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Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Application

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of receipt of permit application; request for comments.


We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of two endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on this application. Before issuing the requested permit, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.


We must receive your written comments on or before July 22, 2020.


Use one of the following methods to request documents or submit comments. Requests and comments should specify the applicant name and application number (e.g., TE123456):

  • Email:
  • U.S. Mail: Abby Gelb, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, MA 01035.
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Abby Gelb, 413-253-8212 (phone), or (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

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We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on an application for a permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permit would allow the applicant to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered under the ESA.


With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA's definition of “take” includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.

A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

Permit Application Available for Review and Comment

We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public to comment on the following application.

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE01086D-1Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond, VAOyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis) and Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens)VirginiaAdd activity: Health assessment research of propagated musselsLethalAmend.

Public Availability of Comments

Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety.Start Printed Page 37470

Next Steps

If we decide to issue a permits to the applicant listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.


Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Pamela Toschik,

Acting ARD, Ecological Services, Northeast Region.

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[FR Doc. 2020-13398 Filed 6-19-20; 8:45 am]