Inflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalty Rates for Calendar Year 2021, 7808-7810 [2021-01502]

Download as PDF 7808 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 20 / Tuesday, February 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations [FR Doc. 2021–02169 Filed 2–1–21; 8:45 am] account for inflation occurring between October 2019 and October 2020. DATES: This rule is effective on February 2, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on procedural issues, contact Luis Aguilar, Regulatory Specialist, by telephone at (303) 231–3418 or email to Luis.Aguilar@onrr.gov. For questions on technical issues, contact Michael Marchetti, Program Manager for Enforcement and Litigation Support, by telephone at (303) 231–3125 or email to Michael.Marchetti@onrr.gov. You may obtain a paper copy of this rule by contacting Mr. Aguilar by phone or email. BILLING CODE 4510–HW–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PART 1986—PROCEDURES FOR THE HANDLING OF RETALIATION COMPLAINTS UNDER THE EMPLOYEE PROTECTION PROVISION OF THE SEAMAN’S PROTECTION ACT (SPA), AS AMENDED § 1986.110 [Corrected] 2. On page 1793, in the third column, correct amendatory instruction 133 to read: ‘‘133. In § 1986.110, revise the section heading and paragraph (c) to read as follows:’’. ■ Stephanie Swirsky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue 30 CFR Part 1241 [Docket No. ONRR–2020–0002; DS63644000 DRT000000.CH7000 212D1113RT] RIN 1012–AA29 Inflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalty Rates for Calendar Year 2021 Office of the Secretary, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this final rule to increase its maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates to I. Background II. Inflation-Adjusted Maximum Rates III. Procedural Requirements A. Regulatory Planning and Review (E.O. 12866) B. Regulatory Flexibility Act C. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act E. Takings (E.O. 12630) F. Federalism (E.O. 13132) G. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988) H. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175) I. Paperwork Reduction Act J. National Environmental Policy Act K. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211) L. Clarity of This Regulation M. Administrative Procedure Act I. Background The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 1241.52(a)(2) ............................................................................................................................... 1241.52(b) .................................................................................................................................... 1241.60(b)(1) ............................................................................................................................... 1241.60(b)(2) ............................................................................................................................... jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES A. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563) Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will review all significant rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not significant. E.O. 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866, while calling for improvements in the United States’ regulatory system to promote VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Feb 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the most innovative and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. E.O. 13563 directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. ONRR PO 00000 Frm 00012 II. Inflation-Adjusted Maximum Rates This final rule increases the maximum CMP rates for each of the four violation categories identified in 30 U.S.C. 1719(a) through (d) and 30 CFR part 1241. The following list identifies the existing ONRR regulations containing CMP rates and shows those rates before and after this increase. Current penalty rate 30 CFR citation IV. Procedural Requirements Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively, ‘‘the Act’’), codified at 28 U.S.C. 2461, requires Federal agencies to adjust their civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates for inflation every year. In accordance with sections 4 and 5 of the Act, the annual CMP inflation adjustment for 2021 is based on the percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI–U) between October 2019 and October 2020. The CPI–U for October 2019 was 257.346, and for October 2020 was 260.388, for an increase of 1.01182%. In accordance with section 5(a) of the Act, the new maximum CMP rates must be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. In accordance with section 6 of the Act, the new maximum penalty rates will apply only to CMPs, including those that are associated with violations predating the increase, that ONRR assesses after the date the increase takes effect. ONRR assesses CMPs under the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act, 30 U.S.C. 1719, and its regulations at 30 CFR part 1241. ONRR calculates and assesses CMPs per violation, at the applicable rate, for each day such violation continues. Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $1,273 12,740 25,479 63,699 2021 inflation adjustment multiplier 1.01182 1.01182 1.01182 1.01182 2021 adjusted penalty rate $1,288 12,891 25,780 64,452 developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule only makes adjustments for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires agencies to adjust civil penalties with an annual inflation adjustment. Therefore, E:\FR\FM\02FER1.SGM 02FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 20 / Tuesday, February 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations the RFA does not apply to this rulemaking. C. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule: a. Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers; individual industries; Federal, State, local government agencies; or geographic regions; and c. Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreignbased enterprises. D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This rule does not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or Tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year. This rule does not have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or Tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, ONRR is not required to provide a statement containing the information that the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531, et seq.) requires because this rule is not an unfunded mandate. E. Takings (E.O. 12630) This rule does not result in a taking of private property or otherwise have takings implications under E.O. 12630. Therefore, this rule does not require a takings implication assessment. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES F. Federalism (E.O. 13132) Under the criteria in section 1 of E.O. 13132, this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement. G. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988) This rule complies with the requirements of E.O. 12988. Specifically, this rule: a. Meets the criteria of section 3(a), which requires that ONRR review all regulations to eliminate errors and ambiguity and to write them to minimize litigation; and b. Meets the criteria of section 3(b)(2), which requires that ONRR write all regulations in clear language, using clear legal standards. H. Consultation With Indian Tribal Governments (E.O. 13175) The Department of the Interior (DOI) strives to strengthen its government-to- VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Feb 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 government relationship with Indian Tribes through a commitment to consultation with Indian Tribes and recognition of their right to selfgovernance and Tribal sovereignty. Under the DOI’s consultation policy and the criteria in E.O. 13175, ONRR evaluated this rule and determined that it will have no substantial, direct effects on federally recognized Indian Tribes and does not require consultation. I. Paperwork Reduction Act This rule: (a) Does not contain any new information collection requirements; and (b) Does not require a submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.). See 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2). J. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) This rule does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. ONRR is not required to provide a detailed statement under NEPA because this rule qualifies for categorical exclusion under 43 CFR 46.210(i) in that this rule is ‘‘. . . of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature. . . .’’ ONRR also has determined that this rule is not involved in any of the extraordinary circumstances listed in 43 CFR 46.215 that would require further analysis under NEPA. K. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211) This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition in E.O. 13211 and, therefore, does not require a Statement of Energy Effects. L. Clarity of This Regulation ONRR is required by E.O. 12866 (section 1(b)(12)), E.O. 12988 (section 3(b)(1)(B)), and E.O. 13563 (section 1(a)), and by the Presidential Memorandum of June 1, 1998, to write all rules in plain language. This means that each rule ONRR publishes must: (a) Be logically organized; (b) Use the active voice to address readers directly; (c) Use common, everyday words and clear language rather than jargon; (d) Be divided into short sections and sentences; (e) Use lists and tables wherever possible; If you feel that ONRR has not met these requirements, send your comments to Luis.Aguilar@onrr.gov. Your comments should be as specific as possible. For example, you should PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 7809 identify the number of the sections or paragraphs that you find unclear, which sections or sentences are too long, the sections where you feel lists or tables would be useful, etc. M. Administrative Procedure Act (APA) The Act requires agencies to publish annual inflation adjustments by no later than January 15 of each year, notwithstanding section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553). OMB has interpreted this direction to mean that the usual APA public procedure for rulemaking— which includes public notice of a proposed rule, an opportunity for public comment, and a delay in the effective date of a final rule—is not required when agencies issue regulations to implement the annual adjustments to civil penalties that the Act requires. Accordingly, ONRR is issuing the 2021 annual adjustments as a final rule without prior notice or an opportunity for comment and with an effective date immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. Section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) provides that, when an agency for good cause finds that ‘‘notice and public procedure . . . are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest,’’ the agency may issue a rule without providing notice and an opportunity for prior public comment. Under section 553(b), ONRR finds that there is good cause to promulgate this rule without first providing for public comment. ONRR is promulgating this final rule to implement the statutory directive in the Act, which requires agencies to publish a final rule and to update the civil penalty amounts by applying a specified formula. ONRR has no discretion to vary the amount of the adjustment to reflect any views or suggestions provided by commenters. Accordingly, it would serve no purpose to provide an opportunity for public comment on this rule prior to promulgation. Thus, providing for notice and public comment is unnecessary. Furthermore, ONRR finds under section 553(d)(3) of the APA that good cause exists to make this direct final rule effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. In the Act, Congress expressly required Federal agencies to publish annual inflation adjustments to civil penalties in the Federal Register no later than January 15 of every year, notwithstanding section 553 of the APA. Under the statutory framework and OMB guidance, the new penalty levels are to take effect immediately upon publication. Moreover, an effective date E:\FR\FM\02FER1.SGM 02FER1 7810 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 20 / Tuesday, February 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations § 1010.821 Penalty adjustment and table [Corrected]. after January 15 would delay application of the new penalty levels, contrary to Congress’s intent. Administrative practice and procedure, Civil penalties, Coal, Geothermal, Inflation, Mineral resources, Natural gas, Notices of noncompliance, Oil. Kimbra G. Davis, Director for Office of Natural Resources Revenue. Editorial note: This document was received for publication by the Office of the Federal Register on January 19, 2021. Authority and Issuance BILLING CODE 1301–00–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket Number USCG–2020–0556] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; Sparkman Channel, Tampa, FL PART 1241—PENALTIES 1. The authority citation for part 1241 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396 et seq., 396a et seq., 2101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 351 et seq., 1001 et seq., 1701 et seq.; 43 U.S.C. 1301 et seq., 1331 et seq., 1801 et seq. [Amended] 2. Amend § 1241.52 by: a. In paragraph (a)(2), removing ‘‘$1,273’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$1,288’’. ■ b. In paragraph (b) introductory text, removing ‘‘$12,740’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$12,891’’. ■ ■ § 1241.60 [FR Doc. C1–2021–01919 Filed 2–1–21; 8:45 am] 33 CFR Part 165 For the reasons discussed in the preamble, ONRR amends 30 CFR part 1241 as set forth below: § 1241.52 On page 7349, in the table titled ‘‘Table 1’’, in the fourth column, the entry ‘‘[INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER]’’ should read ‘‘January 28, 2021’’. ■ List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 1241 [Amended] 3. Amend § 1241.60 by: a. In paragraph (b)(1) introductory text, removing ‘‘$25,479’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$25,780’’. ■ b. In paragraph (b)(2), removing ‘‘$63,699’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$64,452’’. ■ ■ [FR Doc. 2021–01502 Filed 2–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4335–30–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is removing an existing regulated navigation area in Sparkman Channel, located in Tampa, FL. The regulated navigation area is no longer needed to protect vessels navigating in the area. This action removes the existing regulations related to restricting vessel draft in the channel due to an underwater pipeline that is no longer a navigational concern. DATES: This rule is effective March 4, 2021. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2020– 0556 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Lieutenant Clark Sanford, Sector St. Petersburg, Coast Guard; telephone (813) 228–2191 x8105, email Clark.W.Sanford@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Rule ADDRESSES: I. Table of Abbreviations 31 CFR Part 1010 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties Correction In Rule document 2021–01919, appearing on pages 7348–7349, in the issue of Thursday, January 28, 2021, make the following correction: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:21 Feb 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 in Sparkman Channel. The regulated navigation area is described in 33 CFR 165.752. The regulated navigation area was created to restrict navigation in the area to vessels with a draft of less than 34.5 feet. A recent survey places the sewer line at or below the permitted depth of 42 feet. The navigation hazard is properly marked on the water surface as well as on navigation charts. With the advancement in technologies and mechanical innovations coupled with the expertise of the pilots that guide vessels in and around Port Tampa Bay, the current restricted navigation area along Sparkman Channel has become outdated. In response, on November 27, 2020, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled, ‘‘Regulated Navigation Area; Sparkman Channel, Tampa, FL’’ (85 FR 75996). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to this fireworks display. During the comment period that ended December 28, 2020, we received three comments. 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 Information and Regulatory History On January 25, 1991, the Coast Guard established a regulated navigation area PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034. The Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District has determined the current restricted navigation area along Sparkman Channel has become outdated and is no longer needed for Sparkman Channel. The purpose of this rule is to remove unnecessary restrictions to navigation in Sparkman Channel in Tampa, FL. The Coast Guard received three submissions from private citizens in response to the proposed rule. One commenter endorsed the Coast Guard’s proposal. The other two comments were not relevant to the scope of this rulemaking. There are no changes in the regulatory text of this rule from the proposed rule in the NPRM. This rule removes the existing regulated navigation area established in 33 CFR 165.752. This regulation placed restrictions on vessel navigation in Sparkman Channel in Tampa, Florida based on vessel drafts. V. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. E:\FR\FM\02FER1.SGM 02FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Natural Resources Revenue

30 CFR Part 1241

[Docket No. ONRR-2020-0002; DS63644000 DRT000000.CH7000 212D1113RT]
RIN 1012-AA29


Inflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalty Rates for 
Calendar Year 2021

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, 
Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) publishes this 
final rule to increase its maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) rates 
to account for inflation occurring between October 2019 and October 
2020.

DATES: This rule is effective on February 2, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on procedural issues, 
contact Luis Aguilar, Regulatory Specialist, by telephone at (303) 231-
3418 or email to [email protected]. For questions on technical 
issues, contact Michael Marchetti, Program Manager for Enforcement and 
Litigation Support, by telephone at (303) 231-3125 or email to 
[email protected]. You may obtain a paper copy of this rule by 
contacting Mr. Aguilar by phone or email.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background
II. Inflation-Adjusted Maximum Rates
III. Procedural Requirements
    A. Regulatory Planning and Review (E.O. 12866)
    B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
    C. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act
    D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
    E. Takings (E.O. 12630)
    F. Federalism (E.O. 13132)
    G. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988)
    H. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175)
    I. Paperwork Reduction Act
    J. National Environmental Policy Act
    K. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211)
    L. Clarity of This Regulation
    M. Administrative Procedure Act

I. Background

    The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as 
amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively, ``the Act''), codified at 28 
U.S.C. 2461, requires Federal agencies to adjust their civil monetary 
penalty (CMP) rates for inflation every year.
    In accordance with sections 4 and 5 of the Act, the annual CMP 
inflation adjustment for 2021 is based on the percent change in the 
Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) between October 
2019 and October 2020. The CPI-U for October 2019 was 257.346, and for 
October 2020 was 260.388, for an increase of 1.01182%. In accordance 
with section 5(a) of the Act, the new maximum CMP rates must be rounded 
to the nearest whole dollar. In accordance with section 6 of the Act, 
the new maximum penalty rates will apply only to CMPs, including those 
that are associated with violations predating the increase, that ONRR 
assesses after the date the increase takes effect.
    ONRR assesses CMPs under the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management 
Act, 30 U.S.C. 1719, and its regulations at 30 CFR part 1241. ONRR 
calculates and assesses CMPs per violation, at the applicable rate, for 
each day such violation continues.

II. Inflation-Adjusted Maximum Rates

    This final rule increases the maximum CMP rates for each of the 
four violation categories identified in 30 U.S.C. 1719(a) through (d) 
and 30 CFR part 1241. The following list identifies the existing ONRR 
regulations containing CMP rates and shows those rates before and after 
this increase.

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                                                                                  2021 inflation
                         30 CFR citation                              Current       adjustment     2021 adjusted
                                                                   penalty rate     multiplier     penalty rate
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1241.52(a)(2)...................................................          $1,273         1.01182          $1,288
1241.52(b)......................................................          12,740         1.01182          12,891
1241.60(b)(1)...................................................          25,479         1.01182          25,780
1241.60(b)(2)...................................................          63,699         1.01182          64,452
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IV. Procedural Requirements

A. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563)

    Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) will review all significant rules. OIRA has determined 
that this rule is not significant.
    E.O. 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866, while calling 
for improvements in the United States' regulatory system to promote 
predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the most innovative 
and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. E.O. 13563 
directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens 
and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where 
these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory 
objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes that regulations must be based on the 
best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for 
public participation and an open exchange of ideas. ONRR developed this 
rule in a manner consistent with these requirements.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a 
substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule only makes 
adjustments for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires agencies to adjust 
civil penalties with an annual inflation adjustment. Therefore,

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the RFA does not apply to this rulemaking.

C. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule:
    a. Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or 
more;
    b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for 
consumers; individual industries; Federal, State, local government 
agencies; or geographic regions; and
    c. Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, 
employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of 
United States-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based 
enterprises.

D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This rule does not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or 
Tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per 
year. This rule does not have a significant or unique effect on State, 
local, or Tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, ONRR is 
not required to provide a statement containing the information that the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531, et seq.) requires because 
this rule is not an unfunded mandate.

E. Takings (E.O. 12630)

    This rule does not result in a taking of private property or 
otherwise have takings implications under E.O. 12630. Therefore, this 
rule does not require a takings implication assessment.

F. Federalism (E.O. 13132)

    Under the criteria in section 1 of E.O. 13132, this rule does not 
have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a 
federalism summary impact statement.

G. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988)

    This rule complies with the requirements of E.O. 12988. 
Specifically, this rule:
    a. Meets the criteria of section 3(a), which requires that ONRR 
review all regulations to eliminate errors and ambiguity and to write 
them to minimize litigation; and
    b. Meets the criteria of section 3(b)(2), which requires that ONRR 
write all regulations in clear language, using clear legal standards.

H. Consultation With Indian Tribal Governments (E.O. 13175)

    The Department of the Interior (DOI) strives to strengthen its 
government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes through a 
commitment to consultation with Indian Tribes and recognition of their 
right to self-governance and Tribal sovereignty. Under the DOI's 
consultation policy and the criteria in E.O. 13175, ONRR evaluated this 
rule and determined that it will have no substantial, direct effects on 
federally recognized Indian Tribes and does not require consultation.

I. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule:
    (a) Does not contain any new information collection requirements; 
and
    (b) Does not require a submission to OMB under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.). See 5 CFR 
1320.4(a)(2).

J. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)

    This rule does not constitute a major Federal action significantly 
affecting the quality of the human environment. ONRR is not required to 
provide a detailed statement under NEPA because this rule qualifies for 
categorical exclusion under 43 CFR 46.210(i) in that this rule is ``. . 
. of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural 
nature. . . .'' ONRR also has determined that this rule is not involved 
in any of the extraordinary circumstances listed in 43 CFR 46.215 that 
would require further analysis under NEPA.

K. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211)

    This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition 
in E.O. 13211 and, therefore, does not require a Statement of Energy 
Effects.

L. Clarity of This Regulation

    ONRR is required by E.O. 12866 (section 1(b)(12)), E.O. 12988 
(section 3(b)(1)(B)), and E.O. 13563 (section 1(a)), and by the 
Presidential Memorandum of June 1, 1998, to write all rules in plain 
language. This means that each rule ONRR publishes must:
    (a) Be logically organized;
    (b) Use the active voice to address readers directly;
    (c) Use common, everyday words and clear language rather than 
jargon;
    (d) Be divided into short sections and sentences;
    (e) Use lists and tables wherever possible;
    If you feel that ONRR has not met these requirements, send your 
comments to [email protected]. Your comments should be as specific 
as possible. For example, you should identify the number of the 
sections or paragraphs that you find unclear, which sections or 
sentences are too long, the sections where you feel lists or tables 
would be useful, etc.

M. Administrative Procedure Act (APA)

    The Act requires agencies to publish annual inflation adjustments 
by no later than January 15 of each year, notwithstanding section 553 
of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553). OMB has 
interpreted this direction to mean that the usual APA public procedure 
for rulemaking--which includes public notice of a proposed rule, an 
opportunity for public comment, and a delay in the effective date of a 
final rule--is not required when agencies issue regulations to 
implement the annual adjustments to civil penalties that the Act 
requires. Accordingly, ONRR is issuing the 2021 annual adjustments as a 
final rule without prior notice or an opportunity for comment and with 
an effective date immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.
    Section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) provides 
that, when an agency for good cause finds that ``notice and public 
procedure . . . are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the 
public interest,'' the agency may issue a rule without providing notice 
and an opportunity for prior public comment. Under section 553(b), ONRR 
finds that there is good cause to promulgate this rule without first 
providing for public comment. ONRR is promulgating this final rule to 
implement the statutory directive in the Act, which requires agencies 
to publish a final rule and to update the civil penalty amounts by 
applying a specified formula. ONRR has no discretion to vary the amount 
of the adjustment to reflect any views or suggestions provided by 
commenters. Accordingly, it would serve no purpose to provide an 
opportunity for public comment on this rule prior to promulgation. 
Thus, providing for notice and public comment is unnecessary.
    Furthermore, ONRR finds under section 553(d)(3) of the APA that 
good cause exists to make this direct final rule effective immediately 
upon publication in the Federal Register. In the Act, Congress 
expressly required Federal agencies to publish annual inflation 
adjustments to civil penalties in the Federal Register no later than 
January 15 of every year, notwithstanding section 553 of the APA. Under 
the statutory framework and OMB guidance, the new penalty levels are to 
take effect immediately upon publication. Moreover, an effective date

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after January 15 would delay application of the new penalty levels, 
contrary to Congress's intent.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 1241

    Administrative practice and procedure, Civil penalties, Coal, 
Geothermal, Inflation, Mineral resources, Natural gas, Notices of non-
compliance, Oil.

Kimbra G. Davis,
Director for Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

    Editorial note:  This document was received for publication by 
the Office of the Federal Register on January 19, 2021.

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, ONRR amends 30 CFR part 
1241 as set forth below:

PART 1241--PENALTIES

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1. The authority citation for part 1241 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  25 U.S.C. 396 et seq., 396a et seq., 2101 et seq.; 
30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 351 et seq., 1001 et seq., 1701 et seq.; 43 
U.S.C. 1301 et seq., 1331 et seq., 1801 et seq.


Sec.  1241.52  [Amended]

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2. Amend Sec.  1241.52 by:
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a. In paragraph (a)(2), removing ``$1,273'' and adding in its place 
``$1,288''.
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b. In paragraph (b) introductory text, removing ``$12,740'' and adding 
in its place ``$12,891''.


Sec.  1241.60  [Amended]

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3. Amend Sec.  1241.60 by:
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a. In paragraph (b)(1) introductory text, removing ``$25,479'' and 
adding in its place ``$25,780''.
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b. In paragraph (b)(2), removing ``$63,699'' and adding in its place 
``$64,452''.

[FR Doc. 2021-01502 Filed 2-1-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4335-30-P


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