Receipt of Applications for Permit
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species and marine mammals.
Issuance of Permits
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act Classification; Doña Ana County, NM.
The BLM has examined and found suitable approximately 10 acres of public land in Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico for classification for lease or subsequent conveyance under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended (44 Stat. 741, as amended; 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) and section 212 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended. Do[ntilde]a Ana County proposes to use the land for the proposed Rodey Community Resource Center in Rodey, New Mexico.
Letters of Authorization To Take Marine Mammals
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA) as amended, notice is hereby given that Letters of Authorization to take Pacific walruses and polar bears incidental to oil and gas industry exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea and adjacent western coast of Alaska have been issued.
Letters of Authorization To Take Marine Mammals
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA) as amended, notice is hereby given that Letters of Authorization to take polar bears and Pacific walruses incidental to oil and gas industry exploration, development, and production activities in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska have been issued.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Coal-Fired Electric Power Generating Plant in Eastern White Pine County, NV
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) has been prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ely Field Office for the White Pine Energy Station (WPES) and is now available. This document evaluates the environmental effects of constructing a coal-fired electric power generating plant (up to 1,600- megawatts) and associated features on public lands in White Pine County, Nevada.
Pennsylvania Regulatory Program
We are announcing a rescission of a required amendment that we imposed, in modified form, upon the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). We had modified a previous version of the required amendment, which we originally imposed in 1991. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, on remand from the Third Circuit, set aside our termination of the 1991 required amendment. We are rescinding the modified required amendment because under those court actions, no action on our part was necessary to implement the Courts' orders.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Least Chub (Iotichthys phlegethontis
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the least chub (Iotichthys phlegethontis) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing of the least chub may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the species, and we will issue a 12-month finding to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial data regarding this species. We will make a determination on critical habitat for this species if, and when, we initiate a listing action.
Sporting Conservation Council
This notice announces a public teleconference of the Sporting Conservation Council (Council).
Alaska Native Claims Selection
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Calista Corporation for lands located in the vicinity of Newtok and Chefornak, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News.
Notice of Realty Action: Segregation of Public Land in Lander County, NV
Two parcels of public land of approximately 878.34 acres in Lander County, Nevada are being considered for sale under the provisions of Section 203 of the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), at no less than the appraised fair market value. This notice is to segregate the lands being considered for sale for a period of up to two years.
Notice of Realty Action: Classification and Conveyance for Recreation and Public Purposes of Public Lands in Lander County, NV
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification and conveyance under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended, approximately 80 acres of public land in Lander County, Nevada. Lander County proposes to use the land for a waste water treatment facility.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process
Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO), Colorado, is initiating a planning effort to prepare the Grand Junction RMP and associated EIS. The RMP will replace the existing 1987 Resource Management Plan.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; California
The Secretary of the Interior proposes to withdraw 550 acres of public land from surface entry and mining for reclamation purposes on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation. This notice segregates the lands for up to 2 years from surface entry and mining while various studies and analyses are made to support a final decision on the withdrawal application. The lands will remain open to mineral and geothermal leasing and mineral material sales.
Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969
The Department of the Interior (Department) is amending its regulations by adding a new part to codify its procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which are currently located in chapters 1-6 of Part 516 of the Departmental Manual (DM). This rule contains Departmental policies and procedures for compliance with NEPA, Executive Order (E.O.) 11514, E.O. 13352 and the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508). Department officials will use this rule in conjunction with and supplementary to these authorities. The Department believes that codifying the procedures in regulations that are consistent with NEPA and the CEQ regulations will provide greater visibility to that which was previously contained in the DM and enhance cooperative conservation by highlighting opportunities for public engagement and input in the NEPA process. The Department will continue to maintain Department's information and explanatory guidance pertaining to NEPA in the DM and Environmental Statement Memoranda (ESM) to assist bureaus in complying with NEPA. Bureau-specific NEPA procedures remain in 516 DM Chapters 8-15 and bureau guidance in explanatory and informational directives. Maintaining explanatory information in the Department's DM chapters and ESM, and bureau-specific explanatory and informational directives will facilitate timely responses to new ideas, new information, procedural interpretations, training needs, and editorial changes to assist field offices when implementing the NEPA process.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WAOR58372 and WAOR58373; Washington
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Delta Petroleum Corporation for competitive oil and gas leases WAOR58372 and WAOR58373, for lands in Franklin County, Washington. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the leases terminated under the law.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WAOR61140 and WAOR61142; Washington
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Delta Petroleum Corporation for competitive oil and gas leases WAOR61140 and WAOR61142, for lands in Benton County, Washington. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the leases terminated under the law.
Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce our decision and the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for our Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan. Our EA considers alternatives for managing conflicts between humans and the endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WAOR58397, WAOR58398, WAOR58399, and WAOR58400; Washington
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Delta Petroleum Corporation for noncompetitive oil and gas leases WAOR58397, WAOR58398, WAOR58399, and WAOR58400, for lands in Franklin County, Washington. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the leases terminated under the law.
Correction to Notice of Realty Action-Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act Classification, New Mexico
In Federal Register [73 FR 50342] on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, make the following correction. Under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION heading, the legal description should read:
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
The following applicants have applied for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., Successor in Interest to Kivalina Sinuakmeut Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Kivalina, Alaska, and are located in:
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting
This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Marine Mammal Protection Act; Stock Assessment Report
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has incorporated public comments into a revision of the marine mammal stock assessment report for the northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) stock in Washington State. The 2008 final stock assessment report is now complete and available to the public.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to The Kuskokwim Corporation, Successor in Interest to Lower Kalskag Incorporated. The lands are in the vicinity of Lower Kalskag, Alaska, and are located in:
Notice of Availability of Draft Monument Management Plan Amendment and Draft Rangeland Health Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Planning Area in Kane and Garfield Counties, UT and Coconino County, AZ
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared Draft Monument Management Plan Amendment and Draft Rangeland Health Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (hereafter referred to as the `Draft Rangeland Health Amendment') and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Notice of Availability of the Additional Air Quality Impact Assessment To Support the Little Snake Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), Moffat and Routt Counties, CO
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared an Additional Air Quality Impact Assessment to Support the Draft Resource Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS) for the Little Snake Field Office and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Land Withdrawals; Removal of Regulations Covering Emergency Withdrawals
This proposed rule would remove regulations that provide for emergency withdrawals. These regulations are redundant, since public lands can be protected without substantial delay via conventional withdrawal procedures, without recourse to the regulations providing for emergency withdrawals. Moreover, constitutional issues may arise whenever a Congressional committee directs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to withdraw lands immediately.
Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, Big Horn County, MT
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as joint lead agencies, with the Crow Tribe of Indians, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as cooperating agencies, intend to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the proposed extension of the existing Absaloka mine onto the Crow Indian Reservation and for related federal and state permitting actions. This notice also announces that the BIA will simultaneously issue its Record of Decision (ROD) for approval of the Westmoreland Resources, Inc. (WRI) lease with the Crow Tribe for the South Extension coal lease tract on the Reservation, and the approval of all surface use agreements between WRI and the allottee surface owners in the South Extension tract. The FEIS and ROD are now available for public review.
Notice of a Meeting for Gates of the Arctic National Park Subsistence Resource Commission
The Gates of the Arctic National Park Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) will meet to develop and continue work on National Park Service (NPS) subsistence hunting program recommendations and other related subsistence management issues. This meeting is open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcomed to present written or oral comments to the SRC. This meeting will be recorded and meeting minutes will be available upon request from the park superintendent for public inspection approximately six weeks after each meeting. The NPS subsistence resource commission program is authorized under Title VIII, Section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Public Law 96- 487, to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Technical Standards for Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids Used in the Play of Class II Games
The rule adds a new part to the Commission's regulations establishing technical standards for Class II gamesbingo, lotto, other games similar to bingo, pull tabs, and ``instant bingo''that are played using ``electronic, computer, or other technologic aids'' as parts of a Class II gaming system. The rule establishes a process for ensuring the integrity of such games and aidsexamination by an independent testing laboratory and approval by the tribal gaming regulatory authoritybefore being made available to the public for play in a tribal gaming operation. The standards will assist tribal gaming regulatory authorities and operators in ensuring the integrity and security of Class II gaming and the accountability of Class II gaming revenue. The standards will also provide guidance to equipment manufacturers and distributors of Class II gaming systems. The rule does not attempt to distinguish Class II gaming from Class III gaming. Rather, the rule assumes that the games played on Class II gaming systems are, in fact, Class II.
Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming
This rule supersedes certain specified sections of the current Minimum Internal Control Standards and replaces them with a new part titled Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming. Since the implementation of Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS), it became obvious that the MICS require technical adjustments and revisions so that they can effectively protect tribal assets, while still allowing tribes to utilize technological advances in the gaming industry. This rule applies only to Class II games.
Definition for Electronic or Electromechanical Facsimile
The National Indian Gaming Commission is withdrawing the proposed modification to the definition of ``Electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2007. (72 FR 60482.)
Proposed Renewal of Information Collection: OMB Control Number 1084-0010, Claim for Relocation Payments-Residential, DI-381 and Claim for Relocation Payments-Nonresidential, DI-382
In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Acquisition and Property Management announces the proposed extension of a public information collection and seeks public comments on the provisions thereof.
Cachuma Lake Resource Management Plan (RMP), Santa Barbara County, CA
The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the review period for the DEIS to October 31, 2008. The notice of availability of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2008 (73 FR 43472). The public review period was originally to end on September 23, 2008.
Lake Casitas Resource Management Plan (RMP), Ventura County, CA
The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the review period for the DEIS to October 31, 2008. The notice of availability of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2008 (73 FR 43785). The public review period was originally to end on September 26, 2008.
Central Utah Project Completion Act
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Department of the Interior and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, are evaluating the impacts of converting Central Utah Project (CUP) Bonneville Unit water, delivered to the Francis Sub-Area of Summit County, Utah, from irrigation to municipal and industrial (M&I) use. In addition, the area of delivery would be expanded. The water conversion will involve up to 3,000 acre- feet of irrigation water that has historically been delivered to agricultural tracts under Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) law and policy. The irrigation water would be converted incrementally to M&I use over a period of up to 25 years. The expanded Francis Sub-Area would be restricted to lands within the Central Utah Water Conservancy District boundary, in the upper Provo River drainage, upstream of Jordanelle Reservoir. The Bonneville Unit of the CUP was authorized to develop a portion of central Utah's water resources. Under the authority of Reclamation Law and the Central Utah Project Completion Act (Pub. L. 102-575), the Secretary of the Interior oversees implementation of the CUP and therefore has authority to convert CUP water from irrigation to M&I use. Current and proposed changes in land use in the Francis Sub-Area of Summit County, Utah, resulted in a request made by governing officials and local water companies to initiate the process for water conversion from irrigation to M&I and to expand the Francis Sub-Area to be eligible for CUP M&I water.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of the Minerals Management Service by the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 256.41, each entity within one of the following groups shall be restricted from bidding with any entity in any other of the following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period November 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register April 22, 2008, and the correction published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2008, covered the period May 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central Planning Area (CPA) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213 in 2010
This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter referred to as the ``Call'') is the initial step in the prelease process. The purpose of the Call is to gather information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development that might result from an OCS oil and gas lease sale tentatively scheduled in early 2010. The purpose of the NOP is to announce MMS's intent to prepare an EA for CPA Sale 213.
Proposed Continuation of Withdrawals; Utah
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) proposes that 9 withdrawals for the Provo River Project be continued for 20 years. The lands are still needed for the purpose for which they were withdrawn. The lands would remain withdrawn as specified in the orders.
Application for the Conveyance of Federally Owned Mineral Interest
The surface owner of the lands described in this notice, aggregating approximately 1,015.49 acres, has filed an application to purchase the Federally owned mineral interests in the lands. Publication of this notice temporarily segregates the mineral interest from appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws.