Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Religious Use of Feathers; Extension of Comment Period
In 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) received a petition for rulemaking, which asks the Service to revise the existing rules pertaining to the religious use of federally protected bird feathers. The Service published the petition in the Federal Register for public comment pursuant to the terms of a settlement agreement entered into in 2016 by the United States with McAllen Grace Brethren Church et al. Today's action extends the comment period for 15 days.
Tribal Energy Resource Agreements
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposes to amend its regulations governing Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERAs) between the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) and Indian Tribes. Tribes, at their discretion, may apply for TERAs. TERAs allow Tribes to enter into leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way for energy resource development on Tribal land without the Secretary's review and approval. This proposed rule would update the regulations to incorporate changes recently made by Congress to the Act authorizing TERAs. This proposed rule would also establish how Tribal Energy Development Organizations (TEDOs) may obtain certification, as an alternative to a TERA.
Renewals of Information Collections Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or Commission) is seeking comments on the renewal of information collections for the following activities: Compliance and enforcement actions under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, as authorized by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 3141-0001; approval of tribal ordinances, and background investigation and issuance of licenses, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0003; National Environmental Policy Act submissions, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0006; and issuance to tribes of certificates of self-regulation for Class II gaming, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0008. These information collections all expire on January 31, 2020.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Markup Application
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing a new information collection.
Notice of Temporary Closure of Public Land in Washoe County, Nevada
As authorized under the provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, et seq., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing a temporary closure to restrict all public use on certain public land, roads, routes and trails located near Stead, Nevada, for public safety during the Reno Air Racing Association's annual Pylon Racing Seminar events and National Championship Air Races events authorized by a Special Recreation Permit (SRP). The temporary closure is in effect for the Pylon Racing Seminar events which take place annually during a five-day period at the beginning of June, and the National Championship Air Races which take place annually during a nine-day period in September. The temporary closures will take place during these periods of time every year from 2019 to 2023.
Required Fees for Mining Claims or Sites
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing this final rule to make statutorily required adjustments to its location and maintenance fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites. These adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Foreign Endangered Species; Receipt of Permit Applications
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign species that are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such activities. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the ESA with respect to any endangered species.