AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park
Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (DOI) proposes to promulgate
regulations under the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act.
Implementation of the proposed rule would preserve, manage, and protect
paleontological resources on lands administered by the Bureau of Land
Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ensure that these federally
owned resources are available for current and future generations to
enjoy as part of America's national heritage. The proposed rule would
address the management, collection, and curation of paleontological
resources from federal lands using scientific principles and expertise,
including collection in accordance with permits; curation in an
approved repository; and maintenance of confidentiality of specific
locality data. The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act
authorizes civil and criminal penalties for illegal collecting,
damaging, otherwise altering or defacing, or for selling
paleontological resources, and the proposed rule further details the
processes related to the civil penalties, including hearing requests
and appeals of the violation or the amount of the civil penalties.
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received by February 6,
2017. Comments on the information collection requirements must be
received by January 6, 2017.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier
Number (RIN) 1093-AA16, by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. NPS-2016-
Mail to: Julia Brunner, Geologic Resources Division,
National Park Service, P. O. Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225-0287.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the RIN for
this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
provided. For additional information, see the Public Participation
heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
Please make comments on the proposed rule as specific as possible,
confine them to issues pertinent to the proposed rule, and explain the
reason for any recommended changes. Where possible, comments should
reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposed rule that
is being addressed. DOI may not necessarily consider or include in the
administrative record for the final rule comments that are received
after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered
to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).
Comments on the Information Collection Aspects of the Proposed
Rule: You may review the Information Collection Request online at
http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review DOI
collections under review by OMB. Send comments (identified by RIN 1093-
AA16) specific to the information collection aspects of this proposed
Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-
OIRA at (202) 295-5806 (fax) or OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov (email);
Jeffrey Parrillo, Office of the Secretary, Departmental
Information Collection Clearance Lead, Department of the Interior, 1849
C Street NW., Mailstop MIB-7056, Washington, DC 20240 (mail); or
System of Records Notice: The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552)
protects the information submitted in accordance with this part. A
System of Records Notice is being developed and will be published in
the Federal Register.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for
Docket No. NPS-2016-0003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia F. Brunner, Geologic Resources
Division, National Park Service, by telephone: (303) 969-2012 or email:
JuliaFBrunner@nps.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device
for deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at
1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business
hours. FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a
message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a
reply during normal business hours.