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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ32 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: NOAA Mitigation Policy  

Mitigation is often required to offset adverse environmental impacts from activities authorized under federal statutes, including NOAA authorities.  Landowners and mitigation providers have asked for more predictability and consistency in mitigation actions taken by NOAA and other federal agencies under a variety of statutes. NOAA does not have a national policy on mitigation, and therefore mitigation approaches vary from region to region and program to program. A NOAA Mitigation Policy (Policy) is intended to improve the predictability and consistency sought by regulated entities, and will also reduce the risk of uncompensated impacts to trust resources due to ineffective mitigation. The Policy is also intended to facilitate the establishment of environmental banks -- banks that provide mitigation for the requirements of multiple authorities -- which improves the efficiency of regulatory compliance.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Draft Policy  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Carrie Selberg Robinson
Director, Office of Habitat Conservation
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Room 8268, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8708