Louisiana Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan, 32111-32112 [2019-14335]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 129 / Friday, July 5, 2019 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 918 [SATS No. LA–024–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2019–0005; S1D1S SS08011000 SX064A000 190S180110; S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 19XS501520] Louisiana 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 Louisiana Abandoned Mine Land Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Louisiana proposes revisions to its Plan to allow its AML program to receive limited liability protection for certain non-coal reclamation projects. Louisiana intends to revise its Plan in order to meet the requirements of SMCRA and the implementing Federal regulations. This document gives the times and locations where the Louisiana Plan and this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, establishes the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures 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., CST, August 5, 2019. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on July 30, 2019. We will accept requests to speak at a hearing until 4 p.m., CST on July 22, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. LA–024–FOR, by any of the following methods: • Mail/Hand Delivery: Richard O’Dell, Director, Birmingham Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 135 Gemini Circle, Suite 215, Homewood, Alabama 35209. • Fax: (205) 290–7280. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: The amendment has been assigned Docket ID OSM–2019–0005. If you would like to submit comments go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Jul 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 Louisiana 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 Birmingham Field Office, or the full text of the plan amendment is available for you to review at www.regulations.gov. Richard O’Dell, Director, Birmingham Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 135 Gemini Circle, Suite 215, Homewood, Alabama 35209, Telephone: (205) 290– 7282, Email: rodell@osmre.gov In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at the following location: Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Office of Conservation, Injection and Mining Division, 617 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Telephone: (225) 342– 5515. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard O’Dell, Director, Birmingham Field Office. Telephone: (205) 290– 7282, Email: rodell@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Louisiana Plan II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Procedural Determinations I. Background on the Louisiana 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 Tribes to assume exclusive responsibility for reclamation activity within the State or on Tribal 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 32111 mines. On the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior approved the Louisiana Plan, effective December 10, 1986. You can find background information on the Louisiana Plan, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions of approval of the Louisiana Plan in the November 10, 1986, Federal Register (51 FR 40793). You can also find later actions concerning the Louisiana Plan and amendments to the Plan at 30 CFR 918.20 and 918.25. II. Description of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated April 8, 2019 (Administrative Record No. LA–371), Louisiana sent us an amendment to its Plan under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Louisiana submitted the proposed amendment in response to a March 6, 2019, letter (Administrative Record No. LA–371–01) OSMRE sent to Louisiana in accordance with 30 CFR 884.15. Louisiana submitted a revised version of the proposed amendment via email on June 4, 2019 (Administrative Record No. LA–371.05). Below is a summary of the changes proposed by Louisiana. The full text of the plan amendment is available for you to read at the locations listed above under ADDRESSES. Effective March 9, 2015, OSMRE published a final rule allowing certified AML programs to receive limited liability protection for certain non-coal reclamation projects (80 FR 6435). In the March 6, 2019 letter, we notified Louisiana that the State must update its Plan in order to meet the requirements of SMCRA and the implementing Federal regulations. Louisiana proposes to amend its Plan to meet the requirements listed in 30 CFR 884.13, including receiving limited liability protection by including references to Section 405(l) of SMCRA and 30 CFR 875.19 (Limited liability) in Section 884.13(b) of its Plan. III. Public Comment Procedures We are seeking your comments on whether the amendment satisfies the applicable plan approval criteria of 30 CFR 884.14 and 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 Plan, 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 plan will be those that either involve personal experience or E:\FR\FM\05JYP1.SGM 05JYP1 32112 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 129 / Friday, July 5, 2019 / Proposed Rules 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 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. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS Public Hearing If you wish to speak at the public hearing, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 4 p.m., CST on July 22, 2019. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Jul 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 Pursuant to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance dated October 12, 1993, the approval of state plan amendments is exempted from OMB review 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, and agency policy require public notification and an opportunity for public comment. We accomplish this by publishing a notice in the Federal Register indicating receipt of the proposed amendment and its text or a summary of its terms. We 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 918 Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining. Dated: June 11, 2019. Alfred L. Clayborne, Regional Director, Department of Interior, Unified Regions 3. [FR Doc. 2019–14335 Filed 7–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2019–0469] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Perch and Pilsner Festival, Lake Erie, Conneaut, OH Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a safety zone for navigable waters within a defined area off Conneaut Township Park during the Perch and Pilsner Festival Water Ski SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Show. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters in Conneaut Harbor, Lake Erie, Conneaut, OH during a water ski show on September 7, 2019. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 5, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2019–0469 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email MST2 Meaghan Barnaby, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland; telephone 216– 937–6004, email D09-SMBMSUCLEVELAND-WWM@uscg.mil SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis On March 7, 2019, the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce notified the Coast Guard that it will be conducting a Water Ski Show from Noon to 5 p.m. on September 7, 2019. There will be three separate Water Ski demonstrations within the specified period. The Coast Guard determined that a high volume of vessels operating in the vicinity of the event is a safety concern for the event participants. The purpose of this rulemaking is to protect the safety of vessels, participants, and the navigable waters in Conneaut Harbor, Lake Erie, Conneaut, OH shoreward of a line between the following positions: 41°58′09″ N, 080°33′22″ W and 41°58′07″ N, 080°33′12″ W (NAD83) before, during, and immediately after the scheduled event. The Coast Guard is proposing this rulemaking under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 1231). III. Discussion of Proposed Rule The Captain of the Port is proposing to establish a safety zone from 11:45 a.m. through 5:15 p.m. on September 7, E:\FR\FM\05JYP1.SGM 05JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 129 (Friday, July 5, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 918

[SATS No. LA-024-FOR; Docket ID: OSM-2019-0005; S1D1S SS08011000 
SX064A000 190S180110; S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 19XS501520]


Louisiana 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 
Louisiana Abandoned Mine Land Plan (hereinafter, the Plan) under the 
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). 
Louisiana proposes revisions to its Plan to allow its AML program to 
receive limited liability protection for certain non-coal reclamation 
projects. Louisiana intends to revise its Plan in order to meet the 
requirements of SMCRA and the implementing Federal regulations. This 
document gives the times and locations where the Louisiana Plan and 
this proposed amendment to that Plan are available for your inspection, 
establishes the comment period during which you may submit written 
comments on the amendment, and describes the procedures 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., 
CST, August 5, 2019. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the 
amendment on July 30, 2019. We will accept requests to speak at a 
hearing until 4 p.m., CST on July 22, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. LA-024-FOR, 
by any of the following methods:
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Richard O'Dell, Director, Birmingham 
Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 135 
Gemini Circle, Suite 215, Homewood, Alabama 35209.
     Fax: (205) 290-7280.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: The amendment has been 
assigned Docket ID OSM-2019-0005. If you would like to submit comments 
go to https://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 Louisiana 
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 Birmingham Field Office, or the 
full text of the plan amendment is available for you to review at 
www.regulations.gov. Richard O'Dell, Director, Birmingham Field Office, 
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 135 Gemini 
Circle, Suite 215, Homewood, Alabama 35209, Telephone: (205) 290-7282, 
Email: [email protected]

    In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular 
business hours at the following location: Louisiana Department of 
Natural Resources, Louisiana Office of Conservation, Injection and 
Mining Division, 617 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, 
Telephone: (225) 342-5515.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard O'Dell, Director, Birmingham 
Field Office. Telephone: (205) 290-7282, Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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

I. Background on the Louisiana 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 Tribes 
to assume exclusive responsibility for reclamation activity within the 
State or on Tribal 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. On the basis of these 
criteria, the Secretary of the Interior approved the Louisiana Plan, 
effective December 10, 1986. You can find background information on the 
Louisiana Plan, including the Secretary's findings, the disposition of 
comments, and the conditions of approval of the Louisiana Plan in the 
November 10, 1986, Federal Register (51 FR 40793). You can also find 
later actions concerning the Louisiana Plan and amendments to the Plan 
at 30 CFR 918.20 and 918.25.

II. Description of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated April 8, 2019 (Administrative Record No. LA-371), 
Louisiana sent us an amendment to its Plan under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 
et seq.). Louisiana submitted the proposed amendment in response to a 
March 6, 2019, letter (Administrative Record No. LA-371-01) OSMRE sent 
to Louisiana in accordance with 30 CFR 884.15. Louisiana submitted a 
revised version of the proposed amendment via email on June 4, 2019 
(Administrative Record No. LA-371.05). Below is a summary of the 
changes proposed by Louisiana. The full text of the plan amendment is 
available for you to read at the locations listed above under 
ADDRESSES.
    Effective March 9, 2015, OSMRE published a final rule allowing 
certified AML programs to receive limited liability protection for 
certain non-coal reclamation projects (80 FR 6435). In the March 6, 
2019 letter, we notified Louisiana that the State must update its Plan 
in order to meet the requirements of SMCRA and the implementing Federal 
regulations.
    Louisiana proposes to amend its Plan to meet the requirements 
listed in 30 CFR 884.13, including receiving limited liability 
protection by including references to Section 405(l) of SMCRA and 30 
CFR 875.19 (Limited liability) in Section 884.13(b) of its Plan.

III. Public Comment Procedures

    We are seeking your comments on whether the amendment satisfies the 
applicable plan approval criteria of 30 CFR 884.14 and 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 Plan, 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 plan 
will be those that either involve personal experience or

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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 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 p.m., CST on July 22, 
2019. 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

    Pursuant to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance dated 
October 12, 1993, the approval of state plan amendments is exempted 
from OMB review 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, and agency policy require 
public notification and an opportunity for public comment. We 
accomplish this by publishing a notice in the Federal Register 
indicating receipt of the proposed amendment and its text or a summary 
of its terms. We 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 918

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: June 11, 2019.
Alfred L. Clayborne,
Regional Director, Department of Interior, Unified Regions 3.
[FR Doc. 2019-14335 Filed 7-3-19; 8:45 am]
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