Wyoming Regulatory Program, 7492-7494 [E6-1988]

Download as PDF 7492 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 950 [SATS No. WY–034–FOR] Wyoming Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ‘‘Wyoming program’’) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Wyoming proposes revisions to and additions of rules about bond release (Rule Package 1–P) and highwall retention (Rule Package 1–T). Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations, provide additional safeguards, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m., m.s.t. March 15, 2006. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on March 10, 2006. We will accept requests to speak until 4 p.m., m.s.t. on February 28, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ‘‘SATS No. WY–034–FOR’’ by any of the following methods: • E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov. Include ‘‘SATS No. WY–034–FOR’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Richard W. Buckley, Acting Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Rm. 1018, Casper, Wyoming 82601–1018. 307/261–6550. RBuckley@osmre.gov. • Fax: 307/261–6552. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and SATS No. WY–034–FOR. For detailed instructions on submitting comments VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:33 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Comment Procedures’’ heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Docket: Access to the docket, to review copies of the Wyoming program, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and all written comments received in response to this document, may be obtained at the addresses listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free copy of the amendment by contacting the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSM) Casper Field Office. In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at the following locations: Richard W. Buckley, Acting Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Rm. 1018, Casper, Wyoming 82601–1018. 307/261–6550. E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov. John V. Corra, Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Herschler Building, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. 307/777–7046. E-mail: jcorra@state.wy.us. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Buckley, Telephone: 307/261– 6550; E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Wyoming Program II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Procedural Determinations I. Background on the Wyoming Program Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that its State program includes, among other things, ‘‘a State law which provides for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations in accordance with the requirements of this Act * * *; and rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to this Act.’’ See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior conditionally approved the Wyoming program on November 26, 1980. You can find background information on the Wyoming program, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions of approval of the Wyoming program in PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 the November 26, 1980, Federal Register (45 FR 78637). You can also find later actions concerning Wyoming’s program and program amendments at 30 CFR 950.11, 950.12, 950.15, 950.16, and 950.20. II. Description of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated October 24, 2005, Wyoming sent us a proposed amendment to its program (administrative record No. WY–39–1) under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Wyoming sent the amendment to reflect changes made at its own initiative. The full text of the program amendment is available for you to read at the locations listed above under ADDRESSES. The provisions of Wyoming’s Rules that Wyoming proposes to revise are: Bond Release Chapter 4, section 2(d)(ix), section 2(d)(x), section 2(d)(x)(E)(I) & (II), section 2(d)(ix)(E)(III) & (IV), and (F), section 2(d)(x)(J), and section 2(d)(xiv) Chapter 15, section 1(a), section (b), Appendix A, subsection III.A, subsection VII.E, subsection VIII.A, subsection VIII.F; and Highwall Retention Chapter 4, subsections 2(b)(iv)(C)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5) & (6); and (iv)(D) Specifically, Wyoming proposes to make the following additions or revisions to its rules: Bond Release Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(ix) to reflect the name change of the Soil Conservation Service to the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x) to remove the Grazing Demonstration in Wyoming’s regulations that OSM has removed from its regulations and to develop a Vegetation Technical Standard for bond release evaluations. Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(E)(I) & (II) to reinstate the shrub goal rule for the postmining land use of grazingland and wildlife and to clarify that this is to be applied from May 3, 1978 to August 6, 1996. Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(E)(III), (E)(IV), & (F) to reflect the actual intent of the Federal regulations concerning the density of trees to be the number of trees on the affected lands rather than the number per unit area, and to change the section number. Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(J) to allow for an alternate method to evaluate revegetation success at the time of bond release, specifically, the development of technical standards for cover and production. E:\FR\FM\13FEP1.SGM 13FEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Proposed Rules Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(xiv) to remove the language on controlling noxious weeds from five years to ‘‘until bond release’’. Revise Chapter 15, section 1(a), the introductory paragraph, to ask that technical evaluations be done throughout the reclamation process and prior to bond release, and to allow the public an opportunity to be involved in the final decision-making process. Revise Chapter 15, section 1(b)(vi) to alleviate a program deficiency identified in a 30 CFR 732.17 letter dated June 19, 1997, relating to the Federal requirement for a notarized statement as part of the bond release package. Section 1(d) is being proposed for revision to add the requirement that the publisher’s affidavit and a copy of the notice be submitted to the Administrator (of the Wyoming Land Quality Division). Section 1(e)(iii) is proposed for elimination since it refers to the now nonexistent Wyoming Economic Development and Stabilization Board. Revise Appendix A, subsection III.A to update it to reflect the previouslymentioned rule changes. Revise Appendix A, subsection VII.E to reflect the removal of grazing as a bond release criteria. Revise Appendix A, subsection VIII.A to reflect the removal of grazing as a bond release criteria and to attainment of the standards for two out of four years for those mines using a technical standard. Revise Appendix A, subsection VIII.F to reflect the removal of grazing as a bond release criteria, although grazing as a husbandry practice is still encouraged. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Highwall Retention Revise Chapter 4, section 2(b)(iv)(C), and delete (D), to add provisions on replacement features, static safety factor, hazard elimination, cover depth, contour with surrounding terrain, wildlife habitat and hydrologic conditions to be similar to those of New Mexico and Utah. III. Public Comment Procedures Under the provisions of 30 CFR 732.17(h), we are seeking your comments on whether the amendment satisfies the applicable program approval criteria of 30 CFR 732.15. If we approve the amendment, it will become part of the Wyoming program. Written Comments Send your written or electronic comments to OSM at the address given above. Your comments should be specific, pertain only to the issues VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:33 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 7493 proposed in this rulemaking, and include explanations in support of your recommendations. We will not consider or respond to your written comments when developing the final rule if they are received after the close of the comment period (see DATES). We will make every attempt to log all comments into the administrative record, but comments delivered to an address other than the Casper Field Office may not be logged in. of his or her comments. The public hearing will continue on the specified date until everyone scheduled to speak has been given an opportunity to be heard. If you are in the audience and have not been scheduled to speak and wish to do so, you will be allowed to speak after those who have been scheduled. We will end the hearing after everyone scheduled to speak and others present in the audience who wish to speak, have been heard. Electronic Comments Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include ‘‘Attn: SATS No. WY–034–FOR’’ and your name and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your Internet message, contact the Casper Field Office at 307/ 261–6550. In the final rulemaking, we will not consider or include in the administrative record any electronic comments received after the time indicated under DATES or at e-addresses other than the Casper Field Office. Public Meeting Availability of Comments We will make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review during normal business hours. We will not consider anonymous comments. If individual respondents request confidentiality, we will honor their request to the extent allowable by law. Individual respondents who wish to withhold their name or address from public review, except for the city or town, must state this prominently at the beginning of their comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public review in their entirety. Public Hearing If you wish to speak at the public hearing, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 4 p.m., m.s.t. on February 28, 2006. If you are disabled and need special accommodations to attend a public hearing, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. We will arrange the location and time of the hearing with those persons requesting the hearing. If no one requests an opportunity to speak, we will not hold the hearing. To assist the transcriber and ensure an accurate record, we request, if possible, that each person who speaks at a public hearing provide us with a written copy PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 If only one person requests an opportunity to speak, we may hold a public meeting rather than a public hearing. If you wish to meet with us to discuss the amendment, please request a meeting by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All such meetings are open to the public and, if possible, we will post notices of meetings at the locations listed under ADDRESSES. We will make a written summary of each meeting a part of the administrative record. IV. Procedural Determinations Executive Order 12630—Takings This rule does not have takings implications. This determination is based on the analysis performed for the counterpart Federal regulation. Executive Order 12866—Regulatory Planning and Review This rule is exempted from review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 12988—Civil Justice Reform The Department of the Interior has conducted the reviews required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 and has determined that this rule meets the applicable standards of subsections (a) and (b) of that section. However, these standards are not applicable to the actual language of State regulatory programs and program amendments because each program is drafted and promulgated by a specific State, not by OSM. Under sections 503 and 505 of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1253 and 1255) and the Federal regulations at 30 CFR 730.11, 732.15, and 732.17(h)(10), decisions on proposed State regulatory programs and program amendments submitted by the States must be based solely on a determination of whether the submittal is consistent with SMCRA and its implementing Federal regulations and whether the other requirements of 30 CFR Parts 730, 731, and 732 have been met. E:\FR\FM\13FEP1.SGM 13FEP1 7494 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Proposed Rules Executive Order 13132—Federalism Paperwork Reduction Act List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 950 This rule does not have federalism implications. SMCRA delineates the roles of the Federal and State governments with regard to the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations. One of the purposes of SMCRA is to ‘‘establish a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations.’’ Section 503(a)(1) of SMCRA requires that State laws regulating surface coal mining and reclamation operations be ‘‘in accordance with’’ the requirements of SMCRA. Section 503(a)(7) requires that State programs contain rules and regulations ‘‘consistent with’’ regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to SMCRA. This rule does not contain information collection requirements that require approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining. Executive Order 13175—Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have evaluated the potential effects of this rule on Federallyrecognized Indian Tribes and have determined that the rule does not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian Tribes. The rule does not involve or affect Indian Tribes in any way. Executive Order 13211—Regulations That Significantly Affect the Supply, Distribution, or Use of Energy On May 18, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13211 which requires agencies to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for a rule that is (1) considered significant under Executive Order 12866, and (2) likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. Because this rule is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866 and is not expected to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy, a Statement of Energy Effects is not required. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL National Environmental Policy Act No environmental impact statement is required for this rule since agency decisions on proposed State regulatory program plans and revisions thereof are categorically excluded from compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) by the Manual of the Department of the Interior (516 DM 6, appendix 8, paragraph 8.4B(29)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:33 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 Regulatory Flexibility Act The Department of the Interior certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). The State submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon counterpart Federal regulations for which an economic analysis was prepared and certification made that such regulations would not have a significant economic effect upon a substantial number of small entities. In making the determination as to whether this rule would have a significant economic impact, the Department relied upon the data and assumptions for the counterpart Federal regulations. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule: a. Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million. b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions. c. Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises. This determination is based upon the fact that the State submittal which is the subject of this rule is based upon counterpart Federal regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a determination made that the Federal regulation was not considered a major rule. Unfunded Mandates This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of $100 million or more in any given year. This determination is based upon the fact that the State submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon counterpart Federal regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a determination made that the Federal regulation did not impose an unfunded mandate. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Dated: December 6, 2005. Allen D. Klein, Regional Director, Western Region. [FR Doc. E6–1988 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 63 [OAR–2002–0088, FRL–8008–3] RIN 2060–AM90 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Refractory Products Manufacturing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule; amendments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for new and existing refractory products manufacturing facilities, which were promulgated on April 16, 2003, under section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The proposed amendments would clarify testing and monitoring requirements, reflect recent changes to the NESHAP General Provisions, clarify startup and shutdown for batch processes, and make certain technical corrections to the final rule. In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are taking direct final action on the proposed amendments because we view the amendments as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. We have explained our reasons for the revisions in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comments, we will take no further action on the proposed amendments. If we receive adverse comment on one or more distinct amendments, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register indicating which amendments in the direct final rule will become effective and which amendments are being withdrawn due to adverse comment. If part or all of the direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register is withdrawn, all comments pertaining to the amendments will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed amendments. We will not institute a second comment period on the subsequent final rule. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 950

[SATS No. WY-034-FOR]


Wyoming Regulatory Program

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public 
hearing on proposed amendment.

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SUMMARY: We are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the 
Wyoming regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Wyoming program'') under 
the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the 
Act). Wyoming proposes revisions to and additions of rules about bond 
release (Rule Package 1-P) and highwall retention (Rule Package 1-T). 
Wyoming intends to revise its program to be consistent with the 
corresponding Federal regulations, provide additional safeguards, 
clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency.
    This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming 
program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your 
inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written 
comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for 
the public hearing, if one is requested.

DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m., 
m.s.t. March 15, 2006. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on 
the amendment on March 10, 2006. We will accept requests to speak until 
4 p.m., m.s.t. on February 28, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``SATS No. WY-034-
FOR'' by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov. Include ``SATS No. WY-034-
FOR'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Richard W. Buckley, Acting 
Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and 
Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Rm. 1018, Casper, 
Wyoming 82601-1018. 307/261-6550. RBuckley@osmre.gov.
     Fax: 307/261-6552.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and SATS No. WY-034-FOR. For detailed instructions on submitting 
comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the 
``Public Comment Procedures'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.
    Docket: Access to the docket, to review copies of the Wyoming 
program, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, 
and all written comments received in response to this document, may be 
obtained at the addresses listed below during normal business hours, 
Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free 
copy of the amendment by contacting the Office of Surface Mining 
Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) Casper Field Office. In addition, 
you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at 
the following locations:

Richard W. Buckley, Acting Director, Casper Field Office, Office of 
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East 
B Street, Rm. 1018, Casper, Wyoming 82601-1018. 307/261-6550.
    E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov.
John V. Corra, Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 
Herschler Building, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. 307/
777-7046. E-mail: jcorra@state.wy.us.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Buckley, Telephone: 307/261-
6550; E-mail: RBuckley@osmre.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background on the Wyoming Program
II. Description of the Proposed Amendment
III. Public Comment Procedures
IV. Procedural Determinations

I. Background on the Wyoming Program

    Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the 
regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-
Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that 
its State program includes, among other things, ``a State law which 
provides for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation 
operations in accordance with the requirements of this Act * * *; and 
rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the 
Secretary pursuant to this Act.'' See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On 
the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior 
conditionally approved the Wyoming program on November 26, 1980. You 
can find background information on the Wyoming program, including the 
Secretary's findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions 
of approval of the Wyoming program in the November 26, 1980, Federal 
Register (45 FR 78637). You can also find later actions concerning 
Wyoming's program and program amendments at 30 CFR 950.11, 950.12, 
950.15, 950.16, and 950.20.

II. Description of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated October 24, 2005, Wyoming sent us a proposed 
amendment to its program (administrative record No. WY-39-1) under 
SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Wyoming sent the amendment to reflect 
changes made at its own initiative. The full text of the program 
amendment is available for you to read at the locations listed above 
under ADDRESSES.
    The provisions of Wyoming's Rules that Wyoming proposes to revise 
are:

Bond Release

    Chapter 4, section 2(d)(ix), section 2(d)(x), section 2(d)(x)(E)(I) 
& (II), section 2(d)(ix)(E)(III) & (IV), and (F), section 2(d)(x)(J), 
and section 2(d)(xiv)
    Chapter 15, section 1(a), section (b), Appendix A, subsection 
III.A, subsection VII.E, subsection VIII.A, subsection VIII.F; and

 Highwall Retention

    Chapter 4, subsections 2(b)(iv)(C)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5) & (6); 
and (iv)(D)
    Specifically, Wyoming proposes to make the following additions or 
revisions to its rules:

Bond Release

    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(ix) to reflect the name change of 
the Soil Conservation Service to the Natural Resource Conservation 
Service.
    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x) to remove the Grazing 
Demonstration in Wyoming's regulations that OSM has removed from its 
regulations and to develop a Vegetation Technical Standard for bond 
release evaluations.
    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(E)(I) & (II) to reinstate the 
shrub goal rule for the postmining land use of grazingland and wildlife 
and to clarify that this is to be applied from May 3, 1978 to August 6, 
1996.
    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(E)(III), (E)(IV), & (F) to 
reflect the actual intent of the Federal regulations concerning the 
density of trees to be the number of trees on the affected lands rather 
than the number per unit area, and to change the section number.
    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(x)(J) to allow for an alternate 
method to evaluate revegetation success at the time of bond release, 
specifically, the development of technical standards for cover and 
production.

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    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(d)(xiv) to remove the language on 
controlling noxious weeds from five years to ``until bond release''.
    Revise Chapter 15, section 1(a), the introductory paragraph, to ask 
that technical evaluations be done throughout the reclamation process 
and prior to bond release, and to allow the public an opportunity to be 
involved in the final decision-making process.
    Revise Chapter 15, section 1(b)(vi) to alleviate a program 
deficiency identified in a 30 CFR 732.17 letter dated June 19, 1997, 
relating to the Federal requirement for a notarized statement as part 
of the bond release package. Section 1(d) is being proposed for 
revision to add the requirement that the publisher's affidavit and a 
copy of the notice be submitted to the Administrator (of the Wyoming 
Land Quality Division). Section 1(e)(iii) is proposed for elimination 
since it refers to the now nonexistent Wyoming Economic Development and 
Stabilization Board.
    Revise Appendix A, subsection III.A to update it to reflect the 
previously-mentioned rule changes.
    Revise Appendix A, subsection VII.E to reflect the removal of 
grazing as a bond release criteria.
    Revise Appendix A, subsection VIII.A to reflect the removal of 
grazing as a bond release criteria and to attainment of the standards 
for two out of four years for those mines using a technical standard.
    Revise Appendix A, subsection VIII.F to reflect the removal of 
grazing as a bond release criteria, although grazing as a husbandry 
practice is still encouraged.

Highwall Retention

    Revise Chapter 4, section 2(b)(iv)(C), and delete (D), to add 
provisions on replacement features, static safety factor, hazard 
elimination, cover depth, contour with surrounding terrain, wildlife 
habitat and hydrologic conditions to be similar to those of New Mexico 
and Utah.

III. Public Comment Procedures

    Under the provisions of 30 CFR 732.17(h), we are seeking your 
comments on whether the amendment satisfies the applicable program 
approval criteria of 30 CFR 732.15. If we approve the amendment, it 
will become part of the Wyoming program.

Written Comments

    Send your written or electronic comments to OSM at the address 
given above. Your comments should be specific, pertain only to the 
issues proposed in this rulemaking, and include explanations in support 
of your recommendations. We will not consider or respond to your 
written comments when developing the final rule if they are received 
after the close of the comment period (see DATES). We will make every 
attempt to log all comments into the administrative record, but 
comments delivered to an address other than the Casper Field Office may 
not be logged in.

Electronic Comments

    Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII file avoiding the use 
of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include 
``Attn: SATS No. WY-034-FOR'' and your name and return address in your 
Internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have 
received your Internet message, contact the Casper Field Office at 307/
261-6550. In the final rulemaking, we will not consider or include in 
the administrative record any electronic comments received after the 
time indicated under DATES or at e-addresses other than the Casper 
Field Office.

Availability of Comments

    We will make comments, including names and addresses of 
respondents, available for public review during normal business hours. 
We will not consider anonymous comments. If individual respondents 
request confidentiality, we will honor their request to the extent 
allowable by law. Individual respondents who wish to withhold their 
name or address from public review, except for the city or town, must 
state this prominently at the beginning of their comments. We will make 
all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, available for public review in their entirety.

Public Hearing

    If you wish to speak at the public hearing, contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 4 p.m., m.s.t. on 
February 28, 2006. If you are disabled and need special accommodations 
to attend a public hearing, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. We will arrange the location and time of the 
hearing with those persons requesting the hearing. If no one requests 
an opportunity to speak, we will not hold the hearing.
    To assist the transcriber and ensure an accurate record, we 
request, if possible, that each person who speaks at a public hearing 
provide us with a written copy of his or her comments. The public 
hearing will continue on the specified date until everyone scheduled to 
speak has been given an opportunity to be heard. If you are in the 
audience and have not been scheduled to speak and wish to do so, you 
will be allowed to speak after those who have been scheduled. We will 
end the hearing after everyone scheduled to speak and others present in 
the audience who wish to speak, have been heard.

Public Meeting

    If only one person requests an opportunity to speak, we may hold a 
public meeting rather than a public hearing. If you wish to meet with 
us to discuss the amendment, please request a meeting by contacting the 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All such meetings 
are open to the public and, if possible, we will post notices of 
meetings at the locations listed under ADDRESSES. We will make a 
written summary of each meeting a part of the administrative record.

IV. Procedural Determinations

Executive Order 12630--Takings

    This rule does not have takings implications. This determination is 
based on the analysis performed for the counterpart Federal regulation.

Executive Order 12866--Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is exempted from review by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 12988--Civil Justice Reform

    The Department of the Interior has conducted the reviews required 
by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 and has determined that this rule 
meets the applicable standards of subsections (a) and (b) of that 
section. However, these standards are not applicable to the actual 
language of State regulatory programs and program amendments because 
each program is drafted and promulgated by a specific State, not by 
OSM. Under sections 503 and 505 of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1253 and 1255) and 
the Federal regulations at 30 CFR 730.11, 732.15, and 732.17(h)(10), 
decisions on proposed State regulatory programs and program amendments 
submitted by the States must be based solely on a determination of 
whether the submittal is consistent with SMCRA and its implementing 
Federal regulations and whether the other requirements of 30 CFR Parts 
730, 731, and 732 have been met.

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Executive Order 13132--Federalism

    This rule does not have federalism implications. SMCRA delineates 
the roles of the Federal and State governments with regard to the 
regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations. One of 
the purposes of SMCRA is to ``establish a nationwide program to protect 
society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal 
mining operations.'' Section 503(a)(1) of SMCRA requires that State 
laws regulating surface coal mining and reclamation operations be ``in 
accordance with'' the requirements of SMCRA. Section 503(a)(7) requires 
that State programs contain rules and regulations ``consistent with'' 
regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to SMCRA.

Executive Order 13175--Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal 
Governments

    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, we have evaluated the 
potential effects of this rule on Federally-recognized Indian Tribes 
and have determined that the rule does not have substantial direct 
effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the 
Federal government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian Tribes. 
The rule does not involve or affect Indian Tribes in any way.

Executive Order 13211--Regulations That Significantly Affect the 
Supply, Distribution, or Use of Energy

    On May 18, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13211 which 
requires agencies to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for a rule 
that is (1) considered significant under Executive Order 12866, and (2) 
likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, 
distribution, or use of energy. Because this rule is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866 and is not expected to have a significant 
adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy, a 
Statement of Energy Effects is not required.

National Environmental Policy Act

    No environmental impact statement is required for this rule since 
agency decisions on proposed State regulatory program plans and 
revisions thereof are categorically excluded from compliance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) by the 
Manual of the Department of the Interior (516 DM 6, appendix 8, 
paragraph 8.4B(29)).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not contain information collection requirements that 
require approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.).

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department of the Interior certifies that this rule will not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). 
The State submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon 
counterpart Federal regulations for which an economic analysis was 
prepared and certification made that such regulations would not have a 
significant economic effect upon a substantial number of small 
entities. In making the determination as to whether this rule would 
have a significant economic impact, the Department relied upon the data 
and assumptions for the counterpart Federal regulations.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), of the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule:
    a. Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million.
    b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for 
consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government 
agencies, or geographic regions.
    c. Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, 
employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of 
U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.
    This determination is based upon the fact that the State submittal 
which is the subject of this rule is based upon counterpart Federal 
regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a determination made 
that the Federal regulation was not considered a major rule.

Unfunded Mandates

    This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or 
tribal governments or the private sector of $100 million or more in any 
given year. This determination is based upon the fact that the State 
submittal, which is the subject of this rule, is based upon counterpart 
Federal regulations for which an analysis was prepared and a 
determination made that the Federal regulation did not impose an 
unfunded mandate.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 950

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: December 6, 2005.
Allen D. Klein,
Regional Director, Western Region.
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