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Title 15Subtitle BChapter IXSubchapter DPart 970 → Subpart Y

Title 15: Commerce and Foreign Trade

Subpart Y—Pre-license Exploration

§970.2501   Notice of pre-license exploration voyages.
§970.2502   Post voyage report.
§970.2503   Suspension of exploration activities.

Source: 45 FR 76662, Nov. 20, 1980, unless otherwise noted.

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§970.2501   Notice of pre-license exploration voyages.

(a) General. Any United States citizen who schedules an exploration voyage to begin after November 20, 1980 shall file written notice with the Administrator which sets out:

(1) The name, address and telephone number of the citizen;

(2) The anticipated date of commencement of the voyage and its planned duration;

(3) The exploration activities to be carried out on the voyage, including a general description of the equipment and methods to be used, and an estimate of the anticipated extent of seabed disturbance and effluent discharge; and

(4) If the U.S. citizen has not filed a notice of pre-enactment exploration in accordance with §970.2402, the information specified in §970.2402(b).

(b) When and where to file Notice of future exploration—(1) When. (i) Except as allowed in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the notice required by paragraph (a) of this section must be filed not later than 45 days prior to the date on which the exploration voyage is scheduled to begin.

(ii) With respect to filing of the information referred to in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, the filing dates specified in paragraph (b) of this section shall prevail over the date specified in §970.2402(a).

(2) Exception. If an exploration voyage is scheduled to begin before January 5, 1981, the notice required by paragraph (a) of this section must be filed on or before December 22, 1980.

(3) Where. The notice required by paragraph (a) of this section must be filed in writing with the Administrator, at the address specified in §970.2402(a) of this part.

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§970.2502   Post voyage report.

Within 30 days of the conclusion of each exploration voyage, the United States citizen engaging in the voyage shall submit to NOAA a report containing any environmental data or information obtained during that voyage.

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§970.2503   Suspension of exploration activities.

(a) The Administrator may issue an emergency order, either in writing or orally with written confirmation, requiring the immediate suspension of exploration activities or any particular exploration activity when, in his judgment, immediate suspension of such activity or activities is necessary to prevent a significant adverse effect on the environment. Upon receipt of notice of the emergency order, the United States citizen engaged in the exploration shall immediately cease the activity that is the subject of the emergency order. During any suspension NOAA will consult with the citizen engaged in the activity suspended concerning appropriate measures to remove the cause of suspension. A suspension may be rescinded at any time by written notice from the Administrator upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by the citizen that the activity will no longer threaten a significant adverse effect on the environment.

(b) [Reserved]

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