Department of the Interior February 22, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment To Evaluate Potential Environmental Effects of Well Stimulation Treatments on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2016-03600
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
After an 11 month process that began in March of 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to evaluate potential environmental effects of well stimulation treatments (WSTs) on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These activities include: Fracturing WSTs (Diagnostic fracture injection test; Frac pac; and Acid fracturing) and non-fracturing WSTs (Matrix acidizing; and Polymer/surfactant injection).
Announcement of Public Review Period for a Report of the Advisory Committee on Water Information, Subcommittee on Hydrology
Document Number: 2016-03570
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey
Notice is hereby given of the availability for public review of the draft U.S. Geological Survey report, ``Guidelines for Determining Flood Flow Frequency'', commonly known as Bulletin 17B. This report was drafted under the auspices of the Hydrologic Frequency Analysis Work Group (HFAWG), which operates under the supervision of the Advisory Committee on Water Information's (ACWI) Subcommittee on Hydrology (SOH). Public review and comment is sought under the HFAWG Terms of Reference and the USGS peer review plan for the report (URL: http://www.usgs.gov/peer_review/docs/guidelines_for_determini ng_flood- flow_frequency.pdf). The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum 92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water- information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government about activities and plans which may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. It has been 33 years since the last revision of Bulletin 17B in March 1982. At that time, it was recognized that continued investigation and improvements of flood frequency analysis techniques were needed. In fact, Bulletin 17B included a list of areas where additional research was recommended by the Work Group in 1982. The SOH's HFAWG has done extensive work during the last few years to update the Bulletin. The draft report resulting from that process is now available for public review and comment. The report may be accessed at http:// acwi.gov/hydrology/Frequency/b17c/index.html. A printed copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, 417 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192; (703) 648-6810.
Proposed Weyerhaeuser Company Safe Harbor Agreement for the Northern Spotted Owl and Draft Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2016-03559
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from Weyerhaeuser Company for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) Enhancement of Survival Permit (Permit) for the federally threatened northern spotted owl. The Permit application includes a draft safe harbor agreement (SHA) addressing access to Weyerhaeuser Company lands for the survey and removal of barred owls as part of the Service's Barred Owl Removal Experiment (Experiment) in Lane County, Oregon. The Service also announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) that has been prepared in response to the Permit application in accordance with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We are making the Permit application, including the draft SHA and the draft EA, available for public review and comment.
Revised Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies in Endangered Species Act Activities
Document Number: 2016-03541
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announce an interagency policy to clarify the role of State agencies in activities undertaken by the Services under authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and associated regulations. The policy, which is a revision of a policy issued in 1994, reflects a renewed commitment by the Services and State fish and wildlife agencies to work together in conserving America's imperiled wildlife.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2016-03531
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is soliciting comments on the significance of properties nominated before January 23, 2016, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska-2017-18 and 2018-19 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Shellfish Regulations
Document Number: 2016-03248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This proposed rule would establish regulations for fish and shellfish seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish and shellfish for subsistence uses during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 regulatory years. The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) is on a schedule of completing the process of revising subsistence taking of fish and shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years and subsistence taking of wildlife regulations in even-numbered years; public proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the applicable cycle. When final, the resulting rulemaking will replace the existing subsistence fish and shellfish taking regulations. This proposed rule would also amend the general regulations on subsistence taking of fish and wildlife.