Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan, 45425-45426 [2016-16658]

Download as PDF 45425 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 135 Thursday, July 14, 2016 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 914 [SATS No. IN–164–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2016–0004; S1D1S SS08011000 SX064A000 167S180110 S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 16XS501520] Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. AGENCY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Indiana proposes to revise its Plan to reflect the 2006 changes to SMCRA. This document gives the times and locations that the Indiana Plan and this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4:00 p.m., c.t., August 15, 2016. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on August 8, 2016. We will accept requests to speak at a hearing until 4:00 p.m., c.t. on July 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. IN–164–FOR, by any of the following methods: • Mail/Hand Delivery: Len V. Meier, Chief, Alton Field Division, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 501 Belle St., Suite 216, Alton, IL 62002 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:00 Jul 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 • Fax: (618) 463–6470 • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. 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: For access to the docket to review copies of the Indiana Plan, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and all written comments received in response to this document, you must go to the address listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free copy of the amendment by contacting OSMRE’s Alton Field Division or the full text of the program amendment is available for you to read at www.regulations.gov. Len V. Meier, Chief Alton Field Division Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 501 Belle Street, Suite 216 Alton, Illinois 62002–6169 Telephone: (618) 463–6460 Email: lmeier@osmre.gov In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at the following location: Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Reclamation 14619 West State Road 48 Jasonville, IN 47438 Telephone: (812) 665–2207 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Len V. Meier, Chief, Alton Field Division. Telephone: (618) 463–6460. Email: lmeier@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Indiana Plan II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Procedural Determinations I. Background on the Indiana Plan The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program was established by Title IV of the Act, (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) in response to concerns over extensive environmental damage caused by past coal mining activities. The program is funded by a reclamation fee PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 collected on each ton of coal that is produced. The money collected is used to finance the reclamation of abandoned coal mines and for other authorized activities. Section 405 of the Act allows States and Indian tribes to assume exclusive responsibility for reclamation activity within the State or on Indian lands if they develop and submit to the Secretary of the Interior for approval, a program (often referred to as a Plan) for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines. You can find background information on the Indiana Plan, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions of approval of the Indiana Plan in the April 26, 1999, Federal Register (64 FR 20166). You can also find later actions concerning the Indiana Plan and Plan amendments at 30 CFR 914.20 and 914.25. II. Description of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated March 14, 2016 (Administrative Record No. IN–1773), Indiana sent us an amendment to its AMLR Plan under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Indiana proposes to update the Indiana Plan as required by the 2006 Amendment to SMCRA. The full text of the Plan amendment is available for you to read at the locations listed above under ADDRESSES or at www.regulations.gov. III. Public Comment Procedures We are seeking your comments on whether the amendment satisfies the applicable Plan approval criteria of 30 CFR 884.15. If we approve the amendment, it will become part of the State Plan. Electronic or Written Comments If you submit written comments, they should be specific, confined to issues pertinent to the proposed regulations, and explain the reason for any 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 State or Federal laws or regulations, technical literature, or other relevant publications. We cannot ensure that comments received after the close of the comment E:\FR\FM\14JYP1.SGM 14JYP1 45426 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2016 / Proposed Rules period (see DATES) or sent to an address other than those listed (see ADDRESSES) will be included in the docket for this rulemaking and considered. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, email 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 4:00 p.m., c.t. on July 29, 2016. 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 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. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS 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. 16:00 Jul 13, 2016 Executive Order 12866—Regulatory Planning and Review This rulemaking is exempted from review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Executive Order 12866. Other Laws and Executive Orders Affecting Rulemaking When a State submits a Plan amendment to OSMRE for review, our regulations at 30 CFR 884.14 and 884.15 require us to hold a public hearing on a Plan amendment if it changes the objectives, scope or major policies followed, or make a finding that the State provided adequate notice and opportunity for public comment. Indiana has elected to have OSMRE publish a notice in the Federal Register indicating receipt of the proposed amendment and soliciting comments. We will conclude our review of the proposed amendment after the close of the public comment period and determine whether the amendment should be approved, approved in part, or not approved. At that time, we will also make the determinations and certifications required by the various laws and executive orders governing the rulemaking process and include them in the final rule. List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 914 Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining. Dated: May 10, 2016. Sterling Rideout, Acting Regional Director, Mid-Continent Region. [FR Doc. 2016–16658 Filed 7–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 916 Public Meeting VerDate Sep<11>2014 IV. Procedural Determinations Jkt 238001 [SATS No. KS–029–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2016–0003; S1D1S SS08011000 SX064A000 167S180110; S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 16XS501520] Kansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. AGENCY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kansas proposes revisions to modernize its Plan, which remains largely unchanged since its approval on February 1, 1982, and encompasses the November 14, 2008, changes to the Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations that the Kansas Plan and proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4:00 p.m., c.t., August 15, 2016. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on August 8, 2016. We will accept requests to speak at a hearing until 4:00 p.m., c.t. on July 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. KS–029–FOR, by any of the following methods: • Mail/Hand Delivery: Director, Tulsa Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1645 South 101st East Avenue, Suite 145, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74128–4629. • Fax: (918) 581–6419. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. 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: For access to the docket to review copies of the Kansas Plan, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and all written comments received in response to this document, you must go to the address listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free copy of the amendment by contacting OSMRE’s Tulsa Field Office or going to www.regulations.gov. Director Tulsa Field Office Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 1645 South 101st East Avenue, Suite 145 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74128–4629 E:\FR\FM\14JYP1.SGM 14JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 135 (Thursday, July 14, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16658]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2016 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 914

[SATS No. IN-164-FOR; Docket ID: OSM-2016-0004; S1D1S SS08011000 
SX064A000 167S180110 S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 16XS501520]


Indiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan

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, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 
(OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Indiana 
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR) Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) 
under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or 
the Act). Indiana proposes to revise its Plan to reflect the 2006 
changes to SMCRA.
    This document gives the times and locations that the Indiana Plan 
and this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your 
inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written 
comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for 
the public hearing, if one is requested.

DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4:00 
p.m., c.t., August 15, 2016. If requested, we will hold a public 
hearing on the amendment on August 8, 2016. We will accept requests to 
speak at a hearing until 4:00 p.m., c.t. on July 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. IN-164-FOR, 
by any of the following methods:
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Len V. Meier, Chief, Alton Field 
Division, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 501 
Belle St., Suite 216, Alton, IL 62002
     Fax: (618) 463-6470
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this rulemaking. 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: For access to the docket to review copies of the Indiana 
Plan, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings, and 
all written comments received in response to this document, you must go 
to the address listed below during normal business hours, Monday 
through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free copy of 
the amendment by contacting OSMRE's Alton Field Division or the full 
text of the program amendment is available for you to read at 
www.regulations.gov.

Len V. Meier, Chief
Alton Field Division
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
501 Belle Street, Suite 216
Alton, Illinois 62002-6169
Telephone: (618) 463-6460
Email: lmeier@osmre.gov

    In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular 
business hours at the following location:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Reclamation
14619 West State Road 48
Jasonville, IN 47438
Telephone: (812) 665-2207

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Len V. Meier, Chief, Alton Field 
Division. Telephone: (618) 463-6460. Email: lmeier@osmre.gov.

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

I. Background on the Indiana Plan

    The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program was established by 
Title IV of the Act, (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) in response to concerns 
over extensive environmental damage caused by past coal mining 
activities. The program is funded by a reclamation fee collected on 
each ton of coal that is produced. The money collected is used to 
finance the reclamation of abandoned coal mines and for other 
authorized activities. Section 405 of the Act allows States and Indian 
tribes to assume exclusive responsibility for reclamation activity 
within the State or on Indian lands if they develop and submit to the 
Secretary of the Interior for approval, a program (often referred to as 
a Plan) for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines. You can find 
background information on the Indiana Plan, including the Secretary's 
findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions of approval 
of the Indiana Plan in the April 26, 1999, Federal Register (64 FR 
20166). You can also find later actions concerning the Indiana Plan and 
Plan amendments at 30 CFR 914.20 and 914.25.

II. Description of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated March 14, 2016 (Administrative Record No. IN-1773), 
Indiana sent us an amendment to its AMLR Plan under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 
1201 et seq.). Indiana proposes to update the Indiana Plan as required 
by the 2006 Amendment to SMCRA. The full text of the Plan amendment is 
available for you to read at the locations listed above under ADDRESSES 
or at www.regulations.gov.

III. Public Comment Procedures

    We are seeking your comments on whether the amendment satisfies the 
applicable Plan approval criteria of 30 CFR 884.15. If we approve the 
amendment, it will become part of the State Plan.

Electronic or Written Comments

    If you submit written comments, they should be specific, confined 
to issues pertinent to the proposed regulations, and explain the reason 
for any 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 State or 
Federal laws or regulations, technical literature, or other relevant 
publications.
    We cannot ensure that comments received after the close of the 
comment

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period (see DATES) or sent to an address other than those listed (see 
ADDRESSES) will be included in the docket for this rulemaking and 
considered.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email 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 4:00 p.m., c.t. on July 
29, 2016. 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 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 
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 12866--Regulatory Planning and Review

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

Other Laws and Executive Orders Affecting Rulemaking

    When a State submits a Plan amendment to OSMRE for review, our 
regulations at 30 CFR 884.14 and 884.15 require us to hold a public 
hearing on a Plan amendment if it changes the objectives, scope or 
major policies followed, or make a finding that the State provided 
adequate notice and opportunity for public comment. Indiana has elected 
to have OSMRE publish a notice in the Federal Register indicating 
receipt of the proposed amendment and soliciting comments. We will 
conclude our review of the proposed amendment after the close of the 
public comment period and determine whether the amendment should be 
approved, approved in part, or not approved. At that time, we will also 
make the determinations and certifications required by the various laws 
and executive orders governing the rulemaking process and include them 
in the final rule.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 914

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: May 10, 2016.
Sterling Rideout,
Acting Regional Director, Mid-Continent Region.
[FR Doc. 2016-16658 Filed 7-13-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-05-P