Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Industrial Minerals Surveys, 10382-10383 [2022-03891]

Download as PDF 10382 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 37 / Thursday, February 24, 2022 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Mineral Policy Act of 1970 does not inform the meaning of ‘‘fuel mineral’’ in the Energy Act, uranium nevertheless qualifies as a ‘‘fuel mineral’’ under the latter statute. The Energy Act excludes ‘‘fuel minerals’’ from the definition of critical minerals, and uranium is used as a fuel: While uranium has important non-fuel uses, it is a major fuel commodity in the United States. Many public comments addressed issues not directly associated with the development of the 2022 final list of critical minerals. Instead, they addressed regulatory and policy issues. These comments will be passed on to other agencies for appropriate consideration. A small number of comments requested the addition of processed mineral products that were not evaluated for inclusion on the list in this cycle. These included high purity silicon metal and boron carbide, for example, materials for which USGS does not have sufficient data to evaluate at this stage. The USGS appreciates the input from stakeholders and is identifying opportunities to include evaluation of these and other minerals or mineral products in the next update of the methodology. The Department’s list of critical minerals is not static and will be reviewed at least every three years and revised as necessary to reflect current data on supply, demand, and concentration of production, as well as current policy priorities, as required under the Energy Act. The 2022 final list of critical minerals was created using the most recent available data for non-fuel minerals and the current state of the methodology for evaluation of criticality. The methodology used to develop the 2022 final list of critical minerals is based on the definition of ‘‘critical mineral’’ and the criteria specified in The Energy Act. The methodology was published by the USGS in 2020 1 and 2021 2 and includes three evaluations: (1) A quantitative evaluation of supply risk wherever sufficient data were available, (2) a semi-quantitative evaluation of whether the supply chain had a single point of failure, and (3) a 1 Nassar, N.T., Brainard, J., Gulley, A., Manley, R., Matos, G., Lederer, G., Bird, L.R., Pineault, D., Alonso, E., Gambogi, J., Fortier, S.M., 2020, Evaluating the mineral commodity supply risk of the U.S. manufacturing sector Sci. Adv., 6(8) (2020), p. eaay8647, https://doi.org/10.1126/ sciadv.aay8647. 2 Nassar, N.T., and Fortier, S.M., 2021, Methodology and technical input for the 2021 review and revision of the U.S. Critical Minerals List: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1045, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ ofr20211045. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Feb 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 qualitative evaluation when other evaluations were not possible. The quantitative evaluation uses (A) a net import reliance indicator of the dependence of the U.S. manufacturing sector on foreign supplies, (B) an enhanced production concentration indicator which focuses on production concentration outside of the United States, and (C) weights for each producing country’s production contribution by its ability or willingness to continue to supply the United States. Further details on the underlying rationale and the specific approach, data sources, and assumptions used to calculate each component of the supply risk metrics are described in the references cited in this notice. Several comments addressed the overall methodology that USGS used to develop the list, including assertions that the USGS should include additional quantitative or qualitative factors. USGS appreciates these suggestions and will consider them in future updates to the methodology. However, the USGS did not find that any of the comments identified technical flaws in the factors considered or data used in the quantitative methodology that would warrant any changes in the methodology. After considering all comments received, the USGS believes that the methodology described in USGS OpenFile Report 2021–1045 (https://doi.org/ 10.3133/ofr20211045) remains a valid basis for the review and revision of the list of critical minerals. Therefore, the USGS is hereby finalizing the draft list of 50 critical minerals as the final list. A listing of which critical minerals are predominantly recovered as byproducts and further rationale for excluding copper, helium, lead, phosphate, potash, rhenium, silver, strontium, and uranium from the 2022 final list of critical minerals are outlined in the draft list of critical minerals published in the Federal Register at 86 FR 62199. Host minerals for critical minerals that are predominantly recovered as byproducts are identified in USGS Open-File Report 2021–1045, p. 11. The U.S. Government and other organizations may also use other definitions and rely on other criteria to identify a mineral as critical. In addition, there are many minerals not on the 2022 final list of critical minerals that are nevertheless important to the economic and national security of the United States. This 2022 final list of critical minerals is not intended to replace related terms and definitions of minerals that are deemed strategic, critical or otherwise important. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: E.O. 13817, 82 FR 60835 (December 26, 2017) and The Energy Act of 2020, Section 7002 of Title VII (December 27, 2020). James D. Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, U.S. Geological Survey. [FR Doc. 2022–04027 Filed 2–22–22; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Geological Survey [GX22LR000F60100; OMB Control Number 1028–0062] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Industrial Minerals Surveys U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an Information Collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 28, 2022. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@ usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028–0062 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Elizabeth S. Sangine by email at escottsangine@usgs.gov, or by telephone at 703–648–7720. You may also view the ICR at https:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 37 / Thursday, February 24, 2022 / Notices requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. A Federal Register notice with a 60day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on July 6, 2021, (see 86 FR 35524). One comment was received from the Bureau of Economic Analysis supporting the collection of these data as nationally important. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the USGS minerals information Program; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information (PII) in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your PII—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your PII from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Abstract: Respondents to these forms supply the USGS with domestic production and consumption data for industrial mineral commodities, some of which are considered strategic and critical to assist in determining National Defense Stockpile goals. These data and derived information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbooks, monthly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, and special publications for use by government agencies, industry education programs, and the general public. Title of Collection: Industrial Minerals Surveys. OMB Control Number: 1028–0062. Form Number: Various, 38 forms. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Business or other for-profit institutions: U.S. nonfuel minerals producers and consumers of industrial minerals. Public sector: State and local governments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Feb 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 17,053. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 17,053. Estimated Completion Time per Response: For each form, the burden time ranges from 10 minutes to 5 hours. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 11,727. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: There are no ‘‘nonhour cost’’ burdens associated with this IC. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, nor is a person required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980 (30 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the National Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 21(a)), the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (50 U.S.C. 98 et seq.), and the Defense Production Act (50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq.). Michael Magyar, Associate Director, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey. [FR Doc. 2022–03891 Filed 2–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P 10383 1849 C Street NW, MS 7228, Washington, DC 20240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry A. Frear, Chief, National Register of Historic Places/National Historic Landmarks Program, 1849 C Street NW, MS 7228, Washington, DC 20240, sherry_frear@nps.gov, 202–913–3763. The properties listed in this notice are being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. Nominations for their consideration were received by the National Park Service before February 12, 2022. Pursuant to Section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60, comments are being accepted concerning the significance of the nominated properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Nominations submitted by State or Tribal Historic Preservation Officers: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–DTS#–33422; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service is soliciting electronic comments on the significance of properties nominated before February 12, 2022, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. DATES: Comments should be submitted electronically by March 11, 2022. ADDRESSES: Comments are encouraged to be submitted electronically to National_Register_Submissions@ nps.gov with the subject line ‘‘Public Comment on <property or proposed district name, (County) State>.’’ If you have no access to email you may send them via U.S. Postal Service and all other carriers to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 De Kalb County College Avenue Bridge, Covered Bridge Ln. (1000 Robert E. 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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 37 (Thursday, February 24, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10382-10383]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03891]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Geological Survey

[GX22LR000F60100; OMB Control Number 1028-0062]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Industrial 
Minerals Surveys

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an Information 
Collection with revisions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
March 28, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this Information Collection Request 
(ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior by email at [email protected]; or 
via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments 
to the U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Officer, 12201 
Sunrise Valley Drive MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028-
0062 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Elizabeth S. Sangine by email at 
[email protected], or by telephone at 703-648-7720. You may also 
view the ICR at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection

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requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps 
the public understand our information collection requirements and 
provide the requested data in the desired format.
    A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period 
soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on 
July 6, 2021, (see 86 FR 35524). One comment was received from the 
Bureau of Economic Analysis supporting the collection of these data as 
nationally important.
    We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is 
described below. We are especially interested in public comments 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the 
proper functions of the USGS minerals information Program; (2) will 
this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the 
estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the USGS enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(5) how might the USGS minimize the burden of this collection on the 
respondents, including through the use of information technology.
    Comments you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personally identifiable information (PII) in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your 
PII--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us 
in your comment to withhold your PII from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: Respondents to these forms supply the USGS with domestic 
production and consumption data for industrial mineral commodities, 
some of which are considered strategic and critical to assist in 
determining National Defense Stockpile goals. These data and derived 
information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbooks, 
monthly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, 
and special publications for use by government agencies, industry 
education programs, and the general public.
    Title of Collection: Industrial Minerals Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0062.
    Form Number: Various, 38 forms.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Business or other for-profit 
institutions: U.S. nonfuel minerals producers and consumers of 
industrial minerals. Public sector: State and local governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 17,053.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 17,053.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: For each form, the burden 
time ranges from 10 minutes to 5 hours.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 11,727.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: There are no ``nonhour 
cost'' burdens associated with this IC.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, nor is a person required to 
respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.
    The authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the National Materials and Minerals 
Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980 (30 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), 
the National Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 21(a)), 
the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (50 U.S.C. 98 et 
seq.), and the Defense Production Act (50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq.).

Michael Magyar,
Associate Director, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. 
Geological Survey.
[FR Doc. 2022-03891 Filed 2-23-22; 8:45 am]
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