Virginia Regulatory Program, 26329-26331 [E7-8868]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 259 By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–8886 Filed 5–8–07; 8:45 am] III. Request for Comment rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS modification or rescission. Therefore, the Commission solicits comments on, among other things, the economic impact of and the continuing need for the Fuel Economy Guide; possible conflict between the Guide and state, local or other federal laws; and the effect on the Guide of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. BILLING CODE 6750–01–P The Commission solicits comments on the following specific questions related to the Guide: (1) Is there a continuing need for the Fuel Economy Guide? Is the Guide necessary to prevent unfair and/or deceptive practices in advertising for new automobiles? Are there any specific provisions of the Guide that are no longer needed to prevent unfair and/or deceptive advertising practices? (2) What changes, if any, should be made to the Guide to reflect recent amendments to EPA’s fuel economy testing and labeling requirements? (3) What benefits has the Guide provided to purchasers of new automobiles? Has the Guide imposed costs on purchasers? (4) What changes, if any, should be made to the Guide to increase its benefits to purchasers? How would these changes affect the costs that the Guide imposes on firms who conform to its advice? How would these changes affect the benefits to purchasers? (5) What significant burdens or costs, including costs of compliance, has the Guide imposed on firms that conform to its advice? Are any provisions in the Guide duplicative or otherwise unnecessary? Are any of the Guide’s provisions unnecessarily prescriptive? (6) Has the Guide provided benefits to firms that conform to its advice? If so, what benefits? (7) What changes, if any, should be made to the Guide to reduce the burdens or costs imposed on firms who conform to its advice? How would these changes affect the benefits provided by the Guide? (8) Does the Guide overlap or conflict with other federal, state, or local laws or regulations? (9) Since the Guide was issued, what effects have changes in relevant technology or economic conditions had on the Guide? (10) Are there any unfair and deceptive practices occurring in the promotion or advertising of fuel economy that are not covered by the Guide? If so, what mechanisms should be explored to address such practices (e.g., consumer education, industry self regulation, or revisions to the Guide)? VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:31 May 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 Advertising, Fuel economy, Trade practices. Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41–58. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 946 [VA–125–FOR] Virginia Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Virginia regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The program amendment revises the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations concerning review of a decision not to inspect or enforce. The amendment is intended to specify the time limit for filing a request for review of a decision, and to identify to whom a request for review should be filed. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m. (local time), on June 8, 2007. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on June 4, 2007. We will accept requests to speak at the hearing until 4 p.m. (local time), on May 24, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by VA–125–FOR, by any of the following methods: • E-mail: tdieringer@osmre.gov. Include VA–125–FOR in the subject line of the message. • Mail/Hand Delivery: Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1941 Neeley Road, Suite 201, Compartment 116, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency docket number for this rulemaking. For detailed PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 26329 instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Comment Procedures’’ heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. You may also request to speak at a public hearing by any of the methods listed above or by contacting the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Docket: You may review copies of the Virginia program, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and all written comments received in response to this document 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 OSM’s Big Stone Gap Area Office. Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1941 Neeley Road, Suite 201, Compartment 116, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219, Telephone: (276) 523–4303. E-mail: tdieringer@osmre.gov. Mr. Leslie S. Vincent, Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation, P.O. Drawer 900, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219, Telephone: (276) 523– 8100. E-mail: lsv@mme.state.va.us. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville Field Office; Telephone: (276) 523–4303. Email: tdieringer@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Virginia Program II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Procedural Determinations I. Background on the Virginia 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 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 the Act* * *; and rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to the 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 Virginia program on December 15, 1981. You can find background information on the Virginia program, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and conditions of approval of the Virginia program in the December 15, 1981 Federal Register (46 FR 61088). You can also find later actions E:\FR\FM\09MYP1.SGM 09MYP1 26330 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules concerning Virginia’s program and program amendments at 30 CFR 946.12, 946.13, and 946.15. II. Description of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated March 12, 2007 (Administrative Record Number VA– 1063), the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) submitted an amendment to the Virginia program. The program amendment revises the Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) at 4 VAC 25–130–842.15(d) in order to clarify the process for requesting a review of a decision by the Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) not to inspect or enforce. The revision specifies that a person requesting a formal hearing to review a decision by DMLR not to inspect or enforce must do so within 30 days of DMLR’s determination. The revision also specifies that the request for formal review must be filed with the Director, DMLR. The following amendment is proposed: 4VAC 25–130–842.15(d). Review of decision not to inspect or enforce. This provision is proposed to be amended at subsection (d) by adding the phrase ‘‘within 30 days of the Division’s determination’’ to clarify the time limit within which a person may request a formal hearing to review a decision not to inspect or enforce. Subsection (d) is also amended to specify that all requests for hearings and appeals for review and reconsideration be filed with the Director, Division of Mined Land Reclamation so as to be consistent with similar regulations. As amended, 4VAC2 5–130–842.15(d) provides as follows: rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS (d) Any person who requested a review of a decision not to inspect or enforce under this section and who is or may be adversely affected by any determination made under Subsection (b) of this section may request review of that determination by filing within 30 days of the division’s determination an application for formal review and request for hearing under the Virginia Administrative Process Act, § 2.2–4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. All requests for hearing or appeals for review and reconsideration made under this section shall be filed with the Director, Division of Mined Land Reclamation, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Post Office Drawer 900, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:47 May 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 approve the amendment, it will become part of the Virginia program. Written Comments Send your written or electronic comments to OSM at the address given above. Your written comments should be specific, pertain only to the issues proposed in this rulemaking, and include explanations in support of your recommendations. We may not consider or respond to your 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 Big Stone Gap Area Office may not be logged in. Electronic Comments Please submit Internet comments as an e-mail or Word file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include Attn: SATS NO. VA–125-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 Big Stone Gap Area office at (276) 523–4303. Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Public Hearing If you wish to speak at the public hearing, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 4 p.m. (local time), on May 24, 2007. 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 a hearing. To assist the transcriber and ensure an accurate record, we request, if possible, that each person who speaks at the 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 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 will be 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 exempt from review by the Office of Management and Budget 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. Executive Order 13132—Federalism This rule does not have Federalism implications. SMCRA delineates the roles of the Federal and State E:\FR\FM\09MYP1.SGM 09MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules 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, and 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 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 basis for this determination is our decision is on a State regulatory program and does not involve a Federal regulation involving Indian lands. 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. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS National Environmental Policy Act This rule does not require an environmental impact statement because section 702(d) of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1292(d)) provides that agency decisions on proposed State regulatory program provisions do not constitute major Federal actions within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:31 May 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 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. 3507 et seq.). FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 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. 26331 Radio Broadcasting Services; Christine, TX Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), 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; and (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 analysis performed under various laws and executive orders for the counterpart Federal regulations. 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 analysis performed under various laws and executive orders for the counterpart Federal regulations. List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 948 Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining. Dated: March 22, 2007. H. Vann Weaver, Acting Regional Director, Appalachian Region. [FR Doc. E7–8868 Filed 5–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 47 CFR Part 73 [DA 07–1854; MB Docket No. 07–78; RM– 11366] Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document requests comments on a petition for rule making filed by Katherine Pyeatt (‘‘Petitioner’’) proposing the allotment of Channel 245C3 at Christine, Texas, as a first local service. The proposed coordinates are 28–40–00 NL and 98–30–15 WL with a site restriction of 13.6 km (8.4 miles) south of city reference. DATES: Comments must be filed on or before June 18, 2007, and reply comments on or before July 3, 2007. ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the Petitioner and her counsel, as follows: Katherine Pyeatt, 6655 Aintree Circle, Dallas, Texas, 75214 and Gene A. Bechtel, Esquire, Law Office of Gene Bechtel, 1050 17th Street, NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Helen McLean, Media Bureau, (202) 418–2738. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 07–78, adopted April 25, 2007, and released April 27, 2007. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the Commission’s Reference Information Center, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. This document may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractors, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY–B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1– 800–378–3160 or www.BCPIWEB.com. This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden ‘‘for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). E:\FR\FM\09MYP1.SGM 09MYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 946

[VA-125-FOR]


Virginia Regulatory Program

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), 
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 
Virginia regulatory program under the Surface Mining Control and 
Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The program amendment 
revises the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations 
concerning review of a decision not to inspect or enforce. The 
amendment is intended to specify the time limit for filing a request 
for review of a decision, and to identify to whom a request for review 
should be filed.

DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m. 
(local time), on June 8, 2007. If requested, we will hold a public 
hearing on the amendment on June 4, 2007. We will accept requests to 
speak at the hearing until 4 p.m. (local time), on May 24, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by VA-125-FOR, by any of 
the following methods:
     E-mail: tdieringer@osmre.gov. Include VA-125-FOR in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville 
Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 
1941 Neeley Road, Suite 201, Compartment 116, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 
24219.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency 
docket number for this rulemaking. For detailed instructions on 
submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking 
process, see the ``Public Comment Procedures'' heading in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. You may also 
request to speak at a public hearing by any of the methods listed above 
or by contacting the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Docket: You may review copies of the Virginia program, this 
amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and all written 
comments received in response to this document 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 
OSM's Big Stone Gap Area Office.
    Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville Field Office, Office of 
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1941 Neeley Road, Suite 
201, Compartment 116, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219, Telephone: (276) 
523-4303. E-mail: tdieringer@osmre.gov.
    Mr. Leslie S. Vincent, Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation, 
P.O. Drawer 900, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219, Telephone: (276) 523-
8100. E-mail: lsv@mme.state.va.us.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tim Dieringer, Director, Knoxville 
Field Office; Telephone: (276) 523-4303. E-mail: tdieringer@osmre.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background on the Virginia Program
II. Description of the Proposed Amendment
III. Public Comment Procedures
IV. Procedural Determinations

I. Background on the Virginia 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 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 the Act* * *; and 
rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the 
Secretary pursuant to the 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 Virginia program on December 15, 1981. You 
can find background information on the Virginia program, including the 
Secretary's findings, the disposition of comments, and conditions of 
approval of the Virginia program in the December 15, 1981 Federal 
Register (46 FR 61088). You can also find later actions

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concerning Virginia's program and program amendments at 30 CFR 946.12, 
946.13, and 946.15.

II. Description of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated March 12, 2007 (Administrative Record Number VA-
1063), the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) 
submitted an amendment to the Virginia program. The program amendment 
revises the Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) at 4 VAC 25-130-
842.15(d) in order to clarify the process for requesting a review of a 
decision by the Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) not to 
inspect or enforce. The revision specifies that a person requesting a 
formal hearing to review a decision by DMLR not to inspect or enforce 
must do so within 30 days of DMLR's determination. The revision also 
specifies that the request for formal review must be filed with the 
Director, DMLR.
    The following amendment is proposed:
    4VAC 25-130-842.15(d). Review of decision not to inspect or 
enforce.
    This provision is proposed to be amended at subsection (d) by 
adding the phrase ``within 30 days of the Division's determination'' to 
clarify the time limit within which a person may request a formal 
hearing to review a decision not to inspect or enforce. Subsection (d) 
is also amended to specify that all requests for hearings and appeals 
for review and reconsideration be filed with the Director, Division of 
Mined Land Reclamation so as to be consistent with similar regulations.
    As amended, 4VAC2 5-130-842.15(d) provides as follows:

    (d) Any person who requested a review of a decision not to 
inspect or enforce under this section and who is or may be adversely 
affected by any determination made under Subsection (b) of this 
section may request review of that determination by filing within 30 
days of the division's determination an application for formal 
review and request for hearing under the Virginia Administrative 
Process Act, Sec.  2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. All 
requests for hearing or appeals for review and reconsideration made 
under this section shall be filed with the Director, Division of 
Mined Land Reclamation, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, 
Post Office Drawer 900, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219.

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 Virginia program.

Written Comments

    Send your written or electronic comments to OSM at the address 
given above. Your written comments should be specific, pertain only to 
the issues proposed in this rulemaking, and include explanations in 
support of your recommendations. We may not consider or respond to your 
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 Big Stone Gap Area Office may not be 
logged in.

Electronic Comments

    Please submit Internet comments as an e-mail or Word file avoiding 
the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also 
include Attn: SATS NO. VA-125-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 Big Stone Gap Area 
office at (276) 523-4303.

Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Public Hearing

    If you wish to speak at the public hearing, contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 4 p.m. (local time), on 
May 24, 2007. 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 a hearing.
    To assist the transcriber and ensure an accurate record, we 
request, if possible, that each person who speaks at the 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 
will be 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 exempt from review by the Office of Management and 
Budget 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.

Executive Order 13132--Federalism

    This rule does not have Federalism implications. SMCRA delineates 
the roles of the Federal and State

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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, and 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 basis for this determination is our decision is on a State 
regulatory program and does not involve a Federal regulation involving 
Indian lands.

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

    This rule does not require an environmental impact statement 
because section 702(d) of SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1292(d)) provides that 
agency decisions on proposed State regulatory program provisions do not 
constitute major Federal actions within the meaning of section 
102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 
4332(2)(C)).

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. 
3507 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), 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; and (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 analysis performed 
under various laws and executive orders for the counterpart Federal 
regulations.

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 analysis performed 
under various laws and executive orders for the counterpart Federal 
regulations.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 948

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: March 22, 2007.
H. Vann Weaver,
Acting Regional Director, Appalachian Region.
[FR Doc. E7-8868 Filed 5-8-07; 8:45 am]
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