Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Ten-Day Notices and Corrective Action for State Regulatory Program Issues
Document Number: 2024-07248
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
The Department of the Interior is amending its regulations related to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE's) notifications to a State regulatory authority of a possible violation of any requirement of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). The final rule also amends the Federal regulations regarding corrective actions for State regulatory program issues. Together, the updates to these two areas of the Federal regulations amend the overall "ten-day notice" (TDN) process and OSMRE's oversight process.
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: 2024-07205
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (1990 Act), and Office of Management and Budget guidance, this rule adjusts for inflation the level of civil monetary penalties assessed under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and its implementing regulations.
West Virginia Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2024-05682
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving amendments to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). These amendments make changes to the West Virginia Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (WVSCMRA), the Code of West Virginia (W.Va. Code), and the West Virginia Code of State Rules (CSR).
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Areas Designated by Act of Congress
Document Number: 2024-04635
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Certification and Noncoal Reclamation
Document Number: 2024-04646
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Reclamation Awards
Document Number: 2024-04643
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Certification of Blasters in Federal Program States and on Indian Lands
Document Number: 2024-03851
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Permanent Regulatory Program-Small Operator Assistance Program
Document Number: 2024-02803
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Surface Mining Permit Applications-Minimum Requirements for Reclamation and Operation Plan
Document Number: 2024-02802
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Acceptable Payment Methods
Document Number: 2024-01971
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-02-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is issuing this direct final rule to amend its regulations by reducing the threshold for electronic payment of quarterly Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation fees from $25,000 to $500. On April 30, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will close OSMRE's lockbox, which is used to process non-electronic reclamation fee payments. After April 15, 2024, quarterly reclamation fees of $500 or more must be paid by electronic transfer, while quarterly reclamation fees of less than $500 may be paid by electronic transfer or by check or money order sent to OSMRE's Division of Financial Management. By reducing the threshold for electronic payments, OSMRE will receive more payments through electronic funds transfer, which will expedite and streamline its fee collection efforts.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Fee Collection and Coal Production Reporting and Form OSM-1, Coal Reclamation Fee Report
Document Number: 2024-02056
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Wyoming Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2024-00531
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving with exceptions an amendment to the Wyoming regulatory program (Wyoming program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Between 1978 and 2007, the Wyoming Legislature enacted a number of revisions to the statutes governing coal exploration by drilling. On March 2, 2016, the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council approved a number of revisions to the rules governing coal exploration by drilling under the Wyoming program. The State submitted this proposal to OSMRE at its own initiative.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Abandoned Mine Reclamation Funds
Document Number: 2024-00801
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Requirements for Permits for Special Categories of Mining
Document Number: 2024-00799
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Requirements for Coal Exploration
Document Number: 2024-00797
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
West Virginia Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2024-00530
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, with one deferral, an amendment to the West Virginia statutory program under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment revises the West Virginia Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (WVSCMRA) as contained in Senate Bill 687 of 2017. These revisions modify the WVSCMRA requirements related to the release of bonds and provisions related to the use of money from the Special Reclamation Water Trust Fund. We are deferring our decision on the removal of provisions pertaining to the long-range planning process for the selection and prioritization of sites to be reclaimed.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Underground Mining Permit Applications-Minimum Requirements for Reclamation and Operation Plan
Document Number: 2023-27871
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Virginia Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-27105
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, with two deferrals, an amendment to the Virginia regulatory program (the Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This amendment includes revisions to Virginia's statutes and/or coal mining regulations that: remove self-bonds from the types of performance bond instruments authorized; adjust the financing of its alternative bonding system (ABS), which is in the form of a bond pool; and revise proof of publication requirements involving permit applications and bond release applications. We are deferring our decision on the removal of a regulation requiring certain actions by self-bonded operators when a condition affects their financial status and the proposed monetary cap on Virginia's pool bond fund.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Subsidence Insurance Program Grants
Document Number: 2023-25228
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2023-24382
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Department of the Interior (DOI, Department) is issuing a public notice of its intent to modify the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) Privacy Act system of records, INTERIOR/OSM-12, Blaster Certification. The OSMRE is revising this system of records notice (SORN) to update the bureau designation in the system number to reflect the entirety of the bureau name, update all sections of the notice, and provide general and administrative updates to accurately reflect the modified system. This modified system will be included in DOI's inventory of record systems.
Wyoming Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-24272
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-11-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed regulatory and statutory amendment to the Wyoming coal program (Wyoming program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). On September 25, 2018 the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council approved a number of revisions to rules governing permitting, operation, and abandonment of Class III underground injection and recovery wells associated with in situ mining of coal. Specifically, the proposed revisions update regulations to be consistent with Environmental Protection Agency Underground Injection Control regulations for class III wells, reorganize the chapter to better correlate with other key Land Quality Division (LQD) regulations and to reference existing LQD regulations and definitions, update regulations to be consistent with other Wyoming regulations pertaining to well construction, well abandonment, and aquifer exemptions, and update regulations to include current best management practices specific to in situ coal mining. This document gives the times and locations that the Wyoming program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Certification of Blasters in Federal Program States and on Indian Lands
Document Number: 2023-24130
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Grants to States and Tribes
Document Number: 2023-23688
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-23034
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Montana submitted this proposed amendment to us, on its own initiative, following the passage of a Montana House Bill during the 2023 legislative session. Montana proposes several changes to the Montana Code Annotated (MCA). Montana adds a new section detailing the procedures a permittee must follow when applying for a ``minor revision'' to its permit. Montana adds several new definitions and removes the current procedures for a permit revision application. Furthermore, Montana adds clarifying language regarding ``minor revisions'' of permits. Lastly, Montana adds contingencies that will not be codified into law but that will apply to the proposed amendment: ``Codification Instructions'' and ``Contingent Termination.'' This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Inspections and Monitoring
Document Number: 2023-22998
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Kentucky Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-20013
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving, in part, amendments to the Kentucky regulatory program (Kentucky program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). With this amendment, Kentucky will revise its administrative regulations and make non- substantive changes such as paragraph renumbering.
Missouri AML Plan
Document Number: 2023-20019
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Missouri Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund and Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Restoration regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The amendment was submitted in response to two executive orders by the Governor of Missouri. Each State agency was directed to review and amend their regulations to ensure that they were efficient, effective, and necessary, and to significantly reduce the volume of regulations. Missouri's amendments to their regulations will replace text to improve clarity and remove redundant sections already addressed under their Abandoned Mine State Reclamation Plan or elsewhere in their statutes and regulations (hereinafter, the Missouri Plan).
Texas Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan and Regulations
Document Number: 2023-20018
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Texas abandoned mine land reclamation plan (Texas Plan) and regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed to revise its existing Plan and regulations in response to OSMRE's request to amend the Texas Plan and to improve the readability and efficiency of the document.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-20350
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period due to a request for an extension of the public comment period to a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Montana proposed this amendment to OSMRE, on its own initiative, following its passing of Montana House Bill 576 (2023), which amends the Montana Code Annotated and proposes changes to the definition of material damage and changes to permit requirements related to hydrologic information. HB 576 also adds four contingencies to the proposed amendments of the MCA: a severability clause, a contingent voidness clause, an effective date clause, and a retroactive applicability clause. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this revised proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the revised amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-20349
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period due to a request for an extension of the public comment period to a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). During the 2023 legislative session, the Montana legislature passed Senate Bill 392 (SB 392), amending the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) as well as the Montana Code Annotated (MCA). Accordingly, Montana submitted this proposed amendment to OSMRE on its own initiative. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to the program are available for your inspection, 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.
Ohio Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-20348
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-09-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are approving an amendment to the Ohio regulatory program (the Ohio program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Ohio's proposed amendment is prompted by requirements within the Ohio statute that all agencies must review their administrative rules every five years. Consistent with this requirement, the Ohio Reclamation Commission (the Commission), proposes an amendment to its procedural rules in order to ensure an orderly, efficient, and effective appeals process.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Requirements for Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations on Indian Lands
Document Number: 2023-19626
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Abandoned Mine Reclamation Funds
Document Number: 2023-19685
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Fee Collection and Coal Production Reporting and Form OSM-1, Coal Reclamation Fee Report
Document Number: 2023-19686
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Subsidence Insurance Program Grants
Document Number: 2023-16868
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Rights of Entry
Document Number: 2023-16863
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-16849
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). During the 2023 legislative session, the Montana legislature passed Senate Bill 392 (SB 392), amending the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) as well as the Montana Code Annotated (MCA). Accordingly, Montana submitted this proposed amendment to OSMRE on its own initiative. Montana's proposal adds a provision for the equal application of court costs to the prevailing party in contested case proceedings by a court or administrative agency that issues a decision. The proposal also amends the MCA to reference the equal application of court costs in section1. Finally, the proposal includes codification instructions, a severability clause, an effective date, and an applicability statement. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to the program are available for your inspection, 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.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-16848
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). During the 2023 legislative session, the Montana legislature passed House Bill 576 (HB 576), amending the Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act as well as the Montana Code Annotated (MCA). Accordingly, Montana submitted this proposed amendment to OSMRE on its own initiative. Montana's proposal amends the definition of ``Material Damage,'' by changing the requirements for what is considered ``Material Damage'' to the hydrologic balance. Montana's proposal also amends permit requirements for mine operations related to hydrologic information. The amendment removes the requirement that a permit applicant must submit hydrologic information to the Montana Depart of Environmental Quality (DEQ) before DEQ approves the permit application. Lastly, HB 576 adds four contingencies to the proposed amendments of the MCA: a severability clause, a contingent voidness clause, an effective date clause, and a retroactive applicability clause. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to the program are available for your inspection, 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.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-16847
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are reopening the public comment period due to the receipt of revisions to a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Montana is proposing revisions to the Administrative Rules of Montana pertaining to ownership and control and the applicant violator system. These changes were required by a March 30, 2023 letter from OSMRE to Montana (hereinafter, issue letter) after our review of Montana's original July 28, 2021 proposed amendment submittal. The July 28, 2021 proposed amendment submittal by Montana was the result of an October 2, 2009, letter from OSMRE to Montana (hereinafter, 732 letter), and were necessitated by a Senate bill approved by the 2013 Montana Legislature. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this revised proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the revised amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Signal Peak Energy, LLC's Federal Mine Plan for Federal Lease MTM-97988; Bull Mountains Mine Amendment 3 and 5 EIS
Document Number: 2023-16846
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is publishing this notice to announce that it will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Signal Peak Energy, LLC's (Signal Peak) proposed Federal Mining Plan modification for Federal Lease MTM-97988 (the Project). OSMRE is preparing this EIS to address deficiencies in OSMRE's earlier analysis of environmental impacts related to a mining plan modification that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals identified in a 2022 decision. 350 Mont. v. Haaland, 29 F.4th 1158 (9th Cir. 2022), amended by 50 F.4th 1254 (9th Cir. 2022). With this notice, OSMRE is also providing notification to the public that it will hold a public scoping meeting and provide for a 30-day public scoping period to receive comments on the environmental issues, alternatives, and information that OSMRE should analyze in this EIS.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Restrictions on Financial Interests of State Employees
Document Number: 2023-16183
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Technical Evaluation Surveys
Document Number: 2023-16181
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Procedures and Criteria for Approval or Disproval of State Program Submissions
Document Number: 2023-13392
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Federal Inspections and Monitoring
Document Number: 2023-12453
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are proposing to renew an information collection.
Montana Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10492
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Montana regulatory program (hereinafter, the Montana program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). During the 2019 legislative session, Montana updated its Montana Strip and Underground Mine Reclamation Act and Montana Code Annotated. Accordingly, Montana submitted this proposed amendment to OSMRE on its own initiative. The proposed amendment requires a permit applicant's compliance information to be updated and approved if a bankruptcy or reorganization results in a change of ownership for the applicant. Furthermore, the proposed amendment requires permit owners to provide financial assurance for employee pensions. Lastly, Montana proposes a typographical correction. This document gives the times and locations that the Montana program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Kentucky Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10822
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (hereinafter, the Kentucky program), under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky proposes to revise their regulations regarding the qualifications of members of the Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission. This document gives the times and locations that the Kentucky program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Pennsylvania Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (hereinafter, the Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this proposed amendment, Pennsylvania is requesting to adopt changes to its regulations related to the language defining ``minimal-impact post-mining discharge'' and the addition of ``minimal- impact post-mining discharge'' as a subset in the definition of post- mining pollutional discharge. This document gives the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
West Virginia Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10820
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (hereinafter, the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) seeks to amend its statutory provisions to develop and maintain a database to track reclamation liabilities in the WVDEP Special Reclamation Program. This document gives the times and locations that the West Virginia program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Pennsylvania Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10819
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program (hereinafter, the Pennsylvania program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Through this submission, Pennsylvania addresses regulations regarding water replacement provisions that were disapproved by us in 2005. This document gives the times and locations that the Pennsylvania program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
Alaska Regulatory Program
Document Number: 2023-10498
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-05-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Alaska regulatory program (hereinafter, the Alaska program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). This amendment proposes to change the Alaska Administrative Code by revising and adding provisions pertaining to Ownership and Control. Alaska intends to revise its program to be consistent with the corresponding Federal regulations and SMCRA, clarify ambiguities, and improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Alaska program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, 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.
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