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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF95 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Mouth of Columbia River Jetty Rehabilitation 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the rehabilitation of a jetty system conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) at the mouth of the Columbia River. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued an incidental harassment authorization to the Corps on August 31, 2015 to cover pile installation at Jetty A, which is valid from May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017. The Corps is requesting a Letter of Authorization for continued pile installation and removal associated with construction of temporary offloading facilities at the North Jetty, South Jetty, and Jetty A over the course of 5 years, approximately May 1, 2017, through April 30, 2022. The Corps is requesting the take of individuals of six species of marine mammals incidental to continued jetty rehabilitation work. Marine mammals may be exposed to non-pulse continuous sound due to vibratory pile driving. The Corps requests authorization to take these six marine mammal species by Level B harassment. The proposed regulations will set forth the permissible methods of taking, other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the affected species or stocks and their habitats (i.e., mitigation), and the requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Routine and Frequent 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 217   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  10/26/2015  80 FR 65214   
NPRM  08/25/2016  81 FR 58443   
Comment Period Extended  09/02/2016  81 FR 61160   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/26/2016 
Comment Period End  10/06/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400