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FWS Proposes IHA for Incidental Harassment of Southern Sea Otters
On September 26, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published federal register notice of its proposed issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The proposed IHA would be issued pursuant to FWS' authority under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It would authorize PG&E to take small numbers of southern sea otters incidental to a marine geophysical survey for a period beginning October 15, 2012, and ending December 31, 2012. This project is a collaborative effort between PG&E and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a part of Columbia University. The project would consist of deploying a seismic sound source offshore and receivers at both onshore and offshore locations to generate data that could be used to improve imaging of major geologic structures and fault zones in the vicinity of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Comments on this proposed IHA are due to FWS no later than October 26, 2012.

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