U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Re-Opens 60-Day Comment Period on Two Hanford Plants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has suspended a final determination on the decision to protect the White Bluffs bladderpod and the Umtanum Desert buckwheat for 6 months and has re-opened the comment period on both plants, the proposal to designate critical habitat for them, and the attendant Economic Analysis for 60 days. Documents related to these decisions were published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2013. The 60-day comment period will close July, 22, 2013. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. Comments previously submitted on the proposed rules need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in our determinations on these rulemaking actions.
The Service is taking these actions to allow time for consideration of additional public comments on the proposed rules and we will use the information we receive to help inform our final decisions.
You may obtain copies of these rules and related materials at http://www.regulations.gov in Dockets FWS–R1–ES–2012–0017 (for the listing rule) and FWS–R1–ES–2013–0012 (for the critical habitat rule). The economic analysis is available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2012-0017-0002. Information on how to comment is included in each document.
The Service is currently coordinating with Franklin County on holding a public hearing during the 60-day comment period as another method of soliciting public comment on the proposed listing and critical habitat rules. The Service will also work with Franklin County in developing an outreach effort that effectively engages landowners and entities with interest in providing comments during the comment period.
For more information about the plants, their locations, and the decision to add the Umtanum Desert buckwheat and White Bluffs bladderpod to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, click on the links below.