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Federal Register Items of Interest to the Department of the Interior




Issue No. 1605
January 30 - February 3, 2012


Below is the weekly list of Federal Register Items of Interest to the Department of the Interior.  This list includes items appearing in the Federal Register during the week of January 30-February 3, 2012.  If you have any questions or wish to receive full-text copies of any of the items on this list, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815, e-mail at Library@nbc.gov, or in person or by mail at 1849 C Street, NW, MS 1151, Washington, DC  20240.


JANUARY 30, 2012

1. 77 FR 4461, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSRME), 30 CFR Part 931, [SATS No. NM-048-FOR; Docket ID OSM-2010-0014], New Mexico Regulatory Program, ACTION: Final rule; approval of amendment.

2. 77 FR 4471, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA), 38 CFR Part 39, RIN 2900-AN90, Tribal Veterans Cemetery Grants, ACTION: Final rule.

3. 77 FR 4492, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), 50 CFR Part 17, [Docket No. FWS-R7-ES-2011-0109; 4500030113] RIN 1018-AY34, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reissuance of Interim Special Rule for the Polar Bear, ACTION: Final rule.

4. 77 FR 4575, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R9-EA-2012-N009; FF09D00000-FXGO1664091HCC05D-123], Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, ACTION: Notice of meeting.

5. 77 FR 4576, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLIDC00000.L11200000.MR0000.241A.0; 4500030921], Notice of Public Meeting, Coeur d'Alene District Resource Advisory Council Meeting; Idaho, ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

6. 77 FR 4577, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLORW00000 L16100000.DP0000.WBSLXSS073H0000; HAG 12-0083], Notice of Public Meeting, Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council Meeting, ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.

7. 77 FR 4577, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-WASO-NRSS-0112-9361; 8542-1003-IZF], Information Collection Activities: Assessment Tools for Park-Based Youth Education and Employment Experience Programs, ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

8. 77 FR 4578, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-ANIA; 9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program.

9. 77 FR 4578, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-WRST;9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program. 

10. 77 FR 4579, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-DENA; 9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program.

11. 77 FR 4580, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-CAKR; 9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program.

12. 77 FR 4580, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-KOVA; 9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program.

13. 77 FR 4581, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-AKR-LACL; 9924-PYS], Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) Program, ACTION: Notice of public meeting for the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Region's Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) program.

14. 77 FR 4582, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-WASO-NRNHL-0112-9281; 2200-3200-665], National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions.   


JANUARY 31, 2012

15. 77 FR 4714, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 518, RIN 3141-AA44, Self-Regulation of Class II Gaming, ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

16. 77 FR 4720, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Parts 524, 539, 577, 580, 581, 582, 583, 584, and 585, RIN 3141-AA47, Appeal Proceedings Before the Commission, ACTION: Proposed rule.

17. 77 FR 4731, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 559, RIN 3141-AA48, Review and Submittal of a Tribe's Facility License Information, ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

18. 77 FR 4757, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)   Forest Service, Ochoco National Forest, Lookout Mountain Ranger District; Oregon; McKay Fuels and Vegetation Management Project EIS, ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

19. 77 FR 4765, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), RIN 0648-XA879, Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, March Through April 2012, ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. 

20. 77 FR 4803, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), [Docket Nos. CP12-19-000; CP12-20-000], Dominion Transmission, Inc.; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed TIOGA Area Expansion and Sabinsville to Morrisville Projects, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting,   

21. 77 FR 4813, Notices, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), [FRL-9624-7], Proposed Reissuance of the NPDES General Permits for Oil and Gas Exploration Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf and Contiguous State Waters in the Beaufort Sea and on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Chukchi Sea, ACTION: Notice of proposed reissuance of general permits.

22. 77 FR 4822, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)   U.S. Customs and Border Protection, [CBP Dec. 12-01], Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: Designation of an Approved Native American Tribal Card Issued by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho as an Acceptable Document To Denote Identity and Citizenship, ACTION: Notice.

23. 77 FR 4824, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R1-MB-2012-N0010; FXMB12320100000P2-123-FF01M01000], Golden Eagles; Programmatic Take Permit Application; Draft Environmental Assessment; West Butte Wind Project, Crook and Deschutes Counties, OR, ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of public comment period.

24. 77 FR 4826, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLCO910000-L10100000.PH0000], Notice of the Joint Colorado Resource Advisory Council Meeting, ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

25. 77 FR 4835, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)   Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards, ACTION: Notice.

26. 77 FR 4859, Notices, SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION, Projects Approved for Consumptive Uses of Water, ACTION: Notice.


FEBRUARY 1, 2012


27. 77 FR 4917, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 50 CFR Parts 216 and 218, [Docket No. 111019636-2033-02] RIN 0648-BB53, Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: U.S. Navy Training in 12 Range Complexes and U.S. Air Force Space Vehicle and Test Flight Activities in California, ACTION: Final rule.

28. 77 FR 4973, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), 50 CFR Part 17, [Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2011-0114; 4500030113], Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the San Bernardino Flying Squirrel as Endangered or Threatened With Critical Habitat, ACTION: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.

29. 77 FR 5002, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)   Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Water Power Program, ACTION: Notice of pre-solicitation public meeting, request for comment.

30. 77 FR 5010, Notices, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), [EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0057; FRL-9337-1], Notice of Availability of Memorandum of Understanding Between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, ACTION: Notice.

31. 77 FR 5027, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)   Administration for Children and Families (ACF)   Office of Head Start, Tribal Consultation Meetings, ACTION: Notice of meetings.

32. 77 FR 5039, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)   United States Coast Guard (USCG), [USCG-2011-0641], Accommodation Service Provided on Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities, ACTION: Request for public comments.

33. 77 FR 5041, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)   United States Coast Guard (USCG), [USCG-2011-1179], National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, ACTION: Notice of teleconference meeting.

34. 77 FR 5044, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R5-R-2011-N220; BAC-4311-K9-S3], Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, Barnstable County, MA, ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments.

35. 77 FR 5045, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R8-ES-2012-N007; FXES11130800000-123-FF08E00000], Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications, ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comment. ,

36. 77 FR 5047, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLWY9210000, L14300000.ET0000, WYW4471D], Notice of Correction for Public Land Order No. 7261; Modification and Partial Revocation of 12 Executive Orders and 7 Secretarial Orders; Wyoming, ACTION: Notice of Correction.

37. 77 FR 5047, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [F-14871-A, F-14871-A2; LLAK965000-L14100000-HY0000-P], Alaska Native Claims Selection, ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance.

38. 77 FR 5048, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [F-14951-A; LLAK965000-L14100000-HY0000-P], Alaska Native Claims Selection, ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance.

39. 77 FR 5048, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [WO-250-1220-PA-24 1A],  Notice of Bureau of Land Management Implementation of Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Provisions of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, ACTION: Notice.

40. 77 FR 5049, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSRME), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement; Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0103, ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

41. 77 FR 5087, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)   Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; USH 51, IH 39/90 East of Stoughton to USH 12/18 (Madison South Beltline Highway) North of McFarland; Dane County, WI, ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.


FEBRUARY 2, 2012

42. 77 FR 5178, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 514, Fees, ACTION: Final rule.

43. 77 FR 5183, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 523, RIN 3141-AA45, Review and Approval of Existing Ordinances or Resolutions; Repeal, ACTION: Final rule.

44. 77 FR 5204, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)   Forest Service DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), 36 CFR Part 242 50 CFR Part 100, [Docket No. FWS-R7-SM-2011-0015; FXFR13350700640L6-123-FF07J00000] RIN 1018-AX64, Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska--2013-14 and 2014-15 Subsistence Taking of Fish and Shellfish Regulations, ACTION: Proposed rule.

45. 77 FR 5264, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R9-MB-2011-N016; 91100-3740-GRNT 7C], Meeting Announcements: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group, ACTION: Notice of meetings.

46. 77 FR 5265, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs   Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians--Cherokee Code Chapter 18B, Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages, ACTION: Notice.

47. 77 FR 5267, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Indian Gaming Commission, Fee Rate, ACTION: Notice.

48. 77 FR 5268, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget   Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), [Docket No. ONRR-2011-0025], Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request, ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection.


FEBRUARY 3, 2012

49. 77 FR 5389, Rules and Regulations, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 15 CFR Part 902 50 CFR Part 679, [Docket No. 110207103-2041-02] RIN 0648-BA80, Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery; Economic Data Collection, ACTION: Final rule.

50. 77 FR 5403, Rules and Regulations, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF), 45 CFR Part 670, Conservation of Antarctic Animals and Plants, ACTION: Final rule.

51. 77 FR 5473, Proposed Rules, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 50 CFR Part 300, [Docket No. 120106033-2031-01] RIN 0648-BB68, Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan, ACTION: Proposed rule.

52. 77 FR 5491, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), RIN 0648-XA977, Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Sei Whales, ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year review; request for information.

53. 77 FR 5493, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), RIN 0648-XA603, Marine Mammals; File No. 15802, ACTION: Notice; requested change to permit application.

54. 77 FR 5504, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), [Docket No. CP12-36-000], Tres Palacios Gas Storage, L.L.C.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Copano Plant Interconnect Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues,   

55. 77 FR 5513, Notices, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), [ER-FRL-9001-4], Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability,   

56. 77 FR 5527, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, [Docket No. FR-5415-FA-42], Announcement of Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2010 Sustainable Construction in Indian Country Small Grant Program, ACTION: Announcement of funding award.

57. 77 FR 5528, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Office of the Secretary of the Interior, National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform, ACTION: Notice of meeting.

58. 77 FR 5528, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Office of the Secretary of the Interior, Trust Land Consolidation Draft Plan, ACTION: Notice of Availability.

59. 77 FR 5529, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), [BOEM-2012-0006], Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf, ACTION: Notice.

60. 77 FR 5545, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), [Docket No. BOEM-2011-0093], Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Virginia--Call for Information and Nominations, ACTION: Call for Information and Nominations.

61. 77 FR 5552, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), [Docket No. BOEM-2011-0058], Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Maryland--Call for Information and Nominations, ACTION: Call for Information and Nominations for Commercial Leases for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Maryland.

62. 77 FR 5560, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), [Docket No. BOEM-2011-0088], Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, ACTION: Notice of the Availability (NOA) of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact.

63. 77 FR 5561, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, [Docket ID No. BSEE-2011-0006; OMB Control Number 1014-NEW], Information Collection Activities: Oil, Gas, and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf, Subpart A, General; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request, ACTION: 60-day Notice.

64. 77 FR 5564, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), [FWS-R8-2011-N270; FF08E00000-FXES11120800000F2-112], Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Kern County, CA, ACTION: Notice of availability of Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

65. 77 FR 5566, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs   Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Indian Gaming, ACTION: Notice of Tribal--State Class III Gaming Compact Taking Effect.

66. 77 FR 5566, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLNMP02000 L71220000.EX0000 LVTFGX9G4200], Notice of Availability of the Final EIS for the HB In-Situ Solution Mine Project, Eddy County, New Mexico, ACTION: Notice of Availability.

67. 77 FR 5567, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLES956000-L19100000-BK0000-LRCMM0E0015P], Eastern States: Filing of Plat of Survey, North Carolina, ACTION: Notice.

68. 77 FR 5568, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   Bureau of Land Management (BLM), [LLWYP00000-L13200000-EL0000; WYW164812], Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Wright Area North Hilight Field Coal Lease-by-Application and Environmental Impact Statement, Wyoming, ACTION: Notice of availability.

69. 77 FR 5568, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)   National Park Service (NPS), [NPS-WASO-DPOL-1111-8900; 0004-SYM], Notice of Availability of Draft Director's Order #79 Concerning National Park Service Policies and Procedures Governing Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities, ACTION: Notice of availability.

70. 77 FR 5617, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)   Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Notice of Final Federal Agency Action on Proposed Highway in Utah, ACTION: Notice of Limitations on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA and other Federal Agencies.

71. 77 FR 5617, Notices, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)   Federal Transit Administration, Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program, ACTION: Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program Announcement of FY 2011 and Partial 2012 Project Selections.