Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE:  November 11, 2020

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 13 - Watercraft Rules (Airboat Noise Limits)

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: In accordance with Public Law 2020 Chapter 662 the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend Chapter 13 rules to establish airboat noise limits. The proposed rule includes airboats within the sound level testing process already established for marine engines in Chapter 13, modifies the scope of section 13.09 (Sound Level Testing for Marine Engines) to include airboats in addition to motorboats, and includes a maximum decibel level at idle during a stationary test and a maximum decibel level during an operational test. The proposal also establishes the testing procedures used to measure marine engine noise levels for both motorboats and airboats using the SAE International “Stationary Sound Level and Exterior operational Measurement Procedures for Recreational Motorboats.” Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposal and provide comment by submitting written comments to the contact person for this filing by the comment deadline, or by participating in the virtual public hearing. Note: Written comments are given equal consideration to testimony given at the virtual public hearing. A copy of the complete proposal can be requested from the Agency Contact Person. 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Tuesday, December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on Monday, November 30, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  December 11, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 13068-A

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw 

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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ADVERTISE:  October 21, 2020

AGENCY:  09-137  Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Chapter 7 - Rules for Importation, Possession, Propagation, Rehabilitation, and Exhibition of Wildlife

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend Chapter 7 rules to provide the Department with the ability for strategic recruitment and permitting for wildlife rehabilitators. This change will allow the Department to address factors such as geographic location, unique animal care, and changing levels of sick or injured wildlife in the assessment of permitting prospective wildlife rehabilitators.  Addressing Departmental needs will enable the wildlife rehabilitation program to provide consistent and reliable rehabilitative support for distressed wildlife. A copy of the complete proposal can be requested from the Agency Contact Person. The public is strongly encouraged to submit any comments in writing to the Agency Contact Person.  However, if you would like to submit comment via video conference, please contact Becky Orff at 207-287-5202 or becky.orff@maine.gov  by November 9, 2020 for details.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. - via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by November 9, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE:  November 20, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 12152

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw 

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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ADVERTISE: November 18, 2020

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 13.07 Watercraft (Motor Size Restrictions on Certain Inland Waters)

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been petitioned to consider the following watercraft regulations: Long Pond, Great Pond Plt. & Aurora Twp., Hancock County – motorboats with more than 25 horsepower prohibited. A complete copy of the proposed rule is available from the agency contact person. Members of the public who wish to comment are encouraged to provide written comments by mail or email to the contact person for this filing or by participating in the virtual public hearing. Note: Written comments are given equal consideration to testimony given at the virtual public hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING: December 7, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on Friday, December 4, 2020 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: December 17, 2020

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 13051

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw 

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov

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