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Incidental Take Authorization: Ocean Wind, LCC Construction of the Ocean Wind 1 Wind Energy Facility off of New Jersey

Overview

Authority
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
10/26/2022
Comments Close
12/10/2022

Summary

NOAA Fisheries has received a request for Incidental Take Regulations (ITR) and associated Letter of Authorization (LOA) from Ocean Wind, LLC (Ocean Wind), a subsidiary of Orsted Wind Power North America, LLC and a joint venture partner of the Public Service Enterprise Group Renewable Generation, LLC, for the incidental take of small numbers of marine mammals during the construction of an offshore wind energy facility (Ocean Wind 1) in a designated lease area on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS-A-0498) offshore of New Jersey. The requested ITR would govern the authorization of take, by both Level A and Level B harassment, of small numbers of marine mammals over a 5-year period incidental to construction-related pile driving activities (impact and vibratory), potential unexploded ordnances or munitions and explosives of concern detonation, and high-resolution geophysical (HRG) site characterization surveys conducted by Ocean Wind in Federal and State waters off of New Jersey for the Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind energy facility. A final ITR would allow for the issuance of a LOA to Ocean Wind for a 5-year period. NOAA Fisheries requests comments on its proposed rule. NOAA Fisheries will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the promulgation of the requested ITR and issuance of the LOA; agency responses to public comments will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 11/23/2022