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Federal Register: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Air Force Launches, Aircraft and Helicopter Operations, and Harbor Activities Related to Launch Vehicles From Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California

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NOAA has published a Final Rule on Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Air Force Launches, Aircraft and Helicopter Operations, and Harbor Activities Related to Launch Vehicles From Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California in the Federal Register:

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 36 (Monday, February 24, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10016-10028]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03958]

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 217

[Docket No. 130820738-4114-02]
RIN 0648-BD62

Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals
Incidental to U.S. Air Force Launches, Aircraft and Helicopter
Operations, and Harbor Activities Related to Launch Vehicles From
Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: NMFS, upon application from the U.S. Air Force (USAF), is
issuing regulations pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)
to

[[Page 10017]]

govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to
launches, aircraft and helicopter operations from VAFB launch complexes
and Delta Mariner operations, cargo unloading activities, and harbor
maintenance dredging in support of the Delta IV/Evolved Expendable
Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch activity on south VAFB for the period
March 2014 to March 2019. These regulations, which allow for the
issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOAs) for the incidental take of
marine mammals during the described activities and specified
timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means
of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal
species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining
to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.