Re-establishing the Sanctuary Nomination Process

Docket ID: NOAA-NOS-2013-0091
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
NOAAs ONMS is announcing that it is re-establishing the sanctuary nomination process and is proposing to amend its regulations on nominating and evaluating sites for eligibility as national marine sanctuaries. This action would replace the inactive Sanctuary Evaluation List (SEL) with a new opportunity for local communities and other interested parties to provide NOAA with robust, criteria-driven proposals for new national marine sanctuaries. To implement this process, NOAA is seeking public comment on proposed regulatory changes related to sanctuary nomination and designation procedures, and on the criteria by which the agency would analyze nominations for potential new national marine sanctuaries. Once these criteria have been made final, NOAA intends to solicit nominations for areas of the marine and Great Lakes environments that satisfy those criteria, and may be considered for designation as a national marine sanctuary.
RIN: 0648-BD20
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1431 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/28/201378 FR 38848
Final Action06/13/201479 FR 33851
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Related RINs: 0648-BD20
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 27, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/28/2013
ID: NOAA-NOS-2013-0091-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 06/13/2014
ID: NOAA-NOS-2013-0091-0189

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Agency Contact
Matt Brookhart
Acting Division Chief, Conservation Policy and Planning Division
301 713-3125
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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