[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 130 (Friday, July 6, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 39983]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16543]



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 20

[Docket No. FWS-R9-MB-2012-0038; FF09M21200-123-FXMB1231099BPP0L2]
RIN 1018-AY66

Migratory Bird Hunting; Application for Approval of 
Fluoropolymeric Shot Coatings as Nontoxic for Waterfowl Hunting

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of application for nontoxic shot approval.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce that Spectra 
Shot, LLC, of Lafayette, Louisiana, has applied for approval of steel 
shot with fluoropolymeric coatings as nontoxic for waterfowl hunting in 
the United States. Steel shot has long been approved for waterfowl 
hunting. The coatings will add less than 2 mg to the mass of a shot 
pellet. We have initiated review of the shot coatings under the 
criteria we have set out in our nontoxic shot approval procedures in 
our regulations.

DATES: This notice announces the initiation of our review of a Tier 1 
application submitted in accordance with 50 CFR 20.134. We will 
complete the review of the application by September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: If we conclude that the application warrants a regulations 
change, you will be able to view the application and supporting 
materials by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Search for Docket No. FWS-R9-MB-2012-0038.
     Request a copy by contacting the person listed under FOR 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Allen, at 703-358-1825.



    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 703-712 and 
16 U.S.C. 742 a-j) implements migratory bird treaties between the 
United States and Great Britain for Canada (1916 and 1996 as amended), 
Mexico (1936 and 1972 as amended), Japan (1972 and 1974 as amended), 
and Russia (then the Soviet Union, 1978). These treaties protect most 
migratory bird species from take, except as permitted under the Act, 
which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to regulate take of 
migratory birds in the United States. Under this authority, we control 
the hunting of migratory game birds through regulations in 50 CFR part 
20. We prohibit the use of shot types other than those listed in the 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 20.21(j) for hunting 
waterfowl and coots and any species that make up aggregate bag limits.
    Since the mid-1970s, we have sought to identify types of shot for 
waterfowl hunting that are not toxic to migratory birds or other 
wildlife when ingested. We have approved nontoxic shot types and added 
them to the migratory bird hunting regulations in 50 CFR 20.21(j). We 
will continue to review all shot types submitted for approval as 

Current Application

    Spectra Shot, LLC, has submitted its application to us with the 
counsel that it contains all of the specified information required by 
50 CFR 20.134 for a complete Tier 1 submittal, and has requested 
unconditional approval pursuant to the Tier 1 timeframe. Having 
determined that the application is complete, we have initiated a 
comprehensive review of the Tier 1 information under 50 CFR 20.134. 
After review, we will either publish a notice of review to inform the 
public that the Tier 1 test results are inconclusive, or we will 
publish a proposed rule to approve the candidate shot coating.
    If the Tier 1 tests are inconclusive, the notice of review will 
indicate what other tests we will require before we will again consider 
approval of the shot coating as nontoxic. If the Tier 1 data review 
results in a preliminary determination that the coating does not pose a 
significant toxicity hazard to migratory birds, other wildlife, or 
their habitats, the Service will commence with a rulemaking proposing 
to approve the coating and add it to our list at 50 CFR 20.21(j).

    Authority:  We publish this notice under the authority of the 
Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712 and 16 U.S.C. 742 a-j) 
and in accordance with the regulations at 50 CFR 

    Dated: June 27, 2012.
Michael J. Bean,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
[FR Doc. 2012-16543 Filed 7-5-12; 8:45 am]