On November 29, 2016, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed Comments on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed Information Collection Request: Applications and Reporting Requirements for the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. CRE’s comments included the following summary:
“NMFS intends to use its new ‘Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing’ (‘Acoustic Guidance) to establish exclusion zones and to estimate takes during NMFS’ permitting under the MMPA. NMFS’ Guidance will impose very burdensome new information collections on the oil and gas industry and on other parties subject to NMFS’ MMPA permitting. Consequently, NMFS intends to ask OMB’s OIRA to review and approve the Acoustic ICR, which would authorize these new and greatly expanded information collections.