AGENCIES: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine
Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the
"Services" or "we"), propose to revise portions of our regulations
that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (Act). The proposed revisions to the regulations clarify,
interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the procedures
and criteria used for listing or removing species from the Lists of
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating critical
habitat. We also propose to make multiple technical revisions to update
existing sections or to refer appropriately to other sections.
DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until
September 24, 2018. Please note that if you are using the Federal
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting
an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006,
which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search
panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading,
click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may
submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!"
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006; U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 or
National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315
East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
We request that you send comments only by the methods described
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see Public Comments below for more information).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bridget Fahey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg
Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, telephone 703/358-2171; or Samuel D.
Rauch, III, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected
Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone
301/427-8403. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-