[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 25668-25669]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10451]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2011-0042; MO 92210-0-0009]
RIN 1018-AV86


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed 
Endangered Status for the Chupadera Springsnail (Pyrgulopsis 
chupaderae) and Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
reopening of the public comment period on our August 2, 2011, proposed 
rule to list the Chupadera springsnail (Pyrgulopsis chupaderae) as 
endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species 
Act of 1973, as amended. We are reopening the comment period to allow 
all interested parties an additional opportunity to comment on the 
proposed rule and previously completed drafts of the economic analysis 
and environmental assessment. Comments previously submitted need not be 
resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the 
final rule.

DATES: We will consider comments received or postmarked on or before 
May 16, 2012. If you use the Federal eRulemaking Portal to submit your 
comments (see ADDRESSES), you must submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. 
Eastern Time on the closing date.

ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain copies of the proposed 
rule, draft economic analysis, and draft environmental assessment on 
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R2-ES-
2011-0042, or by mail from the New Mexico Ecological Services Field 
Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Comment submission: You may submit written comments by one of the 
following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2011-0042, which 
is the docket number for this rulemaking.
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public 
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2011-0042; Division of Policy and 
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax 
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described 
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide 
us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wally Murphy, Field Supervisor, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, 
2105 Osuna NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113; telephone (505-761-4781). 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800-877-8339).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46218), we published a proposed rule to 
list as endangered and designate critical habitat for the Chupadera 
springsnail. We proposed to designate approximately 1.9 acres (ac) (0.7 
hectares (ha)) in two units located in Socorro County, New Mexico, as 
critical habitat. That proposal had a 60-day comment period, ending 
October 3, 2011. We received no requests for a public hearing; 
therefore, no public hearing will be held. On January 20, 2012 (77 FR 
2943), we reopened the public comment period on our August 2, 2011, 
proposed rule to allow additional public comment on the proposed rule, 
and we made available, and requested public comments on, the draft 
economic analysis, draft environmental assessment, and the associated 
required determinations for the proposed designation of critical 
habitat. Our January 20, 2012, publication had a 30-day comment period, 
ending February 21, 2012.

Public Comments

    We will accept written comments and information during this 
reopened comment period on our proposed listing and proposed critical 
habitat for the Chupadera springsnail that published in the Federal 
Register on August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46218). We will consider information 
and recommendations from all interested parties. We intend that any 
final action resulting from this proposal be as accurate as possible 
and based on the best available scientific and commercial data.
    If you previously submitted comments or information on the proposed 
rule, please do not resubmit them. We have incorporated them into the 
public record, and we will fully consider them in the preparation of 
our final determination. Our final determination concerning this 
proposed listing and critical habitat will take into consideration all 
written comments and any additional information we receive.
    You may submit your comments and materials concerning the proposed 
rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We request that you 
send comments only by the methods described in ADDRESSES.
    If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire 
comment--including any personal identifying information--will be posted 
on the Web site. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov as well. If you submit a hardcopy comment that 
includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top 
of your document that we withhold this information from public review. 
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting 
documentation we used in preparing the proposed rule, will be available 
for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-
R2-ES-2011-0042, or by appointment, during normal business hours, at 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services 
Field Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may obtain 
copies of the proposed rule on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2011-0042, or by mail from 
the New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT).

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Authority

    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: April 20, 2012.
Gregory E. Siekaniec,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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