (CCRs) of the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain hardwood plywood products (hardwood plywood) from the People's Republic of China (China).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 50 Feet (15.2 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2021-02639
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for catcher vessels less than 50 feet (15.2 meters (m)) length overall using hook-and-line (HAL) gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of catcher vessels less than 50 feet (15.2 m) length overall using HAL gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; American Community Survey Methods Panel Tests
Document Number: 2021-02606
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 on the proposed revision of the American Community Survey Methods Panel Tests prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting; Correction
Document Number: 2021-02604
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the following: Law Enforcement Committee; Habitat and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, Mackerel Cobia Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee; Dolphin Wahoo Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee (partially Closed Session); and Executive Committee. The meeting week will also include a formal public comment session and a meeting of the Full Council. Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19 and current travel restrictions the meeting will be held via webinar.
Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 From India: Final Results of the Expedited Third Five-Year Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order
Document Number: 2021-02598
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of this sunset review, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on carbazole violet pigment 23 (CVP 23) from India would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the levels indicated in the ``Final Results of Review'' section of this notice.
Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2021-02597
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Wor-Biz Industrial Product Co., Ltd. (Anhui) (Wor-Biz) \1\ has made sales of cast iron soil pipe fittings (soil pipe fittings) from the People's Republic of China (China) at prices below normal value during the period of review (POR) February 20, 2018, through July 31, 2019. We also determine that Qinshui Shunsida Casting Co., Ltd. (Shunshida) is not eligible for a separate rate and is, therefore, part of the China-wide entity.
Steel Grating From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the Expedited Second Five-Year Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order
Document Number: 2021-02596
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of this second sunset review, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on steel grating from the People's Republic of China (China) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the levels indicated in the ``Final Results of Review'' section of this notice.
National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) Notice of Solicitation of Letters of Intent
Document Number: 2021-02579
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Sea Grant College Program is requesting letters of intent from eligible applicants to become a Sea Grant Institutional Program serving the United States territory of Guam. An Institutional Program can be defined as a program that has demonstrated competence as a Coherent Area Program and has shown the ability to support broad responsibilities for the development of Sea Grant state, regional, and national activities, engaging all of the institutions of higher learning in the region. Only institutions that have been the host entity of a Sea Grant Coherent Area Program for at least three years are eligible to apply. The National Sea Grant College Act of 1976, as amended by 33 U.S.C. 1121 et seq. (the ``Act'' hereinafter) authorizes the NOAA to designate a Sea Grant institution on the basis of merit and that such designation is consistent with the goals of the Act.
Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2021-02578
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for the meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals, Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2021-02540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, are extending the public comment period by 30 days for our proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2020, to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) under the Endangered Species Act. On December 23, 2020 the comment period was extended 30 days. The end of the public comment period is extended again from February 25, 2021, to March 27, 2021.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 2021-02513
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Purse Seine and Reserve category quotas for 2021, as it has done annually since 2015. NMFS also is transferring 26 metric tons (mt) of BFT quota from the Reserve category to the General category January 2021 subquota period (from January 1 through March 31, 2021, or until the available subquota for this period is reached, whichever comes first). The transfer to the General category is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments and applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT.
Extension of the Period for Comments on the National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation
Document Number: 2021-02571
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently sought input from the public regarding the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI). The USPTO is extending the comment period to ensure that all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to submit comments on this important effort to develop a national strategy to expand innovation demographically, geographically, and economically.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Emergency Economic Information Collections
Document Number: 2021-02565
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 minimizes the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the proposed new information collection, Generic Clearance for Emergency Economic Information Collections, prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval.
Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Final Determination of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation
Document Number: 2021-02531
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is postponing the deadline for issuing the final determination in the less-than-fair- value (LTFV) investigation of imports of seamless refined copper pipe and tube (copper pipe and tube) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) until June 16, 2021, and is extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period of not more than six months.
Pentafluoroethane (R-125) From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation
Document Number: 2021-02530
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Pentafluoroethane (R-125) From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation
Document Number: 2021-02529
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Correction to Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2018
Document Number: 2021-02528
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is issuing a correction to the previously published Federal Register notice of the final results of the countervailing duty administrative review on aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China (China) covering the period January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, which inadvertently omitted certain companies.
Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement
Document Number: 2021-02527
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on March 18, 2021. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Retroactive Quota Transfer From NC to MA
Document Number: 2021-02521
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2020 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This retroactive adjustment to the 2020 fishing year quota is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the retroactively revised 2020 commercial quotas for North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Approval of Subzone Expansion; Abbott Laboratories, Itasca, Illinois
Document Number: 2021-02514
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Return Link Service Authorization in the United States Search and Rescue Region
Document Number: 2021-02509
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The U.S. Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) Program, which is managed by NOAA and assisted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard, requests input from all interested persons on the U.S. authorization of Return Link Service (RLS) acknowledgment Type 1 capable Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz distress beacons. Through this Request for Information (RFI), the SARSAT Program seeks the public's views on the inclusion of this optional feature on U.S. country-coded beacons.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Washington State Department of Transportation Purdy Bridge Rehabilitation Project, Pierce County, WA
Document Number: 2021-02489
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during construction activities associated with a Purdy Bridge Rehabilitation Project in Pierce County, WA.
Census Scientific Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-02488
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census
The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a virtual meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including decennial, economic, field operations, information technology, and statistics. Last minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments. Please visit the Census Advisory Committees website at https:// www.census.gov/cac for the CSAC meeting information, including the agenda, and how to join the meeting.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Document Number: 2021-02467
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture (CTJV) for the Renewal of their currently active incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals incidental to Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project (PTST) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. These activities are identical to those covered in the current authorization. The project has experienced delays and most of the work covered in the initial IHA will not be completed by the time it expires. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, prior to issuing the currently active IHA, NMFS requested comments on both the proposed IHA and the potential for renewing the initial authorization if certain requirements were satisfied. The Renewal requirements have been satisfied, and NMFS is now providing an additional 15-day comment period to allow for any additional comments on the proposed Renewal not previously provided during the initial 30-day comment period.