Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees, 64056-64061 [2020-20542]

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TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (a)—EPA-APPROVED WYOMING SDWA § 1422 UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM STATUTES AND REGULATIONS FOR WELL CLASSES I, III, IV, V AND VI State effective date EPA approval date 1 State citation Title/subject Wyoming Statutes sections 35–11–101 through 35–11–115, and 35–11–301 through 35–11– 305. Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Chapter III: Regulations for Permit to Construct, Install or Modify Public Facilities Capable or, (sic) Causing or Contributing to Pollution. Wyoming Environmental Quality Act .................... 1989 March 6, 1991, 56 FR 9421. Regulations for Permit to Construct, Install or Modify Public Water Supplies, Wastewater Facilities, Disposal Systems, Biosolids Management Facilities, Treated Wastewater Reuse Systems and Other Facilities Capable of Causing or Contributing to Pollution. Quality Standards for Groundwaters of Wyoming 1983 May 11, 1984, 49 FR 20197. 1980 May 11, 1984, 49 FR 20197. Wyoming Groundwater Pollution Control Permit 1980 May 11, 1984, 49 FR 20197. Prohibitions of Permits for New Hazardous Waste Injection Wells. 1989 March 6, 1991, 56 FR 9421. In Situ Mining ....................................................... 1981 May 11, 1984, 49 FR 20197. Class VI Injection Wells and Facilities Underground and Injection Control Program. 2020 October 9, 2020, [Insert Federal Register citation] Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Chapter VIII: Quality Standards for Groundwaters of Wyoming. Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Chapter IX: Wyoming Groundwater Pollution Control Permit. Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Chapter XIII: Prohibitions of Permits for New Hazardous Waste Injection Wells. Land Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Chapter XXI: In Situ Mining. Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Chapter XXIV: Class VI Injection Wells and Facilities Underground and Injection Control Program. 1 In order to determine the EPA effective date for a specific provision listed in this table, consult the Federal Register notice cited in this column for the particular provision. * * * * * (c) * * * (6) Memorandum of Agreement addendum between EPA, Region VIII, and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, signed by the EPA Regional Administrator on March 20, 2020. (7) Letter from Governor of Wyoming to Regional Administrator, EPA Region VIII, ‘‘Re: UIC Program Class VI Application,’’ January 23, 2020. (d) * * * (3) ‘‘Attorney General’s Statement— ‘‘Attorney General’s Statement to Accompany Wyoming’s Underground Injection Control Program Class VI Primacy Application,’’ signed by Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming, January 9, 2020. (4) Letter from the Attorney General for the State of Wyoming to Regional Counsel, EPA Region VIII, ‘‘Re: Wyoming Underground Injection VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 Control Program Class VI Regulations,’’ October 25, 2019. (e) The Program Description and any other materials submitted as part of the application or amendment thereto, and the Program Description and any other materials submitted as part of the revision application or amendment thereto. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FR Doc. 2020–20544 Filed 10–8–20; 8:45 am] Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Bureau of Land Management 43 CFR Part 3000 [20X.LLWO300000.L13100000.PP0000] RIN 1004–AE74 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule updates the fees set forth in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations for the processing of certain minerals program-related actions. It also adjusts certain filing fees for mineralsrelated documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease SUMMARY: Frm 00064 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\09OCR1.SGM 09OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations renewals and mineral patent adjudications. This final rule is effective October 9, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 2134LM, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240; Attention: RIN 1004–AE74. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Good, Acting Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals, 307–261–7633, rgood@ blm.gov; Tim Barnes, Acting Chief, Division of Solid Minerals, 541–416– 6858, tbarnes@blm.gov; or Faith Bremner, Regulatory Affairs, 202–912– 7441, fbremner@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may leave a message for these individuals with the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Background The BLM has specific authority to charge fees for processing applications and other documents relating to public lands under section 304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), 43 U.S.C. 1734. In 2005, the BLM published a final cost recovery rule (70 FR 58854) that established new fees or revised fees and service charges for processing documents related to its minerals programs (‘‘2005 Cost Recovery Rule’’). In addition, the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule also established the method the BLM would use to adjust those fees and service charges on an annual basis. The regulations at 43 CFR 3000.12(a) provide that the BLM will annually adjust fees established in Subchapter C (43 CFR parts 3000–3900) according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD–GDP), which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. See also 43 CFR 3000.10. This final rule updates those fees and service charges consistent with that direction. The fee adjustments in this final rule are based on the mathematical formula set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The public had an opportunity to comment on that adjustment procedure as part of the 2005 rulemaking. Accordingly, the Department of the Interior for good cause finds under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and (d)(3) that notice and public comment procedures are unnecessary and that the fee adjustments in this final rule may be effective less than 30 days after publication. See 43 CFR 3000.10(c). II. Discussion of Final Rule As set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, the fee updates are based on the change in the IPD–GDP. The BLM’s minerals program publishes the updated Existing fee 1 (FY 2020) Fixed Cost Recovery Fees Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150): Noncompetitive lease application ................................. Competitive lease application ....................................... Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights .......................................................................... Overriding royalty transfer, payment out of production Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/ devisee ...................................................................... Lease consolidation ...................................................... Lease renewal or exchange ......................................... Lease reinstatement, Class I ........................................ Leasing under right-of-way ........................................... Geophysical exploration permit application—Alaska ... Renewal of exploration permit—Alaska ....................... Geothermal (part 3200): Noncompetitive lease application ................................. Competitive lease application ....................................... Assignment and transfer of record title or operating right ........................................................................... Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/ devisee ...................................................................... Lease consolidation ...................................................... Lease reinstatement ..................................................... Nomination of lands ...................................................... 1 The Existing Fee was established by the 2019 (FY 2020) cost recovery fee update rule published November 6, 2019 (84 FR 59730), effective November 6, 2019. 2 The Existing Value is the figure from the New Value column in the previous year’s rule. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 Existing value 2 Frm 00065 cost recovery fees annually, at the start of each fiscal year (FY). This final rule updates the current (FY 2020) cost recovery fees for use in FY 2021. The current fees were set by the cost recovery fee rule published on November 6, 2019 (84 FR 59730), effective November 6, 2019. The update in this final rule adjusts the FY 2020 fees based on the change in the IPD– GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2018 to the 4th Quarter of 2019. Under this final rule, 30 fees will remain the same and 18 fees will increase. Of the 18 fees that are being increased by this final rule, 11 will increase by $5 each, and five will increase by $10 each. The largest increase, $50, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating a mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will increase from $3,290 to $3,340. The fee for adjudicating a patent application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $25, from $1,645 to $1,670. It is important to note that the ‘‘real’’ values of the fees are not actually increasing, since real values account for the effect of inflation. In real terms, the values of the fees are simply being adjusted to account for the changes in the prices of goods and services produced in the United States. The calculations that resulted in the new fees are included in the table below: IPD–GDP increase 3 New value 4 New fee 5 (FY 2021) $435 170 $437,281 169.699 $7.040 2.732 $444.321 172.431 $445 170 100 15 97.894 13.050 1.576 0.210 99.470 13.260 100 15 230 485 435 85 435 25 25 228.419 482.951 437.281 84.832 437.281 26.712 26.712 3.677 7.775 7.040 1.365 7.040 0.430 0.430 232.096 490.726 444.321 86,197 444.321 27.142 27.142 230 490 445 85 445 25 25 435 170 437.281 169.699 7.040 2.732 444.321 172.431 445 170 100 97.894 1.576 99.470 100 230 485 85 120 228.419 482.951 84.832 122.176 3.677 7.775 1.365 1.967 232.096 490.726 86.197 124.143 230 490 85 125 3 From 4th Quarter 2018 (111.256) to 4th Quarter 2019 (113.043), the IPD–GDP increased by 1.61 percent. The value in the IPD–GDP Increase column is 1.61 percent of the ‘‘Existing Value.’’ 4 The sum of the ‘‘Existing Value’’ and the ‘‘IPD– GDP Increase’’ is the ‘‘New Value.’’ PO 00000 64057 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5 The ‘‘New Fee’’ for FY 2021 is the ‘‘New Value’’ rounded to the nearest $5 for values equal to or greater than $1, or rounded to the nearest penny for values under $1. E:\FR\FM\09OCR1.SGM 09OCR1 64058 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Existing fee 1 (FY 2020) Fixed Cost Recovery Fees Plus per acre nomination fee ....................................... Site license application ................................................. Assignment or transfer of site license .......................... Coal (parts 3400, 3470): License to mine application .......................................... Exploration license application ..................................... Lease or lease interest transfer .................................... Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500, 3580): Applications other than those listed below ................... Prospecting permit amendment .................................... Extension of prospecting permit ................................... Lease modification or fringe acreage lease ................. Lease renewal .............................................................. Assignment, sublease, or transfer of operating rights Transfer of overriding royalty ........................................ Use permit .................................................................... Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease ................... Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease in Nevada Multiple Use; Mining (Group 3700): Notice of protest of placer mining operations .............. Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870): Application to open lands to location ........................... Notice of location .......................................................... Amendment of location ................................................. Transfer of mining claim/site ........................................ Recording an annual FLPMA filing ............................... Deferment of assessment work .................................... Recording a notice of intent to locate mining claims on Stockraising Homestead Act lands ...................... Mineral patent adjudication (more than ten claims) ..... (ten or fewer claims) ..................................................... Adverse claim ............................................................... Protest ........................................................................... Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930): Exploration license application ..................................... Assignment or sublease of record title or overriding royalty ........................................................................ III. How Fees Are Adjusted The BLM took the base values (or ‘‘existing values’’) upon which it derived the FY 2020 cost recovery fees (or ‘‘existing fees’’) and multiplied them by the percent change in the IPD–GDP (1.61 percent for this update) to generate the ‘‘IPD–GDP increases’’ (in dollars). The BLM then added the ‘‘IPD–GDP increases’’ to the ‘‘existing values’’ to generate the ‘‘new values.’’ The BLM then calculated the ‘‘new fees’’ by rounding the ‘‘new values’’ to the closest multiple of $5 for fees equal to or greater than $1, or to the nearest cent for fees under $1. The ‘‘new fees’’ are the updated cost recovery fees for FY 2021. The source for IDP–GDP data is the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, specifically, ‘‘Table 1.1.9. Implicit Price Deflators for Gross Domestic Product,’’ which the BLM accessed on July 6, 2020, on the web at https://apps.bea.gov/iTable/ iTable.cfm?reqid=19&step=2#reqid= VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 Existing value 2 IPD–GDP increase 3 New value 4 New fee 5 (FY 2021) 0.12 65 65 0.121 65.263 65.263 0.001 1.050 1.050 0.122 66.313 66.313 0.12 65 65 15 360 70 13.050 358.956 71.804 0.210 5.779 1.156 13.260 364.735 72.960 15 365 75 40 70 115 35 560 35 35 35 35 35 39.162 71.804 117.475 32.642 561.287 32.643 32.643 32.643 32.643 32.643 0.630 1.156 1.891 0.525 9.036 0.525 0.525 0.525 0.525 0.525 39.792 72.960 119.366 33.167 570.323 33.168 33.168 33.168 33.168 33.168 40 75 120 35 570 35 35 35 35 35 15 13.050 0.210 13.260 15 15 20 15 15 15 115 13.050 19.569 13.050 13.050 13.050 117.475 0.210 0.315 0.210 0.210 0.210 1.891 13.260 19.884 13.260 13.260 13.260 119.366 15 20 15 15 15 120 35 3,290 1,645 115 70 32.643 3,289.392 1,644.679 117.475 71.804 0.525 52.959 26.479 1.891 1.156 33.168 3,342.351 1,671.158 119.366 72.960 35 3,340 1,670 120 75 345 344.294 5.543 349.837 350 70 70.032 1.127 71.159 70 19&step=3&isuri=1&1921= survey&1903=13. in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. IV. Procedural Matters This final rule will not create inconsistencies or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. This rule does not change the relationships of the onshore minerals programs with other agencies’ actions. These relationships are included in agreements and memoranda of understanding that will not change with this rule. In addition, this final rule does not materially affect the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of their recipients. This rule applies an inflationary adjustment factor to existing user fees for processing certain actions associated with the onshore minerals programs. Finally, this final rule will not raise novel legal or policy issues. As explained above, this rule simply implements an annual process to account for inflation that was adopted Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) This document is not a significant rule, and the Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed this final rule under Executive Order 12866. The BLM has determined that this final rule will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more. It will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. The changes in today’s rule are much smaller than those in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, which did not approach the threshold in Executive Order 12866. For instructions on how to view a copy of the analysis prepared in conjunction with the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, please contact one of the persons listed PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\09OCR1.SGM 09OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations by and explained in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (E.O. 13771) This action is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because it is not significant under E.O. 12866. The Regulatory Flexibility Act This final rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities as defined under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). As a result, a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required. The Small Business Administration defines small entities as individual, limited partnerships, or small companies considered to be at arm’s length from the control of any parent companies if they meet the following size requirements as established for each North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code: • Iron ore mining (NAICS code 212210): 750 or fewer employees • Gold ore mining (NAICS code 212221): 1,500 or fewer employees • Silver ore mining (NAICS code 212222): 250 or fewer employees • Uranium-Radium-Vanadium ore mining (NAICS code 212291): 250 or fewer employees • All Other Metal ore mining (NAICS code 212299): 750 or fewer employees • Bituminous Coal and Lignite Surface Mining (NAICS code 212111): 1,250 or fewer employees • Bituminous Coal Underground Mining (NAICS code 212112): 1,500 or fewer employees • Crude Petroleum Extraction (NAICS code 211120): 1,250 or fewer employees • Natural Gas Extraction (NAICS code 211130): 1,250 or fewer employees • All Other Non-Metallic Mineral Mining (NAICS code 212399): 500 or fewer employees The SBA would consider many, if not most, of the operators with whom the BLM works in the onshore minerals programs to be small entities. The BLM notes that this final rule does not affect service industries, for which the SBA has a different definition of ‘‘small entity.’’ The final rule may affect a large number of small entities because 18 fees for activities on public lands will be increased. The adjustments result in no increase in the fees for processing 30 actions relating to the BLM’s minerals programs. The highest adjustment, in dollar terms, is for adjudications of mineral patent applications involving VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 more than 10 mining claims; that fee will increase by $50. It is important to note that the ‘‘real’’ values of the fees are not actually increasing, since real values account for the effect of inflation. In real terms, the values of the fees are simply being adjusted to account for the changes in the prices of goods and services produced in the United States. Accordingly, the BLM has concluded that the economic effect of the rule’s changes will not be significant, even for small entities. For the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, the BLM completed a Regulatory Flexibility Act threshold analysis, which is available for public review in the administrative record for that rule. For instructions on how to view a copy of that analysis, please contact one of the persons listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. The analysis for the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule concluded that the fees would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities. The fee increases implemented in this rule are substantially smaller than those provided for in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This final rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). The final rule will not have an annual effect on the economy greater than $100 million; it will not result in major cost or price increases for consumers, industries, government agencies, or regions; and it will 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. Accordingly, a Small Entity Compliance Guide is not required. Executive Order 13132, Federalism This final rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. In accordance with Executive Order 13132, the BLM therefore finds that the final rule does not have federalism implications, and a federalism assessment is not required. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This final rule does not contain information collection requirements that require a control number from the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3521). After the effective date of this PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 64059 rule, the new fees may affect the nonhour burdens associated with the following control numbers: Oil and Gas (1) 1004–0034 which expires June 30, 2021; (2) 1004–0137 which expires October 31, 2021 (3) 1004–0162 which expires October 31, 2021; (4) 1004–0185 which expires December 31, 2021; Geothermal (5) 1004–0132 which expires July 31, 2020; 6 Coal (6) 1004–0073 which expires April 30, 2023; Mining Claims (7) 1004–0025 which expires February 28, 2022; (8) 1004–0114 which expires April 30, 2023; and Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Oil Shale (9) 1004–0121 which expires October 31, 2022. Takings Implication Assessment (Executive Order 12630) As required by Executive Order 12630, the BLM has determined that this final rule will not cause a taking of private property. No private property rights will be affected by a rule that merely updates fees. The BLM therefore certifies that this final rule does not represent a governmental action capable of interference with constitutionally protected property rights. Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988) In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the BLM finds that this final rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Executive Order. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) The BLM has determined that this final rule qualifies as a routine financial transaction and a regulation of an administrative, financial, legal, or procedural nature that is categorically excluded from environmental review under NEPA pursuant to 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210(c) and (i). The final rule does not meet any of the 12 criteria for 6 A renewal request for control number 1004– 0132 was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on February 20, 2020 E:\FR\FM\09OCR1.SGM 09OCR1 64060 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations exceptions to categorical exclusions listed at 43 CFR 46.215. Therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required in connection with the rule (40 CFR 1508.4). The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 The BLM has determined that this final rule is not significant under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., because it will not result in State, local, private sector, or tribal government expenditures of $100 million or more in any one year, 2 U.S.C. 1532. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, the BLM is not required to prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. did not utilize the consultation process set forth in Section 5 of the Executive Order. PART 3000—MINERALS MANAGEMENT: GENERAL Information Quality Act In developing this final rule, the BLM did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106–554). ■ Effects on the Nation’s Energy Supply (Executive Order 13211) In accordance with Executive Order 13211, the BLM has determined that this final rule is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It merely adjusts certain administrative cost recovery fees to account for inflation. Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments (Executive Order 13175) Author The principal author of this final rule is Faith Bremner of the Division of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Executive Order 13175, the BLM has determined that this final rule does not include policies that have tribal implications. Specifically, the rule would not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes. Consequently, the BLM List of Subjects in 43 CFR Part 3000 Public lands—mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For reasons stated in the preamble, the Bureau of Land Management amends 43 CFR part 3000 as follows: 1. The authority citation for part 3000 continues to read as follows: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 301–306, 351–359, and 601 et seq.; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 40 U.S.C. 471 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 6508; 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; and Pub. L. 97–35, 95 Stat. 357. Subpart 3000—General 2. Amend § 3000.12 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 3000.12 What is the fee schedule for fixed fees? (a) The table in this section shows the fixed fees that must be paid to the BLM for the services listed for FY 2021. These fees are nonrefundable and must be included with documents filed under this chapter. Fees will be adjusted annually according to the change in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD–GDP) by way of publication of a final rule in the Federal Register and will subsequently be posted on the BLM website (http:// www.blm.gov) before October 1 each year. Revised fees are effective each year on October 1. TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (a)—FY 2021 PROCESSING AND FILING FEE TABLE Document/action FY 2021 fee Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150): Noncompetitive lease application ........................................................................................................ Competitive lease application .............................................................................................................. Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights ................................................................. Overriding royalty transfer, payment out of production ....................................................................... Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee .............................................................. Lease consolidation ............................................................................................................................. Lease renewal or exchange ................................................................................................................ Lease reinstatement, Class I ............................................................................................................... Leasing under right-of-way .................................................................................................................. Geophysical exploration permit application—Alaska .......................................................................... Renewal of exploration permit—Alaska .............................................................................................. Geothermal (part 3200): Noncompetitive lease application ........................................................................................................ Competitive lease application .............................................................................................................. Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights ................................................................. Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee .............................................................. Lease consolidation ............................................................................................................................. Lease reinstatement ............................................................................................................................ Nomination of lands ............................................................................................................................. plus per acre nomination fee ........................................................................................................ Site license application ........................................................................................................................ Assignment or transfer of site license ................................................................................................. Coal (parts 3400, 3470): License to mine application ................................................................................................................. Exploration license application ............................................................................................................ Lease or lease interest transfer ........................................................................................................... Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500, 3580): Applications other than those listed below .......................................................................................... Prospecting permit application amendment ........................................................................................ Extension of prospecting permit .......................................................................................................... Lease modification or fringe acreage lease ........................................................................................ Lease renewal ..................................................................................................................................... Assignment, sublease, or transfer of operating rights ........................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\09OCR1.SGM $445. 170. 100. 15. 230. 490. 445. 85. 445. 25. 25. 445. 170. 100. 230. 490. 85. 125. 0.12. 65. 65. 15. 365. 75. 40. 75. 120. 35. 570. 35. 09OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 64061 TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (a)—FY 2021 PROCESSING AND FILING FEE TABLE—Continued Document/action FY 2021 fee Transfer of overriding royalty ............................................................................................................... Use permit ........................................................................................................................................... Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease .......................................................................................... Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease in Nevada ....................................................................... Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals: General (part 3730): Notice of protest of placer mining operations ..................................................................................... Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870): Application to open lands to location .................................................................................................. Notice of location * ............................................................................................................................... Amendment of location ........................................................................................................................ Transfer of mining claim/site ............................................................................................................... Recording an annual FLPMA filing ...................................................................................................... Deferment of assessment work ........................................................................................................... Recording a notice of intent to locate mining claims on Stockraising Homestead Act lands ............ Mineral patent adjudication .................................................................................................................. Adverse claim ...................................................................................................................................... Protest .................................................................................................................................................. Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930): Exploration license application ............................................................................................................ Application for assignment or sublease of record title or overriding royalty ....................................... 35. 35. 35. 35. 15. 15. 20. 15. 15. 15. 120. 35. 3,340 (more than 10 claims). 1,670 (10 or fewer claims). 120. 75. 350. 70. * To record a mining claim or site location, this processing fee along with the initial maintenance fee and the one-time location fee required by statute (43 CFR part 3833) must be paid. * * * * * Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Exercising the Authority of the Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2020–20542 Filed 10–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 1 [WC Docket No. 17–84; WT Docket No. 17– 79, FCC 18–111; FRS 17035] Accelerating Wireline and Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Correcting amendment. AGENCY: Revisions to certain of the Federal Communications Commission’s pole attachment rules were published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2018. However, that document incorrectly listed a cross-reference in one section of the Commission’s rules, and this document corrects those final regulations. DATES: Effective October 9, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wireline Competition Bureau, Competition Policy Division, Michael Ray, at (202) 418–0357, michael.ray@ fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FCC published a rule in the September 14, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 2018 edition of the Federal Register at 83 FR 46812 entitled ‘‘Accelerating Wireline and Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.’’ That rule contained an error in a cross-reference in § 1.1413(b). The FCC is publishing this correcting amendment to fix the cross-reference to prevent any confusion among the regulated community and the general public. List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 1 Administrative practice and procedure, Communications common carriers, Pole attachment complaint procedures, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Telecommunications. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the FCC amends 47 CFR part 1 as follows: PART 1—PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 1. The authority for part 1 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. chs. 2, 5, 9, 13; 28 U.S.C. 2461, unless otherwise noted. 2. Amend § 1.1413 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: ■ § 1.1413 Complaints by incumbent local exchange carriers. * * * * * (b) In complaint proceedings challenging utility pole attachment rates, terms, and conditions for pole attachment contracts entered into or renewed after the effective date of this section, there is a presumption that an PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 incumbent local exchange carrier (or an association of incumbent local exchange carriers) is similarly situated to an attacher that is a telecommunications carrier (as defined in 47 U.S.C. 251(a)(5)) or a cable television system providing telecommunications services for purposes of obtaining comparable rates, terms, or conditions. In such complaint proceedings challenging pole attachment rates, there is a presumption that incumbent local exchange carriers (or an association of incumbent local exchange carriers) may be charged no higher than the rate determined in accordance with § 1.1406(d)(2). 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 197 (Friday, October 9, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 64056-64061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20542]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3000

[20X.LLWO300000.L13100000.PP0000]
RIN 1004-AE74


Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule updates the fees set forth in the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations for the processing 
of certain minerals program-related actions. It also adjusts certain 
filing fees for minerals-related documents. These updated fees include 
those for actions such as lease

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renewals and mineral patent adjudications.

DATES: This final rule is effective October 9, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), 
Bureau of Land Management, 2134LM, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 
20240; Attention: RIN 1004-AE74.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Good, Acting Chief, Division 
of Fluid Minerals, 307-261-7633, [email protected]; Tim Barnes, Acting 
Chief, Division of Solid Minerals, 541-416-6858, [email protected]; or 
Faith Bremner, Regulatory Affairs, 202-912-7441, [email protected]. 
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
leave a message for these individuals with the Federal Relay Service 
(FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The BLM has specific authority to charge fees for processing 
applications and other documents relating to public lands under section 
304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), 43 
U.S.C. 1734. In 2005, the BLM published a final cost recovery rule (70 
FR 58854) that established new fees or revised fees and service charges 
for processing documents related to its minerals programs (``2005 Cost 
Recovery Rule''). In addition, the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule also 
established the method the BLM would use to adjust those fees and 
service charges on an annual basis.
    The regulations at 43 CFR 3000.12(a) provide that the BLM will 
annually adjust fees established in Subchapter C (43 CFR parts 3000-
3900) according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross 
Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), which is published quarterly by the U.S. 
Department of Commerce. See also 43 CFR 3000.10. This final rule 
updates those fees and service charges consistent with that direction. 
The fee adjustments in this final rule are based on the mathematical 
formula set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The public had an 
opportunity to comment on that adjustment procedure as part of the 2005 
rulemaking. Accordingly, the Department of the Interior for good cause 
finds under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and (d)(3) that notice and public 
comment procedures are unnecessary and that the fee adjustments in this 
final rule may be effective less than 30 days after publication. See 43 
CFR 3000.10(c).

II. Discussion of Final Rule

    As set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, the fee updates are 
based on the change in the IPD-GDP. The BLM's minerals program 
publishes the updated cost recovery fees annually, at the start of each 
fiscal year (FY).
    This final rule updates the current (FY 2020) cost recovery fees 
for use in FY 2021. The current fees were set by the cost recovery fee 
rule published on November 6, 2019 (84 FR 59730), effective November 6, 
2019. The update in this final rule adjusts the FY 2020 fees based on 
the change in the IPD-GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2018 to the 4th 
Quarter of 2019.
    Under this final rule, 30 fees will remain the same and 18 fees 
will increase. Of the 18 fees that are being increased by this final 
rule, 11 will increase by $5 each, and five will increase by $10 each. 
The largest increase, $50, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating 
a mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will 
increase from $3,290 to $3,340. The fee for adjudicating a patent 
application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $25, from 
$1,645 to $1,670. It is important to note that the ``real'' values of 
the fees are not actually increasing, since real values account for the 
effect of inflation. In real terms, the values of the fees are simply 
being adjusted to account for the changes in the prices of goods and 
services produced in the United States.
    The calculations that resulted in the new fees are included in the 
table below:
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    \1\ The Existing Fee was established by the 2019 (FY 2020) cost 
recovery fee update rule published November 6, 2019 (84 FR 59730), 
effective November 6, 2019.
    \2\ The Existing Value is the figure from the New Value column 
in the previous year's rule.
    \3\ From 4th Quarter 2018 (111.256) to 4th Quarter 2019 
(113.043), the IPD-GDP increased by 1.61 percent. The value in the 
IPD-GDP Increase column is 1.61 percent of the ``Existing Value.''
    \4\ The sum of the ``Existing Value'' and the ``IPD-GDP 
Increase'' is the ``New Value.''
    \5\ The ``New Fee'' for FY 2021 is the ``New Value'' rounded to 
the nearest $5 for values equal to or greater than $1, or rounded to 
the nearest penny for values under $1.

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                                   Existing fee   Existing value      IPD-GDP                       New fee \5\
    Fixed Cost Recovery Fees       \1\ (FY 2020)        \2\        increase \3\    New value \4\     (FY 2021)
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Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110,
 3120, 3130, 3150):
    Noncompetitive lease                    $435        $437,281          $7.040        $444.321            $445
     application................
    Competitive lease                        170         169.699           2.732         172.431             170
     application................
    Assignment and transfer of               100          97.894           1.576          99.470             100
     record title or operating
     rights.....................
    Overriding royalty transfer,              15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
     payment out of production..
    Name change, corporate                   230         228.419           3.677         232.096             230
     merger or transfer to heir/
     devisee....................
    Lease consolidation.........             485         482.951           7.775         490.726             490
    Lease renewal or exchange...             435         437.281           7.040         444.321             445
    Lease reinstatement, Class I              85          84.832           1.365          86,197              85
    Leasing under right-of-way..             435         437.281           7.040         444.321             445
    Geophysical exploration                   25          26.712           0.430          27.142              25
     permit application--Alaska.
    Renewal of exploration                    25          26.712           0.430          27.142              25
     permit--Alaska.............
Geothermal (part 3200):
    Noncompetitive lease                     435         437.281           7.040         444.321             445
     application................
    Competitive lease                        170         169.699           2.732         172.431             170
     application................
    Assignment and transfer of               100          97.894           1.576          99.470             100
     record title or operating
     right......................
    Name change, corporate                   230         228.419           3.677         232.096             230
     merger or transfer to heir/
     devisee....................
    Lease consolidation.........             485         482.951           7.775         490.726             490
    Lease reinstatement.........              85          84.832           1.365          86.197              85
    Nomination of lands.........             120         122.176           1.967         124.143             125

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    Plus per acre nomination fee            0.12           0.121           0.001           0.122            0.12
    Site license application....              65          65.263           1.050          66.313              65
    Assignment or transfer of                 65          65.263           1.050          66.313              65
     site license...............
Coal (parts 3400, 3470):
    License to mine application.              15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
    Exploration license                      360         358.956           5.779         364.735             365
     application................
    Lease or lease interest                   70          71.804           1.156          72.960              75
     transfer...................
Leasing of Solid Minerals Other
 Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts
 3500, 3580):
    Applications other than                   40          39.162           0.630          39.792              40
     those listed below.........
    Prospecting permit amendment              70          71.804           1.156          72.960              75
    Extension of prospecting                 115         117.475           1.891         119.366             120
     permit.....................
    Lease modification or fringe              35          32.642           0.525          33.167              35
     acreage lease..............
    Lease renewal...............             560         561.287           9.036         570.323             570
    Assignment, sublease, or                  35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
     transfer of operating
     rights.....................
    Transfer of overriding                    35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
     royalty....................
    Use permit..................              35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
    Shasta and Trinity hardrock               35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
     mineral lease..............
    Renewal of existing sand and              35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
     gravel lease in Nevada.....
Multiple Use; Mining (Group
 3700):
    Notice of protest of placer               15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
     mining operations..........
Mining Law Administration (parts
 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860,
 3870):
    Application to open lands to              15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
     location...................
    Notice of location..........              20          19.569           0.315          19.884              20
    Amendment of location.......              15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
    Transfer of mining claim/                 15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
     site.......................
    Recording an annual FLPMA                 15          13.050           0.210          13.260              15
     filing.....................
    Deferment of assessment work             115         117.475           1.891         119.366             120
    Recording a notice of intent              35          32.643           0.525          33.168              35
     to locate mining claims on
     Stockraising Homestead Act
     lands......................
    Mineral patent adjudication            3,290       3,289.392          52.959       3,342.351           3,340
     (more than ten claims).....
    (ten or fewer claims).......           1,645       1,644.679          26.479       1,671.158           1,670
    Adverse claim...............             115         117.475           1.891         119.366             120
    Protest.....................              70          71.804           1.156          72.960              75
Oil Shale Management (parts
 3900, 3910, 3930):
    Exploration license                      345         344.294           5.543         349.837             350
     application................
    Assignment or sublease of                 70          70.032           1.127          71.159              70
     record title or overriding
     royalty....................
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III. How Fees Are Adjusted

    The BLM took the base values (or ``existing values'') upon which it 
derived the FY 2020 cost recovery fees (or ``existing fees'') and 
multiplied them by the percent change in the IPD-GDP (1.61 percent for 
this update) to generate the ``IPD-GDP increases'' (in dollars). The 
BLM then added the ``IPD-GDP increases'' to the ``existing values'' to 
generate the ``new values.'' The BLM then calculated the ``new fees'' 
by rounding the ``new values'' to the closest multiple of $5 for fees 
equal to or greater than $1, or to the nearest cent for fees under $1. 
The ``new fees'' are the updated cost recovery fees for FY 2021.
    The source for IDP-GDP data is the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Bureau of Economic Analysis, specifically, ``Table 1.1.9. Implicit 
Price Deflators for Gross Domestic Product,'' which the BLM accessed on 
July 6, 2020, on the web at https://apps.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=19&step=2#reqid=19&step=3&isuri=1&1921=survey&1903=13.

IV. Procedural Matters

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866)

    This document is not a significant rule, and the Office of 
Management and Budget has not reviewed this final rule under Executive 
Order 12866.
    The BLM has determined that this final rule will not have an annual 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more. It will not adversely 
affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, 
productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or 
safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. The 
changes in today's rule are much smaller than those in the 2005 Cost 
Recovery Rule, which did not approach the threshold in Executive Order 
12866. For instructions on how to view a copy of the analysis prepared 
in conjunction with the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, please contact one of 
the persons listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
above.
    This final rule will not create inconsistencies or otherwise 
interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. This rule 
does not change the relationships of the onshore minerals programs with 
other agencies' actions. These relationships are included in agreements 
and memoranda of understanding that will not change with this rule.
    In addition, this final rule does not materially affect the 
budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, or loan programs, or the 
rights and obligations of their recipients. This rule applies an 
inflationary adjustment factor to existing user fees for processing 
certain actions associated with the onshore minerals programs.
    Finally, this final rule will not raise novel legal or policy 
issues. As explained above, this rule simply implements an annual 
process to account for inflation that was adopted

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by and explained in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule.

Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (E.O. 13771)

    This action is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because it is 
not significant under E.O. 12866.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This final rule will not have a significant economic effect on a 
substantial number of small entities as defined under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). As a result, a Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis is not required. The Small Business Administration 
defines small entities as individual, limited partnerships, or small 
companies considered to be at arm's length from the control of any 
parent companies if they meet the following size requirements as 
established for each North American Industry Classification System 
(NAICS) code:

 Iron ore mining (NAICS code 212210): 750 or fewer employees
 Gold ore mining (NAICS code 212221): 1,500 or fewer employees
 Silver ore mining (NAICS code 212222): 250 or fewer employees
 Uranium-Radium-Vanadium ore mining (NAICS code 212291): 250 or 
fewer employees
 All Other Metal ore mining (NAICS code 212299): 750 or fewer 
employees
 Bituminous Coal and Lignite Surface Mining (NAICS code 
212111): 1,250 or fewer employees
 Bituminous Coal Underground Mining (NAICS code 212112): 1,500 
or fewer employees
 Crude Petroleum Extraction (NAICS code 211120): 1,250 or fewer 
employees
 Natural Gas Extraction (NAICS code 211130): 1,250 or fewer 
employees
 All Other Non-Metallic Mineral Mining (NAICS code 212399): 500 
or fewer employees

    The SBA would consider many, if not most, of the operators with 
whom the BLM works in the onshore minerals programs to be small 
entities. The BLM notes that this final rule does not affect service 
industries, for which the SBA has a different definition of ``small 
entity.''
    The final rule may affect a large number of small entities because 
18 fees for activities on public lands will be increased. The 
adjustments result in no increase in the fees for processing 30 actions 
relating to the BLM's minerals programs. The highest adjustment, in 
dollar terms, is for adjudications of mineral patent applications 
involving more than 10 mining claims; that fee will increase by $50. It 
is important to note that the ``real'' values of the fees are not 
actually increasing, since real values account for the effect of 
inflation. In real terms, the values of the fees are simply being 
adjusted to account for the changes in the prices of goods and services 
produced in the United States. Accordingly, the BLM has concluded that 
the economic effect of the rule's changes will not be significant, even 
for small entities.
    For the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, the BLM completed a Regulatory 
Flexibility Act threshold analysis, which is available for public 
review in the administrative record for that rule. For instructions on 
how to view a copy of that analysis, please contact one of the persons 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. The 
analysis for the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule concluded that the fees would 
not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small 
entities. The fee increases implemented in this rule are substantially 
smaller than those provided for in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This final rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined at 5 U.S.C. 
804(2). The final rule will not have an annual effect on the economy 
greater than $100 million; it will not result in major cost or price 
increases for consumers, industries, government agencies, or regions; 
and it will 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. 
Accordingly, a Small Entity Compliance Guide is not required.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

    This final rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the 
States, on the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government. In accordance with Executive Order 13132, 
the BLM therefore finds that the final rule does not have federalism 
implications, and a federalism assessment is not required.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This final rule does not contain information collection 
requirements that require a control number from the Office of 
Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521). After the effective date of this rule, the 
new fees may affect the non-hour burdens associated with the following 
control numbers:
Oil and Gas
    (1) 1004-0034 which expires June 30, 2021;
    (2) 1004-0137 which expires October 31, 2021
    (3) 1004-0162 which expires October 31, 2021;
    (4) 1004-0185 which expires December 31, 2021;
Geothermal
    (5) 1004-0132 which expires July 31, 2020; \6\
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    \6\ A renewal request for control number 1004-0132 was submitted 
to the Office of Management and Budget on February 20, 2020
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Coal
    (6) 1004-0073 which expires April 30, 2023;
Mining Claims
    (7) 1004-0025 which expires February 28, 2022;
    (8) 1004-0114 which expires April 30, 2023; and
Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Oil Shale
    (9) 1004-0121 which expires October 31, 2022.

Takings Implication Assessment (Executive Order 12630)

    As required by Executive Order 12630, the BLM has determined that 
this final rule will not cause a taking of private property. No private 
property rights will be affected by a rule that merely updates fees. 
The BLM therefore certifies that this final rule does not represent a 
governmental action capable of interference with constitutionally 
protected property rights.

Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the BLM finds that this 
final rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the 
requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Executive Order.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    The BLM has determined that this final rule qualifies as a routine 
financial transaction and a regulation of an administrative, financial, 
legal, or procedural nature that is categorically excluded from 
environmental review under NEPA pursuant to 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210(c) 
and (i). The final rule does not meet any of the 12 criteria for

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exceptions to categorical exclusions listed at 43 CFR 46.215. 
Therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental 
impact statement is required in connection with the rule (40 CFR 
1508.4).

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The BLM has determined that this final rule is not significant 
under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., 
because it will not result in State, local, private sector, or tribal 
government expenditures of $100 million or more in any one year, 2 
U.S.C. 1532. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments. Therefore, the BLM is not required to prepare a statement 
containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act.

Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments (Executive 
Order 13175)

    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, the BLM has determined 
that this final rule does not include policies that have tribal 
implications. Specifically, the rule would not have substantial direct 
effects on one or more Indian tribes. Consequently, the BLM did not 
utilize the consultation process set forth in Section 5 of the 
Executive Order.

Information Quality Act

    In developing this final rule, the BLM did not conduct or use a 
study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the 
Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106-554).

Effects on the Nation's Energy Supply (Executive Order 13211)

    In accordance with Executive Order 13211, the BLM has determined 
that this final rule is not likely to have a significant adverse effect 
on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It merely adjusts 
certain administrative cost recovery fees to account for inflation.

Author

    The principal author of this final rule is Faith Bremner of the 
Division of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Land Management.

List of Subjects in 43 CFR Part 3000

    Public lands--mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    For reasons stated in the preamble, the Bureau of Land Management 
amends 43 CFR part 3000 as follows:

PART 3000--MINERALS MANAGEMENT: GENERAL

0
1. The authority citation for part 3000 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 301-
306, 351-359, and 601 et seq.; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 40 U.S.C. 471 et 
seq.; 42 U.S.C. 6508; 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; and Pub. L. 97-35, 95 
Stat. 357.

Subpart 3000--General

0
2. Amend Sec.  3000.12 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  3000.12   What is the fee schedule for fixed fees?

    (a) The table in this section shows the fixed fees that must be 
paid to the BLM for the services listed for FY 2021. These fees are 
nonrefundable and must be included with documents filed under this 
chapter. Fees will be adjusted annually according to the change in the 
Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP) by way of 
publication of a final rule in the Federal Register and will 
subsequently be posted on the BLM website (http://www.blm.gov) before 
October 1 each year. Revised fees are effective each year on October 1.

                        Table 1 to Paragraph (a)--FY 2021 Processing and Filing Fee Table
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                  Document/action                                            FY 2021 fee
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Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150):
    Noncompetitive lease application...............  $445.
    Competitive lease application..................  170.
    Assignment and transfer of record title or       100.
     operating rights.
    Overriding royalty transfer, payment out of      15.
     production.
    Name change, corporate merger or transfer to     230.
     heir/devisee.
    Lease consolidation............................  490.
    Lease renewal or exchange......................  445.
    Lease reinstatement, Class I...................  85.
    Leasing under right-of-way.....................  445.
    Geophysical exploration permit application--     25.
     Alaska.
    Renewal of exploration permit--Alaska..........  25.
Geothermal (part 3200):
    Noncompetitive lease application...............  445.
    Competitive lease application..................  170.
    Assignment and transfer of record title or       100.
     operating rights.
    Name change, corporate merger or transfer to     230.
     heir/devisee.
    Lease consolidation............................  490.
    Lease reinstatement............................  85.
    Nomination of lands............................  125.
        plus per acre nomination fee...............  0.12.
    Site license application.......................  65.
    Assignment or transfer of site license.........  65.
Coal (parts 3400, 3470):
    License to mine application....................  15.
    Exploration license application................  365.
    Lease or lease interest transfer...............  75.
Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil
 Shale (parts 3500, 3580):
    Applications other than those listed below.....  40.
    Prospecting permit application amendment.......  75.
    Extension of prospecting permit................  120.
    Lease modification or fringe acreage lease.....  35.
    Lease renewal..................................  570.
    Assignment, sublease, or transfer of operating   35.
     rights.

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    Transfer of overriding royalty.................  35.
    Use permit.....................................  35.
    Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease......  35.
    Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease in     35.
     Nevada.
Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals:
 General (part 3730):
    Notice of protest of placer mining operations..  15.
Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830,
 3850, 3860, 3870):
    Application to open lands to location..........  15.
    Notice of location *...........................  20.
    Amendment of location..........................  15.
    Transfer of mining claim/site..................  15.
    Recording an annual FLPMA filing...............  15.
    Deferment of assessment work...................  120.
    Recording a notice of intent to locate mining    35.
     claims on Stockraising Homestead Act lands.
    Mineral patent adjudication....................  3,340 (more than 10 claims).
                                                     1,670 (10 or fewer claims).
    Adverse claim..................................  120.
    Protest........................................  75.
Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930):
    Exploration license application................  350.
    Application for assignment or sublease of        70.
     record title or overriding royalty.
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* To record a mining claim or site location, this processing fee along with the initial maintenance fee and the
  one-time location fee required by statute (43 CFR part 3833) must be paid.

* * * * *

Casey Hammond,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Exercising the Authority of the 
Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.
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