CFR Title 30 Mineral Resources

CFR Title 30 – Mineral Resources

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2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRetrospective Study of Respirable Coal Mine Dust RuleOn May 1, 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule, ``Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors'' (Dust rule). In the preamble to the Dust rule, MSHA stated...2018-14536"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14536.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14536/retrospective-study-of-respirable-coal-mine-dust-ruleOn May 1, 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule, ``Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors'' (Dust rule). In the preamble to the Dust rule, MSHA stated its intent to take the lead in conducting a retrospective study beginning February 1, 2017. In this Request for Information (RFI), MSHA is soliciting stakeholder comments, data, and information to assist the Agency in developing the framework for this study to assess the impact of the Dust rule on lowering coal miners' exposures to respirable coal mine dust to improve miners' health. In addition, as part of the Agency's ongoing effort to provide compliance and technical assistance to mine operators and miners, MSHA is soliciting information and data on engineering controls and best practices that lower miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust.
2018-07-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Revisions; Correction; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the comment period of the Proposed Rule: Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf--Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control-Revisions, which published in...2018-14483"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-05/pdf/2018-14483.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/05/2018-14483/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-blowout-preventer-systems-and-wellThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the comment period of the Proposed Rule: Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf--Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control-Revisions, which published in the Federal Register on May 11, 2018. BSEE is also correcting the ADDRESSES section of the preamble to the proposed rule to clarify how to submit public comments and how to view the documents proposed for incorporation by reference.
2018-06-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentSafety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground MinesMining safety could be substantially improved by preventing accidents that involve mobile equipment at surface coal mines and metal and nonmetal mines and belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)...2018-13603"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-26/pdf/2018-13603.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/26/2018-13603/safety-improvement-technologies-for-mobile-equipment-at-surface-mines-and-for-belt-conveyors-atMining safety could be substantially improved by preventing accidents that involve mobile equipment at surface coal mines and metal and nonmetal mines and belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is taking a number of actions related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors to improve miners' safety, including providing technical assistance, conducting awareness campaigns, and developing best practices and training materials. MSHA is also considering the role of engineering controls that would increase the use of seatbelts, enhance equipment operators' ability to see all areas near the machine, warn equipment operators of potential collision hazards, prevent equipment operators from driving over a highwall or dump point, and help prevent entanglement hazards related to working near moving or re-energized belt conveyors. MSHA is seeking information and data on engineering controls that could reduce the risk of accidents and improve miner safety. MSHA is also seeking suggestions from stakeholders on: Best practices, training materials, policies and procedures, innovative technologies, and any other information they may have to improve safety in and around mobile equipment, and working near and around belt conveyors. MSHA will hold stakeholder meetings to provide the mining community an opportunity to discuss and share information about the issues raised in this notice. A separate notice announcing stakeholder meetings will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.
2018-06-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or...2018-13434"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13434.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/22/2018-13434/alabama-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed updates to their Plan with changes required by the 2006 Amendments to SMCRA.
2018-05-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMissouri Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, in part, an amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri...2018-10482"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-17/pdf/2018-10482.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/17/2018-10482/missouri-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, in part, an amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposed revisions to its coal Ownership and Control Rules. Missouri intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency.
2018-05-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and...2018-10483"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-16/pdf/2018-10483.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/16/2018-10483/pennsylvania-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, Pennsylvania would modify its AMLR Plan by adding Reclamation Plan Amendment No. 3, to allow the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to administer a State Emergency Program under Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. The plan covers coordination of emergency reclamation work between the Commonwealth and the OSMRE as well as procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and other Commonwealth procedures. This document gives the locations and times where the Pennsylvania AMLR Plan documents and this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, establishes the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-05-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory Program; CorrectionWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement published a document in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018, reopening the comment period and announcing a public hearing on an amendment to the Pennsylvania Regulatory Program. The document...2018-10485"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-16/pdf/2018-10485.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/16/2018-10485/pennsylvania-regulatory-program-correctionWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement published a document in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018, reopening the comment period and announcing a public hearing on an amendment to the Pennsylvania Regulatory Program. The document contained an incorrect date for the public hearing.
2018-05-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control RevisionsThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is proposing to revise existing regulations for well control and blowout preventer systems. This proposed rule would revise requirements for well design, well control, casing, cementing,...2018-09305"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-09305.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-09305/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-blowout-preventer-systems-and-wellThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is proposing to revise existing regulations for well control and blowout preventer systems. This proposed rule would revise requirements for well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time monitoring (RTM), and subsea containment. These revisions modify regulations pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and decommissioning in accordance with Executive and Secretary of the Interior's Orders to ensure safety and environmental protection, while correcting errors and reducing certain unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed under the existing regulations. Accordingly, after thoroughly reexamining the original Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control final rule (WCR), experiences from the implementation process, and BSEE policy, BSEE proposes to amend, revise, or remove current regulatory provisions that create unnecessary burdens on stakeholders while ensuring safety and environmental protection. The proposed regulations would also address various issues and errors that were identified during the implementation of the recent rulemaking on these issues.
2018-05-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period and will be holding a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's approved regulatory program (the...2018-09767"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-08/pdf/2018-09767.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09767/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period and will be holding a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's approved regulatory program (the Pennsylvania program) published on March 12, 2018. The comment period is being reopened in order to afford the public additional time to comment and to allow for a public hearing. Approximately sixty citizens asked to both extend the comment period and for a public hearing. We are also notifying the public of the date, time, and location for the public hearing. Through this proposed amendment, Pennsylvania seeks to revise its Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act (BMSLCA) to include language clarifying the circumstances where a finding of presumptive evidence of pollution is not warranted under the Commonwealth's Clean Streams Law.
2018-05-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2018-09768"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-08/pdf/2018-09768.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09768/montana-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Montana proposes an addition to the Montana Code Annotated, which requires the adoption of regulations pertaining to in situ coal gasification. This change was necessitated by a senate bill approved by the 2011 Montana Legislature. Montana also proposes revisions and additions to the Administrative Rules of Montana to satisfy the new statutory requirement. This document provides the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to Montana's program are available for your inspection; the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment; and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-04-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed...2018-08935"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-27/pdf/2018-08935.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/27/2018-08935/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed revisions clarifying that the venue for appeals of Alabama Surface Mining Commission decisions resides in the Circuit Court of the county in which the agency maintains its principal office. Alabama is revising its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency.
2018-04-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of additional public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's standards for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.2018-08240"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-19/pdf/2018-08240.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/19/2018-08240/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of additional public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's standards for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.
2018-04-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a final rule (January 2017 rule) amending provisions regarding examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines which were later stayed. MSHA is further amending the...2018-07084"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-09/pdf/2018-07084.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/09/2018-07084/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a final rule (January 2017 rule) amending provisions regarding examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines which were later stayed. MSHA is further amending the affected provisions following expiration of the stay. These additional amendments provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduces regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. A document announcing stakeholder meetings is published concurrently with this rule in the Federal Register.
2018-04-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's standards for Examinations Of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.2018-07083"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-09/pdf/2018-07083.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/09/2018-07083/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's standards for Examinations Of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.
2018-03-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for public comments on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.2018-05978"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-26/pdf/2018-05978.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/26/2018-05978/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for public comments on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.
2018-03-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentArkansas Regulatory Program and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation...2018-04910"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/pdf/2018-04910.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/12/2018-04910/arkansas-regulatory-program-and-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Arkansas submitted the amendment to revise substantial portions of its regulatory program and AMLR Plan to be no less effective than the counterpart Federal regulations, as well as to clarify ambiguities, improve operational efficiency, correct grammar and punctuation, revise dates, and delete and add citations and subsections.
2018-03-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed...2018-04911"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/pdf/2018-04911.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/12/2018-04911/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, Pennsylvania seeks to revise its Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conversation Act to include language clarifying the circumstances where a finding of presumptive evidence of pollution is warranted under the Commonwealth's Clean Streams Law. This document gives the locations and times where the Pennsylvania program documents and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, establishes the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-03-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation AdjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (1990 Act), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance,...2018-04909"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/pdf/2018-04909.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/12/2018-04909/civil-monetary-penalty-inflation-adjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (1990 Act), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts for inflation the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).
2018-03-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsThis final rule implements the 2018 adjustment of the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act...2018-04248"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-02/pdf/2018-04248.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/02/2018-04248/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-civil-penalties-inflationThis final rule implements the 2018 adjustment of the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (FCPIA of 2015), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The 2018 adjustment multiplier of 1.02041 accounts for one year of inflation spanning the period from October 2016 through October 2017.
2018-01-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2018-01646"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-29/pdf/2018-01646.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/29/2018-01646/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its program to allow the Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC) to revise its current permit fee collection procedures from the term of the mine permit to enable the collection of permit fees over the entire life of the mine. The revision also defines the life of the mine to be from the issuance of the permit through the full release of the performance bond. This document gives the locations and times where the Alabama program documents and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, establishes the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-01-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, with exceptions, an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977...2018-01635"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-29/pdf/2018-01635.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/29/2018-01635/kentucky-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, with exceptions, an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky submitted a proposed amendment to OSMRE that revises its bonding regulations to satisfy, in part, concerns OSMRE conveyed to the State pertaining to bonding inadequacies.
2018-01-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRepeal of Regulatory Amendment and Restoration of Former Regulatory Language Governing Service of Official CorrespondenceThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is publishing this rule to repeal a 2013 direct final rule and restore the former regulatory language governing service of official correspondence.2018-01068"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-23/pdf/2018-01068.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/23/2018-01068/repeal-of-regulatory-amendment-and-restoration-of-former-regulatory-language-governing-service-ofThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is publishing this rule to repeal a 2013 direct final rule and restore the former regulatory language governing service of official correspondence.
2018-01-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2018-01053"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-01053.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-01053/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its program regarding annual permit fees. Alabama revised its program at its own initiative to raise revenues sufficient to fund the Alabama Surface Mining Commission's (ASMC) share of costs to administer their coal regulatory program, including the cost of reviewing, administering, inspecting, and enforcing surface coal mining permits in Alabama. This document gives the locations and times where the Alabama program documents and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, establishes the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentInflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalty Rates for Calendar Year 2018The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this final rule to increase our maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates for inflation occurring between October 2016 and October 2017.2018-00969"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00969.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00969/inflation-adjustments-to-civil-monetary-penalty-rates-for-calendar-year-2018The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this final rule to increase our maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates for inflation occurring between October 2016 and October 2017.
2018-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2018-00920"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00920.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00920/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The civil penalty inflation adjustment, using a 1.02041 multiplier, accounts for one year of inflation spanning October 2016 to October 2017.
2018-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil Spill Financial Responsibility Adjustment of the Limit of Liability for Offshore FacilitiesThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is issuing this final rule to adjust the offshore facility limit of liability for damages under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2013. This rule...2018-00798"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00798.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00798/oil-spill-financial-responsibility-adjustment-of-the-limit-of-liability-for-offshore-facilitiesThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is issuing this final rule to adjust the offshore facility limit of liability for damages under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2013. This rule increases the OPA offshore facility limit of liability for damages from $133.65 million to $137.6595 million.
2018-01-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by...2017-28224"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-02/pdf/2017-28224.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/02/2017-28224/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2018 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties.
2017-12-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems-RevisionsThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production to reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed under the existing regulations, while correcting errors and...2017-27309"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-29/pdf/2017-27309.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/29/2017-27309/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safetyThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production to reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed under the existing regulations, while correcting errors and clarifying current requirements. Accordingly, after thoroughly reexamining the current regulations, and based on experiences from the implementation process, and BSEE policy, BSEE proposes to amend, revise, or remove current regulatory provisions that create unnecessary burdens on stakeholders while maintaining or advancing the level of safety and environmental protection.
2017-12-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOklahoma Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposed...2017-26843"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-13/pdf/2017-26843.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/13/2017-26843/oklahoma-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposed revisions to its regulations regarding: Permit eligibility for permits with violations on lands eligible for remining; permit suspension or rescission posting locations and appeal procedures; requiring GPS coordinates for aspects of permit maps; topsoil removal distances; blasting records requirements; annual reporting requirements; temporary cessation of operations requirements; casing and sealing temporary underground openings; right of entry requirements; surface drainage associated with auger mining; correcting reference errors; updating addresses; and correcting spelling and grammatical errors. Oklahoma intended to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency.
2017-12-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part...2017-26432"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-07/pdf/2017-26432.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/07/2017-26432/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part the amendment. Wyoming proposes both revisions of and additions to its coal rules and regulations concerning ownership and control, adds a provision concerning variable topsoil depths during reclamation, and addresses four deficiencies that were identified by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) during the review of a previous program amendment (WY-038-FOR; Docket ID No. OSM-2009-0012). Wyoming revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency.
2017-11-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions...2017-24620"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-24620.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/17/2017-24620/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas revised its program at its own initiative to raise revenues sufficient to cover its anticipated share of costs to administer the coal regulatory program and to encourage mining companies to more quickly reclaim lands and request bond release, thereby fulfilling SMCRA's purpose of assuring the reclamation of mined land as quickly as possible.
2017-11-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCongressional Nullification of the Stream Protection Rule Under the Congressional Review ActBy operation of the Congressional Review Act, the Stream Protection Rule shall be treated as if it had never taken effect. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issues this document to effect the removal of any amendments, deletions...2017-24307"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-24307.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/17/2017-24307/congressional-ification-of-the-stream-protection-rule-under-the-congressional-review-actBy operation of the Congressional Review Act, the Stream Protection Rule shall be treated as if it had never taken effect. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issues this document to effect the removal of any amendments, deletions or other modifications made by the ified rule, and the reversion to the text of the regulations in effect immediately prior to the effective date of the Stream Protection Rule.
2017-11-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky submitted a proposed amendment to OSMRE that includes...2017-24707"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/pdf/2017-24707.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/16/2017-24707/kentucky-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky submitted a proposed amendment to OSMRE that includes revisions to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) as authorized by House Bill 385 (HB 385), regarding bonding of surface coal mining and reclamation operations.
2017-10-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentDepartment of the Treasury Employee Rules of ConductThe Department of the Treasury (the ``Department'' or ``Treasury'') publishes this final rule to update its Employee Rules of Conduct, which prescribe uniform rules of conduct and procedure for all employees and officials in the Department.2017-21906"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-11/pdf/2017-21906.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/11/2017-21906/department-of-the-treasury-employee-rules-of-conductThe Department of the Treasury (the ``Department'' or ``Treasury'') publishes this final rule to update its Employee Rules of Conduct, which prescribe uniform rules of conduct and procedure for all employees and officials in the Department.
2017-10-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is staying the effective date of the Agency's January 23, 2017, final rule that amended standards for examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines to June 2, 2018. MSHA also is reinstating the...2017-21594"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-05/pdf/2017-21594.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/05/2017-21594/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is staying the effective date of the Agency's January 23, 2017, final rule that amended standards for examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines to June 2, 2018. MSHA also is reinstating the provisions of the working place examinations standards that were in effect as of October 1, 2017. This stay and reinstatement offers additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
2017-10-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNegotiated Noncompetitive Agreements for the Use of Sand, Gravel, and/or Shell Resources on the Outer Continental ShelfThis final rule establishes new regulations to address the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel, and/or shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration, or coastal wetlands restoration projects by Federal, state, or local...2017-21233"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-03/pdf/2017-21233.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/03/2017-21233/negotiated-noncompetitive-agreements-for-the-use-of-sand-gravel-andor-shell-resources-on-the-outerThis final rule establishes new regulations to address the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel, and/or shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration, or coastal wetlands restoration projects by Federal, state, or local government agencies, and for use in construction projects authorized by or funded in whole or in part by the Federal Government. The final rule describes the negotiated noncompetitive agreement process for qualifying projects and codifies new and existing procedures.
2017-09-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AML) Plan (Indiana Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2017-20265"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20265.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/22/2017-20265/indiana-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AML) Plan (Indiana Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Updates to the Indiana Plan were proposed to be consistent with changes required by the 2006 amendment to SMCRA.
2017-09-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA is proposing to delay the...2017-19380"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/pdf/2017-19380.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/12/2017-19380/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA is proposing to delay the effective date of the Agency's final rule to March 2, 2018. This extension would offer additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
2017-09-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposes to amend the Agency's final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines that was published in January 2017. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the...2017-19381"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/pdf/2017-19381.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/12/2017-19381/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposes to amend the Agency's final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines that was published in January 2017. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. The proposed rule would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners.
2017-08-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRepeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is repealing the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Final Rule, published July 1, 2016, and effective January 1, 2017. Simultaneously, ONRR is reinstating the...2017-16571"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-07/pdf/2017-16571.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/07/2017-16571/repeal-of-consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is repealing the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Final Rule, published July 1, 2016, and effective January 1, 2017. Simultaneously, ONRR is reinstating the valuation regulations governing the valuation of Federal oil, Federal gas, and Federal and Indian coal that were in effect before January 1, 2017.
2017-07-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This...2017-14376"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-10/pdf/2017-14376.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/10/2017-14376/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This amendment revises the Pennsylvania program to further define the implementation process for the reclamation of alternative bonding system (ABS) ``Legacy Sites,'' and to clearly identify the current list of Legacy Sites, as well as sites that may qualify in the future as Legacy Sites.
2017-06-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Lease Continuation Through OperationsAs specifically mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, this final rule revises the requirements contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations relating to maintaining a lease beyond its primary term...2017-11985"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-09/pdf/2017-11985.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/09/2017-11985/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-lease-continuation-throughAs specifically mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, this final rule revises the requirements contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations relating to maintaining a lease beyond its primary term through continuous operations by changing all of the references to the period of time before which a lease expires due to cessation of operations from ``180 days'' and ``180th day'' to a ``year'' and from ``180-day period'' to a ``1-year period.''
2017-05-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is delaying the effective date of the Agency's final rule that amends existing standards for examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. The effective date of that rule is extended to October 2,...2017-10474"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-22/pdf/2017-10474.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/22/2017-10474/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is delaying the effective date of the Agency's final rule that amends existing standards for examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. The effective date of that rule is extended to October 2, 2017. This extension offers additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
2017-04-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Rates Inflation Adjustments for Calendar Year 2017 and Initial “Catch-Up” AdjustmentsIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Act), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) and recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, the...2017-08225"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-24/pdf/2017-08225.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/24/2017-08225/civil-monetary-penalty-rates-inflation-adjustments-for-calendar-year-2017-and-initial-catch-upIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Act), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) and recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is publishing this final rule to adjust our maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates for calendar year 2017. This final rule also adopts as final a 2016 interim final rule that adjusted the amount of our civil monetary penalties for inflation with initial ``catch-up'' adjustments under the 2015 Act.
2017-04-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act...2017-06997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-07/pdf/2017-06997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/07/2017-06997/alabama-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to modernize its Plan, which remains largely unchanged since its approval on May 20, 1982, and encompass the November 14, 2008, changes to the Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations that the Alabama Plan and proposed amendment to that plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2017-04-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentFederal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal ValuationThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) requests comments and suggestions from affected parties and the interested public on whether revisions to the regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil and gas produced from Federal...2017-06600"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-04/pdf/2017-06600.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/04/2017-06600/federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuationThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) requests comments and suggestions from affected parties and the interested public on whether revisions to the regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases and coal produced from Federal and Indian leases, are needed and, if so, what specific revisions should be considered. On July 1, 2016, ONRR published a final rule, Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform (2017 Valuation Rule). ONRR subsequently stayed the effective date of that rule pending resolution of litigation. As a result of the stay, the regulations in effect prior to January 1, 2017 (``pre-existing regulations'') remain in effect. In a separate notice, ONRR is seeking comments on a proposed rule to repeal the 2017 Valuation Rule to maintain the status quo in which the pre-existing regulations remain in effect while ONRR reconsiders whether changes made by the 2017 Valuation Rule are needed or appropriate.
2017-04-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRepeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (``2017 Valuation Rule''). Repeal of the...2017-06617"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-04/pdf/2017-06617.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/04/2017-06617/repeal-of-consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (``2017 Valuation Rule''). Repeal of the 2017 Valuation Rule would maintain the current regulatory status quo by keeping the longstanding pre-existing regulations in effect.
2017-03-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (North Dakota program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or...2017-06396"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-31/pdf/2017-06396.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/31/2017-06396/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (North Dakota program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). North Dakota proposes numerous rule changes to the North Dakota Administrative Code for surface coal mining and reclamation operations and reclamation law changes that were made during North Dakota's 2015 Legislative Session. The law changes added a definition of ``commercial leonardite'' and excluded oxidized lignite (leonardite) from the statutory definition of ``coal.'' The law changes also added the phrase ``or commercial leonardite'' to many other sections of the reclamation law. North Dakota intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the North Dakota program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2017-03-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentVirginia Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the...2017-06397"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-31/pdf/2017-06397.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/31/2017-06397/virginia-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, Virginia seeks to revise its program regulations to require Virginia to enter permit information into the Applicant Violator System (AVS) database upon receipt of a complete permit application and require Virginia to conduct a final compliance review between the application approval and permit issuance. This document gives the times and locations that the Virginia program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing; if one is requested.
2017-03-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. The effective date of this final...2017-05979"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-27/pdf/2017-05979.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/27/2017-05979/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesOn January 23, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. The effective date of this final rule is May 23, 2017. MSHA is proposing to delay the effective date of the final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines to assure that mine operators and miners affected by the examinations final rule have the training and compliance assistance they need prior to the rule's effective date. This proposed rule would delay the effective date of the final rule to July 24, 2017. MSHA is soliciting comments on the limited issue of whether to extend the effective date to July 24, 2017, and whether this extension offers an appropriate length of time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
2017-03-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed...2017-04747"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-10/pdf/2017-04747.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/10/2017-04747/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, Pennsylvania seeks to revise its program to further define the implementation process for the reclamation of alternative bonding system (ABS) ``Legacy Sites'', and to clearly identify the current list of Legacy Sites, as well as sites that may qualify in the future as Legacy Sites. This document gives the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2017-02-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPostponement of Effectiveness of the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform 2017 Valuation RuleOn July 1, 2016, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Final Rule (2017 Valuation Rule or Rule) in the Federal Register. On December 29, 2016, three separate...2017-03861"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-27/pdf/2017-03861.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03861/postponement-of-effectiveness-of-the-consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coalOn July 1, 2016, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Final Rule (2017 Valuation Rule or Rule) in the Federal Register. On December 29, 2016, three separate petitions challenging the 2017 Valuation Rule were filed in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. In light of the existence and potential consequences of the pending litigation, ONRR has concluded that justice requires it to postpone the effectiveness of the 2017 Valuation Rule pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act, pending judicial review.
2017-02-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsThis rule adopts and finalizes the interim final rule which adjusted the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the...2017-02983"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-15/pdf/2017-02983.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/15/2017-02983/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-civil-penalties-inflationThis rule adopts and finalizes the interim final rule which adjusted the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (FCPIA of 2015), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. This rule also implements the 2017 adjustment of the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the BOEM regulations pursuant to OCSLA, OPA, FCPIA of 2015 and OMB guidance. The 2017 adjustment of 1.01636 percent accounts for one year of inflation spanning from October 2015 to October 2016.
2017-02-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation AdjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts for inflation the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the...2017-02417"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/pdf/2017-02417.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/06/2017-02417/civil-monetary-penalty-inflation-adjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts for inflation the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).
2017-02-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground MinesIn response to a request, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period for its proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines. This extension gives stakeholders additional time...2017-02388"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/pdf/2017-02388.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/06/2017-02388/proximity-detection-systems-for-mobile-machines-in-underground-minesIn response to a request, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period for its proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines. This extension gives stakeholders additional time to evaluate the comments and rulemaking record and provide meaningful input.
2017-02-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2017-02326"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-03/pdf/2017-02326.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/03/2017-02326/civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The civil penalty inflation adjustment using a 1.01636 multiplier accounts for one year of inflation spanning from October 2015 to October 2016.
2017-01-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration's final rule amends the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. This final rule requires that an examination of the working place be conducted before miners begin...2017-00832"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-00832.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/23/2017-00832/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration's final rule amends the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. This final rule requires that an examination of the working place be conducted before miners begin working in that place, that operators notify miners in the affected areas of any conditions found that may adversely affect their safety or health, that operators promptly initiate corrective action, and that a record be made of the examination. The final rule also requires that the examination record include: The name of the person conducting the examination, the date of the examination, the location of all areas examined, a description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners, and the date of the corrective action. In addition, the final rule requires that mine operators make the examination record available for inspection by authorized representatives of the Secretary and miners' representatives and provide a copy upon request.
2017-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2017The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by...2017-00614"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-18/pdf/2017-00614.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00614/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2017The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2017 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties, effective January 13, 2017.
2017-01-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the proposed rulemaking record for public comment on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.2017-00104"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2017-00104.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/09/2017-00104/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the proposed rulemaking record for public comment on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.
2017-01-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record and requesting additional comments on the Agency's proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines which was published in the...2017-00105"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2017-00105.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/09/2017-00105/proximity-detection-systems-for-mobile-machines-in-underground-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record and requesting additional comments on the Agency's proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines which was published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2015. The proposed rule would require underground coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with proximity detection systems. Miners working near these machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that result in accidents involving life-threatening injuries and death.
2017-01-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil, Gas, and Sulfur Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf-Adjustments to Cost Recovery FeesThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the public comment period on the proposed rule regarding adjustments to cost recovery fees, which was published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2016 (81 FR 81033). The...2016-31999"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-31999.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/05/2016-31999/oil-gas-and-sulfur-activities-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-adjustments-to-cost-recovery-feesThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the public comment period on the proposed rule regarding adjustments to cost recovery fees, which was published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2016 (81 FR 81033). The original public comment period would have ended on January 17, 2017. However, BSEE has received multiple requests from various stakeholders to extend the comment period. BSEE has reviewed the extension requests and determined that a 30-day comment period extension--to February 16, 2017--is appropriate.
2016-12-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentStream Protection RuleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are revising our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for coal as a...2016-29958"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-20/pdf/2016-29958.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-29958/stream-protection-ruleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are revising our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for coal as a source of energy. This final rule will better protect water supplies, surface water and groundwater quality, streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provide mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment. We have revised our regulations to define ``material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area'' and require that each permit specify the point at which adverse mining-related impacts on groundwater and surface water would reach that level of damage; collect adequate premining data about the site of the proposed mining operation and adjacent areas to establish an adequate baseline for evaluation of the impacts of mining and the effectiveness of reclamation; adjust monitoring requirements to enable timely detection and correction of any adverse trends in the quality or quantity of surface water and groundwater or the biological condition of streams; ensure protection or restoration of perennial and intermittent streams and related resources; ensure that permittees and regulatory authorities make use of advances in science and technology; ensure that land disturbed by mining operations is restored to a condition capable of supporting the uses that it was capable of supporting before mining; and update and codify the requirements and procedures for protection of threatened or endangered species and designated critical habitat. Approximately thirty percent of the final rule consists of editorial revisions and organizational changes intended to improve consistency, clarity, accuracy, and ease of use.
2016-11-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-27503"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-17/pdf/2016-27503.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/17/2016-27503/civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.
2016-11-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAdjustments to Cost Recovery Fees Relating to the Regulation of Oil, Gas, and Sulfur Activities on the Outer Continental ShelfThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) currently charges a fee for 31 different services (hereafter ``cost recovery fees'') it provides to non-Federal recipients. The services were identified by BSEE's predecessor agency, the...2016-27500"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-17/pdf/2016-27500.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/17/2016-27500/adjustments-to-cost-recovery-fees-relating-to-the-regulation-of-oil-gas-and-sulfur-activities-on-theThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) currently charges a fee for 31 different services (hereafter ``cost recovery fees'') it provides to non-Federal recipients. The services were identified by BSEE's predecessor agency, the Minerals Management Service (MMS). This proposed rule would revise and clarify the existing fees; add new fees for certain services; revise and codify the existing conditions for refunding fees; and clarify the acceptable methods of fee payment. This proposed rule would enable BSEE to recover its full costs associated with providing these services to recipients of special benefits beyond those accruing to the general public.
2016-11-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Decommissioning Costs for PipelinesThis rule amends Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activities related to...2016-27416"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-16/pdf/2016-27416.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/16/2016-27416/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-decommissioning-costs-for-pipelinesThis rule amends Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activities related to oil and gas and sulfur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The amendment requires lessees, owners of operating rights, and right- of-way (ROW) holders to submit summaries of actual expenditures incurred for pipeline decommissioning activities.
2016-11-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentStream Protection Rule; Final Environmental Impact StatementWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), announce the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Stream Protection Rule developed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).2016-27655"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-16/pdf/2016-27655.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/16/2016-27655/stream-protection-rule-final-environmental-impact-statementWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), announce the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Stream Protection Rule developed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
2016-10-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed...2016-25869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-26/pdf/2016-25869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/26/2016-25869/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed revisions to its Program to closely follow the Federal regulations regarding awarding of appropriate costs and expenses including attorneys' fees. Alabama is revising its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations.
2016-10-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentLeasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf MMAA104000This final rule clarifies the language in one section of a final rule that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016, and that became effective on May 31, 2016.2016-24586"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-12/pdf/2016-24586.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/12/2016-24586/leasing-of-sulfur-or-oil-and-gas-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-mmaa104000This final rule clarifies the language in one section of a final rule that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016, and that became effective on May 31, 2016.
2016-09-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Ensuring That Companies With a History of Financial Insolvency, and Their Subsidiary Companies, Are Not Allowed To Self-Bond Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing our final decision on a petition for rulemaking that was submitted by WildEarth Guardians. The petition requested that we revise our current regulations to better...2016-21440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-21440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/07/2016-21440/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-ensuring-that-companies-with-a-history-of-financial-insolvency-andWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing our final decision on a petition for rulemaking that was submitted by WildEarth Guardians. The petition requested that we revise our current regulations to better ensure that self-bonded companies provide sufficient information to guarantee that reclamation obligations are adequately met and that the self-bonded entity is financially solvent. The Director has decided to grant the petition, although we do not intend to propose the specific rule changes requested in the petition. We will initiate a rulemaking to address this issue as discussed more fully below.
2016-09-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety SystemsThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is amending and updating the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention...2016-20967"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-20967.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/07/2016-20967/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safetyThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is amending and updating the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention equipment design and maintenance, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The rule differentiates the requirements for operating dry tree and subsea tree production systems and divides the current BSEE regulations regarding oil and gas production safety systems into multiple sections to make the regulations easier to read and understand. The changes in this rule are necessary to improve human safety, environmental protection, and regulatory oversight of critical equipment involving production safety systems.
2016-08-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. This extension gives stakeholders...2016-20396"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-25/pdf/2016-20396.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/25/2016-20396/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaustIn response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. This extension gives stakeholders additional time to evaluate the comments and testimony received thus far and submit information to the Agency.
2016-08-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesIn response to stakeholder requests, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period for Agency's proposed rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. The document also clarifies and seeks...2016-20395"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-25/pdf/2016-20395.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/25/2016-20395/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesIn response to stakeholder requests, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period for Agency's proposed rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. The document also clarifies and seeks additional comments on selected proposed provisions.
2016-08-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Decommissioning Costs for PipelinesThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend the regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activities...2016-19057"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-19057.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/12/2016-19057/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-decommissioning-costs-for-pipelinesThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend the regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activities related to oil and gas and sulfur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The proposed rule would expand the scope of the current regulations to require lessees, owners of operating rights, and right-of-way (ROW) holders to submit summaries of actual expenditures incurred for pipeline decommissioning activities.
2016-08-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to Civil Penalty RegulationsThis rule amends the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) civil penalty regulations by expanding the regulations to all Federal mineral leases onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), to all Federally-administered mineral leases on...2016-17598"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-01/pdf/2016-17598.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/01/2016-17598/amendments-to-civil-penalty-regulationsThis rule amends the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) civil penalty regulations by expanding the regulations to all Federal mineral leases onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), to all Federally-administered mineral leases on Indian Tribal and individual Indian mineral owners' lands, and to all easements, rights of way, and other agreements on the OCS; incorporating the civil penalty inflation adjustments pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act); clarifying and simplifying existing regulations for issuing a Notice of Noncompliance (NONC), Failure to Correct Civil Penalty Notice (FCCP), and Immediate Liability Civil Penalty Notice (ILCP); and providing notice that ONRR will post matrices for civil penalty assessments on its Web site.
2016-07-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to Designated AreasONRR convened two technical conferences on November 20, 2015 to discuss amending the boundaries of four of the designated areas it uses to calculate the index-based major portion prices in its regulations. At the technical conferences, the participants...2016-17599"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-29/pdf/2016-17599.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/29/2016-17599/amendments-to-designated-areasONRR convened two technical conferences on November 20, 2015 to discuss amending the boundaries of four of the designated areas it uses to calculate the index-based major portion prices in its regulations. At the technical conferences, the participants discussed issues regarding the appropriate boundary line between the North Fort Berthold and South Fort Berthold Designated Areas and adding additional counties to one or both of the two designated areas in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.
2016-07-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNotice of Availability of Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas, and Sulfur Leases, and Holders of Pipeline Right-of-Way and Right-of-Use and Easement Grants in the Outer Continental Shelf-Requiring Additional SecurityThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a guidance document entitled, ``Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas, and Sulfur Leases, and Holders of Pipeline Right-of-Way and Right-of-Use and Easement...2016-16846"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-18/pdf/2016-16846.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/18/2016-16846/notice-of-availability-of-notice-to-lessees-and-operators-of-federal-oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-leasesThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a guidance document entitled, ``Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas, and Sulfur Leases, and Holders of Pipeline Right-of-Way and Right-of-Use and Easement Grants in the Outer Continental Shelf--Requiring Additional Security'' (NTL No. 2016-N01).
2016-07-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental ShelfThe Department of the Interior (DOI or the Department), acting through BOEM and BSEE, is revising and adding new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of...2016-15699"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-15/pdf/2016-15699.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/15/2016-15699/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-requirements-for-exploratoryThe Department of the Interior (DOI or the Department), acting through BOEM and BSEE, is revising and adding new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska. This final rule focuses solely on the OCS within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (Arctic OCS). The Arctic region is characterized by extreme environmental conditions, geographic remoteness, and a relative lack of fixed infrastructure and existing operations. This final rule is designed to help ensure the safe, effective, and responsible exploration of Arctic OCS oil and gas resources, while protecting the marine, coastal, and human environments, and Alaska Natives' cultural traditions and access to subsistence resources.
2016-07-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act...2016-16657"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/pdf/2016-16657.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/14/2016-16657/kansas-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kansas proposes revisions to modernize its Plan, which remains largely unchanged since its approval on February 1, 1982, and encompasses the November 14, 2008, changes to the Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations that the Kansas Plan and proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2016-07-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act...2016-16658"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/pdf/2016-16658.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/14/2016-16658/indiana-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Indiana proposes to revise its Plan to reflect the 2006 changes to SMCRA. This document gives the times and locations that the Indiana Plan and this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2016-07-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the Surface Mining Control and...2016-16190"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-08/pdf/2016-16190.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/08/2016-16190/civil-penalties-inflation-adjustmentsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).
2016-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsThis rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-15607"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15607.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15607/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-civil-penalties-inflationThis rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget guidance.
2016-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformONRR is amending our regulations governing valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases and coal produced from Federal and Indian leases. This rule also consolidates definitions for oil, gas, and...2016-15420"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15420.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15420/consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformONRR is amending our regulations governing valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases and coal produced from Federal and Indian leases. This rule also consolidates definitions for oil, gas, and coal product valuation into one subpart that is applicable to the Federal oil and gas and Federal and Indian coal subparts.
2016-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up AdjustmentsThe U.S. Department of Labor is issuing this interim final rule to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties...2016-15378"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15378.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/01/2016-15378/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-catch-up-adjustmentsThe U.S. Department of Labor is issuing this interim final rule to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) requires agencies to adjust the levels of civil monetary penalties with an initial catch-up adjustment, followed by annual adjustments for inflation. The Department is required to calculate the catch-up and subsequent annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The Department must publish the interim final rule by July 1, 2016, and the new penalty levels are effective no later than August 1, 2016.
2016-06-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentThis rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act...2016-15157"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/pdf/2016-15157.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/28/2016-15157/civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentThis rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.
2016-06-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing a change to the starting time for public hearings for the proposed rule addressing Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, published on June 8, 2016. The start time for...2016-15191"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-27/pdf/2016-15191.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/27/2016-15191/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing a change to the starting time for public hearings for the proposed rule addressing Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, published on June 8, 2016. The start time for the previously announced public hearings for the proposed rule will be changed from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to accommodate the public meetings on MSHA's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. The hearing dates and locations are unchanged.
2016-06-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public meetings on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, published on June 8, 2016. In the interest of...2016-15190"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-27/pdf/2016-15190.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/27/2016-15190/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaustThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public meetings on the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, published on June 8, 2016. In the interest of efficiency, the public meetings will be held consecutively, on the same days in the same venues, as the public hearings announced in the MSHA's proposed rule addressing Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, published on June 8, 2016.
2016-06-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Technical Corrections; CorrectionThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 6, 2016 (81 FR 36145).2016-14850"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-23/pdf/2016-14850.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/23/2016-14850/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-technical-corrections-correctionThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 6, 2016 (81 FR 36145).
2016-06-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Ensuring That Companies With a History of Financial Insolvency, and Their Subsidiary Companies, Are Not Allowed To Self-Bond Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we...2016-14525"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-20/pdf/2016-14525.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/20/2016-14525/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-ensuring-that-companies-with-a-history-of-financial-insolvency-andWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our self- bonding regulations to ensure that companies with a history of financial insolvency, and their subsidiary companies, are not allowed to self-bond coal mining operations. We are requesting comments on the merits of the petition and the rule changes suggested in the petition. Comments received will assist the Director of OSMRE in making the decision whether to grant or deny the petition.
2016-06-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustC1-2016-13219"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-17/pdf/C1-2016-13219.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/17/C1-2016-13219/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust
2016-06-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalties Inflation AdjustmentThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this interim final rule to adjust the amount of our civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation with an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment...2016-13462"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-09/pdf/2016-13462.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/09/2016-13462/civil-monetary-penalties-inflation-adjustmentThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this interim final rule to adjust the amount of our civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation with an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.
2016-06-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal (MNM) mines. The purpose of this proposed rule is to ensure that mine operators identify and...2016-13218"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-08/pdf/2016-13218.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/08/2016-13218/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend the Agency's standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal (MNM) mines. The purpose of this proposed rule is to ensure that mine operators identify and correct conditions that may adversely affect miners' safety or health. MSHA is proposing to require that an examination of the working place be conducted before miners begin work in an area and that the operator notifies miners in the working place of any conditions found that may adversely affect their safety or health. MSHA is also proposing that the competent person conducting the examination sign and date the examination record before the end of each shift, that the record includes information regarding adverse conditions found and corrective actions taken, and that operators make such records available to miners and their representatives. The proposal would enhance the quality of working place examinations in MNM mines and help assure that violations of mandatory health or safety standards are identified and corrected, thereby improving protections for miners.
2016-06-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExposure of Underground Miners to Diesel ExhaustThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting information and data on approaches to control and monitor miners' exposures to diesel exhaust. Epidemiological studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)...2016-13219"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-08/pdf/2016-13219.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/08/2016-13219/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaustThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting information and data on approaches to control and monitor miners' exposures to diesel exhaust. Epidemiological studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have found that diesel exhaust exposure increases miners' risk of death due to lung cancer. In June 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel exhaust as a human carcinogen. Because of the carcinogenic health risk to miners from exposure to diesel exhaust and to prevent material impairment of miners' health, MSHA is reviewing the Agency's existing standards and policy guidance on controlling miners' exposures to diesel exhaust to evaluate the effectiveness of the protections now in place to preserve miners' health.
2016-06-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Technical CorrectionsThis rule makes minor edits, changes, and updates to BSEE regulations. These changes include, but are not limited to: correcting all current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers from ``1010'' to ``1014''; adding two new control numbers...2016-12487"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-12487.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/06/2016-12487/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-technical-correctionsThis rule makes minor edits, changes, and updates to BSEE regulations. These changes include, but are not limited to: correcting all current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers from ``1010'' to ``1014''; adding two new control numbers to regulations as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA); changing the BSEE address from ``Herndon, VA'' to ``Sterling, VA''; changing ``shall'' to ``will'' or ``must'' and changing ``which'' to ``that''; and revising other language where necessary for improved clarity.
2016-05-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentLeasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf; Correction MMAA104000On March 30, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register a final rule that updates and streamlines the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulfur leasing regulations, which will become effective on May...2016-12095"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/pdf/2016-12095.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/31/2016-12095/leasing-of-sulfur-or-oil-and-gas-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-correction-mmaa104000On March 30, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register a final rule that updates and streamlines the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulfur leasing regulations, which will become effective on May 31, 2016 (81 FR 18111) (``Leasing Rule''). One of the regulations contained in the final rule was incorrectly stated. This document corrects that error
2016-05-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentLeasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf MMAA104000On March 30, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register a final rule that updates and streamlines the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulfur leasing regulations, which will become effective on May...2016-12097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-12097/leasing-of-sulfur-or-oil-and-gas-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-mmaa104000On March 30, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register a final rule that updates and streamlines the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulfur leasing regulations, which will become effective on May 31, 2016. BOEM wishes to clarify the language in one section of that rule. Therefore, BOEM is proposing to revise that section and give the public an opportunity to comment. The final rule was issued under Docket ID: MMS- 2007-OMM-0069, which has expired and is no longer accessible. Therefore, BOEM is utilizing a new Docket ID for this proposed rule (BOEM-2016-0031).
2016-05-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAir Quality Control, Reporting, and ComplianceBOEM is extending the public comment period to submit comments on the proposed rule entitled ``Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance,'' which was published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2016. The original public comment period to submit...2016-12099"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12099.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/23/2016-12099/air-quality-control-reporting-and-complianceBOEM is extending the public comment period to submit comments on the proposed rule entitled ``Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance,'' which was published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2016. The original public comment period to submit comments on this rulemaking would have ended on June 6, 2016. However, BOEM has received public comments requesting an extension of the comment period. BOEM has reviewed the extension requests and has determined that a 14-day comment period extension to June 20, 2016, is appropriate. The proposed rule specified a separate, shorter period to submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget on the information collection (IC) burden in this rulemaking. That comment period ended on May 5, 2016, and will not be extended.
2016-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2016-11246"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11246.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/20/2016-11246/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its Program to closely follow the Federal regulations regarding awarding of appropriate costs and expenses including attorneys' fees. This document gives the times and locations that the Alabama program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2016-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Ensuring That Companies With a History of Financial Insolvency, and Their Subsidiary Companies, Are Not Allowed to Self-Bond Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our self-bonding regulations to...2016-11755"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11755.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/20/2016-11755/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-ensuring-that-companies-with-a-history-of-financial-insolvency-andWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our self-bonding regulations to ensure that companies with a history of financial insolvency, and their subsidiary companies, are not allowed to self-bond coal mining operations. We are requesting comments on the merits of the petition and the rule changes suggested in the petition. Comments received will assist the Director of OSMRE in making the decision whether to grant or deny the petition.
2016-04-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well ControlBureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is finalizing new regulations to consolidate into one part the equipment and operational requirements that are found in various subparts of BSEE's regulations pertaining to offshore oil and gas...2016-08921"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-29/pdf/2016-08921.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/29/2016-08921/oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-blowout-preventer-systems-and-wellBureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is finalizing new regulations to consolidate into one part the equipment and operational requirements that are found in various subparts of BSEE's regulations pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and decommissioning. This final rule focuses on blowout preventer (BOP) and well-control requirements, including incorporation of industry standards and revision of existing regulations, and adopts reforms in the areas of well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time well monitoring, and subsea containment. The final rule also addresses and implements multiple recommendations resulting from various investigations of the Deepwater Horizon incident. This final rule will also incorporate guidance from several Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) and revise provisions related to drilling, workover, completion, and decommissioning operations to enhance safety and environmental protection.
2016-04-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas...2016-08168"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-08/pdf/2016-08168.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/08/2016-08168/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Texas program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2016-04-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAir Quality Control, Reporting, and ComplianceThis proposed rule would amend existing BOEM regulations related to air quality measurement, evaluation, and control with respect to oil, gas, and sulphur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the United States (U.S.), in the Central and...2016-06310"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-05/pdf/2016-06310.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/05/2016-06310/air-quality-control-reporting-and-complianceThis proposed rule would amend existing BOEM regulations related to air quality measurement, evaluation, and control with respect to oil, gas, and sulphur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the United States (U.S.), in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and the area offshore the North Slope Borough of the State of Alaska, as part of the BOEM approval process for offshore oil and gas exploration and development plans, right-of-use and easement (RUE), pipeline rights-of-way (ROW), and lease term pipeline applications. The proposed rule would: (1) Fulfill BOEM's statutory responsibility under section 5(a)(8) of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) by addressing all relevant criteria and major precursor air pollutants and by cross-referencing BOEM standards and benchmarks for those pollutants to those of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); (2) change the manner in which lessees would evaluate and model vessel emissions attributed to OCS facilities; (3) change the methods for measuring and evaluating air emissions including measuring their impacts over State submerged lands; (4) provide a process by which exemption thresholds are established and updated; (5) change the circumstances when emission reduction measure(s) (ERM), including Best Available Control Technology (BACT), are required, and establish new criteria for the application of ERM; (6) formalize requirements for the consolidation of emissions from multiple facilities; (7) consistent with BOEM's existing regulatory authority, articulate a schedule and requirements for ensuring that all plans, including those previously approved, will remain compliant on an ongoing basis with these updated regulations; and (8) include an air quality component in the submission of RUE, ROW, and lease term pipeline applications. Key policy changes include the following: (1) Aligning the list of pollutants that are subject to an air quality review with the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and cross-referencing the ambient air quality standards and benchmarks (AAQSB) for those pollutants to those of the USEPA; (2) formalizing the concept and application of the term ``attributed emissions;'' (3) changing the locations where air emissions will be measured and evaluated; and (4) modifying the process by which exemption thresholds are established and updated. This rulemaking would be the first major re-write of the OCS air quality regulations in 35 years.
2016-03-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentLeasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental ShelfThis final rule updates and streamlines the existing Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing regulations and clarifies implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996, which amended the Federal Oil and Gas...2016-06513"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/pdf/2016-06513.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/30/2016-06513/leasing-of-sulfur-or-oil-and-gas-in-the-outer-continental-shelfThis final rule updates and streamlines the existing Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing regulations and clarifies implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996, which amended the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA). The final rule reorganizes leasing requirements to more effectively communicate the leasing process as it has evolved over the years. The final rule makes changes to regulations which relate to the oil, gas, and sulfur leasing requirements. The final rule does not, however, include substantive changes to regulations which relate to bonding, which will be the subject of a separate new proposed rulemaking.
2016-03-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNegotiated Noncompetitive Leasing for the Use of Sand, Gravel, and Shell Resources on the Outer Continental ShelfThis rule proposes regulations to address the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel and shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration, or coastal wetlands restoration projects by Federal, State, or local government agencies, or...2016-06163"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-22/pdf/2016-06163.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/22/2016-06163/negotiated-noncompetitive-leasing-for-the-use-of-sand-gravel-and-shell-resources-on-the-outerThis rule proposes regulations to address the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel and shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration, or coastal wetlands restoration projects by Federal, State, or local government agencies, or use in construction projects authorized by or funded in whole or in part by the Federal Government. The proposed rule describes the negotiated noncompetitive agreement process for qualifying projects and codifies new and existing procedures.
2016-02-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentDepartment of the Treasury Employee Rules of ConductThe Department of the Treasury (the ``Department'' or ``Treasury'') is updating its Employee Rules of Conduct, which prescribe uniform rules of conduct and procedure for all employees and officials in the Department.2016-03410"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-19/pdf/2016-03410.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/19/2016-03410/department-of-the-treasury-employee-rules-of-conductThe Department of the Treasury (the ``Department'' or ``Treasury'') is updating its Employee Rules of Conduct, which prescribe uniform rules of conduct and procedure for all employees and officials in the Department.
2016-02-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOklahoma Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2016-02463"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-08/pdf/2016-02463.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/08/2016-02463/oklahoma-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: Permit eligibility for permits with violations on lands eligible for remining; permit suspension or rescission posting locations and appeal procedures; requiring GPS coordinates for aspects of permit maps; topsoil removal distances; blasting records requirements; annual reporting requirements; temporary cessation of operations requirements; casing and sealing temporary underground openings; right of entry requirements; surface drainage associated with auger mining; correcting reference errors; updating addresses; and correcting spelling and grammatical errors. Oklahoma intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Oklahoma program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2016-02-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentVirginia Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) published on October 22, 2015. The comment period is being reopened in order to afford the public more time to comment....2016-02460"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-08/pdf/2016-02460.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/08/2016-02460/virginia-regulatory-programWe are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) published on October 22, 2015. The comment period is being reopened in order to afford the public more time to comment. Virginia is proposing to revise its regulations in light of legislative changes made by the General Assembly of Virginia. If approved, the proposed amendment would incorporate these legislative changes into the approved State program. Additionally, the state regulations would be amended to revise the language of the public participation regulations to clarify proof of publication, remove the self-bonding instrument, and remove duplicate pool bond regulations already addressed under the Code of Virginia.
2015-12-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAllocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses-Oil and Gas, OffshoreIn this final rule, the Department of the Interior moves the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006's Phase I regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) chapter V to the Office...2015-32787"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-30/pdf/2015-32787.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/30/2015-32787/allocation-and-disbursement-of-royalties-rentals-and-bonuses-oil-and-gas-offshoreIn this final rule, the Department of the Interior moves the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006's Phase I regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) chapter V to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue's (ONRR) title 30 CFR chapter XII and clarifies and adds minor definition changes to these current revenue- sharing regulations. Additionally, ONRR amends these regulations concerning the distribution and disbursement of qualified revenues from certain leases on the Gulf of Mexico's Outer Continental Shelf, under the provisions of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. These regulations set forth formulas and methodologies for calculating and allocating revenues to the States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas; their eligible coastal political subdivisions; the Land and Water Conservation Fund; and the United States Treasury.
2015-12-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMissouri Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposed...2015-31674"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-17/pdf/2015-31674.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/17/2015-31674/missouri-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposed revisions to its regulations concerning several topics regarding: Valid Existing Rights; Protection of Hydrologic Balance; Post-mining Land Use; Permit Applications; and Air Resource Protection. Missouri intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations, to clarify ambiguities, and to improve operational efficiency.
2015-12-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Decommissioning CostsThis rule amends the regulations to require lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred after completion of certain decommissioning activities for oil and gas and sulphur operations on the...2015-30585"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-04/pdf/2015-30585.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/04/2015-30585/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-decommissioning-costsThis rule amends the regulations to require lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred after completion of certain decommissioning activities for oil and gas and sulphur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. This information will help BSEE to better estimate future decommissioning costs related to OCS leases, rights-of- way, and rights of use and easement.
2015-11-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground MinesIn response to a request, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines. This extension gives stakeholders...2015-30181"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-30/pdf/2015-30181.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/30/2015-30181/proximity-detection-systems-for-mobile-machines-in-underground-minesIn response to a request, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's proposed rule on Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines. This extension gives stakeholders additional time to evaluate the comments and testimony received thus far and provide meaningful input.
2015-11-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Request for Information on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives stakeholders...2015-29433"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-18/pdf/2015-29433.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/18/2015-29433/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Request for Information on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives stakeholders additional time to provide input on the current state of refuges in use and recent research and new technology that may lead to the development of a new generation of refuges.
2015-10-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTechnical ConferenceONRR will convene a technical conference on November 20, 2015, to discuss two issues: (1) The appropriate boundary line between the North Fort Berthold and South Fort Berthold Designated Areas and adding additional counties to one or both of the two...2015-27250"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-29/pdf/2015-27250.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/29/2015-27250/technical-conferenceONRR will convene a technical conference on November 20, 2015, to discuss two issues: (1) The appropriate boundary line between the North Fort Berthold and South Fort Berthold Designated Areas and adding additional counties to one or both of the two Designated Areas in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Date And Address: ONRR will hold two sessions for the technical conference. The first session will be held in person on November 20, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time in Denver, Colorado. The location will be at the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Denver Federal Center, 6th Avenue and Kipling Street, Building 85, Auditoriums A-D, Denver, Colorado 80226. The second session will be a teleconference on November 20, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time. To call into the second session please call 1-866-778-1299, and use participant code 5826518. To RSVP for either one of these two sessions, please email Elizabeth Dawson at lisa.dawson@onrr.gov or call (303) 231-3653. If you cannot participate in either session and would like to provide comments, please email us at ONRRIndianOilRuleQuestions@onrr.gov by November 30, 2015.
2015-10-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentVirginia Regulatory ProgramThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2015-26842"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-22/pdf/2015-26842.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/22/2015-26842/virginia-regulatory-programThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, the State seeks to revise the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations (the State regulations) in light of legislative changes made by the General Assembly of Virginia. If approved, the proposed amendment would incorporate these legislative changes into the approved State program. Additionally, the State regulations would be amended to revise the language of the public participation regulations to clarify proof of publication, remove the self-bonding instrument, and remove duplicate pool bond regulations already addressed under the Code of Virginia. This document gives the times and locations that the Virginia program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2015-10-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment that we are approving involves a statutory amendment to...2015-26477"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26477.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26477/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment that we are approving involves a statutory amendment to Pennsylvania's Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act (CRDCA). The amendment adds another category of sites considered as preferred when selecting a location for the placement of coal refuse.
2015-10-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). As a result of OSMRE's review of the Kentucky program, OSMRE has determined that...2015-26478"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26478.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26478/kentucky-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). As a result of OSMRE's review of the Kentucky program, OSMRE has determined that two previously required amendments, 30 CFR 917.16(e) and (h), are to be removed because Kentucky's program, with regard to Ownership and Control (O&C), and Transfer, Assignment or Sale of Permit Rights (TAS) is now consistent with SMCRA and the corresponding Federal regulations.
2015-10-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOhio Regulatory ProgramWe are approving, with one additional requirement, an amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the Ohio program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment we are approving updates the Ohio...2015-26479"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26479.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26479/ohio-regulatory-programWe are approving, with one additional requirement, an amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the Ohio program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment we are approving updates the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to address issues raised by OSMRE regarding the consistency of Ohio's program with the final Federal rule relative to Ownership and Control, Permit and Application Information and Transfer, and Assignment or Sale of Permit Rights, which became effective on December 3, 2007. The amendment specifically revises the following regulations within the OAC: Definitions; Incorporation by reference; permit applications, requirements for legal, financial, compliance and related information; permit applications, revisions, and renewals, and transfers, assignments, and sales of permit rights; improvidently issued permits; and enforcement and individual civil penalties. Ohio submitted this amendment to ensure the Ohio program is consistent with, and in accordance with, SMCRA, and no less effective than the corresponding regulations. During the course of our review of this amendment, we determined that Ohio must amend its program to ensure the term ``violation notice'' is consistent with the approved Ohio program.
2015-10-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2015-25255"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-05/pdf/2015-25255.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/05/2015-25255/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its Program by clarifying that the venue for appeals of Alabama Surface Mining Commission decisions resides in the Circuit Court of the county in which the agency maintains its principal office. This document gives the times and locations that the Alabama program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2015-09-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the date and location of public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Coal Mines, published on September 2, 2015.2015-24574"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-28/pdf/2015-24574.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/28/2015-24574/proximity-detection-systems-for-mobile-machines-in-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the date and location of public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Coal Mines, published on September 2, 2015.
2015-09-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUpdating Addresses and Contact Information in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's RegulationsIn this rule, BOEM amends its existing regulations by: Updating address locations; removing an outdated Web site address and correcting a form number; changing the term ``Associate Director'' to ``Deputy Director'' in the regulations; and other...2015-23719"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-22/pdf/2015-23719.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/22/2015-23719/updating-addresses-and-contact-information-in-the-bureau-of-ocean-energy-managements-regulationsIn this rule, BOEM amends its existing regulations by: Updating address locations; removing an outdated Web site address and correcting a form number; changing the term ``Associate Director'' to ``Deputy Director'' in the regulations; and other housekeeping changes, such as removing reference to a URL hyperlink for a Web page that no longer exists.
2015-09-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold a public meeting to gather information on issues and options relevant to miners' escape and refuge. This meeting will supplement the information already received in response to the Agency's...2015-23448"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/2015-23448.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/18/2015-23448/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold a public meeting to gather information on issues and options relevant to miners' escape and refuge. This meeting will supplement the information already received in response to the Agency's Request for Information on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This meeting provides coal mine operators, coal miners, manufacturers, academia and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to provide information concerning two critical issues: Impediments to the use of built-in- place refuges and enhanced two-way voice communication when using escape breathing devices. This meeting also invites stakeholders to provide input on the current state of refuges in use and recent research and new technology that may lead to the development of a new generation of refuges. MSHA also is reopening the record for public comment.
2015-09-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is removing a required amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). OSMRE...2015-23118"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-17/pdf/2015-23118.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/17/2015-23118/pennsylvania-regulatory-programThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is removing a required amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). OSMRE has determined that the information submitted by Pennsylvania satisfies a previously required amendment regarding bonding in Pennsylvania. Therefore, OSMRE is removing the previously required amendment from the Pennsylvania program as Pennsylvania has demonstrated that its program is being administered in a manner consistent with SMCRA and the corresponding Federal regulations.
2015-09-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentMSHA Headquarters, Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center, and Respirable Dust Processing Laboratory Address ChangesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is amending its published regulations that include the Agency's addresses. MSHA relocated its Headquarters offices and also will discontinue renting the Post Office boxes it uses for mail delivery to the...2015-21054"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-02/pdf/2015-21054.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/02/2015-21054/msha-headquarters-pittsburgh-safety-and-health-technology-center-and-respirable-dust-processingThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is amending its published regulations that include the Agency's addresses. MSHA relocated its Headquarters offices and also will discontinue renting the Post Office boxes it uses for mail delivery to the Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center and Respirable Dust Processing Laboratory. In addition, MSHA is amending the incorporation by reference language in some of its regulations to include current addresses, telephone numbers, and internet addresses.
2015-09-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to require underground coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with proximity detection systems. Miners working near these machines face pinning, crushing, and striking...2015-21573"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-02/pdf/2015-21573.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/02/2015-21573/proximity-detection-systems-for-mobile-machines-in-underground-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to require underground coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with proximity detection systems. Miners working near these machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that result in accidents involving life threatening injuries and death. The proposal would strengthen protections for miners by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents in underground coal mines. MSHA is also interested in the application of these proposed requirements to underground metal and nonmetal mines.
2015-08-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentStream Protection RuleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing the schedule for public hearings on the proposed Stream Protection Rule and the accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).2015-21412"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-28/pdf/2015-21412.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/28/2015-21412/stream-protection-ruleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing the schedule for public hearings on the proposed Stream Protection Rule and the accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
2015-07-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentFees for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining ProductsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's regulation for administering fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in mines. This final rule revises the fees charged for these services....2015-18617"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18617.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/29/2015-18617/fees-for-testing-evaluation-and-approval-of-mining-productsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's regulation for administering fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in mines. This final rule revises the fees charged for these services. The final rule also includes a fee for approval services that MSHA provides to applicants or approval holders under the existing rule, but for which the Agency currently does not charge a fee, and for other activities required to support the approval process. This change will allow MSHA to charge fees that reflect the full cost of the approval services provided.
2015-07-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentStream Protection RuleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are proposing to revise our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for...2015-17308"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/pdf/2015-17308.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/27/2015-17308/stream-protection-ruleWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are proposing to revise our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for coal as a source of energy. This proposed rule would better protect streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provide mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment. We propose to revise our regulations to clearly define ``material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area'' and require that each permit specify the point at which adverse mining-related impacts on groundwater and surface water would reach that level of damage; collect adequate premining data about the site of the proposed mining operation and adjacent areas to establish an adequate baseline for evaluation of the impacts of mining and the effectiveness of reclamation; adjust monitoring requirements to enable timely detection and correction of any adverse trends in the quality or quantity of surface water and groundwater or the biological condition of streams; ensure protection or restoration of perennial and intermittent streams and related resources; ensure that permittees and regulatory authorities make use of advances in science and technology; ensure that land disturbed by mining operations is restored to a condition capable of supporting the uses that it was capable of supporting before mining; and update and codify the requirements and procedures for protection of threatened or endangered species and designated critical habitat. The proposed changes would apply to both surface mines and the surface effects of underground mines. The majority of the proposed revisions update our regulations to incorporate or reflect the best available science and experience gained over the last 30 years. Approximately thirty percent of the proposed rule consists of editorial revisions and organizational changes intended to improve consistency, clarity, accuracy, and ease of use.
2015-06-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Update of Incorporated Cranes StandardBSEE proposes to incorporate by reference the Seventh Edition of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification 2C (Spec. 2C), ``Offshore Pedestal-mounted Cranes'' (2012), into its regulations. The Seventh Edition of API Spec. 2C revised many...2015-14640"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-15/pdf/2015-14640.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/15/2015-14640/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-update-of-incorporated-cranesBSEE proposes to incorporate by reference the Seventh Edition of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification 2C (Spec. 2C), ``Offshore Pedestal-mounted Cranes'' (2012), into its regulations. The Seventh Edition of API Spec. 2C revised many aspects of the standard for design and construction of cranes manufactured since the Seventh Edition took effect in October 2012. The intent of proposing to incorporate this revised standard into BSEE regulations is to improve the safety of cranes mounted on fixed platforms that are installed on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This proposed rule would require that all cranes that lessees or operators mount on any fixed platforms after the effective date of the final rule comply with the Seventh Edition of API Spec. 2C.
2015-06-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2015-14409"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/pdf/2015-14409.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/12/2015-14409/kentucky-regulatory-programThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), is announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky submitted this proposed amendment with the intent to clarify certain permit application requirements. Specifically, Kentucky proposes to amend the language of two provisions that outline the permit application requirements for an operator seeking to mine land with severed surface and mineral estates. This document gives the times and locations that the Kentucky program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2015-06-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well ControlThe BSEE is extending the public comment period on the Notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf--Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control,'' which was published in the Federal Register...2015-13499"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-03/pdf/2015-13499.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/03/2015-13499/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-blowout-preventer-systems-and-wellThe BSEE is extending the public comment period on the Notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf--Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control,'' which was published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2015. The original public comment period would have ended on June 16, 2015. However, BSEE received requests from various stakeholders to extend the comment period. The BSEE reviewed the extension requests and determined that a 30-day comment period extension--to July 16, 2015--is appropriate.
2015-05-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndian Oil Valuation AmendmentsONRR is amending its regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil produced from Indian leases. This rule will expand and clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production. This...2015-09955"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/pdf/2015-09955.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/01/2015-09955/indian-oil-valuation-amendmentsONRR is amending its regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil produced from Indian leases. This rule will expand and clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production. This rule represents the recommendations of the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). This rule also changes the form filing requirements necessary to claim a transportation allowance for oil produced from Indian leases.
2015-04-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRequest for Information To Improve the Health and Safety of Miners and To Prevent Accidents in Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information To Improve the Health and Safety of Miners and To Prevent Accidents in Underground...2015-09246"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09246.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/22/2015-09246/request-for-information-to-improve-the-health-and-safety-of-miners-and-to-prevent-accidents-inIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information To Improve the Health and Safety of Miners and To Prevent Accidents in Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives interested parties additional time to submit information to the Agency.
2015-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental ShelfBOEM and BSEE are extending the public comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled, ``Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf--Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf,''...2015-09035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-20/pdf/2015-09035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/20/2015-09035/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-requirements-for-exploratoryBOEM and BSEE are extending the public comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled, ``Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf--Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf,'' which was published in the Federal Register on February 24, 2015, (80 FR 9916). The original public comment period would have ended on April 27, 2015. However, BOEM and BSEE have received public comments requesting an extension of the comment period. BOEM and BSEE have reviewed the extension requests and determined that a 30-day comment period extension to May 27, 2015, is appropriate.
2015-04-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well ControlThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes new regulations in order to consolidate equipment and operational requirements that are common to other subparts pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and...2015-08587"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-17/pdf/2015-08587.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/17/2015-08587/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-blowout-preventer-systems-and-wellThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes new regulations in order to consolidate equipment and operational requirements that are common to other subparts pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, completions, workovers, and decommissioning. This proposed rule would focus, at this time, on blowout preventer (BOP) requirements, including incorporation of industry standards and revising existing regulations. The proposed rule would also include reforms in the areas of well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time well monitoring, and subsea containment. The proposed rule would address and implement multiple recommendations resulting from various investigations of the Deepwater Horizon incident. This proposed rule would also incorporate guidance from several Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) and revise provisions related to drilling, workover, completion, and decommissioning operations to enhance safety and environmental protection.
2015-03-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMississippi Abandoned Mine Land PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Mississippi Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan (hereinafter, the Mississippi Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977...2015-06958"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-30/pdf/2015-06958.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/30/2015-06958/mississippi-abandoned-mine-land-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Mississippi Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan (hereinafter, the Mississippi Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Mississippi requested concurrence from the Secretary of the Department of the Interior with its certification of completion of all coal- related reclamation objectives. Mississippi intends to request Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation funds to pursue projects in accordance with section 411 of SMCRA, 30 U.S.C. 1240a.
2015-03-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of...2015-06962"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06962.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/26/2015-06962/kentucky-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (the Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) that was originally published on February 20, 2013. The public comment period and opportunity for public hearing is being reopened to incorporate subsequent information (emergency regulations, permanent regulations, legislation, and revised statutes) that we received from Kentucky to address a deficiency in the Kentucky program regarding reclamation bonds and to revise its program to be administered in a manner consistent with SMCRA and the Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations that this proposed amendment to the Kentucky program is available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2015-02-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRequest for Information To Improve the Health and Safety of Miners and To Prevent Accidents in Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting information on mine ventilation and roof control plans; atmospheric monitoring systems and new technology for remote monitoring systems; methods to suppress the propagation of coal dust...2015-03982"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-26/pdf/2015-03982.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/26/2015-03982/request-for-information-to-improve-the-health-and-safety-of-miners-and-to-prevent-accidents-inThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting information on mine ventilation and roof control plans; atmospheric monitoring systems and new technology for remote monitoring systems; methods to suppress the propagation of coal dust explosions; and criteria and procedures for certification, recertification, and decertification of persons qualified to conduct mine examinations. These issues were raised in reports on the coal dust explosion that occurred at the Upper Big Branch Mine on April 5, 2010. After reviewing the recommendations in these reports and related National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health research, MSHA is seeking information and data that will help improve the health and safety of underground coal miners. Submitted information will assist MSHA in determining appropriate regulatory actions.
2015-02-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental ShelfThe Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska...2015-03609"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-24/pdf/2015-03609.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/24/2015-03609/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-requirements-for-exploratoryThe Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska OCS). The Alaska OCS has the potential to be an integral part of the Nation's ``all of the above'' domestic energy strategy. This proposed rule focuses solely on the OCS within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (Arctic OCS). The Arctic region is characterized by extreme environmental conditions, geographic remoteness, and a relative lack of fixed infrastructure and existing operations. The proposed rule is designed to ensure safe, effective, and responsible exploration of Arctic OCS oil and gas resources, while protecting the marine, coastal, and human environments, and Alaska Natives' cultural traditions and access to subsistence resources.
2015-02-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Use of Explosives on Surface Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are announcing our final decision on a petition for rulemaking that was submitted by WildEarth Guardians. The petition requested that we revise our current regulations to...2015-03407"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-20/pdf/2015-03407.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/20/2015-03407/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-use-of-explosives-on-surface-coal-mining-operationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are announcing our final decision on a petition for rulemaking that was submitted by WildEarth Guardians. The petition requested that we revise our current regulations to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds during blasting. The Director has decided to grant the petition in principle, and although we do not intend to propose the specific rule changes requested in the petition, will instead initiate a rulemaking to address this issue as discussed more fully below.
2015-02-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on January 6, 2015, (80 FR 608). ONRR invited the public to submit written comments by March 9, 2015. ONRR is granting a 60-day extension...2015-02997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/pdf/2015-02997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/13/2015-02997/consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on January 6, 2015, (80 FR 608). ONRR invited the public to submit written comments by March 9, 2015. ONRR is granting a 60-day extension to the comment period in response to stakeholder requests.
2015-02-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesThis document corrects Sec. 100.3(e) in a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2014, regarding criteria and procedures for assessment of civil penalties. This correction also clarifies selected proposed provisions in the preamble...2015-02399"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-10/pdf/2015-02399.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/10/2015-02399/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penaltiesThis document corrects Sec. 100.3(e) in a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2014, regarding criteria and procedures for assessment of civil penalties. This correction also clarifies selected proposed provisions in the preamble to facilitate public understanding and to obtain more useful responses.
2015-02-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAbandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program; Limited Liability for Noncoal Reclamation by Certified States and Indian TribesWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are revising our abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation program regulations under Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This...2015-02278"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/pdf/2015-02278.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/05/2015-02278/abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-program-limited-liability-for-noncoal-reclamation-by-certifiedWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are revising our abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation program regulations under Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This rule allows states and Indian tribes that have certified completion of all known coal AML reclamation needs within their jurisdiction to receive limited liability protection for certain noncoal reclamation projects.
2015-01-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentColorado Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing the receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Colorado regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Colorado program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act'')....2015-00932"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-22/pdf/2015-00932.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/22/2015-00932/colorado-regulatory-programWe are announcing the receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Colorado regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Colorado program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Colorado proposes additions of rules and revisions to Rules of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board for Coal Mining, 2 CCR 407-2, concerning the protection and replacement of the hydrologic balance, subsidence, valid existing rights determinations, roads, requirements associated with annual reclamation reports, prime farmland determinations, various definitions, permit revisions, performance bonds, backfill placement methods and requirements, backfilling and grading, and revegetation. Colorado intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Colorado program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2015-01-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) final rule requires underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines, except full-face continuous mining machines, with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous...2015-00319"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/pdf/2015-00319.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/15/2015-00319/proximity-detection-systems-for-continuous-mining-machines-in-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) final rule requires underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines, except full-face continuous mining machines, with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous mining machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that result in accidents involving life-threatening injuries and death. This final rule strengthens protections for miners by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents in underground coal mines.
2015-01-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to change the regulations governing valuation for royalty purposes of oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases and coal produced from Federal and Indian leases. The proposed...2014-30033"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-06/pdf/2014-30033.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/06/2014-30033/consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to change the regulations governing valuation for royalty purposes of oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases and coal produced from Federal and Indian leases. The proposed rule also consolidates definitions for oil, gas, and coal product valuation into one subpart applicable to the Federal oil and gas and Federal and Indian coal subparts.
2014-12-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold two additional public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties.2014-30578"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-31/pdf/2014-30578.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/31/2014-30578/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold two additional public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties.
2014-12-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentExcess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, Diversions, and Buffer Zones for Perennial and Intermittent StreamsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are amending our regulations concerning stream buffer zones, stream-channel diversions, excess spoil, and coal mine waste to comply with an order issued by the U.S. District...2014-29864"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/pdf/2014-29864.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/22/2014-29864/excess-spoil-coal-mine-waste-diversions-and-buffer-zones-for-perennial-and-intermittent-streamsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are amending our regulations concerning stream buffer zones, stream-channel diversions, excess spoil, and coal mine waste to comply with an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on February 20, 2014, which vacated the stream buffer zone rule that we published December 12, 2008. The court remanded the matter to us for further proceedings consistent with the decision. In relevant part, the Memorandum Decision stated that vacatur of the 2008 stream buffer zone rule resulted in reinstatement of the regulations in effect before the vacated rule took effect. Therefore, the rule that we are publishing today removes the provisions of the vacated 2008 rule and reinstates the corresponding regulations in effect before the effective date of the 2008 rule (January 12, 2009).
2014-12-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise its program to be consistent...2014-29384"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29384.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/16/2014-29384/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations. North Dakota submitted the amendment to address required rule changes OSMRE identified by letter to North Dakota dated October 2, 2009, under 30 CFR 732.17(c). These include changes to North Dakota's rules regarding use of the Applicant Violator System (AVS) and ownership and control. North Dakota has met all of the conditions outlined in the 732 letter and has included all applicable revisions and/or additions to their rules. North Dakota is also proposing to add a new subsection to an existing rule with general requirements relating to the format of electronic applications. They are also making a minor correction to another rule pertaining to the term of permits to make it consistent with a separate rule which was previously amended to no longer require renewal of a permit once lands in that permit are no longer being mined or used in the support of surface coal mining.
2014-12-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsumer Price Index Adjustments of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Limit of Liability for Offshore FacilitiesThe Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) establishes a comprehensive regime for addressing the consequences of oil spills, ranging from spill response to compensation for damages to injured parties. Other than deepwater ports subject to the Deepwater Port...2014-29093"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/pdf/2014-29093.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/12/2014-29093/consumer-price-index-adjustments-of-the-oil-pollution-act-of-1990-limit-of-liability-for-offshoreThe Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) establishes a comprehensive regime for addressing the consequences of oil spills, ranging from spill response to compensation for damages to injured parties. Other than deepwater ports subject to the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is authorized to adjust the limit of liability in OPA for offshore facilities, including pipelines. This rule amends BOEM's regulations to add to the regulations on Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for offshore facilities in order to increase the limit of liability for damages caused by the responsible party for an offshore facility from which oil is discharged, or which poses the substantial threat of an oil discharge, as described in OPA. This rule adjusts the limit of liability to reflect the significant increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that has taken place since 1990. It also establishes a methodology for BOEM to use to periodically adjust the OPA offshore facility limit of liability for inflation. BOEM is hereby increasing the limit of liability for damages under OPA from $75 million to $133.65 million.
2014-11-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); Helideck and Aviation Fuel Safety for Fixed Offshore FacilitiesBSEE is extending the public comment period on the ANPR on Helideck and Aviation Fuel Safety for Fixed Offshore Facilities, which was published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2014 (79 FR 57008). The original public comment period would end on...2014-27761"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/pdf/2014-27761.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/24/2014-27761/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-ocs-helideck-and-aviation-fuelBSEE is extending the public comment period on the ANPR on Helideck and Aviation Fuel Safety for Fixed Offshore Facilities, which was published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2014 (79 FR 57008). The original public comment period would end on November 24, 2014. However, BSEE has received a request from an offshore oil and gas industry association to extend the comment period. The BSEE has reviewed the extension request and determined that a 30-day comment period extension--to December 24, 2014--is appropriate.
2014-11-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesC1-2014-17935"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/pdf/C1-2014-17935.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/17/C1-2014-17935/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penalties
2014-11-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening the public comment period on a proposed amendment to the West Virginia permanent regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The proposed amendment consists of a Special...2014-26659"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-13/pdf/2014-26659.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/13/2014-26659/west-virginia-regulatory-programWe are reopening the public comment period on a proposed amendment to the West Virginia permanent regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The proposed amendment consists of a Special Reclamation Tax Credit Rule that was submitted to OSMRE on August 7, 2014. The purpose of this document is to provide the public 15 additional days to comment on the proposed amendment.
2014-11-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and...2014-26660"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-12/pdf/2014-26660.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/12/2014-26660/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and additions to its coal rules and regulations concerning valid existing rights and ownership and control, and revises a provision concerning periodic monitoring of blasting. Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2014-11-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMississippi Abandoned Mine Land PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Mississippi Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Mississippi Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and...2014-26656"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-12/pdf/2014-26656.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/12/2014-26656/mississippi-abandoned-mine-land-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Mississippi Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Mississippi Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Mississippi has requested concurrence from the Secretary of the Department of the Interior with its certification of completion of all coal-related reclamation objectives. If the Secretary concurs with the certification, Mississippi intends to request AMLR funds to pursue projects in accordance with section 411 of SMCRA. This document gives the times and locations that the Mississippi Plan and this proposed amendment to that plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2014-11-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold two public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties.2014-26406"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-07/pdf/2014-26406.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/07/2014-26406/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold two public hearings on the Agency's proposed rule for Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties.
2014-10-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentClarification of Appeal ProceduresThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) are amending and clarifying regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and clarifying the final administrative nature of ONRR orders...2014-24305"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24305.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/16/2014-24305/clarification-of-appeal-proceduresThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) are amending and clarifying regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and clarifying the final administrative nature of ONRR orders that are not paid or appealed.
2014-10-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentFees for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining ProductsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposes to amend the Agency's regulations for administering fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in mines. This proposed rule would revise the fees charged for...2014-24130"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24130.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/09/2014-24130/fees-for-testing-evaluation-and-approval-of-mining-productsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposes to amend the Agency's regulations for administering fees for testing, evaluation, and approval of products manufactured for use in mines. This proposed rule would revise the fees charged for these services. The proposed rule also would include a fee for approval services that MSHA provides to applicants or approval holders under the existing rule, but for which the Agency currently does not charge a fee, and for other activities required to support the approval process.
2014-10-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRisk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss PreventionBOEM has recognized the need to develop a comprehensive program to assist in identifying, prioritizing, and managing the risks associated with industry activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM intends to design and implement a more robust...2014-24165"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-24165.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/09/2014-24165/risk-management-financial-assurance-and-loss-preventionBOEM has recognized the need to develop a comprehensive program to assist in identifying, prioritizing, and managing the risks associated with industry activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM intends to design and implement a more robust and comprehensive risk management, financial assurance and loss prevention program to address the complex issues and cost differences associated with offshore operations. As part of its overall effort to establish this program and associated changes to regulations, BOEM is seeking stakeholder comments regarding various risk management and monitoring activities pertaining to financial risks to taxpayers that may result from activities on the OCS. BOEM currently requires lessees to provide performance bonds and/or one of various alternative forms of financial assurance to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of leases, Rights-of-Use and Easements and Pipeline Rights-of-Way. BOEM is seeking comments on who is best suited to mitigate risks and whether other forms of financial assurance should be used, as well as whether, or to what extent, the current forms of financial assurance are adequate and appropriate. BOEM has received comments to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) indicating that the number of issues being addressed and the complexity of the topics being considered would justify a longer comment period. Various groups have also requested that additional time be provided to review and analyze the ANPR. For these reasons, BOEM has agreed to extend the comment period by an additional 30 days. The new comment period will elapse 90 days from August 19, 2014, the date of the original of publication of the ANPR.
2014-10-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines to give interested parties additional time to review research reports from...2014-23301"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-01/pdf/2014-23301.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/01/2014-23301/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines to give interested parties additional time to review research reports from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other relevant information and provide substantive comments.
2014-09-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); Helideck and Aviation Fuel Safety for Fixed Offshore FacilitiesThe BSEE is seeking comments on improving safety for operations related to helicopters and helidecks on fixed offshore facilities. Specifically, BSEE invites comments on whether to incorporate in its regulations certain industry and/or international...2014-22716"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-24/pdf/2014-22716.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/24/2014-22716/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-ocs-helideck-and-aviation-fuelThe BSEE is seeking comments on improving safety for operations related to helicopters and helidecks on fixed offshore facilities. Specifically, BSEE invites comments on whether to incorporate in its regulations certain industry and/or international standards for design, construction, and maintenance of offshore helidecks, as well as standards for aviation fuel quality, storage and handling. The BSEE also invites comments on whether it should incorporate existing standards, with modifications, and/or develop and propose new government regulatory standards for safety of helidecks and aviation fuel systems. As an alternative to incorporating or developing such standards, BSEE invites comments on whether to require submission of aviation-related safety plans for helidecks and offshore aviation fuel systems on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities. The BSEE also seeks information on past accidents or other incidents involving helidecks, helicopters, or aviation fuel on or near fixed OCS facilities.
2014-09-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties. This extension gives commenters...2014-22000"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-16/pdf/2014-22000.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/16/2014-22000/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penaltiesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties. This extension gives commenters additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule.
2014-08-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Use of Explosives on Surface Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), announce a 30-day extension of the comment period on a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend...2014-20171"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-25/pdf/2014-20171.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/25/2014-20171/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-use-of-explosives-on-surface-coal-mining-operationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), announce a 30-day extension of the comment period on a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our regulations governing the use of explosives to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds. We are requesting comments on the merits of the petition and the rule changes suggested in the petition. Comments received will assist the Director of OSMRE in making the decision whether to grant or deny the petition.
2014-08-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRisk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss PreventionBOEM is seeking comments and information regarding its effort to update its regulations and program oversight for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) financial assurance requirements. When BOEM's existing bonding regulations were originally drafted and first...2014-19380"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-19/pdf/2014-19380.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/19/2014-19380/risk-management-financial-assurance-and-loss-preventionBOEM is seeking comments and information regarding its effort to update its regulations and program oversight for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) financial assurance requirements. When BOEM's existing bonding regulations were originally drafted and first implemented, the principal risks associated with OCS leases were non-payment of rents and royalties, noncompliance with laws and regulations, and potential problems due to bankruptcy. While potentially significant, such risks were generally well-known and of limited complexity, size and scope. Due to increasingly complex business, functional, organizational and financial issues and vast differences in costs associated with expanded and varied offshore activities, BOEM has recognized the need to develop a comprehensive program to assist in identifying, prioritizing, and managing the risks associated with industry activities on the OCS. BOEM intends to design and implement a more robust and comprehensive risk management, financial assurance and loss prevention program to address these complex issues and cost differences associated with offshore operations. To do so, BOEM is seeking stakeholder comments regarding various risk management and monitoring activities pertaining to financial risks to taxpayers that may result from activities on the OCS. This notice specifically discusses the bonding and financial assurance program for BOEM's offshore oil and gas program. However, we also welcome the submission of comments on the analogous bonding and financial assurance program for BOEM's offshore renewable energy and hard minerals programs. BOEM currently requires lessees to provide performance bonds and/or one of various alternative forms of financial assurance to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of leases, Rights-of-Use and Easements (RUEs) and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROWs). BOEM is seeking comments on who is best suited to mitigate risks and whether the correct parties are providing guarantees and other forms of financial assurance, as well as whether, or to what extent, the current forms of financial assurance are adequate and appropriate. Because costs and damages associated with oil spill financial responsibility (OSFR) are covered separately in the regulations, which is the subject of other proposed rulemakings on BOEM's regulatory agenda, BOEM is not soliciting comments on those regulations and their associated risk mitigation measures at this time.
2014-08-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions...2014-18643"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-06/pdf/2014-18643.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/06/2014-18643/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas revised its program at its own initiative to raise revenues sufficient to cover its anticipated share of costs to administer the coal regulatory program and to encourage mining companies to more quickly reclaim lands and request bond release, thereby fulfilling SMCRA's purpose of assuring the reclamation of mined land as quickly as possible.
2014-07-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil PenaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend its civil penalty regulation to simplify the criteria, which will promote consistency, objectivity, and efficiency in the proposed assessment of civil penalties and facilitate the...2014-17935"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-17935.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/31/2014-17935/criteria-and-procedures-for-assessment-of-civil-penaltiesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend its civil penalty regulation to simplify the criteria, which will promote consistency, objectivity, and efficiency in the proposed assessment of civil penalties and facilitate the resolution of enforcement issues. The proposal would place a greater emphasis on the more serious safety and health conditions and provide improved safety and health for miners. MSHA is also proposing alternatives that would address the scope and applicability of its civil penalty regulation.
2014-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPetition To Initiate Rulemaking; Use of Explosives on Surface Coal Mining OperationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq. (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our...2014-17592"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-25/pdf/2014-17592.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/25/2014-17592/petition-to-initiate-rulemaking-use-of-explosives-on-surface-coal-mining-operationsWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), seek comments concerning a petition, submitted pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq. (SMCRA or the Act), requesting that we amend our regulations governing the use of explosives to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds. We are requesting comments on the merits of the petition and the rule changes suggested in the petition. Comments received will assist the Director of OSMRE in making the decision whether to grant or deny the petition.
2014-07-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentLowering Miners' Exposure to Coal Mine Dust Including Continuous Personal Dust MonitorsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the information requirements contained in the final rule on Lowering Miners' Exposure to Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous...2014-15569"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-07/pdf/2014-15569.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/07/2014-15569/lowering-miners-exposure-to-coal-mine-dust-including-continuous-personal-dust-monitorsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the information requirements contained in the final rule on Lowering Miners' Exposure to Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors published in the Federal Register May 1, 2014, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The OMB Control Number is 1219-0152.
2014-06-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndian Oil Valuation AmendmentsONRR proposes to amend its regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil produced from Indian leases. The proposed rule would clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production. The...2014-13967"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-19/pdf/2014-13967.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/19/2014-13967/indian-oil-valuation-amendmentsONRR proposes to amend its regulations governing the valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil produced from Indian leases. The proposed rule would clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production. The proposed rule would represent recommendations of the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. This proposed rule also contains new reporting requirements to implement the changes to the major portion valuation requirement.
2014-06-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUtah Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Utah regulatory program (the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposed revisions to and additions of rules about ownership and control....2014-13294"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-06/pdf/2014-13294.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/06/2014-13294/utah-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Utah regulatory program (the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposed revisions to and additions of rules about ownership and control. Utah revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations.
2014-06-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves the amendment. North...2014-13293"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-06/pdf/2014-13293.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/06/2014-13293/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves the amendment. North Dakota proposed changes to the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC) to address letter of credit provisions in the collateral bond rules under Section 69-5.2-12-04. The changes involve financial information and various notices that banks issuing a letter of credit must provide to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (hereinafter, the ``Commission'').
2014-06-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives...2014-12749"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-03/pdf/2014-12749.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/03/2014-12749/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives interested parties additional time to review research reports and other relevant information.
2014-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia is submitting a proposed amendment to...2014-11678"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-20/pdf/2014-11678.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/20/2014-11678/west-virginia-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia is submitting a proposed amendment to revise its West Virginia Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (WVSCMRA). Senate Bill 497 creates a new section in the West Virginia Code, designated as section 22-3-33, relating to the award of attorney fees and costs by the Surface Mine Board and courts in appeals from actions taken by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) under the approved State surface mining program.
2014-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOhio Regulatory ProgramOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's proposed amendment is prompted by requirements within the Ohio statute that all...2014-11661"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-20/pdf/2014-11661.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/20/2014-11661/ohio-regulatory-programOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's proposed amendment is prompted by requirements within the Ohio statute that all agencies must review their administrative rules every five years. Consistent with this requirement, the Ohio Reclamation Commission, (the Commission), proposes an amendment to its procedural rules in order to ensure an orderly, efficient, and effective appeals process. By submittal of this proposed amendment, Ohio intends to revise its approved program pursuant to the additional flexibility afforded by the revised Federal regulations and SMCRA, as amended, to ensure Ohio's proposed provisions are consistent with and in accordance with SMCRA and no less effective than the corresponding Federal regulations. This document provides the times and locations that the Ohio program and proposed amendment are available for public inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on this amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2014-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia is submitting a proposed amendment to...2014-11670"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-20/pdf/2014-11670.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/20/2014-11670/west-virginia-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia is submitting a proposed amendment to revise its Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act to conform the State's requirements for informal conferences and decisions on surface mining permit applications with parallel provisions of Federal law, and to provide tax incentives for mine operators who reclaim bond forfeiture sites.
2014-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMissouri Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2014-11656"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-20/pdf/2014-11656.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/20/2014-11656/missouri-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposes revisions to its coal Ownership and Control Rules. Missouri intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Missouri program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2014-05-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to Civil Penalty RegulationsThis rule would amend the Office of Natural Resources Revenue civil penalty regulations to: apply the regulations to all mineral leases, including solid mineral and geothermal leases, and agreements for offshore energy development; adjust civil penalty...2014-11552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-20/pdf/2014-11552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/20/2014-11552/amendments-to-civil-penalty-regulationsThis rule would amend the Office of Natural Resources Revenue civil penalty regulations to: apply the regulations to all mineral leases, including solid mineral and geothermal leases, and agreements for offshore energy development; adjust civil penalty amounts for inflation; clarify and simplify the existing regulations for issuing notices of noncompliance and civil penalties; and provide notice that we will post matrices for civil penalty assessments on our Web site.
2014-05-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentLowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust MonitorsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's existing standards on miners' occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust in order to: Lower the existing exposure limits; provide for full-shift sampling; redefine the...2014-09084"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-01/pdf/2014-09084.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/01/2014-09084/lowering-miners-exposure-to-respirable-coal-mine-dust-including-continuous-personal-dust-monitorsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's existing standards on miners' occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust in order to: Lower the existing exposure limits; provide for full-shift sampling; redefine the term ``normal production shift''; and add reexamination and decertification requirements for persons certified to sample for dust, and maintain and calibrate sampling devices. In addition, the rule provides for single shift compliance sampling by MSHA inspectors, establishes sampling requirements for mine operators' use of the Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM), requires operator corrective action on a single, full- shift operator sample, changes the averaging method to determine compliance on operator samples, and expands requirements for medical surveillance of coal miners. Chronic exposure to respirable coal mine dust causes lung diseases that can lead to permanent disability and death. The final rule will greatly improve health protections for coal miners by reducing their occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust and by lowering the risk that they will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity over their working lives.
2014-04-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMMAA104000; Timing Requirements for the Submission of a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or General Activities Plan (GAP) for a Renewable Energy Project on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)This rule amends the timing requirements for submitting a SAP or GAP. Under the rule, all OCS renewable energy leases and grants will have a preliminary term of 12 months in which a lessee or grantee must submit a SAP or a GAP. BOEM is taking this...2014-08488"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-17/pdf/2014-08488.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/17/2014-08488/mmaa104000-timing-requirements-for-the-submission-of-a-site-assessment-plan-sap-or-generalThis rule amends the timing requirements for submitting a SAP or GAP. Under the rule, all OCS renewable energy leases and grants will have a preliminary term of 12 months in which a lessee or grantee must submit a SAP or a GAP. BOEM is taking this action because the current regulations provide timing requirements for submission of SAPs and GAPs that have proven to be impractical. In addition, this rule amends various other regulatory provisions, such as those pertaining to a lessee's first rent payment.
2014-04-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCivil Monetary PenaltiesThis rule adjusts the penalty amount of certain civil monetary penalties authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). The rule implements SMCRA and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, which...2014-07101"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-02/pdf/2014-07101.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/02/2014-07101/civil-monetary-penaltiesThis rule adjusts the penalty amount of certain civil monetary penalties authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). The rule implements SMCRA and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, which requires that civil monetary penalties be adjusted for inflation at least once every four years.
2014-03-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAllocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses-Oil and Gas, OffshoreThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is amending the regulations on the distribution and disbursement of qualified revenues from certain leases on the Gulf of Mexico's Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with the provisions of the Gulf of...2014-06848"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/pdf/2014-06848.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/31/2014-06848/allocation-and-disbursement-of-royalties-rentals-and-bonuses-oil-and-gas-offshoreThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is amending the regulations on the distribution and disbursement of qualified revenues from certain leases on the Gulf of Mexico's Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with the provisions of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. These proposed regulations set forth ONRR's formulas and methodologies for calculating and allocating revenues during the second phase of revenue sharing to the States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas; their eligible coastal political subdivisions; the Land and Water Conservation Fund; and the United States Treasury. Additionally, in this proposed rule, the Department of the Interior moves the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006's Phase I regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) chapter V to ONRR's 30 CFR chapter XII, and proposes additional clarification and minor definition changes to the current revenue-sharing regulations.
2014-03-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part...2014-07106"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/pdf/2014-07106.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/31/2014-07106/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part the amendment. Wyoming proposes revisions to rules concerning valid existing rights and individual civil penalties. Wyoming revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency.
2014-03-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsumer Price Index Adjustments of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Limit of Liability for Offshore FacilitiesBOEM has proposed to add a new subpart G to its regulations on Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for Offshore Facilities designed to increase the limit of liability for damages applicable to offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of...2014-06047"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-19/pdf/2014-06047.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/19/2014-06047/consumer-price-index-adjustments-of-the-oil-pollution-act-of-1990-limit-of-liability-for-offshoreBOEM has proposed to add a new subpart G to its regulations on Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for Offshore Facilities designed to increase the limit of liability for damages applicable to offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 1990, and to establish a methodology BOEM would use to periodically adjust for inflation the OPA offshore facility limit of liability. BOEM is publishing this update to its regulations and is soliciting public comments on the method of updates, the clarity of the rule and any other pertinent matters. The Department originally limited the rulemaking comment period to 30 days since it did not anticipate receiving significant comments on this rulemaking. Since the publication of this proposed rule on Monday, February 24, 2014 (79 FR 10056), numerous comments have been received and various groups have requested that additional time be provided for them to review and analyze the implications of this proposed rule. For that reason, the comment period is being extended by an additional 30 days. The new comment period will elapse 60 days from February 24, 2014, the original date of publication of the proposed rule.
2014-03-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas...2014-04917"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-10/pdf/2014-04917.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/10/2014-04917/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Texas program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2014-02-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentConsumer Price Index Adjustments of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Limit of Liability for Offshore FacilitiesThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to add a new subpart to its regulations on Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for Offshore Facilities designed to increase the limit of liability for damages applicable to offshore...2014-03738"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-24/pdf/2014-03738.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/24/2014-03738/consumer-price-index-adjustments-of-the-oil-pollution-act-of-1990-limit-of-liability-for-offshoreThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to add a new subpart to its regulations on Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for Offshore Facilities designed to increase the limit of liability for damages applicable to offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 1990, and to establish a methodology BOEM would use to periodically adjust for inflation the OPA offshore facility limit of liability. BOEM proposes to increase the limit of liability for damages from $75 million to $133.65 million. OPA requires inflation adjustments to the offshore facility limit of liability not less than every three years to preserve the deterrent effect and ``polluter pays'' principle embodied in the OPA Title I liability and compensation provisions. In addition, the Department of the Interior has determined that this change would further protect the environment by ensuring that any party that causes an oil spill would pay an increased amount of any potential damages. BOEM is publishing this update to its regulations and is soliciting public comments on the method of updates, the clarity of the rule and any other pertinent matters. The Department is limiting the rulemaking comment period to 30 days since it does not anticipate receiving adverse comments on this rulemaking.
2013-12-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives...2013-29306"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-06/pdf/2013-29306.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/06/2013-29306/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives interested parties additional time to review new information on refuge alternatives.
2013-11-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for MSHA's existing rule on Refuge Alternatives for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as ''hands-on'' training),...2013-27397"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-15/pdf/2013-27397.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/15/2013-27397/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for MSHA's existing rule on Refuge Alternatives for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as ''hands-on'' training), decision-making, and expectations training for miners to deploy and use refuge alternatives in underground coal mines. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a training provision in the Refuge Alternatives rule, directing MSHA to explain the basis for requiring motor task (hands-on), decision-making, and expectations training annually rather than quarterly or to reopen the record and allow public comment. MSHA published a notice reopening the record on August 8, 2013, with comments due by October 7, 2013. Due to the government shutdown, the public requested additional time to comment. This notice reopens the rulemaking record to provide an additional opportunity for public comment.
2013-11-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOklahoma Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2013-26587"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-06/pdf/2013-26587.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/06/2013-26587/oklahoma-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: Definitions; review of permit applications; general provisions for review of permit application information and entry of information into AVS; review of applicant, operator, and ownership and control information; review of permit history; review of compliance history; permit eligibility determination; unanticipated events or conditions at remining sites; eligibility for provisionally issued permits; written findings for permit application approval; performance bond submittal; initial review and finding requirements for improvidently issued permits; notice requirements for improvidently issued permits; suspension or rescission requirements for improvidently issued permits; who may challenge ownership or control listings and findings; how to challenge an owner and controller listing or finding; burden of proof for ownership or control challenges; written agency decision on challenges to ownership or control listings or findings; post-permit issuance requirements for regulatory authorities and other actions based on ownership, control, and violation information; post-permit issuance information requirements for permittees; transfer, assignment, or sale of permit rights; certifying and updating existing permit application information; providing applicant and operator information; providing permit history information; providing property interest information; providing violation information; facilities or structures used in common; hydrologic balance--siltation structures; cessation orders; alternative enforcement--general provisions; criminal penalties; and civil actions for relief. Oklahoma intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Oklahoma program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-10-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMississippi Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Mississippi regulatory program (Mississippi Program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Mississippi...2013-25575"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-29/pdf/2013-25575.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/29/2013-25575/mississippi-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Mississippi regulatory program (Mississippi Program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Mississippi proposed revisions to its regulations regarding: definitions; identification of interests; lands eligible for remining; permit eligibility determination; review of permit applications; eligibility for provisionally issued permits; criteria for permit approval or denial; initial review and finding requirements for improvidently issued permits; notice requirements for improvidently issued permits; suspension or rescission requirements for improvidently issued permits; unanticipated events or conditions at remining sites; verification of ownership or control application information; who may challenge ownership or control listings and findings; how to challenge an ownership or control listing or finding; burden of proof for ownership or control challenges; written agency decision on challenges to ownership or control listings or findings; post-permit issuance requirements for regulatory authorities and other actions based on ownership, control, and violation information; post-permit issuance requirements for permittees; backfilling and grading: previously mined areas; and alternative enforcement. Mississippi intends to revise its program to be no less effective than corresponding Federal regulations, to clarify ambiguities, and to improve operational efficiency.
2013-10-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes revisions and additions...2013-25165"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-25/pdf/2013-25165.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/25/2013-25165/montana-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes revisions and additions to statute regarding permit application requirements, prospecting application requirements, annual reporting requirements for coal permittees, and lawsuits for damages to water supplies. Montana is also proposing to revise its rules at Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.24 subchapter 10 to incorporate rule changes regarding a new expedited coal prospecting permitting process. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-10-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMissouri Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2013-25164"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-25/pdf/2013-25164.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/25/2013-25164/missouri-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposes revisions to its Valid Existing Rights Rules and the Coal Alignment Rules. Missouri intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Missouri program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-10-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Adjustment of Service FeesThis final rule amends the BSEE oil and gas resources regulations to update some fees that cover BSEE's cost of processing and filing certain documents relating to its oil and gas resources program.2013-23874"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-01/pdf/2013-23874.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/01/2013-23874/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-adjustment-of-service-feesThis final rule amends the BSEE oil and gas resources regulations to update some fees that cover BSEE's cost of processing and filing certain documents relating to its oil and gas resources program.
2013-09-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety SystemsThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the public comment period on the production safety systems proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2013. The original public comment period would...2013-23520"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-27/pdf/2013-23520.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/27/2013-23520/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safetyThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is extending the public comment period on the production safety systems proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2013. The original public comment period would end October 21, 2013. However, BSEE has received multiple requests from various industry representatives to extend the comment period. The BSEE has reviewed the extension requests and determined that a 45-day comment period extension is appropriate.
2013-09-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives...2013-23031"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-23/pdf/2013-23031.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/23/2013-23031/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives interested parties additional time to review new information on refuge alternatives.
2013-09-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing the approval of an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania proposed to revise its program at...2013-22011"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-10/pdf/2013-22011.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/10/2013-22011/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are announcing the approval of an amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania proposed to revise its program at 25 Pa. Code 86.1, 86.3, and 86.17, to reflect the addition of new definitions and revisions to Pennsylvania's regulations on the use of the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Fund (``CRDCF'') and permit and reclamation fees. OSM is approving the proposed amendment which was submitted by Pennsylvania on December 19, 2012.
2013-09-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety SystemsC1-2013-19861"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-04/pdf/C1-2013-19861.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/04/C1-2013-19861/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safety
2013-08-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to ONRR's Service of Official CorrespondenceThis rule will update the Service of Official Correspondence regulations in title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to allow ONRR to serve official correspondence using any electronic method of delivery that provides for a receipt of...2013-20634"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-23/pdf/2013-20634.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/23/2013-20634/amendments-to-onrrs-service-of-official-correspondenceThis rule will update the Service of Official Correspondence regulations in title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to allow ONRR to serve official correspondence using any electronic method of delivery that provides for a receipt of delivery, or, if there is no receipt, the date of delivery otherwise documented.
2013-08-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety SystemsThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention equipment lifecycle analysis, production...2013-19861"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-22/pdf/2013-19861.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/22/2013-19861/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safetyThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention equipment lifecycle analysis, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The proposed rule would differentiate the requirements for operating dry tree and subsea tree production systems on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and divide the current subpart H into multiple sections to make the regulations easier to read and understand. The changes in this proposed rule are necessary to bolster human safety, environmental protection, and regulatory oversight of critical equipment involving production safety systems.
2013-08-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentValuation of Federal Coal for Advance Royalty Purposes and Information Collection Applicable to All Solid Minerals LeasesONRR proposes new regulations to implement the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) governing the payment of advance royalty on coal resources produced from Federal leases. The EPAct provisions amend the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920...2013-19199"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-12/pdf/2013-19199.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/12/2013-19199/valuation-of-federal-coal-for-advance-royalty-purposes-and-information-collection-applicable-to-allONRR proposes new regulations to implement the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) governing the payment of advance royalty on coal resources produced from Federal leases. The EPAct provisions amend the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA). ONRR also proposes to add information collection requirements that are applicable to all solid minerals leases and also are necessary to implement the EPAct Federal coal advance royalty provisions.
2013-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting data, comments, and information on issues and options relevant to miners' escape and refuge that may present more effective solutions than the existing rule during underground coal mine...2013-19029"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-08/pdf/2013-19029.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/08/2013-19029/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting data, comments, and information on issues and options relevant to miners' escape and refuge that may present more effective solutions than the existing rule during underground coal mine emergencies. The Agency continues to reiterate that in the event of an underground coal mine emergency, a miner should seek escape as the first line of defense. Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) will assist MSHA in determining if changes to existing practices and regulations would improve the overall strategy for survivability, escape, and training to protect miners in an emergency. MSHA will review the comments to determine what actions, if any, the Agency will take in response to comments.
2013-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentReporting and Paying Royalties on Federal LeasesThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing new regulations to implement section 6(d) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The new regulations would prescribe when a Federal lessee must report and...2013-19165"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-08/pdf/2013-19165.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/08/2013-19165/reporting-and-paying-royalties-on-federal-leasesThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing new regulations to implement section 6(d) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The new regulations would prescribe when a Federal lessee must report and pay royalties on the volume of oil and gas it takes from a lease or on the volume to which it is entitled based on its ownership interest in the lease.
2013-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentRefuge Alternatives for Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for MSHA's existing rule on Refuge Alternatives for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as ``hands-on'' training),...2013-19028"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-08/pdf/2013-19028.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/08/2013-19028/refuge-alternatives-for-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record for MSHA's existing rule on Refuge Alternatives for the limited purpose of obtaining comments on the frequency for motor task (also known as ``hands-on'' training), decision-making, and expectations training for miners to deploy and use refuge alternatives in underground coal mines. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a training provision in the Refuge Alternatives rule, directing MSHA to explain the basis for requiring motor task (hands-on), decision-making, and expectations training annually rather than quarterly or to reopen the record and allow public comment. MSHA will review the comments to determine an appropriate course of action for the Agency in response to comments. MSHA will publish its response in the Federal Register addressing the public comments and either explaining the reason that it is leaving the existing rule unchanged or modifying the rule as the result of the public comment process.
2013-07-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentClarification of Appeal ProceduresThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) are proposing to amend and clarify regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and to clarify the final administrative nature of ONRR...2013-17535"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-22/pdf/2013-17535.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/22/2013-17535/clarification-of-appeal-proceduresThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) are proposing to amend and clarify regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and to clarify the final administrative nature of ONRR orders that are not paid or appealed.
2013-07-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), is removing previously disposed-of state program disapprovals and required program amendments for Wyoming that remain codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The disapprovals...2013-17366"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-19/pdf/2013-17366.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/19/2013-17366/wyoming-regulatory-programThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), is removing previously disposed-of state program disapprovals and required program amendments for Wyoming that remain codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The disapprovals and required program amendments are no longer necessary because Wyoming subsequently submitted and obtained OSM approval of revised regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act).
2013-07-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentMine Rescue Teams2013-15940"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-01/pdf/2013-15940.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/01/2013-15940/mine-rescue-teams
2013-06-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduct Valuation2013-15691"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-28/pdf/2013-15691.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/28/2013-15691/product-valuation
2013-06-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentDelegation to States2013-15695"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-28/pdf/2013-15695.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/28/2013-15695/delegation-to-states
2013-06-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCollection of Royalties, Rentals, Bonuses, and Other Monies Due the Federal Government2013-15693"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-28/pdf/2013-15693.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/28/2013-15693/collection-of-royalties-rentals-bonuses-and-other-monies-due-the-federal-government
2013-06-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of North Dakota's response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) March 13, 2013, issue letter pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the...2013-13835"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-14/pdf/2013-13835.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/14/2013-13835/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of North Dakota's response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) March 13, 2013, issue letter pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations, add a new subsection to an existing rule with general requirements on the format of electronic applications, and make a minor correction to a provision pertaining to a separate rule which was amended to no longer require renewal of a permit once lands in that permit are no longer being mined or used in the support of mining. This document gives the times and locations that the North Dakota program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-05-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to ONRR's Remaining OMB-Approved Forms and Acronyms To Reflect ReorganizationOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated and reassigned responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization, on October 1, 2010, the...2013-11993"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-22/pdf/2013-11993.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/22/2013-11993/amendments-to-onrrs-remaining-omb-approved-forms-and-acronyms-to-reflect-reorganizationOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated and reassigned responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization, on October 1, 2010, the Secretary established the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary--Policy, Management and Budget (PMB). At the same time, ONRR initiated a CFR chapter reorganization. This direct final rule amends the remaining Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved form numbers for information collection requirements and corresponding technical corrections to part and position titles, agency names, and acronyms.
2013-04-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; MeetingThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The Committee membership includes representatives from Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner...2013-09713"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-29/pdf/2013-09713.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/29/2013-09713/indian-oil-valuation-negotiated-rulemaking-committee-meetingThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The Committee membership includes representatives from Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, minerals industry representatives, and other Federal bureaus.
2013-04-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentTraining and Retraining of Miners2013-09269"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-18/pdf/2013-09269.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/18/2013-09269/training-and-retraining-of-miners
2013-04-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentTraining and Retraining of Miners2013-09264"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-18/pdf/2013-09264.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/18/2013-09264/training-and-retraining-of-miners
2013-04-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCost Recovery for Permit Processing, Administration, and EnforcementC1-2013-06950"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-16/pdf/C1-2013-06950.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/16/C1-2013-06950/cost-recovery-for-permit-processing-administration-and-enforcement
2013-04-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Revisions to Safety and Environmental Management SystemsThis final rule will revise and add several new requirements to regulations for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). These requirements pertain to developing and implementing stop work authority (SWA) and ultimate work authority (UWA),...2013-07738"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/pdf/2013-07738.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/05/2013-07738/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-revisions-to-safety-andThis final rule will revise and add several new requirements to regulations for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). These requirements pertain to developing and implementing stop work authority (SWA) and ultimate work authority (UWA), requiring an employee participation plan (EPP), and establishing guidelines for reporting unsafe working conditions. The rule establishes additional requirements for conducting job safety analyses (JSA) for activities identified in an operator's SEMS program. In addition, this final rule requires that SEMS programs be audited by an accredited audit service provider (ASP). This rulemaking will further support BSEE's efforts to reduce the occurrence of accidents, injuries, and spills during oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
2013-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduct Valuation2013-07993"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-04/pdf/2013-07993.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/04/2013-07993/product-valuation
2013-04-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCost Recovery for Permit Processing, Administration, and EnforcementThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) proposes to revise its Federal and Indian Lands Program regulations for the purposes of adjusting the existing permit fees and assessing new fees to recover the actual costs for permit...R1-2013-06950"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-04/pdf/R1-2013-06950.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/04/R1-2013-06950/cost-recovery-for-permit-processing-administration-and-enforcementThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) proposes to revise its Federal and Indian Lands Program regulations for the purposes of adjusting the existing permit fees and assessing new fees to recover the actual costs for permit review and administration and permit enforcement activities provided to the coal industry. These fees are authorized under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and the Independent Offices Appropriations Act of 1952 (IOAA). The fees would be used to offset OSM's costs for processing various permit applications and related actions, administering those permits over their lifecycle, and performing required inspections. The proposed fees would be applicable to permits for coal mining on lands under OSM's direct regulatory jurisdiction. The proposed fees would also be applicable to coal mining on Indian lands where OSM is the regulatory authority. The primary purpose of this rulemaking is to charge the surface coal mining and reclamation operations that benefit from obtaining and operating under surface coal mining and reclamation permits for OSM's costs to review, administer, and enforce those permits instead of passing those costs on to the general public.
2013-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduct Valuation2013-07512"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-29/pdf/2013-07512.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/29/2013-07512/product-valuation
2013-03-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentCost Recovery for Permit Processing, Administration, and EnforcementThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) proposes to revise its Federal and Indian Lands Program regulations for the purposes of adjusting the existing permit fees and assessing new fees to recover the actual costs for permit...2013-06950"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-26/pdf/2013-06950.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/26/2013-06950/cost-recovery-for-permit-processing-administration-and-enforcementThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) proposes to revise its Federal and Indian Lands Program regulations for the purposes of adjusting the existing permit fees and assessing new fees to recover the actual costs for permit review and administration and permit enforcement activities provided to the coal industry. These fees are authorized under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and the Independent Offices Appropriations Act of 1952 (IOAA). The fees would be used to offset OSM's costs for processing various permit applications and related actions, administering those permits over their lifecycle, and performing required inspections. The proposed fees would be applicable to permits for coal mining on lands under OSM's direct regulatory jurisdiction. The proposed fees would also be applicable to coal mining on Indian lands where OSM is the regulatory authority. The primary purpose of this rulemaking is to charge the surface coal mining and reclamation operations that benefit from obtaining and operating under surface coal mining and reclamation permits for OSM's costs to review, administer, and enforce those permits instead of passing those costs on to the general public.
2013-03-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes revisions to rules...2013-05921"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-14/pdf/2013-05921.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/14/2013-05921/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes revisions to rules concerning valid existing rights and individual civil penalties. Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-02-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania's proposed amendment consists of the addition of new definitions...2013-04373"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-26/pdf/2013-04373.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/26/2013-04373/pennsylvania-regulatory-programOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania's proposed amendment consists of the addition of new definitions and revisions to Pennsylvania's regulations on the use of the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Fund (``CRDCF'') and permit and reclamation fees. This document provides the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and proposed amendment are available for public inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the public hearing procedures if a hearing is requested.
2013-02-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and...2013-04376"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-26/pdf/2013-04376.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/26/2013-04376/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and additions to its coal rules and regulations concerning ownership and control, adds a provision concerning variable topsoil depths during reclamation, and addresses four deficiencies that were identified by OSM during the review of a previous program amendment (WY-038-FOR; Docket ID No. OSM- 2009-0012). Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-02-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTiming Requirements for the Submission of a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or General Activities Plan (GAP) for a Renewable Energy Project on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)This proposed rule would amend the timing requirements for submitting a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or General Activities Plan (GAP) pursuant to the regulations governing renewable energy and alternate uses of existing facilities on the Outer...2013-03992"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-25/pdf/2013-03992.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/25/2013-03992/timing-requirements-for-the-submission-of-a-site-assessment-plan-sap-or-general-activities-plan-gapThis proposed rule would amend the timing requirements for submitting a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or General Activities Plan (GAP) pursuant to the regulations governing renewable energy and alternate uses of existing facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Under this proposed rule, all OCS renewable energy leases and grants will have a preliminary term of 12 months in which a lessee or grantee must submit a SAP or a GAP. BOEM is taking this action because the current regulations provide timing requirements for submission of SAPs and GAPs that have proven to be impractical.
2013-02-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (``the Kentucky program'') for surface coal mining and reclamation operations under the Surface Mining...2013-03779"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-20/pdf/2013-03779.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/20/2013-03779/kentucky-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (``the Kentucky program'') for surface coal mining and reclamation operations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky has revised its bonding regulations to satisfy, in part, the concerns included in a letter from OSM dated May 1, 2012, regarding bonding inadequacies. On May 4, 2012, Kentucky adopted the revisions as emergency regulations to avoid possible loss of its authority to enforce the part of the Kentucky program that pertains to establishment of reclamation bond amounts. Also on May 4, 2012, identical proposed revisions started the normal review process in Kentucky for changes to administrative regulations. On September 28, 2012, the Department for Natural Resources (DNR), which is a part of Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), submitted to OSM the administrative bonding regulations as proposed amendments to its approved permanent regulatory program.
2013-02-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed...2013-03776"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-19/pdf/2013-03776.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/19/2013-03776/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposed revisions to its Program regarding revegetation success standards. Alabama intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency.
2013-02-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to...2013-03775"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-19/pdf/2013-03775.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/19/2013-03775/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to its regulations regarding: definitions; responsibilities; identification of interests and compliance information (surface and underground mining); identification of interests; mining in previously mined areas; review of permit applications; criteria for permit approval or denial; commission review of outstanding permits; challenge of ownership or control and applicant/violator system procedures; revegetation standards of success (surface and underground mining); responsibility: general; alternative enforcement; cessation orders; conditions of permit environment; application approval and notice; permit revisions; permit renewals: completed application; transfer, assignment or sale of permit rights: obtaining approval; and requirements for new permits for persons succeeding to rights granted under a permit. Texas intends to revise its program to be no less effective than corresponding Federal regulations, to clarify ambiguities, and to improve operational efficiency.
2013-02-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) published on February 7, 2011. In...2013-03567"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-19/pdf/2013-03567.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/19/2013-03567/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are reopening the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) published on February 7, 2011. In response to a required program amendment codified in the Federal regulations, Pennsylvania submitted information that it believes demonstrates that sufficient funds exist to guarantee coverage of the full cost of land reclamation at all sites originally permitted and bonded under its now- defunct alternative bonding system. Pennsylvania requested that the program amendment be removed based on the information provided. The comment period is being reopened to incorporate subsequent information that we received from Pennsylvania regarding one permit involving land reclamation obligations. This document gives the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and this submittal are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-02-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). We are not approving the amendment. Montana proposes changes to the...2013-03065"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03065.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/14/2013-03065/montana-regulatory-programWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). We are not approving the amendment. Montana proposes changes to the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) that differentiate between coal beneficiation and coal preparation plants. Montana revised its program to clarify ambiguities and improve operational efficiency.
2013-02-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part...2013-03365"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03365.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/14/2013-03365/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are issuing a final decision on an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Our decision approves in part and disapproves in part the amendment. Wyoming proposes revisions and additions to rules concerning noncoal mine waste, valid existing rights, and individual civil penalties. Wyoming revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency.
2013-02-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUtah Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Utah regulatory program (the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposed revisions to and additions of rules pertaining to Valid Existing...2013-03054"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-12/pdf/2013-03054.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/12/2013-03054/utah-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Utah regulatory program (the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposed revisions to and additions of rules pertaining to Valid Existing Rights (VER). Utah revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations.
2013-02-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTennessee Abandoned Mine Land ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Tennessee Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Plan (AML Plan). A 2006 amendment to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act), authorized reinstitution of the Tennessee AML program...2013-03053"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-12/pdf/2013-03053.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/12/2013-03053/tennessee-abandoned-mine-land-programWe are approving an amendment to the Tennessee Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Plan (AML Plan). A 2006 amendment to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act), authorized reinstitution of the Tennessee AML program as a minimum funded program state following the suspension of the AML Plan and program after Tennessee's regulatory program was withdrawn in 1984. Pursuant to the authority granted under the Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA), Section 59-8-324(m), Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), has revised the AML Plan to reflect statutory, regulatory, policy, procedural, and organizational changes that have occurred since 1984.
2013-02-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAbandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program; Limited Liability for Noncoal Reclamation by Certified States and Indian TribesWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are proposing changes to our abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation program regulations under title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). If...2013-02589"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-06/pdf/2013-02589.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/06/2013-02589/abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-program-limited-liability-for-noncoal-reclamation-by-certifiedWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are proposing changes to our abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation program regulations under title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). If finalized, the changes would allow states and Indian tribes that have certified correction of all known coal AML problems within their jurisdiction to receive limited liability protection for certain noncoal reclamation activities.
2013-01-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise...2013-01873"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-29/pdf/2013-01873.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/29/2013-01873/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations, add a new subsection to an existing rule with general requirements on the format of electronic applications, and make a minor correction to a provision pertaining to a separate rule which was amended to no longer require renewal of a permit once lands in that permit are no longer being mined or used in the support of mining. This document gives the times and locations that the North Dakota program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2013-01-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentPattern of ViolationsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's existing regulation for pattern of violations (POV). MSHA has determined that the existing regulation does not adequately achieve the intent of the Federal Mine Safety and Health...2013-01250"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-23/pdf/2013-01250.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/23/2013-01250/pattern-of-violationsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the Agency's existing regulation for pattern of violations (POV). MSHA has determined that the existing regulation does not adequately achieve the intent of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) that the POV provision be used to address mine operators who have demonstrated a disregard for the health and safety of miners. Congress included the POV provision in the Mine Act so that mine operators would manage health and safety conditions at mines and find and fix the root causes of significant and substantial (S&S) violations, protecting the health and safety of miners. The final rule simplifies the existing POV criteria, improves consistency in applying the POV criteria, and more effectively achieves the Mine Act's statutory intent. It also encourages chronic safety violators to comply with the Mine Act and MSHA's health and safety standards.
2012-12-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentCriteria and Procedures for Proposed Assessment of Civil Penalties; Inflation AdjustmentThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising its civil penalty assessment amounts to adjust for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, (Inflation Adjustment Act) as amended by the Debt Collection...2012-30963"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-28/pdf/2012-30963.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/28/2012-30963/criteria-and-procedures-for-proposed-assessment-of-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustmentThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising its civil penalty assessment amounts to adjust for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, (Inflation Adjustment Act) as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, requires the Agency to adjust civil penalties for inflation at least once every four years according to the formula specified in the Inflation Adjustment Act. The revised penalties apply to citations and orders issued on or after the effective date of this rule.
2012-12-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUtah Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Utah proposes to...2012-29970"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-12/pdf/2012-29970.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/12/2012-29970/utah-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Utah proposes to revise references to Federal regulations specifying abandoned mine land reclamation contractor eligibility criteria. These changes relate to the Ownership and Control required amendments. Utah intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations.
2012-12-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the Montana program) and its coal rules and regulations. Montana...2012-30031"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-12/pdf/2012-30031.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/12/2012-30031/montana-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the Montana program) and its coal rules and regulations. Montana submitted the amendment at their own initiative to modify coal prospecting procedures and allow for a new type of coal prospecting permit.
2012-12-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNotice of Meeting for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking CommitteeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The seventh through ninth meetings of the Committee will take place on January 15 and 16, March 5 and...2012-29282"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-04/pdf/2012-29282.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/04/2012-29282/notice-of-meeting-for-the-indian-oil-valuation-negotiated-rulemaking-committeeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The seventh through ninth meetings of the Committee will take place on January 15 and 16, March 5 and 6, and April 17 and 18, 2013, in Building 85 of the Denver Federal Center. The Committee membership includes representatives from Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, minerals industry representatives, and other Federal bureaus. The public will have the opportunity to comment between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Mountain Time on January 15, 2013; March 5, 2013; and April 17, 2013.
2012-11-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas...2012-27086"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-06/pdf/2012-27086.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/11/06/2012-27086/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: definitions; review of permit applications; criteria for permit approval or denial; commission review of outstanding permits; challenge of ownership or control and applicant/ violator system procedures; identification of interests and compliance information; mining in previously mined areas; conditions of permits; revegetation standards; cessation orders; alternative enforcement; application approval and notice; permit revisions; permit renewals; transfer, assignment or sale of permit rights; and requirements for new permits for persons succeeding to rights granted under a permit. Texas intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Texas program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-09-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening and extending the public comment period and will be holding two public hearings on the proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's approved regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') published on July 11, 2012. The...2012-23521"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-25/pdf/2012-23521.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/25/2012-23521/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are reopening and extending the public comment period and will be holding two public hearings on the proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's approved regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') published on July 11, 2012. The comment period is being reopened and extended in order to afford the public more time to comment and to allow ample time to conduct two public hearings. This extension was requested by the Citizens Coal Council and the Environmental Integrity Project. We are also notifying the public of the date, time, and locations for the public hearing. Pennsylvania is introducing beneficial use of coal ash into the Pennsylvania statutory scheme via Pennsylvania's Solid Waste Management Act (``SWMA''), the Clean Streams Law (``CSL''), the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act, and the Administrative Code. Pennsylvania intends to revise its approved program pursuant to the additional flexibility afforded by the revised Federal regulations and SMCRA, as amended, to ensure Pennsylvania's proposed provision is consistent with and in accordance with SMCRA and the corresponding regulations.
2012-09-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing our intent to remove two required amendments to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). As a result of OSM's review of...2012-23063"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-19/pdf/2012-23063.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/19/2012-23063/kentucky-regulatory-programWe are announcing our intent to remove two required amendments to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). As a result of OSM's review of the Kentucky program concerning its regulations and procedures relating to Ownership and Control, and Transfer, Assignment or Sale of Permit Rights, OSM has determined that two previously required amendments can be removed. Kentucky's program with regard to Ownership and Control, and Transfer, Assignment, or Sale of Permit Rights, is now consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA. This document gives the times and locations that the Kentucky program is available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-09-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to...2012-23075"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-19/pdf/2012-23075.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/19/2012-23075/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas revised its program at its own initiative to raise revenues sufficient to cover its anticipated share of costs to administer the coal regulatory program and to encourage mining companies to more quickly reclaim lands and request bond release, thereby fulfilling SMCRA's purpose of assuring the reclamation of mined land as quickly as possible.
2012-09-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposed revisions to and additions of statutory definitions of...2012-23087"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-19/pdf/2012-23087.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/19/2012-23087/montana-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Montana regulatory program (the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposed revisions to and additions of statutory definitions of approximate original contour, in situ coal gasification, and recovery fluid. Montana revised its program to clarify ambiguities and improve operational efficiency. Montana intends to promulgate regulations pertaining to in situ coal gasification within one year. The statutory revisions discussed here will support that future rulemaking effort.
2012-09-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMississippi Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Mississippi regulatory program (Mississippi Program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the...2012-23077"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-19/pdf/2012-23077.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/19/2012-23077/mississippi-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Mississippi regulatory program (Mississippi Program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Mississippi proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: definitions; identification of interests; lands eligible for remining; permit eligibility determination; review of permit applications; eligibility for provisionally issued permits; criteria for permit approval or denial; initial review and finding requirements for improvidently issued permits; notice requirements for improvidently issued permits; suspension or rescission requirements for improvidently issued permits; unanticipated events or conditions at remining sites; verification of ownership or control application information; who may challenge ownership or control listings and findings; how to challenge an ownership or control listing or finding; burden of proof for ownership or control challenges; written agency decision on challenges to ownership or control listings or findings; post-permit issuance requirements for regulatory authorities and other actions based on ownership, control, and violation information; post-permit issuance requirements for permittees; backfilling and grading: previously mined areas; and alternative enforcement. Mississippi intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations of the Mississippi program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-09-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentArkansas Regulatory Program and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Arkansas plan) under the...2012-22233"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-10/pdf/2012-22233.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/10/2012-22233/arkansas-regulatory-program-and-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Arkansas plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Arkansas proposes to revise substantial portions of its regulatory program and abandoned mine land reclamation plan, make grammatical changes, correct punctuation, revise dates, and delete and add citations. The proposed amendment consists of substantive changes to Arkansas's regulations regarding: Subchapter A--General; Subchapter F--Areas Unsuitable for Mining; Subchapter G--Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations Permits and Coal Exploration Procedures Systems; Subchapter J--Bond and Insurance Requirements for Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations; Subchapter K--State Program Performance Standards; Subchapter L--State Program Inspection and Enforcement Procedures; Subchapter M--Training Programs for Blasters and Members of Blasting Crews, and Certification Programs for Blasters; and Subchapter R-- Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. This document provides the times and locations that the Arkansas program, Arkansas plan, and this proposed amendment are available for your review; the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment; and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-09-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlabama Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2012-21864"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/pdf/2012-21864.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/05/2012-21864/alabama-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alabama regulatory program (Alabama program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Alabama proposes revisions to its Program regarding revegetation success guidelines. Alabama intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Alabama program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-09-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUtah Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposes revisions and additions of rules...2012-21857"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/pdf/2012-21857.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/05/2012-21857/utah-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposes revisions and additions of rules pertaining to ownership and control. Utah intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations that the Utah program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-08-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental ShelfThis Final Rule implements certain safety measures recommended in the report entitled, ``Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf.'' To implement the appropriate recommendations in the Safety Measures Report and...2012-20090"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20090.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/22/2012-20090/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-increased-safety-measures-forThis Final Rule implements certain safety measures recommended in the report entitled, ``Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf.'' To implement the appropriate recommendations in the Safety Measures Report and DWH JIT report, BSEE is amending drilling, well-completion, well-workover, and decommissioning regulations related to well-control, including: subsea and surface blowout preventers, well casing and cementing, secondary intervention, unplanned disconnects, recordkeeping, and well plugging.
2012-08-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOhio Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's proposed amendment updates the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to address issues...2012-19049"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-03/pdf/2012-19049.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/03/2012-19049/ohio-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's proposed amendment updates the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to address issues raised by OSM regarding consistency of Ohio's surface mining program with the final Federal rule relative to Ownership and Control, Permit and Application Information and Transfer, and Assignment or Sale of Permit Rights, which became effective December 3, 2007. The proposed amendment specifically alters the following regulations within the OAC: Definitions; Incorporation by reference; Permit applications, requirements for legal, financial, compliance, and related information; Permit applications, revisions, and renewals, and transfers, assignments, and sales of permit rights; Improvidently issued permits; and Enforcement and Individual civil penalties. By submittal of this proposed amendment, Ohio intends to revise its approved program pursuant to the additional flexibility afforded by the revised Federal regulations and SMCRA, as amended, to ensure Ohio's proposed regulatory provisions are no less effective than the corresponding regulations. This document provides the times and locations that the Ohio program and proposed amendment are available for public inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on this amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-07-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety StandardsThe Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires this notice to set forth the effectiveness of information collection requirements contained in the final rule on Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or...2012-18205"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-26/pdf/2012-18205.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/26/2012-18205/examinations-of-work-areas-in-underground-coal-mines-for-violations-of-mandatory-health-or-safetyThe Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires this notice to set forth the effectiveness of information collection requirements contained in the final rule on Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards.
2012-07-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking CommitteeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The third through sixth meetings of the Committee will take place on August 1 and 2, September 5 and...2012-17511"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-18/pdf/2012-17511.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/18/2012-17511/indian-oil-valuation-negotiated-rulemaking-committeeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces additional meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The third through sixth meetings of the Committee will take place on August 1 and 2, September 5 and 6, October 24 and 25, and December 11 and 12, 2012, in Building 85 of the Denver Federal Center. The Committee membership includes representatives from Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, minerals industry representatives, and other Federal bureaus. The public will have the opportunity to comment between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Mountain Time on August 1, 2012; September 5, 2012; October 24, 2012; and December 11, 2012.
2012-07-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndiana Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving amendments to the Indiana regulatory program (Indiana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Indiana proposed to revise...2012-17238"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-16/pdf/2012-17238.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/16/2012-17238/indiana-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving amendments to the Indiana regulatory program (Indiana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Indiana proposed to revise its rules concerning ownership and control provisions, periods of liability, performance bond release, revegetation standards, underground mining explosives, and cessation orders, to be no less effective than the corresponding Federal regulations, to clarify ambiguities, and to improve operational efficiency.
2012-07-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania's proposed amendment consists of additions related to beneficial...2012-16945"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-11/pdf/2012-16945.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/11/2012-16945/pennsylvania-regulatory-programOSM announces receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or the ``Act''). Pennsylvania's proposed amendment consists of additions related to beneficial use of coal ash upon active and abandoned mine sites. Pennsylvania is introducing beneficial use of coal ash into the Pennsylvania statutory scheme via Pennsylvania's Solid Waste Management Act (``SWMA''), the Clean Streams Law (``CSL''), the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Administrative Code. Pennsylvania intends to revise its approved program pursuant to the additional flexibility afforded by the revised Federal regulations and SMCRA, as amended, to ensure Pennsylvania's proposed provision is consistent with and in accordance with SMCRA and the corresponding regulations. This document provides the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and proposed amendment are available for public inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-07-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramWe are approving, on an interim basis, an amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia revised its Surface Coal Mining and...2012-16847"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-11/pdf/2012-16847.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/11/2012-16847/west-virginia-regulatory-programWe are approving, on an interim basis, an amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia revised its Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (WVSCMRA) to effect changes concerning the special reclamation tax and apportionment of this tax. This amendment is intended to increase and extend the special reclamation tax. Moreover, a specific portion of this tax will be allocated to the Special Reclamation Water Trust Fund for the purpose of designing, constructing and maintaining water treatment systems on forfeited mine sites. We are approving the reinstatement of the special reclamation tax, its increase to twenty- seven and nine-tenths cents per ton of clean coal mined, as well fifteen cents of the amount collected allocated for deposit to the Special Reclamation Water Trust Fund.
2012-07-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are removing a disapproval codified in OSM regulations concerning a 1986 proposed amendment to the enforcement provisions of the Wyoming regulatory program (the Wyoming program) under...2012-16940"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-11/pdf/2012-16940.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/11/2012-16940/wyoming-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are removing a disapproval codified in OSM regulations concerning a 1986 proposed amendment to the enforcement provisions of the Wyoming regulatory program (the Wyoming program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The disapproval is no longer necessary because Wyoming subsequently submitted and obtained approval of replacement regulations.
2012-06-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOklahoma Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2012-14313"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-12/pdf/2012-14313.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/12/2012-14313/oklahoma-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program (Oklahoma program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: Definitions; review of permit applications; general provisions for review of permit application information and entry of information into AVS; review of applicant, operator, and ownership and control information; review of permit history; review of compliance history; permit eligibility determination; unanticipated events or conditions at remining sites; eligibility for provisionally issued permits; written findings for permit application approval; performance bond submittal; initial review and finding requirements for improvidently issued permits; notice requirements for improvidently issued permits; suspension or rescission requirements for improvidently issued permits; who may challenge ownership or control listings and findings; how to challenge an owner and controller listing or finding; burden of proof for ownership or control challenges; written agency decision on challenges to ownership or control listings or findings; post-permit issuance requirements for regulatory authorities and other actions based on ownership, control, and violation information; post-permit issuance information requirements for permittees; transfer, assignment, or sale of permit rights; certifying and updating existing permit application information; providing applicant and operator information; providing permit history information; providing property interest information; providing violation information; facilities or structures used in common; hydrologic balance--siltation structures; cessation orders; alternative enforcement--general provisions; criminal penalties; and civil actions for relief. Oklahoma intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Oklahoma program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-06-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentUtah Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977...2012-14312"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-12/pdf/2012-14312.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/12/2012-14312/utah-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Utah regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Utah program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Utah proposes a change to the Judicial Code, Title 78 of the Utah Code, that requires plaintiffs who obtain temporary relief (administrative stay or preliminary injunction) in an environmental action to post a surety bond or equivalent pending state judicial review. Utah sent the amendment to include changes made at its own initiative. This document gives the times and locations that the Utah program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-06-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky Regulatory Program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On January 30, 2012, Kentucky submitted to OSM...2012-14310"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-12/pdf/2012-14310.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/12/2012-14310/kentucky-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky Regulatory Program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On January 30, 2012, Kentucky submitted to OSM a proposed Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) that authorizes electronic notification of enforcement documents.
2012-06-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the Wyoming program) and its coal rules and regulations. Wyoming...2012-14314"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-12/pdf/2012-14314.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/12/2012-14314/wyoming-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing the withdrawal of a proposed rule pertaining to an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (the Wyoming program) and its coal rules and regulations. Wyoming submitted the amendment to address required ownership and control rule changes that OSM identified in a letter to Wyoming dated October 2, 2009, under 30 CFR 732.17(c), and four deficiencies that were identified by OSM during the review of a previous program amendment (WY-038-FOR; Docket ID OSM-2009- 0012).
2012-05-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduction Measurement Documents Incorporated by Reference; CorrectionThis document corrects an amendment contained in a final rule published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2012, and involves only that portion of the rule relating to the authority citation.2012-13086"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-30/pdf/2012-13086.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/30/2012-13086/production-measurement-documents-incorporated-by-reference-correctionThis document corrects an amendment contained in a final rule published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2012, and involves only that portion of the rule relating to the authority citation.
2012-05-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentVirginia Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the Virginia regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment revises the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations pertaining to ownership and...2012-12933"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-29/pdf/2012-12933.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/29/2012-12933/virginia-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the Virginia regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment revises the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations pertaining to ownership and control, valid existing rights, self-bonding, and availability of records. Virginia intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA and is responding, in part, to a 30 CFR part 732 letter.
2012-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to ONRR's Web Site and Mailing Addresses and Payment DefinitionsOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated and reassigned responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization, on October 1, 2010, the...2012-10360"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10360.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10360/amendments-to-onrrs-web-site-and-mailing-addresses-and-payment-definitionsOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated and reassigned responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization, on October 1, 2010, the Secretary established the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary--Policy, Management and Budget (PMB). At the same time, ONRR reorganized its regulations from chapter II of title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to chapter XII. This final rule amends Web site and mailing addresses and payment definitions listed in 30 CFR chapter XII.
2012-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentDebt Collection and Administrative Offset for Monies Due the Federal GovernmentThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is promulgating regulations to establish procedures governing collection of delinquent royalties, rentals, bonuses, and other amounts due under leases and other agreements for the production of oil,...2012-10361"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10361.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10361/debt-collection-and-administrative-offset-for-monies-due-the-federal-governmentThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is promulgating regulations to establish procedures governing collection of delinquent royalties, rentals, bonuses, and other amounts due under leases and other agreements for the production of oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, other minerals, and renewable energy from Federal lands onshore, Indian tribal and allotted lands, and the Outer Continental Shelf. The regulations include provisions for administrative offset and clarify and implement the provisions of the Debt Collection Act of 1982 (DCA) and the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA).
2012-05-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas...2012-10572"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10572.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10572/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes revisions to its regulations regarding: definitions; review of permit applications; criteria for permit approval or denial; commission review of outstanding permits; challenge of ownership or control and applicant/violator system procedures; identification of interests and compliance information; mining in previously mined areas; conditions of permits; revegetation standards; cessation orders; alternative enforcement; application approval and notice; permit revisions; permit renewals; transfer, assignment or sale of permit rights; and requirements for new permits for persons succeeding to rights granted under a permit. Texas intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Texas program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOklahoma Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma revised its regulations...2012-10561"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10561.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10561/oklahoma-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving an amendment to the Oklahoma regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Oklahoma revised its regulations regarding subsidence allegation reporting requirements and requirements for bond calculation at permit renewal. Oklahoma revised its regulatory program at its own initiative for operational efficiency.
2012-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIowa Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing our approval of a proposed amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa...2012-10567"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10567.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10567/iowa-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing our approval of a proposed amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa proposed to revise its regulatory program by updating its adoption by reference of applicable portions of 30 CFR part 700 to End from the July 1, 2002, version to the July 1, 2010, version. Additionally, Iowa proposed to revise its Program related to ownership and control by updating its dates and adding new citations. Iowa intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the corresponding Federal regulations.
2012-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are approving a request by Pennsylvania to remove a required amendment to Pennsylvania's regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The provision...2012-10563"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10563.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/02/2012-10563/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are approving a request by Pennsylvania to remove a required amendment to Pennsylvania's regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The provision that we are removing required Pennsylvania to demonstrate that all applications for surface mining permits in Pennsylvania include the specific information for all cessation orders received by the applicant and anyone linked to the applicant through ownership and control, prior to the date of the application.
2012-04-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNorth Dakota Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota proposes changes...2012-9869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-25/pdf/2012-9869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/25/2012-9869/north-dakota-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). North Dakota proposes changes to the North Dakota Administrative Code to address letter of credit provisions in the collateral bond rule under Administrative Code Section 69-5.2-12-04. The changes involve the financial information and notices that banks issuing a letter of credit must provide to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (hereinafter, the ``Commission''). This document gives the times and locations that the North Dakota program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-04-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety StandardsThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising its requirements for preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations of underground coal mines to require operators to identify violations of health or safety standards related to...2012-8328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-06/pdf/2012-8328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/06/2012-8328/examinations-of-work-areas-in-underground-coal-mines-for-violations-of-mandatory-health-or-safetyThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising its requirements for preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations of underground coal mines to require operators to identify violations of health or safety standards related to ventilation, methane, roof control, combustible materials, rock dust, other safeguards, and guarding, as listed in the final rule. Violations of these standards create unsafe conditions for underground coal miners. The final rule also requires that the mine operator record and correct violations of the nine safety and health standards found during these examinations. It also requires that the operator review with mine examiners on a quarterly basis all citations and orders issued in areas where preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations are required. The final rule will increase the identification and correction of unsafe conditions in mines earlier, and improve protection for miners in underground coal mines.
2012-04-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNotice of Meeting for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking CommitteeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). Agenda items for the first meetings of the Committee will include (1) an overview of Indian oil production, the...2012-8186"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-05/pdf/2012-8186.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/05/2012-8186/notice-of-meeting-for-the-indian-oil-valuation-negotiated-rulemaking-committeeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). Agenda items for the first meetings of the Committee will include (1) an overview of Indian oil production, the current Indian oil valuation rule, and the Indian oil royalty administrative process; (2) an identification of issues to be addressed by the Committee; and (3) an opportunity for members to express their issues, concerns and interests. In addition, the Committee's facilitator will review meeting protocols and facilitate a discussion of collaborative problem solving. The Committee membership includes representatives from Indian Tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, the oil and gas industry, and the Department of the Interior. The public will have the opportunity to comment between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. mountain standard time on May 1, 2012, and June 18, 2012.
2012-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduction Measurement Documents Incorporated by ReferenceBSEE is establishing a final rule to incorporate by reference 12 additional production measurement industry standards into the regulations governing oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Incorporation of these production...2012-7324"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-29/pdf/2012-7324.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/29/2012-7324/production-measurement-documents-incorporated-by-referenceBSEE is establishing a final rule to incorporate by reference 12 additional production measurement industry standards into the regulations governing oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Incorporation of these production measurement standards provides industry with up-to-date standards for measuring oil and gas production volumes. This rule will result in more accurate and efficient measurement of oil and gas production.
2012-03-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas...2012-7470"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-28/pdf/2012-7470.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/28/2012-7470/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes revisions to its regulations regarding annual permit fees. Texas intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Texas program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-03-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of Montana's response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) November 22, 2011, letter pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana...2012-7325"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-27/pdf/2012-7325.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/27/2012-7325/montana-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of Montana's response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) November 22, 2011, letter pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Montana proposes changes to the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) that pertain to coal prospecting. Montana intends to revise its program to comply with changes made in the 2011 Montana Legislature as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 286. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-02-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving three amendments to the Texas regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas at its own initiative submitted...2012-3418"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-14/pdf/2012-3418.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/14/2012-3418/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are approving three amendments to the Texas regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas at its own initiative submitted three separate amendments to its program: SATS Nos. TX-061-FOR, TX-062-FOR, and TX- 063-FOR. Texas proposed revisions in TX-061-FOR by adding language that no longer requires an operation with only reclamation activities ongoing to renew their mining permit, to clarify the requirement to maintain public liability insurance for sites where the permit is not renewed because the only activities ongoing are reclamation, and to clarify midterm review times for sites where the permit is not renewed because the only ongoing activities are reclamation. Texas proposed revisions in TX-062-FOR by adding a new definition for ``Previously mined land,'' adding new language on the effects of previous mining violations from operations on previously mined lands in relation to permit application denials, and adding new language explaining performance standards for revegetation liability timeframes for coal mining and reclamation operations. Texas proposed revisions in TX-063-FOR by adding a new definition for ``Director;'' deleting old language, and adding new language clarifying the review periods for new permits, renewals, and significant revisions. Texas revised its program to improve operational efficiency.
2012-02-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOhio Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the ``Ohio program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) and reopening the public comment period. The comment period is being...2012-3424"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-14/pdf/2012-3424.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/14/2012-3424/ohio-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the ``Ohio program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) and reopening the public comment period. The comment period is being reopened to incorporate changes that Ohio made to its initial amendment submission of 2007 regarding Ohio's alternative bonding system. We did not make a decision on that submission since Ohio planned to submit additional revisions in response to OSM's review of the submission. The comment period is being reopened to incorporate recent amendment submissions, which consist of changes in response to OSM's concerns and other changes that Ohio made at its own initiative. Taken together, the revised amendment includes legislative and regulatory actions regarding subjects such as bond program changes, AML provisions, program funding, permitting standards, valid existing rights, re-mining, blasting, and topsoil handling. It also includes two actuarial reports on Ohio's bonding program and letters to Ohio's Governor from the Reclamation Forfeiture Fund Advisory Board of Ohio with recommendations regarding these reports. This document gives the times and locations that the Ohio submittal is available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-02-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTennessee Abandoned Mine Land ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Plan under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Tennessee has submitted the amendment to reflect statutory,...2012-2651"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-06/pdf/2012-2651.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/06/2012-2651/tennessee-abandoned-mine-land-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Plan under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Tennessee has submitted the amendment to reflect statutory, regulatory, policy, procedural, and organizational changes that have occurred since 1984, when the State's AML program was affected by the withdrawal of the State's regulatory program. This document gives the times and locations that the Tennessee AML reclamation plan is available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-01-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentNew Mexico Regulatory ProgramWe are approving an amendment to the New Mexico regulatory program (the ``New Mexico program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). New Mexico proposed non-substantive editorial revisions to its...2012-1956"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-30/pdf/2012-1956.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/30/2012-1956/new-mexico-regulatory-programWe are approving an amendment to the New Mexico regulatory program (the ``New Mexico program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). New Mexico proposed non-substantive editorial revisions to its rules; substantive revisions and additions to rules concerning ownership and control; and substantive revisions to one rule about retention of sedimentation ponds. New Mexico revised its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and to clarify ambiguities.
2012-01-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentProduct Valuation2012-1572"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-25/pdf/2012-1572.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/25/2012-1572/product-valuation
2012-01-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMaryland Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening and extending the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Maryland regulatory program (the ``Maryland program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) that was originally...2012-243"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-10/pdf/2012-243.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/10/2012-243/maryland-regulatory-programWe are reopening and extending the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Maryland regulatory program (the ``Maryland program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) that was originally published on January 28, 2011, and was later reopened on March 10, 2011, to extend the comment period and announce a public meeting. The amendment involves provisions to Maryland's program to regulate coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) and, specifically, the use of CCBs in surface coal mining and reclamation operations within Maryland. The comment period is being extended to incorporate subsequent information that we received from Maryland in response to comments received during the public meeting. This document gives the times and locations that the Maryland program, and this submittal, are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2012-01-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentRenewable Energy Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf-Acquire a Lease Non-competitively; CorrectionThis document corrects amendments contained in a direct final rule published in the Federal Register on October 18, 2011, and involves only that portion of the rule related to acquiring a lease non-competitively for offshore renewable energy projects.2012-50"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-09/pdf/2012-50.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/09/2012-50/renewable-energy-alternate-uses-of-existing-facilities-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-acquire-aThis document corrects amendments contained in a direct final rule published in the Federal Register on October 18, 2011, and involves only that portion of the rule related to acquiring a lease non-competitively for offshore renewable energy projects.
2011-12-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWyoming Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and...2011-32978"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-23/pdf/2011-32978.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/23/2011-32978/wyoming-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Wyoming proposes both revisions of and additions to its coal rules and regulations concerning ownership and control and addresses four deficiencies that were identified by OSM during the review of a previous program amendment (WY-038-FOR; Docket ID OSM-2009- 0012). Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-12-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAmendments to OMB Control Numbers and Certain FormsOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated the responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) and reassigned those responsibilities to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization,...2011-31500"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-08/pdf/2011-31500.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/08/2011-31500/amendments-to-omb-control-numbers-and-certain-formsOn May 19, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior separated the responsibilities previously performed by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) and reassigned those responsibilities to three separate organizations. As part of this reorganization, the Secretary renamed MMS's Minerals Revenue Management Program (MRM) the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and directed that ONRR transition to the Office of the Assistant Secretary--Policy, Management and Budget (PMB). This change required ONRR to reorganize its regulations and repromulgate them in chapter XII, title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This direct final rule amends the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers for information collection requirements, certain form numbers, and corresponding technical corrections to part and position titles, agency names, and acronyms listed in chapter XII of 30 CFR.
2011-12-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentColorado Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing the receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Colorado regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Colorado program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act'')....2011-31294"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-06/pdf/2011-31294.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/06/2011-31294/colorado-regulatory-programWe are announcing the receipt of revisions pertaining to a previously proposed amendment to the Colorado regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Colorado program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Colorado proposes additions of rules and revisions to Rules of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board for Coal Mining, 2 CCR 407-2, concerning the protection and replacement of the hydrologic balance, subsidence, valid existing rights determinations, roads, requirements associated with annual reclamation reports, prime farmland determinations, various definitions, permit revisions, performance bonds, backfill placement methods and requirements, backfilling and grading, and revegetation. Colorado intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Colorado program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-12-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentArkansas Regulatory Program and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation PlanWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Arkansas plan) under the...2011-31292"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-06/pdf/2011-31292.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/06/2011-31292/arkansas-regulatory-program-and-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-planWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Arkansas plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Arkansas proposes to revise substantial portions of their regulatory program and abandoned mine land plan, make grammatical changes, correct punctuation, revise dates, and add citations. The proposed amendment consists of substantive changes to Arkansas regulations regarding Subchapter A-- General Requirements; Subchapter G--Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations Permits and Coal Exploration Procedures Systems; Subchapter J--Bond and Insurance Requirements for Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations; Subchapter K--State Program Performance Standards; Subchapter M--Training Programs for Blasters and Members of Blasting Crews, and Certification Programs for Blasters; and Subchapter R--Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. This document provides the times and locations that the Arkansas program, Arkansas plan, and the proposed amendment are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-12-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes revisions to and...2011-31293"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-06/pdf/2011-31293.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/06/2011-31293/montana-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes revisions to and additions of statutory definitions for ``approximate original contour,'' ``in situ coal gasification,'' and ``recovery fluid.'' Montana intends to revise its program to clarify ambiguities and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-11-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal MinesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines. This...2011-29128"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-10/pdf/2011-29128.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/10/2011-29128/proximity-detection-systems-for-continuous-mining-machines-in-underground-coal-minesIn response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives commenters additional time to comment on the proposed rule. The proposal was published on August 31, 2011.
2011-11-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia permanent regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On May 2, 2011, the West Virginia Department of Environmental...2011-28441"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-02/pdf/2011-28441.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/02/2011-28441/west-virginia-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia permanent regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On May 2, 2011, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) submitted a program amendment to OSM that includes both statutory and regulatory revisions. That portion of the amendment dealing with changes to West Virginia's Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations is the subject of this notice.
2011-11-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAlaska Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alaska regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Alaska program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Alaska intends to revise its rules to be...2011-28436"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-02/pdf/2011-28436.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/02/2011-28436/alaska-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alaska regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Alaska program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Alaska intends to revise its rules to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and to conform to the drafting manual for the State of Alaska. This document gives the times and locations that the Alaska program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-10-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes changes to the Montana...2011-26771"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/pdf/2011-26771.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/17/2011-26771/montana-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes changes to the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) that pertain to coal prospecting. Montana intends to revise its program to comply with changes made in the 2011 Montana Legislature as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 286. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-10-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentPennsylvania Regulatory ProgramWe are reopening and extending the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) published on...2011-26762"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/pdf/2011-26762.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/17/2011-26762/pennsylvania-regulatory-programWe are reopening and extending the public comment period on the proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (the ``Pennsylvania program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act) published on February 7, 2011. In response to a required program amendment codified in the Federal regulations, Pennsylvania submitted information that it believes demonstrates that sufficient funds exist to guarantee coverage of the full cost of land reclamation at all sites originally permitted and bonded under its now-defunct alternative bonding system. Pennsylvania requested that the program amendment be removed based on the information provided. The comment period is being extended to incorporate subsequent information that we received from Pennsylvania regarding one permit involving land reclamation obligations. This document gives the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and this submittal are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-10-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIowa Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa...2011-26764"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/pdf/2011-26764.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/17/2011-26764/iowa-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Iowa regulatory program (Iowa program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Iowa proposes to revise its regulatory program by updating its adoption by reference of applicable portions of the Code of Federal Regulations. Iowa intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations. This document provides the times and locations that the Iowa program and proposed amendments to this program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-10-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentMontana Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes changes to the Montana...2011-26769"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/pdf/2011-26769.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/17/2011-26769/montana-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or ``the Act''). Montana proposes changes to the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) that differentiate between coal beneficiation and coal preparation plants. Montana intends to revise its program to clarify ambiguities and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-10-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the date and location of an additional public hearing on the Agency's proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines,...2011-26446"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-12/pdf/2011-26446.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/12/2011-26446/proximity-detection-systems-for-continuous-mining-machines-in-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the date and location of an additional public hearing on the Agency's proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines, published on August 31, 2011.
2011-09-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Revisions to Safety and Environmental Management SystemsThis rulemaking proposes to amend BOEMRE regulations to require operators to develop and implement additional provisions in their Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) programs for oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental...2011-23537"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-14/pdf/2011-23537.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/14/2011-23537/oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-revisions-to-safety-andThis rulemaking proposes to amend BOEMRE regulations to require operators to develop and implement additional provisions in their Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) programs for oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These revisions pertain to developing and implementing stop work authority and ultimate work authority, requiring employee participation in the development and implementation of SEMS programs, and establishing requirements for reporting unsafe working conditions. In addition, this proposed rule requires independent third parties to conduct audits of operators' SEMS programs and establishes further requirements relating to conducting job safety analysis (JSA) for activities identified in an operator's SEMS program. We believe that these new requirements will further reduce the likelihood of accidents, injuries, and spills in connection with OCS activities that are regulated under BOEMRE jurisdiction, by requiring OCS operators to specifically address issues associated with human behavior as it applies to their SEMS program.
2011-09-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWorkshops To Discuss Revisions to Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Regulations: Advance Notice of Proposed RulemakingThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces three public workshops to discuss specific issues regarding the existing royalty valuation regulations at 30 CFR parts 1202 and 1206 for coal produced from Federal and Indian leases.2011-23140"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-09/pdf/2011-23140.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/09/2011-23140/workshops-to-discuss-revisions-to-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-regulations-advance-notice-ofThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces three public workshops to discuss specific issues regarding the existing royalty valuation regulations at 30 CFR parts 1202 and 1206 for coal produced from Federal and Indian leases.
2011-09-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWorkshops To Discuss Revisions to Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Valuation Regulations: Advance Notice of Proposed RulemakingThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces three public workshops to discuss specific issues regarding the existing Federal oil and gas royalty valuation regulations at 30 CFR parts 1202 and 1206 for oil and gas produced from Federal...2011-23104"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-09/pdf/2011-23104.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/09/2011-23104/workshops-to-discuss-revisions-to-federal-oil-and-gas-royalty-valuation-regulations-advance-noticeThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announces three public workshops to discuss specific issues regarding the existing Federal oil and gas royalty valuation regulations at 30 CFR parts 1202 and 1206 for oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore oil and gas leases.
2011-08-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentProximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to require underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines (except full-face continuous mining machines) with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous...2011-22125"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-31/pdf/2011-22125.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/31/2011-22125/proximity-detection-systems-for-continuous-mining-machines-in-underground-coal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to require underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines (except full-face continuous mining machines) with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous mining machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that have resulted, and continue to result, in accidents involving life threatening injuries and death. The proposal would strengthen the protections for miners by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents in underground coal mines.
2011-08-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentSecond Notice of Intent To Establish an Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking CommitteeOn January 31, 2011, the Department published a notice of intent to establish an Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. In that notice, we asked interested parties to nominate representatives for membership on the Committee and addressed...2011-21305"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-22/pdf/2011-21305.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/22/2011-21305/second-notice-of-intent-to-establish-an-indian-oil-valuation-negotiated-rulemaking-committeeOn January 31, 2011, the Department published a notice of intent to establish an Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. In that notice, we asked interested parties to nominate representatives for membership on the Committee and addressed many of the requirements of Section 564 of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act. This notice identifies the persons proposed to serve on the Committee and addresses the rest of the requirements of Section 564 of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act.
2011-08-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentTexas Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of three proposed amendments to the Texas regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas at its own...2011-20548"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-16/pdf/2011-20548.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/16/2011-20548/texas-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of three proposed amendments to the Texas regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas at its own initiative submitted three separate amendments to its program: SATS Nos. TX-061-FOR, TX-062-FOR, and TX-063-FOR. Texas proposes revisions in TX-061-FOR by adding language that no longer requires an operation with only reclamation activities ongoing to renew their mining permit, to clarify the requirement to maintain public liability insurance for sites where the permit is not renewed because the only activities ongoing are reclamation, and to clarify midterm review times for sites where the permit is not renewed because the only ongoing activities are reclamation. Texas proposes revisions in TX-062- FOR by adding a new definition for ``Previously mined land,'' adding new language on the effects of previous mining violations from operations on previously mined lands in relation to permit application denials, and adding new language explaining performance standards for revegetation liability timeframes for coal mining and reclamation operations. Texas proposes revisions in TX-063-FOR by adding a new definition for ``Director;'' deleting old language, and adding new language clarifying the review periods for new permits, renewals, and significant revisions. Texas intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document provides the times and locations that the Texas program and proposed amendments to that program are available for public inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on these amendments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentKentucky Regulatory ProgramWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky Regulatory Program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On May 10, 2011, Kentucky submitted proposed...2011-20660"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-15/pdf/2011-20660.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/15/2011-20660/kentucky-regulatory-programWe are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky Regulatory Program (hereinafter, the ``Kentucky program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On May 10, 2011, Kentucky submitted proposed bonding revisions to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) as authorized by House Bill 385 (HB 385), which passed during the State's regular 2011 legislative session. HB 385 amends the Kentucky Revised Statutes to require that, as of the effective date of the Act, any determination by the Energy and Environmental Cabinet (EEC) to change a bond requirement or bond amount currently in use will result in a new administrative regulation that includes all bond requirements, including the bond amount; HB 385 also prohibits bond amounts from being instituted as policy. Finally, it requires an administrative regulation that fails to include bond amounts to be declared deficient automatically. This document gives the times and locations that the Kentucky program and this submittal are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2011-07-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWest Virginia Regulatory ProgramOn June 29, 2011, OSM published an interim rule approving a program amendment submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). The interim rule provided an opportunity for public comment and gave the comment due date and...2011-17336"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-14/pdf/2011-17336.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/07/14/2011-17336/west-virginia-regulatory-programOn June 29, 2011, OSM published an interim rule approving a program amendment submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). The interim rule provided an opportunity for public comment and gave the comment due date and tentative hearing date. The summary and preamble to the interim rule specified that it was effective upon publication; however, the DATES section of the rule failed to list an effective date. This final rule corrects that omission by providing an effective date.
2011-07-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentIndiana Regulatory ProgramWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana regulatory program (Indiana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act)....2011-17297"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-11/pdf/2011-17297.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/07/11/2011-17297/indiana-regulatory-programWe, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana regulatory program (Indiana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Indiana proposes revisions to its ownership/control provisions and miscellaneous adjustments to other regulations. Indiana proposes these revisions to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations, to clarify ambiguities, and to improve operational efficiency. This document provides the times and locations that the Indiana program and proposed amendments to this program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
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