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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 218 / Monday, November 10, 2008 / Proposed Rules Drafting Information The principal author of these proposed regulations is Barbara Pettoni, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). List of Subjects 26 CFR Part 1 Income tax, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 1—INCOME TAXES Par. 1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read in part as follows: Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * * 1T(b)(2)(i)(H) published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register]. * * * * * (v) [The text of the proposed amendments to § 1.6050P–1(b)(2)(v) is the same as the text of § 1.6050P– 1T(b)(2)(v) published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register]. * * * * * (h)(1) [The text of the proposed amendments to § 1.6050P–1(h) is the same as the text of § 1.6050P–1T(h) published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register]. * * * * * Linda E. Stiff, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. [FR Doc. E8–26674 Filed 11–7–08; 8:45 am] Par. 2. Section 1.6050P–0 is amended as follows: 1. The introductory text is revised. 2. The entries in § 1.6050P–1(b)(2)(v) and (h)(1) are revised. 3. The entry for § 1.6050P–1T is removed. The revisions read as follows: BILLING CODE 4830–01–P § 1.6050P–0 [SATS No. MT–029–FOR, Docket ID: OSM– 2008–0022] Table of contents. This section lists the major captions that appear in § 1.6050–P–1 and § 1.6050P–2. * * * * * * * * Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. * * * * * * (h) * * * (1) [The text of the proposed entry for § 1.6050P–1(h)(1) is the same as the text of § 1.6050P–1T(h)(1) in § 1.6050P–0 published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register]. * * * * Par. 3. Section 1.6050P–1 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(2)(i)(H), (b)(2)(v) and (h)(1) to read as follows: dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with PROPOSALS * § 1.6050P–1 Information reporting for discharges of indebtedness by certain entities. * * * * (b) * * * (2) * * * (i) * * * (H) [The text of the proposed amendments to § 1.6050P–1(b)(2)(i)(H) is the same as the text of § 1.6050P– VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:25 Nov 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 30 CFR Part 926 AGENCY: (b) * * * (2) * * * (v) [The text of the proposed entry for § 1.6050P–1(b)(2)(v) is the same as the text in § 1.6050P–1T(b)(2)(v) in § 1.6050P–0 published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register] * Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Montana Regulatory Program § 1.6050P–1 Information reporting for discharges of indebtedness by certain entities. * DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUMMARY: We are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ‘‘Montana program’’) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (‘‘SMCRA’’ or ‘‘the Act’’). Montana proposes additions of rules and revisions to the Administrative Record of Montana (ARM) concerning Normal Husbandry Practices. Montana intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m., mountain standard time December 10, 2008. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on December 5, 2008. We will accept requests to speak until 4 p.m., mountain standard time, on November 25, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 66569 You may submit comments, identified by ‘‘MT–029–FOR’’, using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. The proposed rule has been assigned Docket ID OSM– 2008–0022. If you would like to submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal, go to http://www.regulations.gov and do the following. Click on the ‘‘Advanced Docket Search’’ button on the right side of the screen. Type in the Docket ID OSM–2008–0022 and click on the ‘‘Submit’’ button at the bottom of the page. The next screen will display the Docket Search Results for the rulemaking. If you click on OSM–2008– 0022, you can view the proposed rule and submit a comment. You can also view supporting material and any comments submitted by others. • Mail, Hand Delivery/Courier: Jeff Fleischman, Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Room 1018, Casper, WY 82601–1018, (307) 261– 6550. • Fax: (307) 261–6552. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and MT– 029–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 Montana 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’s) Casper Field Office. In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at the following locations: Jeff Fleishman, Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Room 1018, Casper, WY 82601–1018, Telephone: (307) 261–6550, E-mail: jfleischman@osmre.gov. Neil Harrington, Chief, Industrial and Energy Minerals Bureau, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620– 0901, Telephone: (406) 444–2544, Email: neharrington@mt.gov. Or anytime at: http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket ID OSM– 2008–0022. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1 66570 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 218 / Monday, November 10, 2008 / Proposed Rules SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Montana Program II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Procedural Determinations dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with PROPOSALS I. Background on the Montana 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 Montana program on April 1, 1980. You can find background information on the Montana program, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and conditions of approval of the Montana program in the April 1, 1980, Federal Register (45 FR 21560). You can also find later actions concerning Montana’s program and program amendments at 30 CFR 926.15, 926.16, and 926.30. II. Proposed Amendment By letter dated July 3, 2008, Montana sent us a proposed amendment to its program (SATS No. MT–029–FOR) under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Montana sent the amendment to include the 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. Montana is proposing additions of rules and revisions to the Administrative Record of Montana (ARM) involving Normal Husbandry Practices. 30 CFR 816.116(c)(4) states that ‘‘the regulatory authority may approve selective husbandry practices, excluding augmented seeding, fertilization, or irrigation, provided it obtains prior approval from the Director in accordance with Section 732.17 of this chapter that the practices are normal husbandry practices, without extending the period of responsibility for revegetation success and bond liability, if such practices can be expected to continue as part of the postmining land use or if discontinuance of the practices after the liability period expires will not reduce the probability of permanent revegetation success. Approved practices shall be normal husbandry VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:25 Nov 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 practices within the region for unmined lands having land uses similar to the approved postmining land use of the disturbed area, including such practices as disease, pest, and vermin control; and any pruning, reseeding, and transplanting specifically necessitated by such actions’’. Montana is requesting approval for the list of Normal Husbandry Practices that mine operators may employ without restarting the responsibility period prior to application for Phase III bond release. 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 Montana program. Electronic or Written Comments Send your written comments to OSM at the addresses given above. Your comments should be specific, pertain only to the issues proposed in this rulemaking, and include explanations in support of your recommended change(s). We appreciate any and all comments, but those most useful and likely to influence decisions on the final regulations will be those that either involve personal experience or include citations to and analyses of SMCRA, its legislative history, its implementing regulations, case law, other pertinent Tribal or Federal laws or regulations, technical literature, or other relevant publications. We will 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 Denver Field Division may not be logged in. Public 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 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 p.m., mountain standard time on November 25, 2008. If you are disabled and need reasonable 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. If only one person expresses an interest, a public meeting rather than a hearing may be held, with the results included in the docket for this rulemaking. 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. 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 E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 218 / Monday, November 10, 2008 / Proposed Rules 66571 and whether the other requirements of 30 CFR Parts 730, 731, and 732 have been met. meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). regulation did not impose an unfunded mandate. 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. 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.). 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 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. dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with PROPOSALS 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:25 Nov 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 926 Dated: October 21, 2008. Allen D. Klein, Regional Director, Western Region. [FR Doc. E8–26703 Filed 11–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [USCG–2008–0456] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Harlem River, New York, NY Coast Guard, DHS. Supplemental Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is issuing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to revise our notice of proposed rulemaking (73 FR 45922) published on August 7, 2008. The notice of proposed rulemaking did not include a provision to allow ten of the eleven moveable bridges across the Harlem River to remain closed during the morning and afternoon commuter rush hours. It also did not specify the maximum time railroad bridges may delay bridge openings for the passage of rail traffic. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before December 10, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG–2008–0456 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one of the following methods: (1) Online: http:// www.regulations.gov. (2) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building ground floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC., 20590– 0001. (3) Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except, Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329. (4) Fax: (202) 493–2251. E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 926

[SATS No. MT-029-FOR, Docket ID: OSM-2008-0022]


Montana 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 
Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the ``Montana program'') under 
the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA'' or 
``the Act''). Montana proposes additions of rules and revisions to the 
Administrative Record of Montana (ARM) concerning Normal Husbandry 
Practices. Montana intends to revise its program to improve operational 
efficiency.
    This document gives the times and locations that the Montana 
program and proposed amendment to that program are available for your 
inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written 
comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for 
the public hearing, if one is requested.

DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4 p.m., 
mountain standard time December 10, 2008. If requested, we will hold a 
public hearing on the amendment on December 5, 2008. We will accept 
requests to speak until 4 p.m., mountain standard time, on November 25, 
2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``MT-029-FOR'', using 
any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
The proposed rule has been assigned Docket ID OSM-2008-0022. If you 
would like to submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov and do the following. Click on the 
``Advanced Docket Search'' button on the right side of the screen. Type 
in the Docket ID OSM-2008-0022 and click on the ``Submit'' button at 
the bottom of the page. The next screen will display the Docket Search 
Results for the rulemaking. If you click on OSM-2008-0022, you can view 
the proposed rule and submit a comment. You can also view supporting 
material and any comments submitted by others.
     Mail, Hand Delivery/Courier: Jeff Fleischman, Director, 
Casper Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and 
Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B Street, Room 1018, Casper, WY 
82601-1018, (307) 261-6550.
     Fax: (307) 261-6552.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and MT-029-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 Montana 
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's) Casper Field Office. In addition, 
you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at 
the following locations:
    Jeff Fleishman, Director, Casper Field Office, Office of Surface 
Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Federal Building, 150 East B 
Street, Room 1018, Casper, WY 82601-1018, Telephone: (307) 261-6550, E-
mail: jfleischman@osmre.gov.
    Neil Harrington, Chief, Industrial and Energy Minerals Bureau, 
Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, 
MT 59620-0901, Telephone: (406) 444-2544, E-mail: neharrington@mt.gov.
    Or anytime at: http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID OSM-2008-0022.

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

I. Background on the Montana 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 Montana program on April 1, 1980. You can 
find background information on the Montana program, including the 
Secretary's findings, the disposition of comments, and conditions of 
approval of the Montana program in the April 1, 1980, Federal Register 
(45 FR 21560). You can also find later actions concerning Montana's 
program and program amendments at 30 CFR 926.15, 926.16, and 926.30.

II. Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated July 3, 2008, Montana sent us a proposed amendment 
to its program (SATS No. MT-029-FOR) under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et 
seq.). Montana sent the amendment to include the 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.
    Montana is proposing additions of rules and revisions to the 
Administrative Record of Montana (ARM) involving Normal Husbandry 
Practices. 30 CFR 816.116(c)(4) states that ``the regulatory authority 
may approve selective husbandry practices, excluding augmented seeding, 
fertilization, or irrigation, provided it obtains prior approval from 
the Director in accordance with Section 732.17 of this chapter that the 
practices are normal husbandry practices, without extending the period 
of responsibility for revegetation success and bond liability, if such 
practices can be expected to continue as part of the postmining land 
use or if discontinuance of the practices after the liability period 
expires will not reduce the probability of permanent revegetation 
success. Approved practices shall be normal husbandry practices within 
the region for unmined lands having land uses similar to the approved 
postmining land use of the disturbed area, including such practices as 
disease, pest, and vermin control; and any pruning, reseeding, and 
transplanting specifically necessitated by such actions''. Montana is 
requesting approval for the list of Normal Husbandry Practices that 
mine operators may employ without restarting the responsibility period 
prior to application for Phase III bond release.

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 Montana program.

Electronic or Written Comments

    Send your written comments to OSM at the addresses given above. 
Your comments should be specific, pertain only to the issues proposed 
in this rulemaking, and include explanations in support of your 
recommended change(s). We appreciate any and all comments, but those 
most useful and likely to influence decisions on the final regulations 
will be those that either involve personal experience or include 
citations to and analyses of SMCRA, its legislative history, its 
implementing regulations, case law, other pertinent Tribal or Federal 
laws or regulations, technical literature, or other relevant 
publications.
    We will 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 Denver Field Division may not be logged in.

Public 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., mountain 
standard time on November 25, 2008. If you are disabled and need 
reasonable 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. If only one person expresses an interest, a public meeting 
rather than a hearing may be held, with the results included in the 
docket for this rulemaking.
    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.

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

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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 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

    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. 4321 et 
seq.).

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 926

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: October 21, 2008.
Allen D. Klein,
Regional Director, Western Region.
[FR Doc. E8-26703 Filed 11-7-08; 8:45 am]
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