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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI87 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Revised Policy on Interpretation of the Phrase "Significant Portion of Its Range" in the Endangered Species Act's Definitions of "Endangered Species" and "Threatened Species" 

Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the National Marine Fisheries Service will propose to revise our current interpretation of the phrase "significant portion of its range" as it is used in the Endangered Species Act's (Act's) definitions of "endangered species" and "threatened species." 16 U.S.C. 1532(6); (20). This new interpretation will supersede, in whole or in part, a joint final policy adopted with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2014. This revised policy is to be proposed jointly with FWS.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  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: 50 CFR 424   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1018-BE27  Related Agencies: Joint: DOI/FWS; 
Agency Contact:
Kim Damon-Randall
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400