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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL31 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Designation of the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary 

In accordance with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to designate a portion of waters along and offshore of the central coast of California as a national marine sanctuary. This proposed rule follows NOAA's publication, in November 2021, of a Notice of Intent to conduct scoping and to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed sanctuary. Through the public scoping process, NOAA received support for the proposed designation from a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals at tribal, local, state, regional, and national levels including elected officials, businesses, recreational users, conservation groups, and education groups. Through this proposed designation, NOAA intends to protect this nationally significant area for its culturally and biologically important resources. This proposed rule will be accompanied by a draft management plan that also identifies opportunities for NOAA to expand upon existing local and state efforts to study, interpret, and manage the area’s unique cultural and biological resources. NOAA is also preparing a draft environmental impact statement concurrent with this proposed action to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed sanctuary in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sarah Stein
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Hwy,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:414 238-8342