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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BA69 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Migratory Bird Permits; Incidental Take of Migratory Birds  

We are preparing a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a proposal to authorize incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 to 711). In drafting the PEIS, we invited input from other Federal and State agencies, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public on the scope of the proposed NEPA analysis, the pertinent issues we should address, and alternatives to our proposed approach for authorizing incidental take. Based on this PEIS, we propose to establish regulations to govern the incidental take of migratory birds from activities under which migratory birds are killed incidental to otherwise lawful activities. These proposed regulations will establish rules for individual permits and programmatic agreements with Federal agencies and will establish the basis for future rulemaking for general authorizations for incidental take of migratory birds.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712    42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  05/26/2015  80 FR 30032   
Comment Period End  07/27/2015 
NPRM  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Stephen Earsom
Biologist--Pilot, Regions 4 & 5 Aviation Manager
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
11510 American Holly Drive,
Laurel, MD 20708
Phone:301 980-8711