Department of the Interior February 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Grants to States and Tribes
Document Number: 2018-02728
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection for requirements for Grants to States and Tribes.
Notice of Public Meeting for the Northwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2018-02680
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Northwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Application for a Recordable Disclaimer of Interest for Lands Underlying the Kanektok River System Including Pegati and Kagati Lakes, Alaska
Document Number: 2018-02679
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The State of Alaska (State) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a Recordable Disclaimer of Interest (RDI) from the United States in those lands underlying the Kanektok River System, including Pegati and Kagati Lakes, a major drainage into Kuskokwim Bay in southwestern Alaska. The State asserts that the Kanektok River System, including Pegati and Kagati Lakes, was navigable and unreserved at the time of Alaska Statehood in 1959.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Texas Hornshell
Document Number: 2018-02672
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-09
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the Texas hornshell (Popenaias popeii), a freshwater mussel species from New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
Acadia National Park Advisory Commission 2018 Meeting Schedule
Document Number: 2018-02633
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service is hereby giving notice of the 2018 meeting schedule for the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Certification and Noncoal Reclamation
Document Number: 2018-02506
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection for requirements for certification and noncoal reclamation.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Permanent Regulatory Program-Small Operator Assistance Program
Document Number: 2018-02505
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection for the Permanent Regulatory ProgramSmall Operator Assistance Program (SOAP).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Areas Designated by Act of Congress
Document Number: 2018-02504
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection for Areas Designated by Act of Congress.
Filing of Plats of Survey; NV
Document Number: 2018-02469
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada.
Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, Title II-Indian Trust Asset Management Demonstration Project
Document Number: 2018-02436
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will host three Tribal consultation sessions on the development of the Indian Trust Asset Management Demonstration Project authorized by the Indian Trust Asset Management Reform Act (ITARA), Public Law 114-178.
Cancellation of Withdrawal Application and Withdrawal Proposal and Termination of Environmental Impact Statement for California Desert Conservation Area Withdrawal, California
Document Number: 2018-02422
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has canceled its withdrawal application and the withdrawal proposal relating to 1,337,904 acres of public lands within designated California Desert National Conservation Lands. The BLM has determined that the lands are no longer needed in connection with the proposed withdrawal. This notice terminates the temporary segregation from location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights, the provision of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law, as described further below. The BLM has also terminated the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement evaluating this application and proposal.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease NMNM111949, New Mexico
Document Number: 2018-02349
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, Cimarex Energy Company timely filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease NMNM 11949, Eddy County, New Mexico. The lessee paid the required rentals accruing from July 1, 2014, the date of termination. No leases were issued that affect these lands. The Bureau of Land Management proposes to reinstate this lease.
American Burying Beetle Habitat Conservation Plan and Low-Effect Screening Form; Fixico Point-of-Delivery to Weleetka, Hughes, Okfuskee, and Seminole Counties, OK
Document Number: 2018-02340
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of several documents related to an incidental take permit (ITP) application under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. American Electric Power applied for the requested ITP, which would be in effect for a three-year period in Hughes, Okfuskee, and Seminole Counties, Oklahoma. If granted, the permit would authorize American burying beetle incidental take resulting from rebuilding two portions of the Fixico point of delivery to Weleetka electric transmission line. The documents available for comment include the low-effect screening form that supports a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, a draft low-effect habitat conservation plan, and the ITP application.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Collection of Monies Due the Federal Government
Document Number: 2018-02299
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions under 30 CFR part 1218.
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments; Annual Adjustments
Document Number: 2018-02200
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This rule provides for annual adjustments to the level of civil monetary penalties contained in Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) regulations to account for inflation under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2017-18 Season
Document Number: 2018-02203
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This rule prescribes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off- reservation trust lands, and ceded lands. This rule responds to tribal requests for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) recognition of their authority to regulate hunting under established guidelines. This rule allows the establishment of season bag limits and, thus, harvest at levels compatible with populations and habitat conditions.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee; Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2018-02138
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council is soliciting nominations for the Public Advisory Committee to fill a membership vacancy that represents conservation and environmental interests. The Public Advisory Committee advises the Trustee Council on decisions related to the planning, evaluation, funds allocation, and conduct of injury assessment and restoration activities related to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989. The Secretary of the Interior will select a Public Advisory Committee member to fill the vacancy and serve the remainder of a term which will end on December 2, 2018.
Announcement of Public Meeting via Teleconference; North American Wetlands Conservation Council
Document Number: 2018-02113
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will meet via teleconference to select U.S. small grant proposals for reporting to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 2018-02112
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2018-19 hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in hunting seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.
Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area, Bakersfield, and Bishop Resource Management Plans and Prepare Associated Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments
Document Number: 2018-02098
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
On September 14, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Land Use Plan Amendment (DRECP), which amended the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, Bishop Resource Management Plan (RMP), and the Bakersfield RMP in the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran Desert regions of southern California. On March 28, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13783, ``Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,'' which directs all Federal agencies to review all actions that could ``potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.'' To facilitate the BLM's review of the DRECP, including potential burdens on domestic renewable energy production in California, the BLM, by this notice, is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.
Notice of Proposed Filing of Plats of Survey: Montana
Document Number: 2018-02022
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The plats of surveys for the lands described in this notice are scheduled to be officially filed 30 calendar days after the date of this publication in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana. The surveys, which were executed at the request of the BLM, are necessary for the management of these lands.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Incidental Take Permit Application, Habitat Conservation Plan for Skink Species, and Environmental Assessment for Roadway Relocation in Polk County, FL
Document Number: 2018-02015
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), we, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the receipt and availability of a proposed habitat conservation plan and environmental assessment related to an application for a permit associated with relocation of a 1.3-mile segment of Dude Ranch Road (project) located in Polk County, Florida. If issued, the permit would authorize take of the threatened sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to project construction. We invite the public to comment on these documents.
Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2018 Season
Document Number: 2018-02001
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is proposing migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2018 season. These regulations allow for the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska and prescribe regional information on when and where the harvesting of birds may occur. These regulations were developed under a co-management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. The rulemaking is necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking proposes region- specific regulations that would go into effect on April 2, 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior Duck Stamp Contests
Document Number: 2018-01968
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we) are proposing a new information collection.
Notice of Proposed Class II Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease UTU77328, Utah
Document Number: 2018-01944
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with Section 31 of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, Berry Petroleum Company timely filed a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease UTU77328 for lands in Duchesne County, Utah, along with all required rentals and royalties accruing from July 1, 2014, the date of termination. The BLM proposes to reinstate the lease.