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    NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ISSUES PROPOSED RULE: TAKES OF MARINE MAMMALS INCIDENTAL TO SPECIFIED ACTIVITIES; TAKING MARINE MAMMALS INCIDENTAL TO THE REVOLUTION WIND OFFSHORE WIND FARM PROJECT OFFSHORE RHODE ISLAND; EXTENSION OF


    January 19, 2023 - U.S. Fed News

     

      WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a proposed rule called: Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Revolution Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project Offshore Rhode Island; Extension of Public Comment Period.

      The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 19 by Kimberly Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

      Summary: On December 23, 2022, NMFS published a proposed rule, with a 30-day public comment period ending January 23, 2023, in response to Revolution Wind, LLC's (Revolution Wind's) request for regulations and an associated Letter of Authorization (LOA), pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed regulations would allow for the taking of marine mammals, by Level A harassment and Level B harassment, incidental to the Revolution Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project offshore of Rhode Island. In response to a request, NMFS is announcing an extension of the public comment period by an additional 15 days. The public comment period on the proposed rule is extended from January 23, 2023, to February 7, 2023.

      For more information, contact Carter Esch, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 301/427-8401.

      The full text of the proposed rule can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2023-01-19/html/2023-00900.htm

      For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com

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