Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Receipt of Applications for Two Incidental Take Permits; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plans; Reed Motors, Inc. and Clermont Land Development, LLC, Lake County, FL
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received two applications for incidental take permits (ITP). Reed Motors, Inc. and Clermont Land Development, LLC each request a 5-year ITP under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request public comment on the permit applications and accompanying proposed habitat conservation plans (HCPs), as well as on our preliminary determination that the plans qualify as low-effect under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.
Proposed Information Collection; Application and Performance Reporting for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona
The plats of survey of the described lands were officially filed in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix, Arizona, on dates indicated.
National Environmental Policy Act: Implementing Procedures; Addition to Categorical Exclusions for Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice announces the addition of a new categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to be included in the Departmental Manual 516 DM 10. The proposed categorical exclusion pertains to the leasing and funding for single-family homesites on Indian land, including associated improvements and easements, which encompass five acres or less of contiguous land.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 1028-0103 described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2013.
Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC); Notice of Meeting
OESC will meet at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board) will hold its next meeting in Washington, DC The purpose of the meeting is to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) for Indian children with disabilities.
National Register of Historic Places Request for Comments on Identifying, Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties and Native American Landscapes
Through October 31, 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) will be soliciting written comments and recommendations from its tribal, national, state, and local historic preservation partners, NPS regional offices and parks, other Federal agencies, and the public at large regarding updating National Register (NR) Program guidance for identifying, evaluating, and documenting properties that are historically significant as Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) and/ or Native American landscapes.
Potential Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Maine; Request for Interest
The purpose of this public notice is to: (1) Describe the proposal submitted to BOEM by Statoil North America (Statoil NA) to acquire an OCS wind lease; (2) solicit public input regarding the proposal, its potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located; and (3) solicit submissions of indications of competitive interest for a commercial lease for wind energy development on the OCS off the coast of Maine for the area identified in this notice. On October 12, 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited request from Statoil NA for a commercial wind lease on the OCS offshore Maine. Statoil NA's proposed project, ``Hywind Maine,'' would consist of four 3-megawatt (MW) wind turbine generators (WTG) configured for a total of 12-MW in water depths greater than 100 meters and be located approximately 12 nautical miles (nmi) off the coast of Maine. The objective of the proposed Hywind Maine Project is to demonstrate the commercial potential of the existing floating offshore Hywind technology, while responding to a corresponding Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. This request for interest is published pursuant to subsection 8(p)(3) of the OCS Lands Act, as amended by section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) (43 U.S.C. 1337(p)(3)), and the implementing regulations at 30 CFR part 585.231(b). Subsection 8(p)(3) of the OCS Lands Act requires that OCS renewable energy leases, easements, and rights-of-way (ROWs) be issued ``on a competitive basis unless the Secretary determines after public notice of a proposed lease, easement, or right-of-way that there is no competitive interest.'' This request for interest provides such public notice for the proposed lease area requested by Statoil NA and invites the submission of indications of competitive interest. BOEM will consider the responses to this public notice to determine whether competitive interest exists for the area requested by Statoil NA, as required by 43 U.S.C. 1337(p)(3). Parties wishing to obtain a lease for the area requested by Statoil NA should submit detailed and specific information as described in the section entitled ``Required Indication of Interest Information.'' This announcement also requests that interested and affected parties comment and provide information about site conditions and multiple uses within the area identified in this notice that would be relevant to the proposed project or its impacts. BOEM separately published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) concurrently with this request for interest. The NOI starts the scoping process for the EIS under 40 CFR 1501.7, and solicits information regarding important environmental issues, alternatives, and mitigation that should be considered in the EIS. A detailed description of the proposed lease area can be found in the section of this notice entitled ``Description of the Area.''
Intent To Prepare Environmental Impact Statements: Potential Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Decision Regarding Approval of Construction and Operations Plan on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Maine
On October 12, 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited request from Statoil North America Inc. (Statoil NA) for a commercial wind lease on the OCS offshore Maine. Upon the submittal of a construction and operations plan (COP), BOEM intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will consider the environmental consequences associated with the Hywind Maine project proposed by Statoil NA, and to obtain public input regarding important environmental issues that should be considered in the EIS.
Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice publishes the current list of 566 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on October 1, 2010 (75 FR 60810) and the October 27, 2010 (75 FR 66124Supplemental).