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1028-0060 - 60 Day FRN Mine Development - Published

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Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 33 / Thursday, February 17, 2022 / Notices

or via email at [email protected]
fws.gov. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf,
hard of hearing, or speech disabled,
please call the Federal Relay Service at
800–877–8339.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have
received an application from the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power
(applicant) for an incidental take permit
under the Endangered Species Act of
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531
et seq.). The application addresses the
potential take of the federally
endangered California condor (condor),
incidental to otherwise lawful activities
at the Pine Tree Wind Farm (project), as
described in the applicant’s draft
conservation plan. The project began
operations in 2009 and is within the
Tehachapi Wind Resource Area in the
eastern foothills of the southern Sierra
Nevada in Kern County, California.

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Background
Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1538)
and Federal regulations promulgated
pursuant to section 4(d) of the ESA (16
U.S.C. 1533) prohibit the take of
endangered species without special
exemption. Under section 10(a)(1)(B) of
the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539), we may issue
permits to authorize take of listed fish
and wildlife species that is incidental
to, and not the purpose of, carrying out
an otherwise lawful activity.
Regulations governing permits for
endangered and threatened species are
set forth in title 50 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (CFR) at part 17,
sections 17.22 and 17.32.
The National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.)
requires Federal agencies to analyze
their proposed actions to determine
whether the actions may significantly
affect the human environment. In the
NEPA analysis, the Federal agency will
identify the effects, as well as possible
mitigation for effects on environmental
resources, that could occur with the
implementation of the proposed action
and alternatives. The Federal action in
this case is the Service’s proposed
issuance of an incidental take permit for
the federally endangered California
condor.
Permit Application
The applicant has submitted a draft
conservation plan that describes the
activities covered by the permit, such as
the operation of wind turbines and other
specified activities associated with
project components. To minimize the
risk of incidental take, the applicant
will maintain a program to detect
condors approaching the project and
temporarily curtail operating wind

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turbines when appropriate. The
conservation plan also includes
adaptive management to allow for
maintaining the protection of condors as
technologies, condor behavior, and
other factors change over time. To
mitigate the impact of the potential
incidental take, the applicant proposes
to work with an existing captive
breeding facility to fund the production
of additional condors for release into the
wild. The Service and applicant used a
population viability analysis to inform
the mitigation strategy and ensure that
the level of potential injury or mortality
of condors permitted at the project
would not impede recovery of the
species. The population viability
analysis report is appended to the draft
conservation plan.
The Service prepared a draft
environmental assessment to evaluate
the impacts of issuing the proposed
incidental take permit on the human
environment, consistent with the
purpose and goals of NEPA and
pursuant to the Council on
Environmental Quality’s implementing
NEPA regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500–
1508. Additionally, the draft
environmental assessment was prepared
consistent with the Department of the
Interior NEPA regulations (43 CFR part
46); longstanding Federal judicial and
regulatory interpretations; and
Administration priorities and policies
including Secretary’s Order No. 3399
requiring bureaus and offices to use ‘‘the
same application or level of NEPA that
would have been applied to a proposed
action before the 2020 Rule went into
effect.’’
A ‘‘Frequently Asked Questions’’
document for the above-described
population viability analysis is attached
to the draft environmental assessment.
The draft conservation plan and the
draft environmental assessment
consider alternatives to the proposed
action, including a no action alternative.
Public Comments
If you wish to comment on the draft
conservation plan and draft
environmental assessment, you may
submit comments by one of the methods
in ADDRESSES.
Public Availability of Comments
You may submit comments by one of
the methods shown under ADDRESSES.
All comments and materials we receive
in response to this request will become
part of the decision record associated
with this action. Before including your
address, phone number, email address,
or other personal identifying
information in your comment, you
should be aware that your entire

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comment, including your personal
identifying information, may be made
publicly available at any time. While
you can ask us in your comment to
withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
Authority
We issue this notice pursuant to
section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C.
1539) and its implementing regulations
(50 CFR 17.22), and NEPA (42 U.S.C.
4321 et seq.) and its implementing
regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR
46.305).
Scott Sobiech,
Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife
Office, Carlsbad, California.
[FR Doc. 2022–03465 Filed 2–16–22; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Geological Survey
[GX22LR000F60100; OMB Control Number
1028–0060/Renewal]

Agency Information Collection
Activities; Mine, Development, and
Mineral Exploration Supplement
U.S. Geological Survey,
Interior.
ACTION: Notice of information collection;
request for comment.
AGENCY:

In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is
proposing to renew an information
collection.
DATES: Interested persons are invited to
submit comments on or before April 18,
2022.
ADDRESSES: Send your comments on
this information collection request (ICR)
by mail to U.S. Geological Survey,
Information Collections Officer, 12201
Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston,
VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_
[email protected] Please reference
OMB Control Number 1028–0060 in the
subject line of your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To
request additional information about
this ICR, contact Shonta E. Osborne by
email at [email protected], or by
telephone at 703–648–7960. Individuals
who are hearing or speech impaired
may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–
800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. You
may also view the ICR at http://
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In
accordance with the Paperwork
SUMMARY:

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Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 33 / Thursday, February 17, 2022 / Notices
Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the
general public and other Federal
agencies with an opportunity to
comment on new, proposed, revised,
and continuing collections of
information. This helps us assess the
impact of our information collection
requirements and minimize the public’s
reporting burden. It also helps the
public understand our information
collection requirements and provide the
requested data in the desired format.
We are soliciting comments on the
proposed ICR that is described below.
We are especially interested in public
comment addressing the following
issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to
the proper functions of the USGS; (2)
will this information be processed and
used in a timely manner; (3) is the
estimate of burden accurate; (4) how
might the USGS enhance the quality,
utility, and clarity of the information to
be collected; and (5) how might the
USGS minimize the burden of this
collection on the respondents, including
through the use of information
technology.
Comments that you submit in
response to this notice are a matter of
public record. We will include or
summarize each comment in our request
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before
including your address, phone number,
email address, or other personally
identifiable information (PII) in your
comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment—including your
PII—may be made publicly available at
any time. While you can ask us in your
comment to withhold your PII from
public review, we cannot guarantee that
we will be able to do so.
Abstract: The National Mining and
Minerals Policy Act of 1970 and the
National Materials and Minerals Policy,
Research and Development Act of 1980
mandate that the Secretary of the
Interior collect, evaluate, and analyze
information concerning mineral
occurrence, production, and use for the
domestic mineral industry and to
inform Congress of important domestic
mining and minerals industries
developments. These responsibilities
are delegated to the U.S. Geological
Survey and are carried out, in part,
through this information collection.
Title of Collection: Mine,
Development, and Mineral Exploration
Supplement.
OMB Control Number: 1028–0060.
Form Number: USGS Form 9–4000–A.
Type of Review: Extension of a
currently approved collection.
Respondents/Affected Public:
Businesses or Other For-Profit
Institutions: U.S. nonfuel minerals and
exploration operations.

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Total Estimated Number of Annual
Respondents: 324.
Total Estimated Number of Annual
Responses: 324.
Estimated Completion Time per
Response: 45 minutes.
Total Estimated Number of Annual
Burden Hours: 243.
Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary.
Frequency of Collection: Annually.
Total Estimated Annual Non-hour
Burden Cost: There are no ‘‘non-hour
cost’’ burdens associated with this ICR.
An agency may not conduct or
sponsor, nor is a person required to
respond to, a collection of information
unless it displays a currently valid OMB
control number.
The authorities for this action are the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the National
Materials and Minerals Policy, Research
and Development Act of 1980 (30 U.S.C.
1601 et seq.), and the National Mining
and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 (30
U.S.C. 21(a)).
Steven Fortier,
Director, National Minerals Information
Center, U.S. Geological Survey.
[FR Doc. 2022–03429 Filed 2–16–22; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
[LLOR957000.L1440000.BJ0000.212.HAG
22–0011]

Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/
Washington
Bureau of Land Management,
Interior.
ACTION: Notice of official filing.
AGENCY:

The plats of survey of the
following described lands are scheduled
to be officially filed in the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM), Oregon State
Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 calendar
days from the date of this publication.
DATES: Protests must be received by the
BLM prior to the scheduled date of
official filing, March 21, 2022.
ADDRESSES: A copy of the plats may be
obtained from the Public Room at the
BLM Oregon State Office, 1220 SW 3rd
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, upon
required payment. The plats may be
viewed at this location at no cost.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mary Hartel, telephone: (503) 808–6131,
email: [email protected], Branch of
Geographic Sciences, Bureau of Land
Management, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue,
Portland, Oregon 97204. Persons who
use a telecommunications device for the
SUMMARY:

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deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay
Service at (800) 877–8339 to contact Ms.
Hartel during normal business hours.
The service is available 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, to leave a message or
question. You will receive a reply
during normal business hours.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The plats
of survey of the following described
lands are scheduled to be officially filed
in the BLM, Oregon State Office,
Portland, Oregon:
Willamette Meridian, Oregon
T. 37 S., R. 5 W., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 38 S., R. 5 W., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 38 S., R. 6 W., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 38 S., R. 6 E., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 38 S., R. 6 E., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 2 S., R. 6 W., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 33 S., R. 6 W., accepted December 21, 2021
T. 29 S., R. 6 W., accepted December 21, 2021
Willamette Meridian, Washington
T. 30 N., R. 15 W., accepted December 21,
2021
T. 21 N., R. 21 E., accepted December 21,
2021
T. 39 N., R. 31 E., accepted December 21,
2021
T. 4 N., R. 14 E., accepted December 21, 2021

A person or party who wishes to
protest one or more plats of survey
identified above must file a written
notice of protest with the Chief
Cadastral Surveyor for Oregon/
Washington BLM. The notice of protest
must identify the plat(s) of survey that
the person or party wishes to protest.
The notice of protest must be filed
before the scheduled date of official
filing for the plat(s) of survey being
protested. Any notice of protest filed
after the scheduled date of official filing
will be untimely and will not be
considered. A notice of protest is
considered filed on the date it is
received by the Chief Cadastral
Surveyor for Oregon/Washington during
regular business hours; if received after
regular business hours, a notice of
protest will be considered filed the next
business day. A written statement of
reasons in support of a protest, if not
filed with the notice of protest, must be
filed with the Chief Cadastral Surveyor
for Oregon/Washington within 30
calendar days after the notice of protest
is filed. If a notice of protest against a
plat of survey is received prior to the
scheduled date of official filing, the
official filing of the plat of survey
identified in the notice of protest will be
stayed pending consideration of the
protest. A plat of survey will not be
officially filed until the next business
day following dismissal or resolution of
all protests of the plat.
Before including your address, phone
number, email address, or other

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