CFR Title 30 Mineral Resources

CFR Title 30 – Mineral Resources

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2018-08-29Proposed 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...2018-18705"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-29/pdf/2018-18705.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/29/2018-18705/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 for calendar years 2017 and 2018. Texas also proposes to remove a restriction in its rules that conflicts with the United States Bankruptcy Code. This document gives the times and locations where the Texas 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 that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
2018-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-18719"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-29/pdf/2018-18719.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/29/2018-18719/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 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.
2018-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOhio Regulatory ProgramThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is approving, with two exceptions, an amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the Ohio program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's...2018-18706"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-29/pdf/2018-18706.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/29/2018-18706/ohio-regulatory-programThe Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is approving, with two exceptions, an amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the Ohio program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's submission demonstrates its intent to revise its program by amending the Ohio Reclamation Commission's (the Commission) procedural rules. By submission of the amended procedural rules, found within Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) at sections 1513-3-01 through 1513-3-22, Ohio proposed to revise the Ohio program pursuant to the additional flexibility afforded by the revised Federal regulations at 30 CFR 732.17, and SMCRA, as amended. As a result of review of the Ohio program, the proposed amendment, and an opportunity for public comments, OSMRE has determined that the majority of the submittal is no less stringent than SMCRA and no less effective than the corresponding regulations. The two revisions not approved by OSMRE are found within OAC at section 1513-3-07(A), which relates to intervention. OSMRE's rationale for not approving these proposed revisions is explained in depth below.
2018-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-18716"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-29/pdf/2018-18716.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/29/2018-18716/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 regarding 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 the Alabama coal regulatory program, including the reviewing, administering, inspecting, and enforcing of surface coal mining permits in Alabama.
2018-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentSafety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's Request for Information on Safety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt...2018-15808"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15808.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15808/safety-improvement-technologies-for-mobile-equipment-at-surface-mines-and-for-belt-conveyors-atThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the dates and locations of public stakeholder meetings on the Agency's Request for Information on Safety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground Mines.
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 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.
2018-05-08Proposed 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.
2018-04-27RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2018-04-09RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2018-03-26Proposed 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 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.
2018-03-12Proposed 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.
2018-03-12RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2018-01-29RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2018-01-29Proposed 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.
2018-01-23RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2018-01-22Proposed 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.
2018-01-18RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2017-04-04Proposed 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.
2017-03-31Proposed 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.
2017-03-31Proposed 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.
2017-03-27Proposed 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.
2017-02-06Proposed 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.
2017-02-06RuleDEPARTMENT 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).
2017-02-03RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2017-01-09Proposed 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.
2017-01-05Proposed 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 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).
2016-11-16RuleDEPARTMENT 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.
2016-10-26RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2016-07-14Proposed 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.
2016-07-08RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2016-06-08Proposed 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.
2016-06-06RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
2016-05-20Proposed 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.
2016-04-29RuleDEPARTMENT 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 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.
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.
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.
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