Department of the Interior September 10, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Arkansas Regulatory Program and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan
Document Number: 2012-22233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Arkansas regulatory program (Arkansas program) and the Arkansas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Arkansas plan) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Arkansas proposes to revise substantial portions of its regulatory program and abandoned mine land reclamation plan, make grammatical changes, correct punctuation, revise dates, and delete and add citations. The proposed amendment consists of substantive changes to Arkansas's regulations regarding: Subchapter AGeneral; Subchapter FAreas Unsuitable for Mining; Subchapter GSurface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations Permits and Coal Exploration Procedures Systems; Subchapter JBond and Insurance Requirements for Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations; Subchapter KState Program Performance Standards; Subchapter LState Program Inspection and Enforcement Procedures; Subchapter MTraining Programs for Blasters and Members of Blasting Crews, and Certification Programs for Blasters; and Subchapter R Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. This document provides the times and locations that the Arkansas program, Arkansas plan, and this proposed amendment are available for your review; the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment; and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Notice of Temporary Closure of Public Lands in Eastern Lassen County, California, and Western Washoe County, Nevada
Document Number: 2012-22222
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Notice is hereby given that BLM-managed public lands in the area affected by the Rush Fire in eastern Lassen County, California, and western Washoe County, Nevada, are closed to public access because of dangers posed by the Rush Fire. Exempted from this closure are personnel and vehicles involved with fire suppression and resource protection and State, local and Federal officials involved with enforcement. This closure is necessary to protect public health and safety.
Notice of Realty Action: Application for Conveyance of Federally Owned Mineral Interests in Maricopa County, AZ
Document Number: 2012-22220
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is processing an application under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act to convey the federally owned mineral interests of 111.33 acres located in Maricopa County, Arizona, to the surface owner, Gavilan Peak Estates, LLC. Upon publication of this notice, the BLM is temporarily segregating the federally owned mineral interests in the land covered by the application from all forms of appropriation under the mining and mineral leasing laws for up to 2 years while the BLM processes the application.
Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees
Document Number: 2012-22217
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This final rule amends the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations to update some fees that cover the BLM's cost of processing certain documents relating to its minerals programs and some filing fees for mineral-related documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent adjudications.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Announcement of Public Scoping Meetings for Continued Operation of the Paradox Valley Unit, Montrose County, CO
Document Number: 2012-22176
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to identify and evaluate brine disposal alternatives to replace or supplement the existing Brine Injection Well No. 1 which has a projected remaining useful life of three to five years under current operations.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Gray Wolf in Wyoming From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of the Wyoming Wolf Population's Status as an Experimental Population
Document Number: 2012-21988
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-10
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The best scientific and commercial data available indicate that gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Wyoming are recovered and are no longer in need of protection as part of an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Therefore, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), remove the gray wolf in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Wyoming's gray wolf population is stable, threats are sufficiently minimized, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed. Therefore, this final rule returns management for this species to the appropriate State, Tribal, or Federal agencies; management in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges will continue to be guided by existing authorizing and management legislation and regulations. Finally, this action makes obsolete and removes the Yellowstone Experimental Population Area established in 1994 to facilitate reintroductions.