Incidental Take Authorization: Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project, Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP) for an authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the pile driving activities associated with the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. We are also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met. We will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorization and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.