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distribution, abundance, demographics, SUMMARY: We, the National Marine plan and have addressed them in the
and genetics; (B) habitat conditions Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce the proposed recovery plan. In addition to
including, but not limited to, amount, availability for public review of the addressing the comments, we have
distribution, and suitability; (C) Proposed Recovery Plan (Plan) for incorporated ESA elements into the
conservation measures that have been Southern Resident Killer Whales plan, including discussions of the five
implemented that benefit the species; (Orcinus Orca). NMFS is requesting ESA listing factors, critical habitat,
(D) status and trends of threats; and (E) review and comment on the Plan from section 7, and ESA recovery criteria. We
other new information, data, or the public and all interested parties. also included new research results and
corrections including, but not limited DATES: Written comments and references that have become available
to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, information must be received by since the proposed conservation plan
identification of erroneous information February 27, 2007. was released.
contained in the list, and improved ADDRESSES: Copies of the Plan may be
analytical methods. reviewed and/or copied at NMFS, The Plan
If you wish to provide information for Protected Resources Division, 7600
this 5-year review, you may submit your Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. The ESA requires that recovery plans
information and materials to Kyle Baker The Plan is available on-line on the incorporate (1) objective, measurable
(see ADDRESSES section). Our practice is NMFS web site http:// criteria which, when met, would result
to make submissions of information, www.nwr.noaa.gov. Comments should in a determination that the species is no
including names and home addresses of be submitted by mail to Chief, Protected longer threatened or endangered; (2)
respondents, available for public review Resources Division, 1201 NE Lloyd site-specific management actions
during regular business hours. Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232 or necessary to achieve the plan’s goals;
Respondents may request that we by sending an e-mail message to and (3) estimates of time required and
withhold a respondent’s identity, as orca.plan@noaa.gov. costs to implement recovery actions.
allowable by law. If you wish us to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NMFS’ goal is to restore the endangered
withhold your name or address, you Lynne Barre, NOAA/NMFS, Northwest Southern Resident DPS to the point
must state this request prominently at Region, (206) 526–4745. where they are again secure, self-
the beginning of your submission. We SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The sustaining members of their ecosystems
will not, however, consider anonymous Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, and no longer need the protections of
submissions. To the extent consistent as amended (15 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) the ESA.
with applicable law, we will make all requires that NMFS develop and The Plan provides background on the
submissions from organizations or implement recovery plans for the natural history of killer whales,
businesses, and from individuals conservation and survival of threatened
identifying themselves as population trends and the potential
and endangered species under its threats to their viability. The Plan lays
representatives or officials of jurisdiction, unless it is determined that
organizations or businesses, available out a recovery strategy to address the
such plans would not result in the potential threats based on the best
for public inspection in their entirety. conservation of the species. NMFS
Information and materials received will available science and includes recovery
announced the endangered listing of the
be available for public inspection, by goals and criteria. The Plan is not a
Southern Resident killer whale distinct
appointment, during normal business population segment (DPS) on November regulatory action, but presents guidance
hours (see ADDRESSES section). 18, 2005 (70 FR 69903). Prior to the ESA for use by agencies and interested
Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. listing, NMFS designated the Southern parties to assist in the recovery of
Resident killer whale population as a Southern Resident killer whales. The
Dated: November 22, 2006. Plan identifies substantive actions
depleted stock under the Marine
Wanda L. Cain, needed to achieve recovery by
Mammal Protection Act (MMPA; 16
Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) on May 29, 2003 (68 addressing the threats to the species.
National Marine Fisheries Service. The program also links management
FR 31980). At the time of the
[FR Doc. E6–20249 Filed 11–28–06; 8:45 am] designation, we announced our actions to an active research program for
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S intention to develop a conservation filling data gaps, and monitoring
plan. activities to assess effectiveness. The
We held a series of public meetings Plan incorporates an adaptive
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE and technical workshops to gather input management framework by which Plan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric from Federal Government agency actions and other elements will evolve
Administration representatives, state and tribal co- and adapt to information gained as a
managers, Canadian officials, orca result of research and monitoring.
advocacy groups, non-governmental Recovery of Southern Resident killer
[I.D. 110706B] organizations, researchers, whale watch whales is a long-term effort and will
industry, and concerned citizens. We require cooperation and coordination of
Endangered and Threatened Species;
circulated a preliminary draft Federal, state, tribal and local
Recovery Plans; Proposed Recovery
conservation plan for public review on
Plan for Southern Resident Killer government agencies, and the
March 14, 2005. We received comments
Whales community.
on the preliminary draft, and made
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries revisions in response to the comments. We request comments on the
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and We subsequently published a Notice of Proposed Recovery Plan for Southern
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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Availability of a Proposed Conservation Resident Killer Whales with this notice.
Commerce. Plan in the Federal Register on October NMFS will consider substantive
3, 2005 (70 FR 57565), opening a public comments and information provided
ACTION: Notice of availability; request
comment period. We received during the public comment period in
for comments.
comments on the proposed conservation the course of finalizing this Plan.

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Dated: November 22, 2006. Dated: November 22, 2006. Actions Taken under U.S. Department
Angela Somma, P. Michael Payne, of Energy Emergency Orders Regarding
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Operation of the Potomac River
of Protected Resources, National Marine Division, Office of Protected Resources, Generating Station in Alexandria,
Fisheries Service. National Marine Fisheries Service. Virginia, and is announcing its
[FR Doc. 06–9454 Filed 11–28–06; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. E6–20246 Filed 11–28–06; 8:45 am] availability. In the SEA, DOE examines
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S BILLING CODE 3510–22–S environmental impacts from the
Secretary of Energy’s December 20, 2005
Emergency Order, and the Secretary’s
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE September 28, 2006 extension of that
Emergency Order; the SEA covers a
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Department of the Navy period of about 24 months beginning in
Administration December 2005. The SEA also considers
Notice of Availability of Invention for alternatives that include mitigation
[I.D. 111306A] Licensing; Government-Owned measures that DOE may take until the
Invention Potomac Electric Power Company’s
Marine Mammals; File No. 1053–1825 (PEPCO) installation of two additional
AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD. 230 kV electric transmission lines to the
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries ACTION: Notice. Central Washington, DC area (expected
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and in June 2007) that would appear to
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), SUMMARY: The invention listed below is eliminate the emergency that lead to the
Commerce. assigned to the United States issuance of the December 20, 2005
ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit.
Government as represented by the Emergency Order.
Secretary of the Navy and is available DOE prepared the SEA after
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that for licensing by the Department of the consulting with the Council on
David Mann, Ph.D., College of Marine Navy. Navy Case No. 83,028: A Environmental Quality (CEQ) for
Science, The University of South TECHNIQUE FOR FABRICATING TWO alternative arrangements under 40 CFR
Florida, College of Marine Science, 140 AND THREE TERMINAL DEVICES IN 1506.11, which applies where
Seventh Avenue South, St. Petersburg, WIDE-BAND GAP SEMICONDUCTORS emergency circumstances make it
FL 33701 has been issued a permit to WITHOUT PLASMA ETCHING and any necessary to take action without
conduct research on certain cetacean continuations, continuations-in-part, preparing an environmental impact
species. divisionals or re-issues thereof. statement (EIS). The U.S. Environmental
ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Protection Agency worked with DOE on
ADDRESSES: The permit and related invention cited should be directed to this SEA.
documents are available for review the Naval Research Laboratory, Code Simultaneously with issuance of the
upon written request or by appointment 1004, 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW., SEA, the Secretary is issuing another
(See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). Washington, DC 20375–5320, and must temporary extension of the Emergency
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: include the Navy Case number. Order until February 1, 2007. DOE is
Amy Sloan or Dr. Tammy Adams, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: providing the public an opportunity to
(301)713–2289. Head, Technology Transfer Office, NRL comment before the Secretary considers
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 5, Code 1004, 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW., whether to allow the Order to expire,
2006, notice was published in the Washington, DC 20375–5320, telephone extend the Order, or extend the Order
Federal Register (70 FR 28909) that a 202–767–7230. Due to temporary U.S. with mitigation measures.
request for a scientific research permit Postal Service delays, please fax 202– DATES: DOE has posted the SEA on two
to take certain cetacean species had 404–7920, e-mail: websites: its Web site for this matter at
been submitted by the above-named techtran@utopia.nrl.navy.mil or use http://www.oe.energy.gov/permitting/
individual. The requested permit has courier delivery to expedite response. 372.htm and the DOE NEPA Web site at
been issued under the authority of the (Authority: 35 U.S.C. 207, 37 CFR Part 404) http://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, documentspub.html. Comments on the
Dated: November 22, 2006. SEA should be submitted to DOE on or
as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and
the regulations governing the taking and M. A. Harvison, before January 8, 2007.
importing of marine mammals (50 CFR Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate ADDRESSES: Comments should be
part 216). General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register addressed to: Anthony J. Como;
Liaison Officer.
This permit authorizes the permit Permitting, Siting, and Analysis
[FR Doc. E6–20203 Filed 11–28–06; 8:45 am] Division; Office of Electricity Delivery
holder to conduct hearing
measurements on stranded cetaceans on BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P and Energy Reliability (OE–20); U.S.
beaches, in near-shore waters, and in Department of Energy; 1000
rehabilitation facilities in the U.S.; and Independence Avenue, SW.,
on cetaceans captured under separate DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Washington, DC 20585; telephone: 202–
research permits. 586–5935; fax: 202–586–5860; or
Notice of Availability of a Special anthony.como@hq.doe.gov. Due to
In compliance with the National
Environmental Analysis; Potomac postal security procedures, comments
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42
River Generating Station sent through the U.S. Mail may be
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final
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determination has been made that the AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE). delayed.
activities proposed are categorically ACTION: Notice of Availability. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For
excluded from the requirement to information on the DOE NEPA process,
prepare an environmental assessment or SUMMARY: DOE has prepared a Special please contact: Carol M. Borgstrom,
environmental impact statement. Environmental Analysis (SEA) for Director, Office of NEPA Policy and

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