[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2012)]
[Page 53905]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21670]



Bureau of Land Management

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Renewal of Approved Information Collection; OMB Control No. 1004-

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: 60-Day notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) invites public comments on, and plans to request 
approval to continue, the collection of information under the General 
Mining Law. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned 
control number 1004-0025 to this information collection.

DATES: Submit comments on the proposed information collection by 
November 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or electronic mail.
    Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 
1849 C Street NW., Room 2134LM, Attention: Jean Sonneman, Washington, 
DC 20240.
    Fax: to Jean Sonneman at 202-245-0050.
    Electronic mail: [email protected].
    Please indicate ``Attn: 1004-0025'' regardless of the form of your 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Santillan, at 202-912-7123. 
Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, to 
leave a message for Ms. Santillan.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 
implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521, require that interested members of the public and affected 
agencies be given an opportunity to comment on information collection 
and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8 (d) and 1320.12(a)). 
This notice identifies an information collection that the BLM plans to 
submit to OMB for approval. The Paperwork Reduction Act provides that 
an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless 
it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a 
collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.
    The BLM will request a 3-year term of approval for this information 
collection activity. Comments are invited on: (1) The need for the 
collection of information for the performance of the functions of the 
agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; 
and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on 
respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the 
information. A summary of the public comments will accompany our 
submission of the information collection requests to OMB.
    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.
    The following information is provided for the information 
    Title: 43 CFR Parts 3860 and 3870.
    OMB Control Number: 1004-0025.
    Summary: On its face, the General Mining Law (30 U.S.C. 29, 30, and 
39) authorizes a holder of an unpatented claim for hardrock minerals to 
apply for fee title (patent) to the federal land (as well as minerals) 
embraced in the claim. Since 1994, a rider on the annual appropriation 
bill for the Department of the Interior has prevented the BLM from 
processing mineral patent applications unless the applications were 
grandfathered under the initial legislation. While grandfathered 
applications are rare at present, the approval to collect the 
information continues to be necessary because of the possibility that 
the moratorium will be lifted.
    Frequency of Collection: Once.
    Description of Respondents: Owners of unpatented mining claims and 
mill sites upon the public lands, and of reserved mineral lands of the 
United States, National Forests, and National Parks.
    Estimated Annual Burdens: 10 responses and 496 hours.

Jean Sonneman,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-21670 Filed 8-31-12; 8:45 am]