UPDATE:

July 26, 2017

NOAA to reopen public comment period on review of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments

NOAA will formally reopen the public comment period on a Department of Commerce review of 11 designations and expansions of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments that began June 26, 2017. Due to public interest and requests for additional time, NOAA will formally accept comments for an additional 15 days, starting Monday, July 31.

Additionally, NOAA will continue to accept comments between the first formal comment period closing July 26 and the formal reopening to ensure the public has maximum opportunity to participate in this review process. Comments submitted during the original comment period will be considered and do not need to be resubmitted.

Comments will continue to be accepted through Monday, August 14.

Six national marine sanctuary expansions and five marine national monument designations and expansions are part of this review.

Executive Order 13795, Section 4(b)

Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Designated or Expanded Since April 28, 2007; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order 13795—Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, signed on April 28, 2017, the Department of Commerce is conducting a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since April 28, 2007. The Secretary of Commerce will use the review to inform the preparation of a report under Executive Order 13795, Sec. 4(b)(ii). This Notice identifies 11 National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review and invites comments to inform the review. The Department of Commerce seeks public comments related to the application of factors in Sec. 4(b)(i)(A), (B) and (C), as stated in Executive Order 13795, for six National Marine Sanctuary expansions and five Marine National Monument designations and expansions. 

DATE:  Written comments must be submitted no later than July 26, 2017.

FEDERAL REGISTER: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/26/2017-13308/review-of-national-marine-sanctuaries-and-marine-national-monuments-designated-or-expanded

ADDRESSES: 
You may submit comments, identified by docket ID NOAA–NOS–2017-0066 by one of the following methods:

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Electronic

Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

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Mail

EO 13795 Review
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4),
Eleventh Floor
1305 East West Highway,
Silver Spring, 20910

Maps of Sanctuary Expansions and Monument Designations and Expansions Subject to Review Under Executive Order 13795, Section 4(b)

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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Expansion

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Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Expansions

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Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Designation

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National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Expansion

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Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Designation

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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Designation and Expansion

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion

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Rose Atoll Marine National Monument Designation

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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Expansion

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